By Florence Anthony
Although Tyler Perry has not said a word publicly, it has been reported that the brilliant filmmaker was very upset by the “Boondocks” parody of him that aired June 20 on Turner Entertainment’s Adult Swim Network. Adding fuel to the fire is Tyler’s mega-deal with TBS for “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” and ‘Meet The Browns.” Aaron McGruder, the creator of “Boondocks,” created a thinly designed Tyler-like character, who dresses up like Madea and uses religion to cover up the fact that he is gay. According to the Los Angeles Times, soon after the episode aired, Tyler got in touch with execs at Turner including entertainment chief Steve Koonin and Phil Kent, the chief executive of Turner Broadcasting. The newspaper claims Tyler complained loudly about the episode and even threatened to rethink his relationship with the company. At press time, Perry was in New York, shooting location scenes for his upcoming movie: “For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Was Enough.”
Former Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland confessed to Entertainment Weekly that the split from her longtime label home at Columbia Records wasn’t a mutual decision. The “Commander” singer admits that she was dropped because her records didn’t “perform as well as maybe they wanted them to.” Kelly says we live in an industry where you’ve got to bring in money. Says Kelly: “You can’t be pushing out so much money and not bring anything back.” Her next album is due out on Motown. Let’s hope she does well there.
Diversity Affluence, the New York-based consultancy specializing in marketing communication, research and business development will launch the Leaders, Achievers & Pioneers Brunch Series this summer amidst the dynamism and glamour of The Hamptons. The brunch series, presented by Jaguar to herald the 2011 Jaguar XJ, will honor a diverse array of individuals from the worlds of media, entertainment, fashion, hospitality and philanthropy. The first event will be held on July 28 honoring individuals in media and entertainment. Subsequent events will be held on July 25 (Fashion) and August 22 (Philanthropy and Non-Profit). Each invitation-only event will honor three or more individuals including Dwayne Ashley, CEO Success for Kids; Derrick Ashong, musician and host on Sirius XM’s Oprah Radio, Desiree Dancy, Vice President of Diversity for The New York Times, Jacques-Phillippe Piverger, founder and chairman, the Global Syndicate and director, Pine Ridge investments, Stuart Scott, sportscaster and anchor, ESPN’s Sports Center, and, Reginald Van Lee, Senior Vice-President, Booz Allen Hamilton, Edward Wilkerson, design director, Lafayette 148, and others. Moet & Chandon will be poured exclusively. All events will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Dockers Waterside Restaurant & Marina on scenic Dune Road in East Quogue.
Word is Khloe Kardashian’s publicist is shooting down rumors that Khloe and Lamar Odom are going to do a reality show. “It’s not true,” Khloe’s rep tells OK! Magazine. A source close to the couple tells OK!: “I don’t know where these people get this info.” A pal of Khloe’s adds that the situation is so far from the truth, it’s the reverse. The insider says: “It’s funny because it’s actually the complete opposite. Khloe is over filming. Lamar doesn’t mind it, but has no interest in having his own show. Khloe plans on being preggers by the end of the summer.”
Don’t believe that rumor that Elin Woods is going to get a $750 million settlement out of Tiger. A source of mine tells me that while the ink is not dry, the divorce is a done deal and she will be receiving around $150 million. Says the source: “There is no way his lawyers would let him give her practically all of his money. The source agrees that the settlement stipulates that Elin can not do a tell-all book or any future interviews.