ABOVE PHOTO: Khandi Alexander
By Flo Anthony
Former “View” co-host Sherri Shepherd has bounced back with a vengeance after separating from estranged husband Lamar Salley. The adorable entertainer, who is currently on Broadway in “Cinderella,” hit WBLS radio personality Debi Jackson’s Tribute to her late husband Hal Jackson’s 100th birthday on November 10 at BB King in Times Square. Shepherd was escorted by her new man, AB, whom she canoodled with all evening. The couple seemed very happy. The star-studded event featured performances by Me’lisa Morgan, CeCe Penninston, Alyson Williams and Evelyn “Champagne” King, who were joined onstage at the end of the night by Melba Moore for a rousing rendition of “I’m Every Woman.” . ……….
Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal, popped into Amy Ruth’s restaurant in Harlem where he’s a regular for a dose of Soul Food recently. My spies tell me the legendary basketball player arrived around 10:40 pm after seating time, so he was given “honored seating.” The big man had his dessert, a slice of cake first, then chowed down on a fried chicken breast and macaroni and cheese, which is his favorite dish at the 116th Street spot. We hear an abundance of fans were waiting for him outside, but he made a mad dash to his car with everyone chasing behind him…….
Will Smith’s first wife, Sheree Fletcher, who currently stars on VH1’s “Hollywood Exes,” is once again an official ex-wife. The reality star filed for divorce from her husband, former NFL player Terrell Fletcher, citing that pesky celebrity problem, irreconcilable differences. Sheree, who shares a son with Will, Trey, has been married to Fletcher since 2007. They separated back in July. She is asking for spousal support. Terrell spent seven years as a running back with the San Diego Chargers. He is now a minister……..
Entertainment Weekly reports that actress Khandi Alexander will reprise her character as Olivia Pope’s terrorist mother in the midseason finale of Shonda Rhimes’ hit Thursday night drama “Scandal.” When we last saw Mama Pope, she was locked away in “the hole” and being watched over by Rowan “Papa” Pope (Joe Morton). at the end of Season 3. Viewers all know that Rowan framed his estranged wife for the murder of Fitz’s son, and that Olivia believes she’s dead. However, long live Mama Pope!………
Nicki Minaj is getting a lot of backlash after featuring Nazi-like imagery in the lyric video for her latest single “Only.” The Anti-Defamation league released a statement speaking out against the video, in which the raptress plays a military dictator wearing red armbands. The statement says it is troubling that no one among Minaj’s group of producers, publicists and managers raised a red flag about the use of such imagery before ushering the video into public release…….