ABOVE PHOTO: Robert Townsend
By Florence Anthony
As everyone knows, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling, whose name used to be Donald Tokowitz, from the NBA for life, fined him the maximum $2.5 million dollars and is urging other NBA owners to vote to force Sterling to sell the Clippers. Meanwhile, Sterling’s estranged wife Shelly’s lawsuit against his alleged mistress V. Stiviano, to return $1.8 million dollars in gifts, which includes a $1.4 million dollar duplex condominium in Beverly Hills, that the model received from Donald, isn’t the first time a member of the Sterling family has sued a young woman over gifts this jerk gave her. In 2003, Donald reportedly sued a mistress, Alexandra Castro, demanding back property she said he gave her. In his deposition, an unashamed Sterling said: “ The girl was providing sex for money. And it was delicious, and it was the best of the best. And maybe I morally did wrong….I probably didn’t tell my wife.” Too bad they didn’t throw him out of the NBA back then……….
“Scandal” star Columbus Short will not return for the hit TV series’ fourth season. His character Harrison has been on the show since Season One. Producers of the show most likely made the decision for the actor’s departure following his well-publicized off-camera alleged violent outbursts. Columbus is being allowed to return to his house after being banned from the premises for allegedly threatening to kill his wife Tuere. He went to court to get permission to move back in after his wife retained a restraining order. The judge denied his request and only granted him two hours to enter the house with his attorney to gather his belongings. In the words of Papa Pope on the finale of “Scandal,” where it looked like they were going to kill Harrison, “To Be Young, Gifted And Black. What a waste of talent.” I’m wondering if “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes was speaking to Harrison or Short………..
Beyonce’ and Jay Z have confirmed that they are going out on tour together this summer. Beyonce’ made the announcement by posting a poster for the tour on her website. the photo shows the sexy songstress and her rapper husband hugging and wearing ski masks. The “On The Run” tour begins July 15 in Atlanta and concludes August 5 in San Francisco……..
Film Life, Inc. is proud to announce its lineup of the highly lauded ABFF University Master Class Series to be held during the 18th Annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) in New York City on June 19-22. Aspiring writers, actors and filmmakers have the opportunity to participate in intense workshops led by highly respected film industry leaders and experts. This year’s master Class lineup includes “Bill Duke’s Actor’s Boot Camp” and “The Ultimate Pitch” led by Robert Townsend and “The Writing for Television” conducted by Vice President of Programming Talent Development & Inclusion at NBC Entertainment & Universal Television, Karen Horne.………
Aliyyah Baylor, a third-generation celebrity baker and co-owner of Make My Cake in New York City, will join community and business leaders on Tuesday, May 6, to launch Making Meals for Mothers’ Fundraising Campaign to Benefit Citymeals-On-Wheels. The month long campaign will kick off with a Cupcakes and Cocktails reception and the unveiling of the Mother’s Day issue of Country Living Magazine. Aliyyah graces the pages of the May issue of Country Living with her idea of a baker’s dream kitchen that includes the key ingredients for a high-functioning space……….