ABOVE PHOTO: Taraji P. Henson (Phil Stafford/shutterstock)
By Florence Anthony
According to reports, Meghan Markle is not happy that her father, Thomas Markle Sr, has admitted to receiving payment for staging pictures of himself with a photo agency less than a week before she is set to marry Prince Harry. Says a source: “Meghan is upset and disturbed by the entire ordeal and just wants to move past it. She doesn’t want to let anything ruin her day and is trying to keep focused on the weekend.” Meghan’s father now says he also suffered a heart attack last week, and due to the stress of all this, had additional chest pains, and may check himself back into the hospital. So, he won’t be flying to London to walk his daughter down the aisle because he doesn’t want to embarrass her or the Royal family. Kensington Palace issued the following statement: “This is a deeply personal moment for Ms. Markle in the days before her wedding. She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr. Markle in this difficult time.” Meanwhile, a source says that Meghan’s relationship with her father has always been strained because of his ill-thought out decisions and his lack of responsibility….. .
Congrats to Taraji P. Henson. The Empire star and her boyfriend of two years, former NFL player Kelvin Hayden are now engaged. Hayden popped the question to the Oscar nominated actress on Mother’s Day. Henson posted on social media: “I said yes ya’ll. He started with the Cartier Love Bracelet, but that was my Mother’s Day Gift and then he dropped to his knee and I almost passed out!” A very happy Taraji showed off the five carat ring and bracelet on May 14 at the Fox Network Upfronts in New York City where it was announced that Empire has been picked up for a sixth season. Hayden, who was a Cornerback, won the Superbowl with the Indianapolis Colts and also played for the Atlanta Falcons and the Chicago Bears……..
It was recently reported that Lifetime TV is producing a docuseries and feature on women who are emerging from R. Kelly’s alleged control. According to Pop Culture expert Jawn Murray, the network filmed one of the ladies being rescued by her mother on May 11 in Los Angeles. The mother discovered that her daughter was in the City of Angels after she saw her interviewed on TMZ. The relieved mom succeeded in taking her daughter home……
The Harrigan Dance Company will salute Congressman and Civil Rights icon John Lewis with a riveting dance number at the Lovinger Theatre at Lehman College in Bronx, New York on May 19. This is Joyce Harrigan’s 22nd year in presenting her creative dance troupe to the public. Faith-based, the company has received international acclaim…….