ABOVE PHOTO: Viola Davis (Jaguar PS / shutterstock)
By Florence Anthony
Tongues are wagging that Viola Davis had an on-set birthday soiree to celebrate turning 52 earlier this month with the cast and crew of “How To Get Away With Murder,” featuring a custom Cold Stone Creamery cake with vanilla and raspberries. In other news, the Oscar winning actress and her husband, Julius Tennon, have signed on to executive produce a TV special about high schools in America. “EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live” will focus on ways to help high schools. It will air live on multiple networks on September 8, 2017 from the Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport in California………..
Black Expo America, the nation’s largest consumer and business expo, will present the 2017 New Jersey Black Expo on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at the Best Western Robert Treat Hotel, located at 50 Park Place in Newark, New Jersey. The day-long conference and business expo, travels the country’s top cities producing Black business expos bringing together industry through Black business leaders, experts in business that features entrepreneurial workshops and programs along with 50 plus exhibitor booths. A celebrity lineup of leaders across a wide sector of the power base of the Black community will be participating in this year’s business expo. “The New Jersey Black Expo is a production of “Black Expo America, Inc.” #NJBE2017…………..
Bill Cosby’s criminal case retrial for the alleged 2004 rape of Andrea Constand will now start in the spring of 2018, a Pennsylvania judge said, according to Deadline Hollywood. At a hearing in Norristown, Pennsylvania, Judge Steve O’Neill announced the retrial of Cosby that was scheduled to begin on November 6, would now commence between March 15 and April 1 next year. A day after Thomas Mesereau, who successfully defended the late Michael Jackson against child molestation accusations, was officially named to the job as Bill Cosby’s next top defense lawyer, with Cosby in attendance, along with defense attorneys past and present, Mesereau told the hearing that he would be filing a motion to have the retrial rescheduled because of previous allegations……..
“Empire” star Serayah, who portrays sexy songstress Tiana Brown on the hit Fox show, along with Whitney biopic and “Chicago Med” star Yaya Dacosta and Independent Spirit Award nominee Yolonda Ross, stopped by the Kiehl’s store at The Shops at North Bridge in Chicago to support one of the public celebrations of Kiehl’s 8th Annual Life Ride for AMFAR earlier this month…….
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