Tyler Perry’s ‘The Haves and the Have Nots’ breaks 2 million viewers

During its July 30 episode, Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots broke the 2 million viewer mark.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the scripted drama is averaging 1.7 million viewers and a 1.5. rating among women 25-54.

Late last month it was reported that with the help of Tyler Perry’s two new shows, OWN has turned a profit four months ahead of the projected timeline.
Perry’s shows, The Haves and the Have Nots and the sitcom Love Thy Neighbor, are the highest-rated programs on the network.

The “The Haves and the Have Nots” airs on Oprah’s OWN network Tuesday nights at 9 p.m.

William Levy and Jada Pinkett-Smith will star in new salsa film

William Levy proved he can steal hearts while shimmying on the dance floor and it looks like he’s ready to do so again with the announcement that he will star alongside Jada Pinkett-Smith in a new dance-themed flick.

Pinkett-Smith will both produce and star in the film titled “Salsa,” which shares the story of a woman who is at a crossroads in her life when she meets a smoldering salsa instructor, who sweeps her off her feet through Latin dance.

It’s a huge starring role for Levy, a telenovela actor who first became America’s sweetheart last year on “Dancing with the Stars.” Since then, Levy has appeared on screen in multiple commercial campaigns for Pepsi. He’ll next be seen in “Addicted” and Tyler Perry’s “Single Moms Club.”

And if the idea of a big screen Latin dance film seems like an unlikely smash success, think again. Vanessa Williams and Latin music star Cheyenne teamed up for 1998’s “Dance with Me,” which successfully introduced Cheynne to mainstream audiences and cemented Williams’ reputation as a sexy leading lady.

What to expect for the New Years!

Okay so you might not have prepared your New Year’s Resolution yet or most people have actually given up on creating those for every new year. Well you don’t have to be so hard on yourself, but you must be obedient in making sure you reach goals that really matter.

So here are 7 tips to help you get ready for your New Year:

1. Don’t dwell on what you haven’t accomplished; think of what you have achieved and compliment yourself at least three times daily(starting now).

2. Think about what you want to accomplish in 2013 and write them down. Really. Make a list, store this list in a place where you can access or see it each day. More like rubbing it in your face until it gets done. That really works.

3. Don’t Just Do It – Make a not-to-do list of time-wasting activities and refer to it often at times. Everything that comes your way is not always a priority.

4. Take Care of Yourself – Commit to 10 minutes of some form of exercise everyday (jogging, jumping rope, salsa dancing, whatever). Your body will thank you!

5. Learn to take 100% responsibility. If one team member takes 80 percent responsibility for their work, then you are taking 120 percent–their 100 percent share plus the 20 percent carries over to you.

6. There is strength in numbers. We all need a partner, collaborator or trusted assistant. List your top four weaknesses and consider whether this person has complementary strengths.

7. Roll up those sleeves – Instead of just getting an earful of gossip or reports about a problem in your household, business or personal life, check on it firsthand today. Create your own problem-solving techniques by getting involved in the problem yourself.

HAPPY NEW YEARS!

Written by Andrea Wilson

President of RKD Music & Talent Management

Joel Osteen Says Sandy Hook Tragedy a ‘Wake Up Call’ for Americans

Pastor Joel Osteen of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas has recently made multiple media appearances to discuss the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in an attempt to offer spiritual guidance to those searching for answers in the wake of the tragedy.

The Lakewood Church pastor recently spoke about how to move forward from the Dec. 14 tragedy, saying that in a roundabout way, he believes the tragedy “teaches us to prioritize what’s important in our lives.”

“There is no guarantee of tomorrow, I wish there was, but it makes us all realize, even as a nation, how fragile life really is, and every day are we taking time to tell the people we love how much we love them and taking the time for what matters most,” Osteen told Entertainment Tonight in a Dec. 17 interview.

“We can take this, as a nation, to say, ‘you know what, here’s a wake up call, are we taking time for those closest to us?'”

Religion has been referenced by many leaders seeking to find answers to this recent act of violence. On Monday, Pastor T.D. Jakes of The Potter’s House went on MSNBC’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” to say that he believes now is an important time for Americans to come together.

“We all have to be watchmen on the wall, and answer the great question of the Scriptures: ‘Am I my brother’s keeper?'” Jakes told Hall. While attending an interfaith prayer vigil on Dec. 16 in Newtown, President Barack Obama cited the Bible passage found in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, telling those in attendance:

“Do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, inwardly, we are being renewed day by day.” “For light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all, so we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal,” the president adde

Happy Thanksgiving..Now Prepare early

Christmas comes early this year—at Thanksgiving, to be exact. The cost of the average turkey spread is up only 28 cents from last year. Compare that to this time last year, when holiday hosts felt the pinch of one of the biggest price increases for traditional Thanksgiving trimmings in years, and it almost feels too easy.

So we felt up for a challenge. Can you serve a lavish Thanksgiving dinner—from cocktails to pie—to ten guests for less than $100? We certainly think so. The classic Thanksgiving dishes are made from frugal ingredients (who ever heard of potatoes breaking the bank?), allowing room in the budget for a few splashy details that make this menu anything but meager.

For additional tips and recipes, we turned to Diane Worthington, author of Seriously Simple Parties.”If you’re really trying to watch the budget, potluck was made for Thanksgiving,” Diane suggested. “It’s easier on the budget, and it’s easier on your mental state because you’re not doing so much. You can be very mindful about what you’re cooking.”

Ask one guest to bring a selection of cheese and crackers if you like, another to bring a second pie, and put everyone else on wine duty—this is a party, after all!

Related: A Stress-Free Thanksgiving for First-Time Hosts

THE MENU
Prosecco
Harvest Pâté
Maple Apples
Roast Turkey
Make-Ahead Gravy
Classic Mashed Potatoes
Old-Fashioned Stuffing
Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Winter Squash
Autumn Salad
Cranberry Sauce
Pumpkin Pie

OUR TWO CENTS: Set the table several days ahead of time. Not only is it a pretty sight, says Diane, but it’s one less thing to do the day of. Lay out all the serving dishes, trivets, and utensils you’ll need. Feeling super organized? Use post-it notes to mark which recipe will go where.

To see more http://shine.yahoo.com/shine-food/thanksgiving-dinner-10-under-100-including-wine-012400345.html

The Pulse of Entertainment: Vanessa Bell Calloway to guest star on NBC and Showtime Series!


“I’m going to come in and guest star as Tyler’s mom,” said busy actress Vanessa Bell Calloway (Crimson Tide, Lakeview Terrace) about her upcoming role in the NBC series “Go On” starring Matthew Perry (“Friends”), John Cho (“Star Trek”) and Tyler James Williams (“Everybody Hates Chris”). “We start tapping in October.”

Tyler plays Owens who, after a family tragedy, joins a grief counseling support group where Ryan (Perry) is a member and helps to draw him out of his shell. “Go On” is a comedy where Perry plays a head-strong sportscaster (Perry) dealing with the loss of his wife. The series airs on Tuesdays at 9/8c on NBC.

“When they write somebody like a mother of a kid in a series that’s a regular…you don’t know…,” Calloway said about recurring roles. “When you come if you don’t handle your business they can write you out…tell the story line through other characters.”

Well, Vanessa must have handled her busy because not only has she been asked back, but she will also be guest starring on the new Showtime series, “Shameless,” starring William H. Macy.

“Every year it’s highs and lows. Some years’ projects are spacey…and it looks like you’re not working,” Vanessa informed me. “I’ve been working a lot!”

Also a dancer Calloway explains that she also co-stars in the Russ Parr film The Under Shepherd, starring Isaiah Washington, Malinda Williams, Clifton Powell and Elise Neal, which was filmed four years ago and just now being released. She also appears in The Last Fall, a HBO Best Feature Film Award winning movie starring Lance Gross, Nicole Beharie and Obba Babatunde’ – a coming of age sports drama. Vanessa can also be seen in the feature film The Obama Effect. The Obama Effect also includes veteran actor Glynn Turman, Charles S. Dutton, Katt Williams and boxing great Zab Judah.

For more information on the NAACP Image Award nominee, Vanessa Bell Calloway, log onto www.VanessaBellCalloway.com.
Read more at http://www.eurweb.com/2012/10/the-pulse-of-entertainment-vanessa-bell-calloway-to-guest-star-on-nbc-and-showtime-series/#8oDmm2Zh56ogwCe2.99

The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin Performs Memorable Tribute to the late Whitney Houston!

New York, NY– Nineteen-time GRAMMY® Award winner and music icon Aretha Franklin packed an out-of-season Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort at the Mark G. Etess Arena on Saturday night in Atlantic City. The Press of Atlantic City headline reads “Aretha Franklin pleases Atlantic City crowd.” Vincent Jackson of the Press of Atlantic City states “[Aretha] Franklin was singing her heart out to the delight of the thousands in the audience.”

 

During her 85 minute set, Franklin performed several of her classic hits from the Atlantic Records days, including “Chain of Fools,” “Something He Can Feel,” “Respect,” “Day Dreaming,” “I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You),” “Oh Me Oh My (I’m a Fool for You Baby)” and numerous others. Franklin also performed some jazz standards and some of her favorite gospel songs. She performed a special tribute to the late Whitney Houston with her rendition of “I Will Always Love You.” Franklin said that Houston was “one of the finest singers who ever stepped in front of a microphone. She was my Christian sister.”

 

This fall, Franklin continues her busy tour schedule, including East Coast dates at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (November 10) and the Westchester County Center (November 13).