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Thirteen months after Jada Pinkett Smith revealed that she had an “entanglement” with singer/songwriter August Alsina during a brief separation from her husband, Will Smith, the Fresh Prince of Bel Air is sounding like two can play that game. The Oscar nominated actor told GQ magazine, “Jada never believed in conventional marriage.” While many people thought that Jada was the only one engaging in other sexual relationships. Will told GQ that was not the case. While he refrained from totally spilling the beans on himself, this little chat with the popular men’s publication, was a prelude to Will’s upcoming memoir.
On Sept. 23, Starz hosted a star-studded red carpet world premiere screening and concert event in celebration of the new original series BMF at the Cellairis Amphitheatre in Atlanta, Georgia. The evening began with a screening of the series’ first episode, which aired September 26 on Starz. In homage to the Black Mafia Family, attendees wore all black attire to the outdoor event. Following the screening, series executive producer, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, BMF recurring star, Snoop Dogg and others performed. Other attendees included cast members Lil Meech, Russell Hornsby, Steve Harris, La La Anthony and Kash Doll, along with celebrities T.I., 2 Chainz, Flo Rida, Monica, Kandi Burruss, Angie Stone, Clifton Powell, and Charles Oakley, whose upcoming cooking show, Chopping It Up With Oakley, debuts October 7 at 8 p.m. on Fox Soul.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex enjoyed a soul food lunch at Melba’s in Harlem in the Big Apple on Sept. 25 after Duchess Meghan read an excerpt from her book, The Bench, to children at P.S. 123 Mahalia Jackson School in Harlem. When they arrived at Melba’s, owner Melba Wilson told them, “I hope you’re hungry,” to which Meghan replied, “Oh yes.” The royal couple donated $25,000 to the restaurant’s employee relief fund. According to a spywitness, the Sussexes noshed on catfish with chipotle mayo, spring rolls, black-eyed peas and collard greens, with Harry also trying the chicken and waffles. Sources say the Prince told Wilson that Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, often cools collard greens for them. While in the Big Apple, Harry and Meghan checked into The Carlyle, on the Upper East Side, where they hit the Bemelman Bar for dinner and a nightcap with their friends Misha Nono and Mickey Hess, according to GuestofaGuest.
Grammy Award winning R&B singer songwriter Howard Hewett’s hometown of Akron, Ohio honored the favored son by re-naming Cadillac Boulevard Howard Hewett, Jr Way at an official ceremony, Saturday, Oct. 2 at Brichtel High School during Hewett’s alma mater’s football game half-time celebration. Hewett was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. He started on the road to stardom as a child singing gospel with his older sisters in the Hewett Singers. He rose to international fame as the lead vocalist of the Grammy winning R&B/soul vocal group Shalamar. After leaving the group, he embarked upon a successful solo career and is known for classic hits like “Say Amen,” Stay,” and “I’m For Real.”