You can say what you want about Oprah, but you gotta admit she is still the "Queen." She has been snagging some really great interviews here lately – 50 Cent, the Kardashians, Rihanna, Jennifer Hudson and Usher. Anyone who seems to be in the news is subject to be a guest.
Her latest snag – Usher – appeared this past Sunday night. Of course, Usher has been in the news lately regarding the custody case pitting him and his ex-wife, Tameka Foster. Usher and Foster had been going at it for quite a while when tragedy struck.
Foster's 11-year-old son, Kyle, was injured in a jet-ski accident that left him brain dead and from which he died. Only weeks later, the custody case was back in court, where a judge awarded custody of Usher and Foster's two children to Usher, a decision that many did not see coming.
In the wake of the court ruling, Usher and his mother visited Oprah's "Next Chapter" to discuss the decision, the marriage and its demise. She even got Usher to discuss his fidelity during his marriage, why his mother did not attend the wedding, why primary custody was important to him and whether he makes love to his own music.
If you missed any of this interview, you can check it out at http://www.youtube.com/user/OWN.
'American Idol' update
Since I may have gone a little hard on "American Idol" a few weeks ago, I figured the least I could do is give you an update. Well, it looks like the verdict is in. Not only does Randy Jackson get to keep his seat on the "American Idol" judge's panel, he also gets a lot of new company. The number of judges will increase from three to four and will include country star Keith Urban and rapper-singer Nicki Minaj, along with Jackson and Mariah Carey. This season will be very interesting to say the least. I'm wondering who will emerge as the "new" Simon. I'm actually interested in seeing how they pull this whole thing off.
Tye Tribett and Ricky Dillard
Donte Everhart and the End Time Movement present the Fresh Start Concert Revival & Tour featuring Tye Tribbett, Ricky Dillard and many more live at Christ Missionary Baptist Church, 480 South Parkway East, for one night only! Mark your calendars for Thursday (Sept. 20). Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7! Get your tickets now at www.ticketbud.com, One Stop for Churches located at 1200 Madison Avenue or call 901-725-7057.
Big Scoop Ice Cream Festival
Enjoy a variety of ice cream, frozen treats, snacks and drinks from many local vendors as the 18th Annual Big Scoop Ice Cream Festival kicks off another year. There will be live entertainment, fun contests, games and other activities for children – big and small. All proceeds from this family-oriented event will benefit the Ronald McDonald House, a home-away-from-home for 51 families. Each of these families has a very brave child who is receiving treatment for cancer or another catastrophic illness. It happens Sept. 29 at Red Birds Stadium from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is $7 in advance and $10 at the gate. Tickets are available at any YoLo Frozen Yogurt location.
Hookah Tuesday at Blu
Check out Hookah Tuesday at Blu, 3895 Hacks Cross, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Come hang with the Cloud9 Crew and enjoy complementary fish and spaghetti while it lasts! Early arrival is suggested. Come relax yourself with signature drinks from the mix-specialists, Katrina and Nichole. For reservations, call 901-846-6255 or 901-417-3110. Admission is free!
Hey don't forget the big comedy show with Don "DC" Curry at the Bartlett Comedy Spot, 5709 Raleigh LaGrange, this weekend. Tickets are $25! This show is gonna be a lot fun. Don't miss it! Call 901-590-3620 for more details. Until then, that's what's happening.