In advance of the Grammys, which he’s hosting again, LL Cool J talks to Oprah about the triumphs and tragedy he’s faced on his way to global stardom in two genres. Mike Epps heads to Rochester this weekend as part of his winter comedy tour and lucky hip-hop fans in D.C. will get the chance to check out rap pioneer Big Daddy Kane with a live band. Here’s the best of the rest of what’s going on this weekend.
HOT ON TV
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Friday, January 25
FLY THE FUNNY SKIES
BET 10 p.m. Funny or offensive?
While it only gets an 18% “fresh” rating on “Rotten Tomatoes” a popular movie website, reviewers were mixed as to whether “Soul Plane” was funny or offensive or both, with some admitting they did laugh at the raunchy comedy. Starring Kevin Hart.
Saturday, January 26
ALFRE WOODWARD in “The Family That Preys”
Lifetime 12:02 a.m.
Tyler Perry tackles some new themes in “The Family That Preys” with deals with love, relationships, wealth and privilege. It’s actually one of Perry’s best efforts – no Madea in sight. The plot is ambitious and predictable at times, but actresses Woodward and Kathy Bates elevate the material.
Sunday, January 27
OWN, 9 p.m.
Rapper actor LL Cool J talks to Oprah just before his latest Grammy hosting gig. He discusses his career, his family tragedy and his life as an actor and rap pioneer.
AT THE MOVIES
Jennifer Lopez and Jason Statham star in a thriller set down in Palm Beach with a lot of guns and gangsters and explosions. Review consensus: Not much plot but a lot of action so if you go for Statham or Lopez, you won’t be disappointed.
Movie stars like Halle Berry, Terrence Howard Kate Winslet and Naomi Watts join comedy chick Anna Faris for a comedy caper sure to offend just about everyone. Review consensus: Not sure if the movie stars add to or distract from the concept of dumb comic relief.
ON DVD THIS WEEK
“End of Watch” – Jake Gyllenhall, Michael Pena
“The Paperboy” – Lee Daniels directs Nicole Kidman and ZacEfron
“A Salute to Michelle Obama”
By the Authors of “Essence”
If you didn’t get this as a gift, gift yourself. After the First Lady’s stunning showing at the inauguration, you may be wanting more. Here’s a collector’s item that celebrates other stunning moments in FLOTUS history.
Friday, January 25
Big Daddy Kane (with live band)
The classic rap maestro heads down to DC with a live band for a new take on his hit songs
DPAC -Durham Performing Arts Center
Comedian, actress and talk show hostess stops in to NC this weekend
NEW YORK CITY
B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
R&B crooner stops into New York City for a one-night stand at the popular blues club in Times Square
Saturday, January 26
Rochester Auditorium Theater
Funnyman embarks on national tour
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This Week’s Celebrity Instagrams (10/15-10/21)
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1. Just a NY girl with BIG dreams....
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2. HAPPY CHILDREN=QUALITY PARENTING. We don't always see eye to eye on everything and that's normal. We're human beings. But we come together and do it right for what's important, the kids. We are not enemies, we are parents. And we are parents 1st. S/O to @monyettashaw for making Mason's bday memorable. S/O to @itscrystalsmith at home taking care of our other lil' Prince. ❤️❤️❤️ THIS IS WHAT CO-PARENTING LOOKS LIKE. #Blessed #Happy #AboveTheDrama #BiggerThanUs
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3. So happy to finally be able to share with you all that I’m the new Global Brand Ambassador for @Revlon! Follow my day on RevlonSnaps. Yay! Choose Love, Everybody! #RevlonXCiara #chooselove #ad
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4. Glam on point!!!@makeupbymotoko & @shaylinjoneshair #easybreezy @lifetimetv #beachesmovie #january2017 😘
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5. ✨True love ✨📸: @jessiemarrerophotography
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7. Today was not easy..but by the grace of God we all got through it. Words cannot express our gratitude for all of your Prayers, Positive thoughts and Support for us throughout the years. Tommy will be missed but most certainly never forgotten...And PLEASE don't ask "Where's Martin?.." he was there too...just not in this picture. Lol! God bless you all.. #LoveConquersAll #MartinShow
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9. West coast get ready for #RockyHorror. I will be live tweeting again. #letsdothetimewarpagain
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10. #THEKEYS pre order yours now ... Available everywhere #NOV22 #WeTheBest 🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑
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11. We about to ROCK at #KCABlackBall!! All for our life-changing effort to end 🌎 AIDS.
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12. Today's #SNAPJACK is brought to you by @yazzthegreatest 😂😂😂💋💋💋
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13. Damn girl you kinda old to be headed to the Go Go. You coming in at the age they leaving. LMAO
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14. Daddy daycare B-Boxin with @acewellstucker @shopraisingace
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15. #FBF Naviyd & URV "LIL MONSTERS"
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16. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ONE OF THE BIGGEST LEGENDS IN OUR HIPHOP HISTORY! @snoopdogg CONTINUED BLESSING AND LOVE FAMILY!!!!! REAL OG!
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17. Thank you for a beautiful night VSU! Let's do it again! #HOMECOMING
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18. Had a great time this morning with my familia Erica, Griff & Truth!!
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19. Check out my interview on @essence facebook live. #inmyownwords #nycpromo #day2
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20. #She💋 #tbt #TheCoveAtTheAtlantis #DawgPawsAndAll
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21. Bae #retailtherapy
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22. Why me and @coryhardrict got the same pose... and notee... new mouth #naked
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23. When my husband is my personal 'hype-man'! it kills me every time! 💜😂 #WHATNOW #lostfiles📷
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24. Diggy Simmons
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25. Hand full of @jacquieaiche 💙💎💍 @esnail_la 💅🏾
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26. SuperSoulers! You can watch my interview with Carl Lentz live from my Facebook page, tomorrow at 11a ET| 8a PT. #SuperSoulSunday
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27. 💋 .. When the friendship is easy like Sunday morning. ☀️
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28. Sunday mornings are the best........... hugs and cuddles with my angel
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29. #huggar16 #hellohuggars
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30. My gym is everywhere!.. #RnBMoney #TheGeneral 📸: @twelvepastseven
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31. Nothing I would rather be doing... Rocko setting up our movie, Romelō working on a puzzle & Laiyah singing and sharing all she's learning at school... I'm so grateful for the joy they've brought into my life ... Praying for peace , joy & love in the home of EVERY family ♥️ #HeadScarfPJSunday LOL 😂
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