BRAVO: See Sheryl Lee Ralph On Broadway As Madame Morrible In "WICKED”
Sheryl Lee Ralph is making waves on the Broadway scene. The Tony Award nominated actress has joined the case of the hit musical “WICKED” that kicked off this week at the Gershwin Theatre.
The former “Moesha” star will step into the role of Madame Morrible for a six-month residency in the role. This is huge deal that Sheryl was chosen to star in such a major role as folks nabbing roles of this caliber on The Great White Way isn't all that typical.
She joins Jennifer DiNoia as Elphaba, Carrie St. Louis as Glinda, Michael Campayno as Fiyero, Peter Scolari as The Wizard, Dawn E. Cantwell as Nessarose, Michael Genet as Dr. Dillamond and Zachary Noah Piser as Boq.
“WICKED” tells the untold story of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good, long before Dorothy drops in, according to Playbill. Elphaba, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. Glinda is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. The remarkable odyssey of how these unexpected friends changed each other's lives for good has made “WICKED” one of the world's most popular musicals.
Sheryl is no stranger to Broadway though. She was nominated for a Tony Award for her role as Deena Jones in the original company of the award-winning musical Dreamgirls. She also originated the Muzzy Van Hossmere character in the Tony-winning musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” Outside of her “Moesha” role, her television credits include “Ray Donovan” and "Instant Mom."
Most recently, Sheryl wrapped filming the upcoming tv movie "Step Sisters" and "Villa Capri," starring opposite Morgan Freeman.
#RHoA: The Real Housewives of Atlanta Premiere Is All About Kenya Moore & Sheree Whitfield's Battle of the Baseboards!
Bravo's resident Southern belles are finally back for season nine and one thing is abundantly clear: We're in for the continued clash of the egos over Moore Manor and Chateau Sheree.
With Sheree Whitfield back full-time, tonight's premiere of The Real Housewives of Atlanta wasted no time making the OG's race against Kenya Moore to finally finish their long-gestating dream homes the focal point of the beginning of the season, at least. And while neither are done yet (and, to be fair, Sheree's been at this for much longer than Kenya), both women had no problem throwing shade the other's way. Especially when one chose to throw her housewarming party well before the work was finished.
But before we get into that, let's recap where each woman stand at the start of the season.
Kandi and her hubby Todd Tucker are still basking in new parent bliss, with sweet little five-month-old Ace and his adorable smile. They're apparently also already potty-training him, which seems a little early, but who are we to judge? To each their own, right?
Now that Apollo's firmly behind bars, Phaedra's gone and gotten herself a governess to help care for her two boys. Of course Phaedra can't just call it a nanny like everyone else. It's always something extra with this one. She also admits she won't date until her divorce is finalized, which is an issue because Apollo won't grant her one. It seems like when your husband proves himself to be a felon, this should be an easier process, no?
After her repeated instances of poor anger management, we get a glimpse of Porsha during a therapy session. She tells a sad tale about being bullied in middle school and reveals she once considered suicide. She tries to cry, but the tears never really come. The therapist seems pretty unimpressed.
Cynthia's serious about this split from Peter. She even visits her attorney who, when she declares her intention to file for divorce, asks, "You and Peter?" No, her and the other guy, genius. An awkward Facetime convo with Peter to ask about the whereabouts of their prenup pretty much makes her case. "Ask your mama where the prenup is," Peter says. "It's probably the same place the marriage license is." Please let this toxicity end sooner rather than later.
That, of course, leads up to Sheree and Kenya. After learning that Kenya has been living in Moore Manor despite only having a finished master bedroom and that Sheree's palatial digs only need furnishings and then they'll be ready for her, the former announced her plans to have a housewarming party in two weeks. Her contractor looked at her like she was nuts.
So, she began sending a creepy horse-drawn carriage around town to deliver invitations on purple plush pillows. Kenya, girl, when you're inviting people to come and eat some cheese in your dusty construction zone, a Facebook event invite will suffice.
Naturally, she didn't send one to Sheree. Why? "I would have gladly sent Sheree an invite by horse and carriage, but I don't know where she lives. It's not Chateau Sheree," she explained. I don't know if it's a tent in the woods or a cardboard box under the freeway, a halfway house. I don't know where to send it."
So, she called her friend and, while inviting her, also demanded she mind her manners at the manor. Sheree hung up on her mid-sentence.
The day of the party arrived and Kenya was hustling. "Nobody should throw any event when they're under this kind of stress," she said, as if someone was forcing her to hold this ill-advised event against her will or something.
As Sheree and Cynthia began complimenting their host for the work she'd accomplished, Kenya couldn't help herself and got a dig in. "It's been a long journey. I can't imagine what five years feels like," she said. Sheree, being the OG gangster that she is, wasn't just going to let that slide. "But this whole house is the same size of my, uh, master suite," she shot back.
Once Kandi and her friend Lena arrived, the ladies got the grand tour. Sheree was less than impressed. "Kenya's housewarming invite should've come with a hard hat, a dust mask, and a freaking fan," she said. "Most of the women there had titty sweat. The dogs had titty sweat too! That bitch living foul."
Of course, all titty sweat would be forgotten once Phaedra showed up with an uninvited Porsha. Sheree shimmied in excitement like Hillary Clinton at a presidential debate. Before Kenya could react, the episode ended. So nasty and so rude. To be continued.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on Bravo.
#EMPIRE: Empire's Taraji P. Henson to Host Fox Holiday Special Solo This Year
While we wait For Wednesday’s return of EMPIRE due to the World Series. This year, Empire‘s Taraji P. Henson will be the lone host of the holiday special she and co-star Terrence Howard emceed in 2015.
Taraji’s White Hot Holidays will air Thursday, Dec. 8 at 8/7c, the network announced Monday.
The one-hour event also will include holiday performances from cast members and guest stars Jussie Smollett, Taye Diggs, Pharrell Williams, Missy Elliott, Alicia Keys, Snoop Dogg, TLC and Run-DMC’s Darryl McDaniels. Tyler Perry (The Haves and the Have Nots) and Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), as well as other “surprise guests and performances,” will be included, as well.
Do you plan to tune in to watch Henson hold court?
New Music Video from Mary J. Blige – Thick Of It
Mary J. Blige has taken a moment to reflect in the music video for her No. 1 single “Thick of It,” off her forthcoming album Strength of a Woman.
Surrounded by golden reflections of herself, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul looks fly in fur and gold in the ’90s-inspired visual, while singing about her romantic disappointment. “Should I stick it out? Are you worth this fight? Are we worth this fight?,” asks Mary.
The video and song come in the wake of the singers divorce from her longtime husband Martin “Kendu” Isaacs, who is reportedly seeking six figures in spousal support.
“‘Thick of It’ is the divorce and all this stuff that’s going on right now,” Mary recently said. “It’s the heaviness of it and the whole thing…That’s where I am. I’m in the middle of a divorce and it doesn’t feel good. It feels terrible, but I have strength to get through and I get through by any means necessary.”
Strength of a Woman, the follow-up to 2014’s The London Sessions, is set to feature contributions from Hit-Boy, Jazmine Sullivan, and Kanye West, who guests on “Love Yourself.”
Watch Mary shine HERE
Hip Hop: Listen To Rick Ross Remix Solange’s ‘Cranes In The Sky’
Following Common, Styles P, and KAYTRANADA, Rick Ross offers his take on Solange’s soulful “Cranes in the Sky” single off A Seat at the Table.
While Knowles’ song is about escapism, Renzel’s version indulges in sex and in wealth.
“Crib so big, cranes in the sky,” raps Rozay. “Standing on a stage, chains side to side / I fuck her on the back if she don’t wanna ride / Or bring another one, I like to dramatize.”
Speaking of the track, Solange performed “Cranes in the Sky” over the weekend during a show-stopping appearance on “SNL,” where she was joined backstage by Beyoncé, Jay Z, her mother Tina Lawson, and her son Julez.
Listen to the MMG mix of “Cranes” HERE.
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Dwyane Wade Caught Creeping Again?
Just before NBA star Dwyane Wade married actress Gabrielle Union there was an infidelity issue that resulted in an "outside" baby
Is D-Wade up to his old tricks...?
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I’m not sure a new team would be such a good idea for this future NBA hall of famer. Apparently he is cheating on his actress wife again and that is with them both living in the same city together.
Dwayne Wade/Gabrielle Union…Uh Oh?
The Stars came out on The Soul Train Awards Carpet – See them Here!
The Soul Train Music Awards were Black Fabness, and we love every bit of it. We've got all the pics of the folks who came out Get a Look see HERE!
What to expect from the show when it airs: Brandy was presented with the Lady of Soul Award after a heartfelt speech from 2015 honoree Jill Scott and a special tribute video from the best in the biz -- Kenny “BabyFace” Edmonds, Jazmine Sullivan, Jhene Aiko and more. Brandy then Performed tons of her hits too -- “Almost Doesn’t Count,” “What About Us,” “Full Moon,” “I Wanna Be Down,” “The Boy Is Mine,” “Talk About Our Love,” “Have You Ever,” and Mase joined her for “Sitting On Top Of The World.”
Cedric ‘The Entertainer’ presented Teddy Riley with the night’s highly regarded Legend Award honoring the prolific singer-songwriter and producer for his tremendous influence in soul culture and music. Teddy Riley was welcomed to the stage with a standing ovation and roaring round of applause. He celebrated with R&B and soul superstars Bobby Brown, Doug E. Fresh, Guy, Wreckx-N-Effect, V. Bozeman and Tito Jackson.
The 2016 Soul Train Awards air on Centric and BET November 27 at 8 p.m. ET.
Owiso Odera Dies: Kenyan Actor From ‘The Originals’ & ‘Dirt’ Was 43
Owiso Odera, a TV and stage actor who appeared in multiple episodes of such series as The Originals, Dirt and Three Rivers, collapsed and died onstage while rehearsing a play in Kentucky during the weekend. He was 43. His brother Peter confirmed his death to Kenyan newspaper The Standard.
The paper said he died during rehearsals for a new play called Measure Plus Dido and that first responders’ efforts to resuscitate Odera were not successful. The family did not confirm a cause of death.
Along with Originals, Dirt and Three Rivers, Odera most recently guested on such series as Madam Secretary, The Good Wife, The Millers, Blue Bloods and NCIS: Los Angeles. He lived in Santa Monica.
‘Wonder Woman’: Gal Gadot Says She’d Like Halle Berry to Be the Love Interest in the Sequel
In recent days, Wonder Woman’s sexuality has become a heated topic of debate. Greg Rucka, a longtime writer on the comic book series, has shared that he feels she is bisexual. Gal Gadot, the actress, tapped for the big-screen role, told Variety that it’s not something they focused on in the first standalone film. But…if she was bisexual, Gadot knows who she’d like the heroine to fall for.
The 31-year-old, sat down for an interview on an Israeli talk show recently to discuss Wonder Woman’s love life and the topic of her possible bisexuality came up. When asked if there’s an actress she’d like to see the DC superhero get involved with, Gadot had a good answer locked and loaded.
“I saw her the other day, Halle Berry. She’s so beautiful. Wow! She’s gorgeous! So…yeah, I could do it with her,” Gadot stated in Hebrew.
Obviously, this is all speculation. But speculation is often how things get started in Hollywood.
If you speak Hebrew and want to check out the interview, head over to Batman News, which is also the source of the interview’s translation.
Wonder Woman arrives in theaters June 2, 2017.
Reginae Checks T.I. Over Instagram Letter and The Internets Tell Her 'Stay In her Place!'
Remember rapper T.I. publicly checking his long time friend Weezy on Instagram yesterday after that foolish Nightline interview. Now, Wayne's daughter Reginae is hopping to his defense.
The 17-year-old (she turns 18 in a few weeks) slid into T.I.'s comments saying he could have texted all that to her dad, but TIP must have wanted some publicity:
Not everyone applauded her for hopping into the mix though. Many started going in on her page and her mother Toya Wright's page saying she needs to stay in a child's place and "learn some manners."
Hmph…..What say Ye?
EGGPLANT NATION: Meet John Topper
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