Wednesday, February 25, 2009
The original musical, a modern-day retelling of L. Frank Baum’s “Wonderful Wizard of Oz” with an African-American cast, won seven Tony Awards, including best musical, in 1975. The Encores! revival will be directed by and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler (who collaborated on “In the Heights”), and is scheduled to run from June 12 through July 3.
No casting has been announced. (hmmm...wonder when the auditions are for THIS show.)
OMIGOD!!! This is my most FAVORITE Broadway Show Ever!!! (Dreamgirls runs a close second). My Aunt Jessie gave me my first ticket in 1975 and I saw this production FOUR TIMES when it was on Broadway with Stephanie Mills...I still have the red hair ribbon that she wore in the show and her autograph in my scrapbook. One of my dreams came true when I got to play the role of Evillene in a production produced by The New York Youth Theater. It was one of the best times of my life...for real.
Check it out!
You KNOW i'mma check this one out....Alex! Look for your phone to ring shortly!
Tune in to The Oprah Winfrey Show on Friday, February 27th to see Jennifer Hudson perform "If This Isn't Love"!
No details were available on whether Hudson will also sit down for an interview with Oprah on Friday’s show.
The Oprah Winfrey Show airs weekdays on ABC at 4pm EST.
"All I can tell you really is if you get to the point where someone is telling you that you are not great or not good enough, just follow your heart and don't let anybody crush your dream."
- Patti Labelle
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
by Sara Bonisteel/Photo by John Parra, WireImage
Hey y'all! It was moon over Miami as a crowd full of foodies got a heaping portion of Paula Deen when her pants fell down during a cooking demonstration.
The faux pas came just days after Deen was sued for reneging on a contract to sell her kitchen gadgets.
The original Bag Lady was attending the Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival on Feb. 22 when her baggy pants slipped down. And it was all caught on tape by a blogger for the Miami New Times.
"Wait! My britches are falling down," the silver-haired chef exclaims in the video. "Look at them!"
Deen pulled up her white pants, which were weighted down with microphone equipment, and strutted around the stage. But as she turned to get started in the Kellogg's Kidz Kitchen, her pants slipped down and Deen mooned the crowd with her beige underpants.
"Oh my god," she said. "Did y'all see much?"
It was a lighthearted moment that came just two days after Deen's company was sued by Nitches, Inc., for unspecified damages over a deal to sell a line of kitchen products bearing her name, TMZ.com reported.
The suit, filed in L.A. County Superior Court, alleges Deen signed the deal allowing Nitches exclusive rights to sell items bearing the Georgia chef's name. TMZ.com said the items include pancake molds, egg molds, barbecue materials, potpourri, baking timers and aprons.
Deen hosts several cooking shows on the Food Network.
"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well."
- Virginia Woolf
The happily married couple – 20 years and counting – began their musical journey as members of Kirk Franklin & The Family.
Though the Fort Worth, Texas-bred twosome have likely toured every city in the United States in Perry productions like 'I Can Do Bad All By Myself,' 'Diary of a Mad Black Woman,' 'Diary of a Mad Black Woman,' 'What's Done In The Dark;' the two are now enjoying delivering their message of inspiration, encouragement and humor both on the big screen in 'Madea Goes To Jail' and on television with 'Meet The Browns.'
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Source: AOL BV Buzz
I feel so silly - I am just finding all of this info about this talented duo just now.
'American Idol' contestant Elliott Yamin is also signed to the label.
Currently on the road touring in the revival of the Broadway musical, 'Ain't Misbehavin'' alongside fellow 'American Idol' contestants Frenchie Davis and Trenyce, Studdard unveiled his new single 'Together' on AOL Music last week. The song will be available in retail outlets come March 17.
The 31-year-old crooner will release his fourth CD, 'Love Is,' on May 17.
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"A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost."
7:05 PM CST, February 23, 2009
CHICAGO (AP) — The lawyer for a man accused of killing the mother, brother and nephew of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson has withdrawn from the case.
Joshua Kutnick will no longer represent William Balfour, who is the estranged husband of Hudson's sister Julia. Kutnick says he believes Balfour is innocent, but the high-profile case involves intense hours and requires resources that he can't support financially.
Kutnick, a solo practitioner, says a solid defense requires expenses like expert witnesses, clerical staff and psychiatrists. The 27-year-old Balfour will be assigned a public defender.
The bodies of Darnell Donerson and Jason Hudson were discovered Oct. 24 at their South Side home. Julian King's body was found days later. Balfour, who has pleaded not guilty, is next due in court April 1.
Public defender eh? No money? Innocent or Guilty, it doesn't matter now....the likelihood of him being convicted just increased tenfold......uptown we already KNOW how this is gonna go down.....
"No one with a serious charge can put up a proper defense in the limited time I have received from the public defender's office."
- Asa Meek
Monday, February 23, 2009
and here's her red carpet interview with Ryan Seacrest:
Also looking FABU on the Red Carpet were:
Viola Davis & Taraji P Henson
Alicia Keys looked beautiful in purple
Good Morning America's Robin Roberts
And of course....Beyonce
"This award touches my heart and the very depth of my soul because of who the award is from and those who will benefit. The humility I feel is staggering, and I know it will stay with me for the rest of my life."
— Jerry Lewis, while accepting an Oscar for humanitarian work.
“I'm a supporter of gay rights. And not a closet supporter either. From the time I was a kid, I have never been able to understand attacks upon the gay community. There are so many qualities that make up a human being... by the time I get through with all the things that I really admire about people, what they do with their private parts is probably so low on the list that it is irrelevant.”
- Paul Newman
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Enjoy the photos, I am on deadline and I can't write a whole lot at the moment....lol...but there's no need....the pics say it all!
Congrats to my homies! And thank you so much for making me proud!
Catch up with me later for my "Behind The Scenes" Report complete with exclusive pictures...Eye candy was EVERYWHERE!!!!
The fabulous Toccara Jones!
Lady Caramella from the Glamazons,
Keyshia Cole's Big Sis Neffie
And Tricia Campbell all in designs by Monif C.
The Hammerstein Ballroom erupted into cheers when the plus gals took to the runway!
& Theresa Randolph all shine in designs by Douglas Says
“I do believe that when we face challenges in life that are far beyond our own power, it's an opportunity to build on our faith, inner strength, and courage. I've learned that how we face challenges plays a big role in the outcome of them.” - Sasha Azevedo
Saturday, February 21, 2009
'When a singer truly feels and experiences what the music is all about, the words will automatically ring true." - Monserrat Caballe
The world’s first full-figured supermodel, Emme, will be the keynote speaker at the 2009 Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (WISE) conference April 8 at the Oncenter. The annual event marks its seventh year for motivating aspiring entrepreneurs in Central New York.
The New York City native also received recognition as host of E! Entertainment Television’s “Fashion Emergency,” and has continued educating women on important issues such as body image, surviving cancer, mothering, and adopting a greener lifestyle.
"The entrepreneur is our visionary, the creator in each of us. We're born with that quality and it defines our lives as we respond to what we see, hear, feel & experience. It is developed, nurtured and given space to flourish or is squelched, thwarted, without air or stimulation, and dies."
- Michael Gerber
Niecy Nash Sparkles in Red
Star Trek Alumnus Nichelle Nichols
Mo'Nique Rocks the Bronze....
Actress/Comedienne Kim Coles
Curvy Vocalist Chrisette Michele hit NYC Fall Fashion Week HARD!!!!
In Denim & Leather at the Alice & Olivia show
Andre Leon Talley makes an appearance at the Marc Jacobs Show
"All fashions are charming, or rather relatively charming, each one being a new striving, more or less well conceived, after beauty, an approximate statement of an ideal, the desire for which constantly teases the unsatisfied human mind." - Charles Baudelaire