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Brandy Norwood is headed to Broadway. She will be starring in long-running production, “Chicago.” The big news was revealed Tuesday on the musical’s official Instagram page.
“The name on everybody’s lips is gonna be… BRANDY! Broadway summons their newest Roxie Hart, Brandy Norwood, to the Broadway stand,” producers announced.
Of course, we know that most good things don’t last forever, so if you’re hoping to grab a ticket, we advise you to do so while the getting is good. Norwood will only be appearing in the play for a limited eight-week engagement, which begins on Tuesday, April 28 and ends Sunday, June 21.
Brandy will be stepping into the role of Roxie Hart, a 1920s housewife who murders her lover. For those who are unfamiliar, check out a little more about the plot below.
“Set in the legendary city during the roaring “jazz hot” 20s, Chicago tells the story of two rival vaudevillian murderesses locked up in Cook County Jail. Nightclub star Velma’s serving time for killing her husband and sister after finding the two in bed together. Driven chorus girl Roxie’s been tossed in the joint for bumping off the lover she’s been cheating on her husband with. Not one to rest on her laurels, Velma enlists the help of prison matron Mama Morton and slickster lawyer Billy Flynn, who turn Velma’s incarceration into a murder-of-the-week media frenzy, thus preparing the world for a splashy showbiz comeback. But Roxie’s got some of her own tricks up her sleeve…”
“Chicago” happens to be the longest running American musical on Broadway. The revival of the musical, which opened in 1996, scored six Tony awards the following year in 1997. This is a great move for Ms. Norwood.
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A lot of popular musicians admire one another and often work together on projects. But every now and then, these people try to come together to create an actual supergroup of sorts. Multiple established individuals working under one name, one sound. And while the idea of supergroups is cool, many don’t make it. Why? Label conflict, big egos, and sometimes, fans just aren’t feeling what they’re selling. Here are 10 examples of supergroups that have been a bust for a variety of reasons.
Ever wonder what it’d be like if “Real Housewives of Atlanta” crossed over with “Love and Hip Hop”? Meet Peach Candy. Comprised of singer/songwriter Kandi Burruss and rapper Rasheeda Buckner-Frost, the duo provided a unique sound of crunk/hip-hop tracks with an R&B flare. The group disbanded because of their busy schedules and never released an album (they ladies are still close friends though). But they did release several singles like “Crazy,” “Bam,” “Wish I Never” and “Rain At Home” featuring Lil Scrappy.
Last April, Brandy confirmed that she and fiancé, Ryan Press, had called off their engagement. Of course, breakups can teach us just as much about love as relationships can and when asked what she has learned about love this year, the singer-actress had quite a bit to say.
“That’s such a big question,” she told The Brandy Blog. “I know for a fact that love really is unconditional. And I think we say that, but I don’t think we really understand the true meaning of that.”
She went on to express that she has realized that love endures—no matter what.
“Love remains through everything…through anger, through pain, through dishonesty. Whatever it is, love remains. I just think that I’m learning every day to accept that it’s okay to love someone regardless if you’re together or if you’re not. If you’re friends or if you’re not. You know, whatever the situation is.”
While she made no mention of her former fiancé, when her camp first confirmed the split, they were sure to express that the two will continue to remain friends.
“The engagement is off, but the friendship is still on,” said the singer’s rep. “They haven’t ended things on a bad note and they still speak all the time.”
We’re wishing this beauty nothing but the best!
I know some of y’all were wallowing way down deep in your feelings when Rodney Jerkins announced that Jessie J and Ariana Grande were planning to remake Brandy and Monica’s hit–and apparently– iconic song “The Boy Is Mine.”
I don’t know if Rodney spoke too soon or someone changed their mind. But according to Jessie J, there will be no such remake.
When she stepped out on the red carpet for the American Music Awards yesterday, with her new boo Luke James, she took time out to speak with UK outlet the Mirror, where she debunked rumors.
“No, it’s not true, neither of us have agreed. Sadly, people are believing it. I spoke to Brandy and I was like, ‘no it’s not happening’. Monica and Brandy are the best.”
Well, there you have it. Even though I believe Jessie J would be up to the challenge, we can all breathe a sigh of relief. Some things, classic things, just need to be left alone.
Brandy, MC Lyte, Yo-Yo And Queen Latifah Reunite To Perform “I Wanna Be Down (Remix)” At BET Hip Hop Awards
Did you tune into last night’s BET Hip Hop Awards?
Don’t worry, I won’t judge if you didn’t, because I only got to check out the last 30 minutes of the show for myself. But what I was lucky enough to catch before it went off was Brandy reuniting with MC Lyte, Yo-Yo and Queen Latifah for a performance of one of my favorite songs, “I Wanna Be Down (Remix).” All four ladies reunited earlier in the year on “The Queen Latifah Show” to talk about the story behind the creation of the beloved remix, but they recently took the stage to perform the jam for its 20th anniversary.
Brandy looked flawless as usual, jamming in a flannel ensemble with big hair and thigh-high boots as brother Ray J fanned out in the audience, while Queen Latifah, MC Lyte and Yo-Yo reminded everyone that black does not crack.
Speaking on the performance on Instagram, Brandy said “Dear God, thank you for this moment!” And Yo-Yo said “20 years of sisterhood and great music. Love you ladies @mclyte @4everbrandy @queenlatifah and the greatest producer @keithcrouch wish you could of been here. We lite the stage up!!”
The ladies definitely slayed the stage. Check out their performance below:
“It’s Like You Have A Disease”: Stars Who Say They Were Ostracized In The Industry For Getting Pregnant
During a recent episode of “Where Are They Now?” with Oprah, Vivica A. Fox said that one of her biggest regrets was that she didn’t have a child. This is something she spoke about in the past, saying that her concern with her career made her put motherhood on the back burner for quite some time.
“I just had been for the last 20 years so focused on Vivica and my career and what was the next job and what was the next thing I could do to…[breaks down].
You get to that point too where you’re like, you can’t [have a child] and then you get a lot of people who are like, ‘Oh well, you can adopt’ and maybe I can. But I did want to try to have my own child.”
She might have halted on having a child to keep her career hot, but it definitely seems that she might have been met with a lot of resistance and disappointment by people in the industry if she did get pregnant. The following famous women have said on more than one occasion that when they revealed that they were with child, those around them were NOT happy. In Hollywood, white hot careers come first…
Was there an artist you saw everywhere at one time or another and thought that they would always be “on”? Yeah, the 00s (and the ’90s) were filled with them, but a change in the sound of Hip-Hop and R&B, and a change in the way people buy and obtain music (and a change in skills and vocal abilities…) has caused some of the people who used to be on top to be somewhat forgotten about these days. It happens often, but we were surprised when these particular people (who aren’t one-hit wonders) were on top–and then all of a sudden were nowhere near the top years later.
You couldn’t tell me after Ja Rule was on top of the charts with albums like Rule 3:36 and Pain Is Love, and after helping Jennifer Lopez get two #1 hits with “I’m Real” and “Ain’t It Funny,” that he wasn’t going to be on top for years to come.
Well before and after the release of The Last Temptation, Ja Rule (born Jeffrey Atkins) started heavily beefing publically with 50 Cent, who would be a formidable threat in the rap game about to take the top spot. And on top of that, after a while, Murder Inc. was under investigation for drug trades, so Ja ended up leaving the company behind in 2009. From there, he was no longer the big fish and eventually found himself in prison for gun possession. Now out and about, Ja still performs (he just did a show in Nigeria with Ashanti), but people aren’t necessarily checking for him like they used to.
“Sometimes I Can’t Believe We Have The Same Mom And Dad”: Brandy Checks Ray J About His Petty Treatment Of Teairra Mari
If you’ve been keeping up with “Love and Hip Hop Hollywood,” you probably saw Monday night’s episode, where Ray J busted in on Teairra Mari’s tattoo removal party to return to her the products she had been asking for. Instead of being chill about it of course, Ray J chose to put her things in a box, take them to the party, and dump them on the ground in front of her and her guests (and he would also say that her Monistat was in the box in front of everyone). Obviously, that didn’t sit well with Mari, who proceeded to muff him in the face and throw things at him while calling him a “b***h.”
In a preview of next week’s episode, we will see the aftermath of that tomfoolery, including Ray speaking to his sister, Brandy, about the messy scene. During their conversation, Brandy tells him what we’ve all been trying to say for years: GROW UP.
“You had no business going over there to begin with. Sometimes I can’t believe we have the same mom and dad.”
Brandy goes on to tell him that he shouldn’t be petty when it comes to dealing with his exes. In fact, he shouldn’t be dealing with them at all. It’s time to make better choices, Ray.
Check out her words of wisdom to Ray about his treatment of Mari and how they both need to move on:
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“I’m The Reason Why The Show Is Successful”: Cast Members Of Your Favorite TV Shows Who Couldn’t Seem To Get Along
Just yesterday “The Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story” aired and it showed a side of the cast members behind the scenes that was quite salacious and drama-filled. Yes, the chemistry you see between cast members on TV shows isn’t always real or what it seems, and that goes for bad relationships between co-stars. It’s true that sometimes the people paid to play friends and lovers really can’t stand one another. Here are 11 examples of cast members who couldn’t get along from some of our favorite shows.
Though Brandy and Countess Vaughn had to play best friends on “Moesha,” they had a very contentious relationship, which Brandy recounted in detail as the cover darling of the April ’98 issue of Vibe.
“I think she’s very funny, very talented,” Brandy says. “I just feel like she wants to be in the position I’m in. People tell her, ‘You’re the reason why the show’s successful.’ And she’s told me that before. And she’s called me a b***h-to my face. She said, ‘I’m the reason why the show is successful, bitch.’ In front of a lot of people. And I looked at her like, Wow. I couldn’t say nothing about her because I wasn’t about to…”
“She knows,” says Brandy of Vaughn. “She wakes up and looks at herself in the mirror and she gets disgusted. I don’t.”
We told you about this new advice show, The Daily Helpline, last week when Brandy was a guest and spoke openly and vulnerably about hoping to find love before it’s too late. Someone else who has appeared on the new Fox show since is Tisha Campbell-Martin, and she too opened up in a way that we’ve never seen her do before. While giving a woman who was a victim of sexual assault some heartfelt advice, she revealed that she has gone through the same feelings and struggles the young woman had because she was also sexually abused at one point in her life.
“You can no longer be a victim. You have to be victorious at this point. You can’t play the victim because at this point, and I’m not saying this to put you down or anything. What I’m saying is that he is winning, and you are allowing him to win. You are making a conscious decision to harm yourself, to hurt yourself and allow this person to still have dominion over your life. You can’t do that anymore. The reason why I can absolutely say this to you without judgment or anything else is, and this is the first time I have ever admitted this on camera in front of millions of people is that I too have been a victim of the same thing. When I was three I was raped, by an older person. Now, I knew as child I did nothing wrong and that this wasn’t my fault, but I have found forgiveness in the guilt that I might’ve had. I felt like, did I pull this in? Did I do something? At three years old? No. It’s a heinous crime.”
You can check out Martin’s very brave admission below: