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The highly publicized Sony email leak has finally revealed something useful other than corporate racism and greed. Apparently there is a Destiny’s Child biopic in the works and you’ll never guess who’s behind it.
OK, well maybe you’ll guess whose idea it was in the first place. According to The Daily Beast:
An email dated December 4, 2013, from Screen Gems honcho Clint Culpepper to Pascal and a team of Sony execs discusses how Beyoncé’s father, Matthew Knowles, went to him to try and set up a Destiny’s Child biopic.
“Matthew Knowles, Beyonce’s Father wants to make the film of Destiny’s Child and came to me first,” wrote Culpepper. “He’s going to Universal next. Do we think it would be a successful film? They’re on Sony label. I’m just not sure that it’s not too soon.”
While a Destiny’s Child biopic sounds great — although we’re giving Matthew the sideye because he knows he’s not in the inner circle anymore — we have to agree with Culpepper that it’s a bit too soon. Michelle, Kelly, and Beyonce still have much to accomplish and DC only split within the last 10 years. Unfortunately, Lifetime doesn’t share that same opinion because The Daily Beast also revealed the network that brought us the Aaliyah story and soon “Whitney,” already has a Destiny’s Child biopic slated for February 2015! Yes, in just two months. Perhaps the network is taking a cue from the Aaliyah biopic and opting not to announce casting choices — or any other early details about the flick — for fear of an unprecedented amount of Twitter shade before the debut. Or else, they’ve just pushed the date back and we’ll all be in for a potentially unpleasant surprise next year. We shall see.
We have a new TV obsession on our hands and it’s called “Fix My Choir.” The new Oxygen reality show follows Michelle Williams and Deitrick Haddon who travel the country helping various choirs get their lives, and let us tell you, they are an absolute hot mess (the church folk, not Michelle and Deitrick).
When the two stopped by our office, they let us in on how they deal with all the personalities of church folk and also cleared up a few rumors that have been running rampant about them. Michelle also talked about being ready to jump the broom and how she feels about kids. Watch and tell us what you think. Make sure you tune into “Fix My Choir” every Wednesday night at 10 pm on Oxygen.
On October 23, MadameNoire hosted an evening of cocktails and choir music at the Blue Water Grill in NYC promoting Oxygen’s latest reality show, “Fix My Choir.” Stars of the series, Michelle Williams and Deitrick Haddon, were in attendance along with 80 industry professionals and influencers who were treated to a special sneak peek of the show as well as live music from the former Destiny’s Child member and Deitrick’s choir LXW. Our very own Associate Editor Victoria Uwumarogie served as the hostess for the evening. Check out the pics of the great night below!
Don’t forget to tune into “Fix My Choir” tonight at 10/9c PM on Oxygen.
Associate Editor Victoria Uwumarogie welcomes guests.
Rod Aissa, Executive Vice President of Original Programming at Oxygen (and MadameNoire fan), greets attendees.
Victoria interviews Deitrick and Michelle about singing in church choirs growing up and their experience taping “Fix My Choir.”
A quick, impromptu rendition of the “Fix My Choir” theme song to get us started.
Michelle sings her hit single “Say Yes” for the crowd.
Deitrick and the LXW choir get the crowd moving.
Michelle Williams’ backup singers pose for the cameras.
Deitrick and Michelle’s singers pose together.
The Grio Entertainment Editor Chris Witherspoon and guest.
Moguldom Producer Raven Carter, Moguldom Integrated Marketing Solutions Director Deveter Brown, and guest.
Guests pose on the red carpet.
MadameNoire Editors Lauren Fox, Brande Victorian, Tonya Garcia, Victoria Uwumarogie, and Veronica Wells.
In the upcoming months, Oxygen Media will be premiering “Fix My Choir,” an uplifting series, in which several struggling choirs are mentored by gospel powerhouses Deitrick Haddon and Michelle Williams. The Senior Vice President of Oxygen Media, Rod Aissa, says of the series:
“A great choir has the potential to inspire communities and uplift people everywhere. Viewers will witness Deitrick and Michelle breathes new life into choirs that have lost their way in ‘Fix My Choir,’ culminating with unforgettable performances that will bring the house down.”
Viewers can expect to witness Deitrick and Michelle to travel to various hometowns of struggling choirs. Not only will each choir learn how to harmonize vocally but they will also adapt better communication skills to be effective team players in their individual choirs. Deitrick believes the show’s purpose will give mainstream America insight on church culture: “The choir represents family, unity and team work,” he said. “It’s an honor to be a part of introducing the choir culture to the world with ‘Fix My Choir.’”
Below you can preview the “Fix My Choir” promo! “Fix My Choir” will air November 5th at 10 p.m. EST
Former Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams’ destiny has been fulfilled once again with her fourth studio album which is ready to be released into your homes. As we reported before: “fans can expect Williams to exhibit her mezzo-alto range strongly and break boundaries in the gospel genre with songs like “Need Your Help,” “Free,” “Believe in Me,” and “Fall” (a collaboration with rapper Lecrae and gospel singer Tye Tribbett). In addition to Williams releasing her new album, she will also be co-hosting a new television series, “Fix My Choir,” alongside Deitrick Haddon on Oxygen this fall.” Journey To Freedom will be released on September 9, but you can exclusively listen to Williams entire album below! Listen to the songs and tell us what you think. Do you have a favorite song yet?
Earlier this summer, Michelle Williams lifted our spirits with her hit “Say Yes,” featuring Beyonce and Kelly Rowland. With its inspirational message, the song topped the Billboard Gospel Digital Songs chart for four weeks. Featured on her upcoming album “Journey to Freedom,” Williams will also showcase equally powerful tracks such as “Fire” and “If We Had Your Eyes,” a duet with Fantasia.
From her 12-track album, fans can expect Williams to exhibit her mezzo-alto range strongly and break boundaries in the gospel genre with songs like “Need Your Help,” “Free,” “Believe in Me,” and “Fall” (a collaboration with rapper Lecrae and gospel singer Tye Tribbett). In addition to Williams releasing her new album, she will also be co-hosting a new television series, “Fix My Choir,” alongside Deitrick Haddon on Oxygen this fall.
Journey To Freedom will be released on September 9, but fans can currently pre-order the album on Walmart, iTunes and Amazon.
Below is the video of her hit, “Say Yes.”
If there are any two people in the world who know what it’s like to have unnecessary haters it’s Karreuche Tran and Michelle Williams. The girlfriend of Chris Brown and former Destiny’s Child member who might actually be the two sweetest people on Earth are always on the receiving end of vicious Black Twitter slander for doing nothing more than being them. And when we caught up with these two on the red carpet at the Debra Lee PRE dinner before the BET Awards Saturday night, we had to ask them how they deal with all the nonsense — and whether they understand just how hard their truly loyal fans go for them when the ignorance arises.
Check out what they had to say in the video above, which also includes a snippet from Stephen Bishop talking about the love he receives from the ladies online and the “Being Mary Jane” critics. What do you think?
‘It’s Going On MY Album:’ Michelle Williams Makes It Clear That ‘Say Yes’ Isn’t A Destiny’s Child Song
Destiny’s Child fans were ecstatic to learn that the trio would be somewhat reuniting for Michelle Williams’ new single “Say Yes.” And somehow, in all of the excitement, some people interpreted the track as a sign that a new Destiny’s Child album is in the works. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. But we’re content for now seeing the ladies coming together to promote one another’s solo careers.
“There was an interview we did some years ago saying that we would participate, in whatever capacity, on each other’s solo projects,” Michelle explained to MTV News. “Whether that is appearing with Beyoncé from time to time on her tours, or on shows, or Kelly’s album, so this was my turn now to have them on an original song on my album.”
Michelle adds that it was awesome being able to reunite with her former group members.
“Filming the video for ‘Say Yes’ was fun. It was amazing. It was incredible.”
Not to be confused, though, Michelle made it clear that “Say Yes” is her project and simply features her DC-3 sisters.
“It feels wonderful [to work with them], and no matter how much we try to say it’s not a Destiny’s Child song because it’s not going on a Destiny’s Child album. It’s going on MY album featuring Beyoncé and Kelly. It’s the same way Kelly featured us on her album. But no matter how much we try to separate ourselves when we’re together, it is what it is. This is the group!'” she said laughing.
While we would loveeeeee another Destiny’s Child album, we’ll take what we can get for now
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A few days ago, we let you know that there would be a video for Michelle Williams’ new gospel song “Say Yes” and today on “Good Morning America,” Williams released it. Just as the song calls for, the video is colorful and vibrant, Michelle is doing a little bop and two step while people dance and sing along with the ladies of Destiny’s Child. I was really on the fence about this song when I first heard it, but the more I listen, the more I dig it. And the video just makes it all that much better.
Take a look at the visuals in the fun video below and tell us what you think.
The single is featured on Michelle’s upcoming album, Journey to Freedom due out on September 9.
Up next for Michelle is working as a mentor on the new new Oxygen show “Fix My Choir.” along with gospel great Shirley Caesar and Mary Mary.
You can also watch the Behind the Scenes video of the shoot below.
Last week, we told you about the new Michelle Williams single “Say Yes” featuring her former bandmates Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland. Naturally, anytime there’s even a thought about the three of them reuniting, folks get excited.
And so it’s really not surprising that news of the video shoot leaked as well and fans swarmed the location. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter (THR), Michelle Williams explained how it all went down.
“We heard all this commotion going on while we were filming, We filmed at somebody’s house and they probably got excited and called their cousins and friends and, next thing you know, the whole town was on one street. … I woke up to the news of the song being leaked and I just hate when that happens because it was an unmastered version. At the same time, I was overwhelmed by the support. I know things happen for a reason. I don’t want anyone to think I’m pissed. I’m not.”
As we mentioned before, the song “Say Yes” is an ode to the Nigerian song more than a hundred years old. Harmony Samuels, who’s worked with the likes of Jennifer Hudson, Chris Brown, Ariana Grande and Maroon 5 and is also Nigerian says, “I don’t think anyone knows who wrote it or who started singing that chorus. When the song leaked last week, so many people from Africa and Nigeria were trying to let me know where it came from.”
Michelle also told THR how the girls got involved with the track.
“They received an advance copy of the album and called saying, ‘We love ‘When Jesus Says Yes’… there has to be a Destiny’s Child mix of the song,'” Williams recalls. “Kelly did it and Beyonce got right in the studio and did her part. I kept it a secret because I didn’t want anyone to know until it was time.”
And naturally, they had an amazing time filming with one another.
“It was so much fun,” says Williams. “It was like we were little kids again. I have their back and they have mine. They have showed themselves to be loyal to me time after time. They have proven they are my sisters time and time again.”
“Say Yes” is the first single from Williams’ fourth album Journey To Freedom, which is set to come out sometime in September. Williams says the single is “an urban inspiration record so sonically it’s very urban with pop infusion in there. I made sure that every genre of music I have ever done is represented on there.”
Michelle says that she’s hoping this studio effort will appeal to some of the fans who stopped following her career once she decided to pursue gospel music.
“Destiny’s Child had millions of fans but the second I did ‘gospel’ they were like, ‘We love you but I don’t know…’ My message is that I’m here to inspire and to encourage and give hope. Whatever you want to do, you can do. I’m not saying it’s going to be easy, but I’ve been there. I have been down in a dark place and I want to tell people my story of how I got to that dark place and how I’m free from it now.”