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Patti LaBelle To Join Cast Of “American Horror Story: Freak Show”; Will Play Gabourey Sidibe’s Mom

August 12th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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The last time I really remember Patti LaBelle acting was when she played Dwayne Wayne’s mother on “A Different World.” Well, she will be putting her acting chops to use once again in a recurring role on the upcoming season of  FX’s “American Horror Story: Freak Show.”

According to TVLine, LaBelle will be in four episodes of the new season, and will play the mother of Gabourey Sidibe’s character, and will play a big part in the drama. LaBelle will reportedly help to uncover the secrets of this season’s big villain, Twisty the clown killer (whoever that will be…).

LaBelle isn’t the first musician to appear on the show, as singer Stevie Nicks appeared on a few episodes during last season’s “Coven” series. However, LaBelle reportedly won’t be using her famous pipes to sing on the show. Again, “Freak Show” will focus on the last exhibition of “biological rarities” in the country, and the people who put it together. The new season (which is reportedly Jessica Lange’s last) is set to premiere in October.

I’m excited about this new addition to the show! LaBelle (despite what I said earlier), has done quite a bit of acting over the years, including starring in her own show, Out All Night in the early ’90s, and appearing in shows like “All Of Us” and movies like Semi-Pro and Mama I Want to Sing. I’m sure this is just another role LaBelle will slay.

C Walking? Patti Labelle And Whoopi Dance To Pac’s “California Love”

July 1st, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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We told you earlier that Miss Patti was celebrating her 70th birthday a couple of months ago on May 24th. But since she was maintaining a rigorous schedule working on the Broadway play After Midnight, she didn’t get to celebrate in full effect. But she took care of that yesterday at the Cara Mia in New Jersey.

The musical legend, surrounded by family and friends, finally had a proper party. “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg and Vogue’s André Leon Talley were among the guests for the shindig sponsored by Korbel Champagne.

We can only imagine all the fun that went down that night but one of the night’s highlights came when Patti and Whoopi danced to Tupac Shakur’s hit song “California Love.”

Take a look at the two of them in the video below.

And then later in the evening Patti treated her guests to a performance of her song “Music is My Way Of Life” from the ’79 album It’s Alright With Me. 

I.Die. Man what I would have given to be at that party. Looks like good times. And it’s an inspiration knowing that the turn up is still very real at 70.

Bow Down? Patti Labelle Talks Influence, Says Beyonce Needs To Thank Her

June 19th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From StyleBlazer 

Patti LaBelle is letting it be known that she’s the original Queen Diva. That’s right Freedia. You, Beyonce and even Toni Braxton have her to thank. 

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Patti Labelle Reveals Battle With Depression And How It Affected Her Career

June 17th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From The Grio

This week, legendary singer Patti LaBelle made a triumphant return to Broadway in the Tony Award winning musical After Midnight.

This summer, multi-award winning icons LaBelle, Gladys Knight and Natalie Cole, join the illustrious roster of special guest star vocalists in After Midnight. Combined, this trio of legends boasts 22 platinum and gold records, 18 Grammy Awards, and almost 300 million albums sold worldwide.

70-year-old LaBelle opened up to’s Chris Witherspoon about her illustrious career inmusic and Hollywood spanning 5 decades.

LaBelle revealed that nearly four years ago. she had a bought with depression and lost her voice.

“It left me for a minute … my voice,” LaBelle said. “But it’s back full circle now.”

“I was nervous for about a year,” she added. “Maybe I just didn’t want to put it out then…. sort of depression.”

LaBelle’s received rave reviews from Broadway critics since beginning her stint in After Midnight, taking the reins from former American Idol singer Fantasia Barrino, whom LaBelle affectionately calls “baby Patti.”

“[Fantasia’s] just a baby me,” LaBelle says. “When you see yourself in someone else, you say, ‘God I’m 70, she’s 30,’ so she’s like the Patti Labelle from back in the day and everything and she’s so raw.”

The “If Only You Knew” singer says she’s been in Fantasia’s corner throughout her often rocky career.

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Fantasia, Patti & Gladys Perform, Audra McDonald Makes History: Black Women Win Big At The Tony Awards

June 9th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Fantasia says all the time how Patti LaBelle is her idol turned mama. So I’m sure it was an honor and privilege for her to perform with her and Gladys Knight this past weekend at the 2014 Tony Awards. The two legends and youngblood Fantasia opened the show singing “On the Sunny Side of the Street” in a choreographed number staged by Warren Carlyle. It showcased some of the highlights from the musical After Midnight. Fantasia finished her last show for the musical earlier that afternoon and Knight and LaBelle will succeed her this summer along with Natalie Cole. If you hadn’t heard, the show did exceptionally well and received seven Tony Nominations including one for Best Musical. It won last night for Best Choreography. You can watch the ladies’ performance below.


Last night was dusted with all types of Black Girl Magic as Sophie Okonedo took home the award for best featured actress in a play for her portrayal of Ruth in “A Raisin in the Sun.” And Audra McDonald made history,  becoming the Tony Awards’ most celebrated actress ever. Last night she took home her sixth Tony for her role as Billie Holiday in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.” During her acceptance speech McDonald cried openly and thanked her late parents for disregarding the doctor’s advice and not medicating her for being hyperactive. Thankfully, they directed her to theater instead. And she acknowledged her husband and children, specifically her daughter who she said she is nothing without. And then she thanked women like Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll, Ruby Dee, Maya Angelous and Billie Holiday. You can watch her speech below.


We’re so proud of all these ladies’ accomplishments and happy to see diversity flourishing on Broadway.

Happy Birthday Patti: Patti LaBelle’s Greatest Performances

May 24th, 2014 - By M A
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The incomparable Patti LaBelle has been captivating the music industry since she first hit the scene more than 50 years ago. Since that moment, she has mesmerized us with her incredible range, soul and passion, while blazing a trail for powerful female contemporary singers like Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys and Christina Aguilera. So as Patti prepares to celebrate her 70th birthday, we figured there was no better tribute than taking a look back at some of this diva’s most incredible performances.

Tell It All! Patti Labelle Talks Nose Job, Beyoncé and Peeing On Stage

May 22nd, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: Access Hollywood

Source: Access Hollywood

Though Miss Patti Patti is turning 70 years old later this week, she is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down. She’s releasing an album later this year, coming to the hit, Tony-nominated Broadway play After Midnight and will be touring later too. In promotion for all those things and her line of diabetic-friendly bar-b-que sauces, which can be found at Wal-Mart, she sat down with “Access Hollywood” to chat. The legendary songstress spoke about everything from aging gracefully and how she manages to look so good after all these years, to her thoughts on Beyoncé, her nose job and that time she had to pee on stage. Lol! She touched on a little bit of everything. Read highlights from the interview below and then watch the entire thing in the video at the bottom of the page .

Access Hollywood: We heard you have a big birthday coming up…

Patti Labelle: 70. May 24. I was born in 1944 darling.

How do you look so good, what’s your secret?

God. He made me and my good genes. I have good genes from my mom and dad.

How are we celebrating?

I’m going to celebrate by being quiet. I’m just going to be a home having a dinner and some hard shell crabs from Baltimore. That’s all I need.

What artists do you think are emulating you?

Fantasia said that she was. I kick my shoes off maybe after the seventh song, she does her’s at the beginning.

A lot of young girls like Toni Braxton, Beyoncé they all called me for advice when they first started.

What did you say to Beyoncé?

I told her that she was phenomenal and she was going to be better and better and better. And she is. Like Kelly Rowland, they all call me mama. It’s like I have this thing that young girls want to talk to me about like Pink, Christina Aguilera. Cyndi Lauper, I’m her son’s godmother. I sang at her wedding so we talk a lot. It’s like they come to Patti for advice and I find that as a high compliment.

What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve ever done on stage?

I had to go to the ladies’ room and they didn’t have one. It was an outdoor gig. My friend Norma, who’s been doing my hair for 40 years, brought me a bucket to the side, where the side little dressing area is where you do your quick change. I used a bucket. Nobody knew. They thought I was going back to change clothes. I went on the side. She covered me. Everybody stood around me with their backs turned and I had to go. And kept the song going after that, honey. I kept singing.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

I would tell my younger self not to have problems with the way I looked when I was younger. Not to worry about that nose. I had a bigger nose so I had a nose job. That’s the only surgery I’ve ever had on my face or my body, nowhere. I was beating up myself for the way my nose looked and my nose was fine before I changed it. But it was my way of thinking that when I got on tv, it’s going to look bigger. Got the nose done and that’s it. But I would have said Patti back in the day, you shouldn’t have touched your nose. Be yourself.


Naturi Naughton As Patti LaBelle…Can You See It?

April 23rd, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Naturi Naughton As Patti LaBelle.

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There’s likely no shortage of stars who would love the chance to fill the shoes of soul singing diva Patti LaBelle, be it on stage or at least playing the part in a biopic, but a surprising actress has thrown her name into the ring in case any opportunity should arise.

Shadow and Act recently chatted with Naturi Naughton, who’s set to star in the upcoming Starz series “Power” alongside Omari Hardwick, and when they asked her what role she’d like to portray that she hasn’t had a chance yet she said this:

“I would love to play Patti LaBelle. Her voice, her journey, her longevity in the business – I really love her and I think she’s such an amazing force of nature. A lot of people don’t talk about her journey. And then I was obsessed with things like Roots as a little girl, and I know they’re redoing that. I was obsessed with Love Jones growing up, so if they ever do anything like it again. I always wanted to [star in] a really poetic love affair. That’s a fantasy of mine. I really was inspired by that movie and it changed me as a woman, not just as an actress.”

Hmmm Naturi Naughton as Patti LaBelle? On stage, Fantasia has already started mimicking everybody’s favorite auntie, kicking off her shoes within the first few minutes of her performances and belting out high-pitched melodic notes, and call me crazy but for some reason Tichina Arnold’s impression of Patti way back in the day on Martin makes me think if a biopic ever came up she should at least be one of the top five actresses to audition.

Knowing Miss Patti, if a project such as this ever did arise she’d likely be the one to have the final say, so we’ll just sit back and wait for her to respond — hopefully without any shade.

Could you see Naturi Naughton as Patti LaBelle on screen?

‘The Stories Were Not Presented As Satire Or Humor:’ Aretha Franklin To Reportedly Sue For $10 Million Over Fake Assault Story

April 17th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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For weeks, rumors that place Patti LaBelle and Aretha Franklin at the center of some sort of ridiculous beef have been circulating around the Internet. According to the rumors, the ladies encountered one another at a concert in Atlanta and tried to resolve issues surrounding the way Aretha allegedly shaded Patti at the White House Women of Soul Concert and things didn’t go so well. This supposedly led to a blowout fight that ended with Aretha being arrested

Unsurprisingly, the world quickly learned that the rumors were false and Aretha put an end to speculation about there being any kind of beef between herself and Patti.

“I’ve never heard anything crazier—regarding myself and Patti allegedly fighting on March 20, in Atlanta. On March 20, I was in New York City readying for my birthday patty (Sorry. LOL. Laughing at my typo error). I meant PARTY, which we all had one fabulous time. Patti and I are cool and we always have been. I enjoyed her at the White House. Classic Patti.”

While she may not be beefing with Patti, Aretha appears to be ready to go to war with NewsNerd, the satirical website credited with starting the wild rumors. According to Detroit News, she’s has plans to sue to the site for $10 million.

“The stories were not presented as satire or humor,” Franklin said through her publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn. “It was presented as a serious news story intended to depict me in a slanderous and derogatory way — defamation of character.”

It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

“Patti And I Are Cool And We Always Have Been:” Aretha Franklin Responds To Patti Labelle Fight Rumors

April 15th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Aretha Franklin Responds To Patti Labelle Fight

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You may have seen a fishy headline yesterday that claimed Patti LaBelle had been arrested for putting her paws on Aretha Franklin. As the sensational story on newsnerd told it, Patti and Aretha ran into each other at a concert in Atlanta and attempted to resolve some lingering issues stemming from the way Aretha allegedly shaded Miss Patti at the White House Women of Soul Concert. Rumor had it that Aretha turned up her nose at Patti, who “quickly removed her wig and earrings as she approached Franklin. Aretha, knowing that the removal of earrings is a tell-tale sign that a fight is about to ensue, attempted to prepare herself for the confrontation. Franklin was quickly struck with a Mayweather style right and left and stumbled backwards, landing awkwardly. Bystanders subdued Labelle and escorted her outside of the venue. Franklin suffered only minor injuries.”

Sounds laughable right? That’s because it is! Despite alleging that Patti was “quickly apprehended by the Atlanta Police Department and charged with assault and battery,” Aretha says she has no time for this nonsense rumor. Releasing a statement through her publicist, she said:

“I’ve never heard anything crazier—regarding myself and Patti allegedly fighting on March 20, in Atlanta.  On March 20, I was in New York City readying for my birthday patty (Sorry. LOL. Laughing at my typo error).  I meant PARTY, which we all had one fabulous time.  Patti and I are cool and we always have been.  I enjoyed her at the White House.  Classic Patti.”

Thanks Auntie Re Re, though I think we all knew there was no way Patti was throwing “Mayweather style” right and left hooks out in these streets. Sigh. Did you give a second thought to this story of Patti and Aretha fighting when you first heard it?