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Meet The Stars Behind The HBO “Bessie” Biopic

March 19th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Meet The Stars Behind The HBO Bessie BiopicWe’ve already told you all how excited we are about the new HBO biopic Bessie, starring Queen Latifah in the lead role as the famed Blues singer and entertainer. And as we near the May 16 air date, more and more information about the cast and film keep popping up. And while we thought it was going to be good with the little information we’d been given earlier; now, we’re almost certain that this tv movie will be one to remember.

Not only has HBO released the trailer for the film, they’ve also included character spots from the very talented actors who will take part in the project including Tika Sumpter, who plays one of Bessie’s love interests, Michael Kenneth Williams, her overbearing husband Jack Gee, Khandi Alexander, her embittered older sister Viola and Mo’Nique, her mentor (and perhaps lover) Ma Rainey.

Meet the characters and the director Dee Rees on the following pages. Then watch the teaser for the film at the end.

Buckle up.

Blackballed? Mo’Nique To Star In New HBO Biopic Alongside Queen Latifah

February 25th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Mo'Nique To Star In New HBO Biopic Alongside Queen Latifah

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You can’t keep a good woman down for too long. Even though Mo’Nique has been all over the news talking about being blackballed in the industry, it looks like things might be turning around in her favor.

Earlier, we reported that Queen Latifah was starring as Bessie Smith in the new HBO biopic, Bessie. She’ll also serve as executive producer for the project. And she’s bringing her crew with her.

The cast will include some of our absolute faves, like Michael K. Williams as Bessie’s husband, Khandi Alexander as her big sister, Mike Epps as a bootlegger and boot thang and Mo’Nique as Ma Rainey, a fellow Blues singer and Bessie’s rumored lover.

The movie will chronicle Bessie’s successes, the affair with Rainey and her struggles with alcoholism.

Supporting cast includes Mike Epps, Tika Sumpter and Charles Dutton.

Sounds like this will be a winner.

Directed by Dee Rees, (Pariah), Bessie will air on HBO on May 16.

Would You Watch A “Barbershop 3″? Malcolm D. Lee May Bring It To Your Local Theaters

February 22nd, 2015 - By Courtney Whitaker
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Yup, it’s happening, again. I know we previously reported a Barbershop 3 was in the works, but forreal this time!

According to Deadline, a Barbershop 3 is currently in development. The threequel will come 11 years after the sequel of the movie.

The site is reporting, They’re still barbering his deal, but MGM is hiring The Best Man franchise director Malcolm D. Lee to direct Barbershop 3, the sequel that is coming together fast with deals being made for Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainerto reprise their roles. Cube Vision is producing. Bob Teitel and George Tillman Jr. of State Street Pictures are the lead producers. Script is by Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver.

The first movie and the sequel made $140 Million combined. We’re also sure studio executives are inspired by the success of movies like Ride Along and The Best Man Holiday. I would love to see if characters like Michael Ealy and Eve, make an appearance in the film.

What do you guys think? Are they fooling us AGAIN? Would you go see it? If you would, who would you want to see star in it?

Queen Latifah And Rumored Girlfriend Eboni Nichols Enjoy Helicopter Ride And Sushi Date In Rio [Photos]

January 28th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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The first time Queen Latifah was spotted out with rumored partner, Eboni Nichols, was last summer. The two were snapped in Italy playing poolside, dining together, and even sharing a kiss while photogs took pictures from afar. It was also the first time that anyone had seen Latifah comfortable enough to share kisses in public, though she had been photographed getting pretty cozy with rumored ex Jeanette Jenkins while vacationing off the coast of France with Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz some years back.

Latifah, 44, was snapped stepping out for another vacation with Nichols, and this time, they set their sights on Brazil. The pair did a helicopter ride so that they could sightsee in Rio de Janeiro yesterday, and were also photographed enjoying sushi and great conversation together on Monday night in the city. Nichols, 36, according to the Daily Mail, is a choreographer who had a small role in Dreamgirls (see below, second to the left).

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Dreamworks/Paramount

This is the second vacay of the year for the pair, who rang in 2015 on the beach in Miami. While we don’t have any pics from that fun time, we have plenty from their big trip to Rio. Check them out below and on the next page.

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Heeey Santa! Queen Latifah Pays Staff Of Her Canceled Show From Her Own Pocket

December 19th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Queen Latifah Pays Staff Of Her Canceled Show

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Despite the cancellation of her talk show, Queen Latifah seems to be full of the Christmas spirit. The Queen Latifah show couldn’t have been canceled at a more inopportune time, with the holidays right around the corner.

But her staff won’t have to worry too much because, according to E! News, Latifah is paying her show’s crew throughout the holidays. And get this, she’s doing so with her own money, even though production itself has shut down.

We did have an indication that Queen loved her staff. Last month, when it was announced that the show was being canceled, Latifah issued this message from her Facebook page.

“Your dedication and sacrifice was crucial to the entire team, and in the face of intense challenges, you displayed ‘True Grit’!’ Thank you for your strong work ethic and great effort in getting The Queen Latifah Show off the ground and running.

Your Family, Partners, Staff and Crew showed up with you every step of the way. Be very proud of that! Not everyone can say the same,” the message continued. “You can also say you have been a blessing to and been blessed by amazing guests and incredible audiences for this show. We truly changed people’s lives for the better. So…stay positive, stay strong, and most important, stay open…There is so much more God has in store! This letter is for me, my staff, my crew, and everyone who was by my side for this incredible journey. The most important thing in life is that you wake up every single day and take chances. No matter what the outcome…believe in yourself and continue to fly.”

Original episodes of the show will continue to air until March.

We already loved Queen Latifah but this right here…salute.

Queen Latifah: It’s A Disgrace We’re Still Discussing Race The Way We Are In This Country

December 15th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Queen Latifah built her career on telling people what labels not to apply to her, which is why the woman of many talents is fed up with the way the United States handles race. When we asked Queen how she feels about her accomplishments always being prefaced with the Black woman label, she said it’s a disgrace to the United States as a country that matters of race she saw play out as a child are still issues today as a grown woman, stating plainly that it’s time for us to get real with ourselves about race and how we treat one another. Check out her full comments in the video above. Do you agree?

Queen Latifah Talks Becoming A Mother: “One Day It Will Be My Blessing”

December 10th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Following the announcement that her daytime talk show will be cancelled, Queen Latifah has expressed a strong desire to become a mother. According to the rapper-actress, she thinks about having children often.

“I’m always thinking about [becoming a mother]. Hopefully one day it will be my blessing,” she revealed to Closer magazine. “Being a mom is probably the most unselfish thing you can do.”

The singer says that she doesn’t have a preference regarding the sex of the children she hopes to mother someday. Instead, her concern lies in her ability to be there for them.

“It doesn’t matter to me. I just really want to be there for them through adulthood and for the rest of their lives.”

It’s unclear when Queen hopes to become a mom, but we’re guessing that she’ll begin working on making this dream a reality sooner than later. However, since the 44-year-old is known for keeping her personal life out of the public eye, it may be a while before us common folk actually find out what’s going on.

Regardless, we’re wishing Queen the best in her quest to become a mommy.

Queen Latifah’s Talk Show Canceled!

November 22nd, 2014 - By Courtney Whitaker
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All good things must come to an end.

In this case, that good thing is Queen Latifah’s daytime talk show. The Queen Latifah Show has been canceled and will wrap by the end of this year. New episodes of the show will continue to air until March 2015. The talk show struggled with finances and ratings over its duration.

Queen Latifah posted a heartfelt goodbye on the show’s Facebook page.

Just a little note to say Thank You…

Thank you for your strong work ethic and great effort in getting The Queen Latifah Show off the ground and running.

Your dedication and sacrifice was crucial to the entire team, and in the face of intense challenges, you displayed “True Grit”!

Your Family, Partners, Staff and Crew showed up with you every step of the way. Be very proud of that! Not everyone can say the same.

You can also say you have been a blessing to and been blessed by amazing guests and incredible audiences for this show.

We truly changed people’s lives for the better.

So… STAY POSITIVE, STAY STRONG, and most importantly, STAY OPEN… There is so much more God has in store!

Lovingly, You!

P.S. This letter is for me, my staff, my crew, and everyone who was by my side for this incredible journey. The most important thing in life is that you wake up every single day and take chances. No matter what the outcome…believe in yourself and continue to fly.

The Queen Latifah show premiered in September 2013.

Queen Latifah Set To Host Nobel Peace Prize Concert In Norway

November 20th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Adding to a resume that includes singer, rapper, Oscar nominee, talk show host and award emcee, the annual Nobel Peace Prize concert has announced its host for the December 11 ceremony in Oslo, Norway reports Billboard magazine.

Of the opportunity, Queen Latifah shared, “I’m thrilled to be a part of this year’s concert and to help celebrate such amazing individuals who have each worked so hard on behalf of children’s rights to education.” In pursuit of her own activism, the Queen officiated 33 marriages during a performance of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ song “Same Love” at the Grammys. (They were joined by Mary Lambert, who is featured on the song, and Madonna.)

The Nobel Prize concert will honor Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai:

 “Malala Yousafzai became the youngest winner ever of the Nobel Peace Prize at 17 years old. She will join the ranks of 15 other women who have been honored with the award since its inception in 1901. Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban after advocating openly for education for girls in the Swat Valley region of Pakistan, a highly conservative area. Since then, she has traveled the world as an education activist for all girls.

According to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Yousafzai and Satyarthi were chosen because “their struggle against the oppression of children and young people, and for the right of all children to education.” The concert is an annual musical celebration that honors the Nobel laureates, broadcast in 100 countries.

Where Are They Now? The Cast Of “Juice”

November 3rd, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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I’m a huge fan of Juice, so much so that I actually own the movie on DVD and can quote a lot of it (mostly Tupac Shakur’s more explicit scenes, which I can’t do in full on here…). Director Ernest Dickerson’s feature film debut is one of his most beloved works. So after years of watching and saying “You got the juice now” to myself in the mirror, I wondered, what is the cast looking like now? After doing some digging, I’ve got answers:

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Khalil Kain

Juice was actually Kain’s first full-length feature film role, and he definitely was memorable as Raheem, the glue that held the “Wrecking Crew” together. Sadly, in order to have the power and to live recklessly, Bishop had to take our beloved Raheem out. After doing the film, Kain played Nia Long’s on-again, off-again boyfriend, Marvin, in Love Jones, Maya’s husband Darnell in “Girlfriends” (he took over for Flex Alexander) and played good guy-turned rapist Bill in For Colored Girls. His scenes in that film still make me shudder. You can follow Kain on Instagram, and he still looks good!