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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!

Update: The Queen Latifah Show Issues Statement About Bill Cosby’s Appearance

October 30th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Update: A rep for Sony Pictures reached out with a statement regarding the Bill Cosby appearance on “The Queen Latifah Show”:

“Mr. Cosby’s scheduled appearance on The Queen Latifah Show was postponed at his request and was in no way related to any of our recent or upcoming scheduled guests.”

 

Bill Cosby has been traveling the country promoting his new comedy tour. And he was supposed to swing by Queen Latifah’s couch on the way.

But it looks like that won’t happen.

Now, that the rape allegations have resurfaced, with the comments from comedian Hannibal Buress and the exposé from the Daily Mail, production sources told TMZ that The Queen Latifah Show doesn’t want any association with Mr. Cosby and have canceled his scheduled appearance on her talk show.

It’s interesting that these old allegations are taking down a man who has been beloved for generations. Interesting in that people are willing to hear them now, when they certainly weren’t before.

Do you think the reporting of this old news will continue to affect Cosby’s career negatively? If so, it’ll be interesting to see whether or not Bill Cosby or his publicist will issue a statement.

Do you think the show made the right decision canceling his appearance? Not that Latifah’s show is the proper venue, but I certainly can’t see her asking whether or not “America’s dad” was or still is a serial rapist.

Queen-Size: 15 Plus-Size Beauties Who Inspire Us To Embrace Our Curves

October 27th, 2014 - By Whitney Larkins
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If you spend too much time paying attention to what the mainstream media says, you may forget that women with curves are quite s*xy and are making major moves in the spotlight. Today we tip our hats to some of our favorite plus-size celebrities and women who remind us that all shapes and sizes are beautiful!

Brandy, MC Lyte, Yo-Yo And Queen Latifah Reunite To Perform “I Wanna Be Down (Remix)” At BET Hip Hop Awards

October 15th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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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:

 

And Another One: Queen Latifah Covers The November Essence Issue

October 8th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Queen Latifah is returning to her favorite magazine for their November cover. You guessed it, it’s Essence. 

The publication dubbed November the career issue, so it only makes sense that Queen Latifah, being the renaissance woman that she is, with at least five jobs, would cover the book.

Essence asked her what’s the secret behind her success and how does she find happiness with so many careers?

Latifah said, “I’m one of those people who has to stretch or I get bored–and I’m easily bored.”

In addition to all the things she has on her plate, Queen La is also working with BET to produce original programming for Centric, which is now being dedicated to Black women, through her entertainment company, Flavor Unit.

And as if that weren’t enough, Latifah will also portray the 1920’s Blues singer Bessie Smith in an HBO biopic. Queen Latifah’s admiration for Smith was clear as she had plenty to say about her.

“She influenced rock and roll, with an effect on everybody from Mick Jagger to Janis Joplin. She was the first Black performer to appear before an integrated audience. She chased away Ku Klux Klansmen when they tried to set fire to a tent where she was performing.”

Just because Latifah is diversifying, doesn’t mean she’s giving up on her daytime talk show host gig. In fact she has some big plans for the show. While she’s happy with the successful ratings and how it’s been embraced by the community, she also wants to continue to build. “I want it to be a hit on my terms.”

Ok then, lady!

It’ll be interesting to see the moves she’s able to make.

“It Is Not A New Problem” Queen Latifah Addresses Domestic Violence In Her Family

September 22nd, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From Black Voices 

As discussions surrounding Ray Rice’s indefinite suspension from the NFL due to a domestic dispute with his wife continue to bring more awareness to domestic violence, more public figures, including Queen Latifah, are also voicing their opinions on the issue.

During an upcoming episode of “The Queen Latifah Show,” the 44-year-old media maven opened up how domestic abuse has affected her family and inspired therecording to her 1993 hit single, “U.N.I.T.Y.”

“It’s sad to me that this problem is headline news because some football players are involved, because this is something that’s always around,” Latifah said during the segment. “It’s a problem in every part of society. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich, or whether you’re poor. It doesn’t matter what your race is. Where you come from, what language you speak. This is a problem for all of us. And it is not a new problem.”

Read more about Queen Latifah’s response at BlackVoices.com 

Ladies First: 14 Of Our Favorite TV Leading Ladies From The Past And Present

September 12th, 2014 - By Whitney Larkins
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Many of the black faces that we see on television today in leading roles are on because of the hard work of their predecessors to keep people of color on the small screen. This upcoming TV season features, among many, leading ladies such as Viola Davis in ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder” and Octavia Spencer in the FOX drama “Red Band Society.” We are taking a look at some of our favorite leading ladies of the past and present who make us proud of all that they have done to portray black women in a positive light!

CBS Said To Be Creating A New Show To Replace Queen Latifah

August 20th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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The ups and downs of television are enough to make you sea sick. Back in December, it was all celebration over the fact that The Queen Latifah Show was getting picked up for a second season. Now, Sony is denying that they’re going to give the show the boot.

Calling the show “ratings-challenged,” The Hollywood Reporter says CBS is already developing a talk show with host Jerry O’Connell (??) to step into the 9am slot if Queen Latifah’s program doesn’t make it out of the next season. Queen Latifah has a contract for two seasons of the program, and Sony Pictures Television, which produces the show, says everything will be stepped up this year. Ads for the new season debut on August 25. The season premiere will be on September 15.

The decision about whether to continue with a third season will be made in October or November, according to THR. Ratings last year were good but not outstanding, with an average of 1.4 million viewers. Still, of all the shows that debuted last year, Queen’s was the only one to get picked up again.

The new show waiting in the wings, Man in the Middle, would be hosted by a man, but is said to be geared towards women. O’Connell will be joined by a roundtable of other hosts. (It sounds like it’s also following in the format of The View and The Talk, et al.) Topics to be covered include women’s pet peeves and relationships, and fellow hosts on the test shows have included D.L. Hughley and Joe Manganiello (hot werewolf Alcide from True Blood).

As we saw with Arsenio Hall’s show, one minute you’re on top, the next you’re out on your ear. So things are really up in the air for Queen Latifah. Part of the problem, in our opinion, is saturation. There are only so many talk shows that people can watch; only so many times we can see makeovers  and talk about how to fix crumbling relationships. A show really needs something to stand out.

Queen Latifah has a great personality, she has a special rapport with her guests, but there will need to be a fresh new vibe if she’s going to make it to season three.

Your thoughts?