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Before all the TV shows, movies, commercials, and endorsement deals came through, some Hollywood celebs had to wake up in the morning and get their customer service on like the rest of us. With jobs ranging from a Burger King cashier to a singing waitress on a cruise ship, these stars have paid their dues. Check out 15 celebs who went from being sales associates and food service workers to becoming Hollywood stars.
This looks like it will be a great movie ladies!
The first full length trailer of the upcoming HBO movie, Bessie has finally hit the internet. The trailer features a glimpse of Queen Latifah as Bessie Smith in the biopic.
Written and directed by the talented Dee Rees, the biopic follows Bessie’s journey from a struggling blue songstress into the “The Empress of the Blues,” becoming one of the most successful recording artists of the 1920s.
The trailer also highlights the stellar cast, including Michael K. Williams, Monique, Mike Epps, Tika Sumpter, Tory Kittles, Charles S. Dutton and Mama Pope, Khandi Alexander.
The biopic will premiere on Saturday, May 16th at 8PM on HBO.
I would like to encourage all of our readers to watch the biopic. Not only does it tell the story of beautiful black woman’s journey, but also because Dee Rees is one of the few black female writer/directors of our generation!
We’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.
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.
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]
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).
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.
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 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?
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.
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!
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.