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The Queen Latifah Show Cancels Bill Cosby’s Appearance Amid Rape Allegation Stories

October 30th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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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?

Is She Out? Queen Latifah Spotted On Romantic Vacation With Rumored Girlfriend

August 18th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Queen Latifah has always been pretty guarded when it comes to discussing her sexuality. Just last summer, she told the Hollywood Reporter that it’s no one’s business but her own what her sexual preference is.

“I don’t feel the need to discuss my private life on this show or any other show,” said the actress and talk show host. “There’s the part of my life that the public and I share together. And there’s the part that’s mine to keep for myself. And that’s mine. For me.”

Either she no longer cares whether or not the public knows her sexual preference or she didn’t expect to be tracked down by the paparazzi during a romantic vacation that she recently took to Italy with her rumored girlfriend. The love birds were spotted yesterday taking a romantic walk along the beach and also relaxing poolside at Hotel Cala di Volpe, where they exchanged kisses and other affectionate gestures.

Check out photos from their trip on the following pages. 

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“You’ve Got To Give Me Some” Queen Latifah Debuts As Bessie Smith In HBO’s ‘Bessie’ Biopic

July 14th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From EurWeb

HBO on Thursday released a cast list and other details regarding its upcoming film “Bessie,” a biopic of blues legend Bessie Smith with Queen Latifah in the title role.
The singer, rapper and daytime talk show host will also executive produce the project, which originates from HBO Films.
Co-stars include Michael K. Williams (“Boardwalk Empire”) as Bessie’s husband Jack; Khandi Alexander (“Scandal”) as Bessie’s big sister, Viola; Mike Epps as Richard, a bootlegger and romantic interest; Tika Sumpter (“Tyler Perry’s “The Haves and Have Nots”) as Lucille, a performer and romantic interest; Tory Kittles (“True Detective”) as Bessie’s older brother Clarence; Oliver Platt, as fame photographer and writer Carl Van Vechten; Charles Dutton as Ma Rainey’s husband, William “Pa” Rainey; and Oscar winner Mo’Nique as blues legend Ma Rainey.

Read more on this upcoming film at EurWeb.com

Serious Question: Can We Get Some Sisterhood In Hip-Hop Again?

July 4th, 2014 - By madamenoire
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Do you remember Brandy’s standout remix of “I Wanna Be Down?” It was 1995, and the 15-year-old singer was joined by some of the hottest femcees of the time – MC Lyte, Queen Latifah and YoYo – to make a record for the ladies, by the ladies. THE jam for many women, even to this day, “I Wanna Be Down” covered all the R&B and hip-hop bases. Queen Latifah would go on to say earlier this year that there was friendly competition between the rappers to have the best verse on the track, but the women still kept it positive and maintained a friendship that has lasted nearly 20 years later.

And what about 1998’s “Ladies Night (Remix)?” Lil Kim managed to team up with Angie Martinez, Missy Elliot, Da Brat and Left Eye. And watching the video (with cameos from everyone from Queen Latifah to Aaliyah), you can see that there was nothing but love between all the women. It also made you want to call up your girls and take a trip somewhere where there’s plenty of sun and eye candy. And last but not least, there was 2004’s “Lady Marmalade.” Inspired by the film Moulin Rouge, Christina Aguilera, Mya, Lil Kim and Pink bonded and let the world know that if there was ever a question of how to pull off s*xy, they had all the answers.

Where have these types of records gone? Modern day hip-hop has trouble celebrating a sense of sisterhood between women who equally trade hot 16s. It seems like women have fallen into a “crab-in-a-barrel” system – maliciously clawing at each other to claim the number one spot. I’m not at all surprised by the possible shade thrown by the reigning Queen of Hip-Hop at this year’s BET Awards. Nicki Minaj has owned the Best Female Hip Hop Artist category for five straight years and looking at her stats (and her competition), could you blame the public for voting for her? Unfortunately, the moment she sipped her piping hot Lipton tea while accepting her award, she further cemented the reality of the fragmented playing field occupied by women in the industry, despite what may have been her intention to motivate other femcees.

There are no more popular girl groups. Only solo artists.

There are no more “Lady Marmalade” videos bringing women of all sizes, colors and genres together. Only diss records and social media shade.

Can women in hip-hop be friends or is the competitive nature of the genre and the gender gap disparity breeding the cattiness women are known too well for?

This Bad Girls Club atmosphere is making it that much harder for women to succeed. Unlike male artists who are joining rap collectives and finding a home, women are forced to navigate a tougher path. Either latch on to an established male group/collective and wait for that breakout moment, or take on the industry solo in the hopes of being successful. Everyone can’t be Nicki Minaj, who seamlessly rotates between hip-hop and pop. The career lifespan of  many female rappers has typically been short, with or without the backing of successful male counterparts and records, leaving many struggling independently (see Shawnna, Rah Digga, Khia and Jacki-O for some examples).

How different would the genre be if Lil Kim symbolically crowned Nicki – like Jay Z gifting J. Cole a chain – as the next lady ready to blaze the path? Instead, the two went head-to-head for too long over who was first to wear a colorful wig and lick a lollipop while squatting. The apparent lack of sisterhood further contributes to the decreasing success of female rappers attempting to break into the industry. While Nicki claims that there was no shade thrown toward Iggy Azalea at the 2014 BET Awards, with her level of success, she could reach out to budding artists to collaborate, or at least embrace them instead of reminding them who allegedly opened the door for them to even be known.

It isn’t solely on Nicki Minaj to save female rap, but as the biggest woman MC right now,  if she wants to motivate women to be great and she wants to set a real blueprint (make that “pinkprint”), there needs to be a return to the camaraderie we used to see back in the day. There is more than enough room for everyone to eat. Not everyone will be friends, but every situation does not have to be a scene straight out of Mean Girls.

 

 

 

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