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These single celebrity women have a lot going for them. They’re smart, Hot, beautiful, talented, and make their own money So why hasn’t anyone but a ring on it yet — assuming they want one?
Actress Sanaa Lathan has been a Hollywood staple since the late ’90s. While she has maintained consistent work since leaving the theater world behind and relocating to L.A., Nathan has kept her private life mostly private. The 42-year-old Best Man Holiday star dated football player Adewale Ogunyele for a few years but other than that, Lathan has kept her dating life to herself. A few months ago, she shared a photo of herself and San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick out together on a romantic dinner date. No word on if the two are a couple or if it was just dinner with a friend.
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KeKe Palmer And Blair Underwood Join Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams In “The Trip To Bountiful” Movie
We informed you last week of the fact that the popular Broadway show, A Trip to Bountiful, starring Tony-winner Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams, was going to become a Lifetime movie. A Trip to Bountiful started off as a TV-movie, then made its way to Broadway before becoming an Academy-Award winning film in 1985 starring Geraldine Page. After returning to Broadway in April and having an extremely successful run (including having its run on the Great White Way extended twice), the play will turn into a Lifetime movie with Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams reprising their roles as Carrie Watts and Jessie Mae Watts. But according to Shadow and Act, Blair Underwood and KeKe Palmer will also be joining the cast, most likely to play Ludie Watts (Carrie’s son) and Thelma, the young woman Carrie met and befriended. The film will be shot this month in Atlanta and will be helmed by Michael Wilson, who also directed the play. Here’s a quick synopsis of the whole thing if you haven’t heard about A Trip to Bountiful. SPOILER ALERT!
“Set in the 1940s, the play tells the story of an elderly woman, Carrie Watts, who wants to return home to the small town where she grew up, but is frequently stopped from leaving Houston, Texas by her daughter-in-law, and an overprotective son who won’t let her travel alone. However, old Mrs. Watts is determined to outwit her son and bossy daughter-in-law, and sets out to catch a train, only to find that trains don’t go to Bountiful anymore. She eventually boards a bus to a town near her childhood home. On the journey, she befriends a girl traveling alone and reminisces about her younger years and grieves for her lost relatives. Her son and daughter-in-law eventually track her down, with the help of the local police force. However, Mrs. Watts is determined. The local sheriff, moved by her yearning to visit her girlhood home, offers to drive her out to what remains of Bountiful. The village is deserted, and the few remaining houses are derelict. Mrs. Watts is moved to tears as she surveys her father’s land and the remains of the family home. Her son eventually turns up, and drives her back to Houston.”
As someone who was blessed with the chance to see the play here in New York with Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams, Condola Rashad (as Thelma) and Cuba Gooding, Jr. (as Ludie), I can say that it was an amazing production, well-acted with a great balance of both humor and sadness. I don’t know about you, but I’m excited to see the Lifetime movie and see the legendary Ms. Tyson do her thing once again.
Did you miss all-black revival of the 1953 teleplay The Trip to Bountiful? Well, dry your tears darling, looks like you’ll still be able to see it after all. The Broadway play, which was extended twice due to popular demand, is headed to a TV screen near you, thanks to Lifetime.
According to Backstage.com, Lifetime is casting stand-ins for Vanessa Williams and Cicely Tyson…meaning these two women will be in the made-for-television movie. Tyson played the role of Carrie Watts and Williams was her bossy daughter-in-law, Jessie Mae Watts.
Shooting is set to take place in Atlanta, Georgia from November 4-30.
Although Williams and Tyson are set to appear in the film, there’s still no word on whether or not the play’s other stars will join them. Condola Rashad co-starred as the “Young Woman on Bus,” who Tyson’s character befriends. Rashad was replaced by Adepero Oduye when she left to star in the adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. Cuba Gooding Jr. played the role of “Ludie”, Carrie Watts’ son, initially until he was replaced by actor Leon Addison Brown when he left to go promote The Butler.
In case you’re unfamiliar with the story, here’s the gist:
“Set in the 1940s, the play tells the story of an elderly woman, Carrie Watts, who wants to return home to the small town where she grew up, but is frequently stopped from leaving Houston, Texas by her daughter-in-law, and an overprotective son who won’t let her travel alone. However, old Mrs. Watts is determined to outwit her son and bossy daughter-in-law, and sets out to catch a train, only to find that trains don’t go to Bountiful anymore…”
Throughout the play, Carrie encounters several roadblocks and meets a friend along the way. The audience goes on a ride as we see whether Carrie makes it to Bountiful or not and what she sees when she gets there.
Will you check this out when it comes to Lifetime?
Many women face the challenge of choosing between a career and children, but there are plenty who choose both. Raising children is the hardest job to have and to balance that with a successful career is even harder. These 15 celebrity moms have been in movies, television shows, on runways and red carpets looking stunning, full of energy and have even brought their little ones along to celebrate with them. Hard work, drive and determination have served these women well in their public and personal lives.
Nia Long has starred in some of our most classic films like “Boyz in the Hood,” “Love Jones” and “The Best Man.” She’s been on episodes of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and many other projects and with the length of her career you may forget that she is a mother of two sons Massai, age 12 and Kez, age 1.
Part of the cast from Showtime’s Soul Food television series reunited this past weekend to celebrate Rockmond Dunbar and his wife, Maya Gilbert, and the upcoming birth of their baby girl. Former cast members like Malinda Williams, Vanessa Williams, Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe were all in attendance. Rockmond’s Sons of Anarchy costar, LaMonica Garrett also participated in the festivities.
“My tv hubby Rockmond Dunbar is having a babygirl,” Vanessa Williams excitedly tweeted.
Rockmond and his wife, Maya, got married earlier this year.
For more photos from the shower and of Rockmond and his lovely wife, click to the next page.
Don’t we all root for the black, tight bodied participants parading around in the most glamorous of swimsuits in the Miss America or Miss USA pageants? It’s like if they win, we win in that moment of recognition that black is indeed beautiful, intelligent, and talented.
These ladies have been prepped for pageantry life since wee little tots, having mastered the stiff gait in high heels and signature back and forth wave of the hand while cheesing, white teeth-y grins. Hair is grand and styled to perfection and designer costumes cling to them like glove to hand. Lets look at 15 of these lovely black ladies who’ve held the title of Miss America or Miss USA.
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we felt it was time to show some love to the most stunning, most beautiful, most age-defying mother-daughter combos Hollywood has to offer. And while there are many lovely sets of mamas and baby girls to choose from, there was little denying that these pairs deserved some special props. From Tina and Beyonce Knowles to Kim Basinger and Ireland Baldwin, these duos hold it down for mothers and daughters far and wide.
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Since the glamour of black and white TV, fashion on-screen has always been a major visual element for viewers, sometimes with audiences tuning in just to see the clothes. Whether you love the fashion, the characters, or both, you are not alone. Not wanting to spoil the entire list for anyone, here are a few of the most fashionable black women to ever grace the small screen — and a few non-brown honorable mentions.
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From Black Voices
The project that first sequenced a human genome in 2000 took 15 years and cost about $3 billion.
Now it takes six to eight weeks and costs as little as $100. Takers include actress Vanessa Williams, who has a long interest in tracing her family history.
“I’ve got blue eyes, my brother also has light eyes, and everyone says, ‘Well, what are you? You’re mixed with something. What is it?’” Williams told The Huffington Post. “My parents are black … but I was a bit defensive, because I don’t know, all of my relatives look like me. And we know as much as we can.”
Two years ago, Williams found herself choking back tears as she traced her family history during the second season of NBC’s now-defunct series, ”Who Do You Think You Are?”
Read more at BlackVoices.com.
“When one door closes, another one opens” is probably a philosophy that actress Vanessa Williams is well acquainted with these days. Last month we reported that ABC made the decision to pull the plug on her television drama 666 Park Avenue due to the show’s plummeting ratings, which sort of left the actress unemployed. Luckily for Vanessa, she’s a hot commodity who rarely goes without a gig for too long.
According to The Grio, the 49-year-old actress has just been signed to star in a Broadway play entitled “The Trip to Bountiful” alongside Cicely Tyson, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Condola Rashad. The play, which will be directed by Michael Wilson is referred to as the “revival” of two-time Oscar winner, Horton Foote’s original play, which explores the topics of acceptance and returning home. The play made its Broadway debut in 1953 and was turned into a film in 1985. What is interesting is that similar to A Streetcar Name Desire, this play is being sort of redone by African American actors that will star in roles that have traditionally been played by White actors.
USA Today is reporting that Cuba and Vanessa will be playing the son and daughter-in-law of Cicely, who’s role is that of an elderly woman who is seeking to revisit her small hometown in Texas.
“The Trip to Bountiful” will only be on Broadway for a limited time, fourteen weeks to be exact. Previews will begin March 31, 2013 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre and is scheduled to open April 23, 2013.
This is great news. It’s great to see how Vanessa Williams always bounces back and I am excited to Condola Rashad progressing in her career as an actress. She did such an amazing job in Steel Magnolias.
What do you think of Black actors and actresses starring in remakes of plays and movies that originally had predominately White casts? Willing you be going to see the play once it opens in April?