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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jun 10, 2019. 3 comments

Stage Presence: The Stars Show Out for the 2019 Tony Awards

Stage Presence: The Stars Show Out for the 2019 Tony Awards

Feathers, tulle, velvet, yards of train and even more star power; the theatrical community celebrated its biggest honors Sunday night at the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

While black talent didn’t take home all the Tonys we’d hoped, we nevertheless made a major showing on the red carpet (fittingly backed with a Pride-striped wall of roses), where two of our...

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Corey Townsend Corey Townsend Apr 25, 2019. 5 comments

‘Somebody Can Send Your Luggage’: Matthew Knowles to Bring to Life the Story of Destiny’s Child

‘Somebody Can Send Your Luggage’: Matthew Knowles to Bring to Life the Story of Destiny’s Child

Not only is the writing on the walls, but it’s also on a new script of a stage production detailing the evolution of Destiny’s Child.

According to Broadway, Beyoncé’s father, Matthew Knowles wants to “pull back the curtain,” and tell the story of Destiny’s Children through his eyes. This the group that brought us continuous hits that stuck like grits was originally comprised of Beyoncé...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Apr 12, 2019.

Redefining the Role: LaTanya Richardson Jackson Finds a Well-Deserved Spotlight in Broadway's To Kill a Mockingbird

Redefining the Role: LaTanya Richardson Jackson Finds a Well-Deserved Spotlight in Broadway's To Kill a Mockingbird

Many know her as one-half of one of Hollywood’s most enduring marriages, but LaTanya Richardson Jackson (wife of Samuel L. Jackson), is an acting powerhouse in her own right. Just ask the audiences currently experiencing her talent nightly in Broadway’s acclaimed production of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Scripted by award-winning writer, producer and director Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing), produced...

Aliya Semper Ewing Aliya Semper Ewing Apr 07, 2019. 1 comments

Phenomenal Woman: Maya Angelou’s Legacy Is Coming to Broadway

Phenomenal Woman: Maya Angelou’s Legacy Is Coming to Broadway

With the support of her son, Guy Johnson, the life and writings of poet Maya Angelou are being developed into a Broadway stage performance.

Maya Angelou was (and still is) a force of nature. As a poet, author, and recipient of both the National Medal of Arts and Presidential Medal of Freedom, Angelou’s career spanned over six decades. Her dynamic existence will now be given new life on the...

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Karu F. Daniels Karu F. Daniels Feb 12, 2019. 9 comments

Jenifer Lewis Lets Loose: Black-ish Star Dishes on Returning to 'Broadway,' Tracee Ellis Ross Drama, Donald Trump, Colin Kaepernick and Kanye West

Jenifer Lewis Lets Loose: Black-ish Star Dishes on Returning to 'Broadway,' Tracee Ellis Ross Drama, Donald Trump, Colin Kaepernick and Kanye West

Jenifer Lewis is ready for her closeup. Again.

And unlike all of her previous big moments, the showbiz veteran—whose scores of professional credits include stints on Broadway, television and film over the past four decades—the timing of it couldn’t be more better this go round.

The Black-ish actress, who turned turned 62 last month, is currently gracing the cover of Essence magazine and will...

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Karu F. Daniels Karu F. Daniels Feb 05, 2019.

Black on the Great White Way: Actors Are Breaking Barriers, But Broadway Still Has a Long Way to Go On Diversity

Black
on the Great White Way: Actors Are Breaking Barriers, But Broadway Still Has a Long Way to Go On Diversity

When Brittney Johnson wore the crown as Glinda for Broadway’s Wicked earlier this month, the actress became the first black woman to portray the leading role in the heralded, long running show.

Her Jan. 10 debut was a major milestone on the Great White Way because the Wizard of Oz-based musical has been one of the theater community’s most successful productions for the past 15 years.

“My...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jan 16, 2019. 21 comments

Broadway Legend Carol Channing Dies at 97, 'Proud as Can Be' of Her Black Heritage

Broadway Legend Carol Channing Dies at 97, 'Proud as Can Be' of Her Black Heritage

“No white woman can do it like I did,” Carol Channing told CNN host Larry King in 2003. The beloved singer and actress enjoyed more than 70 years of success on stage and screen before dying of natural causes on Tuesday morning in her home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Channing was 97 years old.

The Seattle, Washington-born Channing, best known for originating the titular role in Hello, Dolly on...

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Danielle Young Danielle Young May 23, 2018. 2 comments

‘Rafiki’ Actress Explains Why The Lion King Is One of Broadway’s Blackest and Most Legendary Shows Ever

‘Rafiki’ Actress Explains Why The Lion King Is One of Broadway’s Blackest and Most Legendary Shows Ever

The Lion King is still one of my favorite Disney movies (and stories) of all time. And I am obviously not alone. The movie has stretched onto the Broadway stage and been slaying for over 20 years! There’s no way this musical would have that sort of staying power if it wasn’t your favorite’s favorite.

The Lion King made its move to the stage in July 1997 in Minneapolis at the Orpheum Theatre...

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Danielle Young Danielle Young May 16, 2017.

How Stalking Sheryl Lee Ralph on Social Media Got These Men 2 Musicals

How Stalking Sheryl Lee Ralph on Social Media Got These Men 2 Musicals

Who knew that stalking Sheryl Lee Ralph on social media would spawn two much-needed musicals: Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical and An Evening With Phyllis Hyman? The shows’ creators, Kendrell Bowman and Anthony Wayne, sure didn’t!

But when they thought of the concepts behind the stage shows, they knew they had something special, and they would do everything they could to...

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