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Mar 08, 2020. 17 comments

Bittersweet! Stranger Things Kids Paid Far More Than Orange Is The New Black Breakout Danielle Brooks Was for Seven Seasons of Hit Netflix Show

Bittersweet! Stranger Things Kids Paid Far More Than Orange Is The New Black Breakout Danielle Brooks Was for Seven Seasons of Hit Netflix Show

As if black women didn’t have it hard enough.

Imagine playing a major part in the success of a powerful entertainment media brand to later find out you’re being paid far less than someone more than half your age.

That’s the story of Danielle Brooks, the breakout actress from Netflix’s breakthrough drama Orange Is The New Black.

During a recent interview, the multi-hyphenated Julliard School alum...

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Feb 03, 2020. 20 comments

Billy Porter Graces Sesame Street with Legendary Academy Award Tuxedo Gown and Pro-Life Petitioners Go Apes**t

Billy Porter Graces Sesame Street with Legendary Academy Award Tuxedo Gown and Pro-Life Petitioners Go Apes**t

Billy Porter went from one of the world’s most famous streets to another.

The Broadway superstar will be making an appearance on Sesame Street during its 51st season.

And the Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award-winner has taken his famous frock along for the journey.

He will be wearing his showstopping 2019 Oscars outfit—a tuxedo gown, designed by Christian Siriano—as he continues his white-hot streak...

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Feb 03, 2020. 1 comments

The Color Purple Returning to the Big Screen for Black History Month

The Color Purple Returning to the Big Screen for Black History Month

“I think it pisses God off when you walk by the color purple in a field and don’t notice it,” Shug Avery famously says during a watershed moment in one of the best movies ever, which was adapted from one of the best books ever.

Stephen Spielberg’s masterful adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple celebrates its 35th anniversary this year and will be shown...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Dec 03, 2019. 22 comments

White Woman Accuses Playwright Jeremy O. Harris of Being 'Racist Against White People' During Tirade

White Woman Accuses Playwright Jeremy O. Harris of Being 'Racist Against White People' During Tirade

White people might hate to season their food, but boyyyyyyy do they love to call black people “racist.”

Take black playwright Jeremy O. Harris, who, following a Broadways performance of Slave Play, was engaged in a Q&A with the audience when a white woman—who I’ll refer to as “Broadway Becky,” henceforth—“completely freaked out and couldn’t handle the emotions she was feeling,” according to

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Karu F. Daniels Karu F. Daniels Nov 23, 2019. 8 comments

Ain’t Too Proud Showstopper Ephraim Sykes to Play Michael Jackson on Broadway

Ain’t Too Proud Showstopper Ephraim Sykes to Play Michael Jackson on Broadway

So you wanna be startin’ somethin’? You got to to be starting something!

Broadway has crowned its King of Pop.

Ephraim Sykes will portray Michael Jackson in the upcoming MJ The Musical, which will premiere on the Great White Way next summer.

“My ACTUAL wildest dream is coming true,” Sykes wrote on Instagram about the announcement. “All I can say is thank you Lord.”

“I’ll do my best to honor the...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Oct 09, 2019. 9 comments

Are We Ready to Have a Constructive Conversation About Slave Play? (Because We Saw It for Ourselves, and Have Thoughts)

Are We Ready to Have a Constructive Conversation About Slave Play? (Because We Saw It for Ourselves, and Have Thoughts)

 

In the months since Jeremy O. Harris’ Slave Play upended the theater world (and many of our moral and historical sensibilities), moving from a sold-out run at the New York Theatre Workshop to Broadway, much has been written about its controversial narrative—some factual, some distinctly disingenuous (and

some from the playwright himself ). In fact, by the time we saw it on the star-studded...

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Oct 05, 2019. 10 comments

The Force Don’t Stop: Michael Jackson Musical, MJ, Still Coming to Broadway

The Force Don’t Stop: Michael Jackson Musical, MJ, Still Coming to Broadway

It’s back on like popcorn.

A musical on the life of Michael Jackson in his heyday originally called Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough, has morphed—like Jackson did many, many times in his life—into MJ. It’s scheduled to hit Broadway in the summer of 2020, according to Playbill.

A spokesman for the show announced the new title, saying it was a “better and stronger choice than relying on the title of...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Sep 10, 2019. 14 comments

'It Should Cost You Something': Playwright Jeremy O. Harris Sets the Record Straight on Slave Play as It Debuts on Broadway

'It Should Cost You Something': Playwright Jeremy O. Harris Sets the Record Straight on Slave Play as It Debuts on Broadway

Black art rarely emerges without controversy. Our creations are inherently political, specifically because this country never intended for them to exist in the first place. In fact, 400 years after the start of the transatlantic slave trade, our trauma is still so present, many of us would prefer to distance ourselves from that history altogether.

Understandable, then, was the concern and...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Aug 20, 2019. 7 comments

Love, Peace and Soul Train May Be Coming to Broadway in 2021 to Mark 50th Anniversary of TV Series Debut

Love, Peace and Soul Train May Be Coming to Broadway in 2021 to Mark 50th Anniversary of TV Series Debut

Raise the curtains for a Don Cornelius-esque intro, because Soul Train is coming to Broadway!

That’s right, a musical based on the TV series created and hosted by Cornelius will be making its way to the most acclaimed stage in theatre.

As Deadline reports:

The musical will feature more than 20 hit songs from the era while telling the personal story of Cornelius as he creates the television...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Jul 25, 2019. 7 comments

Violated: Audra McDonald Calls Out Playgoer Who Snapped Photo of Her During Nude Scene

Violated: Audra McDonald Calls Out Playgoer Who Snapped Photo of Her During Nude Scene

The the-a-tah (or theater to the uninitiated) used to be should be a bastion of taste, class and grace as we immerse ourselves fully in the world being created on the stage by actors of immense skill and talent.

But somebody violated what should have been a safe space of artistic expression over the weekend when they decided it would be a cool thing to take a photo of Broadway great Audra...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jun 20, 2019. 2 comments

August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Film Adaptation Confirmed With Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman to Star, Denzel Washington to Produce

August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Film Adaptation Confirmed With Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman to Star, Denzel Washington to Produce

Another one of August Wilson’s brilliant plays is coming to the silver screen! Get ready to sound the trumpets because this time, it’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

The film’s synopsis, per its press release:

When Ma Rainey, the “Queen of the Blues,” makes a record in a studio in Chicago, 1927, tensions boil between her, her white agent and producer, and bandmates.

The film adaptation will boast a...

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Karu F. Daniels Karu F. Daniels Jun 15, 2019. 5 comments

Otis Williams of The Temptations Weighs in on Hitting the Great White Way, His Mortality, and Patti LaBelle’s Big Lie

Otis Williams of The Temptations Weighs in on Hitting the Great White Way, His Mortality, and Patti LaBelle’s Big Lie

Otis Williams is on a roll.

The founder and only original surviving member of legendary Motown group The Temptations is basking in the glory of seeing the fruits of his labor pay off with a hit Broadway musical, and recent induction into the Apollo Theater Walk of Fame.

“I never would have imagined this when we started out, first coming to the Apollo in the early 1960s,” Williams told The Root....

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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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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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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Dec 14, 2018. 6 comments

On Doctor’s Orders, Michelle Williams Steps Away From Broadway Musical

On Doctor’s Orders, Michelle Williams Steps Away From Broadway Musical

Michelle Williams is taking a leave of absence from her role as Erzulie in the Broadway musical Once on This Island, on the advice of her doctors. As Newsweek reports, the news was shared in a statement from the play’s showrunners, who announced on Wednesday that Williams’ leave of absence was “effective immediately.”

Understudy Cassondra James will step in for Williams until Dec. 26, after...

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Sep 22, 2018. 2 comments

Noma Dumezweni on Being Hermione, a Mom and a Brit on Broadway

Noma
Dumezweni on Being Hermione, a Mom and a Brit on Broadway

If you ask the average American if they know the name Noma Dumezweni, the truth is, they may not. But ask any follower of live theater or, better yet, any fan of the Harry Potter wizarding world, and they are quick to answer, “Of course! She’s amazing!”

That is because Dumezweni is both an award-winning British television, film and stage actress, and is currently starring in Harry Potter and...

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Montana Couser Montana Couser Jun 20, 2018. 3 comments

Michael Jackson Musical Headed to Broadway 

Michael Jackson Musical Headed to Broadway 

It was only a matter of time before we’d see “Michael Jackson: The Musical.”

Everyone’s favorite pop singer, Michael Jackson, is expected to have a Broadway show in 2020 that tells the story of his life. Jackson’s estate and Columbia Live Stage said that they have agreed to develop the stage musical about the artist, Variety reports.

With the existence of shows such as Thriller Live, Michael...

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