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Role Play: Vivica Fox Out, New Diva In On “Hollywood Divas”

Posted  May 7, 2015  by  jmurray

TV One’s “Hollywood Divas” is gearing up for season two. The ensemble series made up of actresses Golden Brooks (“Girlfriends”), Countess Vaughn (“The Parkers”), Paula Jai Parker (“Hustle & Flow”), Elise Neal (“The Hughleys”) and former reality star Lisa Wu (“Real Housewives of Atlanta”) is already in production on its second season. AlwaysAList.com spotted some [...]

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Debbie Allen: Lands Huge Promotion On “Grey’s Anatomy”

Posted  May 6, 2015  by  jmurray

McDreamy may be dead, but McAllen just got a promotion!  Debbie Allen’s role on Shonda Rhimes’ “Grey’s Anatomy” has been expanded in a significant way. The celebrated actress/choreographer will serve as executive producer and director of medical drama’s upcoming 12th season.  Though the show has not been officially renewed for season 12 by ABC, the [...]

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Profiting Prophetesses: Does Lifetime’s New Show “Preach” Cross The Line?

Posted  May 6, 2015  by  jmurray

Social media is already abuzz with backlash over Lifetime’s upcoming reality series “Preach.” Premiering June 5, this show focuses on female ministers who identify as prophetesses. The Bible explains the work of the prophet in 1 Corinthians 14:3: “the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation.” On “Preach,” four [...]

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Lifestyle

Back In Stride Again: Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly Returning To Essence Festival

Posted  May 5, 2015  by  jmurray

After a five-year hiatus, the iconic Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly returns to the 2015 Essence Festival where they will headline the Friday, July 3 tribute to New Orleans. As a celebration of The Big Easy for the 10th anniversary since Hurricane Katrina, Essence’s July 3 concert will feature special moments of tribute to the city [...]

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Jonathan Nelson: Gospel Star Challenging Everyone To Be “Fearless”

Posted  April 29, 2015  by  jmurray

Four-time Stellar Award winner Jonathan Nelson has great anticipation for his fifth album, “Fearless.” Captured live during a live CD/DVD recording called “Fearless Experience” at this home church The Faith Center in Sunrise, Florida earlier this year, the disc marks Nelson’s first release on his new label home eOne Music. The singer/songwriter has dismantled his [...]

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Theater

Open Road: “Motown The Musical” Makes Millions On Tour

Posted  April 29, 2015  by  jmurray

Missed “Motown The Musical” on Broadway? Well catch the show on the road. The hit theatrical production is currently playing Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre will celebrate the one-year anniversary of its first national tour on May 8, 2015 after kicking off its tour run in Chicago in 2014. “Motown The Musical” has had a successful stint [...]

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End Of The Road: “Bobby Jones Gospel” Coming To An End

Posted  April 27, 2015  by  jmurray

After 35 seasons, BET has decided to end their long-running series “Bobby Jones Gospel.” “Bobby Jones Gospel” is hosted by Grammy-winning recording artist Dr. Bobby Jones, who launched the show in 1980 and used to produce the series himself before BET took over the production aspects of the series. The music performance show gave an [...]

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Amber Riley: ‘Glee’ Star Talks Being Plus-Sized in Hollywood

Posted  April 23, 2015  by  AlwaysAList.com

“Glee” star Amber Riley has helped Hollywood look at shapely women differently! The full-figured actress/singer is considered one Tinsletown’s fashion girls, even being named Best Dressed at the 2011 SAG Awards by Joan Rivers on E!’s “Fashion Police.” In 2013, the 29-year-old talent went on to win ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Now, Riley is [...]

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Drama Queen: Angell Conwell Returning To “Y&R”

Posted  April 16, 2015  by  jmurray

She’s back! After a hiatus from CBS’s hit daytime drama, Angell Conwell is returning to “The Young and the Restless.” The 31-year-old actress will reprise her role of Leslie Michaelson, an attorney on the series. Conwell, who joined “Y&R” in 2010, spoke to Soap Opera Digest about heading back to Genoa City. “This is a [...]

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Jesus Walks: Rapper Common Talks Putting Faith First

Posted  April 3, 2015  by  AlwaysAList.com

He’s an Oscar-winning music artist and a Hollywood actor, but rapper Common told AlwaysAList.com that without his faith, none of the accolades would mean anything. “I think that’s the foundation for me. That’s how I am able to exist in the industry,” he told us, during an interview at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New [...]

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Fear Factor: S. Epatha Merkerson Is Scared of Snakes

Posted  April 2, 2015  by  jmurray

Award-winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson has a case of ophidiophobia – that’s a severe fear of snakes! The former “Law & Order’ star admits that almost passed on the chance to star opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Justin Timberlake in “Black Snake Moan” until she was assured there were no snakes in the film. “I [...]

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Denzel Washington: Actor Describes First Encounter With Holy Spirit

Posted  March 31, 2015  by  jmurray

Actor Denzel Washington has never been shy about being a man of faith. The Oscar winner is a member of West Angeles Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles and even donated $2.5 million to help the church build its new sanctuary. In a interview with GQ magazine, Washington discussed his Christian values and [...]

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Killer Stories: Wendy Williams New Gig Deals With Deadly Dish

Posted  March 25, 2015  by  jmurray

Talk show host Wendy Williams is back in bed with the Investigation Discovery network. Williams has landed a new deal with the ID Channel to host and executive producer a new series called “Death by Gossip With Wendy Williams.” Premiering this fall, the show investigates how “idle chitchat turns dark and dangerous as ID uncovers [...]

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Alicia Keys: Making A Movie About Bettye LaVette

Posted  March 24, 2015  by  jmurray

In September of 2012, AlwaysAList.com wrote a story about soul singer Bettye LaVette’s riveting memoir, “A Woman Like Me” (Penguin Group). The spicy tome left no stone unturned, with juicy stories about LaVette’s fellow singers like Aretha Franklin (who she says was married to a pimp named Ted White who rightfully beat the Queen of [...]

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Dame Judi Dench: Ready For Her Love Scene With Johnny Depp

Posted  March 4, 2015  by  jmurray

She may be 80-years-old, but Dame Judi Dench’s libido has shown no signs of slowing down! Wondering how I know? Well, she’s got a thing for Golden Globe winner Johnny Depp. AlwaysAList.com flew to London to interview the British-bred thespian about her newest film “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” – the sequel to Fox [...]

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Road Trip: Tyler Perry Takes Madea On The Road

Posted  March 3, 2015  by  jmurray

Tyler Perry is returning to the genre that first made him successful – touring plays. The Hollywood mogul is gearing up to hit the road in a new play called “Madea On The Run.” Perry’s new production is only slated for a six week limited run initially. The theatrical tour will kick off in Columbus, [...]

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