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HOT SHOTS: Common, Fantasia, Soulja Boy, The O’Jays, Xavier Woods, Ruben Studdard, Case & more

Posted June 16, 2016 by jmurray

Oscar and Grammy Award winning superstar Common was in his hometown of Chicago to celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service at Chicago’s Washington Park. The event was part of the National Park Foundation’s Find Your Park movement. During the event, held in the South Side community of Chicago, the prolific hip-hop star […]

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Rickey Smith: “American Idol” Favorite Dead At 36

Posted May 6, 2016 by jmurray

Former “American Idol” finalist Rickey Smith has died in a car accident. The singer was 36 and would have turned 37 on his birthday May 10. Smith, who appeared on season two of the long-running Fox competition series, was killed when an alleged drunk driver was headed the wrong way on a freeway outside of […]

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La’Porsha Power: “American Idol” Runner-Up Signed To Legendary Record Label

Posted April 8, 2016 by jmurray

Many fans of “American Idol” were disappointed season 15 favorite La’Porsha Renae didn’t take home the top prize when the Fox competition aired its final episode on Thursday, April 7. Renae placed second to country singer Trent Harmon, who won “American Idol” in an upset victory. Despite her loss, “American Idol” has secured a recording […]

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Big Return: Heather Headley Replacing Jennifer Hudson In “The Color Purple”

Posted April 8, 2016 by jmurray

Tony Award winner Heather Headley will take over the role of Shug Avery in the Broadway revival of “The Color Purple” when Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson departs the musical on May 8. In her big return to the Great White Way on May 10, Headley has signed on to “Push Da Button” as the sultry […]

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His Harmony: Singer ABIAH Talks “American Idol,” Jussie Smollett, Mariah Carey & New CD “Bottles”

Posted March 29, 2016 by jmurray

One named-crooner ABIAH doesn’t just sing for his supper, he also teaches other vocalists how to master the craft of singing for there’s. The Rochester, New York-bred singer boats a five-and-a-half octave range, which gives his enchanting tenor tone the ability to hit notes that Mariah Carey could only dream about at this point in […]

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Truth Awards: Sheryl Lee Ralph, Karamo Brown, Rolonda Watts, B.Slade, Frenchie Davis & More Attend

Posted March 11, 2016 by jmurray

Better Brothers Los Angeles (BBLA)—an organization founded by Scott Hamilton and Vincent Holmes to provide spaces for members of the Black LGBTQ community to network, socialize and be better at life, love and community—recently presented their 2nd Annual Truth Awards Gala and Dinner. Held at the Taglyan Cultural Complex in Los Angeles, the Truth Awards […]

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Patti LaBelle & Dule Hill in After Midnight
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All Aboard: “After Midnight” Prepares To Set Sail

Posted January 20, 2015 by jmurray

The critically acclaimed Broadway production “After Midnight” has inked a partnership with the Norwegian Cruise Line. The show, which originally starred actor Dulé Hill and singer Fantasia Barrino, will debut on the cruise line’s newest and largest ship, the Norwegian Escape starting in November. “After Midnight” opened on the Great White Way in November 2013.  […]

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Push Da Button: Jennifer Hudson Headed To Broadway

Posted January 11, 2015 by jmurray

When AlwaysAList.com sat down with Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson at Bishop T.D. Jakes’ MegaFest conference in 2013 in Dallas, she told us she wasn’t ready to take on the Great White Way. “That’s a dream of mine, but just let me get a little bit older,” Hudson said at the time.  “I’m always used to […]

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