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Patti LaBelle: Praying Angels Will Save Broadway’s “After Midnight”

Posted June 26, 2014 by jmurray

Earlier this month news broke that “After Midnight” would close on June 29 after having played 19 preview performances and 272 regular performances. The Tony Award-nominated musical revue originally starred actor Dulé Hill and “American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino when it opened to critical acclaim on Nov. 3, 2013. Despite having previously announced that Grammy [...]

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Cynthia Bailey, Gloria Gaynor, Lola Ogunnaike, Demetria Lucas & Simone Smalls
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Lifestyle

Dynamic Divas: Cynthia Bailey, Gloria Gaynor, Demetria Lucas, Lola Ogunnaike & More Saluted By Café Mocha

Posted June 11, 2014 by jmurray

Nationally syndicated radio show Café Mocha will recognize dynamic Black and Latino women making contributions within the communities and breaking down barriers with their businesses at their upcoming Salute Her: Superwomen Making a Difference Awards. The June 21 brunch will celebrate women in the New York tri-state area and take place at the New Jersey [...]

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Jawn Murray, KiKi Shepard & Obba Babatunde
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Gospel

Stephen B. Steward: Celebrities Support Him Giving Back To Youth

Posted May 6, 2014 by jmurray

Stephen B. Steward is a recording artist, entrepreneur and a philanthropist. In addition to recording worship songs and carving out his own niche in Gospel music, the Altadena, Calif.-based talent and his wife work with the LOV Olive Branches charity. LOV Olive Branches was founded in 1999 by Pastor Emeritus Leroy and Anna Toliver and [...]

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After Midnight
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Diva Delight: Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight & Natalie Cole To Join “After Midnight”

Posted April 30, 2014 by jmurray

On the heels of garnering seven Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, the hit Broadway show “After Midnight” has announced three music veterans will join the impressive roster of all-star entertainers who have been featured in the musical. Grammy winners Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight and Natalie Cole will each star in “After Midnight” this summer [...]

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Real Political: Reality Star Omarosa Is Running For Office

Posted February 18, 2014 by jmurray

Earlier this year, “American Idol” season two runner-up Clay Aiken announced he was running for political office. Now, Omarosa Manigault is the second reality TV superstar this year to reveal political pursuits. “The Apprentice” and “Celebrity Apprentice” star has formally announced that she is a candidate for the special election for Member of the Board [...]

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Stage Idol: Justin Guarini Joins Broadway Production

Posted February 5, 2014 by jmurray

Season one “American Idol” runner-up Justin Guarini has been cast as the male lead in the Broadway musical “Wicked.” This will mark Guarini’s fourth major Broadway role, having also appeared on The Great White Way in “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” “American Idiot” and “Romeo and Juliet.” The 35-year-old actor will take [...]

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Ruben Studdard: Dropping Pounds & New Music Too

Posted December 26, 2013 by jmurray

“American Idol” winner Ruben Studdard has dropped over 115 pounds since appearing on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.” Now the soul singer has signed with Verve Records and under the direction of David Foster will release a new CD of classic songs, in addition to two new ones. The CD, “Unconditional Love” will be Studdard’s first [...]

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All That Jazz: Fantasia & Dulé Hill Dazzle In “After Midnight”

Posted November 27, 2013 by jmurray

“After Midnight” is an alluring new Broadway production that shines bright like the mid-day sun! Set in the 1930′s in Harlem, this finger-snapping, foot-tapping trip through the Renaissance era is a seductively joyous jazz journey. Repackaged from the 2011 and 2012 “Cotton Club Parade” production, which was a partnership between City Center and Jazz at [...]

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Jennifer Hudson: Back To Her Beginnings In “Black Nativity”

Posted November 25, 2013 by jmurray

Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson hits the big screen again on November 27 in the holiday musical, “Black Nativity.” A contemporary film adaptation of Langston Hughes’ celebrated Christmas play, Hudson stars as Naima in the film, the young mother of Langston (played by Jacob Latimore). Directed by Kasi Lemmons, “Black Nativity” also stars Forest Whitaker, [...]

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Jennifer Hudson: Feels Truly Free After Shooting “Winnie Mandela”

Posted September 13, 2013 by jmurray

Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson plays the iconic South African politician Winnie Mandela in the bio-film by the same name. The film “Winnie Mandela” depicts the life of the ex-wife of civil rights activist Nelson Mandela, who is played by Terrence Howard. AlwaysAList.com spoke to the Chicago-bred actress about her work on the film while she [...]

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