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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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McTelevision: McDonald’s 365Black Awards To Air On BET

Posted July 9, 2013 by jmurray

McDonald’s held its annual 365Black Awards honoring outstanding African-Americans who are making positive contributions to the community during the 2013 Essence Festival. McDonald’s 365Black Awards was launched in 2003 as an extension of McDonald’s 365Black platform, created to celebrate the pride, heritage and achievements of African-Americans year-round. For its 10th anniversary, the 365Black Awards honored [...]

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Ruben Studdard: Ready To Be “The Biggest Loser”

Posted July 1, 2013 by jmurray

“American Idol” winner Ruben Studdard is gearing up for a new run on reality TV, this time on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.” The 34-year-old vocalist has battled with his weight all of his life. In 2010, he lost more than 80 pounds after becoming a vegetarian and regularly exercising. Now, the man dubbed “The Velvet [...]

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“Jekyll & Hyde:” Deborah Cox’s Broadway Musical Ending

Posted May 3, 2013 by jmurray

After being snubbed by the Tony Awards this year for its return to Broadway, “Jekyll & Hyde” is closing early. The show was slated to perform 16 weeks in a limited engagement on the Great White Way. The musical starring “American Idol” finalist Constantine Maroulis and Grammy-nominated R&B/Dance diva Deborah Cox will conclude on Sunday [...]

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Sheryl Lee Ralph: Actress Talks Playing Jennifer Hudson’s Mother On “Smash”

Posted February 28, 2013 by jmurray

Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph is currently guest starring on the second season of NBC’s Broadway drama, “Smash.” Ralph plays a character named Cynthia – mother of Jennifer Hudson’s character Veronica Moore - on the musical-based drama. “I am thrilled to be working on ‘Smash,’ and in particular, with the fabulous diva Jennifer Hudson,” the actress told [...]

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