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HOT SHOTS: Usher, Kandi Burruss, Godfrey, Bevy Smith, Flo Rida, Arthel Neville, Slick Rick & more

Posted April 20, 2016 by jmurray

R&B superstar Usher is among the U.S. delegation of cultural leaders and artists part of a four-day artistic exchange with Cuba. This week, the 37-year-old entertainer arrived in Havana, Cuba with a 33-person cultural delegation. The U.S. talent visited Cuba’s famous University of the Arts, where he and fellow musicians performed a concert with classical […]

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Back For More: “Motown The Musical” Returning To Broadway

Posted April 13, 2016 by jmurray

If you missed “Motown The Musical” during its first run on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre for nearly two years from March 2013 until January 2015, you can catch the popular show again in New York City starting in July. The musical is making its triumphant return to The Great White Way after a year […]

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Heather Headley & Jennifer Hudson
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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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Tina Turner
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Wildest Dreams: Tina Turner’s Life Story Becoming A Musical

Posted February 19, 2016 by jmurray

Iconic rock and soul superstar Tina Turner has signed off on her life story being turned into a theatrical production. The 76-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has partnered with Dutch producer/businessman Joop van den Ende for “Tina: The Musical,” which they plan to either mount on Broadway in New York City or […]

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Cynthia Erivo,  Jennifer Hudson and Danielle Brooks with cast attend the company listening party for the New Broadway Cast Recording of 'The Color Purple' at the W Hotel Times Square on February 11, 2016 in New York City.
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Party Pictures: “The Color Purple” Cast Celebrates New Soundtrack Release

Posted February 15, 2016 by jmurray

The cast of the critically acclaimed Broadway revival “The Color Purple” came together to celebrate the release of their anticipated cast soundtrack at a private listening party at The W Hotel Times Square in New York City. While eating on hors d’oeuvres, sipping on libations and partying to a mix of contemporary songs and soundtrack […]

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Eunique Jones Gibson & kids NY Stock Exchange
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HOT SHOTS: Loni Love, Ochocinco, Oprah Winfrey, Jose James, Yamaneika Saunders & more

Posted February 12, 2016 by jmurray

Photographer Eunique Jones Gibson’s Because of Them We Can campaign afforded her the privilege of ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in celebration of Black History Month. Gibson was joined by some children dreamers of Because of Them We Can campaign, as well as some adult members. The Because of […]

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Sherri Shepherd, Taylour Paige & Gloria Reuben
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Indie Buzz: “Jean of the Joneses” Will Be Featured At SXSW

Posted February 9, 2016 by jmurray

The new film “Jean of the Joneses” has been accepted into the South by Southwest Festival Film Festival in Austin, Texas as part of the Narrative Spotlight program. The Stella Meghie film stars Taylor Paige (“Hit The Floor”), Sherri Shepherd (“Ride Along 2”), Erica Ash (“Survivor’s Remorse”), Gloria Reuben (“ER”), Michelle Hurst (“Orange Is the […]

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Lee Daniels & Apollo Theater
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Apollo Theater: Famed Venue Headlining Its Own Upcoming Film

Posted February 1, 2016 by jmurray

“Empire” creator Lee Daniels has signed on to direct “The Apollo Theater Film Project,” a documentary that chronicles the history of New York’s famed Apollo Theater. The authorized documentary will capture the Apollo’s storied impact in shaping America’s music nationally; as well as being cultural landscape for New York. Born out of the Harlem Renaissance, […]

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