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BeBe Winans, Oprah Winfrey & Charles Randolph Wright
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BeBe Winans: Celebrity Friends Come See Musical About His Life

Posted April 20, 2016 by jmurray

BeBe Winans has premiered his debut musical, “Born for This: The BeBe Winans Story” at Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. The production, which BeBe is producing alongside “Motown The Musical” director Charles Randolph-Wright, is a “hilarious and heart-warming journey toward self-discovery.” The musical is a bio piece, showcasing the rise of siblings BeBe & CeCe Winans […]

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The Color Purple Broadway
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Born Again: “The Color Purple” On Broadway Is Nostalgically New

Posted April 19, 2016 by jmurray

“The Color Purple” is back on Broadway and this revival is a refashioned, minimalized interpretation of its predecessor. Starring British import Cynthia Erivo (Celie), Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson (Shug Avery), “Orange is the New Black” star Danielle Brooks (Sofia), Isaiah Johnson (Mister), Kyle Scatliffe (Harpo) and Joaquina Kalukango (Nettie); the John Doyle-directed reimagined musical comes to Broadway after making […]

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Kym Whitley & Joshua
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Final Chapter: Has OWN Canceled “Raising Whitley?”

Posted April 12, 2016 by jmurray

On the heels of the Wall Street Journal announcing that Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network is the “most-watched network for African-American women,” the channel has decided to cancel a series considered one of the three shows that, in the words of Winfrey, helped OWN “turn the corner” towards success. AlwaysAList.com has learned that OWN will not […]

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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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Oprah Winfrey
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Oprah Effect: OWN Is Most-Watched Among African-American Women

Posted March 22, 2016 by jmurray

The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) is experiencing remarkable growth since its launch five years ago. OWN, which made its debut on Jan. 1, 2011, has had its average prime-time viewership grow roughly 30% in the past two years; in addition to becoming the most-watched network for African-American […]

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Veronica Harrington
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Angela Robinson: “The Have & Have Nots” Star Assaulted By Fan

Posted March 15, 2016 by jmurray

Fans of Tyler Perry’s “The Have and Have Nots” on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network are so passionate about the series that one literally assaulted the show’s star Angela Robinson. The prime-time soap opera, set in Savannah, Georgia, depicts the lives of the rich and powerful Cryer and Harrington families (they’re “The Haves”) and the poor […]

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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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Michelle Williams, Danielle Brooks, Cynthia Erivo, Lupita NYoungo & Jennifer Hudson
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The Color Purple: Celebrities Flock To See The Broadway Revival

Posted January 19, 2016 by jmurray

It’s those types of reviews that have celebrities and theatergoers coming in masses to the Great White Way to see the revival of “The Color Purple” at New York’s Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. The much-hyped Broadway musical — produced by Scott Sanders, Oprah Winfrey and others — stars breakout British actress Cynthia Erivo (Celie), Oscar and […]

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