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Comment by Cousin Ed on June 6, 2012 at 4:28pm

You look very happy LB and we're happy for you.

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‘OITNB’ Star Danielle Brooks Headed To Broadway As 'Sofia' In "The Color Purple” + The Weeknd's “The Hills” (Video)

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"OITNB" star Danielle Brooks is headed to Broadway in the new production of The Color Purple.  Find out who she'll play inside and watch The Weeknd's "The Hills" video. 

Danielle Brooks, who plays Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson on the Netflix series "OITNB," has landed a leading role in the upcoming “The Color Purple” Broadway revival.

She's set to play Sofia in the upcoming production which will be directed and designed by John Doyle. She described her excitement to the NY Post saying, “My body is having an out-of-body experience. I’m so shocked and honored and grateful.” 

If you're headed to NYC in the fall, Danielle will make her Broadway debut alongside Jennifer Hudson as Shug Avery and Cynthia Erivo as Celie on Nov. 9 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.

It's ironic that Danielle is starring the in play since she told the NY Post that “The Color Purple” was the very first Broadway show she ever saw when she was 15.  She said, “Now, 10 years later, I get to do it. I’m trying to hold it together.”

Tickets for the production will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, July 2.

"Orange Is the New Black" Season 3 returns June 12th on Netflix.

 

In new videos...

 

The Weeknd has released a video for “The Hills” off his forthcoming album. The video was directed by Mano and Illangelo and shows The Weeknd walking down an empty suburban street (after a car crash), before ending up at a old mansion where some mysterious women dance for him.

By the way, Drake's homie will headline this year’s Lollapalooza music festival and is also still riding high with his platinum single "Earned It" from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack. 

 

Photos via Danielle's Instagram

MUSICAL ROUNDUP: Mel B FLASHES Howie Mandel During "AGT" Pajama Party + Jay Z & Beyonce At The TIDAL Offices In Norway + Dawn Richard's "Titans x James Dean" Video

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Mel B and her fellow "AGT" judge Howie Mandel had a pajama party to celebrate the upcoming season. See pics inside and check out what happened when Bey and Jay headed to the TIDAL offices in Norway.  Also, watch Dawn Richard's latest video.

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Singer and international tv personality Mel B headed to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in NYC last night to celebrate the season 10 premiere of 'America's Got Talent.' To celebrate the start of the season, Mel and a few lucky guests attended a 'Pajama Party' to watch the show on tv.

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Funnyman Howie Mandel, who stars on "AGT" alongside Mel B, didn't waste anytime getting naked and joining in the fun.  Eventually (check the pic atop) Mel also got into her PJs.  And it looks like she flashed her tatas too!

If you're a fan of 'AGT', this should be a very good season.  While discussing the show to E!, Mel B said, "There's just a lot of really fun stuff, from the crazy to the actual really talented to the wacko. It's just a really interesting, fun family show. It's the 10 year anniversary so they really souped it all up and it's good!"

Last night, "AGT" kicked off with a bang as world-renown germaphobe who NEVER touches people with open hands (only fist bumps at most) Howie Mandel actually shook the hands of the other judges and a contestant.  Why?  He was hypnotized and believed that they were all wearing thin latex gloves.  Let's just say, the hypnotist "got talent".  And he looks like Drake too!  Watch it:

America's Got Talent airs Tuesdays, at 8 p.m. on NBC.

 

In Norway....

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Tuesday morning, Jay Z and Beyonce headed to Tidal headquarters in Oslo for a morning meeting where they pumped up the staff and thanked them for all of their hard work. 

We're sure the team also congratulated Bey on landed on Forbes’ The World’s Most Powerful Women list! Mrs. Carter placed at twenty-one on the list of 100 women, and she was the highest ranking celebrity.

Meanwhile....the other story is what happened outside of the meeting. Once fans learned that Bey and Jay were in town, they swarmed the building and following the couple's SUV down the street. Talk about doing the most....

 

A video posted by Beyoncé (@beylite) on May 27, 2015 at 4:55am PDT

 

A video posted by Beyoncé (@beylite) on May 26, 2015 at 10:30am PDT

 

A video posted by Beyoncé (@beylite) on May 26, 2015 at 9:55am PDT

 

 

In new videos...

We've got the latest visual from recording artist Dawn Richard. Actually...it's the latest visual from Dawn as she recently dropped her last name after the Danity Kane split. The new clip (her 7th video from Blackheart), directed by Monty Marsh, is a mashup of two singles "Titans" and "James Dean." 

It's all about the dance moves in the sexy featurette which begins with Dawn and two backup dancers who transform into onyx obsidian titans while a diamond encrusted Dawn dances between them. Then....Dawn (who always stays ahead of the curve) moves her body using a new wave of digital art created by Wicked Liquid FX. The second part of the video shows her dancing in her “James Dean,” t-shirt and rocks her own new eyewear line Black Era Shades. 

Dawn's latest album is called Blackheart and it's available now.

 

 

 

 

Photos via Splash/Twitter/Beylite Instagram

Tracee Ellis Ross Talks SEX Scenes & Racism In Provocative Roundtable Discussion With A-List Actresses For 'The Hollywood Reporter'

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Tracee Ellis Ross is dishing on life as a black actress in Hollywood for The Hollywood Reporter’s latest cover story. The “black•ish” star got candid on filming sex scenes for network television, racism still being prevalent in the industry and her most humiliating experience on a casting call. More inside….

“black•ish” actress Tracee Ellis Ross joined an uncensored discussion at the Comedy Actress Roundtable for The Hollywood Reporter’s gathering of Emmy-contending comedy actresses. Six of television’s most provocative female comedians, including the “black•ish” mom, Gina Rodriguez ("Jane the Virgin"); Lena Dunham ("Girls"); Ellie Kemper ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"); and Kate McKinnon ("Saturday Night Live") gathered for a no-holds-barred roundtable conversation on a couple of interesting topics, including  sex scenes, racism, colorism and more.

Loving their cover.

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Tracee held nothing back and was very candid when talking about her experiences as a black woman in Hollywood. She touched on going after roles even if they aren’t written for a woman of color, her most humiliating experience testing for a network show, how calculated sex scenes are for network television and more.

Below are the highlights:

On filming sex scenes:

ROSS: On network shows, there are a lot of instructions: Close the mouth. You can move, make the sounds, but no tongue. I had some incidences on "Girlfriends." This guy’s tongue jammed in like a lizard out of nowhere.

On the most overtly sexist thing that's happened to you working in Hollywood:
ROSS: I think racism trumps everything. [It all] happens behind the scenes.
DUNHAM: So many shows wouldn't exist if you and Mara [Brock Akil] hadn't made Girlfriends and pushed it as far as you did.
ROSS: We did 176 episodes.
RODRIGUEZ: Damn.
ROSS: Being on a show run by a woman with four women leads gives you a template that when you walk out into the world, you don't see it. It changed my expectations.

Tracee, Chris Rock wrote an essay for The Hollywood Reporter in which he talked about how you can go to the movies once a week for months and never see a black woman in a substantial role.
RODRIGUEZ: I think that also goes for Latinos as well.
ROSS: There aren’t many [roles in film]. That’s why I say no to all the offers! (Laughs.) Working on a film is one job where you look at a casting breakdown and I’ll think, “That’s me!” But she’s not supposed to be black.
RODRIGUEZ: One hundred percent.
ROSS: But I go for them anyway....

On how much self-deprecation figures into how you connect with your audience:

ROSS: I tested once for a network show to play a lawyer. A Harvard-educated motherf—in' lawyer, OK? I wore a skirt suit and heels. Seemed appropriate. Then there were many discussions about my hair. They'd printed up all these pictures of me from 15 f—in' years ago and had me in and out of the bathroom trying on clothes. They finally pick a skirt — the shortest I brought. Then got a T-shirt from one of the people in the office. The woman says, "Hmmm, your boobs." I was like, "I didn't bring a bra for this T-shirt." She screams down the hall, "Who wears a 34B?" I put on someone else's bra, a size too small, and somehow auditioned. I remember wondering, "What did I just allow myself to do?" The other actress [who auditioned] was dressed like she was going to a club and got the role. It was one of those moments where you're so confused and humiliated. But that's part of the biz.

On asking for what you think you deserve:
ROSS: I was raised by a woman [singer Diana Ross] who has high standards for what she's worth, which has been called "diva behavior." I have witnessed flagrant, disgusting behavior, and that is not my mother. There is a way to be a woman, ask for what we deserve and be able to negotiate.

 

Peep a clip from their discussion where Tracee recalls her wretched Harvard lawyer audition:

 

Check out the full interview here.

Photos: THR

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