Brandy to Star in ‘Chicago’ Revival

posted by Sista on March 24, 2015

BRANDY BROADWAY CHICAGO REVIVAL (1)

Now that her stint on “The Game” appears to be coming to an end, singer Brandy has moved on to bigger and better things, namely, Broadway.

According to online reports, Brandy will be joining the Broadway revival of the musical “Chicago” and will be stepping into the glorious role of Roxie Hart.
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Tamia Readies New Album via Def Jam

posted by Sista on March 23, 2015

TAMIA SANDWICH AND A SODA (1)

Though urban radio doesn’t appear to be latching onto it, Tamia’s “Sandwich and a Soda” is hands down the best thing to happen to R&B music in a very long time.

The sexy, mature single is produced by Pop & Oak and is the singer’s first offering from her upcoming “Love Life” album, tentatively set for a June release via Def Jam Recordings.
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Fantasia Opens Online Boutique

posted by Sista on March 23, 2015

FANTASIA ROCK SOUL BOUTIQUE (1)

While scrolling through my Instagram account today I discovered Fantasia recently opened Rock Soul Boutique, an online store that features some of her own designs, as well as a bevy of her more gently worn items.

Fantasia said the store has been a work in progress for some time now, and that eventually she hopes to open up an actual brick and mortar location in her hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Jaime Lee Kirchner Nabs Lead Role in CW Pilot

posted by Sista on March 21, 2015

Jaime Lee Kirchner - Dead People

Actress Jaime Lee Kirchner is the latest Brown Sista to secure a lead role during this very busy pilot season. According to published reports, Jaime will join Andrew J. West in the upcoming CW drama “Dead People,” which is the brainchild of writer/producer J.J. Abrams.

The show centers on West, a man whose brush with death yields unusual side effects, including the ability to now communicate with dead people, including his deceased wife.
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Ameriee Returns with New Music

posted by Sista on March 21, 2015

AMERIIE OUT LOUD (140x140)

After a very extended hiatus, singer Ameriie is back with some new Rich Harrison produced music.

The “Why Don’t We Fall In Love” diva unveiled “Out Loud” earlier this week via Sound Cloud, and it’s pretty much everything we’ve come to expect from the D.C. native.

While not a total let down, “Out Loud” sounds like every single song Harrison has ever produced for Ameriie, and that’s just not going to cut it in today’s musical landscape.
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Beyonce Teams Up with Giuseppe Zanotti

posted by Sista on March 21, 2015

Beyonce to create one of a kind shoe with Giuseppe Zanotti (1)

Looks like Beyonce is the latest celeb to get into the shoe game. According to published reports, the 33-year old pop singer has teamed up with Italian designer Giuseppe Zanotti to create her own one-of-a-kind shoe. Yes, you read correctly. One shoe; a platform to be exact.

Zanoti says he and Beyonce’s stylist Ty Hunter are in the final stages of creating the one-of-a-kind footwear and that it will be an “ultra thick platform stiletto.”
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LeToya Lucketts Snags Role in New NBC Pilot

posted by Sista on March 20, 2015

LETOYA LUCKETT - LOVE IS A FOUR LETTER WORD (1)

Former Destiny’s Child singer LeToya Luckett has found quite a bit of success in the acting world since her last album, “Lady Love,” was released back in 2009. Since then the 34-year old Houston native has co-starred in several movies and most recently had her role of Felicia Price expanded since “Single Ladies” was dropped by VH1 and subsequently picked up by CentricTV.

Now comes word LeToya has landed her biggest role to date, the co-lead in the upcoming NBC drama pilot “Love Is a Four Letter Word.” LeToya will reportedly play one half of a married couple dealing with the difficulties of conceiving a second child. LeToya takes over the role vacated by actress Cynthia McWilliams and will play opposite “Arrow” star Colin Donnell.
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Sleepy Hollow Renewed by Fox for Third Season

posted by Sista on March 18, 2015

SLEEPY HOLLOW RENEWED FOR SEASON 3 (140x140)

Heads up, Sleepyheads; all your hard work has finally paid off. According to published reports, Sleepy Hollow, which stars the gorgeous Nicole Beharie and Tom Mison, is officially coming back for a third season. Despite its second season being panned by both fans, and critics, the show still secured an early renewal notice, thanks in part to some late season course correcting and the replacement of Mark Goffman as the sci-fi drama’s showrunner.

Clifton Campbell, best known for his work on “The Glades” and “White Collar,” will take over showrunner duties for season three, which will thankfully return in September for another 18-episode run.
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New Find: Your Hair and Skin Fix

posted by Sista on March 16, 2015

NUTRIENT SHINE BUTTER

Shiny, moisturized, healthy hair is every ones deepest desire, and so is healthy radiant skin. What if I told you there was one product to tackle the challenge of maintaining healthy hair and skin? Taliah Waajid’s CWN Nutrient Rich Shine Butter is the product that assists with hair and skin improvements. Nutrient Rich Shine Butter is guaranteed to leave your skin feeling moisturized, soft & renewed. It has an irresistible fragrance leaving your skin & hair not only looking good but smelling good too. It also eliminates dry hair and scalp on the spot, and is great as a heat protectant. The key ingredients– Avocado and Shea Butter deliver nutrient rich moisture to hair and skin making both tasks of healthy skin and hair easy to achieve and maintain.
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Rihanna to Front Dior’s Spring Campaign

posted by Sista on March 15, 2015

RIHANNA FRONTS DIOR SPRING CAMPAIGN

According to WWD, Rihanna will be featured in the fourth installment of Dior’s “Secret Garden” video series.

The 27-year old pop beauty reportedly shot the visual with Steven Klein at the Palace of Versailles in France earlier this week.

Rihanna will also be featured in a print campaign for the fashion house, set to be unveiled later this spring, along with the video and her eighth studio album, still rumored to be titled “R8.”
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Anika Noni Rose Lands Lead Role in New CBS Pilot

posted by Sista on March 11, 2015

ANIKA NONI ROSE FOR JUSTICE ON CBS

“Dreamgirls” actress, Anika Noni Rose, is the latest Brown Sista to secure an acting gig during this busy pilot season.

According to online reports, Anika will helm the new CBS civil rights drama “For Justice,” which is based on James Patterson’s debut crime novel “The Thomas Berryman Number.” The pilot is being written by “Law & Order” alum Rene Belcher and lensed by Selma director Ava DuVernay.
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Deborah Cox Heads Backs to Broadway

posted by Sista on March 9, 2015

DEBORAH COX TO PLAY JOSEPHINE BAKER IN BROADWAY PLAY JOSEPHINE (1)

Singer Deborah Cox, fresh off of her stint providing vocals for Lifetime’s recent Whitney Houston bio-flick, will tackle another icon, Josephine Baker, in her upcoming stint on Broadway.

According to published reports, Deborah will take on the life and times of Josephine Baker in “JOSEPHINE,” a Broadway bound production that opens April 27 and runs through May 29.
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Ciara Debuts Stunning ‘I Bet’ Visual

posted by Sista on March 9, 2015

CIARA I BET VIDEO

How amazing does Ciara look in the visual for her new single “I Bet?”

The track is the first to be released from the singer’s upcoming “Jackie” album, which is tentatively scheduled for an early summer release.

Ciara called the video a departure from what fans would usually expect from her, and I gotta agree.
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Jada Pinkett Smith May Not Return to ‘Gotham’

posted by Sista on March 8, 2015

JADA PINKETT SMITH IS LEAVING GOTHAM (1)

Jada Pinkett Smith’s character of Fish Mooney on Fox’s hit drama “Gotham” may not be returning for the show’s second season.

During a recent interview Jada was asked if she’s be coming back for the show’s sophomore season, to which she responded “I don’t think so. I signed up for a year and that year is now up.” Fans of Fish Mooney shouldn’t be too disheartened, as Jada says the show still has some great things planned for the character.
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‘Single Ladies’ Season Four Preview

posted by Sista on March 8, 2015

SINGLE LADIES MAKES ITS SEASON 4 DEBUT ON CENTRIC TV MARCH 18 (1)

Are you guys ready for a new season of “Single Ladies?”

After being unceremoniously dropped from VH1’s line-up last year, the show was picked up by CentricTV and is now set to makes its season four debut later this month.

The entire cast returns, including female leads LisaRaye McCoy, Denise Vasi and Charity Shea. Also returning is singer LeToya Luckett, whose role has been significantly expanded from last season..
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LAW ENFORCEMENT’S ROLE IN SLAVERY

posted by A.G. Thornton on March 4, 2015

LAW ENFORCEMENTS ROLE IN SLAVERY

It was blustery cold outside; 17 degrees I think. But I was present, in the church’s basement, when New York City’s top cop, Commissioner Bill Bratton was brave to admit to a mostly black audience in Jamaica, queens, at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York for a Black History month event, February 2015, that police played a part in some of the darkest moments in black history. The worst parts of black history were possible due to the racist culture and nature of the police. Slavery, The United States original and greatest sin (colonizing Indians on reservations came later), sat on a foundation that was codified by laws—LAWS !!! And then enforced by the police, slave catcher, etc. He went on to discuss how Peter Stuyvesant, a Dutch settler used black slave labor to build New Amsterdam (now called Manhattan), then he build a police force. He acknowledged the distrust seeded historically by the role of police in enforcing laws that were the foundation of slavery and Jim Crow discrimination. And he talked about the risk that attitudes born of policing neighborhoods where most crimes are committed by blacks can unconsciously harden into bias against all blacks. And ever since then, the stories of police and black citizens have been intertwined, again and again…and it was always bloody, most times, ending in death. I started to cry. A stranger—parishioner patted my shoulder to calm me down!!!!
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Nia Long Nabs Role in ‘Uncle Buck’ Remake

posted by Sista on March 4, 2015

NIA LONG UNCLE BUCK REMAKE ABC (1)

Nia Long is the latest Brown Sista to book a gig this pilot season. According to published reports, the 44-year old actress will join comedian Mike Epps in the ABC remake of the John Candy film “Uncle Buck.”

Nia was last seen in the short-lived WeTV drama “The Divide,” which was unfortunately cancelled after its initial eight episode run last summer. Since then Nia’s been mostly a free agent, with IMDB showing her only upcoming role as that of Jordan in the third iteration of “The Best Man” franchise.
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