Cynthia Erivo shares her sexual orientation with the world

Oscar-nominated actress Cynthia Erivo said she needed to reveal to the world that she is bisexual and is an ardent supporter of LBGTQ+ community.  Erivo, who soared to international fame by playing the slave abolitionist heroine Harriet Tubman in the movie of the same name, and scored an Academy Award nod in the process, graced […]

Pervis Spann, co-founder of Midway Broadcasting, has died

Pervis Spann the legendary disc jockey of  the historic Black radio station WVON based in Chicago died on March 14, 2022 at the age of 89. Spann died as a result of complications due to alzheimer’s, according to a statement from WVON-AM 1690. Spann was president emeritus and co-founder of Midway Broadcasting company, the parent […]

Jennifer Hudson tells what her go-to karaoke song is

Jennifer Hudson has admitted karaoke is “not a game” in her family. The 40-year-old singer and actress — who shot to fame when she competed on “American Idol” back in 2004 — revealed when her family gets together they take music “seriously” and complain when the acclaimed Broadway star takes to the mic. She said: […]

Jennifer Hudson to receive prestigious award for Aretha Franklin biopic

Jennifer Hudson will be honored with a prestigious award at the Palm Springs International Film Awards. The Respect star, 40, is to receive the top honor at the festival — the Chairman’s Award — for her “legendary performance” as the late Aretha Franklin — and her “phenomenal acting and singing talents” showcased in the biopic […]

US Post Office pays homage to Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin may have passed away over three years ago on Aug 16, 2018, but she continues to receive her flowers in 2021. Two biopics on The Queen of Soul’s life were released earlier this year. Both kept her music and name buzzing and now a U.S. Post Office in Detroit is renaming one of […]

Marlon Wayans reveals why he never got married

Comedian Marlon Wayans shared his serious side for his latest role in the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect starring Jennifer Hudson which hit theatres last week. Wayans recently talked with Essence about the number one woman in his life who he would sacrifice anything for. “My mom passed, and on her deathbed, I said, ‘Can I […]

The tip Aretha Franklin gave Jennifer Hudson about playing her

It’s not often that a legend gives a compliment to a younger performer. Aretha Franklin told Jennifer Hudson she would win an Oscar for playing her. The 39-year-old actress-and-singer is set to portray the late Queen of Soul — who died in 2018 — in the upcoming biopic Respect, and she has recalled being left […]

How Nicky and Paris Hilton helped Marlon Wayans

Marlon Wayans and his brother Shawn Wayans hit box office gold in 2004 with their blockbuster smash White Chicks in which they took on the characters of disgraced FBI agents who go undercover as white women to solve a kidnapping. Directed by their brother Keenen Ivory Wayans, the film grossed over $113 million and helped […]

Jennifer Hudson drops 1st official single from ‘Respect’ soundtrack

Jennifer Hudson will portray the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, in the singer’s upcoming biopic, which is slated to hit theaters on Aug 13, 2021. Hudson released her new song from the soundtrack Friday, June 18, called “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home),” which is the only new original recording for the film and […]

Aretha Franklin’s family opposes ‘Genius: Aretha’ miniseries (video)

Aretha Franklin’s family is making it clear that they do not support National Geographic’s upcoming miniseries “Genius: Aretha,” which is set to air from March 21-24. The family claims they were not involved in the creative process of the project and feel disrespected. Franklin’s son Kecalf Cunningham shared his feelings on the project as he […]

Actors David Cross and Malcolm Barrett discuss ‘Genius: Aretha’

Actors David Cross and Malcolm Barrett discuss the complicated task of playing the iconic Aretha Franklin’s producer and husband, respectively. Genius: Aretha, which will air four consecutive nights, premieres on National Geographic on Sunday, March 21 at 9 p.m. EST.

Cynthia Erivo embodied the ‘Queen of Soul’ during virtual world premiere event

From the extravagant, digital, 12-page invitation, down to the last seconds of Cynthia Erivo’s live performance following the virtual world premiere of Genius: Aretha, you could tell history was being made for fans and viewers alike. National Geographic’s Genius: Aretha world premiere exceeded expectations as it pulled out all the stops and set the bar […]

Aretha Franklin’s estate reaches tentative agreement with IRS over back taxes

Aretha Franklin’s estate and the IRS have come to an agreement regarding her massive tax debt. According to The New York Times, Franklin owed more than $7.8 million in unpaid income taxes, interests and penalties, accumulated between 2010-2017. An agreement has now been reached where 45 percent of quarterly revenue will go toward the IRS […]

Jennifer Hudson eyed to star in new Christmas musical comedy

Jennifer Hudson has been eyed to star in a new Christmas musical comedy. The 39-year-old singer and actress is attached to produce the festive flick and it is hoped that she will play the lead role. The untitled project will include both new and classic Christmas songs and centers on a down-and-out singer whose life […]

Cynthia Erivo to star in Lena Waithe-penned musical drama ‘Talent Show’

Cynthia Erivo is set to play a Chicago songwriter in the upcoming musical drama Talent Show. The 33-year-old actress will join her close friend Lena Waithe‘s production for Universal. As per The Hollywood Reporter, Erivo will portray a “failed songwriter returning to her Chicago hometown to lead a group of at-risk youth in their talent […]

Jennifer Hudson says upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic inspired her to play piano

Jennifer Hudson‘s latest film role inspired her to play the piano. The 38-year-old singer portrays Aretha Franklin in the upcoming biographical drama Respect, and Hudson has revealed she’s currently trying to perfect playing the instrument. She said: “I started piano lessons. “Aretha got me back in music school. It’s still a process, but the film has […]

New solo version of Aretha Franklin’s ‘Never Gonna Break My Faith’ released

A never-heard-before solo version of Aretha Franklin‘s Mary J. Blige duet, “Never Gonna Break My Faith,” has been released to mark Juneteenth Day, June 19, 2020. The late Queen of Soul’s powerful anthem featuring the “Deep Inside” singer was named the Best Gospel Performance at the 50th Grammy Awards in 2008. And Sony’s RCA Records, […]

Aretha Franklin’s estate to fund cancer research

Aretha Franklin’s estate is funding new cancer research. The late soul legend died in August 2018 at the age of 76 after a battle with a neuroendocrine tumor (NET) on the pancreas, which occurs in only seven percent of pancreatic cancer cases. Her estate has held a joint benefit with Detroit’s Women’s Informal Network to […]

Aretha Franklin’s family fighting over control of her estate

Aretha Franklin‘s sons disagree over who should manage her estate. While Sabrina Owens, Franklin’s niece and an administrator at the University of Michigan, has been appointed executor of her estate, attorneys for Theodore White II last week told a Michigan judge in a court filing that he should be named co-executor, along with Owens. It […]