Story by Viola C. Malone
*As she relived her favorite dance numbers in her head and began moving in her seat, new dancer Krystal Hicks shared her experience with the Lula Washington Dance Theatre.
Nineteen-year-old Krystal, who is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, uprooted her life to move to Los Angeles on an invite to study dance over the summer at the Lula Washington Dance Theatre.
With an athletic background in cheerleading, track and field, and gymnastics, dance came easily and naturally and has always been her passion. She had graduated from the Cleveland School of the Arts where she studied under Terrence Green for modern dance and Kay Eichman for ballet. The training there gave her a strong foundation to take the next step in her professional dance career.
*From the M.I.C. to the big and small screen to … Broadway?!
If the New York Post is to be believed, then this could be the case for Common.
The publication reports that the rapper/actor is being considered to star in a Broadway revival of “The Great White Hope.” The play, written by Howard Sackler, is known for it’s 1970-film adaptation, which was directed by Martin Ritt, and starred James Earl Jones. Continue reading
*A woman is suing Tyler Perry in Georgia claiming the filmmaker/playwright stole her idea for his theater production of Madea Gets A Job.
According to RadarOnline.com, Lisa Daniels filed the civil action on Feb. 5 in a Georgia superior courthouse for theft of a literary piece and/or play.
“I was the sole creator of a literary piece ‘Madea Gets a Job’, and this literary piece was featured in the form of a Tyler Perry play,” Daniels wrote in the court docs. “This play had the same title that my play had, and this play had similar themes as my play.”
Actress Patina Miller attends the Rush HeARTS Education Luncheon at The Plaza Hotel on February 14, 2014 in New York City
*Patina Miller, a best actress Tony winner for Broadway’s “Pippen,” has been cast in the Morgan Freeman-produced CBS drama pilot “Madam Secretary,” reports Deadline.com.
Written by Barbara Hall and directed by Dave Semel, the series explores the personal and professional life of maverick female Secretary of State Elizabeth McGill (Tea Leoni) as she drives international diplomacy, wrangles office politics and balances a complex family life.
Miller will play Daisy, McGill’s press coordinator.
*Its Oscar week and that means it’s time for the “ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood” luncheon.
The exclusive event honored the brightest stars at the Beverly Hills Hotel Thursday.
EURweb associate Fahnia Thomas was at the 7th annual celebration and asked the best of Hollywood why it’s important to continuously illuminate positive images of Black women worldwide.
Universal’s Non-Stop starring Liam Neeson is action packed, in theaters February 28, 2014
Academy Award nominee Liam Neeson stars in the Universal Pictures presentation of Non-Stop.
* The newest Universal Pictures release, “Non-Stop,” starring Academy/Golden Globe Award nominee Liam Neeson (“Darkman”) is action packed as the entire film takes place on an international flight from New York to London.
Neeson is Bill Marks a US Federal Air Marshall trying to stop a hijacking from an unknown source on the plane using text messages – the ransom is $150 million.
Non-Stop is in theaters February 28 and is Rated PG – 13.