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  • ‘The Wiz Live!’ Adds Ne-Yo as Tin Man; Elijah Kelly as Scarecrow, Common as Oz Gate Keeper

    Aug 13, 15 by Cherie Saunders Leave a comment


    *NBC’s live version of “The Wiz” has found its Tin Man and Scarecrow. Ne-Yo has been cast as the Tin Man, while Elijah Kelley comes on as the Scarecrow – joining David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion and newcomer Shanice Williams as Dorothy. The four will ease on down the road toward Common, who […]

  • Showtime Orders Coming-of-Age Pilot from Common, Lena Waithe

    Aug 11, 15 by Cherie Saunders Leave a comment


    *Showtime has given a pilot order to an untitled one-hour drama created, executive produced and written by Lena Waithe (“Dear White People”) and co-executive produced by Common. The project, announced Tuesday morning by Showtime President David Nevins, is described as “a coming-of-age story about a young African American male in which just growing up can […]

  • 2015 Essence Festival Draws Nearly 500,000 Attendees, Thousands More Online

    Jul 8, 15 by Qwest7 Leave a comment


    *The 2015 Essence Festival emerged as a confirmed success with nearly 500,000 people who were on hand to attend the four-day event, which took place July 2-5 in New Orleans. Attendees were treated to nighttime performances from more than 80 artists, including Kevin Hart, Usher, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott, Common and Kendrick Lamar, according […]

  • Common, Nile Rodgers, Robin Thicke Set for ‘Legacy of Hope’ Concert

    Jun 26, 15 by EURPublisher01 Leave a comment


    *Common, Robin Thicke, and Chic and Nile Rodgers are among the performers set to support the Legacy of Hope Foundation at a streamed concert and worldwide media event to be held July 15 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Legacy of Hope is a nonprofit organization working to support the building of the Nelson Mandela’s Children’s […]

  • Hypocrite or Business? John Legend Accepts $300k for Hotel Gig

    Jun 22, 15 by Qwest7 3 Comments


    *John Legend’s boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel looks to be a thing of the past as the singer performed at a wedding reception held at the venue in May. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Legend’s performance on May 30 took place in the hotel ballroom for the wedding reception of Daniel Landy and Alexandra […]

  • 2015 Essence Festival Honors Black Lives Matter Movement

    May 18, 15 by Qwest7 2 Comments


    *The Black Lives Matter movement will be among the topics of discussion at this year’s Essence Festival as Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, will be on hand to speak at the annual four-day event. Fulton will deliver the keynote address at the Essence Empowerment Experience. In addition to Fulton, the Empowerment Experience will include a […]