*Producers of the upcoming Mahalia Jackson biopic have apologized to its star Fantasia Barinno for comments given to the New York Post by a financing broker for the film that were not authorized. Under the headline “’Idol’ Threat to Gospel Flick,” the Post’s Page Six quoted “executive producer Adrian Taylor” as saying production on the [...]
*“American Idol: champ Fantasia Barrino called in exclusively to “The Wendy Williams Show” today to set the record straight about her pregnancy, relationship and rumors surrounding her involvement in the legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson biopic. Is the family furious? Are the film investors backing out? Watch below.
*Members of legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson’s estate are upset that Fantasia Barrino has become pregnant by a married man as she prepares to play the Queen of Gospel in the biographical film “Mahalia!” According to the New York Post, producers are also furious with the 2004 “American Idol” winner for not telling them about [...]
*Energetic gospel artist Jessy Dixon, the man who opened for Paul Simon, passed away on Monday at his Chicago home after battling an unrevealed illness. The singer was 73 years old. Over his 50-year career, Dixon contributed to the success of many other artists in jazz and R&B, including Randy Crawford, Cher, Diana Ross, Natalie [...]
*Bishop Joe Simon has been officially inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. The former R&B singer turned preacher was recently honored for his catalog of past secular recordings as well as his current and classic Gospel hits. He’ll be among legends like Mahalia Jackson, Louis Armstong, Fats Domino, Jimmie Davis and Johnny Rivers. [...]
*A documentary about black gospel music – tracing its 200-year transformation from slave plantations in the south to today’s urban contemporary influence – has been quietly playing in select theaters across North America since June 3. Titled “Rejoice and Shout,” this gem features rare full-length performance footage dating back to the 1920s, and primarily focuses [...]
*It’s official; Fantasia will play the role of Mahalia Jackson in the upcoming film “Mahalia” based on Jules Schwerin’s 1993 book, “Got to Tell It: Mahalia Jackson, Queen of Gospel.” According to the New York Post, the budget for the production is $23.9 million and the singer will earn a percentage of the film’s gross [...]
*R&B singer and American Idol winner, Fantasia Barrino has been chosen to play the role of Mahalia Jackson in the Queen of Gospel’s biopic. The feature film will be based on the 1993 book “Got to Tell It: Mahalia Jackson, Queen of Gospel” which covers the life of the singer, and the role she played [...]