Queen Latifah News

Birdland to Present Birdland Big Band, Sean Harkness Duo & More, Week of 8/11
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its schedule for August 11 - August 17, including The Birdland Big Band, Sean Harkness Duo, Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch, Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano, with Special Guest Warren Vache, and more! (more...)

Jazz Masters, Stephen Wallam, Jim Caruso's Cast Party and More Set for Birdland, Aug 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

Birdland Jazz Club has announced their great line-up of amazing talent for the month of August 2014, featuring: The Jazz Masters Quartet, Dave Douglas Quintet, Django Reinhardt NY Festival, Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano, Rotem Sivan Trio, Sean Harkness Duo, Jane Monheit, Jim Caruso's Cast Party, and more. Details below! (more...)

Queen Latifah to Portray Iconic Blues Singer in HBO's BESSIE
by TV News Desk - Jul 11, 2014

Oscar(R) nominee Queen Latifah ('Chicago') stars as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in HBO Films' BESSIE (more...)

Bessie Smith Biopic with Queen Latifah to Premiere in 2015 on HBO
by TV News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

Oscar® nominee Queen Latifah (“Chicago”) stars as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in HBO Films' BESSIE, written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Dee Rees (“Pariah”). Currently in production in Atlanta and debuting in 2015, the film focuses on Smith's transformation from a struggling young singer into “The Empress of the Blues,” one of the most successful recording artists of the 1920s and an enduring icon today. The cast also features Michael K. Williams, Khandi Alexander, Mike Epps, Tika Sumpter, Tory Kittles, Oliver Platt, Bryan Greenberg, Charles S. Dutton and Mo'Nique. BESSIE is executive produced by Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Lili Fini Zanuck, Shelby Stone and Randi Michel. (more...)

Kardio-Xercise and Champion Rachael Lust Launch Hula Hoop Workshop in Chicago, 7/13
by BWW News Desk - Jul 09, 2014

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Charlie Murphy Comes to the Comedy Works Larimer Square, 7/24-26
by BWW News Desk - Jul 02, 2014

Charlie Murphy's rapid evolution from Chappelle's Show cast member to top-billed international comedian has been remarkable. He has spent the past eight years performing his critically acclaimed stand-up show and solidifying his position in Hollywood as a true acting, writing and producing talent, in his own right. (more...)

Oliver Platt, Bryan Greenberg and Tory Kittles Sign on For HBO's BESSIE
by TV News Desk - Jul 01, 2014

Deadline reports that Oliver Platt, Bryan Greenberg and Tory Kittles will now star alongside leading lady Queen Latifah in HBO's BESSIE, a biopic about legendary blues singer Bessie Smith. (more...)

Mike Epps to Bring AFTER DARK TOUR to Fox Theatre, 12/31
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2014

Comedian Mike Epps and Live Nation have come together for Mike's 2014 fall tour deemed 'The Mike Epps: After Dark' which will cover over 20 cities nationally including a special New Year's Eve performance at the Fox Theatre on Wednesday, December 31 at 9 p.m. (more...)

DPAC Presents DIRTY DANCING, Tickets on Sale 6/28
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2014

DPAC announced today that individual tickets for the Triangle premiere of Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage will go on sale June 28 at 10 a.m. Tickets are available at the DPAC Ticket Center or by visiting DPACnc.com and Ticketmaster. The staged musical of this worldwide smash-hit film will play DPAC September 16-21, 2014. (more...)

Christina Bianco and Velma Celli to Make Edinburgh Fringe Debut in DIVALLUSION, July 31-Aug 21
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2014

Drama Desk Award nominee and YouTube sensation Christina Bianco and cabaret star Velma Celli make their Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut in Divallusion at Assembly Checkpoint from Thursday 31st July - Thursday 21st August at 19.25 (20.25 ends). (more...)

2014 Daytime Entertainment Creative Arts Emmy Award Winners Announced!
by TV News Desk - Jun 21, 2014

Last night, June 20, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced the winners of the 41st Annual Daytime Entertainment Creative Arts Emmy Awards in a sold-out, grand gala for over 1,200 attendees at the Westin Bonaventure, in downtown Los Angeles. Scroll down for the full list of winners! (more...)

Christina Bianco and Laurissa Romain Join Tim Realbuto at 54 Below, 7/24
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2014

Drama Desk Award Nominee CHRISTINA BIANCO (Forbidden Broadway; NEWSical The Musical) and South Pacific's LAURISSA ROMAIN ('Finally Famous'; 'The Voice') join the starry line-up of special guests for Tim Realbuto's upcoming (not so) solo show at 54 Below entitled Tim Realbuto: Alone (With Plenty of Help). (more...)

Internationally Acclaimed SASHA LAZARD Releases New Album 'Lumiere'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2014

Known for her pristine and richly expressive soprano as well as her visionary artistry, Sasha Lazard is pleased to announce the release of her fifth album, Lumiere. (more...)

Review Roundup: Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill Return in 22 JUMP STREET!
by Danielle DeSisto - Jun 13, 2014

The comedic duo that delighted audiences in the hit film '21 Jump Street' is back again! (more...)

Queen Latifah Joins #CricketNation
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2014

ALPHARETTA, Ga., June 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Cricket Wireless announced today it has joined forces with multi-award winning musician, actress and talk show host Queen Latifah and 'The Queen Latifah Show,' the most popular new daytime talk show this past season, to drive awareness of Cricket's new simple, affordable plans and why it's the smart, savvy choice for consumers. (more...)

Dante and Chiara de Blasio to Serve as King Neptune, Queen Mermaid of Mermaid Parade at Coney Island, 6/21
by BWW News Desk - Jun 06, 2014

Coney Island USA's 32nd Annual Mermaid Parade will begin at 1 pm on Saturday, June 21, 2014. The parade starts at the corner of West 21st Street and Surf Avenue, and proceeds east on Surf Avenue to West 10th Street, where it turns south to the Boardwalk, and then north back to Steeplechase Plaza, where it concludes. (more...)

COVERGIRL Makes a 5-Year, $5 Million Promise to the Next Generation of Women
by BWW News Desk - Jun 05, 2014

COVERGIRL #GirlsCan is a movement with a mission: to help young women overcome barriers to break boundaries, empowering them to be the next generation to rock the world. The movement was kick-started earlier this year with an inspiring video starring COVERGIRLs Queen Latifah, Ellen DeGeneres, P!nk, Sofia Vergara, Becky G, Katy Perry and Janelle Monáe. With more than 10 million views already and counting, this movement of positivity and #GirlsCan power struck a chord and inspired a provocative conversation. (more...)

QUEEN LATIFAH SHOW Names Todd Yasui Executive Producer, Jack Mori & Ianthe Jones Co-Executive Producers
by TV News Desk - Jun 04, 2014

Sony Pictures Television today announced several exciting changes within the ranks of the senior staff of its successful daytime talk series The Queen Latifah Show naming Todd Yasui as Executive Producer and Jack Mori and Ianthe Jones as Co-Executive Producers leading into the show's sophomore season. (more...)

Photo Flashback: Remembering Maya Angelou
by Walter McBride - May 29, 2014

As BroadwayWorld reported yesterday, America's Poet Laureate Maya Angelou has passed away at the age of 86. The poet died last night, May 27th in a Winston-Salem, North Carolina hospital while recovering from an 'unexpected ailment'. She died surrounded by her family. Below, BroadwayWorld remembers the legend. (more...)

The Legend Lives On! KDAY 93.5 FM Explodes to Record High 1.16 Million Total Cume Audience in April!
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2014

LOS ANGELES, May 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ KDAY 93.5 FM, Southern California's original hip-hop and R&B Radio Station, and the most recent brand addition to Meruelo Media, Southern California's leading minority-owned media group, reached a twenty month high with more than 1.16 million weekly KDAY fans tuning into the legendary radio station according to the recently-released Nielsen Audio ratings. (more...)

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