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Grammy Award-winning artists Patti LaBelle and Brandy Norwood will guest-star in multi-episode arcs on STAR, beginning this spring on FOX!

LaBelle will play Carlotta Brown’s (Queen Latifah) tough but loving mother, Christine; and Norwood will play Carlotta’s younger sister, Cassie.

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“STAR” cast Season 2

In the next all-new episode of STAR, “Faking It,” airing Wednesday, Nov. 15 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, Ayanna (Michael Michele) must quickly do damage control to restore Midtown’s image, amidst all of the heat the label is catching from the tragic police incident. Desperate for a spot in the showcase, the girls (Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O’Grady) work on convincing hot recording artist – Joyce Sheree (guest star Teyana Taylor) – to do a featured verse on one of their songs. Carlotta continues to fight for custody of Simone; a misleading photo of Noah (Luke James) and Alex goes viral; and Cotton (Amiyah Scott) juggles two relationships. Meanwhile, Brody’s (Stephen Dorff) motivation for his return to Atlanta is revealed.

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With a career that spans more than 50 years, Patti LaBelle has earned 13 Grammy Award nominations and two wins, and sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. She was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Apollo Theater Legends Hall of Fame and the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2005, she was awarded the “Legend Award” by the World Music Awards. In addition to her success as a music artist, LaBelle is a bestselling author, actress, humanitarian and entrepreneur, with a successful product line, Patti’s Good Life. Her most recent projects include the cookbookDesserts LaBelle (April 2017), jazz album Bel Hommage (May 2017) and forthcoming holiday album Patti LaBelle and Friends – Home for the Holidays (November 24, 2017).

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Brandy Norwood is a multi-Platinum, Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and actress. She was one of the most successful multi-media stars of the past two decades, with a constant presence on pop and R&B charts, the hit sitcom “Moesha” and the TV movie phenomenon “Cinderella.” Her additional film and TV credits include horror film “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer” and TV series “The Game” and “America’s Got Talent.” Norwood made her Broadway debut as “Roxie Hart” in the Tony Award-winning musical “Chicago” and recently appeared on FOX’s “My Kitchen Rules.”

 

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Well, This Is News! Jada Pinkett-Smith Says She NEVER Wanted to Marry Will Smith!

When it comes to the celebrity power couples in Hollywood, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith are top tier. Their relationship, although it has had its pitfalls, has become something to aspire to and somewhat revere. Thus news that Jada initially NEVER wanted to marry Will, instead feeling pressured into a union by her family is surprising. Mrs. Pinkett-Smith revealed the surprising news in a recent interview with New York Daily News.

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When it comes to the celebrity power couples in Hollywood, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith are top tier. Their relationship, although it has had its pitfalls, has become something to aspire to and somewhat revere. Thus news that Jada initially NEVER wanted to marry Will, instead feeling pressured into a union by her family is surprising. Mrs. Pinkett-Smith revealed the surprising news in a recent interview with New York Daily News.

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Pinkett Smith, 47, told People in a new interview that she “never wanted to get married” — but felt pressured into it by her family.

“I had never seen a happy marriage,” she told People, saying she “adored” her partner, but did not want to marry.

Her mother, known as Gammy, called Will crying — which Pinkett Smith said was “infuriating” — and the meddling mom said “You have to get married.”

The couple married on New Year’s Eve in 1997 when Pinkett Smith was in her first trimester of pregnancy with son Jaden, now 20. The pair also share daughter Willow, 18. And Will has a son, Trey, 26, from his first marriage to Sheree Zampino.

Pinkett Smith told People that she’s happy she did get married, but that she and Smith, 50, still do not label themselves as married.

“It’s more of a life partnership … I don’t own him. He doesn’t own me. He has to be his own person first, and vice versa … Love is freedom,” Pinkett Smith told People.

We are glad The Smiths have worked out and are continuing to make each other better people. Kudos to Jada for being so transparent!

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Hit Singer, Lizzo (@Lizzo), Wants to Play “Ursula” in “The Litttle Mermaid” Live Action Remake, Melissa McCarthy Reportedly in Talks for Role!

The “Poor, Unfortunate Souls” at Disney have some decisions to make when it comes to casting for the upcoming live action remake of The Little Mermaid. The coveted role of the film’s larger than life villainess, Ursula, is being sought after by hit singer, Lizzo, although comedian and actress, Melissa McCarthy is reportedly in talks with Disney for the role. This is quite the conundrum as both are amazingly talented women.

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The “Poor, Unfortunate Souls” at Disney have some decisions to make when it comes to casting for the upcoming live action remake of The Little Mermaid. The coveted role of the film’s larger than life villainess, Ursula, is being sought after by hit singer, Lizzo, although comedian and actress, Melissa McCarthy is reportedly in talks with Disney for the role. This is quite the conundrum as both are amazingly talented women.

via Essence

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On Friday, Variety reported that actress Melissa McCarthy is in “early talks” to join the project as the tentacled villain from the original 1989 movie.

But fans on Twitter immediately put up the “Truth Hurts” singer as the perfect person for the role.

Lizzo agreed. She even shared a 2018 video of herself dressed up as Ursula, and singing a rendition of “Poor Unfortunate Souls” from the movie.

“I’M URSULA. PERIOD,” she wrote alongside the video.

We have to say we are #TeamLizzo when it comes to her playing Ursula. She has the size, voice, charisma, and she’s a really amazing singer. Melissa needs to show us she’s got the chops to pull off Poor, Unfortunate Souls. It’s easy all all she has to do is perform a few bars and won’t cost her anything–but her voice!

 

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The Motherland! Meghan Markle & Prince Harry’s Son’s First Royal Tour Will Be to Africa!

To be young, wealthy, and a royal! His Royal Highness, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, son of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, is living the high life! That life will also include his first royal tour which is set to be a family one touring Africa! The tour will take place this fall; undoubtedly giving the new prince time to get a little bigger and receive all the vaccinations he will need.

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To be young, wealthy, and a royal! His Royal Highness, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, son of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, is living the high life! That life will also include his first royal tour which is set to be a family one touring Africa! The tour will take place this fall; undoubtedly giving the new prince time to get a little bigger and receive all the vaccinations he will need.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are heading to Africa — this time as a family of three!

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed on Thursday that they will carry out a royal tour in Africa this fall. In a post on their @SussexRoyal Instagram page, they also hinted that son Archie, born on May 6, will be coming along: “This will be their first official tour as a family!”

They will visit the country of South Africa, with Prince Harry also making stops in Malawi and Angola. He’ll also do a “short working visit in Botswana on route to the other countries,” according to the Instagram post.

“The Duke and Duchess are really looking forward to meeting so many of you on the ground and continuing to raise awareness of the high impact work local communities are doing across the commonwealth and beyond,” the couple wrote on Instagram.

We love that Prince Archie’s first trip is to Africa, it will let him connect with part of history as his mother is a biracial woman, and his maternal grandmother is clearly Black. We cannot wait to see the pictures!

 

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