Happy Friday, ladies! There's so much steam in our cups this morning. Aretha Franklin has chosen the cast for a film based on her autobiography, "Aretha: From These Roots." She'd like to cast Halle Berry to play her, and Denzel Washington her father. As we all know, what the Queen of Soul wants, she gets. In other movie news, Terry McMillian has confirmed that a "Waiting to Exhale" sequel is in the works, and three of the four original actresses have signed on to return. Sadly, gospel star Marvin Sapp's wife Malinda has died of colon cancer. Our thoughts are with his family.  Here's what you had to say: Iyanna commented via Facebook: "I think Jill Scott would have been a better fit to play Aretha Franklin." LaTresa wrote via Facebook: "I'm sorry to hear about Marvin Sapp's wife. My prayers go to him and his family."

Essence.com
Sep, 10, 2010

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  • The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, has announced a cast of incredible actors she'd like to cast in a film about her life. For the lead, as her younger self, Franklin has chosen Halle Berry. Denzel Washington has agreed to play her father, Rev. C.L. Franklin, and Terrence Howard said yes to the role of her friend, Smokey Robinson. Franklin would also like Blair Underwood to play her brother Cecil, and Nia Long, her sister Erma Franklin. This is certainly epic entertainment news! We can't wait to see how this will turn out. [Black Voices]
  • Just when we thought Naomi Campbell was "difficult" to work with, she proves us wrong. Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour said Naomi was "on time, professional and a joy to work with," after the supermodel appeared in Vogue's Fashion Night Out show in New York City. [NY Post]
  • Terry McMillian has confirmed there will be a "Waiting to Exhale" sequel based on the follow-up novel "Getting to Happy" was released this week -- and three of the original four actresses have already signed on. [Clutch Magazine]
  • Halle Berry was spotted kissing and holding hands with "Dark Tide" co-star Olivier Martinez in Paris, where the film is shooting. We wonder if this will last for Halle? [People]
  • Gospel singer Marvin Sapp's wife, MaLinda Sapp, has passed away of colon cancer. The two were married for 15 years and share three kids. Our condolences go out to the Sapp family. [Black Voices
  • Gabourey Sidibe is on the October cover of Elle and she's looking fabulous! [YBF]
Check out Trey Songz's live performance of "Say Aah" at the 2010 ESSENCE Music Festival on our new Vevo channel.