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Coffee Talk: Cicely Tyson Returns to Broadway After 30-Year Absence

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Cicely Tyson
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• It's been a long 30 years since Cicely Tyson, 78, appeared on Broadway. But the legendary actress is set to star in the revival of Horton Foote's 1953 play, The Trip to Bountiful. It's about an elderly woman who returns home to her small Texas town. "For years I have been searching for the perfect project to bring me back to my true home—the stage," said Tyson. "In many ways Broadway is my Bountiful, and I'm eager and honored to return with this strong, passionate and funny character in a timeless American classic." The Trip to Bountiful is set to open on April 23. [Hollywood Reporter]

• Is Frank Ocean posting photos of his new boyfriend? Fans and several media outlets seem to think so. The Channel Orange singer posted a photo of himself being embraced from behind by French model Willy Cartier. Ocean further confused everyone by later tweeting, "Marry em, make em American." [Hollywood Reporter]

• Pandora continues to clash with artists over song payments. Many songwriters appeared in court to protest a bill that would "cut royalties and deprive artists of the fair-market value of their work," said Rep. John Conyers (D-Michigan). So far more than 125 artists, including Rihanna, Katy Perry and Billy Joel have signed a letter opposing the bill. [Rolling Stone]

• Former basketball star Allen Iverson says he can't afford to keep up with his monthly bills. According to Georgia court documents, Iverson earns $62,500 a month but his monthly expenses tally up to a whopping $358,376.66. Some of his outrageous expenses include $10,000 a month in clothes and $10,000 a month in groceries and other household items. Despite his current financial situation, Iverson continues to drive a pricey Maybach. [TMZ]


• Jada Pinkett Smith has joined forces with a number of other high-profile celebrities for a new PSA pleading with the ILO, a subsidiary of the United Nations, to end slavery. "We think of slavery, we think of the past," said Smith. "But the truth is that three out of every 1,000 people in the world today are either in forced labor, have been trafficked or work in slave-like conditions. It has to stop." Watch the PSA below.

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