Plus, Mariah Carey signs new music deal, meteorologist Rhonda Lee hired by WeatherNation, New York firefighter Danae Mines to become first female in FDNY calendar.
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The Broadway musical modeled around the lyrics and poetry of the late Tupac Shakur is set to close its doors just two months after opening. Holla if ya Hear Me began previews at the Palace Theater on June 2 and officially opened June 19. Some theater industry insiders projected this fate due to the alarmingly low attendance turnout during previews. The play has grossed $942,493 in total, while most Broadway shows rake in an estimated $1 million weekly. The final performance of Holla if ya Hear Me will be July 20. [HollywoodReporter]
Mariah Carey has signed a new deal with songwriting organization SESAC. The R&B diva joins a long list of songwriters and producers across the music industry. [SESAC]
New York City female firefighter Danae Mines is set to become the first woman featured in the FDNY Calendar of Heroes. Although she was initially told the honor was only for men, the 11-year veteran attended an open call and was selected. Mines says that her appearance in the calendar is for a bigger purpose, “I wanted my picture in the calendar so that young girls and young women can see me and know that they can do this job," she said. [Clutch]
Rhonda Lee, the meteorologist fired from a Louisiana TV station after responding to racist remarks about her natural hair, has taken on a new gig with WeatherNation. On her Facebook page, Lee said she wasn't sure when her new job would begin, but she would be moving to Denver in a couple of weeks. In 2012, Lee responded to a Facebook post by a viewer who said that she needed to grow more hair or wear a wig because of her short natural hair made her look like cancer patient. Lee retorted by explaining that she is a very healthy woman who wears her hair naturally and doesn't feel that it is necessary to wear it differently.