Fifty years ago a young lady from East Orange, N.J. named Dionne Warwick began her career as a singer by recording demo records. Within months "The Demo Queen," as she became known, earned her first Top 40 hit, "Don't Make Me Over" and the hits kept coming. Today at 70, the five-time Grammy Award-winner is celebrating her golden anniversary in showbusiness by releasing a new CD, "Only Trust Your Heart." The project predominately features the songs of American composer Sammy Cahn...
Whether it's as Clair Huxtable on "The Cosby Show" or Gilda in "For Colored Girls," Phylicia Rashad has built her career on playing strong and memorable women. In the new Halle Berry film "Frankie & Alice," based on a true story of a go-go dancer who suffers from dissociative identity disorder, Rashad continues that tradition and tackles the role of Edna Murdoch, Berry's on-screen mother. Rashad says she didn't think twice about accepting the role because it's a "fine, very well made film." Rashad, a native of Houston, Texas, is also honing her talents behind the scenes. On March 23, the Ebony Repertory Theatre in Los Angeles will present Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun," directed by Rashad. She spoke with ESSENCE.com about "Frankie & Alice" and reprising "A Raising in the Sun." Here's what you said:Jai commented via Facebook: "I loved her in 'The Old Settler.'" Vanessa said via Facebook: I loved her in 'The Cosby Show' as Claire and I also loved her in 'Raisin in the Sun.'
On Tuesday, a somber Janet Jackson attended Dr. Conrad Murray's pre-trial hearing where Judge Michael Pastor ruled that Murray will stand trial on the involuntary manslaughter charge in the death of Michael Jackson. Judge Pastor also suspended Murray from using his California medical license until the trial is complete...
The second week in the hearing to determine if Michael Jackson's
physician, Conrad Murray, should stand trial for involuntary
manslaughter resumed on Monday in Los Angeles. Several members of the
Jackson family were in attendance, including sisters Janet, LaToya and
Rebbie mother, Katherine, and brothers Jackie and Randy were also in the
courtroom. Another sibling, Jermaine, 56, is in Burkina Faso, Africa because U.S.
officials will not renew his passport until he pays two-year's worth of
child support to Alejandra Genevieve Oaziaza, the mother of his two
The fourth day of the Michael Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, trial concluded this past Friday after turning the spotlight on Murray's personal life. Two of Murray's current mistresses and a former one were called to the stand...
The third day of testimony in the pre-trial hearing of Michael
Jackson's physician, Conrad Murray got underway in Los Angeles on
Thursday and revealed the cell phone records of calls and texts the
doctor made before calling 911 to help the singer.
According to "L.A. Now," the records presented by two representatives
from the phone company showed Murray was talking on the phone and
texting during the period authorities say he should have been
monitoring Jackson's vital signs...
Singer Natalie Cole is back on the road, hitting the stage with something new: a kidney.
In February 2008, following a routine checkup, Cole's doctor informed her that she had hepatitis C, which he believed stemmed from her drug use over 30 years ago. In March 2009, Cole appeared on "Larry King Live" and revealed that the function of her kidneys was less than eight percent and without dialysis, she would die.
For five years Jackee Harry teased and taunted us as the sexy vamp
Sandra Clark on the hit comedy "227." Today she's crisscrossing the
country in J.D. Lawrence's latest play, "Me & Mrs. Jones"
co-starring Darrin Dewitt Henson and Eva Marcille. Harry
always believed that if "you put it in, you'll get it out," and these
days she's working fiercely to stay at the top of her game. In addition
to "Me & Mrs. Jones," she's going to star in BET's upcoming
original series "Let's Stay Together." The sassy, bubbly and inspiring
actress spoke to ESSENCE.com about everything from what kind of man
she's on the hunt for, what TV show she's dying to do, and whether
Sandra was a role model.
When the original "Beverly Hills 90210" premiered in the fall of 1990,
Evan Ross was 2 years old. Today he is 22 and recently joined the cast
of the CW network's contemporary spin-off of the iconic show. Ross
plays a mysterious playwright named Charlie who finds himself wrapped
up in a love triangle, while also trying to mend a strained
relationship with his brother...
The last time Patti LaBelle performed on the Broadway was 28 years ago
in a revival of "Your Arms Too Short to Box with God" with Al Green.
Since then, Patti's career has soared to new heights, winning countless
awards, including two Grammys, and releasing chart-topping hits like
"New Attitude," "Somebody Loves You Baby (You Know Who it is)" and "On
My Own," her number-one pop and R&B duet with Michael McDonald.
On September 14, Patti will add to her legacy when she returns to the
Broadway stage in "Fela!," the Tony-nominated musical based on the life
of Nigerian composer and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti. She'll tackle
the role of Fela's mother, Funmilayo Anikulapo-Kuti, who died from
injuries she suffered after a thousand Nigerian soldiers stormed her
son's compound and threw her out the window.
When ESSENCE.com caught up with Miss Patti she couldn't have been
happier. She was anxiously awaiting her opening night and that
enthusiasm led her to reveal some things that took us by surprise... Here's what you had to say:
Pat commented via Facebook: "I have to see this one."