Singer and 2015 ESSENCE Black Women in Music honoree Brandy is on her way to Broadway as the star of one of the most iconic musicals. Brandy is taking on the role of Roxie Hart, 1920’s housewife turned murderer, in the Broadway run of Chicago. Brandy will be making her Broadway debut April 28. Yahoo! News]
Vivica A. Fox is returning to the big screen for the sequel to one of our favorite movies. Fox confirmed via Twitter that she’ll be reprising her role as Jasmine Dubrow in Independence Day 2.
“It’s official that I’ll b back 4 #IndependenceDay2 sequel playing Jasmine,” she tweeted on Tuesday.
Independence Day 2 is slated for release in June 2016, almost 20 years after the original film opened in theaters. Access Hollywood]
The Oprah Winfrey Network has a new theme song and they’ve enlisted the talents of Jennifer Hudson and Jennifer Nettles to give it life. “You Will” is the new song that will represent OWN and uplift, empower and inspire viewers everyday.
“‘You Will’ is such a powerful song that I am so very proud to be a part of,” said Jennifer Hudson. “I was honored to come together with Jennifer Nettles and create something special for OWN, which stands for so many wonderful things.”
FOX Network is suing California Corporation Empire Distribution, Inc. for using the words “Empire,” “Empire Distribution,” and “Empire Recording” in promotion and advertisement. FOX claims Empire Distribution is not well-known enough to have rights over the words although Kendrick Lamar, Sean Paul and other popular artists have released work via Empire Distribution.
The California company originally sued FOX back in February for trademark infringement in the hit FOX show, Empire. Now FOX is suing them for rights to the trademark. Who do you think will win? [Madame Noire]
All That Matters, Meagan Good’s new web series, is only three episodes in and already boasting over 6 million views. Good, who co-created, directs, and produces the series, says the purpose is to change the representation of Black women on the screen and bring us together.
“A lot of times we’re shown very dysfunctional and in some cases, it can be very one dimensional,” Good said. “Instead of complaining about it, let’s go in there and come with something fresh and new and something positive. The most important thing we can do is support each other.” [Hello Beautiful]
10-year-old Mikaila Ulmer jumped into a shark tank and came out victorious. The young business woman appeared on ABC’s show Shark Tank seeking an investment in her southerned sweetened lemonade business. She walked away with a $60,000 investment from FUBU CEO Daymond John. You go, girl! [Black Enterprise]