Plus: Lifetime will air a special on Whitney Houston's marriage to Bobby Brown, Alexandra Shipp talks playing Ice Cube's wife in Straight Outta Compton, and more!
Here’s some showbiz news to add to your coffee this morning:
Is VH1 canceling Sorority Sisters? The network reportedly plans to air the final three episodes of Sorority Sisters back-to-back this Friday night. But does that mean the show is over for good? VH1 said in a statement on Tuesday that the decision on whether Sorority Sisters will continue has yet to be made. The reality show sparked quite a bit of backlash from the Black community. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc even suspended two of its members who are stars of the show. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]
Ticketmaster is refunding tickets for two upcoming Bill Cosby shows in Denver. Over 3,000 tickets were sold for the upcoming comedy special that will still go on despite protests scheduled for the Saturday show. Cosby has still made no comments about the sexual assault allegations against him from more than 15 women. [KUSA-TV]
Foxy Brown is headed to Fox as a guest star on the new hit show, Empire. The rapper shared a text message conversation between her and the show creator, Lee Daniels, who strongly hinted that Foxy Brown may be making an appearance on the hip-hop drama. “The mastermind has officially spoken! #FoxonFox!” she wrote on her Instagram. [Madame Noire]
Some other familiar faces are making their way to the small screen in their own new show. David and Tamela Mann, stars of several of Tyler Perry’s plays, TV series, and films, are getting their own reality show on BET. It’s A Mann’s World will showcase the two gospel stars as they juggle fame, family, and 26 years of marriage, and show a side of the couple that the world has never seen. [Hello Beautiful]
Alexandra Shipp, star of Lifetime’s Aaliyah film, is moving on to a new biopic. She’s set to star in the upcoming movie, Straight Outta Compton, as Ice Cube’s wife, Kim. “She is the dopest woman ever and you can totally tell that she is his partner,” Shipp says of the real-life Kim Woodruff. “What is so amazing to see about this couple is that they are each other’s cheerleader, they are each other’s business partner. They are each other’s best friend.” Straight Outta Compton opens in theaters this summer. [Madame Noire]
While we’re on the subject of biopics, immediately after the premiere of Lifetime’s new biopic, Whitney, the network will air a new special, Bobby Brown: Remember Whitney. The hour-long special will feature exclusive interviews from Whitney Houston’s ex-husband, Bobby Brown, where he’ll talk about the highs and lows of their marriage including their highly publicized drug use. [The Source]
Before we see how Bobby Brown remembers his ex-wife, we get to see how Lifetime and Angela Bassett see her in their upcoming biopic, Whitney. Take a look at a clip of Yaya DaCosta giving her best Whitney Houston impression while singing the iconic song, “I Will Always Love You.”
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