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Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige Set to Star in the The Wiz Live!

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Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige Set to Star in the The Wiz Live!

Originally posted 07/28/2015 06:40PM

Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige are off to see the wizard!

NBC announced Thursday that the stars have officially been cast in The Wiz Live!, the much-anticipated adaptation of the 1975 Broadway hit, PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly can exclusively reveal.

In a bit of gender-blind casting, Latifah has been cast as the titular wizard (a role that Richard Pryor tackled in the 1978 film version). Blige will play Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West.

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Lip Sync Battle

Flattery Is Queen Latifah's Secret Weapon on Lip Sync Battle (VIDEO)

Originally posted 05/26/2015 03:40PM

Queen Latifah is on a mission to see just how far flattery can take her on Lip Sync Battle.

In a preview of Thursday's face-off against Marlon Wayans, the actress and musician lip-synchs along to "Rock the Bells" by LL Cool J.

Latifah channels her own hip-hop past as she raps along to the 1985 hit, wearing a red tracksuit, gold chains and a black hat, with backing from a group of similarly clad dancers.

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See Queen Latifah and Bessie Cast in Sultry New Character Posters

See Queen Latifah and Bessie Cast in Sultry New Character Posters

Originally posted 05/08/2015 03:20PM

Queen Latifah has the blues in a beautiful new exclusive poster for her upcoming film Bessie.

In the HBO biopic, the actress and musician stars as 1920s icon Bessie Smith, who transformed from a Tennessee preacher's daughter to "The Empress of the Blues."

Bessie also sheds light on Smith's struggles during her rise to fame. Though the star recently said in Uptown Magazine of Smith's sexuality, "It's not like it's a secret with her story. She was just free," her orientation was merely one way Smith pushed boundaries after stepping into the national spotlight.

Four more exclusive posters also reveal the pivotal characters in Smith's world, portrayed by Boardwalk Empire's Michael Kenneth Williams, Scandal's Khandi Alexander, Sparkle's Mike Epps and Oscar winner Mo'Nique.

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Queen Latifah: 'I Don't Find Being Gay or Lesbian to Be a Character Flaw' | Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah: 'I Don't Find Being Gay or Lesbian to Be a Character Flaw'

Originally posted 04/27/2015 06:05PM

Queen Latifah is speaking out in favor of marriage equality and gay rights in a recent interview with Uptown Magazine.

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See Queen Latifah Channel the Empress of the Blues in New Bessie Trailer

Originally posted 04/03/2015 07:00PM

[YOUTUBE "8FhmzwXfgz8"] Queen Latifah is bringing back the blues.

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Queen Latifah's Talk Show Has Been Canceled | Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah's Talk Show Has Been Canceled

Originally posted 11/21/2014 04:45PM

Queen Latifah's short but sweet run as a daytime talk show host is about to end.

Production on The Queen Latifah Show, which is currently in its second season, will wrap by the end of the year. Original episodes of the show will continue to air on CBS-owned stations through March of 2015.

The host posted this goodbye on the show's Facebook page:

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Bill Cosby Loses Guest Spot on David Letterman Amid Rape Allegations

Embattled Bill Cosby Loses Guest Spot on David Letterman Amid Rape Allegations

Originally posted 11/15/2014 11:30AM

Bill Cosby – who's back in the spotlight amid old allegations that he sexually assaulted several women – has been removed as a guest from Wednesday's episode of The Late Show with David Letterman on CBS.

Cosby's rep confirmed to the Associated Press Friday that the comedian's scheduled appearance on the show has been canceled. He did not, however, provide a reason for it.

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Johnny, Angelina, RPattz & More to Be Honored at HFAs

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Hollywood Film Awards to Honor Johnny Depp, Robert Pattinson, More

Originally posted 11/14/2014 10:30AM

Angelina! Reese! Benedict!

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Rene Russo's Startling Revelation: I Am Bipolar | Rene Russo

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Rene Russo's Startling Revelation: I Am Bipolar

Originally posted 10/14/2014 05:00PM

A routine talk show appearance to promote a new project turned into a revelatory moment for Rene Russo.

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Vanessa Williams Is Engaged – See Her Blinding Ring! | Queen Latifah, Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams Is Engaged to Jim Skrip

Originally posted 09/26/2014 02:15PM

Now this is the way to celebrate a birthday!

Vanessa Williams announced on a taping of The Queen Latifah Show that she's set to wed Jim Skrip of Buffalo, New York.

"Vanessa, I have been trying to have a conversation with you ladies and gents, but I am blinded by the light coming from that bling ring on your finger," Latifah says, joking with the actress.

"Oh sorry darling, Williams said, "I got engaged. I have had a lot of good things happen ... I turned 50 when we were in rehearsal on Broadway, I just got engaged a couple of weeks ago. It has been a lot of blessings."

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