03:12 PM EDT 10/01/2015
Originally posted 09/29/2015 11:00AM
Queen Latifah sits in a chair next to her mother, Rita Owens, and gazes at her mom with a smile, her almond-shaped eyes sparkling during a break of filming a PSA on "rising above" heart failure. It is a condition Owens was diagnosed with 11 years ago, after passing out while teaching art at a New Jersey high school.
Originally posted 08/06/2015 06:05PM
The Wiz Live! just keeps movin' on down the road toward its Dec. 3 air date ...
NBC announced on Thursday that Orange Is the New Black's Uzo Aduba will play the role of Glinda the Good Witch in the NBC musical event while Glee's Amber Riley joins the cast as Glinda's sister, Addaperle, the Good Witch of the North.
Originally posted 08/05/2015 01:35PM
The Wiz Live! has found its leading lady!
Shanice Williams will play Dorothy in NBC's musical TV event airing in December.
"This has been my dream forever, but I never thought it would be a reality," the New Jersey native tells PEOPLE after beating out hundreds of hopefuls for the big part.
"I still can't believe it. Of course I've been a big fan. I had the movie and my dad had the soundtrack and we would listen to it in the car," she says, adding, "I also saw the original with Stephanie Mills."
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.
Originally posted 05/26/2015 03:40PM
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.
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.
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.
Originally posted 04/03/2015 07:00PM
[YOUTUBE "8FhmzwXfgz8"] Queen Latifah is bringing back the blues.
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:
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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