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Billy Porter, Niecy Nash, Jharrel Jerome, Sterling K. Brown and more nominated for Emmy Awards

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

CONGRATULATIONS goes out to Ava DuVernay‘s epic Netflix drama When They See Us. The film about the “Central Park Five” (now referred to as the Exonerated Five) received 16 Emmy nominations today including two for her in the categories of “Outstanding Directing” and “Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series” along with co-writer Michael Starburry.

When They See Us actors Jharrel Jerome, Asante Blackk, Niecy Nash, Michael K. Williams, Aunjanue Ellis, Vera Farmiga and Marsha Stephanie Blake were also nominated for their roles.

Other Emmy nominees include POSE star Billy Porter, This Is Us stars Sterling K. Brown and Ron Cephas Jones, Glynn Turman and Viola Davis for How to Get Away with Murder, Black-ish lead Anthony Anderson, Giancarlo Esposito, Lavern Cox and Maya Rudolph.

Veteran actresses Phylicia Rashad and Cicely Tyson were also nominated and as well as Don Cheadle and Mahershala Ali.

Iconic drag superstar RuPaul picked up nods for “Outstanding Host for Reality” and “Outstanding Reality Program” for RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Beyoncé’s Homecoming and Wanda Sykes Not Normal both picked up nominations for “Outstanding Variety Special.”

The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards will air Sept. 22 at 8:00 p.m. and will take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA.

See the nominees and full list below:

Outstanding Drama Series

Game of Thrones (HBO)

Killing Eve (AMC/BBC America)

Ozark (Netflix)

Better Call Saul (AMC)

Bodyguard (Netflix)

Pose (FX)

Succession (HBO)

This Is Us (NBC)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones

Jodie Comer, Killing Eve

Viola Davis, How To Get Away With Murder

Laura Linney, Ozark

Mandy Moore, This Is Us

Sandra Oh, Killing Eve

Robin Wright, House of Cards

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Bateman, Ozark

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Kit Harington, Game of Thrones

Billy Porter, Pose

Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul

Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones

Alfie Allen, Game of Thrones

Michael Kelly, House of Cards

Chris Sullivan, This Is Us

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Lena Headey, Game of Thrones

Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones

Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones

Gwendoline Christie, Game of Thrones

Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve

Julia Garner, Ozark

Outstanding Comedy Series

Barry (HBO)

Veep (HBO)

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime)

The Good Place (NBC)

Fleabag (Amazon Prime)

Russian Doll (Netflix)

Schitt’s Creek

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Christina Applegate, Dead to Me

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll

Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Don Cheadle, Black Monday

Bill Hader, Barry

Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method

Ted Danson, The Good Place

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Henry Winkler, Barry

Stephen Root, Barry

Anthony Carrigan, Barry

Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method

Tony Hale, Veep

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Sarah Goldberg, Barry

Sian Clifford, Fleabag

Olivia Colman, Fleabag

Betty Gilpin, GLOW

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Outstanding Limited Series

Escape at Dannemora (Showtime)

Chernobyl (HBO)

Fosse/Verdon (FX)

When They See Us (Netflix)

Sharp Objects (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Mahershala Ali, True Detective

Benicio Del Toro, Escape at Dannemora

Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal

Jared Harris, Chernobyl

Jharrel Jerome, When They See Us

Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Amy Adams, Sharp Objects

Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora

Aunjanue Ellis, When They See Us

Joey King, The Act

Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon

Niecy Nash, When They See Us

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series

Emily Watson, Chernobyl

Margaret Qualley, Fosse/Verdon

Patricia Arquette, The Act

Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects

Vera Farmiga, When They See Us

Marsha Stephanie Blake, When They See Us

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series

Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal

Stellan Skarsgard, Chernobyl

Paul Dano, Escape at Dannemora

John Leguizamo, When They See Us

Asante Blackk, When They See Us

Michael K. Williams, When They See Us

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Michael McKean, Better Call Saul

Glynn Turman, How To Get Away With Murder

Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid’s Tale

Kumail Nanjiani, The Twilight Zone

Michael Angarano, This Is Us

Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Apocalypse

Carice van Houten, Game of Thrones

Cicely Tyson, How To Get Away With Murder

Laverne Cox, Orange Is the New Black

Cherry Jones, The Handmaid’s Tale

Phylicia Rashad, This Is Us

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Matt Damon, Saturday Night Live

John Mulaney, Saturday Night Live

Robert De Niro, Saturday Night Live

Adam Sandler, Saturday Night Live

Peter MacNichol, Veep

Luke Kirby, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Rufus Sewell, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Fiona Shaw, Fleabag

Kristin Scott Thomas, Fleabag

Sandra Oh, Saturday Night Live

Emma Thompson, Saturday Night Live

Maya Rudolph, The Good Place

Jane Lynch, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Outstanding TV Movie

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (Netflix)

Brexit (HBO)

Deadwood: The Movie (HBO)

King Lear (Amazon Prime)

My Dinner with Herve (HBO)

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS)

Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)

Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS)

Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS)

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

At Home with Amy Sedaris (Tru TV)

Documentary Now (IFC)

Drunk History (Comedy Central)

I Love You, America (Hulu)

Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Who Is America (Showtime)

Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)

Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live From Liverpool (CBS)

Springsteen on Broadway (Netflix)

Homecoming: A Film by Beyonce (Netflix)

Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (Netflix)

Wanda Sykes: Not Normal (Netflix)

Outstanding Variety Special Live

72nd Annual Tony Awards (CBS)

Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons’(ABC)

Rent: Live (Fox)

The Oscars (ABC)

The 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards (NBC)

The 61st Grammy Awards (CBS)

Outstanding Informational Series or Special

Surviving R. Kelly (Lifetime)

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown (CNN)

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath (A&E)

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman (Netflix)

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Netflix)

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

The Voice (NBC)

The Amazing Race (CBS)

Top Chef (Bravo)

American Ninja Warrior (NBC)

Nailed It (Netflix)

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program

RuPaul Charles, RuPaul’s Drag Race

Ellen DeGeneres, Ellen’s Game of Games

Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, Making It

James Corden, The World’s Best

Marie Kondo, Tidying Up

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series:

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss — “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
David Nutter — “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
Miguel Sapochnik — “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
Lisa Bruhlmann — “Killing Eve” (BBC)
Jason Bateman — “Ozark” (Netflix)
Adam McKay — “Succession” (HBO)
Daina Reid — “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series:

Peter Gould and Thomas Schnauz — “Better Call Saul” (AMC)
Jed Mercurio — “Bodyguard” (Netflix)
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss — “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
Emerald Fennell — “Killing Eve” (BBC)
Jesse Armstrong — “Succession” (HBO)
Bruce Miller and Kira Snyder — “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)

Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special:

Russell T. Davies — “A Very English Scandal” (BBC)
Craig Mazin — “Chernobyl” (HBO)
Brett Johnson and Michael Tolkin — “Escape At Dannemora” (Showtime)
Brett Johnson, Michael Tolkin and Jerry Stahl — “Escape At Dannemora” (Showtime)
Steven Levenson and Joel Fields — “Fosse/Verdon” (FX)
Ava DuVernay and Michael Starrbury — “When They See Us” (Netflix)

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series:

“Documentary Now!” (IFC)
“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” (TBS)
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (HBO)
“Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC)
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS)

Outstanding Choreography for Variety or Reality Programming:

Travis Wall — “So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox)
Luther Brown — “So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox)
Suresh Mukund — “World of Dance” (NBC)
Karen Forcano and Ricardo Vega — “World of Dance” (NBC)
Tessandra Chavez — “World of Dance” (NBC)
Melvin “Timtim” Rogador — “World of Dance” (NBC)

Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special:

Stephen Frears — “A Very English Scandal” (BBC)
Johan Renck — “Chernobyl” (HBO)
Ben Stiller — “Escape at Dannemora” (Showtime)
Thomas Kail — “Fosse/Verdon” (FX)
Jessica Yu — “Fosse/Verdon” (FX)
Ava DuVernay — “When They See Us” (Netflix)

Outstanding Directing for a Reality Program:

Patrick McManus — “American Ninja Warrior” (NBC)
Hisham Abed — “Queer Eye” (Netflix)
Nick Murray — “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1)
Ken Fuchs — “Shark Tank” (ABC)
Bertram van Munster — “The Amazing Race” (CBS)

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series:

Alex Buono and Rhys Thomas — “Documentary Now!” (IFC)
Derek Waters — “Drunk History” (Comedy Central)
Paul Pennolino — “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (HBO)
Don Roy King — “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
Jim Hoskinson — “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS)
Sacha Baron Cohen, Nathan Fielder, Daniel Gray Longino and Dan Mazer — “Who Is America?” (Showtime)

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special:

Ben Winston — “Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live From Liverpool” (CBS)
(Netflix)
James Burrows and Andy Fisher— “Live In Front Of A Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All In The Family’ And ‘The Jeffersons’“
Thom Zimny — “Springsteen On Broadway” (Netflix)
Glenn Weiss — “The Oscars” (ABC)

Outstanding Directing for a Documentary / Nonfiction Program:

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin — “Free Solo” (National Geographic)
Chris Smith — “FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened” (Netflix)
Dan Reed — “Leaving Neverland” (HBO)
Julie Cohen and Betsy West — “RBG” (CNN)
Tim Wardle — “Three Identical Strangers” (CNN)

GOOD LUCK!!!

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Halle Bailey to star in Disney’s Live-Action Version of ‘The Little Mermaid’ (VIDEO)

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Congratulations goes out to Grammy-nominated singer Halle Bailey of Chloe x Halle fame. The young performer has scored the role of a lifetime as ‘Ariel’ in Disney’s live-action version of the classic The Little Mermaid.

According to S&A, Bailey will join stars Awkwafina, Jacob Tremblay and Melissa McCarthy, who will portray the sea witch ‘Ursula.’ The film is being directed by Rob Marshall and produced by John DeLuca, Marc Platt and Lin-Manuel Miranda. It will debut sometime in 2020.

“After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance–plus a glorious singing voice–all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role,” said Marshall in a statement.

The Little Mermaid follows the story of Ariel, a mermaid princess who dreams of becoming human after she falls in love with a human prince. The 1989 film version includes the iconic tunes “Kiss the Girl” and “Under The Sea” performed by veteran actor Samuel E. Wright.

Bailey is currently starring in Freeform’s grown-ish.

Watch her perform “America the Beautiful” with her sister Chloe below:

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Watch Beyoncé’s New Netflix Documentary ‘Homecoming’ (VIDEO)

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Netflix has released the trailer for Beyoncé’s historic 2018 Coachella performance titled Homecoming. It airs on Wednesday April 17th.

Bey’s performance paid homage to America’s historically black colleges and universities and to the classic 1988 Spike Lee film School Daze.

Homecoming features candid footage and interviews detailing the preparation and powerful intent behind her vision. It also traces the emotional road from creative concept to cultural movement.

Watch below:

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Regina King, Chadwick Boseman, Beyoncé and more nominated for NAACP Entertainer of the Year

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CONGRATS goes out to Beyoncé, Chadwick Boseman, Ryan Coogler, Regina King and LeBron James. They all have been nominated for the NAACP Image Awards “Entertainer of the Year.” Voting opened earlier today and ends on March 4. The big winner will be revealed during the two-hour special on Sunday, March 30.

In other related Image Award news, Congresswoman Maxine Waters will receive the coveted Chairman’s Award. It is given to individuals who demonstrate exemplary public service and use their distinct platforms to create agents of change. Leon W. Russell, Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors, will be presenting the award.


“I am honored to present the Chairman’s Award to Congresswoman Waters, considered to be one of the most powerful women in American politics today and an inspiration to many,” said Mr. Russell. “Her 43 years of public service, first in the California State Assembly and then in the US House of Representatives, have benefited countless Americans. Like other famous leaders, her legacy lives on through the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people, especially women, around the world every day.”

Congrats Auntie Maxine!

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Beyoncé and Jay Z salute iconic Olympic stars for Halloween [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Now this is why I love them! They always finds ways to create teachable moments for their fans.

Music’s power couple— Beyoncé and Jay Z—honored iconic Olympic stars Florence Griffith Joyner aka FLOJo and Tommie Smith for Halloween this year.

Bey is spot on with FLOJo’s long wavy locs, colorful acrylic nails and revealing bodysuit while Jay is werkin that legendary stance of Smith during the 1968 Summer Olympic Ceremony along with John Carlos

It was 30 years ago this year that FLOJo thrilled audiences around the world with her Herculean sprints during the Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea. All you could see was her lion’s mane flying across the TV screen and her arms in the air signaling complete victory. It was truly a sight to see.

Smith is also celebrating the 50 Anniversary of his historic protest with a new exhibition at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art titled With Drawn Arms. His raised fist was in protest of the Civil Rights injustices African Americans were facing in America and for human rights around the world.

According to the website, With Drawn Arms is the culmination of a multiyear collaboration between Los Angeles–based conceptual artist Glenn Kaino and Smith with drawings by both men as well as objects from Smith’s archives and a series of drawings contributed by students from across the United States. Click here for tickets.

Look at all of the photos below of Bey and Jay and tell us what you think:

Photo Credits: Instagram/Beyoncé and High.org

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UPFRONT feat. LaTavia Roberson, Jess Manning, Jewel Wicker and more (AUDIO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

This weekend’s edition of UPFRONT was fiyah! Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter LaTavia Roberson and PR Maven Jess Manning were in the studio to chat about Beyoncé’s historic Coachella performance and the 20th Anniversary of Destiny’s Child.

Entertainment reporter Jewel Wicker and hip hop artist Renegade El Rey stopped by to discuss Kendrick Lamar winning the Pulitzer Prize for Music. They also talked about Atlanta’s changing music scene and more.

TV One’s new crime and justice series Evidence of Innocence is finally premiering on Monday, June 4 and I re-aired my UPFRONT interview with the show’s executive producer Rushion McDonald.

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Beyoncé teams up with Google.org for HBCU Scholarships

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Beyoncé is putting her money where her mouth is! The “Formation” singer’s BeyGOOD Initiative is partnering with Google.org, the charitable arm of tech giant Google, to award four new scholarships as part of her Homecoming Scholars Award Program. The iconic performer also issues a challenge to other businesses to join Google.org in investing in excellence through education.

According to the press release, Google.org has matched the $100,000 grant Beyoncé announced last week, which will enable four additional HBCUs to receive $25,000 scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year. The schools chosen are Texas Southern University, located in Beyoncé’s home city, Houston, Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, the alma mater of her father, Mathew Knowles, Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana and Atlanta’s own, Morehouse College. HBCUs are institutions of higher education in the United States that were established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the intention of primarily serving the African-American community.

“Partnering with organizations like Google.org in support of HBCUs is our way of elevating cultural touchstones that paint a clear picture of excellence and opportunity through diverse education,” states Ivy McGregor, Director of Philanthropy and Corporate Relations at Parkwood Entertainment, which houses BeyGOOD. “We challenge other businesses across the country to join us in this commitment to higher education and investment in the future.”

On Saturday, April 14, Beyoncé made history at the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival by becoming the first Black woman to headline in the festival’s 19-year run. The jubilant set, housed on a pyramid stage with 150-plus cast members, dutifully in-sync, was the first time the icon returned to her home, the stage, in over one year.

The show, with its homage to excellence in education, was a celebration of the homecoming weekend experience, the highest display of college pride. The energy-filled production put the spotlight on art and culture, mixing the ancient and the modern, which resonated masterfully through the marching band, performance art, choir and dance. It was the impetus to mark her second scholarship program.

A total of eight schools will now receive Homecoming Scholars awards for the 2018-2019 academic year, including awards previously-announced for Xavier University of Louisiana, Wilberforce University in Ohio, Tuskegee University in Alabama and Bethune-Cookman University in Florida.

One winner from each school will receive $25K for the 2018-2019 academic year for study in various fields.  This is the second year of scholars programs created by Beyoncé.

The Formation Scholars Awards Program, also a merit scholarship program, was established in April 2017 in celebration of the one-year anniversary of LEMONADE, Beyoncé’s critically-acclaimed and globally-lauded 2016 visual album.   The Formation Scholars awards encouraged and supported young women who are bold, creative, conscious, confident and unafraid to think outside of the box.

The Homecoming Scholars Award Program for 2018-2019 will expand to qualifying students at the universities, regardless of gender.  The disciplines will include literature, creative arts, African-American studies, science, education, business, communications, social sciences, computer science and engineering.  All applicants must maintain a 3.5 GPA or above. All finalists and winners will be selected by the universities. Winners will be announced this summer.

GOOD LUCK!

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Beyoncé makes historic ‘Coachella’ Performance (VIDEO)

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WOW!

Beyoncé literally took us back to school this Sunday morning during her highly anticipated Coachella performance. The Queen B made music history as the first African American woman to headline the music festival and paid homage to Black culture all through out her show.

The were so many prideful moments including her Egyptian-inspired entrance (I believe she was channeling the female Pharaoh Hatshepsut), the HBCU marching band and J-Setters that backed her up and that beautiful rendition of the Black national anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”  She continued her homage to the culture with nods to stepping and Black Greek-Lettered fraternities and sororities, New Orleans Jazz and a befitting excerpt from the late Malcolm X (“The most disrespected woman in America is the Black woman”) plus a music sample from the late Nina Simone. It was—in other words—unapologetically BLACK!

“Coachella thank you for allowing me to be the first Black woman to headline Coachella…Ain’t that bout a Bitch…!”

Other highlights included the Destiny’s Child reunion with Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams as well as her “Get Me Bodied” moment with sister Solange and Jay Z‘s appearance on “Deja Vu.”

Additional songs in her two-hour set included “Crazy in Love,” “Freedom,” “DIVA,” “Drunk In Love,” “Bow Down,” “Baby Boy,” “Partition,” “I Care,” “Formation,” “Single Ladies” and much more. She closed out with one of my favorites, “Love on Top.”

Watch more Coachella performances below:

https://youtu.be/9TUBf6l7FBg

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Kim Kimble names Diana Ross, Beyoncé & Michelle Obama among her ‘Top Hair Divas’

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If you’ve ever wondered who inspires celebrity hairstylist—Kim Kimble—well look no further. I recently caught up with the reality show star and chatted with her about the women whose locs give her life!  The list wasn’t given in any particular order but it includes a wide range of hair mavens from the iconic Madam C.J. Walker to the #LITAF Issa Rae.

Kimble has worked with a number of celebrities throughout her twenty plus year career including Oprah WinfreyMary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland, Brandy and the late Whitney Houston. She’s also worked her magic on such films sets as Double PlatinumDreamgirls, Sparkle, Cadillac Records, B*A*P*S and Beyoncé‘s Lemonade.

Her most recent work is seen in Ava DuVernay‘s epic Disney adventure, A Wrinkle in Time, where she designed all of the hair and wigs for the film.  She talked exclusively to UPFRONT earlier this month about the project and much more.

Check out Kimble’s list of “Top 7 Hair Divas” below:

1. Madam C.J. Walker 

“I have to pay homage to Madam C.J. Walker just because. For me it wasn’t so much about her hair as it was her impact on the hair industry.”

2. Diana Ross

“Miss Ross always brings BIG, FABULOUS hair!”

3. Michelle Obama

“She’s a pretty incredible person and she gives you ‘First Lady’ hair.”

4. Beyoncé 

“She’s been a BIG impact on today’s hair and fashion!”

5. Issa Rae

“Issa is part of that new generation of hair. I love that she came out with natural hair.”

6. Josephine Baker

“If you wanna go way back in fashion, I would say Josephine Baker with that cool finger wave. It was sexy!”

7. Tina Turner

“I kinda hit the 80s with Diana Ross but you gotta mention Tina Turner when she came out with her ‘What’s Love Gotta Do With It’ hair.

Who are your favorite hair divas?

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LISTEN UP ~ DJ Khaled feat. Jay Z, Beyoncé and Future – ‘Top Off’ (AUDIO)

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Check out new music from DJ Khaled featuring Jay Z, Beyoncé and Future titled “Top Off.” He dropped the single this morning at 6 a.m. and it’s available everywhere.

“Put my trust in the most high and my prayers are so consistent. Who would of thought, it would be like this today? Nothing beats prayers, Thank you God,” said Khaled on his Instagram page.

Tell us what you think…

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UPFRONT chats with Kim Kimble about ‘A Wrinkle in Time,’ her New HSN Line + more [PHOTOS]

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I had the distinct pleasure of talking to celebrity hairstylist, reality star and all around beauty diva—KIM KIMBLE—yesterday about her work on the upcoming Disney film, A Wrinkle in Time.

Kimble was picked by the film’s director, Ava DuVernay, to create looks for the all-star cast – Oprah WinfreyReese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Atlanta’s own Storm Reid.

For Kimble, this was an opportunity she couldn’t refuse.

“Ava actually reached out to me and asked me to do it. I have known her for over twenty years and we’ve worked together on projects in the past. She also lured me in with how interesting the hair was going to be and suggested that it could be Oscar nominated hair and makeup worthy. So I said, ‘I’m in.’ I love a challenge,” explained Kimble during our interview.

This is Kimble’s biggest film production to date even though she worked on hair for such hit movies as Double PlatinumDreamgirls, Cadillac Records, Sparkle and Beyoncé’s award-winning music-film odyssey Lemonade.

In addition to chatting about Wrinkle, Kimble was also excited about her new Home Shopping Network (HSN) product line which launches today. The Kim Kimble Vapor Infusion Iron with Silk Argan Oil Shine Beauty Treatment is her newest offering and features a ceramic flatiron that uses an oil infused vapor on the hair when being ironed.

“I’m about health and about style” says Kim, who is known for “Kimblelizing” hair and wigs for such big names as Oprah Winfrey, Rihanna, Shakira, Kelly Rowland and more.

Stay tuned to my radio show UPFRONT where you’ll hear my full interview with Kim Kimble. She talks more about working on A Wrinkle in Time and gives me her Top 7 Greatest “Hair Divas” of All Time.

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EBONY Digitial presents ‘Love Issue’ featuring Beyoncé & Jay Z + more

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Congratulation goes out to Beyoncé and Jay Z, Ciara and Russell Wilson plus Common and Angela Rye. The couples all appear on EBONY‘s new digital cover for February celebrating “Black Love.”

According to the magazine, “Romance is in the Air” and they’re putting a spotlight on music, television and film’s hottest unions.

Click here to see more amazing couples including Cardi B and Offset, Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka’oir, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen + Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Also check out my man, Devon Franklin‘s love letter to his beautiful wife Meagan Good.

The issue also includes the women of Black Panther + #EBONYLove, 25 R&B songs that are sure to get you in the mood this Valentine’s Day. It features iconic slow jams from Sade, Faith EvansD’Angelo and more.

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!

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ATL’s ‘Honda Battle of the Bands’ featuring 112 and more! [PHOTOS]

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It was all about school pride Saturday afternoon during the “Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase.” The annual event, featuring the best in HBCU marching bands, took place at Atlanta’s swanky new Mercedes-Benz Stadium and was packed with students and alumni showing off their school colors.

Alabama State University Hornets

This year’s featured colleges and universities included Hampton University, Alabama A&M University, Miles College, Prairie View A&M University, North Carolina A&T University, Tennessee State University, Alabama State University and Bethune-Cookman University.

V-103’s Ryan Cameron

The event was hosted by Atlanta radio personality and fan favorite —Ryan Cameron—and featured a battle between ole school and new school DJs as well as a performance from iconic 90s R&B quartet 112. Other highlights included a special awards presentation to each HBCU president and band director as well as the “Honda Power of Dreams Awards,” which is given to an individual for his or her outstanding contributions to their community. This year’s recipient is Brian Smith.

Prairie View A&M University President and BET Honors recipient

Dr. Ruth Simmons and Band Leader Dr. Timmey T. Zachery receiving their award

Stand out performances included Miles College soul-stirring rendition of Kurt Carr‘s smash hit “For Every Mountain,” Prairie View’s homage to Beyoncé‘s Black Panther-themed Formation, ASU’s world renowned “HoneyBees” and the thrilling acrobatics of North Carolina A&T University.

Check out some of my favorite shots from each band below:

HAMPTON UNIVERSITY PIRATES

ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY BUTCH

MILES COLLEGE GOLDEN BEARS

PRAIRIE VIEW A&M UNIVERSITY PANTHERS

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HONDA POWER OF DREAMS PRESENTATION TO

BRIAN SMITH

NORTH CAROLINA A&T UNIVERSITY AGGIES

ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY HORNETS

TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY TIGERS

BETHUNE-COOKMAN UNIVERSITY WILDCATS

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Beyoncé to star as Nala in live-action version of ‘The Lion King’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Congratulations goes out to Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. The Grammy-winning megastar has been added to the live-action version of Disney’s “The Lion King.” The announcement was made Wednesday night with Bey’s image posted amongst all of the other film stars.

As previously reported, Beyoncé has been in serious talks with Disney about the role since this past spring and it’s now official. She joins a star-studded cast including Donald Glover as Simba along with James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar and Alfre Woodard as Sarabi.

“Lion King” tells the story of Simba, a young lion who is to succeed his father, Mufasa, as King of the Pride Lands; however, after Simba’s uncle Scar murders Mufasa, Simba is manipulated into thinking he was responsible and flees into exile. Upon maturation living with two wastrels, Simba is given some valuable perspective from his childhood friend, Nala, and his shaman, Rafiki, before returning to challenge Scar to end his tyranny and take his place in the Circle of Life as the rightful King.

Check out a video below of Tony Award-winning actress Heather Headley performing “Shadowland.” She appeared as Nala in the original Broadway musical and its one of her signature songs. While this tune was not in the original movie, I’m sure the film’s producers will make an exception and allow Beyoncé to perform it or create a new song for her. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

“The Lion King” will debut in the summer of 2019.

Photo Credit: Instagram/Disney