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Director Dee Rees Cements Her Soft Style in Bessie With Queen Latifah

While the world rightfully celebrates Ava DuVernay’s skills with Selma, we might want to stay tuned to director Dee Rees too. The creative force behind HBO’s Bessie, Rees cut her teeth on the heart-wrenching independent film Pariah that left me in a puddle of tears by the credits and she brought the same raw, subtle… »5/20/15 5:23pm5/20/15 5:23pm

Would You Call Your Fave Musician for Love Advice? Well, Now You Can! 

We currently occupy an era in which a great many pop artists are thirsting to associate themselves with the latest technologies—Madonna releasing new videos on Snapchat and Meerkat, Jay-Z’s acquisition of Tidal, etc.—with the assumption that these things will make them more accessible to the youth market or, at the… »4/24/15 6:50pm4/24/15 6:50pm

Watch Queen Latifah and The Wire's Omar Make Out Like Crazy in Bessie 

I don't know much about Bessie Smith's life, but I love music and a good biopic—so when I learned about Queen Latifah playing the Blues icon in HBO's Bessie I was excited. The latest trailer makes it look better than anticipated, however, thanks to the casting of Michael K. Williams, who played Omar on The Wire »3/18/15 11:14pm3/18/15 11:14pm

Brendan Jordan, Viral Voguer, Slaaayyyyys on Queen Latifah

Brendan Jordan, in case you do not recognize him, is the Las Vegas teenager who gave amazing face in the background of a local newscast, and went viral with the YouTube clip "Kid goes full diva on live TV," which has over 3.8 million views and counting. Queen Latifah, appreciative of a good diva, sat down with… »10/29/14 9:30pm10/29/14 9:30pm

Watch Brandy, MC Lyte, Yo-Yo and Queen Latifah Bring the House Down

Brandy is a goddess. MC Lyte is a goddess. Yo-Yo is a goddess. Queen Latifah is a Cover Girl spokeswoman goddess. Performing against a white backdrop and looking the very definition of flawless, this Fantastic Four basically recreated the video for Brandy's remix to her 1994 hit, "I Wanna Be Down" at the 2014 BET… »10/15/14 10:30am10/15/14 10:30am

Hey, Where Did All the Women MCs Go?

It feels as if someone started a rumor that 2014 might present a female resurgence in hip-hop. As a person with a vagina, I’d be thrilled if that happened — but I doubt the “Ladies Night” reprise is going down anytime soon. There are many reasons why women — with the exception of Nicki Minaj — are notably absent from… »3/05/14 5:10pm3/05/14 5:10pm

What If Queen Latifah Had Announced She's Gay?

Hypothetically, let’s say that Queen Latifah had announced that she is a lesbian during Macklemore's snooze-worthy "Same Love" performance on the Grammy's Sunday night. If she'd broken the unspoken rule of keeping her open secret, how would her world have changed? Maybe Madonna would’ve been to hit those "Open Your… »1/27/14 7:45pm1/27/14 7:45pm

Steel Magnolias’ Ratings Prove That Everyone Loves a Good Cry

Lifetime's Steel Magnolias teleplay became the network's third-most-watched tele-event ever, transfixing 6.5 million viewers over the weekend. That wasn't enough to dethrone Lifetime's most popular TV offering, 2006's Life Is Not a Fairy Tale: The Fantasia Barrino Story, which has coincidentally reigned the numero uno… »10/08/12 9:15pm10/08/12 9:15pm