Rapper-actor Common revels in his Broadway stage debut
Common plays his ex-con son struggling to do right by his father. “This is a really, truly wonderful Broadway season and it reflects all of Broadway and it reflects all of America with respect to New York City. And because New York City reflects America and the world,” Henderson said. Looking out from the stage each night, the veteran actor Henderson says he sees more diversity than he’s ever seen before. Despite some early closures on Broadway this season — including "KPOP," “Ain’t No Mo” and “Almost Famous” — Common sees progress when it comes to the shows that have come to Broadway since the pandemic, including his own.wftv.com
Rapper-actor Common to make his Broadway debut in November
NEW YORK — (AP) — Rapper and actor Common will make his Broadway debut this fall in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Between Riverside and Crazy.”The Oscar-, Emmy-, and Grammy Award-winner will join actors Stephen McKinley Henderson, Elizabeth Canavan, Liza Colón-Zayas, Victor Almanzar, Michael Rispoli and Rosal Colón — who all premiered the work off-Broadway in 2015. Common will play the ex-cop's newly paroled son, Junior. “Between Riverside and Crazy” will begin previews Nov. 30 and will officially open on Dec. 19 at Second Stage’s Hayes Theater. Common starred in the Oscar-nominated film, “Selma,” and co-wrote with John Legend the song, “Glory,” for which he won the 2015 Oscar and 2016 Grammy Award for best original song. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.wftv.com
‘If Beyoncé and Jay-Z Can Make It Work…’: Tiffany Haddish and Common Have Reportedly Called It Quits, Fans Aren’t Buying Their Reason for the Breakup
Tiffany Haddish and Common reportedly have gone their separate ways and have their busy schedules to blame. According to sources that spoke with People, the […]news.yahoo.com
New this week: Billie Eilish, Billie Holiday and Superman
This combination photo shows promotional art for Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry, a documentary debuting Friday on Apple TV+, from left, The United States vs. Billie Holiday," premiering Friday on Hulu and Superman & Lois," a new series premiering Tuesday on The CW. (AppleTV+/Hulu/The CW via AP)Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. Ad— Based on Johann Hari’s 2015 book, “Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs,” Lee Daniels' “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” chronicles the legendary jazz singer's addiction and activism. Andra Day, who's nominated for a Golden Globe, plays Holiday in the biopic, which premieres Friday on Hulu. ET at the Amazon Music Twitch channel and will feature music from the group’s new album, “Life Rolls On,” released on Feb. 12.
LeBron, Marquette, Bucks react to ruling in Kenosha shooting
Jacob Blake, who is Black, was left paralyzed after being shot in the back on Aug. 23 by Kenosha police officer Rusten Sheskey, who is white. The Bucks — who share Fiserv Forum with Marquette about 40 miles north of Kenosha — sat out an August first-round playoff game to protest the shooting. “The Bucks organization remains firmly against excessive use of force by law enforcement,” the Bucks said. He went to high school in Madison, Wisconsin, and later played for Marquette. “We’ve got to continue to stay strong continue to believe in each other and continue to push for the greater change and the greater good,” James said.
Democrats face a turnout test in Georgia's Senate runoffs
For Democrats to win control of the Senate, Georgia’s Black communities, as well as the state's smaller Hispanic and Asian communities, likely need to vote in the Jan. 5 runoff election by history-making margins. An Associated Press VoteCast survey of Georgia voters in November found that 22% of white voters chose Warnock and 28% chose Ossoff, compared to the 90% of Black voters who chose Ossoff and 73% who chose Warnock. Democrats also have an opportunity to capture the 15% of Black voters who chose Matt Lieberman, another Democratic candidate who competed against Warnock in last month’s race. There are signs that turnout in Georgia could indeed be high in the runoffs. “Do you have a plan to vote in the runoff election?” another canvasser, Graco Hernandez Valenezuela, asked Tyrone Vereen, a 62-year-old Black retired police officer who answered the door.
YouTube announces lineup for discussions on racial justice
LOS ANGELES – Mark Cuban, Anthony Anderson and Skylar Diggins-Smith will take part in a series of panel discussions on YouTube that are focused on racial justice. Common and Keke Palmer return as hosts of the forum, which will include sports figures, entertainers and activists. Diggins-Smith will appear on panel with reporter Jemele Hill and activist Harry Edwards about athletes’ impact on today’s political movement. “It is so important that we keep a dialogue about racial justice going beyond any particular moment,” Palmer said. “I want to encourage my peers to continue to have thoughtful and powerful conversations that will lead us to change.
The Latest: Trump meets troops involved in al-Baghdadi raid
— Trump paints an apocalyptic portrait of life under a Biden presidency— Trump Cabinet members fan out to states, blending politics and policy. ___HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON:8:45 p.m.President Donald Trump has met with rap star Lil Wayne at his resort in Doral, Florida. The Trump campaign and the company didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment from The Associated Press. The Minnesota Department of Health has linked 28 coronavirus cases to other recent Trump campaign events in the state. Mrs. Trump warmed up the large crowd outside Raymond James Stadium in Tampa for President Donald Trump.
‘We’ve got to vote like never before:’ Former president Obama rallies Orlando voters for Joe Biden
ORLANDO, Fla. – Former President Barack Obama came to Orlando on Tuesday to host an event for his former second-in-command, Vice President Joe Biden. Don’t boo, vote,” Obama said. And if we pour all our efforts into this final week, if we vote like never before, then we will elect Joe Biden as president of the United States. Meanwhile, the Biden campaign is using celebrity power to encourage people to vote. On Sunday, actress America Ferrera was in Orlando and Tampa for Biden events on a “Get out the Vote” bus tour.
Teacher wears blackface to school, raps on Halloween
Twitter via CNN(CNN) - A high school teacher has been placed on administrative leave in California after he wore blackface to school on Halloween, according to the Milpitas Unified School District. A video posted on social media shows the teacher with his face painted black and dressed up in an apparent attempt to imitate the rapper Common. Milpitas High School Principal Francis Rojas and MUSD Superintendent Cheryl Jordan said in a statement that the teacher, who has not been named, was suspended and now is under investigation for the "disparaging" act. Because the teacher has not been identified, CNN has been unable to reach out to him for comment. Chris Norwood, the MUSD school board president, called the teacher's actions "inappropriate, unprofessional and insensitive," according to an online statement.
Common on Oscar nomination, ideal woman and Broadway dreams
Common on Oscar nomination, ideal woman and Broadway dreams With two Grammys, a Golden Globe, an Academy Award nomination and a hip-hop career spanning more than two decades, Common is still making big plans. He credits his mother for inspiring the name, but as Gayle King reports, his talents proved to be anything but common.cbsnews.com