Say WHAT!? Mary J. Blige Cast as Malcolm X’s Widow

Mary J. Blige has been cast to play Betty Shabazz in the upcoming film, Parallel Lives, a television film about Shabazz and Coretta Scott King, the widows of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., respectively:

“The R&B star, who makes her debut as a leading lady on the screen in the upcoming Rock of Ages, will play Betty Shabazz in Parallel Lives. She tells WENN, ‘It’s about the lives of Coretta Scott King and Betty Shabazz, the women in Malcolm X’s and Martin Luther King’s life (sic). I’m playing Betty and prepping for that now. I’ve been studying her online and watching her interviews.'”

Filming will start in September.

Audra McDonald Makes History With Fifth Tony Win

On Sunday night, actress Audra McDonald, who many know from her stint on Shonda Rhimes’ television series, Private Practice, won her fifth Tony Award for her performance in Porgy and Bess (reimagined by MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient, Suzan-Lori Parks).

McDonald’s win on Sunday tied her with Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris for most wins. McDonald is the first woman of color to accomplish this.

But something else makes McDonald’s win special: she has only appeared in 10 Broadway shows. That’s right. McDonald is batting .500. Her success is nearly unparalleled:

From The Shrug Files: Queen Latifah Comes Out?

When Queen Latifah signed on to perform at Long Beach, California’s gay pride parade, many raised their eyebrows and wondered if she would finally seize the opportunity to come out.

Although speculations about the Queen’s sexuality have circulated for years, she has never explicitly come out as a lesbian. Well, during her pride performance, those who had been waiting for an Ellen-like, “Yep, I’m gay” statement didn’t exactly get their needs met.

But they did get something to chew on.