NeNe Leakes is starring in Cinderella on Broadway and revealing why the job is much more fulfilling than "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" Bravo television reality television series that made her famous.
Leakes, 46, is the only original cast member left on the Bravo network series. The actress has also made a name for herself on scripted television series like "Glee" and "New Normal," but now she is working in theater. While Leakes makes it clear that starring in Broadway's "Cinderella" is a dream come true, she compared it to her reality television stint.
"…Working on 'Housewives' can be very negative at times. I think that's the way (the producers) position the show," Leakes told NBC NY. "Every season they want someone to come for me. It's tough." more >>
Bill Cosby has decided to resign from the Board of Trustees at Temple University to avoid being a distraction for the establishment amid growing allegations of sexual assault.
"I have always been proud of my association with Temple University. I have always wanted to do what would be in the best interests of the university and its students," Cosby said in a statement, according to the Associated Press. "As a result, I have tendered my resignation from the Temple University Board of Trustees."
Cosby, the 77-year-old comedian, seemed to be the object of the world's affection as the television father known as Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show" that aired in the 1980s and 1990s. While the show has managed to stay in syndication long after it stopped producing episodes, seemingly long-forgotten rape allegations have made their way back into mainstream media. more >>
Country music superstar Luke Bryan's brother-in-law, Ben Lee Cheshire, passed away on Saturday at the age of 46, and Bryan has said he is relying on his faith to get him through this tough time.
Bryan's only sister, Kelly, died in 2007 when she was just 39. She left behind Cheshire, known to the family as Lee, and three teenage daughters. Her death, which was unexpected, hit Bryan particularly hard since she was the only sibling he had left after their brother died in a car accident 11 years earlier.
"Losing my brother changed me tremendously and losing Kelly, even more. I literally do not take one second for granted," Bryan told People. "Your faith has to get you through all that. That's not saying you don't question it. But you just have to revert back to your faith in God's plan, that you'll be together again and that's what you have to go on." more >>
MSNBC host Joe Scarborough expressed his anger at the media's portrayal of the situation in Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, during a segment on Monday's "Morning Joe" series.
One thing that particularly upset the host was the way that St. Louis Rams players expressed solidarity with Brown by entering the arena with their hands held in the "Hands Up! Don't Shoot!" signature on Sunday.
"I'm sorry, this Ram thing, this was the final straw for me," Scarborough said from behind his desk. "I have sat here quietly and listened to BS being spewed all over this network and all over other networks. I can't take it anymore." more >>
On Tuesday, former NBA star Charles Barkley offered his opinion about the Ferguson grand jury's decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown.
"The true story came out from the grand jury testimony," Barkley told Mike Missanelli, host on Philadelphia radio station 97.5. "Key forensic evidence and several black witnesses that supported Officer Darren Wilson's story," he continued. "I can't believe anything I hear on television anymore. And, that's why I don't like talking about race issues with the media anymore, because they (the media) love this stuff, and lead people to jump to conclusions. The media shouldn't do that. They never do that when black people kill each other."
Barkley is known for being controversial. In 2013, he notably said he agreed with the verdict handed down in the George Zimmerman case after Zimmerman was found not guilty of killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The case, much like the Michael Brown case, divided the country and brought up the topic of race relations as well. more >>
Bill Cosby has offered refunds to anyone who originally purchased tickets to his show in Tarrytown, New York this month, showing signs that the comedian is responding to pressure and outrage from the public over allegations of sexual assault and rape.
"Mr. Cosby's management is now allowing for refunds for any patron's (sic) that do not wish to attend the show. Please let me know if I may cancel and refund your order," the Music Hall box office announced in an email on Nov. 29.
Cosby, who was a huge influence on culture and television in the 1980s and 1990s, has recently been struggling with 18 public allegations from women who say they were drugged and sexually assaulted or raped by Cosby. While he has not issued a personal response to the claims, his business has been faltering. Netflix and NBC both pulled projects he was working on, and several shows on his comedy tour have been cancelled as well. more >>