Angie Stone has signed to play a lead role in the award-winning musical, Hinton Battle’s “Love Lies”
By Florence Anthony
La Toya Jackson is firing back at a New York Post article that claimed she was making money off of her brother Michael’s three children. The article was written by Stacey Brown, a freelance journalist that is a friend of La Toya’s sister Rebbie. I met Stacey with her brother Jermaine. States La Toya: “The story in the New York Post is completely and unequivocally false. Neither La Toya nor her company represent any of Michael Jackson’s children in any legal capacity nor has she received any commissions or payment as a result of their individual ventures. As a loving Aunt, when the children ask for help or advice she supports them 100 percent, and will continue to do so. Furthermore, there is no shopping of a reality show for the children. La Toya is currently consulting with her attorneys on how to proceed against these false and derogatory statements made by the New York Post.
Last weekend, Egypt Sherrod, V-103 Atlanta radio personality and host of HGTV’s “Property Virgins” joined forces with Clark Atlanta University and the Women’s Empowerment Conference to host an all-female overnight empowerment boot camp for more than 150 women ages 18-50. Special guest speakers included reality stars Towanda Braxton, Nicci Gilbert, Mimi Faust, Syleena Johnson and Pastor Dominique. Grammy award winning singer/songwriter, Q Parker, made a quick surprise visit, giving the ladies encouragement about fitness and healthy eating, then serenaded them with a few acapella verses of 112’s classic “Cupid.”
Former “Living Single” star, Kim Coles, who currently has a recurring role on TV Land’s “Soul Man,” hosted Mizani Presents 2013 Trends “Spoken Word,” a collection of creative techniques & designs for Natural Hair on February 26 at L’Oreal Soho Academy in New York. The inspiration for Mizani’s 2013 Trends “The Spoken Word” was drawn from the individualism of the Natural Hair Movement. Kim is sporting a huge afro these days. The evening also featured Spoken Word artist Abyss. Music was by VH1’s DJ Amanda Seales.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Kim Zolciak, “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” alumnae, now starring in a Bravo spin-off, greeted fans for hours in Atlanta on March 2 to launch her new wine line. Kim signed bottles of her signature “Viva Diva” Moscato wine for the eager crowd at the Kroger store. Kim was a few minutes late-but that was because she couldn’t find a parking place. So many people showed up to see her that she was almost crowded out of her own event. Kim’s signature wines retail for $12.99 per bottle and come in a variety of fruit flavors including Mango, Strawberry, Peach, Raspberry and Pomegranate along with a Rose flavor.
Two contemporary music giants - multi-platinum recording artist and 16-time Grammy nominee, Brian McKnight and the fiercely gifted, three-time Grammy nominee Angie Stone have signed on to play lead roles in the national tour of the award-winning musical, Hinton Battle’s “Love Lies.” The play debuted last summer at the Midtown International Theatre Festival, garnering nine MITF nominations and picking up several awards. The tour will kick-off at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., April 1-7. Other markets include Miami, Florida, Baltimore, Maryland, Chicago, Illinois, Atlanta, Georgia and Birmingham, Alabama.
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