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New Edition’s Michael Bivins Wanted Larenz Tate to Play Him in Biopic

Michael Bivins wanted Larenz Tate

*Michael Bivins wanted Larenz Tate to play him in a 2017 BET miniseries about his famed group New Edition. Bivins told Page Six that his wife personally selected “Empire” star Bryshere Y. Gray to play the singer in the series.  “Who I really wanted to play me was Larenz Tate, and then I wanted [‘Red […]

Bobby Brown, BLACKstreet, Guy, Total, Wreckx-N-Effect Set for 2016 Soul Train Awards

*”Soul Train” stepped back into the 90s and pulled out Bobby Brown, BLACKstreet, Guy, Wreckx-N-Effect and Total to join its list of performers for their annual trophy ceremony this weekend in Las Vegas. The 2016 Soul Train Awards, which tapes Nov. 6 at the Orleans Arena stage ahead of a Nov. 27 broadcast, also has Doug E. Fresh and Carl […]

‘Empire’ Star Refused to Take Photos with Philly Drag Queens

*Members of the Philadelphia Drag Mafia complain that they were blocked from taking pictures with “Empire” star Bryshere Y. Gray, aka Yazz the Greatest, at the Anti-Defamation League’s Walk Against Hate at the Navy Yard on Sunday. Gray was one of the scheduled performers at the Walk Against Hate event, and after his performance, he […]

Designers Clamoring to Dress ‘Empire’ Characters, Except Saint Laurent

*Women’s Wear Daily’s Sept. 15 issue has an extensive piece detailing the effect of “Empire” on the fashion industry – and the huge impact of Cookie Lyon’s wardrobe and accessories: Judith Leiber gave her a crystal-encrusted mirror compact that looks like a chocolate chip cookie. Moschino let her stand out among orange-suited prisoners in a gold-trimmed denim […]

Jussie Smollett Celebrates 32nd B’Day with ‘Empire’ Co-Stars (Pics)

*Jussie Smollett joined his “Empire” co-stars on Sunday to celebrate his 32nd birthday, a spy tells Page Six. The show’s creator Lee Daniels and Smollett’s onscreen co-star and close friend Gabourey Sidibe threw the party for the actor at Chicago’s RM Champagne Salon. The cast has returned to the Windy City to begin filming season […]