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'The Color Purple' Movie Musical - Full Cast Revealed by Oprah Winfrey!

The casting for the highly anticipated The Color Purple movie musical has finally been announced!

After months and months of speculation, Oprah Winfrey confirmed that Fantasia Barrino will be playing the role of Celie and Danielle Brooks will portray Sofia. Both of the actresses previously performed those roles in the Broadway musical.

“There is a rawness and a vulnerability to Fantasia. We all know she can sing, and she has to take on the song ‘I’m Here,’ which is the anthem for women’s empowerment,” Oprah told Vanity Fair. “I think there’s no better time than this moment for it. It is an international battle cry for triumphing over adversity and empowering oneself and finding home within one’s self and one’s family. I think we’re gonna see a side of Fantasia that no one ever imagined.”

The movie starts shooting in Georgia in March and Oprah has also confirmed the rest of the cast as well.

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Fantasia Barrino & Danielle Brooks to Star in 'The Color Purple' Movie, Reprising Their Broadway Roles

Fantasia Barrino and Danielle Brooks have landed the lead roles in the upcoming movie musical The Color Purple.

Both of the ladies have starred in the musical on Broadway and will now be reprising their roles as Celie and Sofia on the big screen.

Fantasia played the role of Celie on Broadway during the musical’s original production in 2007. Danielle originated the role of Sofia in the Broadway revival in 2015 and received a Tony nomination for her performance.

Click inside to find out what they said about landing the roles… More Here! »

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Fantasia Barrino Welcomes First Child with Husband Kendall Taylor!

Fantasia Barrino and Kendall Taylor have welcomed their first child together, a baby girl named Keziah!

The American Idol alum announced the exciting news on social media Sunday (May 23).

“The Elephant is the animal I chose to surround @keziahlondontaylor with because it represents patience, strength, power and remembrance,” she captioned pic of her posing with an elephant for her maternity photoshoot. “Just a few of the qualities that her presence has brought into our lives and this world. We were patient waiting on you to enter this world and we will always remember the strength that it took for me and @salute1st to create something as powerful as your life itself.”

“Happy Birthday to our little Angel 5-23-21 and may God keep and cover you for the rest of your days!” Fantasia added.

The singer is also a mom to Dallas Xavier, 9, and Zion Quari, 19, and her husband Kendall Taylor is also dad to son Treyshaun.

Congrats on the new addition!

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'American Idol's Fantastia Barrino & Husband Kendall Taylor Expecting First Child Together!

Fantasia Barrino is having another baby!

The 36-year-old American Idol winner announced on Tuesday (November 24) on her Instagram Live that she and husband Kendall Taylor are expecting their first child together.

Fantasia broke the news by first opening up about her fertility struggles, revealing that she turned to prayer to help conceive.

“Keep trying and you will conceive,” Fantasia said, before standing up to reveal her baby bump.

Kendall then gave his wife a kiss on her belly, saying, “Listen to me, a little Taylor baby on the way in these streets.”

This will be the first child for the couple, who married in July 2015. Fantasia has two kids from relationships — son Dallas, 8, and daughter Zion, 19 — and Kendall is dad to a son named Treyshaun.

Congrats to the happy couple!

Rosario Dawson Celebrates Her Studio 189 NYFW Show!

Rosario Dawson is all smiles as she strikes a pose while sitting in the front row for her Studio 189 presentation held during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on Tuesday (September 10) in New York City.

The 40-year-old actress was joined at the event by Shaun Ross, Fantasia Barrino, Cipriana Quann, Empire‘s Jeremy L. Carver and rapper Young Paris as they all showed their support.

Rosario Dawson was also joined by her collaborator Abrima Erwiah at the Studio 189 presentation – the brand is made in Africa and produces African and African-inspired pieces.

That same day, Rosario made sure to support the S by Serena Williams fashion show.

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Aretha Franklin Gets Grammys 2019 Tribute From Fantasia Barrino, Andra Day, & Yolanda Adams (Video)

Yolanda Adams, Fantasia Barrino, and Andra Day team up to honor Aretha Franklin at the 2019 Grammy Awards!

The 57-year-old gospel singer, the 34-year-old “Lose to Win” crooner, and the 34-year-old “Stand Up for Something” singer took the stage at the event held on Sunday (February 10) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The trio performed the late Queen of Soul’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” receiving a standing ovation.

Aretha passed away last August at age 76 after a battle with cancer.

Watch a clip from the performance below!

ICYMI, check out Fantasia‘s red carpet look here, and Andra‘s here.

20+ pictures inside of Fantasia Barrino, Andra Day, and Yolanda Adams on stage… More Here! »

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Fantasia Barrino & Ashanti Hit the Red Carpet at Grammys 2019

Fantasia Barrino and Ashanti are looking chic on the red carpet!

The 34-year-old Side Effects of You singer and the 38-year-old “Foolish” singer hit the red carpet at the 2019 Grammy Awards on Sunday (February 10) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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Fantasia‘s husband, Kendall Taylor, accompanied her on the red carpet.

She will be performing alongside Andra Day and Yolanda Adams in a tribute to the late Aretha Franklin.

The show will be hosted this year by 15-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys. Make sure to tune in at 8pm ET/5pm PT on CBS!

FYI: Fantasia is wearing Valdrin Sahiti.

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