by Ms. Black Hollywood
Queen Latifah Takes Us “Under the Sea” For Live Little Mermaid TV Event Disney is cashing in on “The Little Mermaid” reboots and its banking rapper, actress Queen Latifah can help draw in some new fans. ABC announced the next project on tap for its Live TV spectacular is none other than “The Little Mermaid”. Queen Latifah will be joining the cast as none other than the sea witch herself ‘Ursula’ and judging from her recent post, she’s up to the role.
— Queen Latifah (@IAMQUEENLATIFAH) August 5, 2019
Latifah is an old veteran to Disney’s Live productions after having starred as the Wizard in “The Wiz” live broadcast a couple of years ago. Disney caused a fervor when it recently announced a film remake of “The Little Mermaid” would star Black actress Halle Bailey as Ariel. The mouse network is sticking with the trend of bucking tradition and casting another non-White actress in the title role for the TV production. Auli’i Cravalho who is Hawaiian and Puerto Rican will be swimming into the fins of Ariel. The live production is being categorized as a concert that will combine songs from both the original animated film and the Broadway production. “The Little Mermaid” Live on ABC is scheduled to November 5.
Mariah’s “In the Mix” For “Black-ish” Spin-Off ABC’s megahit “Black-ish” changed the face of sitcom TV inspiring several shows that focus on the lives of different cultures and ethnicities. Now, the show is spawning its first real spin-off “Mixed-ish”. The show will take us back to ’80s where before Rainbow Johnson was coping with life as a Mom raising Black kids and was herself a kid growing up as part of a mixed-race family. Actress Arica Himmel stars as Bow Johnson, Tika Sumpter as her mother and Mark-Paul Gosselaar as her dad. Singer Mariah Carey has been tapped to sing the theme song “In the Mix”, but as a bi-racial woman, Mariah wants to do more. Rolling Out says “The “Hero” hitmaker is to sing the theme tune for the upcoming “Black-ish” spin-off…She is also hoping her involvement with the project will be something more.” That something more according to showrunner Karen Gist might actually involve a role in at least one episode. Gist adds, “We want this show to be about identity…what we hope to do is shine a light on those who feel othered. Hopefully, that’s all the audience.” Tracee Ellis Ross who plays the grown-up version of Rainbow in “Black-ish” is on board as executive producer and says “Mixed-ish” is tackling a rarely told story as biracial narratives are not often seen on TV. “Mixed-ish” airs this fall on ABC.
For this week’s look at some of your Hollywood favorite celebs, that’s a wrap!