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Keke Palmer Becomes Broadway’s First Black Cinderella

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Keke Palmer is making history left and right. Last month the 21-year-old became the youngest talk show host ever with BET’s Just Keke and now she is breaking down barriers by becoming the first African-American to star as Cinderella on Broadway.

Palmer is set to fill the glass slippers of Tony nominee, Laura Osnes, who originated the role in 2013 and take the place of current Cinderella, Paige Faure, who will be leading the show’s national tour this fall. Keke is not the first African-American to hold the role of Cinderella on a large platform, in 1997 singer Brandy held the role alongside Whitney Houston in an ABC TV movie.

The Masters of Sex star took to Instagram after the announcement that she had gotten the part and posted the following screen grab:

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UNDERSTAND ME WHEN I SAY THIS: You can do anything you want to do! Your life is your life & your belief in YOU will make it all it can be! Don’t stop at anything, spread LOVE & allow God to guide you, bless you all! Let your light shine my angels!” she captioned the picture.

Keke will make her debut as Cinderella, September 9th.

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Michael Rapaport Calls Himself The “MVP Of Talking Trash” Following Janet Jackson Controversy

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Michael Rapaport came under fire earlier this month for slamming Janet Jackson Appreciation Day which was on Super Bowl Sunday. But now, he is speaking a slightly different tune.

On February 4th, as Janet fans used social media to praise the singer, Michael took to Twitter to do what he does best: Talk mess.

“Can anybody crying for Janet Jackson right now tell me the last Janet Jackson song that was popping,” he wrote. “Motherf*cka’s wanna make nothing something 24/7/365 & Super Bowl Sunday.”

Michael, however, is slightly backing down from his aggressive words. HipHollywood caught up with the actor during the premier of Shot In The Dark, to discuss not only his ability to talk “sh*t,” but being attacked by Black Twitter.

“I love Janet Jackson, respect Janet Jackson,” he told us exclusively. “The context of what I said is that Janet Jackson isn’t popping now like she was popping in the 80’s, 90’s. Doesn’t mean she’s not an icon.”

Rapaport, who is known to stir up on some drama with his Twitter antics, then added about being a sh*t talker: “I’m proud of the way I talk sh*t, I’m the MVP of talking trash. I can give it as good as I can take it.” 

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