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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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Gina Torres Confirms Split From Laurence Fishburne After Photos Surface Of Her Kissing Another Man

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Well they kept that under the radar. Gina Torres and Laurence Fishburne have split, but no one knew until now.

Photos of Torres kissing a mystery man hit the net Tuesday prompting folks to speculate that she was cheating on her husband of 14 years. But, according to Torres the couple have been separated since early fall of last year. The actress confirmed the news to PEOPLE in a statement saying:

“With heavy hearts, Laurence and I quietly separated and began the dissolution of our marriage in the early fall of last year. There are no bad guys here. Only a love story with a different ending than either one of us had expected.”

“Happily, however, our family remains intact and we will continue to raise our daughter together with love and joy and awe. As well as raise each other up with respect and love and the continued understanding that we’re in this together, if not side by side.”

Torres and Fishburne, 56, married in 2002 and share one daughter, Delilah Fishburne. The Black-ish star also has two children from a previous marriage: Montana and Langston Fishburne.

On Tuesday, Page Six posted photos of Torres kissing a new man, who has now been identified as Kevin Wright, an entrepreneur and solar energy investor from Utah who now lives in Southern California. According to the site, Wright was married for 20 years and recently split with his wife.

No word on how long the two have been dating.

In January 2016 Torres still referred to herself as Fishburne’s wife in an interview with Hello Magazine. But in September 2016, Torres told the New York Times that she had quit the USA drama “Suits” after six years partly because “my personal life needed to be tended to.”

It’s now being reported that she will be starring in a “Suits” spinoff slated to debut in 2018. She will also executive produce.

 

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