As the filmmaking team for “The Woman King” travels to Brazil to promote the historical movie, Viola Davis and her husband and producing partner Julius Tennon are celebrating the success of the film’s No. 1 debut at the box office, grossing $19 million domestically, reports Variety. Award winning actress Kerry Washington and her husband, former NFL All-Pro player Nnamdi Asomugha, were a big help in making “The Woman King” top the box office. The couple bought out theaters in Oakland, California, where he played football, her hometown of Bronx, New York, Prussia, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. at 3 p.m. on Sept. 18. Washington tweeted out the information and said it was “on a first-come, first-serve basis.” The film had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on Sept. 10, then one week later, opened in theaters. Davis portrays Nanisca, a brave warrior and a general of the Agojie, the all female warrior unit that protected the West African kingdom during the 17th to 19th centuries.
Common now has a chance to become an EGOT. The Oscar, Emmy and Grammy award winner will have an opportunity to win a Tony when he makes his Broadway debut in the role of “Junior” in the Broadway debut production of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Between Riverside and Crazy,” directed by Austin Pendleton. “Between Riverside and Crazy” will begin previews Wednesday, Nov. 30 and will officially open on Monday, Dec. 19 at Second Stage’s Hayes Theater. Common’s character Junior is the recently paroled son of ex-cop and recent widower Walter “Pops” Washington, played by Stephen McKinley Henderson who is struggling to keep one of the last rent stabilized apartments on Riverside Drive in New York City.
Tongues are wagging that Cardi B and Offset hosted a Fashion Night Out party in the Big Apple on Sept. 17 to celebrate their friend Tokyo Stylez’ birthday. Bossip reports that the creative director in residence at Playboy slash the Bronx-born raptress sported a humongous diamond Playboy logo around her neck. Other notable attendees at the soiree included new femcee Ice Spice, Cardi’s sister Hennessy Carolina, Carmelo Anthony, “Stranger Things” actor Caleb McLaughlin and Meek Mill.
The Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network announced recent Emmy Award-winner Sheryl Lee Ralph and Pennsylvania State Sen. Vincent J. Hughes will be honored at the 2022 Triumph Awards on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at Jazz at Lincoln Center. In addition to her Emmy Award-winning role on “Abbott Elementary,” Ralph is a Tony Award-nominated actress, singer, author, and activist. Hughes, her husband since 2005, has represented the Philadelphia area in the Pennsylvania legislature for 35 years and currently serves as the Democratic chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. They join fellow honorees: Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Will Packer, the creators of Harlem Week, and Fashion Bomb Daily’s Claire Sulmers.