Lifetime adaptation of the recent all-black Broadway revival of The Trip to Bountiful, starring Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams, Blair Underwood and Keke Palmer, to March 8, 2014.
The Trip to Bountiful is based on American playwright and screenwriter Horton Foote’s Tony nominated play of the same name, which is set during the final years of the Jim Crow South, and follows one woman’s quest to reconnect with her past in order to ensure her family’s future.
Check out the cast when they stopped by the Today Show to promote the ‘The Trip to Bountiful’.
Vanessa Williams talked about her having an abortion as a teenager with ABC’s Juju Chang.
The actress has made a number of surprising revelations, like her being molested and having an abortion in her memoir You Have No Idea, co-written with her mother.
She says pregnant as a senior in high school, she never her parents.
“It’s frightening,” she said. “Being pregnant is the most frightening thing that happens in your life. I knew in high school that’s something I wasn’t prepared to do, or fight, or struggle with.”
Actress/singer Vanessa Williams has revealed she was molested by the daughter of a family friend when she was just 10 years old. The Desperate Housewives star bravely recounts the painful experience in her new memoir You Have No Idea, which she co-authored with her mother Helen, and Williams insists it’s time she finally went public with her story in a bid to help others.
She writes, “Family friends who had a daughter invited me to visit their friends in California with them. The family we stayed with had two kids. Susan, who was 18, smoked, drove a car, and was the epitome of cool. (My friend) Nancy and I slept in the den. One night Susan crept in. She told me to lie down on the rug. I was confused. Are we going to play a game? As I tried to make sense of it, Susan pulled down the bloomers of my cotton baby-doll pajamas.”
“‘What are you doing?’ I asked. ‘Don’t worry – it’ll feel good.’ I lay there paralyzed. What was going on? I didn’t speak. She kept at (the molestation) for I don’t know how long. She slid my bloomers back up and whispered: ‘Don’t tell anyone.’ I climbed into my bed, trying to figure out what had just happened.”
“For years I kept Susan’s visit to myself. I didn’t really understand until college. I was with with my boyfriend and it hit me and I blurted it out: ‘Oh my god – I was molested!’ After that trip I felt something change in me.” However, the Grammy Award-nominated singer, now 49, admits she’s in a much better place, telling People magazine, “I don’t dwell (on the past).”
Brandy has a new sexy new short cut on her site, thebrandyblog.com.
Also Brandy covers the latest issue of YRB Magazine and talks her sixth album Two Eleven out in June…
“Two Eleven describes all of that. It’s the day I was born, and each year, I evolve and change with time,” she says. “It also has a whole new meaning to it because I gained my angel. My icon is my angel now.
Brandy talked her plans for her tv and movie career:
“That’s where I’m from. I was raised on television. I need to continue to keep that up. It’s just like it was meant to be, for me to get back into it and with developing my own show now, I want a show that represents everything that I am and more.”
She stars alongside Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Williams and Lance Gross in the Tyler Perry film The Marriage Counselor.
Black Voices reports –
‘Desperate Housewives’ star Vanessa Williams covers the Power 100 issue of Ebony magazine and in the feature story confessed to recently passing on a $600,000 book deal to write a tell-all tome.
The 47-year-old chanteuse tells the African American lifestyle glossy that a book publisher wanted her to disclose intimate details about her first marriage to Ramon Hervey II and second marriage to former NBA star Rick Fox in a memoir.
“I don’t want to rehash the past,” she told
Ebony. “I want to talk about what makes
me, and why I’m a survivor. And [the publishers] didn’t want that. They wanted to know about my ex-husbands. But I’m not going to throw my kids’ dads under the bus.”
The 15-time Grammy Award nominee, who was also nominated three times for Emmy Awards for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy for her role as Wilhelmina Slater on ‘Ugly Betty,’ joined the seventh season of ‘Desperate Housewives’ earlier this year after ‘Betty’ was canceled.
Ebony magazine is on newsstands now