The Tony Awards can sometimes be frustrating–like this year when Nicole Ari Parker and Blair Underwood’s stellar performances were overlooked during the nomination process. But I couldn’t help but be interested because Audra McDonald was up for her work in the revival of Gershwins’ “Porgy & Bess”. Although in recent years, McDonald has made a name for herself on the small screen with “Private Practice”, it is on the stage that this sister has shown the diversity and depth of her talent. And the best part of all is it hasn’t gone unrecognized.
I sort of remember that she was in…
When you think of successful sisters of stage and screen (large and small) most people don’t automatically think about Audra McDonald. Yet this sister has won four Tony Awards (yes she was the one who managed to make Diddy look good in “A Raisin in the Sun” for which she garnered an award). She also picked up statuettes for 2 musicals: “Ragtime”, “Carousel”, (as well as the play “Master Class”). Most of us, however, probably only know her as probably know her as Dr. Naomi Bennett in “Private Practice”, the “Grey’s Anatomy” spin-off, that doesn’t give us the full insight of…
If you read this blog from time to time you know I often bring up the lack of quality roles for black actresses on both the big and large screen. Well, a few sisters that are working in television are turning in stellar performances—and they’re hard work is actually being recognized. That’s why six sisters have been nominated for Emmy Awards. I can’t recall a time when so many of us have gotten the nod at one time. No, you can’t count the NAACP Image Awards. (more…)
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