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First Look: Audra McDonald’s Adorable Baby Bump!

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Today, we got a first look at Audra McDonald’s adorable little baby bump in the Shuffle Along cast welcome video to The Color Purple’s new Shug Avery, Heather Headley! In the video, posted to Shuffle Along cast member Christian Dante White’s Instagram, Audra can be seen at the end welcoming Heather to 45th st., joking about their history together and giving a peek at her expecting belly as she promises to catch Headley in The Color Purple on her maternity leave!

HAPPY FIRST TWO SHOW DAY TO @heatherheadley from @shufflealongbroadway

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Yesterday, she hit us with the very exciting announcement that her and husband, Will Swenson, are expecting a little bundle of joy!

McDonald, who was originally set to take a brief break from the hit Broadway musical Shuffle Along Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed to perform her Tony award winning Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill in London’s West End, has not yet announced her updated show schedules since the news of her pregnancy broke. We can hardly contain ourselves here at Broadway Black as we await the birth of Broadway royalty! And we wish Queen Audra a happy and healthy pregnancy filled with pizza and Reese’s Peanut Butter cups!!!

UPDATE: Heather Headley responds to the warm welcomes from the cast of Shuffle Along and also has some words in return to Audra! It is a magical moment we know you’ll want to hear!

To the cast of @shufflealongbroadway. You’re way too sweet. Thank you.

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And to our #ladyday herself….@audramcdonald

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Award Nominations

Cynthia Erivo Nominated for BAFTA’s Rising Star Award

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Cynthia Erivo at Opening Night of the Color Purple. Photo by Drew Shade

Tony, Emmy, and Grammy Award-winning actress, Cynthia Erivo, known for her transformative performance as Celie in the 2015 Broadway revival of The Color Purple is now one of five actors nominated for the British Academy of Film’s 2019 Rising Star Awards.

Most recently seen alongside Viola Davis in Steve McQueen’s Widows, Erivo says:

“I’m ever grateful to BAFTA and the jury panel for nominating me for the 2019 EE Rising Star Award. It means the world to me to be acknowledged by the community that, for most of my life, I’ve known as home. Thank you for this incredible honour.” – Cynthia Erivo

The BAFTA Awards will take place on February 10th.

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Get Your War Clothes On: Billy Porter Energizes in GLAAD Acceptance Speech

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So, I have a question.

In the same line of thought as “innocent until proven guilty,” do we grant the assumption of positive intent in our expectations of our brothers and sister in regards to woke-ness, à la woke until proven problematic?

Now don’t get me wrong, there was no doubt in my heart that Tony and Grammy Award-winner, Billy Porter, was woke. Nope, none. What I wasn’t ready for, was the way he fixed his fingers to pen one of the greatest acceptance speeches of my lifetime, and how he turned the Gospel classic “I Don’t Feel No Ways Tired” into a battle song.

The 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards honored Billy Porter with the Vito Russo Award, presented to an openly LGBTQ media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance.

He started by affirming the room full of members of marginalized communities, with my personal daily mantra: “You are enough. we are enough.”

Since the beginning of time artists are the folks who engage critically and encourage those who think they are powerless to question the status quo.

Brothers and sisters across the room leaned in.

The days of shut up and sing are over.

Alliteration informed and illustrated as Porter preached on remaining “vigilantly visual” as we tell our stories. Acknowledging the reality of our times, he spoke on Number 45:

Where they slipped up this time is in that declaration of war. It’s not only against Black and Brown people and Queer people anymore, it’s against ALL of us. And as a result, the good news is: white folk, and straight folk, and all those fierce women folk, are mad now. And NOW maybe something might get done!

Get. Your. War. Clothes. On.

From slavery to emancipation, to the 13th Amendment, to Jim Crow, to the Civil Rights Movement. From Stonewall to AIDS, to marriage equality— we gotta remember the shoulders who we stand on—the ones who fought and died for those freedoms that we hold so dear. Let’s use these historical strides we’ve made as a nation to empower us as warriors on this battlefield of equality.


Until we can figure out how to love one another unconditionally, no one wins. Freedom. Equality. Justice. Have always come at a cost and evidently the always will.

If that’s not the truth.

Stay strong. Stay vigilante. Stay visible. Stay hopeful. Stay focused. Be brave. Be fierce.





For a full list of this year’s winners, honorees, and guests, visit GLAAD.

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