Queen Latifah to receive W.E.B. Du Bois Medal from Harvard University

Queen Latifah to receive W.E.B. Du Bois Medal from Harvard University

Latifah (“Chicago,” “Girls Trip”) will next be seen on television as Ursula the Sea Witch in “The Little Mermaid Live!,” alongside Auli’i Cravalho, Shaggy, John Stamos and Graham Phillips. The live televised musical will air Nov. 5 as part of “The Wonderful World of Disney” franchise.

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Auli’i Cravalho to star in ABC’s live musical production of ‘The Little Mermaid’

Auli’i Cravalho to star in ABC’s live musical production of ‘The Little Mermaid’

Alan Menken earned an Academy Award for writing the film’s original music, including the songs “Under the Sea,” “Part of Your World” and the Oscar-winning ballad “Kiss the Girl.” The late Howard Ashman wrote the lyrics to the film’s iconic songs.

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Queen Latifah using new initiative The Queen Collective Shorts to build up women filmmakers

Queen Latifah using new initiative The Queen Collective Shorts to build up women filmmakers

Latifah personally mentored both of the winning directors for the collective’s initial year, Haley Anderson and Brittany Fennell. Anderson directed “If There Is Light,” a look at one family’s move out of the shelter system, while Fennell helmed “Ballet After Dark,” which trails a black Baltimore woman who survived abuse and now using ballet as therapy.

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