Dancer Big Freedia to star in TV show
The singer and dancer known as Big Freedia is taking his booty-shaking moves from the streets of New Orleans to cable television.
The openly gay performer, whose real name is Freddie Ross, has landed his own reality show on the Fuse network.
“Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce” will focus on Ross and the New Orleans music scene known as “bounce” — a fusion of hip-hop and quick, repetitive dance beats with heavy bass.
Bounce music often includes call-and-response vocals, a nod to early rap and New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian roots music.
The eight-episode series premieres Sept. 18.
Soap opera actress Stuart dies at 94
Longtime soap opera actress Maxine Stuart has died at age 94. She had regular roles on “The Young and the Restless” and “The Edge of Night.”
Her daughter, Chris Ann Maxwell, tells the Los Angeles Times that her mother died of natural causes on June 6 at her Beverly Hills home.
She received a 1989 Emmy nomination for her role as a piano teacher in “The Wonder Years.”
Soledad O’Brien joining ‘Real Sports’
Soledad O’Brien is joining fellow “Today” show alum Bryant Gumbel at HBO’s “Real Sports.”
HBO said Wednesday that O’Brien will be a reporter on the monthly magazine show, which is anchored by Gumbel. Her first story, due this month, is about war veterans who use martial arts to help cope with post-traumatic stress disorder.
“It’s exactly what I’ve been doing for a long time — telling stories about human beings and their struggles,” O’Brien said.
She most recently was a morning-show host on CNN, but the news network has given the program an overhaul that will debut next week. O’Brien was replaced by the anchor team of Kate Balduan and Chris Cuomo.
O’Brien’s experience with sports has been limited, although she did play rugby while studying at Harvard. She will be a visiting fellow at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education during the next school year.