In the Annie remake (produced by Will and Jada Smith and Jay Z), Jamie Foxx plays Daddy Warbucks, father to the title character Annie, played by fellow young Oscar-nominee Quvenzhané Wallis.
Jaime is a perfect fit for the role, as he can both act and sing. Eleven-year-old Wallis has made huge strides as a child actress (as seen in both roles in 12 Years a Slave and Beasts of the Southern Wild); however the world is about to find out about her singing ability. "Yes, that's me really singing," says Wallis in the Essence cover story,
Annie will hit theaters on December 19. Check out the trailer:
Jamie Foxx in Annie
U.K. singer-songwriter Sam Smith has stepped out out on his own with a soul-tinged sound and production similar to Mayer Hawthorne and John Legend. He is comparable to a male version of Adele. ‘In the Lonely Hour,’ his debut album and first project since the 'Nirvana' EP, arrived in May.
Nadira is a singer, songwriter and poet from West Philadelphia presenting her brand of music to the world. Soul, jazz, blues and inspirational music are the main genres for this powered high-energy soprano vocalist. Songwriting and poetry is where Nadira brings the story of real life experiences to the forefront, so that music and poetry lovers can’t help but relate to the pains, the joys and really feeling her message.
Atlanta entrepreneur and developer Herman J. Russell died on Saturday at the age of 83 after a brief illness, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports.
"No words can express the depth of our sorrow and nothing will ever fill the void created by the passing of Mr. Herman J. Russell," Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said in a statement. He "shattered countless barriers and created greater opportunities for all, but especially for African-Americans. When history catches its breath, Mr. Russell's life work will place him among the most significant heroes of the Civil Rights Movement because of his unwavering contributions and commitment to the progress of this city and nation. Few men have done more to make Atlanta a place where people of all races and backgrounds can bring and build their dreams."
The founder and former CEO of H.J. Russell & Co., Herman Russell turned a small plastering company into one of the biggest and most successful minority-owned construction and real estate firms in the country.
He was the man behind the company responsible for building what the Journal-Constitution describes as "much of Atlanta's skyline." Through joint ventures, H.J. Russell & Co. was part of building the Georgia-Pacific Tower and the Georgia Dome. It is also a partner in the new Atlanta Falcons stadium project, slated to open in 2017, that reportedly will cost nearly $1.3 billion.
Other well-known ventures tackled by the company include the Atlanta police headquarters, Fulton County Jail and a number of the city's public school buildings, as well as Atlanta Symphony Hall,