'Queens' on ABC: Eve to Brandy, what have the cast been up to?
ABC's ambitious show 'Queens' is set to drop very soon and we can't help but get pumped for it! 'Queens' is set to be a musical drama on friendship, rivalry, old love and comebacks thrown into the mix.
The ABC show will follow Brianna, Jill, Valeria and Naomi who once ruled the hip-hop scene as the Nasty Bitches in the 1990s. Together, the four not only achieved legendary status through their music but also forged strong bonds of friendship. The four women are now in their 40s and are largely forgotten and estranged. The ABC show will see the reunion of the four as a chance to return to old fame and vigor hangs in the balance. But will the former megastars, also known as Professor Sex, Butter Pecan, Da Thrill, and Xplicit Lyrics, manage to achieve this ambitious goal? This is exactly what the series is set to explore. The series has Eve, Naturi Naughton, Nadine Velazquez and Brandy as the leads. This is what the four actresses have been up to recently.
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What have the cast of 'Queens' been up to?
Eve Jihan Cooper, known mononymously as Eve is an American rapper, singer, actress, and television presenter from Philadelphia. The artist has had a successful career over the years. In recent times Eve released her first single in six years titled "Reload", featuring Jamaican dancehall artist Konshens. In 2019, she performed "Rich Girl" on NBC's competition series The Voice along with Gwen Stefani to celebrate Stefani's debut solo album's 15th anniversary. Eve also hosted the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards with Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Marie Osmond in 2020. On March 6, 2021, Eve released a 20th-anniversary re-release of her album Scorpion with four new remixes. Right now she is prepping for motherhood as she recently announced she was expecting her first child with her husband Maximillion Cooper.
Naturi Cora Maria Naughton is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. At age 15, Naughton joined the group 3LW which saw a lot of success initially. The group later disbanded after internal issues popped up. Naughton went on to do solo work and recorded five tracks for the 'Fame' soundtrack. She then went on to have a career in acting and from 2005 to 2008, Naturi starred in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical 'Hairspray'and later was cast to portray Grammy Award-winning rap artist Lil' Kim in Notorious, a biopic film about 'The Notorious B.I.G'. She went on to appear in a number of shows and movies like 'Mad Men', 'The Client List', 'The Playboy Club', and more. On a more current note, Naughton starred in the BET original film 'Let The Church Say Amen' and also in the Starz drama 'Power'. She won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, for the third season and reprised her role in the spin-off series, 'Power Book II: Ghost' in 2020.
Nadine E Velázquez is an American actress and model. Velázquez has appeared in print ads, television, and film. Her first acting role was in a McDonald's commercial. Her debut film roles were in the movie, 'War' and 'Husband for Hire'. She was also one of the actors in the 2006 monologue show, 'Skirts & Flirts' and was later ranked #39 in the annual Maxim Hot 100 list. Velazquez also was one of the judges in the Miss Universe 2008 beauty pageant and hosted the Miss USA 2009 pageant. Nadine has also had supporting cast roles in the movie 'Flight' and the pilot of ABC's 'Charlie's Angels'. Velazquez joined the main cast of the TNT series, 'Major Crimes', beginning with Season 2 in 2013. Her most recent work will be seen in 'Queens' on ABC.
Brandy Rayana Norwood better known by her mononym, Brandy, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Brandy began an acting career with her debut movie, 'Norwood' but later realized she didn't want to act at that time. In 1994 she released a self-titled debut album which peaked at number twenty on the US Billboard 200. By 1996 she had seen good success on the musical front and had also dabbled in acting again. In 1997, Norwood was hand-picked by producer Whitney Houston to play the title character of Cinderella making her the first black portrayal of the character. More recently she was chosen by John Legend as a mentor on the twentieth season of the singing competition series The Voice in 2021. Norwood also collaborated with Disney on the single "Starting Now", which was critically praised. She is set to star in 'Queens' on ABC.
“Queens” is set to premiere on Tuesday, October 19 at 10/9c on ABC. You can also stream the show on Hulu.