Watch The Color Purple’s Cynthia Erivo Discuss Her Landmark Year

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017 Related Shows The Color Purple Broadway’s The Color Purple is set to shutter at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on January 8, the same day its Tony-winning breakout star Cynthia Erivo will turn 30. Her 29th year has been a doozy: she garnered a Tony Award and a Grammy nomination for her Broadway debut, ran a marathon, sang for President Obama (twice) and went platinum blonde. She appeared on CBS This Morning on January 6 to discuss her landmark year and receive some kind words from producer and The Color Purple film star Oprah. “I stand in amazement at what you have been able to do,” Lady O said, causing Erivo to become emotional. Take a look at the interview below. View Commentscenter_img Cynthia Erivo Star Files Cynthia Erivolast_img read more

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Fading Clippers can’t slow Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins in loss to Timberwolves

first_img Danilo Gallinari says he hopes to return to Clippers’ lineup by month’s end Neither team led by more than six points until the Wolves awoke early in the third quarter and used a 13-0 run to build a 72-59 advantage.Just as they did on Sunday night to make a non-competitive matchup with Houston close in the waning minutes after the Rockets agitated them with some rough stuff, the Wolves snapped back when the Clippers engaged them in some extra-physical play. Towns took his share of hard contact underneath from the much burlier Jordan and Montrezl Harrell. Gibson and Teague each had blood drawn by inadvertent elbows or forearms to the face.“They noticed that it was a physical game, and they went out and got more physical,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “We went the other way.”WINNING WITH WIGGINSThe Wolves are 5-5 without Butler, who’s out following knee surgery. Wiggins made all three of his 3-point attempts in the third, and he matched his career high with three blocked shots while displaying energy and hustle on both ends of the floor. At one point in that quarter, he harassed Austin Rivers from end to end and nearly stole the ball from the coach’s son, an effort that brought the crowd and the team to life.Related Articles PreviousTimberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns celebrates against the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 123-109. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) is fouled by Timberwolves center Taj Gibson (67) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 123-109. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins (22) drives on Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell (0) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsMinnesota Timberwolves Derrick Rose (25) is called for a charge on Los Angeles Clippers guard Milos Teodosic (4) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns dunks in front of Los Angeles Clippers guard Milos Teodosic (4) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns dunks in front of Los Angeles Clippers guard Milos Teodosic (4) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) drives against Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague (0) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 123-109. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose (25) shoots against Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris (34) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jamal Crawford (11) shoots against Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jamal Crawford (11) loses the ball in front of Los Angeles Clippers guard Sean Kilpatrick (2) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 123-109. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) shoots under pressure from Minnesota Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 123-109. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins (22) shoots over Los Angeles Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell (0) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 123-109. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) dunks against against Minnesota Timberwolves in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 123-109. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns drives on Clippers forward Tobias Harris during the second quarter of Tuesday’s game in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns celebrates against the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 123-109. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) is fouled by Timberwolves center Taj Gibson (67) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 123-109. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)NextShow Caption1 of 14Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) is fouled by Timberwolves center Taj Gibson (67) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 123-109. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)ExpandMINNEAPOLIS — The Clippers’ push for a playoff berth is running into trouble, and if they’re now having trouble mustering the intensity to match an equally desperate opponent, they have bigger issues.The intensity for Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves that has been inconsistently present with All-Star Jimmy Butler out was on full display, and a critical matchup with the Clippers brought out their best.Karl-Anthony Towns racked up 30 points and 10 rebounds for his NBA-best 60th double-double and Wiggins scored 27 points in an all-around performance, leading the Timberwolves to a 123-109 victory on Tuesday night that stretched their lead over the Clippers to three games.“It’s just desperation,” Wiggins said. “We know that we needed this game. They’re right behind us.” Jeff Teague pitched in 20 points and 12 assists for the Timberwolves, who swept the four-game season series and sent the weary Clippers to their fourth consecutive loss on the commencement of a four-game, six-night trip.“Everybody had to be in. You can’t have half the group playing with urgency, half the group not playing with it,” said Clippers sixth man Lou Williams, who had 15 points.Former Clipper Jamal Crawford scored 20 points on his 38th birthday and Taj Gibson had 15 points as the Timberwolves (41-31) crept into seventh place in the Western Conference, one-half game behind New Orleans and San Antonio and one-half game ahead of Utah. Denver (38-33) is ninth. The Clippers (37-33) dropped to 10th place.DeAndre Jordan led the way for the Clippers with 18 points and 12 rebounds, but Tobias Harris played with flu-like symptoms and finished with only 10 points on 5-for-16 shooting, missing all five of his 3-point tries.“I just felt like I’ve got to be there for my teammates, and whatever I could bring, just bring it,” Harris said. “That’s it. It was a rough night.”center_img “He’s one of those guys who doesn’t show a lot of emotion, but when you see him make a play like that, you get excited,” Teague said.Wiggins has scored 20 or more points in nine of his last 11 games, going 21 for 45 from 3-point range in that span.“I believe in him. I think our whole team believes he can knock down (3-pointers),” Teague said.Said Gibson: “If you want to go to the playoffs, you’ve got to grow up. Plain and simple. He’s been doing a good job.”CLIPPED OFFThe Clippers have recovered deftly from their 8-15 start, their record after a 113-107 loss at home to the Timberwolves on Dec. 6, and withstood the departure via trade of former franchise cornerstone Blake Griffin, but they’ve left themselves with no room in this postseason race for even a mini-slump.After praising his team’s competitiveness amid the slew of injuries before the game, Rivers called this defeat the most disappointing of the season. He removed his starters with 7:24 remaining.“There was going to be no magic wand. I figured, take them out,” he said.POSTSEASON POSITIONINGThe Timberwolves have the schedule in their favor in their quest to make the playoffs for the first time in 14 years, with eight of their final 10 games against teams below the cut for the postseason. They play Denver, one of their closest competitors, twice. But there are six other matchups against opponents whose next drama will be the draft lottery.The Clippers have 12 games left, with nine against teams on a postseason track plus one against the Nuggets. This matchup in Minnesota began a stretch of six out of seven games on the road.Denver also has a difficult 11-game slate remaining, with only two matchups, Wednesday at Chicago and April 7 at the Clippers, coming against opponents currently outside the top eight in either conference. The Nuggets, too, have five stops left on a seven-game trip to finish the month.TIP-INSClippers: Jordan’s streak of 15 or more rebounds ended at 10 straight games, which matched the longest run of his career and the most by any active NBA player. … Harrell, who had 24 points against Portland on Sunday and was in double digits in 24 of his last 30 games, had nine points on 3-for-9 shooting.Timberwolves: Derrick Rose, who had nine points in six minutes, sprained his right ankle in the second quarter and didn’t return. Rose, who joined the team less than two weeks ago, had 14 points in 19 minutes against the Rockets. … The Wolves are 9-3 when Teague has 20 or more points. … The Wolves improved to 30-15 against the Western Conference this season. They’ve swept the Clippers two other times in franchise history, in 1997-98 and 2003-04.UP NEXTClippers: At Milwaukee on Wednesday night.Timberwolves: At New York on Friday night. 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Clippers’ Doc Rivers jokes reporting LeBron James on the NBA ‘snitch hotline’

first_img Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ Inside the NBA’s beefy, 100-page safety plan for policing the bubble in Orlando, Florida, is an option for anonymously reporting social-distancing violations, or as Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie termed it in an interview with Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks: “The snitch hotline.”Montrezl Harrell said he’s definitely gonna pass on that option.“C’mon now,” he said on a Zoom video conference with reporters Wednesday. “Do I look like a player that has used that hotline?”Harrell might have no interest in tattling, but the Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Wednesday that the tip line has received multiple calls of players breaking the league’s safety protocol – or, apparently, for being annoying. Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime During the league’s initial quarantine period last week, someone tipped off security about some “thumping” in a hotel, according to a report by Chris Hayes during an NBA on TNT segment, when he said a security guard went to investigate “and who opened the door? It was Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler, drenched in sweat with practice gear on from head to toe. He was dribbling a basketball throughout his room the whole time.”Clippers Coach Doc Rivers joked Wednesday that there might be reasons other than safety to put in a call.“I turned in LeBron (James) yesterday,” said Rivers of the Lakers’ superstar. “I’m turning in Pop (Spurs coach Gregg Popovich) today. I’m trying to turn all these guys in. I think it’s phenomenal. We’re going to be the only team left when I’m done with this hotline thing.”More seriously, Rivers said he appreciated the NBA’s effort to do everything it can to minimize mask and social distancing violations inside the bubble before the official resumption of the league on July 30, when the Lakers and Clippers are scheduled to play each other. After all, on Wednesday, the Florida Department of Health reported 10,181 new positive coronavirus cases, as well as 453 new hospitalizations, with a positivity rate of 13.59% for new reported cases compared to those tested.“I don’t think it’s a problem at all,” Rivers said of the line. “I think it’s good. This is not some normal thing. COVID obviously, it’s not only that you can get sick but you can get other people sick, and so this is very important for all of us. We want to do our jobs. So I think having a hotline, I guess that’s why they’re calling it, I guess that’s important.” Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 center_img As much as he’ll miss his family in Alabama, Green said he had no reservations about joining the Clippers in Orlando, where they’ll chase the organization’s first championship.“Just happy to be back with my teammates,” he said. “Pretty much a no-brainer for me to come out here and fight with my team.”Ivica Zubac, Landry Shamet and Marcus Morris Sr. are the only other Clippers who have not been documented as being in Orlando. Rivers was coy when asked when they’re expected to arrive: “I don’t even know to be honest. I don’t check. To be honest, JaMychal walked in and surprised the hell out of me. So, because they’re in quarantine and stuff, you don’t ever know.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory JaMychal Green joinsThe Clippers welcomed back JaMychal Green on Wednesday, when the 6-foot-8 power forward practiced with the team for the first time since the NBA suspended the season March 11. Green arrived in Orlando a couple days after his teammates because of the death of his 100-year-old grandmother, Ruth Green, on July 3.“I’m going to miss my kids, my girlfriend, and just my family, period,” Green said via Zoom. “My son, he just turned 1, so it was great spending time with him the way I did, so I’m definitely going to miss him … My grandma died, so I had to go home just to be around my family.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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