Amber Riley
Actress, singer
Amber Riley
Amber Patrice Riley is an American actress and singer best known for her role on the series Glee as Mercedes Jones.
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Review: ‘Dreamgirls’ Makes an Overdue British Debut
NYTimes - 2 months
The production stars Amber Riley, from the TV series “Glee,” as the girl group singer Effie White.
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10 Powerful Women Who Turned Insults Into Gold
Huffington Post - 9 months
Never underestimate a woman's ability to clap back -- especially a heavily-scrutinized woman in the public eye.  From body-shaming and slut-shaming to straight up bullying, famous and visible women have to deal with a consistent onslaught of public insults. But in true badass form, many have mastered the art of telling their haters exactly where they can stick it.  Here are 10 times that famous women took inherently misogynistic insults and turned them into comeback gold.  1. Beyoncé After Beyoncé's Super Bowl 50 halftime performance of "Formation," she was accused of being "anti-cop," and police forces all over the country threatened to boycott her Formation World Tour. Beyoncé dropped some truth bombs in her interview with Elle magazine following the performance -- "If celebrating my roots and culture during Black History Month made anyone uncomfortable, those feelings were there long before a video and long before me," she said. But she also made a profit off of her ha ...
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Amber Riley Turns Up Her Sexy For Valentine's Day
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Image credit: Amber Riley's Instagram Amber Riley, who is best known for her role in Glee and the recent rendition of The Wiz Live! posted a very sexy photo on her Instagram for Valentine's Day. The singer/actress wooed her fans with a very seductive and alluring image of herself wearing black boots and a bodysuit. She captioned the image by wishing herself a happy pre-birthday and a happy Valentine's Day. Amber Riley visited AOL BUILD in December to talk about her project, The Wiz Live! and her passion for her family and her career. The star revealed her humanitarian and philanthropist side by stating certain issues are more personal to her such as homelessness, and family equality. According to her fan website, she's active in the following campaigns, causes and charities: American Cancer Society Family Equality Council Feeding America Save The Music Foundation The Trevor Project Her causes: Cancer, Children, Civil Rights, Creative Arts, Depression and Suicide, Edu ...
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How the Stars of 'Orange Is the New Black' Helped a Black Actress Love Her Body
Huffington Post - about 1 year
I've studied acting for most of my life. First at the prestigious Duke Ellington School of The Arts in high school in Washington D.C., then at Mason Gross at Rutgers University--one of the top acting conservatories in the country. Yet, I never really pursued it after college. People always ask me what happened to your acting? Honestly, I could never answer this question. I love acting. I'd always wanted to do it and still do. But there was something there; something telling me that I couldn't do it. It was during my second year of acting conservatory training during a meeting with our acting department head that we sat down to have a conversation about my "type." It's a conversation most actors will have. "Are you a leading woman? "Are you more Denzel or George Clooney? More Halle Berry or Julia Roberts?" This "type" is mainly based on your appearance and somewhat your acting ability. But figuring out a type for me proved difficult. I wasn't Angela Basset or Halle Berry --and ...
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NBC Finally Gets It Right with The Wiz
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Photos Courtesy NBC Talk about a tough audience: Thursday, Dec. 3rd NBC television's live production of The Wiz couldn't have fallen on more cynical eyes; mine. I'm a 53-year-old-musical-theatre-loving-gay man that grew up in Long Beach, CA. As a child I sat with wonder in front of my Saturday morning TV show, one of the best, Wonderama ( a talk show that treated kids as grownups but with lots of fun) watching one of Broadway's youngest stars, Stephanie Mills, sing Home from a play all the way from New York called The Wiz. I remember her performance to this day, can tell you what she was wearing, and I was a pre-teen. She was perfection. I HAD to do that. Cut to the young entertainment reporter writing for huge music publications like Billboard attending a premiere at the Cinerama Dome Theatre on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood of Diana Ross' latest film, that same play. I loved Diana Ross, still do. And while she was terribly miscast in the role, the movie still was a thing of camp a ...
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8 Renditions Of 'Home' From 'The Wiz' Sure To Bring You To Tears
Huffington Post - about 1 year
If you didn't tune into "The Wiz Live!" Thursday night on NBC, you missed some stellar performances. Shanice Williams' rendition of the original film's iconic song "Home," which was originally sang by Stephanie Mills, was amazing. However, long before Williams' performance, it was performed first by Diana Ross, Amber Riley, Whitney Houston, young Beyoncé and even Pam from "Martin." The song, written by Charlie Smalls, is beyond beautiful -- it's magical.  Watch eight versions of this classic number, sang by some of our favorite artists below!   Also on HuffPost: -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Watch Ne-Yo, Amber Riley and Stephanie Mills Belt Out 'Ease on Down the Road' - BET
Google News - over 1 year
BET Watch Ne-Yo, Amber Riley and Stephanie Mills Belt Out 'Ease on Down the Road' BET One of the biggest holiday treats we are looking forward to is The Wiz Live!, NBC's reimagining of the classic musical that is set to go live on the airwaves on December 3 at 8PM. The network has dropped sneak peeks at the gorgeous costumes and ... Yes! NBC Releases Another Clip from The Wiz Live! all 32 news articles »
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Celeb birthdays for the week of Feb. 15-21
Yahoo News - about 2 years
Feb. 15: Drummer Mick Avory of The Kinks is 71. Actress Jane Seymour is 64. Singer Melissa Manchester is 64. Cartoonist Matt Groening ("The Simpsons") is 61. Model Janice Dickinson ("America's Next Top Model") is 60. Singer Ali Campbell (UB40) is 56. Actor Joseph R. Gannascoli ("The Sopranos") is 56. Bassist Mikey Craig of Culture Club is 55. Country singer Michael Reynolds of Pinmonkey is 51. Actor Michael Easton is 48. Actress Renee O'Connor ("Xena: Warrior Princess") is 44. Actress Sarah Wynter ("24") is 42. Singer Brandon Boyd of Incubus is 39. Drummer Ronnie Vannucci of The Killers is 39. Singer Conor Oberst is 35. Guitarist Gary Clark Jr. is 31. Actress Amber Riley ("Glee") is 29.
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Chace Crawford Joins Glee for Show's 100th Episode: Details on His Character
US Magazine - about 3 years
From Gossip Girl to Glee! Chace Crawford will appear on the hit fox series' special 100th episode, a source confirmed to Us Weekly on Friday, Jan. 10 -- and he's playing a love interest! The insider tells Us that the actor "will play Dianna Agron's boyfriend, whom she brings back to Lima to meet her friends." PHOTOS: Glee's hottest guest stars While the hunky star, best known for his role as Nate Archibald on CW series Gossip Girl, has plenty of experience acting, the insider says unlike the rest of the cast, "his character will not be singing -- as of now." As E! News reported Friday, Jan. 10, Crawford has a role on the show's 100th episode, which will air in two parts on March 18 and the following Tuesday. PHOTOS: The love lives of Glee "Chace is excited to work with [series co-creator] Ryan Murphy and his longtime friend Matthew Morrison," the insider tells Us. "He knows most of the other cast as well." Former Glee stars expected to return for the special episode i ...
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Ryan Murphy Invites 'Glee' Original Cast Back For 100th Episode
Huffington Post - about 3 years
The 100th episode of "Glee" may not be until March, but details are already being announced for the giant celebration. This week, Ryan Murphy sent out a tweet announcing all of the original cast members of the series were invited back for the 100th episode: ALL The Glee Originals received invites today to be in our 100th episode! More to follow. — Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) December 3, 2013 Since his initial tweet, Murphy has updated fans on which McKinley High Gleeks were returning. So far Heather Morris, Harry Shum Jr., Mark Salling and new "Dancing With the Stars" champion Amber Riley have been confirmed for the episode. The original cast recently reunited for a more somber reason when they mourned the death of Corey Monteith, who played Finn on the series. The only original cast member who didn't appear in the episode was Dianna Agron, sparking rumors that she was not on good terms with her former "Glee" family. This season has been turbulent for the once mega-popular s ...
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Glee Creator Ryan Murphy Invites Original Cast to Return For 100th Episode
US Magazine - about 3 years
Welcome back, McKinley High students! Ryan Murphy revealed via Twitter on Tuesday, Dec. 3, that the entire original cast of Glee has been invited back to take part in quite the special episode. Whether all will be free to show up though, is still unknown! PHOTOS: Glee's best guest stars "ALL The Glee Originals received invites today to be in our 100th episode!" the 48-year-old series creator wrote to his followers. "More to follow." So, who's agreed to come back on? So far, Amber Riley, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr. and new mom Heather Morris! The fate of Dianna Agron is still unknown.  "Amber is IN for episode 100! More to follow..." Murphy wrote shortly after the big surprise. "Mark is IN for the 100th! More great news coming...Harry is IN! More to follow..." He added: "Heather is IN for Glee 100th!" PHOTOS: Stars we've lost in 2013 The news may come as a surprise to Gleeks, as it was just two months ago that Agron (who played Quinn Fabray) was left out of the late ...
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'Dancing' crowns new champion
CNN - about 3 years
All the stars from season 17 return to the ballroom to see "DWTS" crown new winner Amber Riley and Derek Hough.
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Amber Riley, Derek Hough win 'Dancing with the Stars' - Fox News
Google News - about 3 years
ABC News Amber Riley, Derek Hough win 'Dancing with the Stars' Fox News "Glee" actress and all-around good sport Amber Riley took home the mirror-ball trophy Tuesday night on the season finale of "Dancing With the Stars." Riley and her partner, Derek Hough, were the last of three contestants to complete their final dance. Amber Riley and partner Derek Hough crowned 'Dancing with the Stars ...Reality TV World 'Dancing With the Stars' crowns new champ!USA TODAY Amber Riley Crowned New Dancing with the Stars WinnerPeople Magazine New York Daily News -Seattle Post Intelligencer all 903 news articles »
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Amber Riley
  • 2016
    Age 24
    In February 2016, it was announced that Riley would portray the lead role of Effie White in Dreamgirls, at the Savoy Theatre in London's West End, beginning performances in November 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Riley recorded a number of tracks for Todrick Hall's visual album Straight Outta Oz.
    In February 2016, it was announced that Riley would portray the lead role of "Effie White" at the Savoy Theatre in London's West End first ever production of the Tony and Oscar winning Dreamgirls, beginning performances in November 2016.
    More Details Hide Details She is also known for winning season 17 of Dancing with the Stars. Riley was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Tiny (née Hightower) and Elwin Riley. She has two older sisters, Toyia and Ashley. Riley auditioned for American Idol when she was 17 years old, during the show's second season, but was turned down by the producers.
  • 2015
    Age 23
    In December 2015, she portrayed Addaperle, the Good Witch of the North, in NBC's live performance of The Wiz.
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    In 2015, it was reported that Riley would star in a Christmas television film, her first movie role, and her first acting role, since Glee.
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  • 2014
    Age 22
    Riley's debut single, "Colorblind", premiered live on April 3, 2014, on The Queen Latifah Show.
    More Details Hide Details The song was written by Emeli Sandé, Claude Kelly and Steve Mac, and was released as a digital download on April 8, 2014. The song was also performed by Riley on Glee.
    In January 2014, Riley and her sister Ashley launched a plus-size online clothing boutique, "Rileyland Fashions".
    More Details Hide Details She also models the garments. In 2011, Riley acted as a campaign spokesperson for Do Something and VH1 Save The Music Foundation's second annual Battle for the Bands. Riley starred in a PSA campaign and engaged fans through social media to participate in the campaign that mobilized young people in the fight for keeping music education in schools. Riley has also teamed up with State Farm's Celebrate My Drive campaign to advocate safe awareness for Beginner Drivers, and Encouragement for youth.
  • 2013
    Age 21
    In 2013, Riley won the seventeenth season of ABC's dancing competition Dancing with the Stars.
    More Details Hide Details She was partnered with the show's one and only six-time champion, Derek Hough. Riley and Hough tied the record for highest first-week score of 27, received 5 perfect scores of 30, and only received a score lower than 8 one time. Riley is the first African-American woman to win Dancing With the Stars. Performances
  • 2010
    Age 18
    Riley appeared at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, sang the national anthem at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, and is currently working on a debut solo studio album.
    More Details Hide Details She also co-wrote a track titled "Leave a Light On" for British group The Saturdays, which is featured on their album Living for the Weekend.
  • 2008
    Age 16
    In 2008, Riley was cast in the role of Mercedes Jones on the comedy-drama television series Glee, and appeared as a main cast member for all six seasons.
    More Details Hide Details Riley performed numerous solos throughout the series' run, including "Respect", "Bust Your Windows", "Hate on Me", "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going", "Beautiful", "Bridge over Troubled Water", "I Look to You", "Ain't No Way", "Try a Little Tenderness", "Spotlight", "All I Want for Christmas Is You" and, three days after Whitney Houston's death, performed a tribute version of "I Will Always Love You". She also played Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the episode "The Rocky Horror Glee Show", singing the lead on the song "Sweet Transvestite" to generally positive reviews from critics. For her role as Mercedes Jones, Riley won a Screen Actors Guild Award and received nominations for an NAACP Image Award and a Teen Choice Award.
  • 2004
    Age 12
    She graduated from La Mirada High School in La Mirada, California in 2004.
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  • 1986
    Age -6
    Born on February 15, 1986.
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