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NBC’s The Wiz Live!

Shanice Williams as Dorothy, Stephanie Mills as Aunt Em, Ne-Yo as the Tin Man, David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion, Elijah Kelley as The Scarecrow, Queen Latifah as The Wiz, Uzo Aduba as Glinda The Good Witch of the North, Amber Riley as Addipearl The Good Witch of the South, Mary J. Blige as Evilene The Wicked Witch of the West, and Common as The Bouncer of Emerald City. 

Damon Wayans and I would rate movies using snaps. The fun of In Living Color was exposing black culture, and in that sketch, gay culture, that I don’t think America had ever seen at that point. I had already done Dreamgirls on Broadway, and being in a musical and working with other performers who were gay, I was privy to that vocabulary backstage. They were being themselves. So a lot of it was hijacked from what I heard in the theater and what was permeating around. Now at that time, if a gay person was going to read you — to tell you off — it was always accompanied by snaps. Now I don’t know if it was a gay thing, but it was also a very black thing.