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Ciara Joins Boyfriend Russell Wilson On Seattle Children’s Hospital Visit + Mary J. Blige & Queen Latifah Set To Star In NBC Musical ‘The Wiz Live!’

Ciara joins her boyfriend Russell Wilson during one of his weekly visits to the Seattle Children’s Hospital today. Peep their coupledom pics and get the deets on Mary J. Blige and Queen Latifah’s new gig.

Ciara and her Super Bowl champion boyfriend Russell Wilson sure love giving back to those less fortunate.

Yesterday, the twosome paid a visit to the Seattle Children’s Hospital, a weekly routine for the Seattle Seahawk quarterback. And it appears to be becoming the “new” normal for CiC. This is the second time we’ve spotted her tagging along on the chartiable trip with her beau.

“The Soup” host and comedian Joel McHale joined the couple to help spread good cheer to the children in the hospital fighting life-threatening diseases joined them.

During their visit, The NFLer and comedian flexed their muscles to help raise money for the Strong Against Cancer program at the hospital. Russell and Joel took charge of two teams to see who can pull Boeing 737 airplane across a parking lot the fastest. By the end of the day, the teams raised $24,000 in total for cancer research. Nice!

Check out the clip below:

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And yesterday, the CiCi and Russell was busy “putting in work” in the boxing rink:

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Loves it.

In TV news…

We have some good news if you’re a fan of The Wiz.

It’s being reported R&B singer Mary J. Blige and EMMY nominated actress Queen Latifah has joined the cast of NBC’s upcoming live musical adaptation The Wiz Live!

According to Entertainment Weekly, Queen will star at the titular Wiz and Mary will play the Wicked Witch of the West. Sweet! The YBF chicks will be joining legendary songstress Stephanie Mills, who will star as Auntie Em.

Below are a few additional deets on their upcoming roles:

As The Wiz, Latifah plays “the mysterious and powerful wizard who holds the keys to the Emerald City, but whose metamorphosis from ordinary to extraordinary is itself a hoax. She rose to her lofty position after being transported by accident to Oz in a hot air balloon during a snowstorm.” And as the Wicked Witch of the West, Blige’s Evillene “holds sway over the Winkies and the Winged Monkeys that do her bidding. She captures Dorothy and her friends to avenge the unintentional murder of her evil sister, Evvamean, and to get back the powerful silver slippers given to Dorothy by the Good Witch of the North.”

The live musical is being directed by Tony Award winning director Kenny Leon and executive produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (who worked on previous projects with Queen, including Hairspray & Steel Magnolias). Also, Cirque Du Soleil will join the musical to wow viewers with their acrobatic tricks in a few scenes.

Once we find out additional deets, we’ll let you know. Who’s excited?

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Mary J. Blige In Beverly Hills

International recording superstar Mary J. Blige was spotted out on a leisurely stroll through Beverly Hills yesterday.

MJB was out and about with one of her close friends, Simone Smith, the wife of rapper LL Cool J.  We’re sure Simone congratulated Mary on her latest gig.  Earlier this week, we learned that Mary and Queen Latifah have been added to the cast of NBC’s upcoming holiday musical production of “The Wiz Live!,” set for Thursday, Dec. 3.  Queen Latifah will star as the Wiz, while Mary will play Evillene.

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NBC's The Wiz Casts Queen Latifah as Wizard, Mary J. Blige as Wicked Witch
A Queen shall lord over Emerald City, in NBC's The Wiz Live!
By Matt Webb Mitovich

A Queen shall lord over Emerald City, in NBC’s The Wiz Live!

Queen Latifah, a Grammy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award winner (and two-time Emmy nominee), will portray the titular Wiz in the network’s next live production, which will air Thursday, Dec. 3. Meanwhile, Grammy winner Mary J. Blige has been cast as Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West, who holds sway over the Winkies and the Winged Monkeys that do her bidding. Evillene captures Dorothy (not yet cast) and her friends to avenge the murder of her sister, Evvamean, and to get back the powerful silver slippers given to Dorothy by the Good Witch of the North.