Audra McDonald is the new Ruby Dee

Over the course of the next month, as we build up to the Oscars, we’re going to try to uncover every conceivable thing to write about New Rocheller Ruby Dee, who’s up for Best Supporting Actress. Today, courtesy of Friend of Suburbarazzi Amy Vernon, we’ve got something for you to add to the DVR queue.

On the night after the Academy Awards, ABC is airing an update of the classic “A Raisin in the Sun,” produced by Sean “Puffy” Combs. The original 1961 film starred Dee (bottom left) opposite Sidney Poitier (a former Pleasantville resident), and while this one doesn’t actually feature either, it does have SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Center regular Audra McDonald (bottom right) reprising Dee’s role, this time opposite Combs.

Be sure to check it out: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET)


(Dee: AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill; McDonald: photo by Michael Wilson)

Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: Goodbye to a beard (David Letterman), a camera (Stephen Baldwin) and 2007 (Hayden Pannetierre and Lindsay Lohan)


At the end of the video and after the break is the answer to this week’s quiz: Of the following celebrities who have called Mount Vernon home, who was scheduled to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today?

A. Sean “Diddy” Combs
B. Sidney Poitier
C. Phylicia Rashad
D. Denzel Washington

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Getting schooled

Yonkers product Mary J. Blige — who celebrates her 37th birthday Thursday — and former Bedford resident Mariah Carey were among the celebrities on hand in South Africa last Tuesday for the opening of Oprah Winfrey’s $40 million leadership academy for girls, according to The Chicago Tribune. Also on hand: Tina Turner, Spike Lee, Sidney Poitier and Chris “I only make ‘Rush Hour’ sequels these days” Tucker.

“These people have the power to do things,” O said about her famous friends. “They have voices which can be heard in the U.S. and across the world.”

Just ask adult film star Mary Carey (née Mary E. Cook), who’s getting an earful from Mariah’s lawyers because the songstress isn’t comfortable with the similarities between the two names. Although a recent report that Mariah had won the suit was dismissed by TMZ, I wouldn’t mess with anyone who worked out in high heels and changed outfits about 358 times on her episode of “Cribs.” Derek Jeter taught me that.

If Mimi wins the suit, however, Suburbarazzi might want to secure lawyers to fend off legal action from Subway, Burberry and Razzles. Mmm… Razzles.

(AP photo by Denis Farrell.)