Rowland confirmed she would be playing Gladys Knight back in October, and it has just been announced that Williams will portray the one and only Diana Ross, according to Deadline.
Several other artists have also been cast as various legends for the show based on the rise of Soul Train and its creator, Don Cornelius. New Edition’s Bobby Brown will portray soul singer Rufus Thomas, known for the classic “Do the Funky Chicken.” Gabrielle Dennis, best known for her portrayal of Whitney Houston in The Bobby Brown Story, has been cast as rock n’ roll diva, Tina Turner. Lastly, K. Michelle has locked down the role of Martha Reeves, lead singer of Martha and the Vandellas.
Series regulars also include Grammy-nominee Kelly Price, Jason Dirden, Iantha Richardson, Christopher Jefferson, Katlyn Nichol, and Jelani Winston.
American Soul premieres February 5 at 9p.m. EST on BET.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.