NeNe Leakes and Billy Dee Williams Join DWTS Cast
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

Billy Dee Williams (left) and NeNe Leakes (Image: File)

According to reports, reality TV powerhouse NeNe Leakes and Mahogany leading man Billy Dee Williams have joined the cast of Dancing with the Stars.

Leakes, 46, has been a leading cast member on Bravo TV’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta since 2008, has authored a book about her life and has been featured on shows including Glee and The New Normal. She is also an entrepreneur, having started her own production company, NeNe Leakes Production True Entertainment.

Her partner will be Tony Dovolani, an Albanian professional dancer and champion of Dancing with the Stars: All Stars.

Williams, 76, is known for his roles as the suave love interest of stars including Diana Ross, has appeared in top sitcoms including A Different World, and was a successful jazz singer in the ’60s. He gained a major science fiction and comic following after his roles in two Star Wars films and Batman.

He will be dancing with Emma Slater, a professional dancer and choreographer from England who has appeared in 2008 film Mama Mia!.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.