She then reveals her biggest secret, disclosing, “I bought my hair in Trinidad. What the deal was we fused it with my hair and it was so beautiful — I’d never seen it before.”


She let out a loud laugh and exclaimed, “They have no more Afro hair because Ms. Stone bought all of it!”

ITK caught up with the R&B songstress and the cast and crew of the show “Hinton Battle’s Love Lies” at a luncheon hosted by IMPACT Arts and Film Fund at the new K Street eatery, LOOK Restaurant and Lounge.

The production just finished up an engagement at the Warner Theater and is headed out on a cross-country tour. The musical dramedy — which also stars singer Brian McKnight and Elise Neal, Crystal Aikin, Amber A. Harris and Kier Spates — is about three women who discover at a funeral that they were all engaged to the same man. By the end, the women must come together and forgive the philanderer.

Hinton Battle, a three-time Tony Award winner who also appears in the show, says the plot isn’t some metaphor for the current state of politics: “If we could be so lucky for Congress to come together! And ... stop messing around and procrastinating. They’re affecting millions of people’s lives. It’d be nice.”

The 56-year-old actor and acclaimed dancer, who spent his formative years in D.C., says he never got into the whole politics thing. “Too many rules,” he said with a shake of his head.

“I don’t see how they can do it. ... That’s really a tough business because you can’t even talk, you can’t even speak. No — they can have that job.”

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