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New Video: 112 – Dangerous Games

Platinum-selling and Grammy Award winning R&B group 112 have unveiled the music video for their current single “Dangerous Games.”

With the single climbing up the Urban AC radio charts, 112 is gearing up for the release of their comeback album, Q Mike Slim Daron, which is due out on October 27.

While 112’s teaser track, “Strawberry,” marked the group’s successful foray and reunion into new school production, “Dangerous Games” is a return to the soulful balladry that made 112 one of the most beloved and successful R&B groups of the late ’90s.

Q, Mike, Slim, and Daron skillfully move through the highs and lows of love with allusions to games of chance. Playing with fire is one of the most dangerous of games, but don’t tell that to 112, as they have pure fire on their hands with this sincere and heartfelt jam.
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New Music: Tamar Braxton – Blind

Tamar Braxton continues to give her loyal fans another preview of her upcoming album, Bluebird of Happiness. Following the uptempo, feel-good “Pick Me Up,” the R&B songstress returns with the compelling ballad “Blind.”

In line with the album’s lead single “My Man,” the singer struggles to face reality and come to terms with her lover’s infidelity. Unable to fully let him go, Braxton chooses to look the other way, while praying he will come back.

“Where do you go? / I will never know / You just leave me here confused / Down, depressed and feeling blue / I convinced myself that you’ll be back in due time,” she sings. “I’d rather go blind than to see you with her tonight / I’m done with your lies / But I can’t say goodbye, so I’d rather go blind.”

Marking her first official independent release since parting ways with Epic Records, Bluebird of Happiness is due September 29. The album is available for pre-order now, and you can preview it here.
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Soul Singer Charles Bradley Dies at 68.

Soul singer Charles Bradley, who drew comparisons to James Brown thanks to his excitable stage persona, died Saturday (Sept. 23) following a long bout with cancer.

Bradley passed away in Brooklyn surrounded by family and friends, as well as members of bands he had worked with, including Menahan Street Band, His Extraordinaires, Budos Band and the Jimmy Hill Allstarz. The latter was his band while performing as Black Velvet.

“Thank you for your prayers during this difficult time,” read a statement from his spokesperson. “Mr. Bradley was truly grateful for all the love he’s received from his fans and we hope his message of love is remembered and carried on.”

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Serena Williams Introduces The World To Baby Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.

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Serena Williams has a new champion in the family. At the top of this month, the sports great gave birth to her first child, a baby girl named Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. On Instagram, Williams shared the first photo of her bundle of joy and posted a string of videos that followed her pregnancy journey.

Their newborn weighs six pounds, 14 ounces, and according to her mommy, she has one Grand Slam title. Williams and her fiance, co-founder of Reddit, also announced their engagement before they revealed that they were expecting.

READ MORE: https://www.vibe.com/2017/09/serena-williams-photo-of-baby-girl-alexis-ohanian

JANET JACKSON WAS VERBALLY ABUSED.

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Janet Jackson suffered verbal abuse in her relationship with estranged husband Wissam Al Mana, according to the pop icon’s brother, Randy Jackson.

In an interview with People, Janet’s youngest brother says the abuse included name calling and that his sister felt like a “prisoner” in her home. “It was quite an abusive situation,” he said. “It came on later in the relationship, verbal abuse and being [made to feel like] a prisoner in her own home. No pregnant woman needs to go through being called a bitch everyday. There were things like that. That’s what she went through.”

This is not about “anger or vengeance,” according to Randy. Instead, he claims that he just wants to bring these issues to light. “We don’t like to put our business out there but sometimes transparency helps you,” he said. “The devil thrives in darkness. I’m just here supporting her through this time.”
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USHER HAS GOT RECEIPTS….

Quantasia Sharpton, the 21-year-old who accused Usher of exposing her to herpes, spoke with a YouTube vlogger and said she has video proof of their encounter.

While speaking with Miss Jacob Kohinoor, Sharpton says the 38-year-old Confessions singer was aware the camera was on him. Sharpton also said her attorney, Lisa Bloom, will subpoena the security staff at the Days Inn in Atlantic City, N.J., for their footage.

An eyewitness spoke with TMZ and confirmed Sharpton’s story. The employee said she saw the Grammy award–winning artist in the hotel lobby with Sharpton. The two went up to Sharpton’s room not too long after midnight.

READ MORE: https://www.vibe.com/2017/09/usher-accuser-says-she-has-video

No, Lil Wayne’s Seizures Were Not Caused By Drugs.

Lil Wayne was reportedly hospitalized earlier this week, after suffering from several seizures. Following the news, Twitter erupted in a debate about the possible causes of his medical emergency. Many fans immediately jumped to assumptions that his drug use had something to do with it. But according to TMZ, doctors suggest that Weezy’s “no days off” attitude had  finally caught up with him.

READ: Reginae Carter Says Her Father Lil Wayne Is Doing “Fine” After Seizures

Sources say Tunechi’s lack of sleep, paired with his touring schedule and eating patterns resulted in the series of seizures. According to sources close to TMZ, the rapper was running on no sleep at all. Insiders also say that the attack had nothing to do with lean whatsoever, according to TMZ.

READ MORE: https://www.vibe.com/2017/09/lil-wayne-seizure-cause-no-sleep

Season 5 Of ‘Power,’ Inks New Deal With Starz.

50 Cent is once again the clear winner in the battle of primetime television. After months of feuding with the network that hosts Power, the rapper has confirmed the series’ fifth season as well as new projects with Starz.

READ 50 Cent Owns Up To Leaking Episodes Of ‘Power’

On Tuesday (Sept. 5), the Power producer shared with his 15 million fans on Instagram the return of the series on the network. “Just got off with Chris Albrecht, head of STARZ. New deal, more POWER coming your way,” he captioned of photo of the two. In addition to announcing a fifth season of the critically acclaimed series, Mr. Jackson hinted that the drama may change from a summer release to a spring one.

READ MORE: https://www.vibe.com/2017/09/50-cent-confirms-season-5-of-power-inks-new-deal-with-starz/

NEW MUSIC -TY DOLLAR SIGN AND DAMIAN MARLEY.

It might be getting a little chilly on the east coast already, but summer is still blazing hot in California.  On the first day of September, Ty Dolla $ign keeps the festive vibes turned up with a brand new collaboration off his upcoming album, Beach House 3.

Teaming up with Damian Marley and producer Skrillex, the unexpected trio blend their varied musical styles on the feel good “So Am I.”

Over the reggae-tinged track, Dolla sings: “Girl, you’re looking for somebody you can call on / Call on when you need it done right / f you’re looking for a real one, so am I.”

Marley delivers his own verse about his quest for a partner. “If you’re searching for the truth, but you’re so smart, that you always know a lie, baby, so am I,” he sings. “You’re sick and tired of a lover who do wrong even though they know the right, baby, so am I.”

Beach House 3 is due out this fall. It has already spawned the Lil Wayne and The-Dream-assisted single “Love U Better.”

Take a listen to “So Am I” below.
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Serena Williams Just Had A Baby Girl

Congrats are in order for tennis legend Serena Williams and her fiance Alexis Ohanian. The power couple recently welcomed their first child together, a bouncing 6 lb., 13 oz. baby girl. The irony surrounding the baby’s delivery is a match made in tennis heaven.

Ohanian revealed that Serena, who was pregnant when she won the Australian open, was convinced that her success on the tennis court confirmed that she was carrying a baby girl. To put the icing on the cake, the new baby’s birth was announced by her aunt, Venus Williamsmoments before she hit the court at the U.S. Open.

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BOYZ II MEN to release new album – UNDER THE STREETLIGHT .

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Celebrating over 25 years in show business, four-time Grammy Award-winning R&B group Boyz II Men are prepping for the release of the brand new album, Under the Streetlight, due out October 20.

A tribute to the classic, harmony-driven sound that inspired the iconic R&B trio, the 10-track album features a personal selection of timeless songs chosen by founding members Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman and Wanya Morris, plus one original song – all with a Boyz II Men twist.

“Growing up and experiencing doo-wop music definitely influenced Boyz II Men’s sound,” said Nathan Morris. ‘Under the Streetlight’ has been a passion project that we’ve wanted to create for a while to bring us back to our roots and make the music that inspired us when we first started the group.”

On Under the Streetlight, Boyz II Men put their spin on classics such as “Why Do Fools Fall in Love,” (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), “Stay” (Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs) and “I Only Have Eyes for You” (The Flamingos) along with their new original song, “Ladies Man.”

The album also includes features from Brian McKnight on “I’ll Come Running Back To You,” “Tears On My Pillow,” and “A Sunday Kind Of Love”; Amber Riley (Glee) on “Anyone Who Knows What Love Is”; and Take Six on “A Thousand Miles Away.”
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Brian McKnight delivers a heartwarming ballad, and he does it again with “I Want You”.

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The R&B legend released his 13th studio album, Genesis, on Friday (Aug. 25) and accompanied the LP with a video for the smooth new love song.

Known to clean up well in bespoke suits, the visual opens with McKnight in a dapper tuxedo as he begins to sing the romantic slow jam. “Baby you got that something, and I need you now / I know you like to hear me say it out loud,” he sings.

Then, as he gets ready to depart his hotel room, Mcknight puts on a silver masquerade mask and makes his way to a private room with other adults wearing masks. As couples leave the room one-by-one, Brian sees his mystery date and shortly they head to their bedroom.

Their intimate evening is left up to our imagine, but next we see them cuddling in the morning, and it’s revealed that the mystery woman is Brian’s actual wife in real life.

Speaking about his new album, McKnight explained: “’Genesis’ is a new beginning of sorts with a nod to my past, firmly rooted in the present, and looking towards the future.”
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Mary J. Blige owes the IRS $6.5MIL in back taxes

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At the beginning of the month, Mary J. Blige filed financial documents as part of her divorce from Martin ‘Kendu’ Isaacs.

The income and expense declaration was filed on August 8 in a Los Angeles court and revealed not only her monthly income but the fact that she owed the IRS millions of dollars in back taxes. The $6.5 million in back taxes covers what she owes from 2008 to 2016.

Blige, according to the documents, makes $326,930 a month. She has been ordered to give Isaacs $30,000 per month, which is lower than the $130,000 per month that he had asked for. However, that order is only temporary, and the proceedings are ongoing.

She also listed her monthly expenses, including $14,000 per month for her Los Angeles rental home and $2,340 for her two Mercedes-Benz cars. She reportedly still owns a mansion in “New Jersy” that is on the market but has been boarded up and listed as “un-rentable.” It is apparently in a state of “disrepair.”

Isaacs is requesting that Blige pay most of his monthly spending, which tops out at around $116,000 per month. He also wants $10,000 per month to care for his parents and for his children, both of which are from a past relationship.

 

NEW MUSIC: KENNY LATTIMORE – PUSH

 

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Grammy-nominated R&B artist, Kenny Lattimore returns with the new single “Push.”

Produced by Dra-kkar Wesley aka Madison, the commanding ballad showcases an edgier side to Lattimore. His emotive delivery paints a picture of a man who realizes he has made a mistake by pushing away the love of his life. Laying bare the inner workings of a man’s mind and hearts of women for listeners.

The song’s retro sound is the most obvious departure from Lattimore’s usual cadence but manages to maintain the smooth sound that is classic Kenny.

“The sound doesn’t conform,” explains Lattimore. “One of the things that I did think about was staying true to myself and the other was the fact that I remember the eighties well. We wanted to create something contemporary and timeless.”

“Push” is the first single off Lattimore’s forthcoming 9th studio album, which is due out October 13.
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Jerry Lewis: US comedian dies aged 91 in Las Vegas

Entertainer Jerry Lewis, one of Hollywood’s most successful comedians, has died aged 91.

A family statement said he died of natural causes at his home in Las Vegas on Sunday morning.

Lewis’s 10-year partnership with Dean Martin saw them star in 16 films and achieve huge box office success.

He became the highest-paid actor in Hollywood, chalking up hits such as The Bell Boy, Cinderfella and The Nutty Professor.

Other notable successes included The King of Comedy in 1983, in which he played a talk show host stalked by Robert de Niro.

Fellow celebrities paid tribute as news of his death broke. Whoopi Goldberg called it “a gain for heaven, but big loss for comedy”.

Star Trek actor William Shatner tweeted that the world was “a lot less funnier today”.

READ MORE: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40994864

Dick Gregory, Comedic Legend And Civil Rights Activist, Dead At 84.

Dick Gregory, pioneering humorist, civil rights activist, health food advocate, and author, died in Washington D.C. on Saturday (Aug. 19). He was 84.

Gregory’s death came days after he was hospitalized for an undisclosed condition. His son, Christian Gregory, confirmed the news via Facebook.

“It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr. Dick Gregory departed this earth tonight in Washington, DC.,” the statement reads. “The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love and respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time. More details will be released over the next few days.”

READ MORE: https://www.vibe.com/2017/08/dick-gregory-comedian-activist-dead-at-84/

20Machel fulfils dream with first performance in Japan.

Machel Montano has long expressed his goal to take soca to the corners of the earth and on Friday he moved a little closer to that when he performed in Japan for the first time.

Montano performed at the Yosakoi Festival and will perform on Monday at Club Cactus.

The Yosakoi Festival in Kochi, Japan, is one of the country’s largest festivals featuring multiple stages with various attractions and parades through the streets with costumed dancers and music.

“To be surrounded by these masqueraders dancing to Soca, Pan and Chutney mixed with Japanese traditional music was one of the most magical moments of my life !!!! I’ve dreamt of coming to Japan for a long time and started bringing Japanese Djs , Dancers and Singers to T&T, knowing our culture will find its way back to their shores. My motto has always been ….”Make music reflecting the highest expression of who I am and take it to the corners of the globe ” …..Well what a joy it is to see Soca music reach into the hearts of many !!! I think it’s time for a Quantum Leap !!!” he wrote on Instagram.

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Netflix wins ‘Scandal’ creator Rhimes in blow to Disney, ABC.

Netflix has lured Shonda Rhimes, the well-regarded creator of TV series “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” from ABC — announcing its scoop just days after ABC owner Disney laid out plans to pull programming from Netflix.

Netflix said Rhimes’ Shondaland production company is moving to Netflix for a multi-year deal. New ideas and projects from Rhimes and her producing partner, Betsy Beers, will be available on the streaming service.

But her existing, well-known shows — “Grey’s Anatomy,” ”Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder” — will remain on the network. Upcoming Shondaland projects already in the works, like the drama “For the People” and a “Grey’s” spinoff, will also still stay with ABC. Rhimes has had exclusive deals with ABC Studios for nearly 15 years.

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New Music: Ledisi – Add To Me

Gearing up to release her ninth studio album, Let Love Rule, multi-Grammy nominated vocalist Ledisi drops her second single “Add To Me.”

On the DJ Camper-produced track, Ledisi challenges the fellas to step up their game.

“I was thinking about relationships,” says Ledisi. “To men, women should act like, ‘We’re independent and self-sufficient. We’re going to make it happen with or without you. So, If you’re going to be here, add to my situation. I know I’m going to add to yours.’”

She adds, “Anyone that you are with, the question should be how are they going to add to you? Most women want a great man that enhances who we are.”

Led by the first single “High,” Let Love Rule is due out September 22 via Verse Records. According to a press release, the album is said to be the pure essence of R&B music and will take the listener on a journey of life, love, and relationships.

“I feel like ‘Let Love Rule’ made me accept my position as a great singer fully,” says Ledisi. “All of my projects are pieces of me. This piece is the singer and the songwriter part of me. I’ve come back to what I love about R&B and also what I love about today’s music. I love my art in the middle of era’s and mixing those worlds together.”

 

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Usher Hit With More Lawsuits On STD Allegations From A Man & Two Women

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Another lawsuit regarding Usher’s health status are heading the singer’s way, but his wife seems to unaffected by the onslaught of accusations.

On the heels of three accusations–by two women and one man–those close to Grace Miguel says she “isn’t giving the lawsuit any weight,” TMZ reports. Celebrity attorney Lisa Bloom plans to the file the suit Monday paired with a press conference where one of the women will be present. The other two have decided to remain anonymous as Jane and John Doe. Bloom, who has represented Blac Chyna and her case against Rob Kardashian and is the daughter of high-profile attorney Gloria Allred, also released the news on social media.

READ MORE:https://www.vibe.com/2017/08/usher-lawsuits-std-allegations-men-women/

Destra Garcia breaks ankle in Bermuda.

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Destra Garcia is said to be in need of surgery after she fell off a stage in Bermuda and broke her ankle.

Garcia was performing at the Cup Match Summer Splash when the incident occurred.

Video that captured the incident shows the Queen of Bacchanal talking to the audience when she suddenly fell off the stage.

A group of people rushed to assist the singer who was removed via a stretcher.

Her manager Brian Morris confirmed that she broke her ankle and is in need of surgery. Her ankle is in a temporary cast and she is in pain, he said.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Netflix Drowning In A Sea Of $20 Billion Debt.

Are your days of “Netflix and chill” coming to a tragic end? The streaming service, which offers a variety of feature films, TV episodes and original shows has found itself swimming in debt—$20.54 billion of debt to be exact. Ironically, the company’s mission to create unique programming may be the cause for its possible demise, The Los Angeles Times reports.

The company’s stock is reportedly up by 50 percent for the year, but some experts fear that the debt could keep piling on. And while Netflix has accumulated 104 million subscribers worldwide, the company’s spending is still high in comparison. “The company is pouring money into expensive prestige projects and expects to spend at least $6 billion in content this year,” according to the LA Times’ report. Netflix’s excessive spending is no secret. In fact, it was suggested that the company’s original series The Get Down was cancelled in relation to its production costs.

READ MORE: https://www.vibe.com/2017/07/netflix-debt-tv-movies/

 

MTV Plot Times Square Takeover With ‘TRL’ Revival This Fall.

The 90s is officially making a comeback on cable TV. Nearly nine years after Total Request Live (TRL) wrapped up its decade-long run, MTV president, Chris McCarthy announced that the network is set to reboot the show this fall.

While the music scene has definitely changed since TRL’s glory days, the show will still follow its original format and return to its famed live studio in Times Square. “If we’re going to come back and reinvent MTV, the studio is a given,” McCarthy told The New York Times. “It is the centerpiece.”

TRL previously ran from 1998 to 2008 on the music network. The show incorporated a number of different elements, including a countdown of the 10 most popular music videos in the country, interviews, and live performances from top artists in pop, hip-hop, and rock. Past guests included: Destiny’s Child, Eminem, Christina Aguilera, and more.

READ MORE:https://www.vibe.com/2017/07/trl-revival-mtv-fall-schedule/

Lamar Odom Says He’s Working On A Tell-All Book.

Lamar Odom is joining the literary world. The former Lakers player recently revealed to In Touch Weekly that he’s working on a tell-all book about his life.

“I have a book coming out, an autobiography,” he said. “[The book will cover] everything. It’s a free-for-all. [I’ll be] open about everything that’s been going on in my life, about the past.”

From Odom’s NBA days, to his drug addiction, and divorce from Khloe Kardashian, the native New Yorker has a lot of potential ground to cover.  And since he has “nothing to lose” Odom readers can expect him to spill the tea.

READ MORE: https://www.vibe.com/2017/07/lamar-odom-working-on-a-tell-all-book/

Woman Claims Usher Exposed Her To STD In $10 Million Lawsuit.

Usher is being sued by a woman who claims that he knowingly exposed her to an STD. The $10 million lawsuit, reported by TMZ , accuses the R&B singer of “emotional distress, negligence, and battery.”

The woman, whose name is listed as “Jane Doe” in the legal docs, asserts that she and Usher had two sexual encounters in April, the first of which occurred at her Atlanta home.

During their initial alleged encounter, the woman performed oral sex on the 38-year-singer, and engaged in sexual intercourse.

The suit purportedly states that Usher wore a condom the first time, but had unprotected sex with the woman during a second rendezvous — nearly two weeks later, at a New Orleans hotel.

READ MORE:https://www.vibe.com/2017/07/usher-10-million-lawsuit-herpes/

WHAT!!! There is A New Report That Claims R. Kelly is Allegedly Holding Girls In A “Sexual Cult”

So, this is how we are starting our Monday?? REALLY??

Everyone is pretty much aware of R. Kelly’s controversial past. The allegations of his sexual exploits with underage females have been coming out for many years, and it well known that he married Aaliyah when she was only 15-years-old. However, he has never been convicted of a sexually related crime. But, there is a brand new report that surfaced online today (July 17) that has to take all the cake when it comes to allegations of Kellz being a sexual predator.

According to a story published by BuzzFeed, the R&B legend is being accused by former colleagues and several families of operating a “sex-cult” comprised of young women whose lives, they say, are totally controlled by the singer.
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PENNYQueen Street, PoS to be renamed after beauty queen.

Queen Street in Port of Spain is set to get a new name.

Deputy Port of Spain Mayor Hillan Morean has announced that the street will be renamed in honour of Janelle Penny Commissiong, this country’s first Miss Universe.

Commissiong won the pageant on July 16, 1977, becoming not only this country’s first winner but the first black woman to have won the title.

Sunday will mark 40 years since the historic achievement.

In a statement, Morean heaped praises on Commissiong and said the city of Port of Spain remains proud of her many achievements.

“The city council of the Port of Spain Corporation along with the burgesses of the city remain very proud of Penny, our very own Queen. We commend her for her many accomplishments, national contributions, her legacy and the work she continues to do with excellence.”

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Temporary restraining order issued against Rob Kardashian.

A court commissioner on Monday issued a temporary restraining order against Rob Kardashian in response to the reality television star’s posting of explicit images of his ex-fiancee on social media last week.

Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner James E. Blancarte granted the order based on filings by Kardashian’s ex Blac Chyna, who also claims he hit her in the thigh earlier this year, knocking her down and leaving her bruised.

“Rob has been violent with me in the past and I am afraid to be around him,” Chyna, whose real name is Angela White, wrote in court documents filed Monday in Los Angeles.

The order bars Kardashian from contacting Chyna or coming within 100 yards of her home, car or workplace. The order also prohibits him from posting images online of Chyna or the infant daughter they share.

Chyna’s attorney Lisa Bloom called the hearing “a complete and total victory.”

“The judge gave us everything we asked for,” she said.

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Maia Campbell Declines LL Cool J’s Help: “I’m Doing Good”

A circulated video of actress Maia Campbell high on drugs in Atlanta, GA, has garnered considerable attention, rendering both fans and critics nearly speechless (and in some cases, quite the opposite). In it, the former In The House actress is seen toothless and disheveled, while being taunted by a man.

After the clip surfaced over the weekend, former co-star and rapper LL Cool J took to social media, urging followers to help him find her: “If someone has a contact on Maia, please let me know.”

Late Monday night (July 11), the 40-year-old responded to LL in a less-than-reassuring message.

“Hey Todd, look bro, I love you,” she begins, referring to her former colleague in the video below. “I don’t need help, I just need a benefit concert for mental health. Don’t DM me, it’s really me and this is Darryl,” she adds of the person recording her.

READ MORE:https://www.vibe.com/2017/07/maia-campbell-responds-to-ll-cool-j/

Rick Ross Sued For Allegedly Skipping Concert Two Days Before Event.

Rick Ross is in hot water after allegedly skipping out on a concert appearance in Pennsylvania two days before he was scheduled to perform.

READ: DJ Kay Slay Recruits Rick Ross, 2 Chainz And Kevin Gates For “Wild One”

Per TMZ, the lawsuit against Renzel as sent by Washington County Family Entertainment says that due to his contract, Ross “[could not] cancel once the contract is executed and tickets are on sale.” The Boss’s entire set at Wild Things Park in Washington, Pa. was cancelled due to family and health issues.

The site says that Ross received $105,000 upfront, and he’s being refunded less than half of that amount. WCFE is suing him for the remaining $87,500, plus expenses.

However, Rick’s camp is singing a different tune.

READ MORE : http://www.vibe.com/2017/07/rick-ross-sued-skipping-concert/

TLC RELEASE SELF-TITLED FINAL ALBUM!

The ladies of TLC have finally delivered their anticipated self-titled final album.

Led by the Snoop Dogg-assisted single “Way Back,” the 12-track set includes additional early releases “Haters,” “It’s Sunny” and “American Gold.” Following suit with their socially and culturally conscious lyrical content, the album also includes standout songs “Perfect Girls,” “Joy Ride,” and the bold “Aye Muthafucka.”

The whole album was crafted over 2 years time, after the project was crowd-funded through a very successful Kickstarter campaign. Fans of the iconic R&B group raised over $430,000 to fund the album. In return for their donations, contributors received perks including a TLC digital scrapbook, autographed lyrics, photo shoot, and listening party.

Marking the duo’s first release without Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, who passed in 2002, the album only features an interlude with the late superstar. “The family, they held onto the other stuff,” T-Boz told Billboard. “I guess maybe they wanted money or something. I don’t think she’d be happy that people are trying to hold her vocals hostage.”
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Joe Jackson Reportedly Hospitalized Following Car Crash.

Around 11 a.m. Friday (June 30), Joe Jackson was reportedly rushed to a hospital after a car collision in Las Vegas, Nev., Billboard reports.

Pop icon Michael Jackson’s father was taken to the University Medical Center after another vehicle crashed into his when it tried to make a left-hand-turn on the Las Vegas Strip. The 88-year-old was in the passenger seat while his assistant was driving.

The music news site states Jackson underwent “observation after complaining of injury.” Per the police department, the other driver was at fault for neglecting to respect the right-of-way law, but no injuries were reported on that end.

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2017/07/joe-jackson-hospitalized-car-crash/

Drake Announces Eighth Annual OVO Fest Lineup.

Now that summer is in full effect, it’s just about time to starting amping up anticipation for the eighth annual OVO Fest. Drake dropped the performance lineup and flyer on Instagram on Tuesday (June 27), and although the performers are who you’d expect to be at the summer event, they’re definitely worth copping those tickets for.

PartyNextDoor, Majid Jordan, DVSN, and Roy Woods, will reportedly be performing at the 2017 concert, alongside Champagne Papi himself. The show will of course take place in Drizzy’s homeland of Toronto for one day only. According to the social media announcement, tickets will go on sale this Friday (June 30).

Drake is definitely in beast mode right now. Just one day before the OVO news, the rapper hosted the inaugural NBA Awards, delivering both a stellar and comical experience. On the music end, Drizzy assisted PartyNextDoor on the remix of his “Freak In You.” It looks like summer ’17 is his for the taking.

READ MORE: http://www.vibe.com/2017/06/drake-ovo-fest-2017-lineup/

Joe Budden Isn’t Apologetic About Altercation With The Migos On ‘Everyday Struggle.

Joe Budden may have found himself at the center of most Twitter debates over his faceoff with Migos at the 2017 BET Awards, but he doesn’t seem too bothered by what went down. During the latest episode of Everyday Struggle on June 27, Budden cleared up what happened between the two parties and shared his current feelings about rap’s hottest trio.

The Migos pull up to the Everyday Struggle makeshift set at the 1:16:44 mark. The interview lasts just under three minutes before Budden gets frustrated and throws down his microphone and walks out of view of the camera. Offset, Quavo and Takeoff took great offense to the gesture.

READ MORE: http://www.vibe.com/2017/06/joe-budden-isnt-apologetic-about-altercation-with-the-migos-on-everyday-struggle/

NEW VIDEO: THE WEEKND – SECRETS

The Weeknd takes viewers into a world of wonder in his artistic new video for “Secrets.”

The eerie Pedro Martin-Calero-directed visuals highlight each angle as the Canadian singer is filmed in an architectural masterpiece of a hotel.  Riding a rounded elevator, walking through the lobby, split through glass reflections, the pop superstar appears almost invisible.

A woman, who stars as his love interest, in seen writhing over a transforming white bed as some spooky men look on. Abel has his own moments of creepy staring, while the woman is seen with another man, but is it supposed to be him? Or is he projecting his fantasies of being with her?

The video leaves you wondering if there are multiple underlining plots and scenarios. But, keeping in line with his previous visuals, the Starboy cross appears at the end. Abel walks through the snow outside peering up at the giant floating crucifix and the screen goes dark.

The Weeknd will close out the U.S. leg of his “Starboy: Legend of the Fall Tour” on June 17 in Dover, Delaware, and then take the trek back to Europe.

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Mobb Deep’s Havoc on Prodigy’s Death: ‘I Still Can’t Believe It’.

Mobb Deep rapper Havoc did not initially believe the reports of his longtime collaborator Prodigy’s death on Tuesday at age 42, according to TMZ. Prodigy had a long history of health troubles stemming from his battle with sickle cell anemia.

“I knew that he was in the hospital, but I know that he’s not dead – he goes to the hospital all the time,” Havoc remembered thinking, in a video obtained by TMZ. “Rumors get around, dumb shit. I was laughing to be honest with you, because I had not directly spoken to P[rodigy], but I knew his status every day since I left [Las] Vegas.”

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Jay Z officially announces new album 4:44, exclusive to TIDAL

t’s turning out to be quite the month for Jay Z, who has today announced that his new album will be released later this month.

Fresh from the news that his wife Beyoncé had given birth to twins, the 47-year-old, real name Shawn Carter, has confirmed that his new album 4:44 will debut next Friday, June 30.

Unsurprisingly considering Jay Z owns TIDAL, the album will be available exclusively on the platform, and it is not currently known when it will be made available on iTunes to download.

4:44 is Jay Z’s first album since 2013’s Magna Carta Holy Grail, which reached Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart. So far in his career, Jay has appeared on three Number 1 singles in the UK, achieving a further ten Top 10 hits.

Jay Z is one of the headliners confirmed for this year’s V Festival, alongside P!nk. More details on the festival’s line-up can be found here.

DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller’s Wild Thoughts lands at Number 1 on the Official Trending Chart.

he UK is enjoying a heatwave this week (big time, right?) and DJ Khaled has just the song for it – his new collaboration with Rihanna and Bryson Tiller called Wild Thoughts.

The track lands straight in at the top of this week’s Official Trending Chart – the Top 20 rundown of songs making waves in the UK this week, based on movement up the Official Singles Chart.

Released last Friday (June 16) Wild Thoughts is set to make a big splash on this week’s Official Singles Chart, at  Number 3 in the latest available sales flash.

Wild Thoughts is the latest track from Khaled’s upcoming album Grateful, out on June 23. The album includes the Number 1 single The One (with Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper and Lil Wayne), plus Shining ft. Beyonce and Jay and To The Max with Drake. Other guests on the record include Nicki Minaj, Calvin Harris and PARTYNEXTDOOR.

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Tobago-born actor stars in Black Panther, Avengers films

As if you needed yet another reason to be excited about the upcoming Black Panther film, one of the top-billed actors in this highly anticipated superhero flick is a Tobagonian.

Winston Duke, who plays supervillain Man Ape in the movie, was born in Argyle Village, Tobago and migrated to the United States when he was nine-years-old.

Duke’s IMDB profile cites Law & Order: SVU, The Messengers, Modern Family and Person of Interest among his previous work.

It also reveals that the “towering” 6 foot 4 actor is currently filming another major blockbuster film – Avengers: Infinity War – also due for a 2018 release – where he reprises his role as Man Ape.

According to Discover Trinidad and Tobago, Duke “finds time regularly to come back to Trinidad and Tobago where he does arts awareness workshops at local high schools, and also performed in the Trinidad Theatre Workshop production of An Echo in the Bone.”

READ MORE: http://www.looptt.com/content/tobago-born-actor-stars-black-panther-avengers-films

 

Bill Cosby May Take The Stand

Bill Cosby, currently on trial in Pennsylvania for his alleged 2004 sexual assault of Andrea Constand, is considering taking the stand, Deadline’s Dominic Patten reported Thursday night. Cosby spokesperson Andrew Wyatt incidentally backed the report during a court recess Friday afternoon, when he suggested that the star would consider testifying. “We’re weighing every option,” Wyatt said.

According to Patten’s Thursday night dispatch, Wyatt suggested that Cosby was in a “good mood” about the developments of the trial. Friday morning, the jury heard parts of the 2005-2006 depositions that were part of a civil lawsuit brought against him by Constand — portions of which must have led the defense to believe that putting Cosby on the stand would help win more favor with the jury.

READ MORE: http://www.vibe.com/2017/06/bill-cosby-take-stand-sexual-assault-trial/

Adam West, The Original ‘Batman,’ Dies at 88.

Adam West, the ardent actor who managed to keep his tongue in cheek while wearing the iconic cowl of the Caped Crusader on the classic 1960s series Batman, has died. He was 88.

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West, who was at the pinnacle of pop culture after Batman debuted in January 1966, only to see his career fall victim to typecasting after the ABC show flamed out, died Friday night in Los Angeles after a short battle with leukemia, a family spokesperson said.

West died peacefully surrounded by his family and is survived by his wife Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

READ MORE: http://www.vibe.com/2017/06/adam-west-original-batman-dead-at-88/

 Neyo Warns Women Not To Go To Tyrese (Or Any Man) For Relationship Advice.

On Monday night, singer and actor Tyrese posted a meme on Instagram asking for “men only” to give relationship advice to women in the comments. Although the post garnered over 3,000 comments, the stand out response came from R&B singer Ne-Yo.

Among gems like “Listen to your man and respect him,” and “Stop chasing money, start chasing love,” came Ne-Yo, the voice of reason:

“Don’t listen to any of our advice,” the singer commented. “Do what you want.”

Tyrese has come under fire for sharing his unsolicited views about women in the past. In addition to writing an entire self-help book for women called Manology, the “Fast and the Furious” star often uses social media to share his tone-deaf advice to women. In April, he faced backlash after a BET interview in which he railed against “sluts, skeezers, hoes, tramps and overly aggressive, promiscuous women.”

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Nicki Minaj Teases Next Project Will Be An Unforgettable Hip-Hop Classic

Nicki Minaj has been donned more of a pop star than a true MC due to collaborations and her charting success over the course of her career, so the declaration she will reportedly be making on Saturday’s (June 10) episode of Shade 45’s Whoolywood Shuffle might come off as a shock to some.

Naturally when it comes to the first lady of Young Money, the topic of her next project always comes up. Nicki hasn’t released a project since The Pinkprint, three years ago this December. But Onika Maraj is well aware that her fans are more than deserving of a project from the Young Money affiliate.

READ MORE: http://www.vibe.com/2017/06/nicki-minaj-whoolywood-shuffle-interview/

STAR BOY…THE WEEKEND DONATES BIG

Starboy gives back!

The Weeknd has made a large donation from his growing fortune to help fund a new clinic at a medical facility in East Africa.

The singer has donated $100,000 to the Suubi Health Center, a maternity and children’s medical facility located in Budondo, Uganda.
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Pharrell & Miley Cyrus Perform “Happy” at ‘One Love Manchester’ Concert

Love will always prevail when we come together. That was the objective of “One Love Manchester,” the special concert event that took place on Sunday (June 4) in Manchester, England.

The star-studded benefit show was organized by Ariana Grande and her team to benefit the victims of the terror attack, which took place outside of her concert last month.

Grande brought together some of her famous friends to put on an unforgettable show for the 50,000 attendees. Some of the artists even collaborated on stage, including Pharrell Williams and Miley Cyrus.

The previous collaborators came together to spread some love and good cheer with a duet of Williams international hit single, “Happy.”

“I should probably warm you, Manchester, we’ll be just fine / No offense to you don’t waste your time,” sang Pharell.

“MANCHESTER you are an inspiration,” he tweeted after his set. “Thx @arianagrande for bringing the world together last night. #onelovemanchester.”
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J Khaled Drops “To The Max” With Drake Alongside “Grateful” Release Date & Cover Art.

DJ Khaled has set a June 23 release date for his next major project, Grateful.

The announcement of a late-June release date for Grateful comes as Khaled unleashed another single from the album, the Drake-assisted “To The Max.” Previous singles include “Shining” (featuring Jay Z and Beyonce) and the Billboard Hot 100-topping “I’m The One” (featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper, and Lil Wayne).

Fitting with the June 23 release of the album, Grateful will consist of 23 tracks. The number is also the one Khaled’s son dons on the cover art for the latest single.

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Migos, Bruno Mars, Future & More to Perform at 2017 BET Awards.

Migos, Bruno Mars, Future, Trey Songz and Tamar Braxton are the first wave of performers set for the 2017 BET Awards. As recently announced, comedian Leslie Jones will host the awards show that will air live on Sunday, June 25 at 8 p.m. ET from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

READ: Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Solange, Migos, Chance The Rapper & More Of Your Faves Are Up For BET Awards

Beyoncé leads this year’s slate of nominees with seven nominations, followed by Mars with five nods. Additional nominees include Solange, Chance the Rapper and Migos, with four nominations apiece.

READ MORE: http://www.vibe.com/2017/05/bet-awards-performers-migos-bruno-mars-future/

Sean Paul To Drake: Give Jamaican Dancehall Artists Their “Accolades”.

Sean Paul is calling out Drake for not properly crediting Jamaican dancehall artists for his incredibly popular songs and sound. In an interview with Metro UK, the “No Lie” artist discussed Drizzy’s 2016 hit “One Dance,” and said that although the song was good, it would have been even better with the proper “accolades” for the sound’s origins.

“I think at the time when it was popping off, it would have been good for him [Drake] to actually put accolades towards the whole culture,” said the Kingston, Jamaica native of the song’s Caribbean flavor.

“[Drake is] friendly with a few people in the business in Jamaica and that’s good, I love it,” he continues. “But if he had given more accolades when he was actually making it and said ‘this is the music I love,’ it would have been cool.”

READ MORE: http://www.vibe.com/2017/05/sean-paul-drake-dancehall/

NEW MUSIC: TLC – IT’S SUNNY

TLC are bringing some ’70s/’80s flavor with their festive new song, “It’s Sunny.”

T-Boz and Chilli have been busy prepping for the release of their much-anticipated, self-titled new album, which drops on June 30, and has been preceded by the singles “Way Back” featuring Snoop Dogg, and “Haters.”

The ladies go disco on their latest track off the album, which was released exclusively to the Japanese market, where they have previously tested out songs.

With bright horns, and Earth, Wind & Fire vibes, TLC uplift and deliver some positive outlooks on life.
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Ebonites there’s a REFIX -New Music: Mary J. Blige feat. Ty Dolla $ign – U + Me (Love Lesson)

Mary J. Blige has another growing hit on her hands with the second single off her new album, Strength of a Woman.

Along with debuting the absolutely stunning music video for the A$AP Rocky remix of “Love Yourself,” we get a surprise remix to “U + Me (Love Lesson)” featuring Ty Dolla $ign.

The rapper/singer adds his own younger perspective while taking the role of the male in the situation, admitting to the grown lessons he has learned from her.

“Swear you showed me how to love and what it really means / 10 toes stomped down, had to leave them hoes alone and hold my baby down,” he sings.
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Ariana Grande Plans To Hold Benefit Concert Following Manchester Arena Bombing.

On Monday (May 22) a suicide bomber took the lives of 22 people who attended a sold out Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena. The attack left 59 people injured.

Following the incident, Grande took to Twitter to issue a somber note, writing, ‘broken. from the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words.” Now, “The Way” singer posted a longer statement to assure her fans that they’ll heal as a unit.

“There is nothing I or anyone can do to take away the pain you are feeling or to make this better,” she writes. “However, I extend my hand and heart and everything I possibly can give to you and yours, should you want or need my help in any way.”

READ MORE: http://www.vibe.com/2017/05/ariana-grande-manchester-bombing-statement

Man Arrested for Criminal Trespassing at Rihanna’s Apartment Building.

A man was arrested Tuesday at a New York City apartment building where Rihanna has a penthouse.

An NYPD spokesperson confirmed to E! News that 33-year-old Salmir Feratovic was booked for criminal trespassing. The spokesperson said he had visited the residence before and was told then he was not allowed to return. He has not commented.

Authorities made no mention of Rihanna. In March, a man by the same name had commented on a news story about the singer that was posted on Facebook, writing, “Why she is not with me?”

Feratovic has multiple prior arrests, including one from May 2016 in which he was arrested for criminal trespassing at the same location.

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“We Do Not Operate In Fear” – Nicki Minaj Vows To Perform For Manchester In 2018

In the wake of the recent Manchester bombing, in which 22 people lost their lives and dozens were injured at an Ariana Grande concert, many artists are rethinking their own tour and concert strategies. That is except for Nicki Minaj, who suggested that she would absolutely put on a show for Manchester and the rest of the U.K. again in the near future.

While Nicki exhibited an elevated sense of confidence, she also showed sympathy for Ariana Grande and her U.K. fans during this tragic moment. “Ariana is my sister. I love her and I love the people of the UK. And I’m devastated by the news. It’s heartbreaking,” she said.

Thankfully, three more arrests have been made in relation to the Manchester concert attack. The first attacker was originally identified as 23-year-old Salman Abedi. Manchester and the rest of the world continue to mourn the loss of the dozens of young people killed. Check out Nicki Minaj’s statement below.

READ MORE: http://www.vibe.com/2017/05/nicki-minaj-manchester-bombing

Nicki Minaj, Drake, Bruno Mars & John Legend Light Up the 2017 Billboard Music Awards

The annual Billboard Music Awards officially went down at the T-Mobile Arena in Los Vegas on Sunday night (May 21). With rapper-actor Ludacris serving as co-host alongside singer Vanessa Hudgens, the award show highlighted many of today’s music stars. While Drake inched closer to setting the new award record (over Adele) with 13 trophies, chart-making artists brought the party vibes to the stage.

Nicki Minaj kicked the show off with a medley performance of her singles, “No Frauds,” (with Lil Wayne) “Light My Body Up” (with David Guetta), and more. Halfway through the award show, Drake hit the outdoors and rocked the mic from inside Vegas’ historic Bellagio Fountains for his More Life track, “Gylachester.” Shortly after, John Legend hit the grand piano for a soulful performance of “Surefire” before joining Florida Georgia Line with “H.O.L.Y.”

READ MORE: http://www.vibe.com/2017/05/nicki-minaj-drake-bruno-mars-john-legend-performance-billboard-music-awards/

Drake Sets New Record, Beyonce And More Take Home Wins At Billboard Music Awards.

 

The 2017 Billboard Awards was definitely a time to be alive, especially when your name is Drake. The More Life artist walked away with 13 trophies, setting a new record for the most wins in one night and within one single year.

Before the award show kicked off, the Toronto had already accumulated 10 wins and No. 11 ended up being the “Top Male Artist” award, winning over the likes of Beyonce, Rihanna, The Weeknd and more. To top off the night, the rapper took home of the major awards of the night – the Top Artist Award.

Among the artists to win are Beyonce with 5 awards, Rae Srummurd with 1, and Desiigner with 1 as well. See some of winners and categories below as well as Drake’s last acceptance speech of the night.

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Estelle Releases Powerful New Song “Woman’s World” to Benefit Planned Parenthood

Estelle is making a proud and powerful statement, while benefiting a great cause, with the release of her new song, “Woman’s World.”

The UK songstress is one of several artists including John Legend and Mary J. Blige who have teamed up with Planned Parenthood for the forthcoming box set/digital stream, 7 Inches For Planned Parenthood.

The goal of the project is simple ― 100 percent of proceeds from the album will go towards supporting Planned Parenthood.

On the poignant anthem, Estelle sings, “And a world without a woman / Is a place you don’t wanna be / If love is a war and she’s your soldier / Ain’t nowhere else you should wanna be.”

Estelle talked to Huffington Post’s Black Voices about her contribution to the project, saying: “Every single time I’ve heard a song about women holding something down or being powerful, it’s a slow ballad. I wanted to make this powerful, make it push, make it go. We’re not asking to run the world — we run it.

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Bell Biv DeVoe, SWV, & En Vogue Team Up for Spring/Summer Tour.

90s R&B fans get ready! Three of the decade’s biggest acts have joined forces for a spring/summer 2017 tour!

Hot of the release of their comeback album Three Stripes, Bell Biv DeVoe have announced their “Three Stripes Tour.”  The North American trek will include R&B powerhouse groups, En Vogue — who will be promoting their upcoming album Electric Cafe, and SWV — who are continuing to support their most recent release, Still.

For the first time ever, these extraordinary artists are taking the stage together in what promises to deliver memorable performances filled with funk, soul, and harmony.  On select dates, Guy will join the bill as well.

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Kevin Hart and Wife Eniko Parrish Are Expecting Their First Child Together

The newlyweds reveal the big news and the baby’s gender on Instagram.

Kevin Hart is going to be a dad again.

The comedian and his wife, model Eniko Parrish, 32, announced on Mother’s Day that they are expecting their first child together, and it’s a boy!

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New Music: Marsha Ambrosius – Luh Ya

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, Marsha Ambrosius is celebrating her first a little early, with the brand new single, “Luh Ya.”

The Grammy-nominated songstress teamed up with producer Harmony Samuels for the heartwarming song, which she previously co-wrote with her fiancé Dez Billups. Last December, Marsha gave birth to their first child together, a baby girl named Nyla.

The uptempo track is a spring-appropriate twist on a light-hearted love song. “No matter what they say I’ll stay so true to you / Baby, whatever happens, ’til the end I’ll be so good to you / It ain’t a question if I love you / Because, I luh ya,” she sings.

Along with finishing up her currently untitled new album, Marsha is on tour with four-time-GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Eric Benet for their “M.E. Tour,” which runs through June 1.

On Thursday (May 4), Marsha appeared on “The Breakfast Club” for a new interview where she discussed the new single, motherhood, baby-making music, Floetry drama and more.\
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NEW MUSIC: GOAPELE – SECRET

Goapele returned last week with the feel-good, love-based single “Power,” and today (May 5) the angelic vocalist follows up right away with the sultry new song, “Secret.”

The Bay Area songstress borrows from Aaliyah with an interpolation of “Are You That Somebody,” on the melodic slow jam, which is the second release off her forthcoming EP, Dreamseeker, due out May 19.  Over chilling keys and a thumping 808, Goapele sings about an intoxicating, intimate relationship.

“Cause I can’t let you know / I got a secret / I hope you’re responsible / I got a secret / You bring the freak right out of me / I got a secret, can’t keep it / Say yes or say no,” she sings.

Following 2014’s Strong As Glass album, the Dreamseeker EP is said to see Goapele confidently embrace a boundless musical palette, while lyrically exploring sensuality, social consciousness, and motherhood.
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Maxwell Releases “King & Queen Tour” Film on TIDAL

Maxwell will get back on the road this month, kicking off his Summers 17 arena tour on May 23 with support from Common, Ledisi and Leela James.

However, before he brings his lush vocals to audiences once again, the crooner is giving fans an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at his international tour last year with Mary J. Blige, in the documentary “The King & Queen of Hearts World Tour.” The 20-minute black and white film debuted exclusively on Tidal today (May 5).

In the film, shot backstage and onstage in Europe, Maxwell talks about the “family” chemistry between him and the musicians in his band, his two-decade journey from waiter to Grammy Award-winning singer and the excitement of touring with Queen Mary.

“Sometimes I deliver; sometimes I don’t,” says a candid Maxwell. “But my greatest intention is to make sure that people get their money’s worth and walk away with something they can remember for the rest of their lives hopefully.”

View a clip from “The King & Queen of Hearts World Tour” film below.
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Erin Moran, Joanie Cunningham in “Happy Days,” dies at 56.

US actress Erin Moran, best known for playing Joanie in 1970s sitcom Happy Days, has died, aged 56.

Police said an emergency team in Indiana responded to a call on Saturday afternoon and found her dead.

The cause is not yet known.

Moran also starred in the show’s spin-off series Joanie Loves Chachi, which began in 1982. She played Joanie Cunningham, the younger sister of lead character Richie.

Richie was played by Ron Howard, who has been among those posting the first tributes online.

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John Witherspoon Says Another ‘Friday’ Movie Will Definitely Happen

It’s been 22 years since Ice Cube debuted the cult classic film, Friday, and 15 years since the third part to the comedic movie, Friday After Next, premiered in theaters. With speculation that another reel in the Cubevision canon — reportedly titled “Last Friday” — would go into production in the near future, fans were left to hope and pray that the movie’s birth would come to fruition.

Now, one of Friday’s most memorable actors shared a bit of news that might ease spectators’ desires. John Witherspoon, who played Cube’s father Willie Jones, confirmed that a Friday  follow-up is in the works, TMZ reports.

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2017/04/john-witherspoon-ice-cube-friday-sequel/

‘DAMN.’ Lands At No. 1 On The Billboard Hot 200 With Biggest Record Debut of 2017.

Kendrick Lamar’s latest musical offering has been the talk of the town ever since the Compton native released “The Heart IV” and if tradition persists, we’ll be discussing K.Dot for quite sometime. But what’s been on everyone’s mind is where will Kung-Fun Kenny’s third record DAMN. land on the charts, according to Billboard where it always lands, at No. 1.

Box-braid Kenny sold 603,000 equivalent album units in the week ending April 20, making DAMN. the biggest album debut of 2017.  The last record to boast those number and hold that coveted position was More Life which sold 505,000 units the week ending of March 23.

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2017/04/kendrick-lamars-damn-album-sales/

 

TLC Talk Upcoming Album, New Single & Chilli’s Michael Jackson Story on Big Boy’s Neighborhood

Last week, T-Boz and Chilli released their new single “Way Back” featuring Snoop Dogg, the first taste of their much-anticipated fan-funded album. While promoting the song in Los Angeles the ladies stopped by Big Boy’s Neighborhood on Real 92.3 to talk about the single, forthcoming album, the love they have for their fans, and T-Boz shared the funniest Chilli and Michael Jackson story.

When sharing some of the troubles they encountered with the recording process of the album, they explained much of the delay was caused because of dealing with the crazy schedules of multiple songwriters and producers.

TLC have asked fans to help them name the album, which they haven’t decided on yet, but the project is still due out on June 30.
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Chris Brown Documentary Coming to Theaters in June

Chris Brown will finally release his long-awaited documentary this summer.

The R&B superstar has announced that his candid “Welcome to My Life” film will arrive in theaters this June.

Last year, Breezy shared a trailer for “Welcome to My Life,” which includes commentary from his friends and fellow stars including Jamie Foxx, Usher, DJ Khaled, Jennifer Lopez, and Rita Ora.

The trailer also features flashback interviews with Chris, in which he talks about his future. “I want to be at the pinnacle, the highest point, to where I’m known as a legend, almost,” he says in a throwback Q&A.
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Cuba Gooding Sr. Passes Away At Age 72

On Thursday afternoon (April 20), news surfaced that actors Omar and Cuba Gooding Jr.’s father, Cuba Gooding Sr., passed away from a reported overdose. He was 72.

TMZ reports that the famed musician was found unresponsive in a silver Jaguar in Woodland Hills, Calif. Around 1 p.m. EST, medical officials arrived on the scene and administered CPR to no avail. Upon a search of the vehicle, authorities found empty liquor bottles, leading them to believe he passed away from an overdose.

Gooding Sr. rose to critical-acclaim in the early ’70s as part of the group, The Main Ingredient. One of their most recognizable hits reigns as “Everybody Plays the Fool,” which hit the No. 2 slot on the Billboard R&B chart.

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2017/04/cuba-gooding-sr-dead-at-72/

Charlie Murphy’s Family Releases Statement After His Passing.

The entertainment world has been mourning the loss of comedic giant, writer and actor Charlie Murphy, who passed away in New York City today (Apr. 12) from a battle with leukemia. He was 57 years old.

The Chappelle’s Show star’s family released a statement regarding Murphy’s passing after the news was confirmed.

“Our hearts are heavy with the loss today of our son, brother, father, uncle and friend Charlie,” the family said. “Charlie filled our family with love and laughter and there won’t be a day that goes by that his presence will not be missed. Thank you for the outpouring of condolences and prayers. We respectfully ask for privacy during this time of great loss for all of us.”

Murphy was survived by three children and loving family, including his younger brother Eddie Murphy. Eddie spoke very highly of his only sibling, and the two were very close. In a recent interview with Variety, Eddie said that Charlie is his “best impression,” and joked that he wished Charlie would “get famous…because people could see this great impression” that he does.

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2017/04/charlie-murphy-family-statement/

Kelly Rowland Talks New Book ‘Whoa, Baby!,’ Snapback Body & More.

Kelly Rowland released her anticipated book debut, Whoa, Baby!: A Guide for New Moms Who Feel Overwhelmed and Freaked Out (And Wonder What the #*@& Just Happened), and she hit the promo trail in NYC to promote the release.

One of Kelly’s early stops was an interview with “Sway In The Morning” on SiriusXM, where she spoke with Heather B and Tracy G.  Already a Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and actress, the mother of 2-year-old Titan Jewell, collaborated with her personal OB/GYN, Dr. Tristan Emily Bickman, on her literary debut for new moms on what to expect post-pregnancy.

“Whenever you have your baby, there was no information to tell you anything that happens mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and I was like, that needs to be done,” said Rowland.
Read more at http://www.thisisrnb.com/#PMtdDyvYG5tTjMEI.99

 

‘Empire’ Actor Arrested On Domestic Battery Charge

Empire’s Morocco Omari was arrested in Chicago on Wednesday (April 5) on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the actor’s 24-year-old girlfriend called police to Hyde Park where she reported that the actor pushed her to the ground several times during an argument that left her with scratches on her neck and chest.

Omari, who plays FBI agent and Lucious Lyon’s half brother Tariq on Fox’s hit series, appeared in court on Thursday (April 6) and is scheduled to return on April 20.

 

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Janet Jackson And Husband Wissam Al Mana Call It Quits

Just three months after the couple welcomed their child, it’s been announced Janet Jackson and Wissam Al Mana are going their separate ways.

According to Page Six, there’s two theories surrounding the split. One source says it’s amicable and the two will continue to co-parent their child, while another claims Al Mana’s controlling ways became unbearable for the performer.

“She thought he had become too controlling during the pregnancy, and she had already allowed him to dictate her appearance and even the way she performed at concerts,” the source who works closely with the couple said.

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2017/04/janet-jackson-wissam-al-man-split/

Beyoncé Dedicates Video & Playlist To Jay Z on 9th Wedding Anniversary.

On their ninth wedding anniversary, Beyoncé has shared a special message to her husband Jay Z, with an updated video for her 2015 dedication “Die With You.”

Queen Bey shows off their strong love and blissful times together through the years as she sings: “I don’t have a reason to cry / I have every reason to smile / I don’t have a reason to lie / When you’re already reading my mind / I don’t have a reason to be, if I can’t be with you.”

Giving fans a glimpse of their special memories, the visual features candid scenes of the Carters on vacation in Italy and other locations, exploring the beautiful landscapes and shopping districts, all while relaxing, smiling, and enjoying life.
Read more: www.thisisrnb.com/#U8GhyKq6zpv42jAs.99

TLC Asks Fans To Name Their Final Album On Kickstarter.

Thanks to a positive Kickstarter post from TLC on Wednesday (Apr. 5), fans can expect the R&B group’s final album to be released on Jun. 30.

READ: TLC’s Final Album Will Be Released In June

“Hey Kickstarter Family, The album date is firm, June 30th is the release of the new TLC album that you made happen!” wrote Bill Diggins, the group’s manager. A Kickstarter campaign to fund TLC’s final album began in January 2015. Donations exceeded expectations, and over $430,000 from 4,201 backers was raised.

“Tionne and Chilli have been working night and day to hit this date,” Diggins wrote of the progress the duo has made in the months since announcing their album. “The video and a photo shoot on April 18th, 19th, 20th.”

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2017/04/tlc-final-album-name/

Chris Brown Kicks Off “The Party Tour” in Baltimore

R&B superstar Chris Brown kicked off his North American “Party Tour” in Baltimore with an electrifying first show at Royal Farms Arena.

Supported by rappers Fabolous, O.T. Genesis, and Kap G, the singer made his grand entrance to a booming recorded introduction by DJ Khaled. “They don’t want us to win,” he said over the arena sound system. “So we gon’ win more. They don’t want us to party, so Chris Brown’s bringing you ‘The Party Tour.’ When I say ‘Chris,’ you say ‘Brown!’ When I say ‘Team,’ you say ‘Breezy!’ I introduce you to the legendary, iconic, my friend, my brother, Chris Brown.”

Surprising the packed arena, Brown floated down from the ceiling, flipping backwards, and singing upside down, as he opened his set to the turn-up anthem “Wrist.” The Grammy Award winners catalog runs so deep he ran through hit after hit, receiving screaming applause when he gyrated on the floor to “Take You Down” where he was joined by a female guitar player. He stripped down for sexy cuts like “Time for Love” and “Back To Sleep,” and smoothed it out with his brand new single “Privacy.”
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Mary J. Blige And Kanye West’s “Love Yourself” Proves That The Truth Hurts

Pain and real life experiences make for great music, and Mary J. Blige has made a career of doing just that. This week, MJB continues her tradition of sharing her trials on wax. With Kanye West paying a visit on the stirring record, Mary releases an empowering single, “Love Yourself” from her upcoming album Strength of a Woman.

Over theatrical piano keys and horns, provided by DJ Camper, the veteran songstress delivers her heartfelt message of remaining stoic throughout life’s hard knocks.

“Truth can be the sweetest pain/It can mess up everything/It’s the only way you know/I’m paying for it, I’m changing for it/Oh, oh, and it hurts/But I’ll make it work/’Cause I’m no beginner/I’m a winner, paid dues, I know my purpose,” the legend sings.

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2017/03/mary-j-blige-kanye-west-love-yourself-single/

 PARTYNEXTDOOR Has Remixed Bruno Mars’s “That’s What I Like”

This remix arrives off the back of PARTYNEXTDOOR’s new collab with Zayn Malik, plus his appearance on Drake’s More Life. Stream the new version of “That’s What I Like” below.

Film Festival goes to Tobago Jazz

The first ever Tobago Jazz Film Festival – a celebration of music and Tobago through film – will be launched on April 21, as part of the Tobago Jazz Experience.

An initiative of the trinidad+tobago film festival and corporate sponsor, Flow, the Tobago Jazz Film Festival will screen in the open air, with films by Tobagonian filmmakers as well as international films with a focus on music. There will also be an industry workshop for Tobago-based filmmakers. Admission to all events is free.

The lineup of Festival events is as follows:

Sat April 22, am / training + Development workshops for filmmakers / Shaw Park Complex

By application only – filmmakers should submit their CV to submit@ttfilmfestival.com

Sun April 23, 7pm / movies + afterparty / The Shade Nightclub /Bon Accord

Redman / PG 13 (Tbg) –  a hilarious tale of what it means to be a man

Dancehall Queen  / 14+ – a desperate mother enters a dancehall competition, to save her daughter’s life.

Mon  April 24, 7pm / movies + dinner / Mt Irvine Bay Resort

Glass Bottom Boat / GA (Tbg) – a woman’s enduring love for Tobago sustains her through profound loss.

Miles Ahead / 18+ – a fictional narrative about jazz-legend, Miles Davis

Dinner reservations are recommended

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Breezy is coming back for the bedroom!

As promised, Chris Brown has released his brand new single “Privacy,” off his anticipated new album Heartbreak On A Full Moon.

The R&B superstar gets x-rated on the sex-drenched song, produced by d.a. doman, as he provocatively sings and raps to his latest partner some raunchy lines about his bedroom exploits. While Brown drops a few deeply sexual requests, he promises to keep their love making a private affair.

“No eyes but your eyes / Ain’t nobody here but you and me / Lickin’ your private parts / And I know you love your privacy,” he sings on the chorus before adding; “You ain’t even shower, you’re already wet / Know that pussy power tellin me I ain’t ready yet / I say fuck it, face my fears baby / When I lick it I put tears in it / Put my face in it, eat it like a dinner date.”

Next week, Brown will guest star on ABC’s “Black-ish.” He is set to kick off his “Party Tour,” on March 31 with 50 Cent and Fabolous.  Heartbreak on a Full Moon is expected later this year, it has already spawned the singles “Grass Ain’t Greener” and “Party” featuring Gucci Mane and Usher.
Read more at http://www.thisisrnb.com/#tpEA2G4tDuLwiZkP.99

Dondria Nicole Releases Cover of SWV’s “Weak”

Dondria has always been underrated, but the Texas native’s vocals are outstanding, and it’s always a treat when she drops a cover song.

Giving fans something new to enjoy, the R&B singer has released a stellar cover of SWV’s classic ballad “Weak,” which she worked with producer Soufwest to recreate. Along with the audio, she has dropped a visual performance in a recording booth.

“Weak” is one of Dondria’s favorite ’90s songs, and her cover comes before the release of her upcoming new EP, The Day of the Don, which is coming soon.
READ MORE: www.thisisrnb.com/#tpEA2G4tDuLwiZkP.99

Chance The Rapper States Apple Paid Him $500,000 For ‘Coloring Book’ Exclusivity

Chance The Rapper has branded himself as an independent artist, and rightfully so with no major label backing him. Many have tried to recently discredit that notion because of his relationships with major corporations. In a recent interview with Complexthe Chicago native said that he might sell his debut album, but that’s “just an idea.” With Lil Chano pledging $1,000,000 to the Chicago public school system at the beginning of March, he will keep using his relationships for a good cause.

The 23-year-old artist took to Twitter to clear the air regarding his partnership with Apple and discussed the $500,000 check he received for Coloring Book’s two week exclusive streaming window. “That was the extent of my deal, after 2 weeks it was on SoundCloud for free,” he said on Twitter. “I needed the money and they’re all good people over there. I just wanna remain transparent. Folks out there without a deal need to know they’re doing everything right just keep at it.”

READ MORE :http://www.vibe.com/2017/03/chance-the-rapper-apple-coloring-book-exclusive/

Chuck Berry, Rock ’n’ Roll Pioneer, Dies at 90

The St. Charles County Police Department confirmed his death on its Facebook page. The department said that it responded to a medical emergency at the home, about 45 miles west of St. Louis, and that lifesaving measures were unsuccessful.

While Elvis Presley was rock’s first pop star and teenage heartthrob, Mr. Berry was its master theorist and conceptual genius, the songwriter who understood what the kids wanted before they knew themselves. With songs like “Johnny B. Goode” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” he gave his listeners more than they knew they were getting from jukebox entertainment.

READ MORE:https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/18/arts/chuck-berry-dead.html?_r=0

Lyric giant Genius.com declares Voice as ‘the face of modern soca’

Genius, home to the world’s biggest collection of song lyrics and crowdsourced musical knowledge, recently featured Voice as the face of modern soca.

Written by JuLion-Kilo, the feature touches on how Voice’s two-time success as Soca Monarch has made him a leader in the genre.

The piece also reveals that his track ‘Far From Finished’-which has now amassed over three million views on YouTube-borrowed a line from the late, great Notorious B.I.G.

Check out his full feature on RGenius.com

The Sweet Reason Ed Sheeran Is Appearing in Season 7.

Though Game of Thrones has a rich history of musical guest stars, usually, those performers fly a little bit under the radar. But this season, creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff landed someone a bit more starry. British megastar Ed Sheeran will appear in Season 7—and at a South by Southwest panel on Sunday, the showrunners explained the very personal reason why.

In a conversation moderated by stars Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner, Benioff said they had tried for years to land Sheeran as a surprise for Williams, who is a huge fan. This is the year they finally made it happen.

READ MORE:http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/03/game-of-thrones-ed-sheeran-season-7-six-episode-final-season

Rihanna has love on the charts.

Barbadian superstar Rihanna continues to make her mark on music history.

Just after recently gaining recognition outside of the music industry when she was given the Humanitarian of the Year award at Harvard University, Rihanna continues to go down in music history as her success sings out loud on the charts.

Billboard has revealed that the songstress is making even more waves, as she climbs her way up in music history.

She is now number 5 among artists with the top five hits on the Billboard’s Hot 100 all-time. But that’s not all.

Rihanna’s latest hit, Love on the Brain, is also helping her gain more acclaim. She now joins Madonna and The Beatles as the only performers with at least 30 Hot 100 top 10s, with Madonna having 38 and The Beatles having 34.

READ MORE:http://www.looptt.com/content/rihanna-has-love-charts

 

‘Insecure’ Season 2 Set For A July Premiere Date

Season One of HBO’s Insecure left every one and their dead ancestors in their feelings. The Internet was split down the middle between #TeamIssa or #TeamLawrence, (the writer of this post is personally #TeamBouch) and think pieces, Tweets, and Facebook dissertations were abundant with many people offering their two cents on the scripted drama.

Folks have since simmered down and resumed their normal lives. However, our favorite Awkward Black Girl Issa Rae took to Instagram Tuesday (March 14) to announce that Season Two of the addictive show will return July 23.

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2017/03/insecure-season-2-premiere-date/

Former Miss Jamaica Universe, 30, dies after lifelong battle with sickle cell anemia

Shakira Martin, the former Miss Jamaica Universe, has died at age 30.

Martin died Wednesday from “blood clots on both lungs,” according to a Sun-Sentinel report. The blood clots were a result of “complications” from sickle cell anemia, the report states.

According to Martin’s mother Andrea Hall, the beauty queen encouraged others who suffered from the disease to get out of their homes and enjoy the sunshine.

Her mother, Andrea Hall, said that Martin lived by these words: “If you live a dead life, what was the purpose of being alive?”

Hall went on to say that her daughter had suffered from the sickle cell disease since birth but never let her disease define her.

READ MORE:http://www.awareautism.com/2017/03/09/former-miss-jamaica-universe-30-dies-after-lifelong-battle-with-sickle-cell-anemia/

 

Joni Sledge, Who With Sisters Recorded ‘We Are Family’, Dies at 60

NEW YORK — Joni Sledge, who with her sisters recorded the enduring dance anthem “We Are Family,” has died, the band’s representative said Saturday.

She was 60.

Sledge was found dead in her home by a friend in Phoenix, Arizona, on Friday, the band’s publicist, Biff Warren, said. A cause of death has not been determined. He said she had not been ill.

“On yesterday, numbness fell upon our family. We welcome your prayers as we weep the loss of our sister, mother, aunt, niece and cousin,” read a family statement.

Sledge and her sisters Debbie, Kim and Kathy formed the Sister Sledge in 1971 in Philadelphia, their hometown, but struggled for years before success came.

READ MORE: http://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/music/joni-sledge-who-sisters-recorded-we-are-family-dies-60-n732336?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma

Drake’s ‘More Life’ Finally Has A Release Date

Ready for More Life? Drake’s long awaited new project finally has a release date.

After teasing fans  with a potential drop date last week, and Noah “40” Shebib sharing an update on the project, the Toronto rapper made his official More Life announcement on Instagram Saturday (March 11).

Champagne Papi posted a video trailer featuring footage from the International leg of his tour. The clip ends with a big reveal: More Life will debut on  March 18.

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2017/03/drakes-more-life-release-date/

Ed Sheeran breaks chart record with 16 songs in UK Top 20.

Ed Sheeran has 16 songs in the UK Singles Chart top 20 this week, while he has also topped the UK Albums Chart with third record ‘÷’.

The singer-songwriter followed 2011’s ‘+’ and 2014’s ‘x’ with  ‘÷’ last Friday (March 3). It has gone straight to number one with 672,000 combined chart sales this week, giving Sheeran the highest opening week for a male artist in UK history. It also makes the musician the third fastest-seller of all-time, behind Adele’s ’25’ (800,000) and Oasis’ ‘Be Here Now’ (696,000).

Sheeran’s first two albums ‘x’ and ‘+’ are fourth and fifth respectively in this week’s Albums Chart, with Rag’n’Bone Man second with ‘Human’ and Stormzy’s ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’ at third.

READ MORE:http://www.nme.com/news/music/ed-sheeran-breaks-chart-record-16-songs-uk-top-20-2011223

George Michael died from natural causes

A coroner said the star, found dead at his home in Oxfordshire on Christmas Day, had a heart condition known as dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis.
The 53-year-old also suffered from a fatty liver, according to Oxfordshire’s senior coroner Darren Salter.
“Inquiries into the death of George Michael have been concluded and the final post mortem report received,” the coroner said, in a statement reported by Britain’s Press Association.
“As there is a confirmed natural cause of death, being dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver, the investigation is being discontinued and there is no need for an inquest or any further inquiries.”

Chance the Rapper gives $1 million to Chicago schools.

Chance the Rapper’s unusual intervention into Chicago Public Schools’ funding crisis took an even more curious turn on Monday.The Grammy-winner presented a $1 million check to city schools and urged Gov. Bruce Rauner to use his executive powers to help the nation’s third-largest district.

The Republican governor, a former venture capitalist, responded by noting his own philanthropy and floating Chicago school funding ideas that would face tough odds in the Democratic-controlled Legislature. Illinois has gone two years without a budget, the longest such stalemate of any state in nearly a century.

The back-and-forth came after a meeting Friday between Rauner and the artist — whose real name is Chancelor Bennett — that left the rapper visibly agitated. Chance asked for the meeting after he won three Grammys last month, including best new artist, and Rauner tweeted congratulations.

The Chicago native stopped at an elementary school near where he grew up to announce the donation to a schools’ foundation, calling himself a “public school kid.” He also accused Rauner of failing to present solutions without “caveats or ultimatums.”

“This isn’t about politics. This isn’t about posturing. This is about taking care of the kids,” he said. “Everybody and their mama knows what’s going on in Chicago. We’re about to enhance the conversation on supporting and funding the education of the kids in Chicago.”

READ MORE:http://www.looptt.com/content/chance-rapper-gives-1-million-chicago-schools

Singer Trey Songz declines plea offer in assault case

Singer Trey Songz has declined to accept an offer that would have reduced a felony assault charge stemming from a concert appearance in Detroit to a misdemeanor.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Songz, whose real name is Tremaine Neverson, was arraigned via video Friday in Wayne County Circuit Court from Los Angeles.

The newspaper reports that the plea offer remains open. It also would place the 32-year-old Songz on two years’ probation as part of his sentencing.

Songz was charged in December with aggravated assault and assaulting a police officer. Authorities said microphones and speakers were thrown from the Joe Louis Arena stage. A police sergeant also was punched.

Police have said the singer became upset when told to end his performance.

The case is heading to trial.

READ MORE: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/03/04/singer-trey-songz-declines-plea-offer-in-assault-case.html

Tameka ‘Tiny’ Harris is Now the Proud Owner of a Basketball Team

It was a good week for Tameka “Tiny” Harris. In addition to making up with her Xscape group members, she also made a huge business move. 

The singer and songwriter announced via Instagram that she is now the owner of the Atlanta Heirs.

“Proud to be the first female owner of a co-ed professional basketball league,” Tiny said. “Thx to everyone in this picture for helping me make this monumental boss move!! I’m excited to share this with the world and more so with my city #atlanta. I’m officially the owner of, “The Atlanta Heirs “!!”

READ MORE:http://www.essence.com/celebrity/tameka-tiny-harris-basketball-team-owner?xid=essence_socialflow_facebook

TYRESE IS NOW OFF THE MARKET…LADIES!

In a surprising announcement on Tuesday evening (Feb. 28), the singer/actor revealed that he and a previously unknown fiancé said their “I do’s” on Valentine’s Day.

Sharing 3 posts on Instagram to his over 7M followers, the multi-talented star first shared a photo from an older post of his at home spa, which he claims he built for his future wife, and in the post he shared his prayer to God to bring him a “classy, sophisticated women with an angel heart” to be his wife.

The second post was his big reveal with a short video compilation of photos from the wedding day and personal messages. “Mark 10:8 And the two will become #OneFlesh Mr & Mrs Gibson… #MyBlackQueen #GrownManSeason,” he wrote with the video.

The third post is a close up of his wife’s engagement ring and wedding band, with a longer message about love.
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Ronnie and Caro crowned 2017 national Large Band of the Year

This, according to the National Carnival Commission at a media briefing on Wednesday afternoon.

In first place was Ronnie and Caro with the winning presentation “Fearless 10” which earned them 1240 points.

In second place was The Lost Tribe with its presentation “Riddim”, a repeat of the band’s 2016 position and a stellar performance for the band’s second year in existence.

In third place was Trini Revellers with its presentation “Al Zawaj – The Wedding Under The Arabian Skies”.

The results in total are as follows:

 

Mini Band of the Year

Third Place

Rhapsody in Blue – ‘Devil’s Wedding’

 

Second Place

Soul Takers

 

First Place

Keepers Contradiction – Original Jab Jab

 

Small Band of the Year

Third Place

Phoenix Rising

 

Second Place

40 Calypsonians to head to Skinner’s Park at Calypso Fiesta 2017.

Forty calypsonians have been selected for the semifinal round of the Calypso Monarch competition on Saturday at Skinner Park.

They will be vying for 16 spots at the Calypso Monarch finals on Dimanche Gras night.

The defending champion is Devon Seale.

Each calypsonians will be required to sing one song at the finals.

The 40 calypsonians that will face the “acid test” on Saturday are:

1) Alex Gift (Tobago Chalkie)

2) Allan Fortune (Brother Mudada)

3) Anthony Hendrickson (All Rounder)

4) Brian London

5)DaLanie Baynes (Lady Baynes)

6) Dexter Parsons (De Stinger)

7) Dianne Hendrickson (Lady Wonder)

8) Dr Hollis Liverpool (Chalkdust)

9)  Duane O’Connor

10)Eunice Peters

11)Ezekiel Yorke

12) Giselle Fraser Washington

13) Heather McIntosh

14) Benson Wright (Calypso Prince)

15) Jalani Kojo (Lani K)

16) Karen Eccles Thomas (Karen Eccles)

17) Karene Asche

18) Kenrick Burnette (Original Bontin)

19) Kerice Pascall

20) Kizzie Ruiz

21) Kurt Allen (The Last Bardjohn of Calypso

22) Kyle Arnold (Squad D)

23)Lornette Nedd Reid (Fyah Empress)

24) Lynette Steele (Lady Gypsy)

25) Maria Bhola A la Caille

26)Marsha Clifton (Lada Adanna)

27) Marvah Joseph (Marvellous Marvah)

28) Meguella Simon

29) Myron Bruce (The Incredible Myron B)

30) Roderick Gordon (Chucky)

31) Ronaldo London

32) Rondell Donawa

33) Sasha Ann Moses

34) Selvon Noel (Mistah Shak)

35) Sheldon Bullen (Sheldon Nugget)

36) Terri Lyons

37) Victoria Cooper Rahim (Queen Victoria)

38)Wendy Garrick

39) Weston Rawlins (Cro Cro)

40) Winston Peters (Gypsy)

READ MORE:http://www.looptt.com/content/40-calypsonians-face-acid-test-calypso-fiesta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notorious B.I.G.’s Mother Will Produce Upcoming Documentary About The Late Rapper

A Notorious B.I.G. documentary is reportedly in the works, and not only did it get the approval of the late rapper’s estate, but his mother Voletta Wallace will reportedly produce the new film, Variety confirms. In honor of the 20th anniversary of Biggie’s March 1997 death, production companies, Submarine Entertainment and ByStorm Film announced its plans to bring the new doc entitled, Notorious B.I.G: One More Chance, to the screen Monday (Feb. 13).

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2017/02/notorious-b-i-g-documentary/

Erykah Badu’s ‘Baduizm’ Is Still Genre Bending And Defining 20 Years Later.

It’s widely accepted that black women are strong, but seldom, if ever, do black women get to be free. In 1997 with her debut album Baduizm, Erykah Badu courageously taught sistahs how to move in a world sans the oftentimes unrealistic responsibility that comes with being black and woman. Erykah also did this with a sweet yet potent voice from yesteryear. Sounding like a direct heir to Billie Holiday, Ms. Badu, a child of blues, jazz and hip-hop married her influences with a type of sittin-on-the-front-porch-with-yo-granny kind of wisdom to create the genre defining  Baduizm, and thus solidifying our everlasting adoration for this analog girl in a digital world.

READ MORE: http://www.vibe.com/2017/02/erykah-badu-baduizm-20-year-anniversary/

Montell Jordan Shares The Story Of How He Transitioned From A R&B Singer To A Pastor

Former R&B singer Montell Jordan still remains a staple artist on everyone’s kickback playlist, even though he’s found a new passion in the church. The Cali native rose to stardom in the early 90s with his infectious hit “This Is How We Do It,” that sat atop the charts in 1995. Making history as Def Jam’s first R&B release, the melody was later followed up by his collaborations with No Limit’s Master P and Silkk the Shocker, and garnered songwriting credits for a countless number of R&B jams, including Deborah Cox’s vocally-challenging “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here.”

But in 2011, Jordan decided the music industry would no longer be his bread and butter, and embraced his calling to pursue a career in ministry. Now, he’s revisiting the story of how he went from the studio to the pulpit on a new episode of Oprah Winfrey’s Where Are The Now?

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2017/02/montell-jordan-singer-to-pastor/

Attached is the list of finalists who will be performing on Fantastic Friday.

The list of 22 contestants includes:

(Reigning monarch) Voice

Orlando Octave

Asten Isaac

Patrice Roberts

Blaxx

Peter Ram

Devon Matthews

Ravi B

Farmer Nappy

Ricardo Drue

GBM Nutron

Sekon Sta

Iwer George

Shal Marshall

Kernal Roberts

Teddyson John

Linkyfirst

Terri Lyons

Lyrikal

Tizzy

Marvay

Nailah

The finals itself will be held on Fantastic Friday, February 24, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Courtesy ISM.

Frank Ocean Is Being Sued By His Father For $14.5 Million

Frank Ocean’s father has taken a very public approach in taking up issues with his son. The R&B’s singer’s father, Calvin Cooksey, has filed a lawsuit against the artist born Christopher Edwin Breaux, TMZ reports.

The lawsuit is a response to a letter that 29-year-old singer penned on his Tumblr after the Orlando nightclub shooting in 2015.

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2017/02/frank-ocean-sued-by-father-14-million/

Nicki Minaj’s Los Angeles Home Reportedly Burglarized

Nicki Minaj’s 11,500 square foot mansion in Los Angeles, Calif., has been robbed, reports Billboard.

Burglars reportedly stashed $175,000 worth of jewelry and other belongings.

TMZ states that the property was ransacked with destroyed furniture, and vandalized perfume bottles. It’s suspected that the incident occurred between the end of November 2016 to January 2017. During that time, Minaj was traveling, and left the home vacant. As of yet, no identified suspects have been discovered.

Details are still forthcoming.

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2017/02/nicki-minaj-los-angeles-home-burglarized/

Nas Announces BET Mini Series About His Life Story

Deadline reports the project is headed by Rush creator Jonathan Levine — with Nas, Anthony Saleh, Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell expected as the executive producers. Aside from penning the script, Levine will also direct the series.

The pilot is tentatively titled Street Dreams, an hour-long series on the life of Nasir Jones, which will cover the music, family and the trials and tribulations the hip-hop legend endured as an aspiring rapper in New York City.

Deals are still being finalized on the project.

National Panorama Single Pan Champion in 2017 is……..

Newtown Playboys Steel Symphony continued its winning streak to take the top position at the end of the competition in Arima last night.

Playing Austin Lyons’
“Get Something And Wave”, the Newtown-based band under the baton of Carlan Harewood impressed the adjudication panel to cop the top spot scoring a total of 292 points.   In second place was San Juan All Stars with 289 point for its performance of “Johnny” while Woodbrook Playboyz came in third with 287 points for its arrangement of “Total Disorder”.

The Grand Finals saw a total of twenty one (21) bands at the Arima Basketball Court, Arima. Among the dignitaries in attendance were Hon Minister of Community Development & Culture, Dr. Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, Ret. Brigadier General Ancil Antoine, MP for D’Abadie/O’Meara and Her Worship Lisa Morris- Julien, Mayor of Arima.

Adjudicators in the Single Pan Band category were Tommy Crichlow, Rofelle Granger-Morton, Vorbin Cordice, Audley Tomothy, Brendon Moore and Mark Brewster.

Courtesy Pantrinbago Media Communications

21 bands to vie in National Single Pan Finals.

For the first time in a number of years, the National Panorama Single Pan Bands finals will be held as a separate event.

Come Sunday, January 29, 21 steelbands from the pan round de neck/traditional bands will compete in the finals at the Arima Basketball Court, Arima.

Competition starts at 4 pm. Admission is $100. anywhere.

In 2017, bands proceeded from the Preliminary Round to the Finals with Newtown Playboys Steel Symphony scoring 278.5 points. They topped the Preliminary round, followed by San Juan All Stars (276.5) and Woodbrook Modernaires (275.5) points.

After eight intense days of steelpan music from 52 bands in the four zones, the qualifiers were announced at Port-of-Spain City Hall on Friday before the bands’ representatives.

Adjudicators in this category are: Tommy Crichlow, Rojelle Granger-Morton, Vorbin Cordice, Audley Timothy, Brendon Moore and Mark Brewster.

Bands will be judged on the basis of Arrangement (40), General Performance (40), Tone (10) and Rhythm (10) points.

Single Pan Steelbands are permitted to perform with 20 players in the Qualifying Round with a maximum of 30 players for the Finals.

For the purpose of the competition, each participating Single Pan band may select and perform any calypso/soca or chutney providing that the selection has not been played by the said steelband at a previous Panorama competition with a performance time of six (6) minutes.

Both defending champions, Marsicans and Trinidad East Side Symphony, placed seventh with 273.0 points and as such will defend their title.

National Schools Soca Monarch Competition 2017.

National Schools Soca Monarch Competition 2017

Finalists in order of Final Appearance

JUNIOR CATEGORY:

1. ZAKIMA GRANT LOWER CUMUTO GOV’T AH WANT TO GO
2. TERRY PEREZ ARIMA BOY’S GOV’T CHOOSE
3. JASON JAMES ARIMA BOY’S GOV’T VICTORY ROAD
4. SHARLA GRANT LOWER CUMUTO GOV’T PROUD TRINI
5. YIRAH MCINTOSH ARIMA BOY’S GOV’T EAGLES HIGH
6. STEFAN CAMEJO SACRED HEART BOY’S (REIGNING MONARCH)
7. N’JANELA DUNCAN-REGIS ESHE’S LEARNING CENTRE RISE
8. SU-YEN PANTIN ARIMA NEW GOV’T WHY

 

National Schools Soca Monarch Competition 2017

Finalists in order of Final Appearance

 

SENIOR CATEGORY:

1. TSAHAI CORBIN ST. JOSEPH’S CONVENT TOO MUCH PRESSURE
2. DESLE JULIEN ST. MARY’S COLLEGE WE LIT
3. DENISIA MARTIMBOR ST. ANTHONY’S COLLEGE FEELING THE VYBES
4. OSEI DAVID ST. GEORGE’S COLLEGE MY WAY
5. SERGIO CAMEJO OUR LADY OF FATIMA COLLEGE DAZ YUH BUSINESS
6. TYRESE WILLLIAMS HOLY CROSS COLLEGE NOT TOO YOUNG
7. ODUDUWA ALUKO ST.BENEDICT’D COLLEGE TIME OF THE YEAR
8. ETHAN WEBB SAN JUAN SOUTH SECONDARY TRUE LOVE
9. JENNELLE ROSS TABLELAND SECONDARY  COME BACK AGAIN
10. SHERNIFA GIBBS GUAICO GOVERNMENT SECONDARY WET MEH DOWN

 

‘AWESOME FRIDAY ‘ FINAL COMPETITION:

FRIDAY 17TH FEBRUARY 2017

VENUE: GRAND STAND, QUEEN’S PARK SAVANNAH

TIME: 9.00 A.M – 2.30 P.M.

Ticket prices for Panorama reduced

Patrons to Pan Trinbago/NLCB National Panorama Festival Semi Finals can enjoy reduced ticket prices to the event.

After taking into consideration several economic factors, the promoters have reverted to its original price structure.

Tickets for the North Stand will now cost $350., Grand Stand $200. with the North Greens at $250.

The Semi Finals aka “Savannah Party” takes place on Sunday 12 February from 9:00 am.  Fifty eight (58) bands in three categories will perform their tune of choice before their respective panel of judges.

Early birds to all areas will receive free instant scratch lottery tickets (Lucky 7 and 10 X the money), 2500 to the North Stand, 500 to the Grand Stand and 1500 to the Greens, or a chance to win up to $200,000.00

Additionally, all patrons in the Grand Stand and North Greens will get free rum and beer with those in the North Greens receiving natural water as long as stocks last.

Venues and locations for tickets will be made in a subsequent announcement.

Earlier this week, NLCB announced its title sponsorship of the major steelband and calypso competitions ie of both the National Panorama Semi Finals and Calypso Fiesta.

 

 

Spike Lee won’t use Chrisette Michele’s music in upcoming project after her Trump inauguration performance

Performing at Trump’s inauguration just cost Chrisette Michele the chance to be featured in a Spike Lee project.

Lee, an acclaimed filmmaker, says he’s no longer considering including one of Michele’s songs in his upcoming Netflix series “She’s Gotta Have It” now that she’s agreed to perform on Trump’s behalf in Washington D.C.

“I Wuz Sorry To Read That “Sistuh Girl” Is Singin’ At DT’s Inauguration (And To Use His Fav Word-SAD),” he wrote Thursday on Instagram. “I Wuz Thinkin’ ’bout Using Chrisette’s Song- BLACK GIRL MAGIC In My Netflix Series SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT…. NOT ANYMORE. And Dat’s Da Truth, Ruth.”

Alicia Keys, Janelle Monáe And More Attend Women’s March In Washington D.C.

Though the final numbers have yet to be tallied, it’s already clear that the Women’s March trumped the inauguration figures.

Alicia Keys, Janelle Monae, America Ferrera, and Uzo Aduba, were among those at the  Washington D.C. march.

“We are mothers, we are caregivers, we are artists, we are activists,” Keys told the crowd. “We are entrepreneurs, doctors, leaders of industry and technology. Our potential is unlimited. We rise!”

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2017/01/womens-march-alicia-keys/

Soca Monarch semis head back to Arima.

The International Soca Monarch semi-finals will be heading back to its original home at the Arima Velodrome.

The semis have been held at the Queen’s Park Savannah for the past two years but will return to Arima.

Peter Scoon, chairman of the Caribbean Prestige Foundation (CPF), organisers of Soca Monarch, said it was felt it needed to go back to the people of the East/West corridor.

“It was brought it to Port-of-Spain because of economics but at the end of the day we listened to the people and the people said take it back to the people of Arima. We want the involvement of the East/West corridor, people felt the energy was better,” he said, noting that the semis got good support at the Savannah.

Another big venue change may be in the works for the finals of the show.

READ MORE:http://www.looptt.com/content/soca-monarch-semis-head-back-arima

Jamie Foxx Is Prepared To Get His Son Back By Any Means In ‘Sleepless’

Bad a** should be enough to describe Jamie Foxx in his forthcoming movie, Sleepless. The trailer for the new action thriller was recently released, and Foxx is plays no games as he fights by any means necessary to find his son.

READ: Jamie Foxx To Executive Produce Series About Marvin Gaye’s Life

In the nearly 3-minute teaser, Foxx stars as Vincent Downs, an undercover Vegas cop, who finds himself in a tough spot after he’s caught stealing a large shipment of cocaine from an infamous crime lord. When his son is kidnapped in retaliation for his actions, Downs has to break out every rescue tactic in the book to bring his son back safely, even if it means a few people are killed to make that happen. The trailer also stars T.I. as Sean Cass, Downs’ partner and Gabrielle Union as the mother of his child.

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2017/01/jamie-foxx-sleepless-movie-trailer/?utm_source=AGC&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=SLPLSS&utm_content=Keywee&kwp_0=310650&kwp_4=1196654&kwp_1=540694

Bishop Eddie Long Dead At 63

Bishop Eddie L. Long, of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church died Sunday morning. (Jan. 15) He was 63-years-old. News of Long’s death came by way of the church who released a statement.

READ Bishop Eddie Long Is Taking Some Time Off

New Birth Missionary Baptist Church celebrates the life and legacy of Bishop Eddie L. Long who is now spiritually healed and home with the Lord. Bishop Long, Senior Pastor of New Birth, transitioned from this life early Sunday morning after a gallant private fight with an aggressive form of cancer.

Long’s wife of 27 years Vanessa also released a statement saying while she’s sad her husband has died, she’s happy he’s at peace.

I am confidant through my belief in God that my husband is now resting in a better place. Although, his transition leaves a void for those of us who loved him dearly, we can celebrate and be happy for him, knowing he’s at peace.”

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2017/01/bishop-eddie-long-dead/

Mariah Carey’s Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star Vandalized.

In photos taken at the scene of the crime, Carey’s star appeared to have a black question mark scribbled on the righthand side of her name. The LAPD was reportedly alerted to the situation, but the culprit has yet to be caught. Authorities are reportedly pulling surveillance footage in hopes of catching the vandal. If caught, the person or persons could face a felony charge for vandalism.

READ MORE: http://www.vibe.com/2017/01/mariah-carey-hollywood-walk-of-fame-star-vandalized/

Culture Minister: No Greens likely for Panorama 2017.

Panorama will be on but the Greens may not be a part of the event in 2017.

Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, Minister of Community Development, Arts and Culture told Loop that while she is sure the annual pan event will be on she does not expect the Greens to return.

The Greens, she said, has been Pan Trinbago’s private event.

“I would not expect that Pan Trinbago has what it takes to put on the Greens, I don’t expect it would happen,” she said.

The National Carnival Commission (NCC) in conjunction with Pan Trinbago will execute Panorama 2017.

The Minister said NCC will take responsibility for all finances associated with the event including gate receipts.

This action follows the pan body’s inability to pay its players though the Minister said they were given monies to pay pannists for Panorama 2016.

Reports are that cheques have bounced and following the hospitalisation of Pan Trinbago’s president Keith Diaz, pannists were instructed to refrain from cashing their cheques.

The Minister said they have in discussions with NCC to consider options for paying pannists the $1000 owed to them.

“The situation is a convoluted one. There are a number of players who play for different bands, there are names on record that are not players, the list needs cleaning up. We have asked Pan Trinbago to supply a list of players to see the global debt owed to players, there are some inconsistencies about that.

“The Government and taxpayers have already paid that money so we have to understand what is the debt, who is owed and understand if they are part of the band and how to use the proceeds from Panorama. We may think about advancing (the money) once we can verify how much is owed and take it back out from Panorama 2017. We understand the disappointment of the players,”  said the Minister.

The Minister said based on the body’s financial problems as well as allegations of financial improprieties in other stakeholder bodies such as the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO), the Ministry will be looking at new models going forward.

“The issues really suggest that the model allowing them to take full control of their finances with limited oversight has not been as successful as it supposed to be when it comes to transparency  and accountability,” she said, noting that in Pan Trinbago’s case, NCC has not known how much money is brought in through gate receipts, which could be millions of dollars.

READ MORE:http://www.looptt.com/content/culture-minister-no-greens-likely-panorama-2017

A Love Letter Tupac Wrote In Jail Could Sell For Over $25,000

Today’s topic of conversation concerns Tupac’s handwritten love letter, that could reportedly sell for over $25,000. The letter describes the famed rapper’s adoration for his lover, and will be sold through Goldin Auctions on Jan. 16.

READ: Tupac’s “Hail Mary” Lyrics Were Added To Christmas Carol Book

TMZ reports that in the passage, Pac pens statements like, “Ever been tied to a bedpost and licked like a lollipop?” in response to a love letter he received from a woman while he was incarcerated in 1995. The letter goes on to question, “Ever had the taste sucked from your mouth taken thru 12 positions of love making so thoroughly that you are tired to shower or get dressed?”

This is not the first time that something from the “California Love” artist was auctioned for a high price. Back in Oct. 2016, TMZ reported that the late rapper’s pendant was being sold for $125,000. The chain was worn around Pac’s neck when he was shot in 1994. One of Tupac’s family members gave it to Moments In Time owner Gary Zimet to sell, and will receive a majority of the profits.

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2017/01/tupac-jail-written-love-letter-auction/

‘Hidden Figures’ Lands Atop Box Office With $22.8 Million In Ticket Sales

A historic, non-fictional story just found another place in the record books. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hidden Figures landed at the top spot at the box office this past weekend. The film, directed by Theodore Melfi (St. Vincent, The Beneficiary), tells the pivotal story of three African-American mathematicians who played an integral role in NASA’s early space efforts.

The reel raked in $22.8 million after its nationwide debut, knocking out its main competitor, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. After news of Hidden Figures’ massive success, co-star Taraji P. Henson shared her excitement on Instagram.

“I have been told my entire career ‘Black women can’t open films domestically or internationally.’ Well anything is possible,” she wrote. “Most importantly this proves that PEOPLE LIKE GOOD MATERIAL. HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH GENDER OR RACE. Agreed?”

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2017/01/hidden-figures-lands-atop-box-office/

Gabrielle Union And BET Ink Settlement Over ‘Being Mary Jane’ Dispute

The forthcoming season of Being Mary Jane was met with a hiccup involving the show’s frontrunner, Gabrielle Union, and the hit drama series’ network home, BET. Earlier this year, the award-winning actress reportedly filed a lawsuit against BET on reports that the company planned to mesh seasons four and five for a 20-episode run, which would also decrease Union’s pay despite the lengthy season.

Now, good news is on the horizon for both parties involved. According to Deadline, Union and BET reached a settlement in the breach of contract litigation, but remained tight-lipped on the details of the $3 million lawsuit.

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2016/12/gabrielle-union-bet-reach-settlement-being-mary-jane-lawsuit/

Tiny Files For Divorce From T.I.

Tameka “Tiny” Harris and T.I. have officially split. According to TMZ, Tiny filed for divorce from her husband of six years in a Georgia court earlier in the month.

The couple tied the knot in 2010, after several years together. They share three biological children, in addition to four children from previous relationships.

T.I. and Tiny welcomed daughter Heiress earlier in the year, and despite their apparent breakup, the duo continues to spend time as a family.

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2016/12/t-i-tiny-divorce/

‘Rogue One’ soars to second-best December debut with $155m

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” soared to the top of the weekend box office as expected, scoring the second-best December opening ever with $155 million in estimated ticket sales.

After the biggest Thursday night debut of the year, the intergalactic adventure blasted past industry expectations for a $130 million weekend, according Sunday’s studio estimates. “Rogue One” opened at No. 1 in all markets globally, though it has yet to bow in China and Korea.

“We’re in uncharted territory for December,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box office tracker comScore. “It’s going to be really hard for any movie to catch up to this movie. … This is only the second time a movie has opened this big in December.”

The record-setter was “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the space saga’s seventh installment, which debuted to $247.9 million in the U.S. and Canada last December.

Like “The Force Awakens” did in 2015, “Rogue One” could top the box office for the rest of the year, Dergarabedian said.

Set before the events of the original 1977 “Star Wars,” it stars Felicity Jones and Diego Luna as leaders of a rebel faction that steals plans for its imperial enemy’s master weapon, the Death Star.

“Rogue One” knocked the No. 1 movie for the past three weeks, Disney’s “Moana,” to a distant second with $11.6 million, followed by “Office Christmas Party” with $8.4 million.

The weekend’s other new release, the critically panned Will Smith drama “Collateral Beauty,” opened in fourth place with $7 million.

READ MORE:http://www.looptt.com/content/rogue-one-soars-second-best-december-debut-155m

Fifth Harmony becomes quartet after Camila Cabello quits

Fifth Harmony has announced that Camila Cabello has decided to leave the girl group.

The group released a statement on Twitter early Monday confirming Cabello’s departure and wishing her well.

The group will continue on as a quartet. The statement says, “We are four strong, committed women who will continue with Fifth Harmony as well as our solo endeavors.”

Fifth Harmony was formed on the second season of the “The X Factor” in 2012 and scored its biggest hit last year with “Worth It.”

Cabello has been branching out on her own over the past year. She collaborated with Shawn Mendes on “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” and her duet with Machine Gun Kelly, “Bad Things,” reached the No. 10 spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

 

Yasiin Bey Allowed To Leave South Africa After Apology

Earlier this year, South African authorities arrested Yasiin Bey, the rapper formerly known as Mos Def, when he attempted to leave South Africa carrying something called a World Passport — a document issued by the World Service Authority nonprofit, which advocates for world citizenship. South Africa, where Bey has been living for the past few years, does not recognize the World Passport as a legitimate travel document. And ever since then, Bey hasn’t been allowed to leave the country. But now Reuters reports that Bey has apologized, and South Africa has agreed to drop the charges against him.

According to Reuters, Bey will now be “declared an undesirable person,” and he won’t be allowed to return to South Africa, even though he’s been living in Cape Town since 2013. But the country also won’t be charging him with any crimes. In a statement, the government says, “[He] has unreservedly apologized to the Government of South Africa. The department is satisfied with the apology [and] will withdraw the charges against him.”

READ MORE: http://www.stereogum.com/1912558/mos-def-allowed-to-leave-south-africa-after-apology/news/?utm_source=vibe.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=pubexchange_module&utm_term=pubexchange_module-stereogum-vibe

 

Sony Looking To Reboot ‘The Jeffersons’ & ‘Good Times’

We saw it happen with Fuller House, and now it’s looks like Norman Lear’s beloved sitcoms could be getting the same treatment. According to reports, Sony and Lear are in the works of rebooting several classic shows including The Jeffersons and Good Times as miniseries.

While some other resurrected series have picked up where they left off years later, Sony has plans to recreate the classic episodes of the shows with new actors, according to Variety. The shows would still work around the old script, but would just package them as short, six-episode seasons. While this definitely doesn’t sound like the ideal situation for fans who remember every punchline and narrative from the 1970s series, it may make the most sense considering the fact that lead characters such as Sherman Hemsley (he played George Jefferson on The Jeffersons) have passed away.

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2016/12/sony-the-jefferson-good-times-reboot/

 

John Legend Has Some Harsh Words For Kanye West’s Meeting With Donald Trump.

Kanye West may have thought he was doing the country a service by meeting with president-elect Donald Trump to discuss “multicultural issues,” but John Legend isn’t buying it one bit. In an interview with French outlet Clique, the Darkness and Lightartist blasted the rapper for going to the Trump Tower, labelling it a clear publicity stunt.

“I don’t think it’s impossible to talk to [Donald Trump] about issues, but I won’t be used as a publicity stunt. I think Kanye was a publicity stunt,” Legend told the publication on Dec. 14. The singer then expressed his disappointment for West’s earlier comments — pre-mental breakdown — in which the rapper stated that he would have voted for Trump in the general elections.

“I’m pretty disappointed with Kanye that he says he would have voted for Trump. I think Trump has been corrosive, his message has been corrosive to the country,” the singer, who has been a vocal protester of many of the president-elect’s policies, said. “I think the things he’s promised to do have been very concerning for a lot of people, and for Kanye to support that message is very disappointing.” And when the interviewer suggested that West may have had another motive for the meeting, Legend responded: “Whatever’s in his mind, I disagree with him.”

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2016/12/john-legend-kanye-west-donald-trump-meeting/

Akon Is Reportedly Being Sued For $1 Million By A Fellow Producer

The site reads that Clopton worked with the Konvict Kartel head honcho on a number of songs for the label, but was left hanging when it came to being compensated for a majority of the tracks he helped create with Akon since he began working with him in 2008.

“In the suit, Clopton alleges the cover-up was intentional, so Akon could keep Clopton’s royalties from himself,” TMZ writes. “He accuses Akon of a ‘pattern of racketeering activity.’” Clopton is looking to have his contract with the musician terminated as well as $1 million in damages.

Netflix spokesperson says Prince discussed reality show

 Here’s something else we lost with the death of Prince: A Netflix reality series centered on his Paisley Park home in Minnesota.

A Netflix spokesperson told The Associated Press on Saturday that the online entertainment company had been in “discussions” with Prince about a series, but that the project did not “come to fruition” before his death in April.

Photographer Maya Washington, a friend of the performer known for such hits as “Purple Rain” and “1999,” told GQ recently that he had talked about the show and how he didn’t want to be in it.

“Why not? You’re so funny,” she told him. Answered Prince: “Maya, I can’t be funny. I have to save the world.”

READ MORE:http://www.looptt.com/content/netflix-spokesperson-says-prince-discussed-reality-show

Ne-Yo Says He’ll Perform at Trump’s Inauguration

Back in October, Ne-Yo was spitting a big game saying he’d be moving to Canada with Drake if Donald Trump was to win the 2016 presidential election.

Now that Trump actually did become the president-elect, Ne-Yo is singing a different tune.

In a new interview with TMZ, the singer said that, in the hypothetical situation of Trump asking him to perform at his inauguration, he’d accept the invitation without hesitation.

“I wouldn’t go because I support Donald Trump, I’d go because it’s a dope party,” he said with a huge grin on his face.

He then adds that he’d go to collect his check and would do so while flipping Trump the bird.

After all, business (and life) must go on.

READ MORE: www.bet.com

 

Sony Announces ‘Bad Boys 4′ Is Coming To Theaters In 2019

DJ Mustard Talks 100 Pound Weight Loss: “I Wanted To Be Healthy”

DJ Mustard is looking a lot thinner these days, and the 26-year-old producer revealed how (and why) he dropped 100 pounds with the ladies of The Real earlier in the week.

“I like dressing in designer clothes and it’s hard to buy them if [you’re] overweight,” Mustard said of what motivated him to get fit.

“I got tired of going in stores and I couldn’t fit anything, and overall I wanted to be healthy,” he continued. “My son runs around the house, and I want to be able to catch him.”

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2016/12/dj-mustard-100-pound-weight-loss/

Kanye West Reportedly Suffering From Paranoia And Extreme Depression

While Kanye West remains hospitalized more alleged details about his mental state are being revealed. West is purportedly suffering from paranoia and extreme depression, according to TMZ.

The site claims, West has long battled, with the aforementioned mental ailments, and initially believed people were out to get him — including his doctors.

It was Ye’s personal physician, Dr. Michael Farzam, who called 911 to have the rapper transported to a hospital because he was suffering from temporary psychosis brought on by sleep deprivation and dehydration.

Upon being hospitalized, West wouldn’t allow doctors to treat him, per TMZ. The 39-year-old father of two was taken to Cedars Sinai Hospital where he is expected to remain until Monday (Nov. 28).

READ MORE: http://www.vibe.com/2016/11/kanye-west-reportedly-suffering-from-paranoia-depression/

 

Mary J. Blige Opens Up About Divorce: “If I Can’t Get Respect In The Relationship, Then I Have to Move On”.

The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul delivered an emotional and show-stopping performance of her single “Thick of It” before sitting with host Robin Roberts to discuss her failed marriage of 12 years with Kendu Isaacs.

“My heart is OK. I’m hanging in there,” she told Roberts. “No one wants to go through this, and this is hard.”

Blige, 45, who filed for divorce from Isaacs in July, citing irreconcilable differences, opened up about why she ended the marriage.

“The breaking point was when I kept asking over and over and over again for respect and to be respected. And it just seemed like I was beating a dead horse,” Blige told Roberts. “It seemed like I was talking to a wall. I just wasn’t getting it back so if I can’t get respect in the relationship, then I have to move on and save myself. That was the point where I was like, ‘I’m done. I just can’t do it anymore.’”
Read more: http://singersroom.com/content/2016-11-16/mary-j-blige-opens-divorce-cant-get-respect-relationship-move/#ixzz4QsSZklKK

 

Jagged Edge’s Kyle Norman Accused Of Trying To Stab His Son During Drunken Fight.

Jagged Edge member Kyle Norman was arrested after allegedly trying to stab his during a drunken a fight at his Georgia home in September, reports Bossip. According to documents recently obtained by the site, Norman had to be restrained to stop him from beating his son, who’s age is unclear.

The singer’s wife, Merrika, was asleep at around 5 a.m., when she heard Norman fighting the son in another room and called the police. A cousin eventually restrained Norman but that attack reportedly continued as he “followed his son downstairs to the living room,” and “punched a wall” as he approached.

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2016/11/jagged-edge-kyle-norman-son-attack/

 

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Is This Year’s Sexiest Man Alive!

The world’s highest-paid actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has big box-office draw — but it’s his even bigger heart that made the Moana star this year’s Sexiest Man Alive!

So what did the former WWE champ, 44, think when he first heard about his latest title?

“I said, ‘That’s awesome.’ And then what went through my mind was just how cool and exciting it is,” Johnson tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “And then I thought, ‘Wow, we’ve pretty much reached the pinnacle.’ I’m not quite too sure where we go from here. I’ve done it all, this is it.”

To celebrate his title – and his upcoming Disney role – Johnson is making his Sexiest Man Alive debut Tuesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show (check local listings for time).

At 6’5″ and 245 lbs., the Herculean star insists that becoming comfortable in his own skin “took a lot of time.”

READ MORE :http://people.com/celebrity/sexiest-man-alive-2016-dwayne-johnson-the-rock/

 

Bates Motel’ Taps Rihanna for Famous ‘Psycho’ Role

The news was announced Friday at the A&E show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel, where producers also confirmed the drama would end with season five.

Rihanna is checking into A&E’s Bates Motel.Shortly after confirming that season five of the drama would be its last, producers announced Friday at San Diego Comic-Con that the pop icon has been tapped to assume on an iconic role on the Psycho prequel series.

Rihanna will take on the highly anticipated role of Marion Crane, the character played by Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic Psycho. As a refresher: Marion checked into the Bates Motel but never checked out after Norman — dressed as his mother, Norma — stabbed her to death in the shower. Watch Rihanna’s announcement below.

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First Lady Michelle Obama Discusses Final Days In The White House With ‘Vogue’

First Lady Michelle Obama is a breath of fresh air on the cover of Vogue’s December issue. Within the feature story, Mrs. Obama speaks on the importance of listening to and shaping the youth, what she does to de-stress, and revealed her thoughts on her final days in the White House.

“ . . . it’s time. I think our democracy has it exactly right: two terms, eight years. It’s enough,” she said. “Because it’s important to have one foot in reality when you have access to this kind of power. The nature of living in the White House is isolating. And I think Barack and I—because we’re kind of stubborn—we’ve maintained some normalcy, mostly because of the age of our kids. I go out to dinner with my girlfriends; I go to Sasha’s games; Barack has coached a little basketball with Sasha’s team. But at the same time, when you can’t walk into CVS?”

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John Legend’s “Love Me Now” Video Tackles Tragedy And Love

John Legend urges us to “Live now. Give now. Love Now,” in the new video for his single from his upcoming album, Darkness And Light, due Dec. 3. Model, author, as well as his wife, Chrissy Teigen joins him in intimate, smitten scenes evocative of the images in “All Of Me.” But this time, they’re accompanied by the happiest addition to their family, newborn daughter, Luna.

Taking a humanitarian approach to the video, directed by Nabil Elderkin, Legend highlights loving someone in the midst of tragedy, focusing on four areas in the world enduring tragedy at the moment, or recent past. The track’s message paired with the four incidences, seek to provide solace to those who might’ve lost loved ones in these unfortunate times. On the other end, the video depicts the story of those who still physically have their loved ones, and that no matter what tomorrow may bring or what the current state may present, if you love someone, you have to love them “like it’s all [you] have.”

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T.I. On Lil Wayne’s Black Lives Matter Comments: “Stop Embarrassing Yourself”

Almost a full week after Lil Wayne explained his disconnect with the Black Lives Matter movement, T.I. is attempting to set him on a different path. The Grand Hustle leader peeped Wayne’s Nightline interview Saturday (Nov. 5), and he’s requesting that the Young Money founder stop “embarrassing” himself (and his fans).

Despite being at a “complete loss for words,” Tip laid out his thoughts in a finely worded rant ripe with constructive criticism and a plug to his “Us Or Else” single.

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Oprah unveils her favorite things…check it out below

It’s the most highly anticipated shopping guide of the year, and now Oprah’s annual list of her favorite things is back — and bigger than ever.

The 62-year-old media mogul has curated a whopping 101 items for her new 2016 list, which is featured in the December issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, with many of the suggested gifts readily available on Amazon.

And while there is certainly something from everyone, many of the items come with shockingly high price tags — even with the exclusive discount codes being offered.

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Etienne Charles brings Orange Is The New Black actress for album premiere.

Etienne Charles, internationally acclaimed Jazz trumpeter and 2015 Guggenheim fellow, will be joined on stage by a Netflix star when he stages his album premiere on Nov 20.

Tony Award Nominee, Danielle Brooks, best known as Taystee in the Netflix series Orange is the New Black (OITNB), will be among the cast at Queen’s Hall for the Caribbean premiere of Charles’ San Jose Suite album.

The Juilliard-trained singer/actor will show off her singing chops when she appears alongside Charles in the Christmas segment of the programme.

Brooks earned a Tony nomination in 2015 for her role as Sofia in her Broadway debut in The Colour Purple.

San Jose Suite is Charles’ latest album and his sixth full-length release.

The album takes listeners on a historical journey of three San Jose cities, in Costa Rica, California, and St Joseph in Trinidad, which was known as San Jose during the Spanish colonisation.

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Here’s Why Mariah Carey Wants $50 Million from Ex-Fiancé James Packer

Mariah Carey and billionaire (ex-)fiancé James Packer had agreed on a $50 million prenup arrangement.

Despite previous reports claiming the singer was demanding money as compensation for the highly-publicized disagreement the couple had on a yacht in Greece, TMZ now reveals it’s because that is the amount she would have walked away with had they signed their marriage prenup.

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FORMER BOYZ II MEN MEMBER MICHAEL MCCARY SEEKS HEALING FROM IYANLA

One of the founding members of Boyz II Men, is among six men invited into a “House of Healing” to fix the black mens’ “broken spirit and broken heart” on a special three-part installment of “Iyanla: Fix My Life.”

McCary, known for his incredible bass voice in the group, is a graduate of the prestigious Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts. Another original member, Marc Nelson, left the group due to personality conflicts.

Boyz II Men, discovered by New Edition ‘s Mike Bivins, dominated the charts in During the 90s and won Grammy Awards for their hits “Cooleyhighharmony,” “End of the Road” and “I’ll Make Love to You.” On top of those honors, their album II earned them the Grammy’s Album of the Year in 1994.

McCary, now 44, left the group due to problems with a medical condition known as scoliosis as well as reported contractual disagreements.

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CALYPSO ROSE RECIPIENT OF WOMEX 2016.

The WOMEX 2016 Artist Award will go to Calypso Rose, the acclaimed singer from Trinidad & Tobago and composer of numerous hit calypsos. Calypso Rose will receiving the prestigious award in Santiago de Compostela (Spain) on October 23, 2016. The 76 year-old Calypso star will perform together with members of Kobo Town.

Calypso Rose started her remarkable career in the 1950s. Rose first performed at WOMEX in 2006, where she was scheduled to showcase as part of the Calypso@Dirty Jim’s all-star ensemble, but the band could not appear due to travel complications, so Calypso Rose spontaneously took on the show, accompanied only by piano, and had a great response from the audience.

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Rock Hall of Fame: Tupac Shakur

The nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017 are in, and the list includes Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, Jane’s Addiction, Janet Jackson, Journey, the Cars, the Zombies andYes. The rest of this year’s hopefuls are Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, Chic, J. Geils Band, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Kraftwerk, MC5 and Steppenwolf. The top vote-getters will be announced in December and inducted next April at a ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. HBO will broadcast the ceremony later in the year.

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CIARA EXPECTING FIRST CHILD WITH RUSSELL WILSON

*Ciara and Russell Wilson have yet to confirm or deny today’s reports that she is pregnant, but E! News is quoting two sources who insist the couple is indeed in a family way.

“Ciara is pregnant and is so excited to be a mom,” one source told the outlet. “Russell [Wilson] would like to have two to three children. They both would like a big family.”

The news comes as Ciara has been spotted in public recently wearing loose-fitting clothing, which sparked speculation that she had been hiding a baby bump.

The R&B singer and Seattle Seahawks quarterback had famously proclaimed they abstained from having sex before they tied the knot in July.

Ciara is already mom to 2-year-old Future Jr., her son with rapper Future.

If true, the baby news caps a week in which Ciara was also announced as Revlon’s new Global Ambassador.

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 Mary J. Blige’s ex wants $129K a month in spousal support

Mary J. Blige‘s ex wants her to dig deep into her wallet.

In court docs obtained by TMZ, the singer’s estranged husband, Martin “Kendu” Isaacs, is seeking $129,391 a month in spousal support. While he originally requested spousal support in September, having been exposed to an exuberant lifestyle during their 12-year marriage, he believes Blige, 45, should help him maintain it.

Isaacs claimed he’s been left without a source of income after Blige fired him as her manager, shortly after she filed for divorce in July. Though Blige gave him $35,000 in August, $50,000 in September, as well as $25,000 for attorney fees, Isaacs claimed in the filings to have spent the cash to “secure new living accommodations,” per the Daily Mail.

Isaacs wants Blige to cover the cost of an $8,000 private chef, a $3,200 personal trainer, as well as the $5,000 he gives to his parents per month. He also requested an additional $100,000 for legal costs.

Though the couple signed a prenup two days before their December 2003 wedding, Isaacs believes the document is invalid as he did not have a lawyer present.

Reps for Blige did not immediately return a request for comment.

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