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Drake Surprises 11-Year-Old Heart Surgery Patient Who Did Kiki Challenge Down Hospital Hallway

Drake Surprises 11-Year-Old Heart Surgery Patient Who Did Kiki Challenge Down Hospital Hallway

Grab some tissues. Drake just made the birthday wish of an 11-year-old heart surgery patient come true with a surprise visit to her hospital room in Chicago. Sofia Sanchez, a diehard Drake fan, is in Lurie Children’s Hospital awaiting a heart transplant. Three days before her birthday in mid-August, the hospital shot a video of her doing… ... Continue Reading
Taraji P. Henson Comedy ‘What Men Want’ Pushed Back To February [Video]

Taraji P. Henson Comedy ‘What Men Want’ Pushed Back To February [Video]

Taraji P. Henson fans will have to wait a little longer for her new film What Men Want. Paramount Pictures has moved the release date back a month from Jan. 11 to Feb. 8, according to reports. The move came a week after Lionsgate vacated the February date by moving its Seth Rogen–Charlize Theron comedy Flarsky to the… ... Continue Reading
MTV Music Awards 2018: Who Showed Up, Who Showed Out And Who Stayed Home

MTV Music Awards 2018: Who Showed Up, Who Showed Out And Who Stayed Home

NEW YORK (AP) — With most of music industry’s top acts absent, the two-hour MTV Video Music Awards lacked star power and felt flat — and it was up to a pop veteran to bring the house down. Jennifer Lopez, who earned the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for lifetime achievement, provided the night’s most… ... Continue Reading
‘Sorry To Bother You’ Director Boots Riley Slams Inaccuracies In ‘Black KKKlansman’

‘Sorry To Bother You’ Director Boots Riley Slams Inaccuracies In ‘Black KKKlansman’

Filmmaker Boots Riley is taking aim at BlacKkKlansman… pretty much calling the Spike Lee Joint a fantastical tale that attempts to mask the harsh reality of police brutality against colored folks in American by depicting cops as heroes against racism. As noted by THR, in a three-page essay attached to a tweet on Friday, the “Sorry to Bother You” director laid out… ... Continue Reading
MTV VMAs To Feature Aretha Tribute

MTV VMAs To Feature Aretha Tribute

NEW YORK (AP) — Cardi B will make her first public appearance as a mom at the MTV Video Music Awards, and it might be worth it: She could be the night’s big winner. The rapper is the top contender with 10 nominations. She will open Monday’s show, which kicks off at 9 p.m. EDT… ... Continue Reading
Jill Scott & Estranged Husband Mike Dobson Are Officially Divorced

Jill Scott & Estranged Husband Mike Dobson Are Officially Divorced

It’s official, singer Jill Scott and her estranged husband Mike Dobson have parted ways. According to Bossip, Scott and Dobson were in court in Tennessee Thursday, where a judge OK’d their divorce settlement agreement; invalidating the prenup that Dobson challenged as part of the divorce. As previously reported, Jilly from Philly filed divorce papers on September 15, citing “irreconcilable differences,” and… ... Continue Reading
Lester Holt Belts Out ‘Lovely Day’ in NYC BBQ Joint [Video]

Lester Holt Belts Out ‘Lovely Day’ in NYC BBQ Joint [Video]

  NBC Nightly News host Lester Holt, does more with his voice than read the news, he sings too! Holt usually moonlights as a bass player for his band, Lester Holt + The Rough Cuts, but when they performed Sunday night at Hill Country BBQ in New York City, he sang. The band made their national TV debut… ... Continue Reading
Birdman Reportedly Accusing Lil Wayne Of Trying To Take Drake’s Profits Away From Cash Money Records In New Lawsuit

Birdman Reportedly Accusing Lil Wayne Of Trying To Take Drake’s Profits Away From Cash Money Records In New Lawsuit

It looks like the war between Birdman and Lil’ Wayne may blow up again soon because Birdman is accusing Wayne of plotting to get rich off of Drake’s royalties, reports The Blast. In 2017, Aspire Music Group, co-founded by Lil Wayne’s manager Cortez Bryant, sued Cash Money Records and Universal Music accusing them of holding… ... Continue Reading
Rihanna Documentary Due Within Months; Singer On Bridesmaid Duty For Close Friend [Photos]

Rihanna Documentary Due Within Months; Singer On Bridesmaid Duty For Close Friend [Photos]

It’s been two years since news of a Peter Berg-directed documentary on Rihanna was announced. Finally, the film is just months away from arriving in theaters. Berg, whose action film Mile 22 was released Friday, revealed in April 2016 that he was working on a Rihanna film modeled after D.A. Pennebaker’s legendary Bob Dylan documentary Don’t Look Back. While the documentary, said… ... Continue Reading
Vic Mensa To Give Away Shoes From ‘Anti-Bait Truck’ At Sting Location

Vic Mensa To Give Away Shoes From ‘Anti-Bait Truck’ At Sting Location

A foundation linked to Chicago rapper Vic Mensa plans to distribute tennis shoes to kids near the site where cops parked a “bait truck” full of shoes in hopes of catching would-be thieves. Authorities were widely condemned by the ACLU and local politicians when videos showing the operation in action went viral. “We wanted to do something… ... Continue Reading
50 Cent Cites ‘Fake News’ As Defense In $3m Defamation Lawsuit

50 Cent Cites ‘Fake News’ As Defense In $3m Defamation Lawsuit

50 Cent has been taking notes from Donald Trump’s “fake news’ handbook, as the rapper is fighting for the freedom to object to false reports after he was hit with a defamation lawsuit for using a similar phrase. As reported by The Blast first, HipHopDX.com is suing 50, seeking $3 million in damages, for tarnishing their reputation by slamming them for being… ... Continue Reading
2 Chainz Got Married This Weekend – See The Pics!

2 Chainz Got Married This Weekend – See The Pics!

Well, you can finally scratch 2 Chainz off the single-guy roll ’cause Saturday, he officially married to Kesha Ward, the woman he’s been referring to as his wife forever. Kesha walked down the isle to John Legend’s version of “All of Me.” The rapper, whose real name is Tauheed Epps, shared a video Sunday of the first dance… ... Continue Reading
Janet Jackson Celebrates New Video, Shares Memories Of Aretha

Janet Jackson Celebrates New Video, Shares Memories Of Aretha

NEW YORK (AP) — Janet Jackson’s fans were so energetic at an event Friday for her new single that one fan chimed in so the icon could speak without interruption. “Everybody, be quiet. We can’t hear her,” a girl yelled, as Jackson and the rest of the packed room at Samsung 837 in New York… ... Continue Reading
Stevie Wonder Breaks Down Talking About Aretha: ‘I Love You Aretha, And That’s A Forever Thing’

Stevie Wonder Breaks Down Talking About Aretha: ‘I Love You Aretha, And That’s A Forever Thing’

Things got really emotional on Friday for Stevie Wonder as he discussed having a final conversation with his longtime friend, Aretha Franklin. Wonder said that he and Franklin, who died Thursday, had spoken about collaborating as recently as two months ago. “We’d been talking about it. There was a song that I had written called ‘The Future,’ and… ... Continue Reading
Nicki Minaj’s Mother, Carol Miraj, Opens Up About Her Son Jelani’s Child Rape Conviction [Video]

Nicki Minaj’s Mother, Carol Miraj, Opens Up About Her Son Jelani’s Child Rape Conviction [Video]

Nicki Minaj’s mother Carol Maraj is on a mission to bring new light to her son’s child rape case; accusing the district attorney of everything from tainting the jury, to tampering with evidence and falsifying DNA findings. Last Wednesday (Aug. 8), Mother Maraj sat down with Charles Fisher and The Hip Hop ‘Hood Report for an exclusive, tell-all… ... Continue Reading
Rapper Young Thug Booked On Weapons Charge In Los Angeles

Rapper Young Thug Booked On Weapons Charge In Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police say rapper Young Thug was arrested in Los Angeles after officers found a concealed firearm inside his car. Officer Drake Madison says Friday the rapper, whose real name is Jeffery Lamar Williams, was booked on a weapons possession charge. He was being held on $35,000 bail. Madison says several hundred… ... Continue Reading
Georgia Company Sues R. Kelly Over Damage To Rental Homes

Georgia Company Sues R. Kelly Over Damage To Rental Homes

ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta-area property company is suing Grammy-winning R&B artist R. Kelly for $203,400 over “extensive damage” to two homes he rented. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports SB Property Management Global, LLC., based in East Point, filed the lawsuit Wednesday. It says one home suffered damage to electric wiring, flooring, and windows and was missing items… ... Continue Reading
OWN To Re-Air Aretha Franklin’s 1999 Interview On ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ [Video]

OWN To Re-Air Aretha Franklin’s 1999 Interview On ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ [Video]

Oprah Winfrey will honor the Queen of Soul with a re-airing of her 1999 interview from The Oprah Winfrey Show, tomorrow (Sat, 8/18) at 8 pm ET/PT. Remembering Aretha Franklin: The Oprah Interview will feature the talk show host chatting with Aretha about her life and career, including her autobiography, Aretha: From These Roots. Also, Franklin performs… ... Continue Reading
Toni Braxton Reveals Why She Pushed Back Her Wedding To Birdman [Video]

Toni Braxton Reveals Why She Pushed Back Her Wedding To Birdman [Video]

  Toni Braxton and music mogul Birdman got engaged in February, and in March, the R&B songstress gushed about their relationship to ET. “He and I have been friends for a really long time, for, like, 17 years, and it just grew from friendship to more than that,” she said. “So you gotta keep your friends close. You never know… ... Continue Reading
Producer Who Worked With Franklin Recalls Great Performances

Producer Who Worked With Franklin Recalls Great Performances

  NEW YORK (AP) — When Ken Ehrlich, the longtime producer of the Grammys and other awards shows, worked with the Obama administration on a concert honoring women at the White House, first lady Michelle Obama laid down one rule. “You aren’t doing a tribute to women in my house without Aretha Franklin,” Ehrlich recalls… ... Continue Reading
Ariana Grande And The Roots Perform ‘Natural Woman’ In Powerful Tribute To Aretha Franklin [Video]

Ariana Grande And The Roots Perform ‘Natural Woman’ In Powerful Tribute To Aretha Franklin [Video]

  Ariana Grande and The Roots performed Natural Woman in a powerful tribute to Aretha Franklin during The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. Variety reports that Grande had to be convinced to sing the song by Questlove, because she was worried she was “too emotional” to pull it off. She ended up leaving the stage in tears… ... Continue Reading
Trump Was Begging To Get Aretha Franklin To Perform At His Inauguration And Her Reported Reaction Was Priceless

Trump Was Begging To Get Aretha Franklin To Perform At His Inauguration And Her Reported Reaction Was Priceless

The Queen of Soul was woke! ... Continue Reading
Jazz Artist Robert Glasper Says Lauryn Hill Is Shady

Jazz Artist Robert Glasper Says Lauryn Hill Is Shady

Looks like Robert Glasper has no love for Lauryn Hill. On Wednesday, the jazz pianist opened up about working with Lauryn Hill during an interview on “The Madd Hatta Morning Show” on Houston’s KBXX, and accused the singer of being shady with her payment of musicians and using their music without giving credit. “We rehearse a whole week, maybe 10 hours… ... Continue Reading
‘Queen Sugar’ Recap: Season 3, Episode 12:  ‘Bonds We Can’t Break’

‘Queen Sugar’ Recap: Season 3, Episode 12: ‘Bonds We Can’t Break’

We are winding down on Queen Sugar Season 3 as next week’s 90-minute episode is the last of the season. But of course, we can look forward to Season 4, already announced, not that it seemed like it was in question. As I’ve communicated this season has been a little rocky but in the last few… ... Continue Reading
Ex Glynn Turman Says Visiting Aretha Was ‘Closure’

Ex Glynn Turman Says Visiting Aretha Was ‘Closure’

Actor Glynn Turman, beloved in the Black community for his iconic roles as Preach in Cooley High, Col. Taylor on A Different World and recently Ernest Bordelon on Queen Sugar, was also once married to the legendary Aretha Franklin who died this morning at the age of 76. He visited Franklin in her last days, along… ... Continue Reading