Netflix has dropped the officialtrailerfor the third season of its critically acclaimed seriesDear White People.
The series, which stars Logan Browning, Antoinette Robertson, DeRon Horton, John Patrick Amedori, Ashley Blaine Featherson and Marque Richardson, follows a group of black students at Winchester University as they deal with social injustice, cultural bias, political correctness and activism in the millennial age.
"ThinkMoonlightmeetsSex In the City, but boiling over with all the tea," says Featherson in the new promo.
As previously reported, the new season will have numerous guest stars, includingYvette Nicole Brown, Laverne Cox, Blair Underwood, Flava Flav, and even the series' creator,Justin Simien.
And, from the looks of the promo, the new season will also have plenty of drama, including Sam quitting her popular radio show, Lionel going to an S&M club andGiancarlo Espositoreturning as the mysterious Narrator.
Season 3 of Dear White People premieres on August 2.
ABC/Craig SjodinMary J. Blige is not to be disrespected, especially while the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul is taking the stage.
Friday, footage surfaced online of Blige scolding an audience member during a recent tour stop in Nashville, which was part of her ongoing Royalty trek with Nas. In the clip, the veteran singer is seen talking candidly to fans in the crowd, when someone seems to shout at Blige to quiet down.
The "No More Drama" singer fired right back at the naysayer, saying "And for the person that's been in here all night saying 'Mary shut the f*** up, YOU shut the f*** up."
The crowd erupted into applause and showered Blige with cheers of support. The singer's epic clapback was prefaced by a speech advising fans on how to deal with negativity.
"As you can see, Mary J. Blige don't give no f****, and I said it," Blige said. "I've had enough. Every time you look around, somebody got some s*** to say."
The Royalty Tour continues this weekend in New Jersey, as Blige and Nas invade the Hard Rock Live in Atlantic City. The duo will be cross-country bound until September with a final performance at L.A.'s Hollywood Bowl.
ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaJussie Smollett's siblingsJakeandJazzSmollettare sharing a rare update on theEmpirestar, who's been out of the public eye sincebeing accused of staging a hate crime against himself back in January.
“He’s doing well, he’s doing fine," said Jazz in an interview withPeople Now."He is strong, he is still thriving, and he’s still standing in his truth.”
Jazz also revealed that Jussie is almost ready to get back to work, and apparently has some projects lined up.
“He’s got a lot in the works, now. So, we'll see," she said. "There’s some stuff to come.”
Jussie's sister also addressed recent comments made byLoni Love, who believes Smollett will eventually come forward to answer questions about the alleged hate crime and theOsundairobrothers, who reportedly helped him stage it.
“That’s gonna be up to him when he’s ready to do that," Jazz said in response to when Jussie might talk about the incident. "Now the documents have been unsealed. So all of this information is out there. His story’s been corroborated four times over so people can look at the documents. So we’re happy about that as well.”
Jazz adds that throughout the entire ordeal, her family remains "strong" and supportive of their brother.
"It’s definitely been impactful in personal ways, but we’re a very strong family. We’re very close through anything, we’re there for each other," she said. "Through whatever, in spite of whatever people are saying, we know the truth.”
As previously noted, Smollett was initially indicted on 16 counts of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report; all charges were eventually dropped. That decision will be reviewed by a special prosecutor, who will review the actions of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, whose office dropped the charges.
In tandem with its official release on Friday, fans have also been treated to an extended cut of the accompanying video for the effort's lead single "Spirit" which also includes the visuals for another song on the album, "Bigger."
In the video, which runs nearly nine minutes, Bey brings technicolor to the desert, as she is surrounded by a squadron of dancers adorned in vibrant hues.
The video also features a cameo from the singer's daughter Blue Ivy, and includes footage from the CGI re-adaptation of The Lion King, which is in theaters now.
Tuesday, the original version of the "Spirit" visual premiered as part of a one-hour ABC primetime special, The Lion King: Can You Feel The Love Tonight with Robin Roberts.
“This soundtrack is a love letter to Africa,” Bey told Roberts. “And, I wanted to make sure we found the best talent from Africa, and not just use some of the sounds, and did my interpretation of it.”
The Lion King: The Gift is stacked with star-studded features from the likes of JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Childish Gambino, Tierra Whack and more.The album also includes contributions from global stars Tekno, Mr Eazi, Yemi Alade, Burna Boy, SAINt JHN, Wiz Kid, Tiwa Savage and Shatta Wale.
In addition to executive-producing the album, Bey's featured on several songs: the opening track, "Bigger"; "The Nile," featuring Lamar; “Find Your Way Back (Circle of Life)”; "Mood 4 Eva," with JAY-Z and Gambino; as well as "Otherside," "Water," "Already" and the aforementioned "Spirit."
The Lion King: The Gift is now available for streaming on all major platforms.
Def Jam Recordings/Mass Appeal RecordsThe wait is officially over: Nas has finally deliveredThe Lost Tapes 2.
Friday, the veteran lyricist went back into the vault to gift fans with the long-awaited sequel to his 2002 compilation albumThe Lost Tapes.Lost Tapes 2carries the same concept as the original: It's a collection of unreleased Nas tracks that were left on the cutting room floor.
Dialing in at 16 songs, the track list is made up of music recorded during sessions for Nas' previous albums, such as Hip Hop Is Dead, Untitled, Life Is Good and NASIR.
"You kinda gotta guess, like, 'What year did he make this one?'" the Queens-bred rapper recently toldThe Daily ShowhostTrevor Noah. "Some of the songs are, like, 10 years old, 12 years old, and some of them are as early as a year-and-a-half ago."
The album also includes guest spots fromSwizz Beatz,David Ranier,J. Myers, the lateAl Jarreau andKeyon Harrold, as well as production by Kanye West,Pharrell,No I.D.,Pete Rock andHit-Boy.
The Lost Tapes 2is now available for streaming on all major platforms.
Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesThe plight of A$AP Rocky has not only inspired a huge wave of support among the general public, but it's also reached the Oval Office.
Following a report that presidential advisor Jared Kushner had intervened on behalf of the rapper, who's been in a Swedish prison since being detained July 5 on suspicion of assault, President Donald Trump is now throwing his support behind the cause.
"A$AP Rocky is a situation in Sweden. Sweden's a great country and they're friends of mine, the leadership," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on Friday.
"And we are going to be calling, we'll be talking to them, we've already started. And many, many members of the African-American community have called me, friends of mine, and said 'Could you help?'"
Trump continued, "I personally don't know A$AP Rocky but I can tell you that he has tremendous support from the African-American community in this country. And when I say 'African-American,' I think I can really say from everybody in this country because we're all one."
"I have been called by so many people asking me to help A$AP Rocky," he added, noting, "Actually, the one who knew about A$AP Rocky was our first lady. She was telling me about, 'Can you help A$AP Rocky?'"
First Lady Melania Trump then said, "We [are] working with State Department and we hope to get him home soon."
As previously reported, the rapper's arrest stems from an incident last month in which he and his entourage claim they were harassed by two men on the streets of Stockholm. Despite Rocky's attempt to diffuse the situation, the alleged harassment escalated into a brawl which was filmed by an onlooker, and later went viral.
Looks like all those drinks that Rihanna and Seth Meyers shared a few weeks ago have led to something other than a really funny Late Night segment.
The singer has announced that her annual Diamond Ball gala, in support of her Clara Lionel Foundation charity, will take place September 12 in New York City, and Meyers will host the event.
Performers include DJ Khaled and Pharrell Williams, artists with whom Rih has worked in the past. There are also rumors that Pharrell is working with the singer on her long-awaited ninth album, but that's not confirmed.
"Our 5th Annual #DIAMONDBALL is just 2 months away!!!" Rihanna wrote on Instagram. "I’m so excited to announce our host @sethmeyers ... and for the main event, the one and only @pharrell is performing!!! To support the #ClaraLionelFoundation and learn more, follow @claralionelfdn! #CLF."
The Clara Lionel Foundation, named after Rih's grandparents, was founded in 2012 to support education and health programs globally, as well as emergency response programs worldwide. The first Diamond Ball was held in 2014.
One-hundred-percent of the proceeds from Fenty Beauty's Killawatt Highlighter go to the foundation. And speaking of Fenty Beauty, Rihanna's super-successful cosmetics line is launching in Asia in September, including Hong Kong, Macau, Seoul and Jeju, South Korea.
Courtesy of NetflixIn today's Season 11 premiere of Netflix's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Eddie Murphy takes a ride with Jerry Seinfeld, and tells him that he's finally returning to the stand-up stage.
Murphy, whose stand-up specials Delirious and Raw basically gave birth to the idea of a comic who could be as famous as a rock star, hasn't grabbed a mic in years.
He revealed to fellow stand-up vet Seinfeld that the late Don Rickles urged him to return and added, "I'm going to do it again. Everything just has to be right...You have to get up there and start working out."
"You have to hit the clubs," Jerry agreed, meaning the small comedy venues where they work out their material.
"You should buy the Comic Strip, and I'll come and work out there," Murphy joked, referring to the famous New York City club where the pair first appeared way back in the Reagan Era.
"If you want to do that, I'll do it. I'll call it 'Jerry Seinfeld's Comic Strip,'" Seinfeld laughed.
But Murphy's return won't come cheap. TMZ reports that Netflix is negotiating with him for a standup special now, with a payday in the neighborhood of 70 million bucks.
Season 11 of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee also features Seth Rogen, Jamie Foxx, Martin Short, two-time Seinfeld guest player Mario Joyner, returning passenger Ricky Gervais, Matthew Broderick, and others.
Timothy Norris/Getty Images for CoachellaA$AP Rocky, who's been in a Swedish prison since being detained July 5 on suspicion of assault, will remain behind bars until July 25, on the orders of Stockholm District Court.
The decision was made in order to grant the prosecutor more time to continue the preliminary investigation of the case, and because the rapper is allegedly a flight risk. The prosecutor has until July 25 at 11am to decide whether or not to indict him.
Speaking to ABC News, A$ap Rocky’s Swedish attorney Sloban Jovicic said, "We are very disappointed because this is frankly unjust."
Jovicic added, "There is no risk for flight risk or escape because A$AP would never jeopardize his career, brand, support from his fans, friends and celebrities all over the world...it's frankly unjust for them to think he would not act responsibly and accordingly in this matter."
The lawyer added that it is "disproportionate to keep him detained, with all his lucrative European business ventures and scheduled tours," adding, "It's unrealistic that he would not come back and face his allegations."
According to Jovici, Rocky came to Sweden to perform, but instead was "attacked, followed and harassed."
"My client begged and pleaded with these attackers to stop and he acted in self defense, the lawyer adds. "And now he is the one in jail. That's unjust."
Jovici noted, "We are hoping for justice in a fair trial."
As previously reported, A$AP Rocky was arrested following an incident in which he and his entourage claimed they were harassed by two men on the streets of Stockholm. Despite attempts to diffuse the situation, the alleged harassment escalated into a brawl which was filmed by an onlooker, and later went viral.
It's the circle of life. Fresh on the heels of the release of Disney's live-action remake of The Lion King, the Beyoncé-curated soundtrack The Lion King: The Gift has also arrived.
The 14-track album is stacked with star-studded features from the likes of JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Childish Gambino, Tierra Whack and more.The album also includes contributions from global stars Tekno, Mr Eazi, Yemi Alade, Burna Boy, SAINt JHN, Wiz Kid, Tiwa Savage and Shatta Wale.
Described by Bey as a "love letter to Africa," the effort serves as a companion to the film, as well as an ode to the African motherland.
"I wanted it to be authentic to what is beautiful about the music in Africa," Beyoncé told Robin Roberts on Tuesday's The Lion King: Can you Feel the Love Tonight special, adding that the production consists of "a lot" of drums and "incredible new sounds, mixed with some of the producers from America."
In addition to executiveproducing the album, Bey's featured on several songs: the opening track, "Bigger"; "The Nile," featuring Lamar; “Find Your Way Back (Circle of Life)”; "Mood 4 Eva," with JAY-Z and Gambino; as well as "Otherside," "Water," "Already" and the previously released "Spirit."
Meanwhile, the track "Brown Skin Girl" features an appearance from Beyoncé's daughter, Blue Ivy Carter.
"We've kind of created our own genre and I feel like the soundtrack is the first soundtrack where it becomes visual in your mind," Bey explained. "The soundscape is more than just the music because each song tells the story of the film."
The Lion King: The Gift is now available from all the usual outlets.
ABC/Randy HolmesYG's Los Angeles home was raided by authorities on Thursday morning in connection with a police-involved shooting in Compton earlier this month, ABC News has learned.
The rapper, born Keenon Jackson, has not been implicated in the shooting but several people were detained at the Hollywood Hills home, though none had been arrested, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department has confirmed.
The search is the result of a Cadillac Escalade, a company car registered to YG, being involved in a shootout with police in Compton on July 3, officials tell ABC. The incident resulted in the death of one bystander as well as one officer being shot during the pursuit.
"We are awaiting the finalized coroner’s report before we can say for sure regarding the fatal shot," a detective told ABC News. "We don’t want to speak too soon because things sometimes change."
YG, however, maintains his innocence in the matter.
"I was nowhere near the scene of this incident, I was in Hollywood recording in the studio all day," the "Go Loko" rapper tweeted on July 5.
He added: "I was there until after midnight on the 4th of July and didn’t learn of these events until after they happened!"
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau will not be commenting further regarding YG or the vehicle, as this is an ongoing criminal investigation.
ABC/Rick RowellKenya Barris is ready to try his lhand at sketch comedy.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix has ordered Barris' series Astronomy Club, which features the New York-based sketch comedy and improv group of the same name.
The series, which will be Barris' second project under his overall deal at Netflix, will feature sketches that "use comedy to discuss complex and nuanced real-world topics," including pop culture, social issues and the black experience in America.
The Astronomy Club was created in 2013 and billed as the first all-black house team at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Its members include Shawtane Bowen, Jonathan Braylock, Ray Cordova, James III, Caroline Martin, Jerah Milligan, Monique Moses and Keisha Zollar. The entire group is expected to star in the series.
Allen Berezovsky/Getty ImagesWhile the Internet is still buzzing about the news that MTV is bringing back Making the Band, Danity Kane member Aubrey O'Day has a message for Diddy.
In a recent interview with The Blast, the singer-turned-reality star offered up a few creative suggestions for the network's revival of the talent competition series, which launched Danity Kane, O-Town, Day 26and Donnie Klang.
"You know, I’m happy when any new artist gets an opportunity to shine and to develop, but I do think that MTV needs to bring back, along with Making the Band, a Danity Kane show with our family that we created on the network with Day26 [and] Donnie Klang," O'Day told The Blast.
She added, "We won’t stop until we get it."
The vocalist appeared on the series from 2005-2006, as part of Danity Kane, which also included Dawn Richards, Shannon Bex, Wanita "D. Woods" Woodgett and Aundrea Fimbres.
The group scored two number one albums and two top-10 singles: "Show Stopper" and "Damaged." In 2008, Woodgett left the group; Fimbres left in 2014.
"I think it would be really interested to see Diddy repair what he broke on national television," O'Day continued, insinuating that the hip-hop mogul is the one who caused Danity Kane to split.
"And, I think it would be really interesting for him to show the world that he can come full circle with redemption with all of us."
Danity Kane has since seen a revival of its own with O'Day, Richards and Bex in the lineup. The ladies are currently on tour and recently gifted fans with their newest effort "Neon Lights."
ABC/Randy HolmesAyesha Curry can't seem to catch a break when it comes to the online trolls. After dancing at the opening of her new restaurant in California, some haters had to spoil the fun by calling her out for her moves.
Thankfully her NBA star husband, Stephen, decided to step up and shut down the haters disrespecting his wife.
"Slow news day I see huh?" he said in an Instagram story.
Then he dropped the hammer.
"Make sure you send me the video of you dancing at your own restaurant opening," he said.
While Ayesha didn't need Steph to back her up, as she can certainly fend for herself, she seemed to appreciate it and joked right back with her husband.
"I hate you," she wrote, while Curry continued to dance in the car.
Ayesha had originally jammed out to “Milly Rock” after her fourth restaurant, International Smoke, opened, this one in California.
As previously mentioned, Ayesha can certainly handle her own. The author, restaurateur and mother opened up about being married to an NBA superstar and this woman does not play.
"Ladies will always be lurking, hoping for their moment and waiting," she said.
"I honestly hate it," she added.
"Stephen is very nice by nature," Ayesha continued. "Everything is always very friendly, sometimes to the point where, I'm a grown woman, so, I'll just insert myself and be like, 'Hello, how are you doing?'"
Quality Control Music Group/Capitol RecordsOver the past year, hip-hop has experienced an overwhelming surge of artists with the word "baby" in their names, both Lil Baby and DaBaby have connected on wax to gift fans with their aptly titled new single, "Baby."
Over the Wheezy production, the Southern lyricists comb over an array of topics mainly pertaining to their flashy jewels and their sexual magnetism. The only thing missing is a verse from rap mogul Birdman aka Baby, which would have created the ultimate trifecta.
The track is lifted from Quality Control's forthcoming compilation album Control The Streets Volume 2, due to arrive on August 16. The effort marks DaBaby and Lil Baby's second collaboration, following their high-energy “Today” remix released last year.
Charley Gallay/Getty Images for ADCOLORJay Ellis is reportedly ready to make it official with his longtime girlfriend Nina Senica, who is said to be pregnant with his first child.
According to an interview in the Serbian publication Story, which has been translated, Ellis and Senicar are planning to get married in Italy. The publication states that Senica is four months pregnant and due to give birth sometime in the Fall.
The couple have reportedly been in relationship since 2015. However, Ellis has kept it low-key -- there are no personal photos of the two on his Instagram page.
If Ellis does get hitched, this would be the second upcoming marriage for an Insecure actor.
Insecure creator and star Issa Rae, is also reportedly set to tie the knot. She is engaged to her longtime love, Louis Diame.
ABC/Randy HolmesFuture, Chris Brown and Janet Jackson have been tapped to perform at the Jeddah World Fest, in Saudi Arabia, following Nicki Minaj's withdrawal from the concert.
The festival, which has been dubbed controversial by activists, is scheduled to take place today at the King Abdullah Sports Stadium. The line-up is also set to include Tyga and 50 Cent, as well as EDM superstar Steve Aoki and pop star Liam Payne.
As previously reported, Minaj was featured as a headlining act on the original bill but opted out of performing after being urged by the Human Rights Foundation to reconsider her participation based on Saudi Arabia's human rights record.
Last week, the Head Barb shared a message to fans explaining her cancellation of the performance and reaffirmed her solidarity with the LGBTQ community, women's rights activists and freedom of expression.
"After careful reflection I have decided to no longer move forward with my scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest,” Minaj's statement read. “While I want nothing more than to bring my show to fans in Saudi Arabia, after better educating myself on the issues, I believe it is important for me to make clear my support for the rights of women, the LGBTQ community and freedom of expression.”
Taylor Hill/FilmMagicKanye West and Kim Kardashian are reportedly pushing for the Trump administration to intervene in A$AP Rocky's current international legal woes, TMZ has learned.
According to the outlet, the mega-producer sought his wife's help after learning of Rocky's widely condemned holding in a Swedish detention center. Ye allegedly "urged" Kim to reach out to her contacts at the White House, namely Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, to bring Rocky's situation to the president's attention.
As previously reported, the Harlem-bred artist's arrest stems from an incident last month in which the rapper and his entourage claim they were harassed by two men on the streets of Stockholm. Despite Rocky's attempt to diffuse the situation, the alleged harassment escalated into a brawl which was captured by an onlooker, and later went viral.
The TMZ report suggests that Kushner was receptive to Kim's request and even claims Trump agreed the A$AP Mob frontman was being held "unfairly." In addition, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is allegedly "actively working" to get Rocky from behind bars.
The news of Kim and Kanye's involvement arrives on the heels of Rep. Adriano Espailla and the Congressional Black Caucus demanding the "Praise the Lord" rapper be released. Wednesday, members of the organization called on the Trump administration to "become directly involved" in facilitating Rocky's safe return home to the states.
"We are calling on Secretary Pompeo to do more," Espaillat told ABC News. "This is not enough. It is unconscionable that young men that are doing well, they are on the right track in life, they're very successful, they're icons in the hip-hop community, are treated under these inhuman conditions."
If convicted, Rocky could be facing up to six years in a Swedish prison for assault.
Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesIs there anyone who doesn't want to join Lil Nas X on another "Old Town Road" remix?
After X joked on Twitter that he wanted to do another version of his chart-topping smash with country music legend Dolly Parton and rising rapper Megan Thee Stallion, Dolly responded in a low-key way: She tweeted a picture of the "Old Town Road" artwork, which features two horses, with a pink horse with a blonde mane added in. She also added horse emoji and a unicorn emoji.
To which Lil Nas X responded, "YEE YEE GANG!" with three horse emojis and some hearts.
In the past few days, Bruno Mars has also expressed a willingness to participate in a remix, as has "All Star" band Smash Mouth.
It's now become an ongoing joke that Lil Nas X will be releasing "Old Town Road" remixes for decades. As one Twitter user described it, "The year is 2090. Every song in the Billboard Top 100 are Old Town Road remixes. Lil Nas X is president. Every American has been required to send in a 1-minute freestyle to add to his upcoming Old Town Country single. Area 51 has been overrun. You have a pet alien. Life is good."
Right now, the young rapper, who retweeted that post, just seems to be trolling people. Earlier this week, he tweeted artwork of no less than nine horses, with the caption, "WHO READY?!??!?!"