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ABC/Fred WatkinsAnother Friday, another bout of music to shift through and stream. This week brings new offerings from CommonGucci Mane and a snippet of a forthcoming record from Cassie.  

For his latest effort, "HER Love," Common reflects on the past 25 years of hip-hop as he pays homage to the genre which has shaped him into much of who he is today. The track boasts a guest appearance from Daniel Caesar and Dwele, as well as unreleased production from the late J. Dilla

The veteran rapper also dropped off an accompanying visual, in which he name checks the likes of Nipsey HussleYoung ThugCardi B and many more. "HER Love" is the latest single off of Common's new LP Let Love Have the Last Word, which shares its title with the memoir he released last month. 

It's a meeting of the minds on Gucci's newest record, "Backwards," which features Meek Mill. The single was dropped off with little to no notice, as it premiered exclusively on Ebro Darden's Beats 1 Radio show on Thursday. 

According to Guwop, "Backwards" was one of the easiest songs he's ever produced due to his chemistry and shared experiences with Meek.

"It's one of the most organic records you can ever make. We made this in a penthouse in Miami...Just in my house, just vibing," Gucci told Darden. "So I feel like this, you can't get more natural than this, man."

In addition to the new record, the Atlanta phenom also shared that his forthcoming album, Delusions of Grandeur, would be seeing the light of the day in the next few weeks. 

As for Cassie, the mom-to-be has dropped off a teaser of her newest single "Moments." No word yet on when the track is set to be released. 

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ABC/Rick RowellTessa Thompson portrays the first main female agent in the Men In Black franchise in the new movie Men in Black: International, and she reveals that she refused to repeat Will Smith’s catchphrase from the original Men in Black in 1997: “I make this look good.”

"I wouldn’t have said it. In fact, I think someone did ask me to — just as an option — and I said no," Thompson tells The Hollywood Reporter.

Smith portrayed Agent J in the first two films in the franchise, but doesn't return in Men in Black: International. Thompson stars as Agent M, who fulfills her dream of working for the secret spy organization.

"M is just different from that character,” she says. “Yeah, I was really conscious of too much nostalgia.”

The 35-year-old actress is very proud to be a female star of one of the most heavily promoted films of the year. She says the push for more lead roles for women in Hollywood was not a concern when Men in Black launched in 1997.

“One cool thing about revisiting films 22 years later is you get to make them with a modern sensibility,” she says. “I mean, the modern sensibility now, and the time that we’re in, would allow for a woman like me to topline a studio film like this, and I think that’s impactful."

"It certainly introduces a whole new generation to it, a generation of young women and young boys, who get to follow a protagonist that looks like me," she adds.

“I think that means something,” Thompson says. “I think it’s something new, fresh and not nostalgic. It just didn’t exist 20 years ago, and I’m happy that it does now.”

Men in Black: International opened in theaters Friday.

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Paras Griffin/Getty ImagesFans have been waiting for Posha Williams to respond to rumors about her fiancé Dennis McKinley's infidelity. Now the Real Housewives of Atlanta star is explaining why she's been silent about his alleged indiscretion.

“Not that there’s anything I’m trying to hide or run away from, but if you love someone and you make a mistake or he makes a mistake or whatever’s going on, you gotta make sure that y’all are good at the end of the day,” Williams said at the American Black Film Festival in Miami, according to Essence.

“I am on a reality television show and I do pride myself on being transparent on the show,” Porsha continued. “But at the same time I’m human and when you’re talking about family, something that you want for a lifetime, you have to protect it.”  

After Williams and McKinley welcomed daughter Pilar Jehna in March, blogger Tasha K accused him of having an affair with WAGS Atlanta star Sincerely Ward.

McKinley’s lawyer told Page Six the rumors were false and that he's threatening to sue Tasha K. Ward also denied any involvement with McKinley.

Porsha says despite the rumors, she will always love her fiancé.

“What I will always do is make sure I protect family,” she said. “He will always be my daughter’s father and I will absolutely love him forever. We absolutely go through our ups and downs together. And I still thank God for the blessing I claimed a year ago.”

“There are still things in any of us that aren’t perfect, that we have to deal with as a family,” she continues. “But overall I am still thankful to God and I know he is holding both of our hands as long as we stay in prayer.”

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Spectrum Originals/Sony Pictures TelevisionThe Gabrielle Union/Jessica Alba Bad Boys spinoff L.A.’s Finest is coming back for a second season.

The new on-demand platform, Spectrum Originals, made the announcement Friday, according to Variety.

The show follows Union’s Bad Boys II character, Los Angeles police detective Sydney Burnett, who teams with Nancy McKenna, portrayed by Alba. The duo have been promoting the show this week on a press tour; Gabrielle posted a photo on Instagram of herself and Alba together in Croatia.

The series is returning after production was temporarily shut down in February when executive producers Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier were involved in a car crash on the set. As a result of the accident, Sonnier had a leg amputated.

In addition to Union and Alba, L.A.'s Finest also stars Ernie HudsonZack GilfordDuane MartinBen Baines and Ryan McPartlin.

No details were released on when the new season will debut.

Union is also currently serving as a judge on NBC's America’s Got Talent. She recently completed production on the TV movie White Dave about an African-American teenager who was raised in an all-white suburb.  After his mom remarries, he has to adjust to living in an all-black neighborhood.

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Taylor Hill/FilmMagicKanye West is gearing up to gift fans with new music this summer...well, sort of. 

Thursday night, BET released a trailer for the second season of Irv Gotti's hip-hop inspired drama series Tales. In the promo clip, a song titled "Brothers" can be heard blasting as the scene plays out. 

Featuring backing vocals from Charlie Wilson, the snippet features Ye subtly rhyming about brotherhood.

“We’ll be brothers forever/What happens to one of us, happens to us together/And we’ll be brothers forever,” the rapper spits in the action-packed trailer, which stars former NFL running back Thomas Q. Jones as well as reality star Draya Michele.

"I am beyond excited for the return of Tales. Producing this new record with my production partner Seven and working with Kanye for a song exclusively for the Tales series, has been one of the highlights of my music and TV career," Gotti recently told People.

He continued, "I did it for my hip-hop culture. I wanted to give the fans something to listen to and enjoy as well as visually enjoy, and 'Brothers,' the song in conjunction with this global TV premiere is precisely that moment. Tales is back!!"

The song marks Ye's first solo release in nearly a year since his Lil Pump collab "I Love It." However, the seasoned producer has promised that his hotly-anticipated Yandhi album will be making waves soon. The record has been delayed twice, most recently in November. 

Tales is set to premiere on BET on July 2. 

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ABC/Paula LoboRegina Hall stars with Samuel L. Jackson in the new version of Shaft, opening today, and Hall reveals that the veteran actor’s preparation for the film went far beyond his own role.

“What's interesting about him, he even knew my lines," she tells The Hollywood Reporter. “That means he knew everything.”

Jackson stars in the title role, and Hall portrays his former wife, Maya. They have a son, JJ, played by Jessie T. Usher. Hall loved working on the film, especially with Jackson, Usher, co-stars Richard Roundtree, Alexandra Shipp, Luna Lauren Velez, director Tim Story, and writer Kenya Barris.

Hall is now preparing to host the BET Awards for the first time. She says one of her challenges is entertaining the television viewers as well as the live audience.

"I'm trying to figure out what is my way into that,” she says. “Obviously, I'm not a stand-up and I'm not a musician either. I'm pulling together ideas] so that I can have something. The producers have been really great, we've been going through ideas and they've been really supportive."

The 2019 BET Awards air live on June 23 at 8 p.m. ET from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on BET.

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ABC/ Lorenzo BevilaquaIdris Elba loves a driving challenge, and now he’s competing against a professional driver in a new reality show.

The Thor: Ragnarok star will face off against renowned rally driver Ken Block in the car stunt series Elba vs. Block, which will be available on the new Quibi video streaming service, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

They will compete in London in a series of challenges with names including "Wall of Death," "Car Tightrope" and "Flaming Obstacle Course."

"Ken is my driving hero. I've never worked with a driver as skilled as him, so I'm a little intimidated by his talent," Elba says. "I love challenges, I love speed and I'm a 'wheel man,' so let's see how this plays out."

Block is also looking forward to driving against the famed actor.

 "I'm really excited to be partnering up with Idris on this new show," he says. "I've admired his work for years, and he has a reputation as a man who likes to go fast behind the wheel of a car, so I think we're going to have a lot of fun with these challenges that the producers have lined up for us."

Elba has been involved in several motorsport projects in the past. Elba previously starred in the No Limits show on Discovery, which featured him in a variety of driving challenges. In one of the episodes in 2015, he broke a United Kingdom speed record, hitting 186 miles per hour in a Bentley.

Quibi will launch in 2020. No details were released on when Idris vs. Block will debut.

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ABC/Randy HolmesChris Brown has found himself embroiled in social media drama once again, after allegedly throwing major shade at his ex-girlfriend Karreuche Tran's new beau, Victor Cruz

Thursday night, Brown appeared to post a series of comments under a photo of Tran and Cruz, in which he was hyper-critical of the former NFL star's fashion sense and advised the actress to "upgrade" her new man. 

However, Breezy now says that he didn't post those messages. Friday morning, the "Undecided" chart-topper tried to set the record straight via his Instagram stories. 

"People going out they way. Leave them people alone and stop creating unnecessary drama," Brown wrote. "Whoever's been DM my followers or commenting as me lame as f."

While Tran nor Cruz have yet to address the matter, #TeamBreezy is torn on whether or not to accept the singer's explanation. 

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Taylor Hill/FilmMagicAfter a months-long social media hiatus, Nicki Minaj has broken her silence to make a special announcement. 

Thursday evening, the Head Barb sent fans into a frenzy after she revealed on Twitter that her newest single, "Megatron," would be released next Friday. Nicki also shared that her Queen Radio show on Beats 1 would be returning to the airwaves as well. 

Taking to Instagram, the Queens lyricist teased a series of photos of what appears to be behind-the-scene snaps from the record's accompanying video. 

Nicki's prolonged silence had her fans a bit concerned, so much so that the Barbs even printed out "missing" posters with the rapper’s face plastered on them. However, it's clear that the Queen chart-topper's absence was all strategic. 

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Thaddaeus McAdams/FilmMagicFormer Real Housewives of Atlanta star Apollo Nida is back in prison -- just a few days after being released.

“He was taken back into custody. I wouldn’t say it was an arrest because it’s not a new charge. It was an order of the court to bring him into custody,” a spokesperson for the U.S. Marshals Service tells Page Six.  The spokesperson explained that Nida violated a condition of his release, but didn't reveal any more details.

“We took him to Federal Bureau of Prisons and they will deal with it since he was in their custody,” the spokesperson added.

Phaedra Parks‘ ex-husband was released from Fort Dix Correctional Facility in New Jersey on June 5 after serving five years behind bars for conspiracy to commit mail, wire and bank fraud. He was transferred to a halfway house, where he had been set to serve out the remainder of this sentence, scheduled to end October 15, 2019.

The former reality star and Parks divorced in 2017. He became engaged to Sherien Almufti while in prison.

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Fresh on the heels of announcing her inaugural Lights On Festival, H.E.R. is gracing the cover of Essence's latest digital issue. 

Inside the June edition, the vocal powerhouse serves looks in summer hues as she dishes on her enigmatic persona, how she defines success and much more. 

Born Gabriella Wilson, the singer-songwriter was steeped in music from an early age. H.E.R.'s father, a musician himself, sparked the 22-year-old phenom's interest in becoming an entertainer, as well as her ability to play multiple instruments. 

“I really didn’t have any formal training,” H.E.R. revealed to Essence. “My dad is a musician. His band rehearsed in our living room. Sometimes I would sneak in while they were taking a break and play on the drums, piano, guitar and bass. I kind of found my way. And my father taught me how to play the blues.”

She added: “To live your truth and sing your truth, that defines success. I think a lot of people are getting back to that real, honest music. That’s what R&B is. It’s raw.”

The authenticity found in H.E.R.'s music rings especially loud and clear. In 2016, the Bay Area native released her debut EP, H.E.R., Vol. 1, with a deliberate plan to keep her identity hidden. Although Internet sleuths eventually solved the mystery, H.E.R. says she'll remain firm in her choice of anonymity. 

“We live in an era of social media. We care more about looks, popularity and followers than about real music," she explained. "And I wanted to get away from that."

"I just love music, and that’s what I want people to see and respect,” she said.

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John Singleton; Jason LaVeris/FilmMagicThe American Black Film Festival was in full swing in Miami Thursday on its second day, with hundreds of black creatives, filmmakers and celebrities flocking to various events, screenings, panels and parties. However, many directors and talent agree, this year was noticeably different with the passing of critically-acclaimed director John Singleton.

In 2017, Singleton presented a Spotlight screening at ABFF for his then-new FX series, Snowfall. He continued his support of the festival by later attending the ABFF Honors in 2018. Even as Singleton's contributions to film and television continue to be a major highlight at ABFF, the director's good friends and colleagues say that Singleton was more than just a filmmaker.

"John was, is an innovator in film," Anthony Anderson told ABC radio. "The voice of the people the voice of a community."

"Look at what he was able to do his first shot out the gate with Boyz N the Hood and how that affected all of us as filmmakers, as actors and whatnot," Anderson continued. "And, you know, first I'd like to say it's just it's a sad loss, a devastating loss to the film community, to our community, to have a voice like John's that's no longer here with us."

Anderson, who starred in the Singleton-produced film Hustle and Flow, also praised Singleton's activism. In 1992, Singleton spoke passionately about the need to create safer communities for children in a Senate hearing called "Children at War: Violence and America’s Youth."  

"Let's not forget that John was on Capitol Hill fighting for rights and, and battling Congress with issues," Anderson noted, recalling Singleton's speech. "And working with John and knowing John intimately-- all I can say is a great man, a great humanitarian, and a great storyteller. That's why we do what we do. To tell authentic stories that have an effect and an effect on people."

Singleton's impact also touched his fellow directors. Tim Story, who premiered his film Shaft at the ABBF Wednesday night, also opened up about his close connection to the director and the pressure he felt premiering the sequel to Singleton's 2000 Shaft film.

"My heart's broken because John and I talked about this movie, what I was doing before his passing," said Story. "And I was so ready for him to see it -- there's footage of his movie inside of it."

"And my heart hurts on that," continued Story. "You know, he was a good friend. So look, bringing it's been daunting, but at the same time it's been a dream come true.

Like Story, Chris Robinson, who's also set to premiere his Netflix film, Beats, at the ABBF, also acknowledged the importance of Singleton's legacy.

"We're excited to bring [Beats] to ABFF, because this is a really important festival," Robinson said. "And John Singleton bringing his projects here is an example of that. This is actually my first time coming here so I was really excited that Netflix said, 'Hey, look let, let's bring the film here and premiere it before it comes on the screen.' So yeah, we're very honored to be here."

Singleton died at age 51 on April 29 in Los Angeles after suffering a stroke on April 17.

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ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty ImagesThursday in New York City, Missy Elliott became the first female hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.  At the Hall's annual gala, Chic frontman and Songwriters Hall of Fame chairman Nile Rodgers told ABC Radio why he's so happy that Missy received the honor.

"I think it's amazing," Rodgers gushed. "I think women in our business are always underrepresented, but the place that they have the best chance of being represented is with songs.  Because in my entire career, I have never heard an artist or a record company say, 'I don't wanna do that song because a woman wrote it, or a person of color wrote it.' Ever!"

Producer and songwriter Dallas Austin -- the man behind hits by Madonna, TLC, Boyz II Men, Pink, Gwen Stefani and Monica -- was also inducted Thursday night. He told ABC Radio he was thrilled for Missy, because he never thought that people like her, himself or Jermaine Dupri, who was inducted last year, would ever be accepted.

"All of us came up in an era where if you were David Foster or if you were Diane Warren, then you could be in the Songwriter's Hall of Fame," Austin told ABC Radio.  "So for me, Missy, Jermaine -- 'OK, we're probably never going to get there,' you know? But for the Songwriters Hall of Fame to actually acknowledge us is super-important it's -- just amazing!"

Austin says as a songwriter, his job is to "take life stories and crams 'em into three minutes."  His proudest creation? TLC's "Unpretty."

"The message was important," he recalls. "I would get letters back in the day saying, 'Hey man, this song changed my life...I was a cancer patient and this song told me that it wasn't about what's on the outside, it's about what's on the inside.'...I love that."

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Robin L Marshall/Getty ImagesBasketball Wives star Tami Roman has signed a new deal with Love & Hip Hop creator Mona Scott-Young to develop and produce new TV programming.

“Tami is a true multi-hyphenate; not only is she a talent on camera, she’s also an incredibly intuitive and creative producer,” Scott-Young tells Deadline. “I love working with smart, dynamic women and Tami Roman is a rock star!”

Their first project, Tami Ever After, “highlights Roman’s relationship with longtime boyfriend, Reggie Youngblood and blends his hilarious and entertaining family from Houston, Texas with Roman’s popular and charismatic daughters." The show will premiere Wednesday, June 19 at 9 p.m. on VH1.

They also are developing two new more series, Queen City and Big Oil Houston 

"OMG! I’m so excited to be a part of the Monami family & ready for my projects Queen City & Big Oil Houston to come to fruition under @monascottyoung.” Tami commented on Instagram. “To have someone take you under their wing, teach you, guide you and believe in you is priceless! I prayed for helpful ppl & God sent me Mona, @realnickroses and @danikaberry I love you Mona! Let’s make magic!”

Roman currently stars in Saints and Sinners on the Bounce network. She will also appear with Regina Hall in the upcoming film comedy, Prison Logic.

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ABC/Randy HolmesT.I. is taking his talents to the silver screen once again, as he has signed on to star in a new film surrounding the Flint, Mich. water crisis, Deadline reports. 

Fittingly titled Flint, the movie will be produced by Will Smith's production company Overbrook Entertainment and will follow the story of a reformed ex-convict who finds himself embroiled in a murder mystery, which unravels in the midst of the infamous water crisis. 

Malcolm M. Mays serves as the film's director as well as writer. Executive producers for the project include Overbrook's Caleb Pinkett and James LassiterBrian Sher of Grand Hustle Films and the late John Singletonwho helped bring the screenplay to fruition. 

T.I.'s forthcoming role follows his stint in the Ant-Man and the Wasp. The Trap Muzik pioneer is also slated to appear in Dolemite Is My Name, starring Eddie MurphyRZA-directed heist thriller, Cut Throat City, and Paul W.S. Anderson’s Monster Hunter

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T.I. is taking his talents to the silver screen once again, as he has signed on to star in a new film surrounding the Flint, Mich. water crisis, Deadline reports. 

Fittingly titled Flint, the movie will be produced by Will Smith's production company Overbrook Entertainment and will follow the story of a reformed ex-convict who finds himself embroiled in a murder mystery, which unravels in the midst of the infamous water crisis. 

Malcolm M. Mays serves as the film's director as well as writer. Executive producers for the project include Overbrook's Caleb Pinkett and James LassiterBrian Sher of Grand Hustle Films and the late John Singletonwho helped bring the screenplay to fruition. 

T.I.'s forthcoming role follows his stint in the Ant-Man and the Wasp. The Trap Muzik pioneer is also slated to appear in Dolemite Is My Name, starring Eddie MurphyRZA-directed heist thriller, Cut Throat City, and Paul W.S. Anderson’s Monster Hunter

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Credit: Joey RosadoNaturi Naughton recently ended her relationship with her longtime boyfriend Ben, who fathered their two-year old daughter Zuri, and she now says she realized he was not the right man for her future.

“I don’t want to be married if it’s not the right marriage and the right person," the Power star tells Essence. “I went through a lot of feelings of inadequacy about why did my life not turn out to be the perfect picture story, but that’s just not what was written for me.”

The former 3LW singer wrote a song about her split titled “Stay Too Long.” She sings, “Three months after the baby was born, your love for me was gone. How could you flip the script on me?…Love makes you foolish and stay way too long.”

However, despite their breakup, Naturi and Ben are working together to raise Zuri.

“God gave me a beautiful child, and her father is great and still in her life,” Naughton says. “We’re co-parenting. That’s a blessing in itself.” 

The 35-year-old singer/actress will continue her role as Tasha St. Patrick in the sixth and final season of Power, which will debut August 25 on Starz. For her next role, she will star with Michael Ealy and Tristan Mack Wilds in the film Really Love.

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Jimmy FontaineNipsey Hussle's life and legacy will be celebrated at this year's BET Awards. 

Thursday, the network announced the late rapper will be honored posthumously with the prestigious Humanitarian Award in recognition of his work as a community advocate, philanthropist, musician and all around businessman. 

His music aside, Hussle was instrumental in advancing his beloved city of Los Angeles through his handful of real estate investments, science and tech learning centers as well as employment opportunities for the under-served members of his community.  

"As a prolific artist and leader, Nipsey Hussle was zealous about driving change for the betterment of his community, empowering and employing those in need and being an influential and highly respected leader," Connie Orlando, Executive Vice-President, Head of Programming at BET said in a statement. "His passing was a tremendous loss to the entertainment industry and to the culture." 

She continued, "We are forever grateful, humbled and honored to have experienced his presence and we are invested in doing our part to ensure that the marathon will indeed continue. It is an immense honor for us to recognize him with this year’s Humanitarian Award."

In addition to the award presentation, the BET Awards will also feature a special tribute to Hussle with performances by John LegendDJ Khaled and longtime collaborator YG.

Hosted by Regina Hall, the ceremony airs live on BET on June 23 at 8 PM E.T.

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ABC/Bob D’AmicoTracee Ellis Ross is expanding her career into animation as the lead voice and executive producer for a spinoff of the MTV series Daria, titled Jodie.

“I am thrilled to bring this project to life with MTV, both as executive producer and by voicing Jodie’s character,” the black-ish star says. “Being able to give voice to fresh, feminist and unexplored stories of young women excites me." 

Daria aired from 1997-2002 as a spinoff from the Beavis and Butt-Head series. Jodie will revolve around Daria’s good friend Jodie Landon after she graduates from college and begins her career in the tech world.

“With the brilliant, sweet and sarcastic black girl magic that is Jodie Landon, we will feature a diverse cast, comprised mainly of unapologetically smart and ambitious young female characters who are vulnerable and flawed and interesting and funny,” Ellis continues. "As a very cool bonus, ‘Jodie’ will be the first adult animated show in almost 20 years that will star a black woman. It will be a smart, funny workplace comedy full of commentary about everything from gentrification to sex to tech to call-out culture.”

No details were released on when Jodie will debut. 

Ross will appear at the BET Awards on June 23 in Los Angeles. She is now shooting her first film in over a decade, Covers, a comedy set against a backdrop of "the talent, fame, and fast-paced world of Hollywood’s music scene."

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ABC/Paula LoboRegina Hall stars in Shaft which opens Friday, but she’s already thinking about Girls Trip 2 -- and what she will or won't wear in the sequel.

After Jada Pinkett Smith suggested that Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil would be an ideal location for Girls Trip 2, Hall tells Entertainment Tonight she’s not down because she doesn’t want to wear the very sexy -- and very skimpy -- costumes that people don during Carnival.

"I don't need to be in that outfit," she says, "I would want to eat… Like, 'Damn, now I can't eat for three days, 'cause I got to be covered in crystals!"

The 48-year-old actress is looking forward to working again with Smith, Tiffany Haddish and Queen Latifah, and she wants to make sure they have a good script.

"I think it's about the timing and also everyone wants to make sure that the story's worthy of a sequel," Hall says, "We don't want y'all talking about us 'cause then y'all will be like, 'Why'd they do a second one? They should have just left it alone.'"

Girls Trip sequel has not been officially announced, but Hall is confident part two will become a reality.

“It’s going to happen,” she says. “I know that they are trying really hard to come up with the perfect idea.”

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YAhead of the release of the hotly-anticipated Revenge of the Dreamers III, J. Cole has dropped off two new singles, featuring his Dreamville cohorts, off the forthcoming record. 

Wednesday night, fans were treated to the bass-heavy posse cut "Down Bad," which features J.I.D. alongside label mates Bas and EarthGang, as well as Dreamville head honcho Cole and newcomer Young Nudy.

Alternatively, the dialed-down track "Got Me" finds Ari LennoxTy Dolla $ignDreezy and Omencohesively grooving out over the mellow production. 

ROTDIII is the third installment in the Revenge of the Dreamers series of compilation records, under the Dreamville umbrella. The recording of the album began at the top of this year in Atlanta and is expected to be released any day now. 

The album is set to feature Big K.R.I.T., Mike Will Made-ItDJ Khaled, T.I. and more.

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