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Rihanna for VOGUE’s June Issue [PHOTOS]

Posted by  | Ray Cornelius

Music and fashion icon—RIHANNA—is the latest celeb to grace the cover of VOGUE Magazine. The singer and budding actress opens up about life after turning the big 3-0 and her new business ventures Savage X Fenty and Fenty Beauty. She also talks about losing her cousin to gun violence and how she will be a mother.

“I’m not gonna be able to take my eyes off my kid. I know that already about myself,” she says. “They’re going to have to force me to hire a nanny.”

Check out a few more photos and excepts from the interview below:

On finding personal time: “Even mentally, just to be away from my phone, to be in the moment, that has been key for my growth,” she says. “Now, when I come to work, I’m all in. Because before you know it, the years will go by. I’m glad I’m taking the time. I’m happy.”

On loving herself and her new body: “You’ve just got to laugh at yourself, honestly. I mean, I know when I’m having a fat day and when I’ve lost weight. I accept all of the bodies,” she says, shrugging her shoulders. “I’m not built like a Victoria’s Secret girl, and I still feel very beautiful and confident in my lingerie.”

On being a role model too early: “That title was put on me when I was just finding my way, making mistakes in front of the world. I didn’t think it was fair,” she says. “Now I understand the concept, but at that time I was the same age as the girls who were looking up to me. And that’s a really hard place to be in as a teenager.”

Click here to read the entire interview!

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Watch New Official Trailer for ‘Ocean’s 8’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Check out Rihanna as the sexy computer tech ‘Nine Ball’ in the all-female led Ocean’s 8. It arrives in theaters nationwide on June 8.

As previously reported, Danny Ocean’s sister Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) gathers a crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City’s yearly Met Gala. Joining her in this wild and outrageous adventure is Lou (Cate Blanchett); Nine Ball (Rihanna); Amita (Mindy Kaling); Constance (Awkwafina); Rose (Helena Bonham Carter); Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway); and Tammy (Sarah Paulson).

Ocean’s 8 will also include appearances by Matt DamonDakota Fanning, James CordenKim Kardashian West, Zac Posen, Anna Wintour and Serena Williams. 

Check it out below + more images of Rih Rih:

Photo Credits: YouTube.com/Ocean’s 8

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WATCH New Trailer for #Oceans8 featuring Rihanna (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Check out the new trailer for the upcoming “Ocean’s 8.”  It opens in theaters on June 8, 2018.  “Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) gathers a crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City’s yearly Met Gala.” Her first stop is to assemble the perfect crew: Lou (Cate Blanchett); Nine Ball (Rihanna); Amita (Mindy Kaling); Constance (Awkwafina); Rose (Helena Bonham Carter); Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway); and Tammy (Sarah Paulson).”  The film also stars Matt Damon, Dakota Fanning, James Corden, Kim Kardashian West and more.

Tell us what you think!

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Oprah Winfrey, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Chance the Rapper + more make EBONY’S #Power100

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

EBONY’s coveted “POWER 100” list was released today and it’s packed with some of the biggest stars on the planet including media mogul Oprah Winfrey, multi-award winning singer and fashion icon Rihanna and box office sensations Kevin Hart and Sterling K. Brown. It also features emerging talents like “Girls Trip” actress and comedienne Tiffany Haddish, Hip Hop artist and philanthropist Chance the Rapper and Emmy winner Lena Waithe.

According to EBONY, the “POWER 100” honors those using their gifts to change the world as well as those brilliant minds of color making advances in technology and politics.This year’s cover star is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson while legendary Congresswoman Maxine Waters will pick up the Icon Award.

The “POWER 100” Gala is presented by Nationwide and will take place on Friday, December 1 with “black-ish” star Deon Cole servicing as host.

CLICK HERE to see the full list!

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Tamar Braxton, SWV, Tank, Kirk Franklin + more to perform at ‘Soul Train Awards’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

BET recently tweeted that the “hippest trip in America” aka “The Soul Train Awards” will be hosted by multi-award winning vocalist Erykah Badu. She’ll be returning for the third consecutive year as the “hostess with the mostest.”

Confirmed performers include Don Cornelius Living Legend Award honoree Toni Braxton, Lady of Soul honorees SWV as well as Tank, Kirk Franklin, Tamar Braxton and 112.

As previously reported, Solange is in the lead with seven nominations followed by Bruno Mars with six including Song of the Year and Album/Mixtape of the Year. Other nominees include DJ Khaled, Rihanna, Bryson TillerChris BrownUsher, Childish Gambino, Lalah Hathaway, Beyoncé and a host of others.

The “Soul Train Awards” recognizes the best in Soul, R&B and Hip-Hop from legends to the next generation. The show will be filmed on November 5 at the Orleans Arena and will air on November 26 at 8 p.m. on BET and BET HER.

Stay close as more performers and presenters will be announced!

Will you be watching this year?

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Solange receives Seven Nods for ‘Soul Train Awards’ and more

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

And the nominees are…

BET has announced nominations for the “2017 Soul Train Awards” and “Cranes in the Sky” singer Solange is in the lead with seven nods. Our favorite fashionista is up for awards in the categories of Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, Video of the Year and Song of the Year.

Bruno Mars trails her with six nominations including Song of the Year for his hit single “That’s What I Like,” and Album/Mixtape of the Year for “24K Magic.”  Other nominees include DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller for “Wild Thoughts” as well as Chris Brown featuring Usher and Gucci Mane for “Party.”

Grammy-winning singer, actress, reality star and philantropist—Toni Braxton—will receive  the coveted Don Cornelius Legend Award. The “Un-Break My Heart” singer has been in the industry for over 20 years strong and just released a video to her new single, “Deadwood,” which appears on her new album “Sex & Cigarettes.” It is her first project in seven years and is due out in early 2018.

The third annual Lady of Soul Award will be presented to Grammy Award-Nominated, multi-platinum, female R&B group SWV. The trio became one of the most successful R&B groups of the 1990s with such hits as “Weak,” “Right Here/Human Nature,” “I’m So into You,” and “You’re the One.”

The “Soul Train Awards” recognizes the best in Soul, R&B and Hip-Hop from legends to the next generation. The show will be filmed on November 5 at the Orleans Arena and will air on November 26 at 8 p.m. on BET and BET HER.

See all the nominees below:

Best New Artist
6LACK
H.E.R.
KEVIN ROSS
KHALID
SZA

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist
BRUNO MARS
BRYSON TILLER
CHRIS BROWN
KHALID
THE WEEKND

Best R&B/Soul Female Artist
KEHLANI
LALAH HATHAWAY
LEDISI
MARY J. BLIGE
SOLANGE
SZA

Soul Train Certified Award
BELL BIV DEVOE
JOHNNY GILL
LALAH HATHAWAY
LEDISI
MACK WILDS

Video of the Year
BEYONCÉ – ALL NIGHT
BRUNO MARS – 24K MAGIC
CHRIS BROWN FT. USHER & GUCCI MANE – PARTY
DJ KHALED FT. RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER – WILD THOUGHTS
SOLANGE – CRANES IN THE SKY

Best Gospel/ Inspirational Award
CHANCE THE RAPPER
CHARLIE WILSON
KIRK FRANKLIN
LECRAE
TAMELA MANN

Album/ Mixtape of the Year
BRUNO MARS – 24K MAGIC
MARY J. BLIGE – STRENGTH OF A WOMAN
SOLANGE – A SEAT AT THE TABLE
SZA – CTRL
THE WEEKND – STARBOY

Rhythm & Bars Award (Formerly Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year)
CARDI B – BODAK YELLOW
DJ KHALED FT. RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER – WILD THOUGHTS
FRENCH MONTANA FT. SWAE LEE – UNFORGETTABLE
KENDRICK LAMAR – HUMBLE.
YO GOTTI FT. NICKI MINAJ – RAKE IT UP

Song of the Year
BRUNO MARS – THAT’S WHAT I LIKE
CHILDISH GAMBINO – REDBONE
DJ KHALED FT. RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER – WILD THOUGHTS
KHALID – LOCATION
SOLANGE – CRANES IN THE SKY

The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award
CRANES IN THE SKY – WRITTEN BY: TROY L. JOHN, SOLANGE KNOWLES, RAPHAEL SAADIQ (SOLANGE)
LOCATION 
– WRITTEN BY: ALFREDO EMMANUEL GONZALEZ, OLATUNJI OLUTOMIWA, SAMUEL DAVID JIMENEZ, KHALID ROBINSON, JOSHUA SCRUGGS (KHALID)
LOVE ME NOW – WRITTEN BY: BLAKE MATTHEW SIMON MILLS, JOHN HENRY RYAN, JOHN ROGER STEPHENS (JOHN LEGEND)
REDBONE – WRITTEN BY: GEORGE CLINTON, WILLIAM EARL COLLINS, GARY LEE COOER, DONALD MCKINLEY GLOVER II, LUDWIG EMIL TOMAS GORANSSON (CHILDISH GAMBINO)
VERSACE ON THE FLOOR 
– WRITTEN BY: CHRISTOPHER STEVEN BROWN, JAMES EDWARD FAUNTLEROY, BRUNO MARS, PHILIP MARTIN LAWRENCE (BRUNO MARS)

Best Dance Performance
BRUNO MARS – 24K MAGIC
CHRIS BROWN FT. USHER & GUCCI MANE – PARTY
DJ KHALED FT. RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER – WILD THOUGHTS
SOLANGE FT. SAMPHA – DON’T TOUCH MY HAIR
WIZKID FT. DRAKE – COME CLOSER

Best Collaboration
DJ KHALED FT. RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER – WILD THOUGHTS
JAZMINE SULLIVAN & BRYSON TILLER – INSECURE
MARY J. BLIGE FT. KANYE WEST – LOVE YOURSELF
SOLANGE FT. SAMPHA – DON’T TOUCH MY HAIR
SZA FT. TRAVIS SCOTT – LOVE GALORE

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Beyoncé, Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West lead Grammy Nominations

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

The nominations for the 2017 Grammy Awards were announced today and leading the pack is the Queen Bee—Beyoncé with nine nods. Following her are DrakeRihanna and Kanye West, who each garnered eight and Chance The Rapper with seven. The Recording Academy will present the 59th GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, live from Staples Center in Los Angeles and broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 8–11:30 pm ET.

Check out some general categories below and click here for the full list!

Record Of The Year
“Hello” — Adele
“Formation” — Beyoncé
“7 Years” — Lukas Graham
“Work” — Rihanna Featuring Drake
“Stressed Out” — Twenty One Pilots

Album Of The Year
25 — Adele
Lemonade — Beyoncé
Purpose — Justin Bieber
Views — Drake
A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson

Song Of The Year
“Formation” — Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé)
“Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)
“I Took A Pill In Ibiza” — Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)
“Love Yourself” — Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)
“7 Years” — Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)

Best New Artist
Kelsea Ballerini
The Chainsmokers
Chance The Rapper
Maren Morris
Anderson .Paak

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WORD UP! Erykah Badu returns as Host of #SoulTrainAwards + More

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

CONGRATS to the godmother of soul, Erykah Badu! BET Centric announced today that the four-time Grammy award winning soul music singer and songwriter will once again take over the Vegas stage with her eccentric style, cerebral music, incomparable spirit and comedic commentary. The yearly celebration will honor the best in Soul and R&B from returning legends to the next generation. Filmed November 6 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, “SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016” will air on CENTRIC and BET on November 27th, 2016 at 8PM ET.

CENTRIC also announced the all-star nominees they will honor at the SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016 across 12 different categories. Drake leads the pack with 12 total nominations including two nominations for the highly coveted Video of the Year Award for his feature on Rihanna’s single “Work” and this year’s mega hit “Hotline Bling.” Beyoncé follows with 8 nominations including Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, Album/Mixtape of the Year for her groundbreaking album “Lemonade,” and multiple honors for lead single “Formation” including Song of the Year, Best Dance Performance and The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award. Rihanna, Kanye West, DJ Khaled and Usher also received multiple nominations this year including Video of the Year, Album/Mixtape of the Year and Best Collaboration.

The next generation of soul is also being recognized, including Bryson Tiller, Chance the Rapper and Anderson .Paak who are multi-nominees across categories including Best New Artist, Best R&B/Soul Male Artist and the Rhythm & Bars Award (Formerly Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year.)

Multi-platinum and three-time Grammy award-winning producer, singer-songwriter, artist, musician and technology expert Edward Theodore “Teddy” Riley, also known as the creator and king of New Jack Swing, is set to receive the coveted Legend Award. His major accolade was Michael Jackson’s “Dangerous LP” which sold over 32 million copies worldwide. Riley produced number one hits for countless icons which have governed the airways for decades. As a founding member of the multi-platinum Grammy winning group Blackstreet and a member of the group Guy, which became a multi-platinum group, Riley’s New Jack Swing sound was the epic lifeline that forever changed the design for R&B and Hip-Hop music. He is the first African-American producer to bring Korean Pop (K-Pop) music to the USA and has been producing number one hits on Billboard charts for nearly a decade.

The 2nd annual Lady of Soul Award will be presented to singer-songwriter and actress Brandy. The platinum selling artist and actress has sold over 40 million records and received numerous awards and accolades, including a Grammy Award, one American Music Award, and seven Billboard Music Awards. Last year’s inaugural Lady of Soul Award went to R&B torchbearer Jill Scott. Both Brandy and Teddy Riley are being recognized for their longstanding presence in the music industry and influence on the world of soul and R&B music past and present.

The SOUL TRAIN AWARDS will feature an exhilarating lineup of memorable performances and viewers can expect special appearances by some of the brightest stars in entertainment. The event annually showcases Soul Train’s impact on the history of music and dance from the 70s to today.

Click here for more information!

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Rihanna to receive the ‘Michael Jackson Vanguard Award’ at VMAs

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Congrats to pop superstar and fashion icon Rihanna. She will be receiving the coveted “Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award” at this year’s VMAs. According to the press release, the 28-year-old entertainer is being honored for her decade-long impact on music, pop culture, fashion, film and philanthropy. Rihanna will also perform during the ceremony LIVE from New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden on Sunday, August 28 at 9:00 PM ET.

Rihanna is a two-time VMA “Video of the Year” winner and the youngest solo artist to score 14 No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100—the fastest to do so, Rihanna’s unparalleled output of hits have spawned some of today’s most memorable music videos from “Umbrella” to “We Found Love,” “Diamonds” and her most recent collaboration with Drake on “Work.”

Past recipients of this award have gone to Madonna, Peter Gabriel, Guns N’ Roses, Beastie Boys, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, BEYONCÉ and Kanye West.

In addition to this, she has just been cast in an all-female version of “Ocean’s 8” along with acting heavyweights Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway and Cate Blanchett. Her song, “Sledgehammer” was featured on the soundtrack of the recent “Star Trek Beyond.”

Click here to see this year’s VMA nominees and stay tuned…

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Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Common, Taraji P. Henson, Maxwell and more appear in “23 Ways You…” (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Common, Taraji P. Henson, Maxwell, Kevin Hart, Jennifer Hudson, Rihanna, Lenny Kravitz and Chris Rock are just a few of the A-List celebrities who have lent their voices to a new video titled, “23 Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black In America.”

It was released earlier this week and features the 23 entertainers and the various reasons why African-American men and women have been violently killed by police officers in America over the last few years. It’s based on a list of the same name that was compiled and published by journalist Jamilah King.

“I decided to compile a list of all the seemingly mundane interactions with police that have led to high-profile black deaths. I did this to prove a point: There is a tax on black life in America, and we are better than this,” says King.

Check out her list and the video below: 

1. Selling CDs outside of a supermarket.

2. Selling cigarettes outside of a corner store.

3. Walking home with a friend.

4. Missing a front license plate.

5. Wearing a hoodie.

6. Riding a commuter train.

7. Holding a fake gun in a park in Ohio.

8. Holding a fake gun in a Walmart in Ohio.

9. Holding a fake gun in Virginia.

10. Holding a fake gun in Washington, D.C.

11. Calling for help after a car accident.

12. Driving with a broken brake light.

13. Attending a Bible study class.

14. Failing to signal a lane change.

15. Walking away from police.

16. Walking toward police.

17. Running to the bathroom in your apartment.

18. Walking up the stairwell of your apartment building.

19. Sitting in your car before your bachelor party.

20. Holding your wallet.

21. Making eye contact.

22. Attending a birthday party.

23. Laughing.

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BET Awards Announce 2016 Nominees; airs June 26 at 8 p.m.

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

BET has announced nominations for the 2016 “BET Awards,” and Drake leads the pack with nine nods including ‘Best Male Hip Hop Artist,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ and ‘Best Collaboration’ for his hit “Where Ya At” with fellow hip hop artist Future.

Pop divas Beyoncé and Rihanna follow with five nods including ‘Best Female R&B/Pop Artist and ‘Best Collaboration.”

Other nominees include newcomer Bryson Tiller who is up for four awards including ‘Best Male R&B/Pop Artist.’ Chris Brown is nominated for the same number including ‘Best Male R&B/Pop Artist’ and ‘Video Director of the Year.’  Future could also walk away with four awards including ‘Best Male Hip Hop Artist’ and the ‘Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award.’

My new music crush Andra Day is also nominated for three awards including ‘Best New Artist’ and ‘Centric Award.’

“Empire” actress Taraji P. Henson will go toe-to-toe with Tracee Ellis Ross, Viola Davis, Gabrielle Union and Kerry Washington for ‘Best Actress.’

“These nominees represent depth and diversity in achievement over the past year and we look forward to recognizing them next month,” said Stephen Hill, BET’s President of Programming. “This show will be innovative and special; in addition to celebrating the best in entertainment, we’ll also spend time throughout the show remembering Prince as only BET can. You can count on memorable performances and moments in honor of a true legend.”

The complete list of nominees for the 2016 “BET Awards” are:

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
ADELE
ANDRA DAY
BEYONCÉ
K. MICHELLE
RIHANNA

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
BRYSON TILLER
CHRIS BROWN
JEREMIH
THE WEEKND
TYRESE

Best Group
2 CHAINZ & LIL WAYNE
DRAKE & FUTURE
PUFF DADDY & THE FAMILY
RAE SREMMURD
THE INTERNET

Best Collaboration
BIG SEAN FT. CHRIS BROWN & TY DOLLA $IGN – PLAY NO GAMES
BIG SEAN FT. KANYE WEST & JOHN LEGEND – ONE MAN CAN CHANGE THE WORLD
FUTURE FT. DRAKE – WHERE YA AT
NICKI MINAJ FT. BEYONCÉ – FEELING MYSELF
RIHANNA FT. DRAKE – WORK

Best Male Hip Hop Artist
DRAKE
FETTY WAP
FUTURE
J. COLE
KANYE WEST
KENDRICK LAMAR

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
DEJ LOAF
LIL KIM
MISSY ELLIOTT
NICKI MINAJ
REMY MA

Video of the Year
BEYONCÉ – FORMATION
BRYSON TILLER – DON’T
DRAKE – HOTLINE BLING
KENDRICK LAMAR – ALRIGHT
RIHANNA FT. DRAKE  – WORK

Video Director of the Year
BENNY BOOM
CHRIS BROWN
COLIN TILLEY & THE LITTLE HOMIES
DIRECTOR X
HYPE WILLIAMS

Best New Artist
ALESSIA CARA
ANDRA DAY
BRYSON TILLER
KEHLANI
TORY LANEZ

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY
ERICA CAMPBELL
KIRK FRANKLIN
LECRAE
TAMELA MANN
TASHA COBBS

Best Actress
GABRIELLE UNION
KERRY WASHINGTON
TARAJI P. HENSON
TRACEE ELLIS ROSS
VIOLA DAVIS

Best Actor
ANTHONY ANDERSON
COURTNEY B. VANCE
IDRIS ELBA
MICHAEL B. JORDAN
O’SHEA JACKSON JR.

YoungStars Award
AMANDLA STENBERG
QUVENZHANÉ WALLIS
SILENTÓ
WILLOW SMITH
YARA SHAHIDI

Best Movie
BEASTS OF NO NATION
CONCUSSION
CREED
DOPE
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON

Sportswoman of the Year
CHEYENNE WOODS
GABRIELLE DOUGLAS
SERENA WILLIAMS
SKYLAR DIGGINS
VENUS WILLIAMS

Sportsman of the Year
CAM NEWTON
KOBE BRYANT
LEBRON JAMES
ODELL BECKHAM JR.
STEPHEN CURRY

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
BEYONCÉ – FORMATION
BRYSON TILLER – DON’T
CHRIS BROWN – BACK TO SLEEP
DRAKE – HOTLINE BLING
FUTURE FT. DRAKE – WHERE YA AT
RIHANNA FT. DRAKE – WORK

Centric Award
ANDRA DAY – RISE UP
BEYONCÉ – FORMATION
K. MICHELLE – NOT A LITTLE BIT
RIHANNA – BBHMM
THE INTERNET – UNDER CONTROL

Best International Act Africa
AKA (SOUTH AFRICA)
BLACK COFFEE (SOUTH AFRICA)
CASSPER NYOVEST (SOUTH AFRICA)
DIAMOND PLATNUMZ (TANZANIA)
MZVEE (Ghana)
SERGE BEYNAUD (COTE D’IVOIRE)
WIZKID (NIGERIA)
YEMI ALADE (NIGERIA)

Best International Act UK
KANO
KREPT & KONAN
LIANNE LA HAVAS
SKEPTA
STORMZY
TINIE TEMPAH

The 2016 “BET Awards” will air live on Sunday, June 26 at 8 p.m. at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

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YAY! Rihanna to receive ‘Rock Star Award’ during ‘Black Girls Rock’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Rihanna will bring some of her #BlackGirlMagic to this year’s “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™” The eight-time Grammy winning fashion icon will receive this year’s Rock Star Award.

The chart topping singer, executive producer, fashion designer, actress, astute business entrepreneur and philanthropist will help illuminate the triumphs of brilliant Black women who have broken barriers in the areas of art, music, philanthropy and community service.

As previously reported, the show will tape on Friday, April 1, 2016 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ and the broadcast will premiere on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 8:00 P.M. ET/PT.

This year the dynamic “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™” movement, founded by Beverly Bond, celebrates its 10 year anniversary and its sixth televised broadcast on BET Networks. The NAACP Award winning “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™” on BET continues to represent a revolutionary landmark in media as it delivers edifying, entertaining and inspiring content honoring the nexus of achievements made by powerful Black women and girls.

Rihanna joins producer and writer Shonda Rhimes (Shot Caller Award), R&B legend Gladys Knight (Living Legend Award), “The Walking Dead” actress and “Eclipsed” playwright Danai Gurira (Star Power Award), award-winning actress and activist Amandla Stenberg (Young Gifted and Black Award), and Black Lives Matter founders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi (Community Change Agent Award) as this year’s “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™” 2016 Celebrants.

Stay tuned…

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TAKE A LOOK ~ Rihanna feat. Drake ‘Work’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Check out the 30-second teaser for Rihanna’s new video for the single “Work” featuring Drake. The snippet premiered about two hours ago and features the two pop stars winding and grinding in a crowded dancehall. The single comes from her “Anti” album.

In other related news, Rihanna has canceled more dates for upcoming “Anti” World Tour. According to The Guardian, the singer has postponed shows from February to May including stops in Houston, Atlanta, New Orleans and was placed on vocal rest earlier this week after she canceled her performance at the Grammy Awards. Apparently the antibiotics her doctor put her on “did not kill the infection.” Let’s hope she feels better over the weekend.

Stay tuned…

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CASTING NEWS!

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Grammy winning-vocalist and fashion icon, Rihanna will star in the upcoming sci-fi drama, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. The film’s director, Luc Besson announced the news Wednesday via social media with a photo of the singer and the caption: “RIHANNA is in VALERIAN!!!!! ….and she has a big part!! I’m Sooo excited!!!” Rih Rih joins Clive Owen, Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan in the film adaptation of Valerian and Laureline. Shooting begins in January with a 2017 release. [SHADOW AND ACT]

Oscar winning-hip-hop star, Common has secured a role in the upcoming feature, John Wick 2. The project is a sequel the 2014 film, John Wick and features the Chi-Town rapper as the nemesis of the film’s main character played by Keanu Reeves. In other related news, Common has also signed a two-year deal with HBO. According to reports, he is responsible for developing and producing new projects for the cable network through his Freedom Road Productions. He will also be producing a new untitled “Chicago-set drama” for Showtime. Way to go Common! [DEADLINE)

Oscar-winning actress Mo’Nique and acclaimed actress Kimberly Elise have been added to David E. Talbert’s A Meyers Thanksgiving. As previously reported, the film focuses on what happens to an estranged family when they come together for the first time after the death of the family matriarch. It also stars Jessie T. Usher, Gabrielle Union, Alkoya Brunson and Danny Glover. CONGRATS ladies! [THR]