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ABC/ Lou RoccoMaxwell is the latest artist announced for VH1's second annual Dear Mama: An Event to Honor Moms Mothers's Day special next month. 

The "Lake by the Ocean" singer is slated to appear alongside DJ KhaledKelly RowlandLudacris and Robin Thicke

The Mother's Day special will take place at Pasadena's Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens in California, and is co-executive-produced by Queen Latifah's Flavor Unit. 

black-ish star Anthony Anderson is returning to host the event, along with Power actress and television personality LaLa Anthony

Dear Mama: An Event to Honor Moms premieres on Monday, May 8th at 10 p.m. ET in VH1.   

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Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagicIt looks like Netflix's hit drama series 13 Reasons Why has another celebrity fan.

Paris Jackson recently praised the show on Instagram for it's depiction of bullying and teens struggling with anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts. 

The rising star writes, "this show was an amazing way to get the message across to bullies that they need to stop doing what they are doing, it really did a good job of showing how impactful words and actions can be to other human beings."   

With that in mind, Paris also urges anyone interested in watch the show to do so with caution, adding, "it is also an extremely triggering thing to watch. please only watch this show with caution and keep in mind that it may put you in a dark place. if you are struggling please don't watch. if you think you can handle it, please by all means check it out."

Paris' Instagram note was written in response to criticism of the series, which spotlights teen suicide, both for its subject matter and the way it's depicted.  

Earlier this year in a Rolling Stone interview, the model-actress disclosed her own struggles with depression, drug addiction, self-harm and multiple suicide attempts.

The Hollywood Reporter says 13 Reasons Why is leaning toward renewal for a second season.  

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ABC/Fred WatkinsThe first night of the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia, PA began with a soul-stirring performance by sisters Chloe x Halle

The duo's rendition of the national anthem brought many cheers and a raucous round of applause at the end of their set.  

Many fans on Twitter also hailed the two with positive memes and words of praise.

Chloe x Halle, who are signed to Beyoncé's entertainment/management company Parkwood Entertainment, are expected to appear during this summer's Essence Festival in New Orleans. Their latest project, The Two of Us, is out now.  

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Prince Williams/WireImageImagine paying thousands to fly to a private island in the Bahamas to attend a luxury music festival co-created by Ja Rule...only to find barely-livable conditions, dwindling supplies of food, stolen passports and worse?

That's what happened at this year's Fyre Festival, where festivalgoers, who paid up to $12,000 for a ticket, have been documenting their experiences on social media since arriving on the island Thursday.  

They've described the event as a "complete disaster."

"There are no villas, just a disaster tent city," one attendee tweeted.  

Other attendees also tweeted about their disappointing experiences, including a woman posting a video to document being locked indoors with no air, food or water, and another sharing a picture of storage lockers for attendees set up on a plot of dirt....without locks. 

Organizers of the two-weekend festival promised ticket-holders a "once-in-a-lifetime musical experience" complete with performances by artists including MigosLil YachtyRae SremmurdG.O.O.D. MusicMajor Lazer and Blink-182, the latter of whom cancelled their appearance yesterday.    

As of Friday, it appears that festival organizers have put the event on hold and sent planes to the island to transport ticketholders back to Miami.  Fans are also being promised full refunds.  

Ja Rule also posted an update via Twitter hours after news of the festival disaster broke, writing, "I will make a statement soon I'm heartbroken at this moment my partners and I wanted this to be an amazing event it was NOT A SCAM as everyone is reporting."

"I don't know how everything went to left but I'm working to make it right by making sure everyone is refunded," he added. "I truly apologize as this is NOT MY FAULT... but I'm taking responsibility."  

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ABC/Fred WatkinsMary J. Blige's highly-anticipated album Strength of a Woman finally arrived today.  

The 13th studio project from the singer features big name collaborators, such as Kanye WestMissy Elliott and DJ Khaled. There's also another version of the disc that contains two exclusive bonus tracks, available exclusively from Target.  

You can hear more about Strength of a Woman, ask Mary J. your burning questions and even make a donation to Mary's Planned Parenthood fundraiser during her Facebook Live online discussion today at 5 p.m. ET.  

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My new album #StrengthOfAWoman is finally available everywhere! https://t.co/hiiKEeEF9K pic.twitter.com/liWAgTwJux

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Photo Courtesy of BETBET is saying "yes" to new comedies, late-night shows, original series and dynamic specials with their newly released programming line-up.

The network announced on Thursday the 2017-2018 programming slate with all-star executive producers.  Kevin Hart will offer a new thirty-minute scripted dramedy called Divorce Saved My MarriageSteve Harvey will run an "unfiltered" male talk show called BET's Mancave, hosted by Jeff Johnson; and Wanda Sykes will co-executive-produce a reality game show called Face Value.

BET is also giving rapper 50 Cent a chance at comedy with a new variety show entitled 50 Central. In addition to Fiddy, the network is showing artists some major love with the addition of two new music related miniseries: The Bobby Brown Story and Death Row Chronicles.

Late nights on BET will now have a new face. Comedian and writer Robin Thede will host The Rundown with Robin Thede, a talk show featuring "biting social commentary, sharp sketch comedy and in-your-face pop culture parody."

For the full programming line-up go to BET.com

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Imagine paying $12,000 to go to a music festival -- co-created by Ja Rule -- on a private island in the Bahamas, only to deal with stolen passports, cheese, lettuce and tomato sandwiches for lunch, and unseemly conditions?

That's what happened at this year's Fyre Festival, where festival goers, who paid up to $12,000 for a ticket, have been documenting their experience since arriving on the island Thursday, describing the event as a "complete disaster."

"There are no villas, just a disaster tent city," one prospective attendee tweeted.  

Other attendees also tweeted about their disappointing experiences, including a woman posting a video to document being locked indoors with no air, food or water, and another sharing a picture of storage lockers on a plot of dirt, meant for attendees to secure the belongings -- all without locks. 

Organizers of the two-weekend festival promised ticket-holders a "once-in-a-lifetime musical experience" complete with performances by artists including MigosLil YachtyRae SremmurdG.O.O.D. MusicMajor Lazer and Blink-182, the latter of whom cancelled their appearance yesterday.    

As of Friday, it appears that festival organizers have put the event on hold and sent planes to the island to transport ticket-holders back to Miami.  They're also being promised full refunds.  

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony occurred earlier this month at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, but fans will be able to watch highlights from the event, including Snoop Dogg inducting his friend, the late rapper Tupac Shakur, this Saturday on HBO.  

Backstage during the event, Snoop Dogg, who remembered Tupac not as an icon, but as a regular human being, explained the importance of the the artist's acceptance into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the genre of hip-hop.  

He said, "This award shows that the music that you make will be appreciated over the test of time -- if you make great music and you put your heart and your soul into it you'll be appreciated."

"Giving appreciation to a great musician, a songwriter, an inspirator and no matter what field of music you in, you gotta respect good music and that's what Tupac made," he added. 

CHIC co-founder Nile Rodgers, honored with Rock Hall of Fame's Award for Musical Excellence by Pharrell Williams, said that he appreciated it, but remained taken aback by the recognition. 

"When I get these special awards, they're usually somewhat interesting to me, it throws be off-kilter, because I don't do records to get awards," he said. 

Performances during the event include Alicia Keys' energetic medley  of several iconic Tupac tracks, including "Ambitionz az a Ridah," "I Ain't Mad at Cha," "Dear Mama" and "Changes."  

Snoop also took the stage to trade verses with YG on "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted," followed by Treach of Naughty by Nature, who delivered "Hail Mary." That performance ended with T.I. rapping "Keep Ya Head Up."

The 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony airs this Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on HBO.

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ABC/ Ida Mae AstuteMary J. Blige is taking her strength and much more to Facebook Live today to accomplish two goals: promoting her new album Strength of a Woman and raising money for Planned Parenthood.

Fans will be able to donate funds, hear more about Mary's latest disc and ask her questions during the live online discussion, led by Planned Parenthood ambassador Jamilah Lemieux [Leh-MEW], at 5 p.m. ET. 

Strength of a Woman, featuring guest appearances by Kanye WestMissy Elliott, DJ KhaledQuavoKaytranada and Prince Charlez, arrives everywhere today.

In addition, a version of album containing two exclusive bonus tracks is now available to pre-order only at Target.

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Warner Bros.We've finally got a release date for that massive Purple Rain reissue package we've been promised since last year. 

Warner Bros. and Prince's own NPG records revealed Friday that the late music legend's album masterpiece will be re-released June 23, with pre-orders beginning today.  By the way, June 23 is just two days shy of June 25, 1984 album release date.

A lot's been written already about the reissue.  There are two packages: Purple Rain Deluxe includes two CDs -- the original album, and a second CD of " From the Vault & Previously Unreleased" tracks.  Just as exciting -- the original album is a long-promised remaster, which Prince himself oversaw and that was completed at Paisley Park in 2015.

The second package, dubbed Purple Rain Deluxe -- Expanded Edition, includes the two Purple Rain Deluxe CDs, plus a third CD of single edits and B-sides.  There's also a DVD of Prince & The Revolution on his Purple Rain tour, performing at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY, on March 30, 1985.

If you pre-order either of the packages now, you'll instantly receive the previously unreleased Prince track "Electric Intercourse," a studio version he recorded in 1983 of a song he only ever performed live.

Both Purple Rain packages will be available from the usual online outlets but as of Friday morning, that pre-order availability was limited.  Hopefully that'll be resolved soon.

Friday, April 21 marked one year since Prince's death at age 57.  Billboard reports that according to Nielsen Music, Prince's catalog, counting both albums and songs, sold 7.7 million copies in the U.S. since then, with "Purple Rain" the best-selling song, and Purple Rain the second-best-selling album, after The Very Best of Prince.

Here are the reissue track lists:

Purple Rain Deluxe
Disc One: Original Album (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)
1. "Let's Go Crazy"
2. "Take Me with U"
3. "The Beautiful Ones"
4. "Computer Blue"
5. "Darling Nikki"
6. "When Doves Cry"
7. "I Would Die 4 U"
8. "Baby I'm a Star"
9. "Purple Rain"

Disc Two: From the Vault & Previously Unreleased
1. "The Dance Electric"
2. "Love and Sex"
3. "Computer Blue" ("Hallway Speech" version)
4. "Electric Intercourse" (studio)
5. "Our Destiny/Roadhouse Garden"
6. "Possessed" (1983 version)
7. "Wonderful A**"
8. "Velvet Kitty Cat"
9. "Katrina's Paper Dolls"
10. "We Can F***"
11. "Father's Song"

Purple Rain Deluxe -- Expanded Edition
Includes Purple Rain Deluxe Disc One and Disc Two, plus...

Disc Three: Single Edits & B-Sides
1. "When Doves Cry" (edit)
2. "17 Days"
3. "Let's Go Crazy" (edit)
4. "Let's Go Crazy" (Special Dance Mix)
5. "Erotic City"
6. "Erotic City" ("Make Love Not War Erotic City Come Alive")
7. "Purple Rain" (edit)
8. "God"
9. "God" (Love Theme from Purple Rain)
10. "Another Lonely Christmas"
11. "Another Lonely Christmas" (extended version)
12. "I Would Die 4 U" (edit)
13. "I Would Die 4 U" (extended version)
14. "Baby I'm A Star" (edit)
15. "Take Me With U" (edit)

DVD:  Prince and The Revolution, Live at the Carrier Dome,  Syracuse, NY, March 30, 1985
1. "Let's Go Crazy"
2. "Delirious"
3. "1999"
4. "Little Red Corvette"
5. "Take Me with U"
6. "Do Me, Baby"
7. "Irresistible B****"
8. "Possessed"
9. "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?"
10. "Let's Pretend We're Married"
11. "International Lover"
12. "God"
13. "Computer Blue"
14. "Darling Nikki"
15. "The Beautiful Ones"
16. "When Doves Cry"
17. "I Would Die 4 U"
18. "Baby I'm a Star"
19. "Purple Rain"

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ABC/ Rick RowellBobby Brown will be the latest artist to get the biographical mini-series treatment from BET.

On Thursday the network announced that it will broadcast The Bobby Brown Story, a four-hour biopic miniseries that will follow up the success of BET's New Edition mini-series earlier this year.

No word on when the show will air or who will star -- Woody McClain played Bobby in The New Edition Story -- but it will run over two nights, in two-hour episodes each night.

BET also is planning a six-part docu-series exploring the story of hip-hop label Death Row Records. 

Death Row Chronicles is described by BET as "part true-crime murder mystery and part hip-hop drama," and promises to uncover evidence and speak to witness about the rivalries at the label and it's roster of artists like Snoop Dogg, Tupac and Dr. Dre. No words on dates for that series either, though each episode will run one hour.

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Scott Legato/Getty ImagesThe death of Mandisa's friend Kisha -- who lost her battle to breast cancer several years ago -- caused the American Idol alum to go into a deep depression.  

But now the Grammy-winning singer is in a happier place, thanks to forgiveness, and an intervention.

The singer tells ABC Radio, "When she [Kisha] passed away, it just shook the foundation underneath me and I sank into a deep depression. I was angry at God and instead of yelling and screaming, which I think He actually wants us to do, I shut down and I ignored Him and I ignored everybody who loved me."    

Mandisa feels better now, thanks to the help of her community, her ability to forgive herself, and her focus on her future.  

But sometimes certain accomplishments, such as performing for the first time ever on Good Morning America earlier this week, remind her of past mistakes. 

"I kind of had a flashback of standing on the stage in front of Simon Cowell and having him say some not-so-nice things about me," she tells ABC Radio, referring to her experience on season 5 of Idol.

"But then I remembered the moment I told Simon that I forgave him because Jesus forgave me for all that I've done wrong," she adds. "And so I could extend that same grace to him."

Mandisa's new album, Out of the Dark, will see the light of day on May 19. 

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David Becker/Getty Images via ABCLudacris is the latest celebrity to join a growing lineup of stars for VH1's second annual Dear Mama: An Event to Honor Moms Mothers's Day special next month.   

The "Stand Up" rapper and Fate of the Furious star will honor his mom, who runs The Ludacris Foundation

Kelly RowlandDJ Khaled and Robin Thicke are also confirmed to appear. The Mother's Day special is set to take place at Pasadena's Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens in California, and is co-executive-produced by Queen Latifah's Flavor Unit. 

Dear Mama: An Event to Honor Moms premieres on Monday, May 8th at 10 p.m. ET in VH1. 

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Courtesy of MTVQueen Latifah is coming to the rescue of MTV's Scream.

According to TV Line, Latifah has signed on as an executive producer for the third season of MTV's adaptation of the slasher movie-inspired series. The Star actress will produce alongside her Flavor Unit Entertainment partners Shakim Compere and Yaneley Arty.

In addition to Latifah's addition, the show will also feature a completely new cast and creative reboot. At this time, it's unclear exactly what direction the show may take. 

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ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaTamar Braxton has a lot of feelings about her parents' divorce, and now she's set them to music on her brand-new track, titled "My Man." 

The song is Tamar's first single release since 2015's "If I Don't Have You." "My Man" appears to detail her parents' intense relationship before and after their divorce -- as the cover art for the track features a heart-shaped picture of the former couple, torn down the middle.  

The aftermath of their relationship, and how Tamar and her sisters deal with it, is currently playing out on the latest season of their hit show, Braxton Family Values.  

"My Man" is now available to buy via the usual digital platforms. You can also watch a brand-new episode of Braxton Family Values tonight at 9 p.m. ET on WE tv.

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Image Group LA/ABCKendrick Lamar has a new fan, and friend, in LAPD Commissioner Steve Soboroff.  

The two met earlier this week during a Los Angeles Clippers game and even posed for a picture together, reports TMZ

Kendrick -- who's from Compton, California, a city known for high rates of crime and gang culture -- has criticized the police and police brutality in many of his songs.  

On his track "Alright," he raps, "And we hate popo, wanna kill us dead in the street for sure," and his song "Little Johnny" features the lyrics, "Where the choppers kidnap the night and police silence your rights."

Even so, Soboroff tells TMZ that his friendship with Kendrick is real. He says, "Everyone should be able to voice their frustrations as a first step to come to productive solutions. He expresses through his art form his feelings and I respect that, in Los Angeles, and I think he respects, or I hope he would, respect how seriously we take community policing and understanding people's views." 

It looks like Kendrick and Soboroff's friendship is off to a beautiful start, with the "Humble" rapper even helping the Commissioner buy tickets for his son to one of his concerts in LA.  

Kendrick is expected to perform at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on his DAMN. tour August 6. 

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Venturelli/WireImageJanet Jackson and husband Wissam Al Mana may have broken up, but the two are apparently being very civil towards one another.

A Jackson family friend tells People magazine, "Janet really trusts Wissam and he trusts her. She and Wissam are working together to co-parent. They have a strong friendship. There is no fighting between them.”

Not only that, says the friend, but the entire Jackson clan is fine with Wissam, too. 

"[They all] like [him] and see that he is a great father," dishes the pal.

Janet, 50, and Al Mana, 42, split soon after they welcomed their first child, Eissa, who's now three months old.  The friend says, "They are very disciplined and the baby is already on a strict schedule."

According to the friend, Janet will remain in London, where she and Wissam have lived for the past few years -- at least for now.

"It seems like she will stay in London for now while the baby is so young, but I can see her eventually moving back to the States,” says the friend. "Janet is doing really well. She is just so happy to have her baby.”

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David Becker/Getty Images via ABCFollowing the release of her first book, Whoa BabyKelly Rowland is now slated to perform for fellow moms and fans at VH1's Dear Mama: An Event to Honor Moms event. 

The singer joins DJ Khaled, who will appear on the show to honor fiancee Nicole Tuck, and "Blurred Lines" artist Robin Thicke, who has planned a tribute for his mother, actress and singer Gloria Loring.  

The Mother's Day special, co-executive-produced by Queen Latifah's Flavor Unit, will take place at Pasadena's Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens in California, with black-ish star Anthony Anderson and television personality La La Anthony set to host.  

Dear Mama: An Event to Honor Moms premieres on Monday, May 8th at 10 p.m. ET. 

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ABC/Randy HolmesSnoop Dogg will turn his attention from music to sports when he becomes the Champions Basketball League's top dog this summer.

The 45-year-old rapper has been named the celebrity commissioner for the summer league, which features former NBA players taking part in a five-on-five games, reports Billboard.

In a statement Snoop says, "Champions Basketball League is a sports innovation for fans. Champions provides exclusive and affordable access to world class basketball for fans."

"I'm looking forward to collaborating with the organization on unique ways to entertain fans and work with the league to secure celebrity partners in each of the major markets where Champions Basketball League will play this summer," he continues. "And fans are even able to own their own team, can't wait to see what ya'll do with that."

"Snoop Dogg is at the forefront of pop culture and loved by millions across the globe, and has sold nearly 40 million records worldwide," notes Carl George, CEO of Champions Basketball League.

Adds George, "For decades he has been an innovator with award winning albums, multiple films, lifestyle products, philanthropic efforts, TV shows and digital ventures -- and we are thrilled that he will bring this depth to the League as we launch this summer."

Snoop Dogg's 15th solo album, Neva Left, is set for release on May 19.

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Derek BlanksShould you ever find yourself invited to Patti LaBelle's home for some of her famous sweet potato pie, don't expect to hear the iconic vocalist sing as she serves you a slice.  

As Ms. Patti explains to ABC Radio, "I don't sing in the shower nor do I sing when I'm cooking. I just don't listen to music. If I were to choose a song, it would be 'California Love.' Tupac. Then I can cut up stuff. But no, I don't even play that." 

Nevertheless, the celebrity chef and music legend has a few favorite songs she likes to jam out to from time to time, including Peter Gabriel's 1982 track "Shock the Monkey," Chaka Khan's classic "Ain't Nobody" and 50 Cent's smash "In Da Club."  

In fact, she busted a move to Fiddy's hit when she appeared on ABC's Dancing with the Stars.

Patti also loves Kanye West, and remembers the moment the "Heartless" rapper cautiously asked her to provide guest vocals on his 2005 song "Roses." 

She says, "I was in the studio with his mother. Just gone by to see him. And he says, 'Miss LaBelle. Please I hate to ask you, but would you mind singing this for my grandmother or something?' And I said, 'No, I don't mind honey. I love to sing.' So I did that with him, but I haven't performed with any other rappers."

Fans can pick up Patti's new cookbook, Desserts LaBelle, today, and her first studio album in more than eight years, Bel Hommage [belle oh-MAHJ], May 5. 

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