Jim Smeal/WireImageIt's been nearly two decades since LeToya Luckett was let go from Destiny's Child. And in an advance clip from an upcoming episode of T.I. & Tiny: Friends and Family Hustle, Luckett says even though it "hurt," she has no hard feelings.
“Management made a decision,” she explained to T.I. & Tiny: Friends and Family Hustle co-star Toya Wright. “There was nothing at the time that I could do about it. Did it hurt? Absolutely. Because we were friends. I went to school with these girls.”
She continues, "Beyoncé and LaTavia [Roberson] had been in the group the longest. Then LaTavia went to school. Met Kelly [Rowland]. And then Beyoncé showed up at my school one day as the new beautiful girl with this new beautiful voice. It was just so cool to experience something like that at such a young age. But that decision was made…we were sisters.”
However, the Greenleaf star has officially put the past behind her -- she reunited with Bey last month during her On The Run II tour stop in Arlington, Texas.
“That was such an awesome moment. There was so much joy in that room," Luckett tells Essence, revealing that Bey even gave her some parenting advice for her the upcoming birth of her child.
"She went into straight mommy mode as far like 'Oh my god. What’s she doing? Is she doing this, is she doing that?," Luckett says. "And I was showing them my sonogram pictures and everything. She was just so excited. We’re both very, very happy, and you could feel the love in the room. There wasn’t a lot of people in the room. It felt like it was just us, chatting it up.”
T.I. & Tiny: Friends and Family Hustle premieres on Monday, October 22, at 9 p.m. ET.
Epic RecordsTravis Scott and Lil Wayne both dropped new visuals for their latest singles Friday: Travis released his “Sicko Mode” video, and Wayne debuted his “Uproar” clip.
Drake joins Scott for the “Sicko Mode” video, as they travel throughout Scott’s hometown of Houston, Texas. The H-Town rapper performed the song with Drake recently in Toronto, Houston, Los Angeles, and New York City during Drake's Aubrey and the Three Migos tour. Scott is kicking off his Astroworld: Wish You Were Here tour November 8 in Baltimore.
Shiggy, who created the “In My Feelings” dance challenge, joins Wayne, and the song’s producer, Swizz Beatz, in the ‘”Uproar video. The track is the first single from Weezy’s long awaited album, Tha Carter V, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Wayne will perform October 23 at JAY-Z”s Tidal X: Brooklyn concert in New York City.
RCA RecordsKhalid dropped his Suncity EP today, which he dedicated to the city of El Paso, Texas.
Also known as Sun City, El Paso is where Khalid lived before he moved to L.A. Last month, he received the key to the city.
The EP includes five songs, plus an intro and an interlude. This is the follow-up to Khalid's 2017 double-platinum debut, American Teen, which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Urban Contemporary Album.
“More than anything in life right now I want growth. I want my music to grow and represent how I am growing up," Khalid says. "Suncity is the start of a new era for me. This music poured out of me and I didn’t want to wait to share it. I wanted to be able to live in this moment with my fans and my friends and speak from the heart.”
The trailer for the EP includes video of the 20-year-old singer being honored in El Paso on September 13.
Khalid plans to release a full album early next year.
Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for NARASOn Thursday, US Weekly reported that Rihanna had nixed an offer to perform at the Super Bowl this coming February because she disagrees with the NFL's stance on players kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice. Now, Entertainment Tonight reports that another pop superstar said no to the offer too: Pink.
As US Weekly also reported, a source tells ET that Rihanna was asked first, but said no because "she stands with the players and Colin Kaepernick."
"The offer and exposure would have been great for Rihanna as she’s planning a new album and tour but she stuck to what’s right in her eyes," the source adds.
But a second source tells ET that the NFL approached both Rihanna and Pink -- who, as you may recall, sang the national anthem at Super Bowl LII earlier this year.
According to that source, both women ended up passing, but it was because negotiations were taking too long; the source said Kaepernick's name didn't come up in those discussions.
Rumor now has it that Maroon 5 will be playing the show on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, but that hasn't been confirmed.
ABC/Image Group LAOn the coldest night of the fall in New York City so far, Cardi B brought warmth to the Marlboro Houses in the Gravesend community in Brooklyn, NY
The “I Like It” rapper gave out free coats and shoes to hundreds of parents and children Thursday night. They received tickets and lined up hours in advance, chanting “Where is Cardi B?” When she arrived, the crowd cheered, screaming her name.
"I didn’t know it was going to so big and everything,” Cardi told New York ABC affiliate WABC-TV. My homeboy, Chuck, he told me, 'Hey, let’s give out coats to our community. I know somebody that wants to give out coasts to my community in Marlboro.' And I said, 'I’m pulling out. What’s up?'"
The three-time American Music Awards winner, who was born in New York City's borough of The Bronx, was overwhelmed with love from the crowd. She was excited to return to the neighborhood where she shot videos for two songs last year: “Red Barz” and "Pull Up On Me.”
Cardi posed an Instagram video of herself in the crowd. She commented, "IT WAS LIT IN MARLBORO TODAY! @astonmartinchuck hit me up a couple of days ago about a coat giveaway. we couldn’t believe how big this was and how many people pulled up, i wasn’t ready! Thanks Marlboro!"
She added that she'd back at Marlboro "before the year end," and added, "I can’t wait to do this in my borough next BX."
Brian Stukes/Getty ImagesNine years after her last album, Amerie is making a comeback and releasing new music today.
The two-time Soul Train award-winner is dropping a two-album project, one named 4AM Mulholland, and on named After 4AM.
Amerie found immediate success with her 2002 debut album All I Have, which went gold. She continued her hot streak in 2005 with another gold album, Touch, which included her Grammy-nominated single “1 Thing.” But after releasing two more albums -- 2007's Because I Love It and 2009's In Love & War -- she left the music business.
Why? Amerie says she wanted to write her own songs, which caused a conflict with her record label. “I experienced pushback because I’m a female who knows herself and doesn’t have problems speaking up,” she tells Billboard.
“I felt the resistance -- the 'shut up and be pretty and sing' thing. It was never explicitly stated for me, but I definitely felt that," she adds.
The 38-year-old singer turned to writing fantasy novels. She got married in 2011, and this past May, she welcomed son River Rowe.
The singer from Washington, D.C. says writing novels inspired her to return to music. “Writing a lot helped a lot with my songwriting," she explains. "It helped me write a lot faster."
Amerie also says she loves how the music industry's digital platforms now allow fans to access music instantly.
“The speed at which everyone’s listening to things and digesting things, it allows a singer -- especially if you’re independent -- to get it off your chest and go to the next thing,” she says.
“You don’t feel like something’s slowing you down. That’s all I want to do -- I just want to create."
Getty Images via ABCRihanna was reportedly asked to headline next year's Super Bowl halftime show, but she declined the offer in order to show support for Colin Kaepernick.
“The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer in Atlanta,” a source tells Us Weekly. “They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.”
This year, the NFL adopted a new policy requiring players to stand, not kneel in protest, during the national anthem.
Following Rihanna’s refusal, Maroon 5 has reportedly accepted the NFL’s invitation to headline the Super Bowl 53 halftime show on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta. Their participation has not yet been officially confirmed, however.
Kaepernick is currently suing the NFL, accusing the 32 team owners of colluding to keep him out of the league after he ignited the National Anthem protest in 2016.
Kaepernick previously played quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers for six seasons, from 2011-2016. He played with the 49ers in Super Bowl 47 in 2013, but the team lost to the Baltimore Ravens.
The 30-year-old athlete and activist currently stars in the Nike “Just Do It” 30th anniversary campaign which features LeBron James and Serena Williams.
Scott Dudelson/Getty Images for CoachellaTyler the Creator is stepping up his plans for television content creation, via a new deal with Sony Pictures.
The rapper and his business partner Lionel Boyce will develop scripted and unscripted projects for the company, according to Variety.
"Sony Pictures Television has been a hub for great television for many decades and we’re excited to be a part of a place where we will have the resources to develop new ideas,” Boyce says.
Sony Pictures President Jeff Frost is looking forward to the new collaboration.
“To be partnering with the creative genius of Tyler, the Creator and Lionel Boyce is a dream come true for us as we’ve long been fans of their work,” he says.“Tyler’s unconventional ingenuity is unparalleled, and we are excited about the prospect of what we can create together.”
Tyler and Boyce formed Bald Fade Productions, and their credits include the animated series The Jellies, and the sketch comedy series Loiter Squad, for Adult Swim.
DeWayne Rogers/Monami EntertainmentXscape will be performing Sunday in Atlanta on the So So Def 25th anniversary concert, and Tiny Harris offered a preview of their performance on Instagram.
"Just a lil light weight of what Atlanta will get This Sunday Oct. 21 There’s no where else to be if you in the city but the #SoSoDef25AnniversaryShow #PhillipsArena," she captioned a rehearsal video of the group singing “Tonight” from their 1993 debut album, Hummin’ Comin’ at ‘Cha.
Kandi Burruss, who released a solo single last week called “Ready For This,” is included in the video and will perform with the group. The show will also feature So So Def CEO Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat,Jagged Edge, and Bow Wow.
The So So Def 25th anniversary concert was supposed to be an entire tour, which was scheduled to kick off October 14 in Washington, D.C. However, all the dates, except Sunday’s show in Atlanta, have been canceled.
Dupri previously announced on Twitter that he needed more time to organize the tour, but so far, he hasn't rescheduled the canceled dates.
Fabien MontiquePusha-T has revealed how he discovered that Drake has a secret son, which Pusha revealed in his diss track, “The Story of Adidon.”
The Daytona rapper said on The Joe Budden Podcast that his source is one of Drake’s producers, Noah “40” Shebib, and not Kanye West.
“The information came from 40. It didn’t come from Kanye at all,” Pusha said. During a recent appearance on LeBron James’ new HBO series, The Shop, Drake blamed Kanye for telling Pusha about his son.
Pusha further explained that 40’s source was a woman he was sleeping with.
“He talks to her daily. Five, six hours a day,” the rapper continued. “With that also came the fact that Drake has a child. With that also came the trip that everybody took to go see the child and bring him gifts, and all of this information. She divulged this information.”
In “The Story of Adidon,” Pusha raps about Drake, “You are hiding a child, let that boy come home.”
During the Budden podcast, Pusha also repeated his claim that Drake offered $100,000 to people for information about him.
Epic RecordsMariah Carey has released yet another new track from her upcoming album, Caution.
The slow jam track, "The Distance," features rapper Ty Dolla $ign, and features Mariah singing about a love that endures despite people's disapproval.
"People saying what we have is over/But the hate only made us get closer/And closer," sings Mariah. "Said we couldn't go the distance/Look at us, we're going the distance/They just wanna be us/They don't wanna see us going the distance/for life, for life."
Thematically, the song is similar to Mariah's previous single, "With You," in which she sings about two people who've weathered multiple hardships but are still in love.
Caution is due November 16. If you pre-order it now, you'll instantly score "With You," "The Distance," and the first track Mariah released from the project, "GTFO."
ABC/Randy Holmes It's hard to believe considering how many money moves she's made in such a short time, but Cardi B made her television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! only a year ago.
A mantel full of awards later, Cardi returned to the show Wednesday night and talked about fame, her baby, and how she wants more siblings for little Kulture Kiari Cephus, her baby with husband Offset.
"Almost exactly one year ago you made your television debut right here on this stage," Kimmel said, from his temporary home at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. "How have things been going since then?"
The Bronx-born Cardi exclaimed, "Oh my God, it's crazy. It's only been 12 months, I can't even believe it!"
Jimmy asked her if her fame is fun. "It's not," the "Bodak Yellow" rapper admitted. "Because you want to know something? Like...there's certain things that I want to do with my daughter. Like I want to go to the beach with my baby. I want to take a stroll down the street with my baby, and it's just like I can't, because I just I don't know who's next to me and who has certain intentions."
She added of little Kulture, "I don't want to show my baby out to the public right now. I just want to protect her. I'm not like mentally ready...Paparazzi everywhere...[R]ight now I've got to keep it very low key."
However, Cardi noted of motherhood: "It's the best. It's like, 'Oh my gosh, should have had you when I was a teenager!'"
She wants as many as four kids, but she did have one caveat about Kulture. "She broke my vagina," Cardi said, bringing down the house. "Why nobody tells you about those things?"
Photo by Steven Ferdman/WireImageThe Weeknd may be heading to the big screen.
The Grammy-winning singer, born Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, was spotted at the New York City hotspot 1 OAK earlier this week, filming a scene for Adam Sandler's upcoming film, Uncut Gems, sources tell the New York Post.
“They’re filming there and took over for several days," says the source. "They’re shooting a club scene.”
The Weeknd reportedly performed during the filming, but it’s unclear how big his role is in the movie.
Uncut Gems, executive produced by Martin Scorsese, stars Sandler as a jewelry store owner with a gambling problem, searching for a way to pay off his debts. Eric Bogosian, Judd Hirsch and Idina Menzel co-star.
Josh Brasted/FilmMagicKandi Burruss' career is going full throttle with music, television, restaurant, and cosmetics projects, but personally, she's frustrated by her fertility problems. The Real Housewives of Atlanta star and her husband, Todd Tucker, are trying for a third child together.
“We’re definitely trying to figure out ways to grow our family,” Burruss tells Essence. “I know a lot of people thought that meant that I was pregnant. But I’m not pregnant. Let’s be clear. I saw that floating around the Internet.”
“Unfortunately, it’s not happening,” the 42-year-old singer says of her efforts to conceive. “For years and years, I was on birth control [and I] didn’t even know that I didn’t need it anymore.”
Burruss offers advice for other women who are also coping with fertility issues.
“It’s about being patient and knowing what’s for you is for you, and pray about it, and look at all your options and whatever you can try to make happen, make it happen if you can," she says.
The Grammy winner is continuing to perform with Xscape, and she plans to release a solo EP early next year.
ABC/Randy HolmesTamar Braxton says she has officially moved on after her abrupt exit from The Real almost two years ago.
During Bravo's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Tamar responded to a viewer who asked when the last time she saw her The Real co-hosts was, and whether or not she'd be open to returning to the show.
“The last time I spoke to them was at the Emmys [in September],” Tamar said. “Would I return to do what?”
“To be on the show, sweetie,” Andy Cohen clarified.
Tamar laughed and responded “I don’t know — Andy, you’re the best!”
“I have a feeling the answer is no!” Andy said.
Meanwhile, according to Tamar, her sister Toni Braxton was recently hospitalized due to a complication with her lupus. The "Unbreak My Heart" was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease in 2010.
“I talked to my mom last night. I talked to Towanda last night. I talked to Toni last night,” she said, confirming that the explosive recent family therapy session with Iyanla Vanzant hasn't stopped her from checking in with her family.
“She has lupus, but she’s in the hospital and so I made sure she’s O.K.,” Tamar added. “So I’m going to go to Atlanta and check on her."
ABC/Randy HolmesRemy Ma is responding to accusations that she condones the use of the N-word.
During a segment of the Revolt web series State of the Culture, the “All The Way Up” rapper stated about the N-word, “I don’t usually get offended, regardless of what your nationality is, if I feel like you’re not using it as a racial slur.”
Many people were offended by her statement and now Remy has clarified her statement on Instagram, as captured by The Shade Room.
Responding to the comment, “Very disappointed in your N-Word stance,” she wrote, "I don’t want to, nor would I, promote my people to attempt to ‘own’ a word, and try to stop certain people from using a word that has caused so much oppression and pain, a word NOBODY should be using regardless of the color of their skin."
The three-time Grammy nominee compared groups “owning” a word to prior laws that led to racial discrimination.
"I try to tell them to own property/real estate, life insurance, health insurance, degrees, etc.," she continued. "Words that are only allowed to be used by certain race[s] is no different from bathrooms, water fountains, and sections on buses. We have to teach our future to be better than our past.”
“This is coming from someone that is a woman that is black, that has been in the prison system that (unfortunately) uses the ‘n’ word," she added. "I'm not perfect but I aspire to be the best I possibly can."
Remy was released from prison in 2014 after serving six years for assault and illegal gun possession.
John Shearer/Getty Images for The Hollywood ReporterAfter more than a decade together, Diddy and Cassie have reportedly split.
Cassie’s rep tells LoveBScott.com, “They are indeed no longer together and haven’t been for months.” Diddy and Cassie previously broke up in 2015 and then got back together again.
The website also reports that the 48-year-old Bad Boy CEO is now with 26-year-old model Jocelyn Chew. They were spotted attending Drake’s October 12 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Cassie, who's 32, released her only solo album, which was self-titled, in 2006 on Bad Boy Records when she was 20 years old. Diddy served as the executive producer. Since then, she's focused on modeling and acting, including two appearances this year on Empire.
Marcus Ingram/Getty ImagesTyrese has shared the first photos of his baby daughter, Soraya, who was born October 1.
The musician and actor writes on Instagram, “Dear Loved ones, We hesitated to post our angel, and after embracing her love and joy for the last 2 weeks we decided to share our answered prayer. We’re convinced that God must have spent a little more time on her.”
A video montage includes several shots of Soraya with the music of Stevie Wonder’s “As,” from his classic 1976 album, Songs in the Key of Life.
Soraya is the Tyrese’s first child with his wife, Samantha. They married on Valentine’s Day last year. He has a daughter, 11-year old Shayla, from his first marriage.
ABC/Image Group LACardi B is shutting down rumors she’s recorded a track dissing Nicki Minaj.
The “I Like it” rapper posted a screen shot, since deleted, of text messages with a TMZ reporter asking about the diss track.
The reply from her representative states, “Cardi has no song coming about Nicki. So that’s false and so your story would [be] false.. Your sources are liars."
Cardi also slammed TMZ for allegedly stalking her and her baby, Kulture.
In another since-deleted Instagram post, Cardi wrote, “You really pressed my button a couple of weeks ago when ya had photographers literally stalk me and my daughter when i clearly said repeatedly i don’t want to show my daughter."
"With fame comes crazy people, stalkers and psychopaths, so i want to protect my child till I’m ready to show her to the world," Cardi continued. “But NO integrity don’t matter to ya. Then ya constantly got me in ya blog spreading fake s**t about me without doing ya research and even when we tell ya is not true, ya still push it.”
The three-time American Music Award winner closed the message with an announcement about new music.
“My single “Money” drops OCTOBER 26!!” “Money” will be the follow-up to Cardi’s platinum single “Ring” featuring Kehlani.
The rapper is also discussing joining Fran Drescher in a potential reboot of Drescher's 90s sitcom, The Nanny. After seeing Cardi wearing a cheetah-print ensemble -- channeling her character in the series -- Drescher said she wanted Cardi to portray her daughter.
“It’s really getting me excited," the actress tells ExtraTV. "It’s fresh and it could be super fun.”