Jimmy FontaineNipsey Hussle has already had an intersection in L.A. named after him -- but if fans have their way, a Crayola crayon could be the next item to sport the late rapper's name.
Thursday, Hussle's legion of supporters rallied on social media to request that Crayola rename its new cobalt blue crayon in his honor. While Crayola initially asked for suggestions for the bold hue back in 2017, fans, including NBA star Lebron James, are now advocating for the name "Nipsey Blue."
"Nipsey Blue...with portions of the proceeds going to inner city STEM programs for kids," one fan wrote in response to Crayola's original tweet.
A few other suggestions included "Crenshaw Blue," "Marathon Blue," "TMC Blue" and "Blue Laces." That last one is a reference to a fan-favorite cut from Hussle's critically-acclaimed mixtape TheMarathon.
In the time since his tragic murder, the Grammy-nominated lyricist has been memorialized far and wide.
Earlier this month, Hussle's beloved hometown of South Central L.A. renamed the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and West Slauson Avenue to Ermias "Nipsey Hussle" Asghedom Square, in honor of the Victory Laplyricist. There are also a number of murals in L.A. that honor the slain star.
Johnny Nunez/WireImageMathew Knowles is making sure fans know he has already discussed his upcoming project, Survivor: The Destiny’s Child Musical, with his daughter and other DC members.
"We have directly and indirectly spoken — [to] not only Beyoncé, Kelly [Rowland] and Michelle [Williams] or their representatives — but also some of the former members of the group,” Knowles told Page Six. “We’ve given them the opportunity to be as much involved as they’d like, or [have] as little involvement as they’d like.”
The production, which Knowles says is in its early stages, will tell the group's life story through his experience as their manager. It's described as a behind-the-scenes look at "how the greatest girl group of all time was created."
But even though the musical will be told from his viewpoint, Knowles says he doesn’t expect the group members to have any issues once the script is complete.
“Everybody understands this is my perspective, not their perspective,” he said. “The girls were very young when they got into this business, so a lot of this perspective, they didn’t really understand.”
Knowles, who managed the group since its inception in 1990, says once he gets the script together, he will even allow original members to review it.
“I wouldn’t want to put anything out that didn’t have everyone’s support,” he added.
In addition to DC, Knowles say the musical will also focus on how managing the group affected his family, including daughter Solange Knowles and his ex-wife, Tina Lawson. He says Tina and Solange are both aware of his production and are “excited to see what the script is going to look like."
Along with the musical, Knowles says fans can expect an album as well: DC's first album, which he says "they made back in 1992, 1993," when they were known as Girl's Tyme.
Johnny Nunez/Getty ImagesLess than 24 hours after Lil Kim announced she would be delaying the release of her forthcoming album, 9, the Queen Bee has shared an update with fans.
According to the pioneering rapper, her fans' frustration "has been heard." Wednesday night, Kim took to Instagram to share that she and her record label have managed to resolve their differences.
"We have worked it out and we are one big happy family again," the "Jump Off" lyricist wrote in a postaddressing her loyal Beehive.
She added: "Stay tuned for the new release date and I'll be going live in the next couple of days."
As previously reported, Kim was set to gift fans with her newest effort on May 17. However, the rapper then claimed on her Instagram story that her label, eOne, had "pushed back the date" of the album.
When 9 is released, it'll be her first album in over 10 years, following 2005's The Naked Truth.
The iconic femcee had teased its arrival late last month on social media, as well as during a recent performance in Atlantic City.
ABC/Fred WatkinsFantasia fans, rejoice. The vocal powerhouse is gearing up to release new music next week.
Wednesday, the singer took to Instagram to share that her forthcoming effort, "Enough," would arrive on May 3. The single will also be accompanied by a music video, which Fantasia has been teasing since late last month.
In a post dated March 25, the American Idol alum revealed that she executive-produced the track's impending video, alongside Derek Blanks. Fantasia even braved frigid temperatures for one of the scenes, which she described as a part of the process of pouring her "heart and soul" into her upcoming album.
"Enough" is the lead single from the singer's highly-anticipated independent album. The new project will be Fantasia's first release on a non-major record label. It's the follow-up to 2016’s The Definition Of…, her final album for RCA Records.
Thaddaeus McAdams/WireImageThe camaraderie is long gone between 50 Cent and Young Buck, as the formerG-Unit cohorts have ignited their feud once again.
Wednesday, 50 took to Instagram to take aim at Buck yet again, by suggesting his forthcoming studio album would be a fan favorite among the LGBT community.
"Young Buck is almost ready to drop his album. He worked hard on this project," 50 began his caption, but things quickly took a turn.
"I told him his personal choice to date a tran sexual [sic] will confuse some of his core audience but with the support of the LGBT he should be fine," he continued.
The not-so-subtle dig was in reference to Buck's alleged sexual tryst with a transgender woman, back in September 2018, which the rapper has vehemently denied ever occurred.
As 50's insensitive post began to circulate online, his former label mate offered up a response of his own via an Instagram Live session.
"You’re trying to sabotage me, pull my music down, send cease-and-desists everywhere, put up little posts and jokes for laughs while you do weak a** s*** behind my back and try to keep me tied to a contract," Buck said during the broadcast.
He continued, "Go bar-for-bar with me, n****. Play that game. You scared?"
Buck went on further to claim that as soon as he's rid of his ties to G-Unit, he intends to unleash his fury on his former friend and collaborator. He also suggested he had dirt on 50, and threatened to expose him.
"We gonna tell them the truth if we're gonna play this game. We ain't gonna sit here and do this," Buck said. "I'll burn your career down. I'll Ja Rule you."
Allen Berezovsky/Getty ImagesIt's been nearly a month since the tragic death of Nipsey Hussle, and his untimely passing continues to send shock waves throughout the global hip-hop community.
Thursday morning, Hussle's longtime partner Lauren London shared a touching tribute to the rapper via Instagram.
"Forever," the actress captioned a black-and-white snapshot of her and Hussle embracing each other.
The photo arrives just three days after London shared a similar post, in which she and the Victory Laplyricist are exchanging tender gazes on the Grammy red carpet.
London and Hussle had been dating for five years and had a son, Kross.
Game shared similar sentiments on Thursday, by taking to Instagram to write a post in remembrance of his close friend and frequent collaborator.
"I’m glad I was able to play a part in your rise as well as witness your greatness," The Documentary 2artist began his lengthy caption. "The world stood still when you passed. You shifted the earth."
He continued, "They all know your name & whatever they don’t know, I will help them understand. You will always be 'Nipsey Hussle The Great' !!! A father, a son, a brother, a friend, an amazing soul... a man of the people with the purest heart. I love you & I won’t let you fade..... EVER."
Since Hussle's death, Game has vowed to honor the fellow L.A. rapper by sharing "one Nip post a day."
Photo by FOX via Getty ImagesJussie Smollet's final season appearance on Empire Wednesday's night was one for the history books: It featured the first black gay wedding.
The episode titled, "Never Doubt I Love," featured his character Jamal and Jamal's fiancé Kai, played by Toby Onwumere, reciting their vows and even jumping the broom. As Empire star Gabourey Sidibepoints out, their wedding made television history.
"Tonight, #Empire will give life to a monumental love story by marrying 2 black, gay men for the first time in television history," Sidibe tweeted. "Please join us in celebration until it’s no longer a phenomenon to see 2 people of the same sex and race love each other proudly, on prime time TV."
Then, in another tweet, the actress commented on the importance of the moment for the LGBTQ community.
"Well for young LGBTQ members of color who grow up feeling like they’ll never have love and romance, or that life long partnership isn’t in the cards for them, seeing a representation of love and normalcy in bodies and families that look like their own, in media is important," she wrote.
As previously reported, Smollett was written out of the final two episodes of the FOX series due to the controversy surrounding his alleged hate crime hoax. In the episode, his character's honeymoon is used to explain his upcoming absence.
There is still no official word on whether Smollett will return for another season. However, it appears all of his cast mates want him brought back. Yesterday, they sent a letter to network executives asking that Smollett be invited to rejoin the cast.
21st Century Fox – which produces Empire – is now a part of Disney, ABC’s parent company.
The Prince Estate/Warner Bros. Records/TIDAL Three years after Prince's death, his estate continues to deliver the iconic star's music to fans.
The latest release is called Originals, which rounds up 15 tracks -- 14 of them previously unreleased. Due out June 21 for download, streaming and on CD, the album features Prince's original version of songs that were recorded by other artists. All the tracks were chosen by JAY-Z and music industry executive Troy Carter on behalf of the Prince Estate.
Among the songs featured on Originals are Prince's demo recordings of hits like Sheila E's "The Glamorous Life," The Bangles' "Manic Monday," The Time's "Jungle Love" and, of course, "Nothing Compares 2 U," recorded by both The Family and Sinead O'Connor.
Starting June 7, Originals will stream exclusively on TIDAL for two weeks. Following the June 21 digital and CD release, vinyl and limited-edition CD and vinyl packages will be released July 19.
Here's the track list, along with the artist who first released the song:
"Sex Shooter" - Apollonia 6 "Jungle Love" - The Time "Manic Monday" - The Bangles "Noon Rendezvous" - Sheila E. "Make-Up" - Vanity 6 "100 MPH" - Mazarati "You're My Love" - Kenny Rogers "Holly Rock" - Sheila E. "Baby, You're a Trip" - Jill Jones "The Glamorous Life" - Sheila E. "Gigolos Get Lonely Too" - The Time "Love… Thy Will Be Done" - Martika "Dear Michaelangelo" - Sheila E. "Wouldn't You Love to Love Me?" - Taja Sevelle "Nothing Compares 2 U" - The Family
Loni Love is beaming about her new relationship with businessman James Welsh, but not for the reasons some may think.
Love tells ABC Radio that after meeting Welsh from a dating app, she knew he was a keeper when she realized that he didn't know she was Loni Love from The Real. In fact, Love has a pretty funny story about when James actually realized she was famous.
"'Why are you walking the carpet?'" Love recalls Welsh asking her when they first met at a film premiere. "'Oh, you have a line in the movie?' I was like, 'No I don't. I just got to walk the carpet.'"
She continues, "[Then we] went to a premiere party. And at the premiere party people from the movie kept coming up to me going, 'Loni! I love you on The Real ...' And you can see when the first person came he was listening to them. And you could see his face change, because he was like, 'What?' And then the next person, then the next person, and then it hit him: The Real."
According to Loni, James' initial ignorance to her celebrity was simply based upon the fact that "he's a man."
"And he has his own business... And so, we were talking and when I would mention, 'Oh I got a comedy show,' he thought, 'Oh, it's like a little open mic or something like that,'" she adds.
Thankfully for the couple, Love says she didn't take offense to James' lack of knowledge.
"So then, at one point, in the party -- he turned he said, 'I'm so sorry, I didn't realize you were Loni Love from...,'" she says. "And I thought that was so cool and it was so sweet."
Courtesy of Parkwood EntertainmentAs if Beyonce's take on Maze's 1981 single, "Before I Let Go," wasn't already a fan favorite, it's now received high praise from the original artist, Frankie Beverly.
In an interview with Billboard, Beverly gushed about Bey's take on the HBCU staple, as well as their decades-long relationship. According to the Maze frontman, it all began at the Houston rodeo, where a young Beyonce met him for the first time after one of the band's shows.
"I guess she really liked Maze and the song even then, so her mother brought her to our show at the Houston Rodeo," Beverly told the publication. "This cover was just like she is. She didn't make a big deal out of doing this song, and that's just the way she works. I love the way she does her thing."
The single, an ode to lost love, was reworked by Beyonce for her live album, Homecoming. The album was a surprise release alongside her new Netflix documentary of the same name, chronicling her groundbreaking headlining performance at Coachella.
Even Beverly didn't know what Beyonce had planned.
"She kept it quiet, until her people called me one day, maybe a week or two ago," he explained "When they played it, that's when I heard the first draft of it, and I was blown away."
He added, "It's amazing how she works, she's very smart...this is one of the high points of my life."
The track originally peaked at number 13 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts, but Beverly is surprised that it's still connecting with listeners.
"I just thought it was a great little song, but I never thought it'd be all this," he told Billboard. "I feel like I have a huge smash out there. It's definitely a blessing."
Gary Miller/Getty ImagesBun B's quick reaction to a home invasion led him to shoot an armed intruder in his home, ABC 13reports.
According to Houston, TX police, the rapper faced a harrowing ordeal on Tuesday night after an individual rang the doorbell of his home, brandished a weapon and demanded that his wife Angela "Queenie" Walls fork over her valuables.
Walls reportedly offered the intruder the Audi sitting in the garage, and that's when the Trill OG lyricist heard the commotion from upstairs and sprang into action.
A shootout then ensued between Bun B and the intruder, as the latter attempted to break into the luxury vehicle. Once the robber was shot, he dropped his gun and fled the scene on foot.
ABC 13 has identified the alleged robber as DeMonte Jackson, who's now facing three felony charges. Houston police captured him after he showed up at a local hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound.
Courtesy of @xonie_Schoolboy Q's highly-anticipated new album, CrasH Talk, is due to arrive on Friday. But while we wait, the L.A. lyricist has released another cut from the project to tide us over: "CrasH."
Over the Boi-1da production, Q grapples with the reality of his fame and his past missteps, and searches for inner peace.
"Got my daughter that mansion/Gave my mother that million/Sold my soul to my feelings/Can’t go blind about these women," he rhymes over the dialed-down record, which barely clocks in at three minutes.
Ahead of his new album, the Grammy-nominated lyricist spoke with GQ about the follow-up to 2016's Blank Face LP. According to Q, he ultimately recorded and scrapped three entire albums prior to CrasH Talk because he believed "they were trash."
"I'd be in the house smoking weed, just waiting to go to the studio every day," Q told GQ. "That's not a good life. That brings on depression."
CrasH Talk, featuring guest spots from Kid Cudi and Travis Scott, will be available for streaming everywhere Friday.
FOX via Getty ImagesJussie Smollett's future on Empire may up in the air following his alleged hate crime hoax, but the rest of the cast , including Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, completely support his return.
In a letter obtained by Deadline, addressed to FOX and ABC executives, including Empire co-creator Danny Strong, Howard, Henson, Gabourey Sidibe and other series regulars issued a strongly worded plea for Smollett to rejoin the cast.
"Together, as a united front, we stand with Jussie Smollett and ask that our co-star, brother and friend be brought back for our sixth season of Empire," the letter begins.
The letter goes on to defend Smollett's character, and notes that although "the past months have been difficult to process," they know Smollett is innocent.
"He is kind. He is compassionate. He is honest and above all he is filled with integrity," the letter reads. "He is also innocent and no longer subject to legal uncertainty with the criminal charges against him having been dropped. We are confident in his lawyer’s assurance that the case was dismissed because it would not have prevailed."
After listing some of his charitable efforts, contributions. and activism in the LGBTQ community, the cast then calls out the "extreme political climate," which they say has "has only made our system of justice and the court of public opinion more unjust."
The letter ends with the cast asking that Jussie be allowed to "move forward with his life."
"We understand that this show is a business. And that business matters to us as well," the letter reads. "We are confident our fans will welcome our 'Jamal' back into the Empire family as enthusiastically as we will."
21st Century Fox – which produces Empire – is now a part of Disney, ABC’s parent company.
Courtesy of Def JamAfter debuting it at Coachella, YG has gifted fans with an official release of his new single "Stop Snitchin," as well as the record's accompanying graphic video.
In the grisly clip, the Compton rapper is transported back to the early 18th century, where he's enslaved on a large plantation. Along with a few of his cronies, YG plans a rebellion, which is nearly foiled by a "snitch."
The single itself is a diss track aimed at Tekashi6ix9ine, and was premiered during YG's set at this year's Coachella alongside a picture of the incarcerated artist. The "Gummo" rapper is reportedly cooperating with federal prosecutors after being arrested for nine felonies, including racketeering and firearms charges.
YG’s new album, 4REAL 4REAL, is due to arrive on May 3. It's the follow-up to his 2018 LP Stay Dangerous.
ABC/Image Group LACardi B is using her platform to denounce the popular celebrity blog, The Shade Room.
Tuesday, the Grammy-winning rapper took to Instagram to share a series of videos blasting the site for what she describes as frequent attacks on her husband Offset, and their colleagues. The rant follows the news that the Migos front man is facing felony charges for an arrest stemming from 2018.
"Offset donated 25K to the Ellen foundation for the kids in Africa. Did The Shade Room post it? No," Cardi says at one point. "Is The Shade Room posting how this man is promoting a cancer-free campaign? No."
She continued, "Are they posting any positive s*** and investment talk that he’s been talking about in his interviews? No. But they sure post the way he had drama with his baby moms. They sure posting about his court cases, right?"
According to Cardi, because TSR founder Angelica Nwandu isn't authorized to post stories about her, Nwandu instead fuels negative publicity around those who are close to the "Please Me" artist, including Quality Control artist Yung Miami and the label's co-founder, Pierre Thomas.
Elsewhere in her tirade, Cardi suggested that drama-fueled urban blogs and gossip sites encourage improper representation for the black community across all media.
"Why are they making documentaries about R. Kelly? Why are they making documentaries about Michael Jackson? Because y’all make people feel like its O.K. to do so," she explained.
"Why wouldn’t a white Caucasian person try to capitalize on the drama that happens in the urban and black entertainment business, when black-owned blogs capitalize on their own drama and problems?"
Courtesy of Essence MagazineDiddy is sharing his truth and spreading his universal message of love as Essence's May cover star.
In the spring issue, the music mogul opens up about fatherhood and how he's managed to cope with the death of his long-time partner Kim Porter. According to Diddy, his parental instincts have kicked into overdrive.
“Before this, I was a part-time father, you know? My family was always first, but there are countless times when I chose work over everything else," Diddy told writer Dream Hampton.
"But every day I can hear her telling me to go and spend some time with the kids and make sure everybody’s all right, like she would do," he continued. "I’m just a lot more present, and, most important, now my kids come before anything else in my life.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Diddy shared that three days prior to Porter's untimely passing, when she first became ill, she made him vow to take care of her "babies."
The rap veteran shares four children with the former model: Christian, twin daughters D'Lila Star and Jessie James and Quincy, Porter's son from her previous relationship with Al B Sure!, who Diddy adopted.
Late last month, Diddy expressed regret about the fact that he'd never married Porter, and even shared a piece of advice with his followers.
"I was scared," he wrote on Instagram. "I wasn't ready and that's it. I'm ready now, but it's too late. Don't be like me."
Daniel Zuchnik/WireImageEmpire creator Lee Daniels says he's standing behind Jussie Smollett, who's still under immense scrutiny following the controversy over what police called a hate crime hoax.
In an interview with Extra, Daniels says that Jussie's Empire family is working to process the scandal, which rocked not just the nation, but the show's set.
“The cast is upset, it is a sad time, and we are slowly healing,” Daniels explains.
The director, who is currently producing an Off-Broadway play while the Fox series is on hiatus, says during this difficult time for Smollett, he only wants to be supportive.
“What I am learning right now is I can’t judge... that judgement is for that man wearing that black coat with gavel, and God,” Daniels says.
He continues, “I can only support him because he is like my son; he is my son. So I am with him; I can only support him and give him compassion.”
As previously reported, Chicago police allege that Smollett paid brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo to help him stage an attack on himself. The actor stands by his story that he had nothing to do with the incident, but he was subsequently charged with filing a false police report.
The charges were later dropped in exchange for the actor forfeiting his $10,000 bond. He was supposed to have reimbursed the city of Chicago $130,000, but he has not; the city is now suing him.
21st Century Fox – which produces Empire – is now a part of Disney, ABC’s parent company.
Courtesy of FilmRiseStorm Saulter says there is an important purpose behind his coming-of-age drama Sprinter.
The film follows a young Jamaican runner who hopes that his success as an athlete will ultimately reunite him with his mother in America.
Saulter tells ABC Radio that the young man, played by newcomer Dale Elliot, struggles like many children with the idea of being left behind in their native country after their parents leave to establish a better life.
"If he can only run fast enough, he can only achieve a certain thing maybe he can get back to her and maybe he can bring his family back together," he explains.
However, Saulter makes clear that this isn't your typical immigration story.
"I wanted to tell a much more realistic and nuanced story of a modern Caribbean family -- not a stereotypical rags to riches type of story or these kind of tropes that we rely on -- [but] like... the real people," he says.
"This is middle of the road family going through life's normal obstacles, which more of us can relate to in a way," he continues. "And, I feel it's in that simplicity that makes the film feel a bit radical."
It's also a story that Saulter says is similar to his own.
"The theme of trying to get back to your mother is something that I was going through, because I had lost my mom," he explains. "I had lost her earlier than I expected. And I was thinking about how -- if there was only a way I could get back to her, to speak to her again. And I thought, there's this reality of this young man, who...maybe he can get back to his mom."
Sprinter, also starring David Alan Grier, is in theaters nationwide.
Robyn Crawford, the woman who probably knew Whitney Houston best, is breaking her silence about her relationship with the late music superstar.
Nearly a decade after Whitney's tragic death, Crawford is releasing a new book, titled A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston. For years, the duo were the subject of rumors they enjoyed a romantic relationship. White it's not known whether Crawford will address that subject, the 320-page book will provide insight into Crawford and Whitney's first meeting as teens in the 1980s, and Houston's later rise to fame. The book will also address Whitney's tumultuous marriage to Bobby Brown and the birth of her late daughter, Bobbi Kristina.
"With warmth, candor, and an impressive recall of detail, Robyn gives readers insight into Whitney’s life and career," a synopsis of the book reads. "From countless sold-out world tours to her epic rendition of the US national anthem to the set of The Bodyguard, her tempestuous marriage, and the birth of her only child, Robyn was there."
A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston is due to arrive November 5.