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Jason Merritt/FilmMagicreport surfaced earlier this week that Janet Jackson might be getting back together with her ex, Jermaine Dupri, but now a Janet source says the singer is definitely "not in a position" to start dating.

A source tells E! News, Dupri and Jackson, who is soon to be divorced from her husband Wissam Al Mana, are close, but definitely not in a relationship.

"Jermaine and Janet have remained friends through all these years and never lost touch. They had a period when they broke up and didn't talk for a bit but overcame that and found friendship again," the insider explained to E!

"Jermaine has a crazy love for Janet and they have been speaking more since the breakup. Janet and Jermaine trust each other and they have history."

But according to the source, Janet's focus is on her infant son Eissa and her current State of the World Tour.

"Janet is really not in a position to get involved with someone at this time," the source explained. "She is open, though, for something more down the line. They are in the talks of working on some new projects."

In a July 2016 interview with ABC Radio, Dupri joked about his relationship with Janet, saying that even with all his other accomplishments, fans still want him to be with Janet, who he dated for seven years.

Addressing the fans, Dupri laughed, "Why don't ya'll just tell her that ya'll still wish that we were still together and that ya'll don't really care for anything going on with her unless I'm involved?" 

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Courtesy of EccoIt looks like Questlove is switching gears from food to deep reflection on creativity for his next book, Creative Quest.  

The Roots drummer's latest literary offering will present "inspirations, stories, and lessons on how to live your best creative life," and promises to share "all the creative philosophies, lessons, and stories" he's learned from not only his own creative journey, but also from other artists such as film director Ava DuVernay and D'Angelo.  

The cover of Quest's Creative Quest also lives up to the book's name.  

It features a collage of the superstar, including the use of a vinyl record with a picture of his face across it for his head, tin cans as drums, and, of course, his signature afro pick.

Questlove's previous book is last year's something to food about: Exploring Creativity with Innovative Chefs.

Creative Quest is set for release on April 24, 2018 via Ecco Press. 

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my 4th book #CreativeQuest is ready! pre order here! https://t.co/yoHjmXAixH (#MoMetaBlues #SoulTrain #somethingtofoodabout are there too!)

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ABC/Fred WatkinsAmid his STD scandal, Usher Raymond is gearing up to teach a master class in music.

On Oprah's Master Class on Saturday at 9:00 p.m. ET, "The U Got It Bad" singer will share his story of how he went from a teen performer to a multi-platinum music star, and how his family played a pivotal role in his career.

Following Raymond's episode at 10:00 p.m. ET, R&B legend Gladys Knight will share some of her career highlights, which include touring the segregated South in the 1950s, finding her voice later in life, and learning how to balance her personal life with her professional career.

The back-to-back episodes of Oprah's Master Class featuring Raymond and Knight air Saturday, September 23 on OWN. 

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eOne MusicWu-Tang Clan's newest studio album, Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues, is available to pre-order now, but you can listen to a brand-new, fiery track from the legendary hip-hop group now. 

"Lesson Learn'd," featuring Inspectah Deck and Redman, disses so-called "pharma bro" Martin Shkreli, the notorious former pharmaceutical company executive who, after purchasing the license for the life-saving drug Daraprim, hiked its price from $13.50 a pill to $750 a pill.

On "Lesson Learn'd," you can hear the lyric, "My price hikin' like the pills Martin Shkreli sell."

Why does Wu-Tang even care about Shkreli?  

Because he also famously purchased Wu-Tang's limited edition Once Upon a Time in Shaolin album for $2 million in 2015 and sold it for a little over $1 million in September on eBay.

Maybe the money will go toward Shkreli's legal fees.  

After being found guilty earlier this year on two counts of securities fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit same, he was out on bond awaiting sentencing when he offered $5,000 in a Facebook post for a strand of Hilary Clinton's hair.  

A judge decided that could be interpreted as a solicitation to assault the former Democratic presidential nominee and revoked Shkreli's bail earlier this month.  

He's currently in detention in New York City. 

"Lesson Learn'd" is available to listen to now on SoundCloud. You'll also receive the song instantly upon ordering Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues.  

It arrives everywhere October 13.  

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Isacc SterlingFans were aware that the arrival of Jhené Aiko's sophomore album was coming, but no one expected it to debut early.

Friday morning, the singer both tweeted and shared via Instagram that her latest project, called Trip, was already available.  

The announcement came directly on the heels of a short film Jhené co-wrote, also titled Trip, which she released Wednesday.   

The 22-track Trip features a number of exciting vocal guest appearances from Swae Lee of Rae SremmurdBrandyKuruptBig SeanTwenty 88 -- which is Jhené and Sean's duo outfit -- Mali Music, Jhené's daughter Namiko Love, and Dr. Chill

Trip is available now via the usual platforms. 

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A is for Album .... Trip (the album) available now ! 🗺🎒📘 #MAP #TRIP https://t.co/VM8TqyZF0W

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Getty Images via ABCEven though Rihanna only recently debuted her first-ever cosmetics line, Fenty Beauty, the Bajan superstar is already itching to release the brand's holiday collection. 

RiRi's given us a sneak peek of her Fenty Beauty "Galaxy" holiday line via a video on her Instagram.

The theme of the visual appears to be glitter -- fitting for the upcoming holiday season -- and a palette of shimmering colors for what could possibly be eye shadow.

The video, which also features music amid a loop of Rihanna singing "I just....and," had scored over 1.7 million views as of noon ET Friday.

Rih also posted a separate Instagram post showing a picture of the entire festive collection, complete with lipsticks, eyeliner and more.

Rihanna's "Galaxy" holiday cosmetics line will be available October 13. 

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Holiday collection. You ready? Friday Oct 13th. @sephora @fentybeauty #sephoralovesfentybeauty pic.twitter.com/8vO4IaLUxS

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Image Group LA/ABCFollowing the debut of his first campaign with H&M in February, The Weeknd's getting his fans ready for the fall season with a brand-new capsule collection via the Swedish retail company.  

Weeknd made the announcement about his second collaboration with H&M in early September on Twitter, but pictures of every piece from the collection is now available to view on complex.com.

If you're not fashion savvy, a capsule collection is a collection of indispensable, fundamental fashion items that never go out of style.  

The "Party Monster" artist's second H&M clothing range comes complete with designs such as a maroon-colored sweatshirt with the words "The Weeknd" in white emblazoned on the front and a black bomber jacket.

The Weeknd's newest clothes arrives in H&M stores and on HM.com September 28. 

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L-R: Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny, Brittany O'Grady; Tommy Garcia/FOXAhead of Star's season two premiere next Wednesday, Amiyah Scott and Jude Demorest are revealing  how the hit Fox series has significantly changed their lives.

Scott says playing Cotton, a transgender woman like herself, has given her a new purpose in life.

"It's giving a voice to the voiceless," Scott tells ABC Radio.  

"I think that me growing up and transitioning, I didn't have many role models. So to be able to possibly portray one, and to be able to have a role that is so rarely seen on television -- has changed my life because it's changed others lives as well."

Her Star co-star Jude agrees.  "It changed our lives in every single way," Demorest explains.  

"As an actress, Lee has pushed me in every single direction and I've learned so much. It's been a crash course in using all of my skills."

While Scott can draw on her personal experience to play her character, Jude says she's "very different" than Star.

"The difference between her and is -- where I have a very strong faith in God and I know that He can take care of me, she feels like she's her own god and she can take care of herself," Demorest says.  

"And that causes her to fall into a lot of pitfalls and to live a very defensive and aggressive life."

Yet Demorest believes that even with her character's flaws and the ongoing drama on the show, Star is still a noble series: "It's a good cautionary tale for every girl who watches it to see what happens when you chose fame over everything else." 

The second season of Star premieres September 27 at 9 p.m. ET on Fox. 

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American Cancer SocietyOffset and the American Cancer Society are working together to fight cancer.  

The rapper, who's best known as one-third of hip-hop group Migos, has launched a campaign to raise $500,000 for the organization. 

In a statement, Offset he says, "I am thankful to be partnering with the American Cancer Society to help save lives against this horrible disease. It's especially important for me to give some love to my community and do what I can to help."

He continues, "It was really tough losing my grandma to cancer and one of the hardest things I have dealt with in my life. She motivated me to do my best and go for it; one of my biggest coaches."  

You can make a donation via the American Cancer Society's website at Donate3.cancer.org.  

You can also win a chance to shop in Los Angeles with Offset by making a separate contribution for the campaign via Prizeo.com.  

The special winner will also receive round-trip airfare to LA and hotel accommodations for two, ground transportation to and from the airport, and a shopping trip with $500 in cash. 

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Migos' @OffsetYRN and @AmericanCancer have kicked off a campaign with a goal of $500,000 to fight cancer pic.twitter.com/kGguJOVIWA

— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) September 20, 2017

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Kacie TomitaPerfection is hard to attain, so maybe that's why Khalid's released a "rough draft" of a brand-new song called "Perfect."

After releasing the acoustic track via SoundCloud Wednesday, the "Location" artist tweeted that he's "probs gonna leave it at rough draft." 

On the brooding tune, Khalid sings, "Something's stopping me from becoming a better person/I could try to pace myself/But I don't think that it's worth it/What's the point of working if for which is never certain/I know I'll never be/Perfect." 

The MTV VMA Best New Artist winner is also expected to appear at Vevo's Halloween bash in San Francisco on October 28.  

For information on tickets for the 18-and-over event, check out Vevo.com/halloween

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a song from the soul.https://t.co/8vlHFniXpb

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Prince Williams/WireImageToday marks the one-year anniversary of Shawty Lo's death.  

In honor of the rapper, a candlelight vigil will be held in Atlanta, Georgia tonight at 7 p.m. ET at Club Crucial.  

You can see a flyer for the event on Shawty's Twitter

Mike Will Made It and Gucci Mane also paid their respects to the late artist on Twitter.

Born Carlos Walker, Shawty Lo died at the scene of a single-car accident September 21, 2016 after being ejected from his vehicle.  

Two female passengers in the car at the time were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. 

Walker was best known as the founding member of the hip-hop group D4L, and for his 2008 debut single, "Dey Know," from his first solo studio project, Units in the City.  

He was 40 years old. 

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Today Celebrate the King 👑 of Bankhead! pic.twitter.com/mQpGOH7uLe

— SHAWTY LO (@THATSSHAWTYLO) September 21, 2017

 

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Beyoncé; ABC/Image Group LABeyoncé and hubby JAY-Z are headlining a benefit concert for Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief at Barclays Center in New York City on October 17, according to US Weekly.  

Other Roc Nation artists are set to perform as well.  

Bey, mother Tina Knowles-Lawson and daughter Blue Ivy, recently visited the "Formation" singer's childhood church -- St. John's Church, in Houston, Texas -- to show support to those affected by Hurricane Harvey.  

She also delivered an impassioned video speech for the Hand in Hand telethon on September 12 that so far has raised over $55 million for victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Bey and JAY's Barclays Center performance will mark Bey's first onstage appearance since the Grammys in February, and following the birth of twin babies Rumi and Sir Carter.  

JAY is currently gearing up for his 4:44 tour, which kicks off October 27 in Anaheim, California. 

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John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCAll DJ Khaled does is win, win, win, no matter what.  

The hitmaker has been tapped to host this year's BET Hip Hop Awards for the second year in a row.

Khaled made the announcement on Twitter Thursday, writing, "@bet @hiphopawards IN MIAMI!!! IM YOUR HOST! KHALED KHALED @wethebestmusic."

Khaled's also been nominated for nine BET Hip Hop trophies, including Single of the Year and Best Hip-Hop Video. Kendrick Lamar and Cardi B are nominated for nine awards as well. 

The "Wild Thoughts" producer released his tenth studio album, Grateful, in June.  

Executive-produced by now 10-month-old son Asahd, or so Khaled loves to insist, Grateful debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and became certified gold in July.  

One of the disc's hit tracks, "I'm the One," also became Khaled's first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100.

The BET Hip Hop Awards airs October 10 at 8 p.m. ET.  

To view the entire list of nominees, visit BET.com

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@bet @hiphopawards IN MIAMI !!! IM YOUR HOST! KHALED KHALED 🔑 @wethebestmusic pic.twitter.com/VlmtyPaIaF

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Kacie TomitaFor the first time ever, Vevo is bringing its flagship Halloween event to the United States, with Khalid set to headline.

For the last four years, the show has taken place in the U.K., but on Saturday, October 28, Vevo's Halloween extravaganza will simultaneously take place in San Francisco at the Craneway Pavilion in the Bay Area and at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester, U.K.

In addition to Khalid, Jessie Reyezrapper Aminé and singer-songwriter Julia Michaels are also scheduled to perform at the San Francisco show, with a fifth artist to be announced at a later date.

An official statement says that guests of Vevo's Halloween event can expect a night filled with music, as well as a "journey into the Other World, a parallel universe where nothing is quite what it seems" and "a place where reality and nightmares collide." 

For information on tickets, head over to vevo.com/halloween. Guests must be 18 and over.  

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Miller MobleyXscape singer and Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss has just landed her very first Essence magazine cover.  

But in the mag's new issue, which hits newsstands this week, she says that she doesn't "ever want to feel like I've made it."

"When people feel like they've made it, they're on the first step to falling off," Kandi explains.

Kandi, who reunited with Xscape this year, also talks about how fickle the music industry is.  

"It's a very humbling moment when your songs aren't on the radio anymore. I didn't appreciate what that success was when we had it," she admits.  

"I remember feeling like, when things get back the way I want them to be, I will never take anything for granted again." 

Also in the cover story, Kandi looks back on the many instances where she nearly walked away from Real Housewives of Atlanta, telling Essence, "I honestly had a lot of times when I just cried. There were moments when I really wanted to say, 'You know what? I'm done with this!'"

Burruss joined the show in 2009, in its second season in 2009, and has remained a part of its cast ever since.

You can read more of Kandi's interview when the October issue of Essence arrives on newsstands Friday, September 22.  

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Isacc SterlingEven though Jhené Aiko's next album, Trip 17, remains in development, the singer has been keeping busy. 

The artist released a short film she wrote called Trip, which fans can watch now on YouTube and on her official website.  

A 26-second trailer for the visual shows Jhené as a character named Penny walking in a dream-like state on a path that takes her from a forest into a tunnel. 

When she reaches the other side of the tunnel, Jhené is approached by a mysterious man who asks her to go on a trip with him.  

She shakes her head with a slight smile, contemplating whether or not she should take the journey, and then the video ends.

Jhené revealed on Twitter that the script for Trip was written by her and Tracy Oliver, and that it features her original poetry as well.  

Her forthcoming album, Trip 17, is Jhené's follow up to her 2014 debut album, Souled Out.   

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Trip (Trailer) 🗺🎒📘 #MAP #TRIP pic.twitter.com/Je9Mxp7lnb

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DeWayne Rogers/Monami EntertainmentXscape's comeback is full steam ahead with the forthcoming release of their docu-series, Xscape: Still Kickin' It.  

Now, fans can watch the entertaining trailer for the show. 

The visual features members Kandi BurrussTameka "Tiny" CottleTamika Scott and LaTocha Scott reuniting as they prepare to head back on the road.  

Judging from the trailer, it looks like fans can expect some funny moments, and also a whole lot of drama. 

In one particular scene, the group gets into an argument when Kandi accuses La Tocha of causing a rift in the group amid the release of their 1998 album, Traces of My Lipstick.

Kandi yells, "You set up our third album to get your solo deal."  

After LaTocha looks shocked, Kandi continues, "Yes, you did. I was not gonna sit up there and allow them to make us look like a (expletive)pimp."

After surprising fans in February by announcing their official reunion, Xscape performed at Essence Festival in New Orleans, the BET Awards and made an onstage appearance for two sold-out shows in Detroit.  

Xscape recently released the dates for their first-ever headlining tour, The Great Xscape, with Monica and Tamar Braxton joining them as special guests.  

Tickets go on sale Friday -- check out TheGreatXscapeTour.com for details.

Meanwhile, the series premiere of Xscape: Still Kickin It airs November 5 at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.  

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L-R: Kiely Williams, Naturi Naughton, Adrienne Bailon of 3LW; Theo Wargo/WireImageRemember 3LW's smash hit single, "Playas Gon' Play?"  

Well, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the track's songwriters, Sean Hall and Nathan Butler, are suing Taylor Swift, claiming her use of the phrases "the players gonna play....and the haters gonna hate" in her 2014 hit "Shake It Off" improperly copies their composition.

Hall and Butler claim that they popularized the phrase "Playas, they gonna play/And haters, they gonna hate" in "Playas Gon' Play" in their song, according to the complaint, as quoted by The Hollywood Reporter. 

Their complaint also asserts that "The combination of playas/players playing along with hatas/haters hating may seem like common parlance today, however, in 2001 it was completely original and unique."

2001 is the year "Playas Gon' Play" was released. 

In a statement to ABC Radio, Taylor's rep dismisses the claim as "ridiculous," calling it "nothing more than a money grab." The statement goes on to say, "The law is simple and clear. They do not have a case."

The songwriters' allegation comes not long after viewers accused Taylor of copying a scene from Beyoncé's "Formation" video for in her video for "Look What You Made Me Do."  

The co-director of that video, Joseph Kahn, later suggested that Beyonce had copied Taylor. 

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Raven VaronaWith nine BET Hip Hip Awards nominations and her single "Bodak Yellow" at number two on the Billboard Hot 100, Cardi B is currently experiencing a wave of monumental success.  

But the rap star's career achievements weren't enough to allegedly get her out of trouble with the police. 

In a now-deleted tweet captured by TMZ, Cardi claimed that a New York City cop put her in a choke hold Tuesday evening.  

In the message, she wrote, "s*** is crazy these NY cops don't know how to do they job F*** 12."

The incident reportedly happened around 6 p.m. near Columbus Circle in New York City.  

According to TMZ, Cardi and a cousin were riding around in Cardi's new Bentley SUV when another driver hit their vehicle.  

The two got out of the car to argue with the other driver, and that's when, Cardi claims, a white male police offer grabbed her around her neck and pinned her against her car.

TMZ adds that the Cardi was released without any citations issued; the cop apparently didn't file a report, either. A spokesman also told TMZ that "NYPD has no records or information about Cardi's claim." 

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L-R: Rozonda "Chili" Thomas, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins of TLC; ABC RadioAfter being diagnosed with sickle cell anemia as a child, TLC's Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins was told that she'd never be able to have children, but the singer is now the proud mama of two: biological daughter Chase and adopted son Chance.   

As she describes in her new book, A Sick Life: TLC 'n Me: Stories from On and Off the Stage, the years-long process of adopting Chance was particularly emotional.  

Speaking to People magazine, T-Boz says, "The day everything was supposed to be finalized, [the birth mother] stood my mom up at the lawyer's office when it was was time to sign papers. I was hurt."

When the judge finalized her adoption of Chance, she writes, "I was bawling!"  

She continues, "I was so relieved because you love this person with all your heart -- and to know that someone can still take him from you? I couldn't imagine."   

T-Boz brought Chance home in 2016, just nine months after his birth.  

She says in her book that her son "brought new life and fulfillment in our house and made us feel even more complete, and I can't thank his birth mother enough for that." 

"He's been a blessing. He's so happy, you can't help but smile," she adds, noting that when Chance cries, he immediately stops when she plays TLC's hit "Creep."

A Sick Life: TLC 'n Me: Stories from On and Off the Stage is available everywhere now. 

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@TheRealTBOZ Releases New Memoir Just in Time for #SickleCell Awareness Month >> https://t.co/BiEla2XKlg pic.twitter.com/FzN6Ptb1gA

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