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ABC/Fred WatkinsMary J. Blige's latest album Strength of a Woman was released amid the artist's much-publicized divorce from Kendu Isaacs.  

Now, the "Thick of It" singer explains to Essence Live host Cori Murray what it was like to record the album during a time when she was struggling to preserve more than just her marriage.

She says, "The recording process started off really, really positive...it started off for me fighting for my life, fighting for my marriage, fighting to still exist, period, in the music business. And then it turned into me fighting for my life, period."

"So...as bad as the situation is, it all turned out to be positive," she adds.

Mary now anticipates more brighter moments ahead, especially this summer: she's one of Essence Festival's headlining acts, and she's also curating the festival's first-ever Ladies Night concert.  

The lineup includes fellow artists like Chaka KhanRemy MaJhene AikoJill ScottJazmine SullivanMonica and many more. 

Mary says that festivalgoers can expect "a night filled with women who, in the music business just like me, had to come through a lot, and just even in life. And in their songs and in their music you hear their testimony."

"You feel Jazmine. You feel Monica, whether she's happy, sad, whatever. And these are women that I respect." 

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RCA RecordsThere won't be a second season for Netflix's hip-hop drama The Get Down.  

The streaming service canceled the series, from director Baz Luhrmann with Nas serving as an executive producer, after one season on Wednesday.

The first season of the series, set during hip-hop's early years in the Bronx, was released in two parts, the second part arriving last month.

Variety reports that the show was the most expensive series in Netflix history, costing $120 million to produce, but ratings fell far short of those of Netflix hits like Orange Is the New Black.

The entertainment industry trade magazine also reported that the show's production was troubled, featuring such numerous stops and starts that writers began referring to the show as "The Shut Down." 

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Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images via ABCNever underestimate DJ Khaled. The record producer recently confirmed that none other than "bad gal" Rihanna will appear on his forthcoming album, Grateful

"THEY SAID KHALED CANT GET @badhgalriri VOCALS IS IN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GOD IS THE GREATEST !!!!!!!!!!!! #FANLUV! Release date for  #GRATEFUL SOON COME !! Real soon!!!," Khaled wrote on Instagram. 

RiRi isn't the only A-list star that will share the spotlight with DJ Khaled on his highly-anticipated disc. Nicki MinajNasFuture and Drake are also expected to appear.

Khaled's smash hit single, "I'm the One," featuring Lil WayneChance the Rapper, Justin Bieber and Quavo from rap trio Migos will also be featured on the album. 

Grateful is DJ Khaled's 10th studio project.  He claims was executive-produced by his 6-month-old son, Asahd

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THEY🚷 SAID KHALED CANT GET @rihanna Vocals !Tell THEY🚷 I SAID HI 👋 !!!!! @rihanna VOCALS IS IN… https://t.co/G81pLGQthp

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John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCThe first-ever NBA Awards will feature another Young Money artist onstage: Nicki Minaj. The rapper will perform during the event, which Drake is hosting, on June 26. 

Taking place at Pier 36's Basketball City facility in New York, the ceremony will honor a number of the league's top players and leaders with awards such as NBA Most Valuable Player, NBA Rookie of the Year, NBA Most Improved Player and NBA Coach of the Year.    

In addition, fans can vote for their favorite NBA player in six other categories: Best Style, Block of the Year, Game Winner of the Year, Assist of the Year, Dunk of the Year and Performance of the Year.  

The NBA Awards airs Monday, June 26 on TNT, with coverage of the event starting at 9 p.m. ET. You can read the full list of nominees on nba.com.  

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Performing @ the 1st ever #NBAAwards, hosted by Drake ~ June 26th on TNT 🏀 #SwishSwishBish pic.twitter.com/B8JcZLQaME

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Flavia Schaub Photography"Forget You" artist and former Voice coach CeeLo Green is headed to Las Vegas this July for four nights of intimate performances, backed by just a two-piece band.  

The limited engagement will take place at the world-famous Caesars Palace.

"I love Las Vegas and yes, Las Vegas loves me," he says in an official statement.  

"Caesars Palace and I have created yet another unique opportunity to entertain and add on to the illustrious legacy of Las Vegas. Just as fun as the last one, but quicker, faster and gone in a flash. So catch it if you can." 

Cee Lo last headlined in Las Vegas in 2013.

Tickets go on sale this Friday at 1 p.m. ET. The shows will take place July 21, 22, 28 and 29. For more information, visit CeeLoVegas.com

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VEGAS here I come! Catch me at @CaesarsPalace this summer: https://t.co/AyvYg0epW4 🎤 pic.twitter.com/oqCXxkUYV9

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ABC RadioThe only thing Mila J is revealing in her new interview with Playboy are her opinions about feeling confident and sensual. 

The "Kickin'" back singer says, "I honestly feel sexiest right out of the shower, with my hair clean and face washed, in a towel. You feel pure but vulnerable."

She adds, "I also like a boot up to my thigh -- like, give me some stripper clothes! Leather and a tall boot always make me feel sexy."  

Mila also reveals what, in her opinion, are the sexiest qualities to find in another person.

"A silent confidence. Mysteriousness is sexy," she explains. "I don't want to know everything about you up front. Keeping mystery is good. And a nice signature scent. I like a person's natural scent. It's the animal in us."  

And in case you were wondering, Mila is a Scorpio.

She adds, "People are always like, 'You're moody!' I'm like we're not moody; we're passionate. We're consistently inconsistent. I'm afraid of people who are always one way all the time." 

You can read more about Mila's thoughts on sexuality, her signature style and upcoming tour plans via Playboy.com

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Jhené Aiko’s sister, @MilaJ is taking over the Internet. https://t.co/XqviY4Fcmm pic.twitter.com/QrzYuYwXYV

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ABC RadioKhalid's single "Location," from his hit debut album American Teen, is now officially certified platinum.  

The 19-year-old rising star shared an Instagram picture of his commemorative plaque, and wrote in the caption, "My first platinum single, man I can't even process this right now. Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen, love you guys. Dreams are becoming reality."  

Khalid will have plenty of time to celebrate his recent success this summer during his second headlining tour of North America.  

The American Teen tour gets underway July 12 in Portland, OR, and wraps this September.  

Tickets are available to purchase via khalidofficial.com.  

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ABC/Randy HolmesIce Cube is headed back to the big screen for a new high-tech thriller.

According to Variety, the rapper-actor is set to star in Before I Disappear, about a secret "high-tech version of the witness protection program, which makes clients 'disappear' by offering them seamless exits into new lives."

Cube's role has yet to be revealed.

This film will be Cube's next major film project after starring in xXx: Return of Xander Cage and Fist Fight earlier this year. 

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Dorothy Hong/Team EpiphanyIt's about time.  

2 Chainz has revealed the release date of his highly-anticipated fourth album, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music: June 16.  

The "Good Drank" rapper also released a special album trailer to commemorate the announcement.  

The clip features a scene of Chainz in the studio with Drake -- with the "Once Dance" artist telling Chainz that he's "one of his favorite rappers of all time" -- as well as another scene of Chainz having a conversation with Pharrell Williams and more exclusive behind-the-scenes footage. 

Pretty Girls Like Trap Music will feature 2 Chainz's already-released tracks, "It's a Vibe," featuring Trey SongzTy Dolla Sign and Jhené Aiko and "Good Drank," featuring Migos member Quavo and Gucci Mane.  

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L-R: Chili and T-Boz of TLC; ABC RadioTonight's episode of Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry shows the 21-year-old clairvoyant making a supernatural connection with late TLC member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes.

Another TLC member, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, also sits in the room during the haunting moment. 

In a clip of the episode, Tyler Henry asks T-Boz, "There is a reference to South America and South American countries. Do you know if she had visited at any point Central America from your knowledge?"  T-Boz replies, "Honduras."  

Lisa Lopes was killed in a car accident in the Central American country in 2002.  

Tyler also references the accident and says that, according to a message from Lisa, her death could have been avoided if she was in a different country, particularly in the United States. 

To find out what else Tyler reveals to T-Boz, tune in to Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry tonight at 8 p.m. on E!. 

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It's always powerful when @TyHenryMedium reunites a star with their past. @TheRealTBoz gets a heartfelt message on #HollywoodMedium. pic.twitter.com/D05AKeSkzS

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Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCYou can't put Nicki Minaj in a corner, especially not terrorists.  

The rapper recently told a TMZ videographer that she would not cancel any tour dates or performing in different venues in light of Monday night's terror attack at Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester, England. 

"We don't operate in fear."  

When the TMZ videographer responded to Nicki by saying "that's a powerful statement," she replied, "I'm a powerful woman."  

She added, "Ariana's my sister. I love her and I love the people of the U.K. and I'm devastated by the news. It's heartbreaking." 

The "Did It On 'Em" artist also expressed that she isn't scared to perform in Manchester, stating, "Of course I'ma perform for my Manchester fans. They deserve it." She then confirmed that she has plans to go to the city in 2018.   

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The trailer for Nick Broomfield's unauthorized Whitney Houston documentary -- titled Whitney: Can I Be Me -- has finally arrived. 

The visual begins with the late music icon saying in a vintage interview, "You know, [it] probably doesn't matter anyway because they're gonna remember me how they wanna remember me anyway," setting the tone for the rest of the trailer.

More scenes follow of the singer during various moments of her extraordinary career -- including a church performance and media interviews -- while the promo highlights what appears to have been Whitney's struggles with fame and her initial aversion to being packaged as a pop princess. 

The documentary premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York last month and is scheduled to arrive in theaters across the U.K. on June 16. So far, there's no date for a U.S. wide release, although the film is slated to premiere on Showtime sometime in August.

For more information, check out WhitneyHoustonFilm.com.

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Photo Courtesy of VH1T.I. and Tiny openly discuss their infidelities in a preview of the next episode of T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle.

In the teaser, Tiny confirms the longstanding rumor that T.I. was caught cheating with one of Tiny's employees. T.I. decides to deflect Tiny's accusations by accusing his wife of also being unfaithful.

"You done had your s*** when you were out with m************ dude that you know I don't f*** with," he says. "You was at his house. You was in his house." 

The conversation takes a turn for the worse when Tiny tells her estranged husband that her actions were a result of his bad choices.

"How do you know that?! Cause you seen me dancing?" she asks, likely referring to her rumored relationship with boxing champ, Floyd Mayweather. "You don’t know... If he can come and treat me like a woman…”

T.I. snaps back, telling Tiny he's never shortchanged her as the woman in his life.

“I spent millions on you, what the f*** are you saying?!” he says.

To see the entire intense scene between T.I. and Tiny, tune into the next episode of The Family Hustle on Monday, May 29 at 10 p.m. on VH1. 

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Intrigue, drama and Cookie!  

The two-part season finale of Empire airs tonight and actor Jussie Smollett, who plays Jamal Lyon on the hit television series Empire, tells ABC Radio that fans will witness some jaw-dropping moments that possibly even the most hardcore fans may not have seen coming. 

He says, "This one is probably going to be the heaviest coming up, leading into season four as well." 

Of course, Empire would be nothing without power duo Cookie and Lucious, and according to Jussie, the on-again, off-again pair just might get their happily-ever-after moment.

Jussie adds, "Without giving too much away, we finally see her and Lucious in a place that we maybe have been waiting to see them for a really long time."

In order to find out if "#Coocious" gets back together and more, tune in to Empire tonight at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.

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Future; ABC/Randy HolmesFuture and Kendrick Lamar, who appeared onstage together at this year's Coachella Festival, bring their undeniable chemistry to a remixed version of Future's track, "Mask Off."  

The original version of the song is featured on Future's self-titled hit album, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 earlier this year.   

Kendrick and Future collaborated previously on another track titled "Buy the World," which you can listen to on Mike Will Made-It's 2014 mixtape album, Ransom

You can now stream and download "Mask Off" at all the usual digital outlets.  

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Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCAre Nicki Minaj and Nas really an item? Well, the entertainer finally answered that question about her rumored romance with Nas this Tuesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

"He's so dope. He's such a king. He's kinda cute too," Nicki told Ellen.  She also confirmed that they've had "sleepovers" together, with Nicki noting that she goes to Nas' house, not vice versa.  

"I just thought him coming to me was too forward."

However, Nicki denied that she and Nas have been intimate, claiming that she is celibate.  

She also said, "I hate men." 

A photo of the Nicki and Nas cuddling with each another surfaced on Instagram earlier this month, which fueled speculation that the two might be involved romantically.  

Nas reposted Nicki's picture on his own Instagram account as well. 

The duo's friendship began after Nas starred in Nicki's 2012 "Right By My Side" music video.  

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ABC/ Ida Mae AstuteJanelle Monáe is headed back to the big screen in a new upcoming drama.

According to Variety, the singer and Hidden Figures actress will star alongside Steve Carrell and Leslie Mann in the new feature from Forrest Gump director Robert Zemeckis.

The film, originally titled Marwencol, is based on the 2010 documentary with the same name and follows the true story of Mark Hogencamp, a man who built a miniature town in his garden after recovering from a coma caused by a vicious attack.

Details on Monáe’s character have yet to be revealed. 

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Image Group LA/ABCRick Ross and Lil Uzi Vert's upcoming concert at Pittsburgh's Wild Things Park on June 10 will feature more security, according to an official statement.  

Concertgoers can expect to see "dozens of metal detectors" at the stadium's entrances and added protection from police and local law enforcement groups. 

The decision was made by the event's organizers after the terrorist attack that occurred at Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester, England Monday night. Twenty-two people were killed and more than 50 injured in the bombing.

Event organizer and Washington Wild Things baseball team owner Stuart Williams says, "The health and well-being of those attending the upcoming concert is our number-one priority. We are taking every step possible to provide the highest degree of safety and state of the art security to ensure a fun and exciting night." 

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Kat MorganBrandy is making headlines again, but this time the "Almost Doesn't Count" singer's rumored romance with Sir the Baptist isn't the focal point. 

Instead, fans speculated that the recording artist was pregnant, thanks to an Instagram picture she posted this Monday that shows her onstage in mid-performance with what looks to be a slightly protruding belly. 

However, Brandy's 14-year-old daughter Syrai quickly came to her mom's defense to shut down the rumors, writing, "My mother is not pregnant. I'm not gonna have any more siblings. I like being an only child. Thank you lord." 

Brandy's response to her daughter's cute statement? "@syraidsmith Get off social media at school lil lady." 

Brandy also changed her Instagram profile header to tell the world that isn't expecting, but rather has just packed on a few pounds around her middle.

"People, I'm not pregnant!!!" Bandy writes.  "I got too much work to do. I just like pancakes and chocolate cake... let me live!!!" 

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I can't Iman... @syraismith21

Get off social media at school lil lady pic.twitter.com/xzDFM3p6Z2

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James Devaney/WireImageRihanna was honored at Parsons School of Design’s annual benefit Monday night, and she delivered an inspiring speech to the future generation of fashion designers.

“I don’t think you get celebrated enough,” she told the crowd. “You should be celebrated for every aspect of your growth and your growing pains. You should be celebrated for your creativity, for your fearlessness, your persistence and your determination...for being different, for not being given enough credit. For not having to use eye cream.”

She added, "We often tear our youth down when we should be building them up. You are all the next generation. We need to invest in you.”

And Rihanna will be doing just that. She’s launching a design fellowship that will send three Parsons Design students to Port-au-Prince, Haiti this summer to work with local artists on a line of merchandise that will benefit her Clara Lionel Foundation. The foundation helps impoverished communities across the world with education and healthcare, among other things.

Rihanna concluded her speech by telling the students, “I’m here to say that I’m listening, I’m watching, and you’re up next.”

Rihanna has long been a supporter of Parsons students, even wearing their designs on multiple occasions. 

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