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Jussie Smollett countersues city of Chicago for "maliciously prosecuting him in bad faith"

ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaFormer Empire actor Jussie Smollett has filed a counter lawsuit against the city of Chicago.

The lawsuit, filed by Smollett's attorneys in the Northern District of Illinois on Tuesday, claims that the city "maliciously" prosecuted Smollett "in bad faith" and filed criminal charges against him "without probable cause."

On Jan. 29, Smollett told police he was attacked near his Chicago apartment by two masked men who poured an "unknown chemical substance on him" and wrapped a rope around his neck. Police questioned two brothers in connection to the alleged attack, who told authorities Smollett allegedly paid them to help stage the crime.

Smollett was later indicted by a grand jury on 16 counts including felony disorderly conduct in relation to filing a false report. Those charges were ultimately dropped in favor of an "alternative resolution" that involved him performing community service and forfeiting the remainder of his $10,000 bond to Cook County.

Smollett's counter lawsuit was filed in response to a lawsuit the city filed against him in April, requesting $130,000 in civil penalties, damages and attorney's fees and costs arising from Smollett's "false statements."

Smollett's attorneys denied that Smollett orchestrated and planned a fake attack and admonished the police department for continuing to imply that Smollett was guilty after the charges were dropped, according to the court documents.

The lawsuit is seeking a jury trial and that Smollett be awarded compensatory and punitive damages, the amount of which will be determined at trial.

A representative for the office of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

“The City stands by its original complaint and will continue to pursue this litigation. The judge in this case has already ruled in our favor once and we fully expect to be successful in defeating these counterclaims,” a spokesperson for the Chicago Law Department told ABC News in a statement.

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Lizzo’s reaction to receiving eight Grammy nominations: “Drink champagne and cry happy tears of appreciation and love”

Atlantic RecordsLizzo received an outpouring of love for her breakout Cuz I Love You album on Wednesday as she led all artists with eight Grammy nominations.

The singer/rapper’s nominations include Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Truth Hurts,” as well as Best New Artist.

“I’m on a flight to the States I’m finna drink champagne and cry happy tears of appreciation and love,” Lizzo wrote in her Instagram story. “We are all winners.”

Cuz I Love You is up for Album of the Year, and Best Urban Contemporary Album. Lizzo is also nominated for Best R&B Performance for “Exactly How I Feel,” and Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Jerome.”

The Hustlers star continued her celebration on Twitter, tweeting, “THIS HAS BEEN AN INCREDIBLE YEAR FOR MUSIC AND IM JUST SO THANKFUL TO EVEN BE PART OF IT." She added, "I LOVE YOU. LETS HAVE A WONDERFUL BLESSED DAY."

Lizzo hopes that January 26 is a “wonderful blessed day” when the Grammy Awards are broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS. 

She’s also looking forward to Sunday night when she’s up for three honors, including New Artist of the Year, at the American Music Awards which airs live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. 

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Summer Walker claps back at negative comments after she cancels concerts due to her “social anxiety"

Interscope RecordsAs Summer Walker celebrates winning the Soul Train Award for Best New Artist Sunday night, she’s also feeling the wrath of social media for canceling 20 concerts due to her “social anxiety.”

Last week, the “Girls Need Love” singer announced on Instagram she was cutting her tour short “because it doesn’t really coexist with my social anxiety and my introverted personality.”

Walker was immediately bashed, and she responded to her haters.

“The scariest s*** I’ve been witnessing is that most of the women leaving negative comments like ‘it’s an act,’ ‘’I don’t have the right to act like this b/c I’m famous,’ ‘b****h you slow,’ or just flat out making fun of me for being vulnerable, HAVE CHILDREN, these women have children,” Walker wrote on Instagram.

“It makes me feel soo bad cause it’s clear that if the children are developing or struggling with any type of mental disorder such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, it’ll be brushed to the side and will never receive any treatment because it’ll just be ‘an act,’” she continued.

Summer also admitted that due to her anxiety, she planned to avoid the Soul Train Awards, but decided to attend despite feeling "I was too scared." 

“I dodged the red carpet and tried to get escorted through the back, finally getting to my seat I had to keep sneaking to pat my underarms from sweating, for no reason other than people were looking at me,” Walker commented

“By the time my name was called I couldn’t get a speech out like everyone else from being so nervous & was shaking,” she continued. “ BUT I pushed through my #socialanxiety today and I’m really glad I did cause the soul train experience is something any true music lover will never forget.”

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Ari Lennox’s reaction to not winning a Soul Train Music Award: “I quit”

Eva ZarAri Lennox was nominated for three Soul Train Awards, and when she did not win at the ceremony Sunday night, the “Shea Butter Baby” singer was so frustrated, she announced her career was over.

“No one will have to worry about me complaining after this current complaint,” Lennox wrote in a since deleted series of tweets that was captured by That Grape Juice. ”What I will not do is ever be this depressed again.”

“It’s not just an award. It wasn’t any award show. It was the soul train awards. As you can see I’m big fan of soul music and huge fan of soul train's history,” she continued.

The 29-year-old singer was up for Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, Album/Mixtape of the Year for Shea Butter Baby, and Best Collaboration for the title tune featuring her mentor, J. Cole.

Obviously, Lennox expected to take home at least one trophy.

“Being snubbed was something I always expected and was definitely prepared for just not by them,” she continued in her Twitter rant. “My intent was to never shade other nominees. I’m hurt and I don’t expect soulless haters to understand that."

Ari not only deleted her tirade and the comments, she erased her entire account so now her Twitter page is blank.

“I’m not selling out. So I quit,” she wrote. “This sh** ain’t for me… I’ll join the damn army.”

Lennox has thirteen concerts scheduled for Europe beginning December 2 in Oslo, Norway. So far, there is no word on whether she is canceling her tour.

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Cardi B reveals the personality her fans don’t see: “I have a really chill side…I’m boring”

ABC/Randy HolmesCardi B is living the glamorous life as a music, film and fashion idol, but the “I Like It” rapper reveals that when she's not in the spotlight, she has a quiet personality her fans don’t see.

“I have a really chill side,” Cardi tells Vogue. “I’m always to myself. I don’t really hang out too much. I just be home all day. I’m boring.”

With over 50 million Instagram followers, Cardi has become a global superstar since she dropped her nine-times platinum breakout hit, “Bodak Yellow,” in 2017. However, she discovered that with fame also comes jealousy. Cardi says she learned a lesson from Queen Bey in how to cope with the haters.

“When I feel most vulnerable is when people say so many mean things about me, but you know, what I heard, Beyoncé only allows herself to feel bad for one day,” the Hustlers star says. “So I only give one day for me to feel bad for myself. Then I’m back to work and not give a bleep).”

Cardi has been very vocal about her opposition to President Trump, and she continues to support Bernie Sanders’ campaign for the White House.

“He’s a natural humanitarian. You know that there’s people they just care for the world. They just want to take care of people.” Cardi B says of Sanders. “That’s their passion. They don’t do it for money. They do it because that’s their passion and he been doing this for a long time. Not just to become a President and get good votes. That’s just how he naturally is.”

Cardi won a Grammy last year for Best Rap Album for Invasion of Privacy, and Wednesday, she and husband Offset were nominated for Best Rap Performance for their collabo, “Clout.”

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Say what? 'Harriet' screenwriter says studio exec wanted Julia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman

Glen Wilson/Focus FeaturesBefore Cynthia Erivo landed the coveted role in the historical drama Harriet -- based on the life of abolitionist Harriet Tubman -- the film's screenwriter says one studio exec had the nerve to suggest Julia Roberts should portray the historical figure.

To avoid any confusion, yes, Julia Roberts is still a white woman.

In a recent Focus Features Q&A session with Harriet screenwriter Gregory Allen, Allen revealed the jarring 1994 conversation which he says reflected "the climate in Hollywood" some 25 years ago.

“I was told how one studio head said in a meeting, ‘This script is fantastic. Let’s get Julia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman,'” Allen explained. “When someone pointed out that Roberts couldn’t be Harriet, the executive responded, ‘It was so long ago. No one is going to know the difference.'"

Thankfully, other studio execs did know the difference, and went against casting Roberts in the role. Since that encounter, Allen says business and profitability of diverse narratives has totally changed.

“When 12 Years a Slave became a hit and did a couple hundred million dollars worldwide, I told my agent, ‘You can’t say this kind of story won’t make money now,’" Allen said. "Then Black Panther really blew the doors open."

Clearly, black Twitter wasn't having it.

"I can't believe this is real," one person tweeted.

"Serious question: how often are black actors cast to play white people? Like, did anyone think of Morgan Freeman as Mr. Rogers?," another shared.

"The worst part is I bet that white studio exec never gave it another thought until this went public yesterday," said another fan. "Now he’s sweating, and he should be."

Harriet is in theaters now.

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Lizzo, H.E.R., Lil Nas X receive major nominations at this year’s Grammys

Atlantic RecordsLizzo, Lil Nas X, H.E.R. and Michelle Obama are some of the nominees for this year's Grammys.

First-time nominee Lizzo takes the top spot with eight, including Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist. Lil Nas X, who landed on the top of the Billboard charts this year with his hit song "Old Town Road," follows closely behind with six nominations, including Record of the Year, Album of the Year and, of course, Best New Artist.

Meanwhile, all eyes will on H.E.R., who is again nominated for Best R&B Performance -- this time for her song "Could've Been," featuring Bryson Tiller.

Other notables include: Beyoncé for Best Music Film, for her Netflix Coachella docuseries HomecomingKirk Franklin for Best Gospel album; and Michelle Obama for Best Spoken Word album for her memoir, Becoming.

Grammy winners will be revealed on Sunday, January 26, live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS. For the full list of nominees, go to Grammy.com.

Here are the nominees in some of the top categories:

Record of the Year
"Hey, Ma" — Bon Iver
"Bad Guy" — Billie Eilish
"7 Rings" — Ariana Grande
"Hard Place" — H.E.R.
"Talk" — Khalid
"Old Town Road" — Lil Nas X Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus
"Truth Hurts" — Lizzo  
"Sunflower" — Post Malone & Swae Lee
 
Album of the Year
i,i — Bon Iver
Norman F***ing Rockwell! — Lana Del Rey
When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? — Billie Eilish
thank u, next — Ariana Grande
I Used To Know Her — H.E.R.
7 — Lil Nas X
Cuz I Love You (Deluxe) — Lizzo
Father Of The Bride — Vampire Weekend
 
Song of the Year
"Always Remember Us This Way" — Lady Gaga
"Bad Guy" — Billie Eilish
"Bring My Flowers Now" — Tanya Tucker
"Hard Place" — (H.E.R.
"Lover" — Taylor Swift
"Norman F***ing Rockwell" — Lana Del Rey
"Someone You Loved" — Lewis Capaldi
"Truth Hurts" — Lizzo
 
Best New Artist
Black Pumas
Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X
Lizzo
Maggie Rogers
Rosalía
Tank And The Bangas
Yola
 
Best Pop Solo Performance
"Spirit" — Beyoncé    
"Bad Guy" — Billie Eilish
"7 Rings" — Ariana Grande
"Truth Hurts" — Lizzo
"You Need To Calm Down" — Taylor Swift
 
Best Pop Vocal Album
The Lion King: The Gift — Beyoncé
When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? — Billie Eilish
thank u, next — Ariana Grande
No. 6 Collaborations Project — Ed Sheeran
Lover  — Taylor Swift

 
Best R&B Performance
"Love Again" — Daniel Caesar & Brandy
"Could've Been" — H.E.R. Featuring Bryson Tiller
"Exactly How I Feel" — Lizzo Featuring Gucci Mane
"Roll Some Mo"  — Lucky Daye
"Come Home" — Anderson .Paak Featuring André 3000
 
Best Rap Album
Revenge Of The Dreamers III — Dreamville
Championships — Meek Mill
I Am > I Was — 21 Savage
Igor — Tyler, The Creator
The Lost Boy — YBN Cordae

Best Gospel Album:
Long Live Love — Kirk Franklin
Goshen — Donald Lawrence Presents The Tri-City Singers
Tunnel Vision — Gene Moore
Settle Here — William Murphy
Something's Happening! A Christmas Album — CeCe Winans

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First-time nominees Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X lead this year’s Grammy nominations

The Recording AcademyNew artists are dominating the Grammys this year. First-time nominees Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X lead the list of nominations, which were announced Wednesday morning.

Lizzo is the top nominee, with eight, including the trifecta of Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year. Billie Eilish -- also nominated in the big three categories -- and Lil Nas X have six nominations each. All three are up for Best New Artist.

Other nominees in major categories include Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey, H.E.R., Bon Iver and more.

Grammy winners will be revealed on Sunday, January 26, live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS. For the full list of nominees, go to Grammy.com.

Here are the nominees in some of the top categories:

Record of the Year
"Hey, Ma" — Bon Iver
"Bad Guy" — Billie Eilish
"7 Rings" — Ariana Grande
"Hard Place" — H.E.R.
"Talk" — Khalid
"Old Town Road" — Lil Nas X Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus
"Truth Hurts" — Lizzo  
"Sunflower" — Post Malone & Swae Lee
 
Album of the Year
i,i — Bon Iver
Norman F***ing Rockwell! — Lana Del Rey
When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? — Billie Eilish
thank u, next — Ariana Grande
I Used To Know Her — H.E.R.
7 — Lil Nas X
Cuz I Love You (Deluxe) — Lizzo
Father Of The Bride — Vampire Weekend
 
Song of the Year
"Always Remember Us This Way" — Lady Gaga
"Bad Guy" — Billie Eilish
"Bring My Flowers Now" — Tanya Tucker
"Hard Place" — (H.E.R.
"Lover" — Taylor Swift
"Norman F***ing Rockwell" — Lana Del Rey
"Someone You Loved" — Lewis Capaldi
"Truth Hurts" — Lizzo
 
Best New Artist
Black Pumas
Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X
Lizzo
Maggie Rogers
Rosalía
Tank And The Bangas
Yola
 
Best Pop Solo Performance
"Spirit" — Beyoncé    
"Bad Guy" — Billie Eilish
"7 Rings" — Ariana Grande
"Truth Hurts" — Lizzo
"You Need To Calm Down" — Taylor Swift
 
Best Pop Vocal Album
The Lion King: The Gift — Beyoncé
When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? — Billie Eilish
thank u, next — Ariana Grande
No. 6 Collaborations Project — Ed Sheeran
Lover  — Taylor Swift

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
"Boyfriend" -- Ariana Grande & Social House
"Sucker" -- Jonas Brothers
"Old Town Road" -- Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus
"Sunflower" -- Post Malone & Swae Lee
"Senorita" -- Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello

Best Rock Album
Amo — Bring Me The Horizon
Social Cues — Cage The Elephant
In The End — The Cranberries
Trauma — I Prevail
Feral Roots — Rival Sons
 
Best R&B Performance
"Love Again" — Daniel Caesar & Brandy
"Could've Been" — H.E.R. Featuring Bryson Tiller
"Exactly How I Feel" — Lizzo Featuring Gucci Mane
"Roll Some Mo"  — Lucky Daye
"Come Home" — Anderson .Paak Featuring André 3000
 
Best Rap Album
Revenge Of The Dreamers III — Dreamville
Championships — Meek Mill
I Am > I Was — 21 Savage
Igor — Tyler, The Creator
The Lost Boy — YBN Cordae
 
Best Country Song
"Bring My Flowers Now" — Tanya Tucker
"Girl Goin' Nowhere" —Ashley McBryde
"It All Comes Out In The Wash" — Miranda Lambert
"Some Of It" — Eric Church
"Speechless" —Dan Shay

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Luke James hopes PJ Morton, Summer Walker, H.E.R and Ari Lennox receive Grammy nods this morning

Makeda SandfordThe Grammy Awards are being announced this morning, and two-time nominee Luke James is hoping some of his favorite artists will be among the nominees.

"Summer Walker to H.E.R....there's so many," the “I Want You” singer tells ABC Audio.

Ari Lennox is also on Luke’s wish list. Among the men, Luke wants PJ Morton, who he describes as “an amazing artist,” to be nominated for his latest album, Paul.

PJ actually won his first Grammy in February -- Best Traditional R&B Performance for ”How Deep Is Your Love.”  

“Anybody who’s put [in] all of the work that they’ve done right now to keep music solid, feeling...alive,” James continues. “I just hope everybody takes something home, at least the experience, to be nominated."  

Luke performed his new single, “Go Girl” with BJ the Chicago Kid and Ro James, on the Soul Train Awards this past weekend. He’s also busy as an actor, and will be returning for season three of The Chi on Showtime in 2020.

The 62nd annual Grammy Awards will air live, Sunday January 26, 2020, 8:00 PM ET on CBS from Staples Center in Los Angeles.


Naturi Naughton claps back following Lil Kim bashing Naturi’s portrayal of her in 'Notorious'

Courtesy StarzAs Naturi Naughton copes with her new beef with 50 Cent, she’s also clapping back at Lil Kim, who’s reignited their old feud regarding The Notorious B.I.G. biopic, Notorious.

Naturi portrayed Kim in the 2009 movie, and The Queen Bee once again bashed her performance during a recent interview with Hollywood Unlocked.

“I would have never picked her. Never, ever, ever. She has nothing in common with me. Nothing,” Kim said. "And I don’t like the way she’s been disrespectful about it because I wasn’t even basically blaming her. But she did a whole documentary coming at me. I’m like, ‘What the heck is this?'”

The documentary that Kim addressed was an episode of TV One's Uncensored series, in which Naturi discussed the movie.

The Power star responded to Kim’s comments, posting on Instagram, “Sorry..but All lies." 

Last week, Naughton responded to 50 Cent after the producer/rapper poked fun at her hairline on his now-deactivated Instagram account.

Naughton replied on Instagram, "@50Cent Did we have a fight and I not know about it?" she wrote. "So confused." She added the hashtags "#SoMuchForPowerFam" and "#FinalSeason."

The actress-singer then added an emotional caption.

"There’s so much I wanna say but...You don’t even have an Instagram account so...," Naughton wrote. "Why waste my characters or come out of my CHARACTER!"

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Megan Thee Stallion and Swae Lee to be honored as 'Variety'’s “Hitmakers”

300 EntertainmentMegan Thee Stallion and Swae Lee are being honored by Variety as two of this year’s top “Hitmakers.”

The “Hot Girl Summer” rapper, and the member of Rae Sremmurd, will be recognized at the trade publication’s Hitmakers brunch on December 7 in Los Angeles.

Megan will receive the Breakthrough Artist Award, and Swae will be presented with the Crossover Award.

This year, Megan was named the Hot Ticket Performer at the BET Hip Hop Awards, and also won Best Mixtape for Fever.

Lee is featured on Post Malone’s eight-times platinum mega-hit, “Sunflower,” which is up for two American Music Awards: Collaboration of the Year, and Favorite Song -- Pop/Rock. He also collaborated with Variety’s Decade Award winner, Ellie Goulding, on her platinum song “Close to Me,” as well as “Sicko Mode” with Travis Scott, and French Montana’s “Unforgettable.”

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Keyshia Cole debuts first photo of her new baby son

ABC/Rick RowellKeyshia Cole shared the first photo of her 15-week-old son, Tobias Khale, Tuesday on Instagram.

“I absolutely couldn’t wait to post these pictures,” the “Let It Go” singer commented on four adorable photos of her baby. Tobias already has his own Instagram account and appeared Monday on his mother's new BET reality series, Keyshia Cole: My New Life,

“If u watched the show last night, you’ve had a chance to take the first looks." Keyshia continued. “@tobiaskhale is the sweetest baby, OMG. He’s such a little blessing, and I’m completely in love with him! The smiles he gives EVERY SINGLE Time you smile at him, Brightens the worst of days. So happy @daniel_gibsonj has a baby brother now."

This is Keyshia’s first child with her boyfriend, Niko Khale. The father of her first son, nine-year-old Daniel Jr., is Keyshia's ex-husband, former NBA star Daniel Gibson

In addition to her BET reality series, the 38-year-old singer also premiered her new talk show, One On One with Keyshia Cole, Friday on FOX Soul.

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Congrats! OITNB's Danielle Brooks welcomes baby girl

Taylor Hill/FilmMagicDanielle Brooks is officially a proud mama.

In an Instagram post on Monday evening, Brooks shared the first photo of her baby girl that she had with her boyfriend over the weekend.

“11.16.19. She’s perfect,” Brooks captioned sweet black-and-white image.

Although additional details on her daughter have yet to be revealed, including her name, Brooks did she share some of her pregnancy journey with her fans in her Netflix Family series A Little Bit Pregnant.

In June, Brooks told ABC Audio that she and her family were "excited" about her upcoming bundle of joy.

"My mom held her breath for about five minutes straight. Like, literally with her hand over her mouth," Brooks said then. "And my dad was excited and my brother almost cried. He's like, 'We never heard of additions to the family, man. I feel like I'm having my own kid.' So, everybody's really excited for this new baby to come."

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Lil Nas X to receive American Ingenuity Award from 'Smithsonian' magazine

Kayla Reefer for Smithsonian magazine He's got a Teen Choice Award, a CMA Award, and two MTV VMA trophies, but now Lil Nas X has been given an honor that's truly unique.

Smithsonian magazine, published by the Smithsonian Institution, is giving the "Old Town Road" star one of its annual American Ingenuity Awards.  The awards are presented across seven different categories: Youth, Visual Arts, Social Progress, Technology, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Performing Arts.  X, who's 20, is the "Youth" category recipient

“I wanted to establish, very early on, that I’m not going in whatever direction I’m expected to go into because I don’t want to limit myself on what I’m allowed to do,” Lil Nas X tells the magazine. "I am a rapper in my head. I am a singer in my head. I am a pop star,” he says. “I can try to do as many things as possible.”

In a statement, Maria Keehan, creative director of Smithsonian magazine, said that the awards honor people who are "spearheading revolutionary change in society," including "redefining what is means to mix genres in music."

Lil Nas X is in good company: among the other nominees this year are world-famous chef José Andrés, painter Amy Sherald -- who painted Michelle Obama -- and the scientists who led the team that produced the first-ever image of a black hole.

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Kevin Hart to release docu-series 'Don't F**k This Up' on Netflix

ABC/Randy HolmesKevin Hart is giving fans unprecedented access to his life in the new Netflix docuseries, Don’t F**k This Up.

In an Instagram post Tuesday, Hart shared the announcement that his new personal doc would be hitting the streamer on December 27.

"I'm excited about it," he says in a video. "It's a look into my life for the past year and a half, which has been a hell of a roller coaster. Peaks, hills, valleys, ups, down. It as real, as raw, as transparent you can be. It's something that I think people need to see."

"Always looking for way to improve and progress and this documentary was one of those ways that I felt would be put in position to do just that,” he added.

According to Deadline, Hart's six-episode series will feature a close-up look at his life as he dealt with several highly-publicized hardships, including his reported affair and the 2019 Oscars-hosting controversy. It will also include interviews from his family and friends, and archival footage of his childhood.

The announcement comes after Hart's car accident on September 1, which resulted in a 10-day hospital stay and left him with serious back injuries.

Don't F**k This Up expands Hart's relationship with Netflix. This year, he released two comedy specials on the streaming giant: Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History Himself and Kevin Hart: Irresponsible.

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John Legend hosting Global Citizen Award ceremony featuring Jennifer Hudson and H.E.R.

ABC/Paula LoboJohn Legend is hosting the first Global Citizen Prize Award ceremony, featuring an all-star lineup.

People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” will also perform on the show, along with Jennifer Hudson, H.E.R., Raphael Saadiq, Sting, Chris Martin of Coldplay, and British rapper Stormzy.

The ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London on December 13 celebrates activists who are working to end extreme poverty. Awards will be presented in in five categories: World Leader, Artist, Business Leader, the Cisco Youth Leadership Award, and Global Citizen of the Year.

The event will be recorded to air December 20 at 8 p.m. EST on NBC. 

H.E.R. performed at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival on September 28 in New York City, which also featured Alicia Keys, Pharrell, French Montana and many others.

The Global Citizen organization is devoted to fulfilling the United Nations Global Goal to end extreme poverty by 2030.

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Kanye West recording 'Jesus Is King' sequel with Dr. Dre

ABC/Randy Holmes A historic collaboration is underway.  Kanye West is now recording the follow-up to his number-one gospel album, Jesus Is King, with the legendary Dr. Dre

Yeezy tweeted a photo in the studio with The Chronic rapper/producer and commented, "Ye and Dre Jesus is King Part II coming soon.” The Death Row Records co-founder posted the same photo and caption on his Instagram.

This news come after Kanye announced on Sunday that he is performing a brand-new Opera, called Nebuchadnezzar, November 24 at the Hollywood Bowl.

Kanye also recently said on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show that he planned to release another gospel album, titled Jesus Is Born, on Christmas Day.

Dre, who has produced music for a who’s who of hip-hop, including Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar and Eminem, as well as Dre's former group, N.W.A, will be honored by the Recording Academy on January 22. His iconic career will be celebrated at the 13th annual Producers & Engineers Wing Grammy Week celebration at Village Studios in Los Angeles.

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Post Malone extends Runaway Tour into 2020

Getty Images For DCP via ABC/Jeff Kravitz/AMA2018Post Malone will keep on running in 2020.

The chart-topping star has extended his Runaway Tour into 2020, with a new leg of dates kicking off February 4 in Omaha, NE, and wrapping up March 21 in Salt Lake City, UT.  Swae Lee and Tyla Yaweh will once again be Posty's opening acts.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, November 22 at 9 a.m. local time via LiveNation.com.  T-Mobile customers can get exclusive access to stage-front pit tickets by visiting T-Mobile.com/music.

Here are the tour dates:
 
2/4 -- Omaha, NE, CHI Health Center
2/5 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
2/7 -- St. Louis, MO, Enterprise Center
2/9 -- Indianapolis, IN, Banker's Life Fieldhouse
2/11 -- Chicago, IL, Allstate Arena
2/12 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
2/14 -- Toronto, ON, Scotiabank Arena
2/16 -- Montreal, QC, Bell Center
2/18 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
2/19 -- Uniondale, NY, Nassau Veteran's Memorial Coliseum
2/21 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
2/22 -- Hershey, PA, Giant Center
2/24 -- Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena
2/27 -- Washington, DC, Capital One Arena
2/29 -- Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena
3/1 -- Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum
3/3 -- Duluth, GA, Infinite Energy Center
3/4 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
3/6 -- Memphis, TN, FedExForum
3/9 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center
3/10 -- Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center*
3/12 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
3/14 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena
3/15 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Arena*
3/17 -- Ontario, CA, Toyota Arena*
3/19 -- San Francisco , CA, Chase Center
3/21 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Vivint Smart Home Arena

*Swae Lee not performing.

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Jada Pinkett Smith says T.I. will address his comments on his daughter's virginity on 'Red Table Talk'

Courtesy of Facebook WatchJada Pinkett Smith will get the exclusive interview with rapper T.I. after his controversial comments concerning his daughter's virginity.

As previously reported, T.I. sparked social media outrage after he revealed that he attends his daughter Deyjah's annual OGBYN visits to verify she's still a virgin.

Now, Jada tells Entertainment Tonight, that T.I. will officially "address the controversy that has been swirling" on her Facebook Watch series, Red Table Talk.

"We just shot that [episode of Red Table Talk] today," Pinkett Smith shared. "And then he and [his wife] Tiny sit down and talk about how they survived, in regards to their marriage. So that will be next Monday."

T.I. made his controversial comments on a now deleted episode of the Ladies Like Us podcast. Fans immediately took the rapper to task after the interview went viral.

“This is beyond disgusting and low-key Rapey,” one person tweeted. "Why is he this invested in her sexual life? I'd understand going with her if he wanted to make sure his daughter was healthy but this is just... Wrong and abusive.”

Many people called T.I. out for applying a double standard.

“Like his sons aren’t but he’s not making such a big deal about it. And she's 18. An adult, she should control her own life and private matters,” a person commented.

However, T.I. stood by his comments.

“I think that most kids in hindsight, looking back, they always thank their parents for not allowing them to damage themselves as much as they could have,” he said.

He also asserted that if men know Deyjah was a virgin, then they won’t want to have sex with her.

“[Virgins] -- they’re no fun,” he commented “Who wants a virgin? Like really? All that work."

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Universal Hip Hop Museum celebrates 40th anniversary of Kurtis Blow’s "Christmas Rappin'”

New Jersey Performing Arts CenterKurtis Blow became one of the pioneers of hip hop with his 1979 debut hit, “Christmas Rappin,’” and now 40 years later, the iconic song is being celebrated in a new exhibit.

The Universal Hip Hop Museum is launching an exhibition at the Bronx Terminal Market in New York City on December 6 honoring the song. The exhibit will also include a timeline of hip hop history, a virtual DJ stand for visitors to test their musical skills, and more.

Kurtis was the first rapper to record for a major label when he signed with Mercury Records. As he looks back on his trailblazing career, he is proud that his first single was about his favorite time of the year.

“It’s about the good vibes and the love that is spread around,” Blow tells ABC Audio. “I want to be known as the Christmas rapper." 

Kurtis has been an ordained Christian minister since 2009, and he founded the Hip Hop Church service at the Greater Hood Memorial A.M.E. Church in Manhattan. 

“My first song was 'Christmas Rap[pin']' and here it is 40 years later, I’m a minister representing and supporting my gospels of Jesus Christ. Amen, so wow. God had a plan for me in my life,” Blow says. “I remember when I first was riding the train from Harlem. I’m riding down on the train before I go to the studio and I’m writing lyrics on the train.”   

The 60-year-old is now performing as a special guest performer on the Hip Hop Nutcracker tour, which continues through December 29 in Worcester, MA. 

Kurtis also serves as chairman of the Universal Hip Hop Museum which is slated to break ground in 2020 and open in 2023 in New York.

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