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Trina and Missy Elliott collaborate on new music

John Parra/Getty Images for SpotifyLooks like we might have another hit on the way. Trina and Missy Elliott recently hit the studio together to work on new music, teasing fans by posting a video clip of the two artists.

"Studio, studio, studio," Trina says in the video. "You know the vibes, you already know what it is." 

"Hits baby, hits," yells a male voice in the background, followed by a cosign from Missy saying “Ahhhhh!” before the two walked away from the camera.

Missy co-produced Trina's 2002 single "No Panties" featuring Tweet. Over the years, the good friends have returned verses back and forth on Da Baddest's "I Got a Bottle" in 2009 and on Missy's "One Minute Man" and "I'm Better" remix featuring Eve and Lil Kim in 2017. 

Fans were excited, commenting on Missy's backward aging, reflecting on their past music and describing how excited they were to be getting a "Got a bottle part 2 or Minute Man 2020." 

Guess we'll have to wait and see what comes from the two artists. 

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Rick Ross announces collab with Dwyane Wade, "Season Ticket Holder"

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A lil something for Miami "Wade" County. 

Miami icons Rick Ross and Dwyane Wade have collaborated on a new single "Season Ticket Holder," set to be released later today. 

Wade first expressed interest in doing a song with Rick Ross, after the two sat down to work on a shoe collab with Wade's shoe brand Li-Ning. "I wanted to get on one song, one day. Rick Ross, who's a good friend of mine, reached out and said 'D, let's do a track for the city," he told Good Morning America. It's been a goal for the karaoke lover to take his talents into the studio, but this isn't his first introduction into the music industry. 

The 13-time All-Star champ was in a childhood Chicago rap group called Real Fresh, at nine years old. The group was put together by Wade's father, who he compared to the late Joe Jackson, Michael Jackson's father. His dear friend and former teammate Kobe Bryant was also an inspiring factor in Wade pursuing music. 

"For me as someone who was a fan of his, I got a chance to see him in so many different facets of life by watching it," Wade shared during an interview with ESPN host Rachel Nichols. "I was like you know what I do want to do things that are out of the box. And things that people can laugh about later, talk about later and just have memories and moments."

Dwyane Wade's documentary D.Wade: Life Unexpected airs Sunday on ESPN.

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Diddy and his sons announce the 'Making the Band' revival

Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images for The Recording AcademyIf you've noticed the frequent Making the Band video clips circulating on social media, it's because the music competition series is coming back to a TV screen near you. After being off air for more than a decade, Sean 'Diddy' Combs confirms the show's revival announcing casting calls for the reality TV program. 

Keeping it in the family, celebrity choreographer and creative director Laurieann Gibson is returning to the MTV franchise judging panel, alongside the heirs to the throne Quincy Brown, Justin Combs, and Christian Combs. 

"We not settling for just anybody. If you feel like you got what it takes to compete in today's industry—y'all know how our pops does it," Quincy says in the video. So expect nothing but the best to be showing up."

The search is on to find the world's next breakout stars, starting with a multi-city tour launching later this month. Open casting calls will take place in Atlanta, Houston, Charlotte, NC and New York. According to Deadline, each city will have pop up vocal booths in which hopeful contestants can offer a music-video style performance to approved audition songs. 

The first season of Making the Band aired on ABC in 2000, forming the band O-Town. In 2002, the show premiered on MTV documenting the musical journeys of Danity KaneDay 26Da Band and Donnie Klang for 12 seasons, under Diddy and his team of executives. 

The Making The Band series will premiere in 2020. 

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SZA says she's not doing any more interviews 'Don't Ask'

Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for REVOLTJust hours after Rolling Stone unveiled their second annual Women Shaping the Future cover issue, SZA took to Twitter to tell the world she was done with the media. 

"Not doing any videos interviews or photos for the rest of my life lol don’t ask," she wrote

SZA appeared on the cover issue alongside Houston Hotties Megan Thee Stallion and Normani, who she called her sisters. "S/O to Normani and Meg tho. My sisters who I love very much and respect deeply," she said. "Honored to be a part of ANYTHING w the two of those Black queens."

The singer went on to discuss her mental health issues in her adolescent years. She said "My anxiety has .03% to do w outside opinion. I was bullied all through high school I could care less. It’s my own thoughts that hit different. Some fans responded with messages of love and support for the TDE-signee, while many questioned why more and more "new" celebs are openly addressing their anxiety issues.

Last year, R&B singer Summer Walker ended her First and Last Tour early due to her public battle with social anxiety. SZA responded saying, "Lmao new? “Celebs” been out here dying of addiction and depression for DECADES. Be glad Ppl are TALKING to each other and sharing rather than hiding. Also errbody dying on tv an the government broke the 4th wall ..pretty sure everyone’s fed up rn lol."

She followed up posting a photo from inside a recording studio telling everyone it's, "Where I belong."

SZA is expected to drop her sophomore album in 2020, to follow her platinum debut album CTRL, featuring hit singles "Broken Clocks," "Garden (Say It Like Dat)," "Love Galore" and "The Weekend."

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Cardi B's best friend Star Brim charged in New York gang bust

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Star Brim, the best friend of Cardi B. was indicted Tuesday and charged, along with 10 other alleged members of the 5-9 Brims gang in New York. 

According to a criminal complaint by the U.S. Attorney's Office, Star Brim, whose real name is Yonette Respass, is accused of ordering a hit on a female bartender. She was charged with conspiracy to commit assault in aid of racketeering.

In August 2018, allegedly three men, who were also indicted Tuesday, went to Angels Strip Club in Queens, New York, where the female bartender was held down by her hair, beaten and had a bottle thrown at her. The assault was captured on video by one of the men, Jeffrey Bush, and sent to Respass, who allegedly ordered the attack. 

Respass is also facing additional charges for felony assault, stemming from another assault at the same club involving Cardi B. just weeks later, where Bush acted as the "muscle" for the Bronx rapper. Bush was previously charged with attempted assault with intent to cause physical injury with a weapon and attempted assault with intent to cause serious physical injury in a 14-count state indictment, along with Cardi B. and one other co-defendant. 

Tuesday's indictment named Respass, Bush and nine others being charged with racketeering conspiracy, murder, murder conspiracy, and fraud.

Respass will be arraigned at a later date. The 28-year-old expectant mother is due to give birth any day now.

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50 Cent introduces new 'Power Book III' cast member; teases new music

ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaAs fans gear up for the next installment in the Power universe, Power Book II: Ghost, executive producer 50 Cent is sharing some details on his headlining Power spinoff, Power Book III: Raising Kanan.

In a new Instagram post, 50 revealed that Tony Award winner and Madam Secretary actress Patina Miller will star in his forthcoming Power spinoff origins story.

Set in the 1990s, the series follows the early years of 50's now deceased character Kanan Stark.

According to Deadline, Miller will play the "successful" Raquel “Raq” Thomas, a cold, hard and fierce woman who calls the shots in a man’s world. Described as tough, resolute, ruthless, and deadly, Raq is said to still be capable of love. However, the only love she has is for her son, Kanan, who is everything to her.

In addition to taking care of her son, Raq also "carries the heavy burden as the earner for her two brothers."

50 also took time to share on his Instagram that he'll be gifting fans with new music.

"RAISING KANAN," he wrote, captioning a photo of himself. "I’m working on new music for this show."

Meanwhile, fans can gear up for the premiere of Power Book II: Ghost, starring Mary J. BligeMethod Man., Naturi NaughtonMichael Rainey, Jr. and others from the original cast. That series is expected to debut in June on Starz.

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Pop Smoke remembered by Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent, Ella Mai and more

Joseph Okpako/WireImageThe hip-hop community is in mourning after Pop Smoke was shot and killed during a home invasion Wednesday in Los Angeles. Celebs and friends shared fond memories of the Brooklyn rapper on social media. 

"The Bible tells that jealousy is as cruel as the grave. Unbelievable. Rest in Peace, Pop," Nicki Minaj wrote on Instagram. She jumped on the remix to Smoke's hit single, "Welcome to the Party."

Wednesday night, Roddy Ricch paid tribute to the late rapper, playing the song during his concert in front of over 20,000 screaming fans in New York.

Travis Scott played a snippet of an unreleased track with Pop on his Instagram story. Meanwhile, Quavo described the Brooklyn rapper as a "Very Talented Humble Respectful and Appreciative," and a "Fast Learning Young Boss."

Ella Mai said she's praying for Pop Smoke's family. On Twitter, she wrote, "It’s becoming way too familiar saying rest in peace tell your people you love them with every chance you get. praying for pop smokes family." 

Jadakiss told BET he spoke to Pop a few times on the phone to arrange a performance for his daughter's 16th birthday party.  "I was telling somebody today, that we probably lost as many young artists in the last year or two than I lost my whole career," Jadakiss said of Pop's short time in the music industry. 

Murder Inc.'s Irv Gotti agreed, suggesting this is one only genre of music where success makes you a target. "Wtf??? Why??? And he was bringing that energy back to NYC. Only in Hip Hop. When you get Hot. You are a target. No other form of music has to deal with shit like this," he said.

Police haven't yet released a clear motive for Smoke's murder, although many on social media are speculating the murder is linked an Instagram story that revealed the address of the house.

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Syleena Johnson says don't feel bad about still listening to R.Kelly's music

Paras Griffin/Getty ImagesSyleena Johnson credits R. Kelly for the success of her debut single "I Am Your Woman," although she no longer sings the song due to the lyrics' underlying meaning. 

"[R.Kelly] wasn't trying to hurt me. He was trying to give me a good song but those lyrics came from that mindset that we now know of," she told ABC Audio, referring to the singer's recent indictment.

R. Kelly heads to trial in September where he faces four charges of sexual abuse and exploiting underage girls over the course of 25 years.

"I feel like those lyrics could offend someone. Not the actual women that have come out, but a woman that has been raped, a woman that has been in a predicament similar," she said. "She's in the audience, I'm singing these lyrics, she starts crying...I don't want to be responsible for that."

R.Kelly's music lyrics became scrutinized after the release of Lifetime's Surviving R. Kelly documentary, as fans weighed if they could still enjoy his music knowing it was inspired by his relationships with the alleged victims. 

"I don't feel people should feel bad about listening to his music. I hear that a lot from people, 'I'm not listening to his music anymore'," Johnson told ABC Audio. "I don't think it's your fault.  We're not responsible for what has been revealed about him as an individual.  We gravitated to the music that was beautiful...that we loved...that meant something for us at the time."

If found guilty, R. Kelly faces up to 30 years in prison.

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Swae Lee to release gender-neutral fashion line with Giuseppe Zanotti

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Aside from his pen writing skills, Swae Lee is also known for pushing the boundaries of fashion with his unique style aesthetic. At the 2020 Grammy Awards, the young rapper made his designer debut previewing his own Giuseppe Zanotti collaboration boots from his upcoming gender neutral fashion line.  

The one-half of the sibling hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd is finally taking his creative talents into the fashion industry with a collaboration with the Italian veteran designer he used to rap about. “I was making something to go on someone’s body, to complete their outfit. The shoe completes a look,” he told Footwear News. “It was up to me to make the most key part of the outfit so it was way different. Now I’m helping people with their well-being. This is their image. That’s important.”

The line will include men's heels, canvas boots, suede loafers and sneakers designed with flowers, embroidery and glitter, ranging between $995 to $1,695. 

Giuseppe Zanotti is making their brand more sustainable using recycled canvas for this collaboration, planning to create a new norm in fashion and appealing to a new generation. “He asked me to do flowers. Usually the rule with flowers is that they are more feminine. It’s very strange for a sneaker. He also asked us to do a pale blue boot with a pink rose," Zanotti told Footwear News.

"I was confused. But in this moment in time, there’s no more gender. There’s no sneaker for men or women. It’s the same. This collection is feminine but masculine in a different way. Welcome to the present.”

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LeBron James inks two-book deal with HarperCollins publishing company

Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesNBA All-Star LeBron James is set to release a children's book, I Promise later this year, the first from his two-book deal with HarperCollins publishing company. 

The illustrated book was inspired by LeBron James Family Foundation's I Promise program in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. In a statement to Essence, the three-time champ said, “Books have the ability to teach, inspire and bring people together. That’s why these books, and the opportunity to get children and parents reading together, mean so much to me."

“Most importantly, we wanted to make sure these stories are ones that every single kid can see themselves in. I Promise is powerful in that way and I can’t wait for people to read it.”

Aside from his sports and television ventures, James is an avid reader and advocate for enhancing the educational resources and opportunities for at-risk youth, starting with his I Promise public school. Opened in 2018, the STEM-focused program encourages every student to earn a full scholarship, granted they graduate with a high school diploma. Last week, his foundation announced eligible students would receive free tuition at Kent State University.

I Promise is now available for pre-order and expected to hit stores everywhere August 11. The second book is already in the works and can be expected in 2021. 

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Kerry Washington reflects on Scandal's history-making success and the pressure to get it right

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Ahead of her new Hulu series, Little Fires EverywhereKerry Washington is reflecting on the pressure she felt to make her ABC drama series Scandal a success.

“I didn’t feel the pressure from my ego, like ‘I have to make the show work,’” Washington told Variety. “It was more ‘If we f*** this up, it’s going to be another 40 years before they let a black woman be the lead of a network drama. We have to get this right.’”

Washington, who was nominated for an Emmy for her portrayal of Washington DC fixer Olivia Pope, said she heard "a gajillion times” just how important her role was since she was the first black woman to headline a network drama in 40 years.

With that pressure now behind her, Washington says she still keeps her eye on similar opportunities where she can make a difference.

“I had such a beautiful, collaborative relationship on Scandal with Shonda (Rhimes), and I think that made me feel like, going forward in my career, I only wanted to work on projects where I felt I could be heard,” she said.

One of those projects is Washington's Little Fires Everywhere, which officially marks the actor's first serialized television role since Scandal. It follows Washington as Mia and Reese Witherspoon as Elena, two mothers with very different lives who clash in their seemingly progressive Ohio suburb. Washington says she tapped into a very vulnerable side for her role.

“We all took a lot of risks in revealing our inner lives to each other, our perspectives and our thoughts throughout the process," she said. "Not only did that vulnerability require opening up; it demanded a certain level of willingness from everyone involved to admit what they didn’t know.”

Little Fires Everywhere premieres on March 18.

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Janet Jackson among many celebrities honoring 'Good Times' actress Ja'Net DuBois

Ja'Net Dubois and Janet Jackson on the set of 'Good Times'; CBS Photo Archive/Getty ImagesCelebrities and fans alike are paying their respects to Good Times actress, Ja'net DuBois, who died on Tuesday at the age of 74.

Best known for her role as Willona Woods on the popular 70s sitcom, the beloved TV actress was also an accomplished singer-songwriter who composed and performed the iconic theme song to The Jeffersons.

In a touching Instagram post, Janet Jackson, who played DuBois' adopted daughter Penny on Good Times, shared a recent photo of her with Dubois.

"I saw first hand how she broke stereotypes and changed the landscape for Black women in entertainment. I’m grateful in recent years I had a chance to see her and create more lasting memories," she wrote. "I pray for comfort for all her family and friends."

SNL star Leslie Jones shared a clip from one of her favorite scenes of DuBois, writing, "Damn Damn Damn!! We lost a real one!"

Meanwhile, Viola Davis shared a photo from the Live in Front of a Studio Audience set last year, where Dubois posed alongside some of the cast from the live recreation of the classic sitcom.

"Oh man!!! Just saw you! What a pleasure it was to meet you," she tweeted. "You shaped so much of the best memories of my childhood! God bless you, Ja’net DuBois!"

GMA co-anchor Robin Roberts remembered watching DuBois with her family and shared a tribute to the actress' life and legacy.

As previously reported, the two-time Emmy Award winner for her voice-over work on the animated series, The PJs, and in 1969, winner of a Peabody Award for the CBS children’s movie, J.T., Dubois also played Momma Bosely in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and was a series regular on The Wayans Bros. Other notable TV credits include guest starring roles on Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper, Everybody Loves Raymond, Touched By An Angel, and Moesha.

Dubois is survived by her three children: Yovanne DuboisBurghardt Dubois and Rani DuBois.

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Rapper Pop Smoke killed in home invasion in Hollywood Hills


New York rapper Pop Smoke, 20, was shot and killed during a home invasion early this morning in Hollywood Hills. 

The LAPD confirms the death of the young rapper, after responding to calls at his home on Hercules Drive around 4:55 a.m. According to police, multiple suspects entered the home and shot the victim. Pop Smoke was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead hours later.

No suspects have been arrested at this time, although one was seen fleeing the scene, wearing a black ski mask. The motive for the shooting remains under investigation.

The rapper, born Bashar Barakah Jackson, was one of New York's rising artists, at the head of Brooklyn's burgeoning drill music scene. His latest project, Meet the Woo 2, features the Quavo-assisted "Shake the Room." Smoke's breakthrough single, "Welcome to the Party", from his debut Meet the Woo mixtape produced by London's 808 MeloBeats, was the song of the summer last year, played on every radio station, at every party or heard blaring from every car speaker in Brooklyn and beyond. The video alone, released last May, has over 23 million views on YouTube, just ahead of his single, "Dior."

Smoke's smooth, yet militant flow and aggressive lyrics were often compared to the likes of Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and Lloyd Banks, during their G-Unit days, and DMX, combined with Smoke's own signature, gritty growl. Just yesterday, the rapper teased a Huncho Woo mixtape on Rap Caviar's Instagram Instagram Story, featuring nine songs he recorded with Quavo. 

Pop Smoke was set to perform at the-two day Rolling Loud festival in May, which would have been his biggest performance yet, despite being removed from the festival's lineup last year, along with other performers, by the NYPD amid worries of violence.

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Lark Voorhies feels 'hurt' after not being invited for 'Saved by the Bell' reunion series

Erik Voake/Getty Images for Adult SwimActress Lark Voorhies feels 'hurt' after not being invited back for the upcoming Saved by the Bell's reunion series. Voorhies played the talkative, fashion forward character Lisa Turtle in the popular 90's high school sitcom. 

On today's episode of Dr. Oz., Voorhies discusses not participating in the series revival and her mental health, hoping "to bring more mental health awareness and help others going through the same challenges."

Shadow and Act shared a video clip of the interview, where the actress read from a journal entry she wrote.  "I have to admit I did feel a bit slighted and hurt when I was not invited to be a part of the Saved by the Bell reunion, as well as other cast member events," she says. "Yet I realize that having this puzzling disorder may have played a major part in that factual decision. With that in mind, I am truly thankful for having had the chance to work on a show that has been so successful."

Voorhies appeared on the show with her mother, Tricia Voorhies, who said her daughter was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2012.

Voorhies expressed some of her daily challenges and being an example to help others going through similar challenges in a post. "I want thank everybody who has been so supportive throughout my journey these last several years. It was very hard to find the right way to talk about some of the challenges that I go through on a daily basis," she wrote. 

"Thank you for sharing your stories to me over the years of how strong you all have been too! I look forward to a brighter future and seeing the great things that can be accomplished!"

The episode airs later today. 

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Eminem hits a billion YouTube views for the third time with "Rap God"

ABC/CRAIG SJODINEminem scored another milestone on Tuesday when his video for "Rap God" officially hit one billion views on YouTube.

The track, from his 2013 collection, Marshal Mathers LP 2, became Eminem's the third track to reach a billion YouTube hits, joining "Not Afraid" and "Love the Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna.

"A billion Stans can't be wrong!" announced the 47-year-old rapper in a Tuesday statement, referencing the blend of "stalker" and "fans," coined in "Stan," the third single from his The Marshall Mathers LP.  "Thanks to YouTube and the community for taking such great interest in this wild video."

Eminem, who's proven to be a dominant force on YouTube, ranks as the fourth most-subscribed artist on the platform.

Eminem has sold over 130 million albums over his career. His latest, Music to be Murdered By, was released on January 17.

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En Vogue set to release a podcast and two new singles ahead of 30th anniversary

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Popular 90's R&B singing group En Vogue has built a global fan base over the last 30 years, delivering high-energy performances and killer vocals on hits like "Never Gonna Get It," "Don't Let Go (Love), "Hold On" and "Free Your Mind."

Together, current members Terry EllisCindy Herron-Braggs and Rhona Bennett are still riding high with the release of their 2018 Electric Café, their first album in 14 years. Continuing to set a high standard of beauty and grace, the Funky Divas are excited and preparing to release a string of new music and opportunities --including a podcast detailing the group's brand, creative process and more.

"We're most excited about interviewing other artists, especially artists that inspired us because they've been the trailblazers," Cindy told ABC Audio. "They created that open lane for us to follow, so we're most excited about that."

Member Terry Ellis says the group will be "speaking from our perspective, since no one's heard our perspective on anything."

Potential guests include founders and the very people who have been a part of the En Vogue brand process since the beginning.

"Maybe Frank Gatson will stick his toe in the door you know and you will get the more candid bird's eye view of what it would be like to be in those moments recording and doing the  rehearsals," Terry told ABC Audio.

The first episode of the yet untitled podcast will be released on April 3, with two new singles to follow in the fall.

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Dwyane Wade on how his family learned about gender identity from daughter

Credit: ABC/Paula LoboRetired NBA great Dwyane Wade is offering a rare glimpse into his life on and off the basketball court in a new personal documentary, D. Wade: Life Unexpected, including how his family is supporting his 12-year-old daughter Zaya's gender identity.

"Myself and my family, we love the fact that she doesn't have to hide who she is," Wade told Good Morning America on Tuesday. "She is our leader."

Wade said that Zaya, who was originally named Zion and born a boy, has "known it for nine years, since she was 3 years old."

"Zaya started doing more research. She was the one that sat down with us as a family and said, 'Hey I don't think I'm gay.' And she went down the list and said this is how I identify myself -- I identify myself as a young lady. I think I'm a straight trans, because I like boys,'" he explained. "It was a process for us to sit down with our daughter and find out who she is and what she likes and not put something on her -- we decided to listen to her and she's leading us on this journey."

Wade opens up about his dynamic basketball career and his deeply personal journey in the upcoming documentary film from ESPN, exploring his role as a husband and father and how he and his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, decided to reveal this part of their family.

"I struggled on how much I wanted to talk about it in the doc," Wade said about navigating the discussions about their trans child. "This is no game to us. We're about protecting her heart and about protecting her joy and we have to support them."

D. Wade: Life Unexpected premieres on Sunday, February 23, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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K Camp credits 14-year-old Jalaiah Harmon for making his single “Lottery” a hit after viral dance challenge

Credit: Scott Dudelson/Getty ImagesAtlanta rapper K Camp credited 14-year-old Jalaiah Harmon for making his 2019 single, “Lottery (Renegade),” a hit, and as the creator of the viral dance challenge.

The young dancer is finally getting the recognition she deserves for heading the Renegade dance challenge that made its way to TikTok. Jalaiah ate up her opponents, performing the viral dance in front of thousands during the NBA All-Star game on Sunday. The live performance came after K Camp posted a video of himself with Jalaiah and her 13-year-old friend, Skylar, doing the viral dance.

“Thank you Jalaiah and Skylar for helping make lottery the BIGGEST song in the world," K Camp wrote in the caption. "Tell the blogs eat it up!”

Initially, Jalaiah posted the video on the Funimate video app, similar to TikTok, before re-posting the video on  Instagram in September 2019, receiving over 13,000 views. Teenagers and content creators brought the contagious dance to TikTok and Triller, leading to a worldwide dance challenge, featuring celebrities like LizzoAlex Rodriguez and more posting their own adaptations of the dance. 

K Camp dropped “Lottery (Renegade)” in June 2019 from his Wayy 2 Critical album. 

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Tiffany Boone opens up about Quitting 'The Chi'

Parrish Lewis/SHOWTIMEIt’s been over a year since Tiffany Boone quit Showtime’s The Chi and now she’s opening up about that difficult decision in a lengthy Instagram post.

“The weight of what I was leaving behind felt like a ton, but the weight of my responsibility to speak up was even heavier,” she shared on Monday. “I felt that if I didn’t speak up, other voices that were trying to be heard would be silenced."

Boone added that "not everyone was interested in creating a work environment that was conducive to each person feeling safe, seen and heard.”

The 33-year-old actress left The Chi in November 2018 after alleging that she was harassed by co-star Jason Mitchell.

Subsequently, in May 2019, Mitchell was fired from the series and also was dropped from Netflix's upcoming Western film Desperados.

Boone admitted that, at the time, she and others were unsure of how the decision would affect her acting career moving forward and recalled crying on her couch in Chicago after realizing what she was being called to do. But she said she had “faith,” and it seems it has paid off.

Since working on The Chi, Boone has appeared on Jordan Peele’s Amazon series Hunters and Hulu’s Little Fires Everywhere, which was produced by Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon's production companies.

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Dru Hill kicks off the new season of TV One's 'Unsung'

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TV One's award-winning music documentary series Unsung continues this season with legendary 90's R&B group Dru Hill.

The series celebrates the lives of trailblazing and influential artists, producers and musicians via first-hand stories from friends and family -- as well as footage from past shows and interviews. 

The season premiere will follow Dru Hill's musical journey, dating back to their childhood in Baltimore where SisqoNokioJazz and Woody first met. Their debut album, featuring the smash hits "Tell Me," "In My Bed," "Never Make a Promise" and "Five Steps," set them up for success.

Dru Hill parted ways from 1999-2002, during which Sisqo pursued a solo career with his albums Unleash the Dragon and Return of the Dragon. The group also faced a few challenges stemming from issues with their record label along with some internal drama, which resulted in two members leaving the group. 

The episode airs on TV One Sunday, February 23 at 10 p.m. ET.  All four original members of Dru Hill will perform their classic hits in an intimate performance on Unsung Live, which will air immediately after the premiere.

This season will also feature singer/actor Christopher Williams, R&B legend Betty Wright, disco band Skyy, Grammy Award-winning artists Billy Paul and Al Jarreau, rap's first lady MC, Roxanne Shante, Atlanta legends Goodie Mob and Shannon, known as the "Mother of Freestyle."

You can watch the trailer for the entire season now

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