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Azealia Banks says she's auditioned for the new season of Euphoria

Isaiah Trickey/FilmMagicAzealia Banks appears to be ready to make the small screen a major priority. In a new Instagram Story, Banks shared with fans that she was interested in landing a role on HBO's Euphoria.

In her Story, captured by The Jasmine Brand, Banks holds up what appears to be a package, and captions the photo, "Just sent an audition tape in for @euphoria @hbo."

Euphoria, which stars Zendaya Coleman, was recently renewed for a second season at HBO. It follows Coleman as Rue, a 17-year-old a drug addict fresh from rehab who has no plans to stay clean. 

According to Hypebae, HBO is looking to cast new characters on the the show, including a character named Ami, which is described as "18-20’s. Drug Addict. Stripper. Hates her boyfriend. Talks s***. Can’t read a room. Has a big mouth. Can make a bad situation worse."

There's no word on when the new season of Euphoria will air.

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Khalid stars in Reebok’s Sport the Unexpected ad campaign

ReebokKhalid may be strutting into the Grammy Awards in his own custom Reeboks, now that he just partnered with the footwear and apparel company.

The “Location” singer is starring in Reebok’s Sport the Unexpected spring ad campaign.

“I’m amped to partner with Reebok,” Khalid says. “I love how they mix old and new and honor the classics with fresh twists. I hope we can inspire a new generation of people to be themselves and take creative chances.” 

“Welcome to the family,” the brand commented on an Instagram photo of Khalid with his dog, Maui, wearing a specially designed Reebok doggy tracksuit.

“Khalid continues to be a beacon of originality, pride and imagination for today’s rising youth,” says Reebok VP of Marketing Matt Blonder. “Through his unique sound and a personal journey that took him across the country, Khalid authentically symbolizes our common ethos -- to inspire creativity and encourage experimentation.”

Khalid had five Grammy nominations in 2018, including Best New Artist, but was shut out on awards night. He hopes to take home his first award on January 26; he’s nominated for Record of the Year, for “Talk.”

The El Paso, Texas artist, who turns 22 on February 11, has extended his Free Spirit World tour from 2019 with shows coming up in the spring in Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, Tokyo, and South Korea.

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Snoop Dogg, Fat Joe and Lil Jon headline four-day Pepsi Zero Super Bowl party

PRNewsfoto/PepsiCoSnoop Dogg, Fat Joe and Lil Jon are joining the Super Bowl celebration in Miami.

The rappers will headline the entertainment for the four-day Pepsi Zero party at the Clevelander on Ocean Drive in South Beach.

“Pepsi Neon Beach” will kick off January 30 with the Rookie of the Year party, with Snoop spinning the music as his alter ego, DJ Snoopadelic.

Fat Joe will perform at the Super Splash Pool Party on February 1, with Lil Jon serving as the DJ.

Former New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz will appear at the Miami Fiesta party on January 31, and the fun will continue on Super Bowl Sunday, February 2, with the Big Game Tailgate Party.

The San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs will play in the Super Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium. Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will perform at halftime, while DJ Khaled will spin music from the sidelines before the game.

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"I cannot be silenced": Oprah Winfrey denies backing out of Russell Simmons doc because she was "intimated"

OWNOprah Winfrey is clarifying her decision to step away from the On the Record doc, which centers on sexual harassment in the music industry, including the women who have accused mogul Russell Simmons of misconduct.

After announcing she would no longer serve as an executive producer on the project because she felt there was "still work to be done on the film," Winfrey tells CBS This Morning that she didn't pull out of the project because of Simmons' reported intimidation.

“I just care about getting it right, and I think there are some inconsistencies in the stories that we need to look at,” Winfrey said.

Oprah, who's also a victim of sexual assault, admits it wasn't an easy decision to back out of the doc because of how people might perceive it as a win for Simmons. The music mogul has been critical of Winfrey's involvement in the project, even going as far as calling her out on social media.

“This is not a victory for Russell, and I unequivocally say that I did not pull out because of Russell,” Winfrey said. “This is not a victory lap for him. I cannot be silenced by Russell Simmons after all I’ve been through.”

Ultimately, Winfrey said, the decision she had to make was, "What is the right thing to do?”

"[It’s] ridiculous to think I could be intimidated by Russell Simmons," she added.

Simmons has vehemently denied all sexual misconduct allegations.

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“Blinding Lights”: The Weeknd pays the price for an all-night Vegas bender in new video

Republic RecordsThe Weeknd suffers the consequences of an all-night bender in his new “Blinding Lights” video, which he dropped Tuesday.

The clip continues the storyline of his “Heartless" video, following an uninhibited night of partying at the fictitious Heartless Hotel in Vegas.

The three-time Grammy winner speeds through the city in a convertible in the video, but his fun abruptly ends when two men assault him and leave his face bloody. The clip ends with The Weeknd alone in the street, desperately trying to hitch a ride.

“Blinding Lights” was released November 29 and is featured in the ad campaign for the all-electric Mercedes-Benz 2020 EQC SUV.  

The Weeknd will perform “Blinding Lights” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! airing Wednesday at 11:35 p.m./10:35pm CT on ABC.

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“Girl on Fire”: Alicia Keys announces new album and world tour

Live NationAs she prepares to host the Grammy Awards, Alicia Keys plans to make 2020 her year with a new album and world tour.

Monday, Keys revealed her new album, ALICIA, will drop March 20, and Tuesday she announced Alicia -- The World Tour.

The 15-time Grammy winner will kick off the tour June 5 in Dublin, Ireland, with the European leg ending on July 20 in Krakow, Poland.

The North American tour begins July 28 in Jacksonville, FL, and will continue through September 22 in Miami. Tour stops will include Atlanta, Boston, Baltimore, Detroit, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City.

American Express Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public, beginning Wednesday at 10 a.m. local time, until Sunday at 10 p.m. local time, on Alicia's website.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, January 27 at 9 a.m. local time.

The “Girl on Fire’” singer will perform songs from throughout her 19-year-career, as well as from her new album, which will be her seventh studio release. Alicia’s previous album, Here, was released in 2016.

Keys has so far released three singles from ALICIA: “Show Me Love” featuring Miguel, "Time Machine," and “Underdog.”  Pre-sales for the album will begin Friday in celebration of Alicia’s 39th birthday on Saturday.

Keys will host the 62nd annual Grammy Awards Sunday at 8 p.m. on CBS.

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John Legend, Meek Mill, DJ Khaled, Kirk Franklin and more to honor Nipsey Hussle at the Grammys

The Recording AcademyThe late Nipsey Hussle will be remembered with a special all-star tribute at the Grammy Awards.

John Legend, Meek Mill, DJ Khaled, Kirk Franklin, Roddy Ricch and YG will perform in honor of The Marathon Continues rapper, who was fatally shot on March 31, 2019 in Los Angeles.  

"An activist, entrepreneur and rapper, Nipsey Hussle had a lasting impact on not just his community, but also the culture at large," says Grammy Awards executive producer Ken Ehrlich. "There is no denying the influence he had and his legacy will be felt for generations to come. We are honored to bring together this amazing group of artists to celebrate Nipsey's life and pay tribute to his many contributions to music. It's sure to be a memorable performance." 

Hussle is nominated for three Grammys: Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for "Racks in the Middle" featuring Ricch and Hit-Boy, and Best Rap/Sung Performance for his collabo with Khaled and Legend.

The Grammy Awards will be presented at Staples Center in LA, the same location were the Nipsey Hussle’s Celebration of Life memorial service was held on April 11, 2019. Stevie Wonder, Marsha AmbrosiusJhene Aiko and Anthony Hamilton performed in the very emotional ceremony.

Nipsey’s inspiring legacy will continue with a biography. The Marathon Don’t Stop: The Life and Times of Nipsey Hussle, is scheduled to be published on September 8.

Alicia Keys will host the 62nd annual Grammy Awards Sunday, January 26 at 8 p.m. on CBS.

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Billy Porter dishes on his "Fab G" role in 'Cinderella,' says film's inspired by the "#MeToo era"

ABC/Rick RowelEmmy-winner Billy Porter will officially get to live out a lifelong dream in Sony's upcoming re-imagined Cinderella.

Porter will play the fairy godmother in the movie musical, which stars Camila Cabello in the titular role. Porter tells ABC Audio that he's already renamed and remixed his new gig.

"I know that I'm the fairy -- the Fab G," he says. "The slot is the fairy godmother. The slot, I keep joking is the Whitney Houston part. So I get to play to Whitney Houston part. I'm really excited about that, because I always wanted to be the male Whitney Houston. So here I get to live out that dream."

As you may recall, Houston played the fairy godmother in The Wonderful World of Disney's Cinderella in 1997. She starred opposite Brandy, who played the pauper-turned-princess in the film. Although he remains tight-lipped about the details of his role, Porter says fans can expect a "fierce" wardrobe and some quality music.

"You know, I've seen the costume, I've developed it with the costume designer. It's fierce," he reveals. "And I know the song that I get to sing. I can't tell you any of it, any of that. But like, it's good."

Regarding the film, which is based on an original idea from James Corden, Porter shares the perfect description.

"I call it a Cinderella for the #Metoo era," he says.

Cinderella is set to hit theaters in 2021.

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DJ Khaled announces birth of his second child "ANOTHER ONE!"

John Parra/Getty Images for Haute LivingLooks like DJ Khaled has something in common with Christina Milian...They both welcomed baby boys on Monday, January 20.

Khaled posted a series of photos to Instagram late Monday of him nervously pacing around the delivery room before making the big announcement.  "THANK YOU ALLAH ! THANK YOU MY QUEEN NICOLE," Celebrates the music producer in a photo of him high-fiving the delivery room doctor, "!BLESS UP DR JIN !"

"ANOTHER ONE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!," finishes Khaled in the photo of him and Dr. Jin smiling as they lift their arms high above their heads in triumph. 

Dr. Jin was also featured in the first Instagram update that the baby was coming, in which she is comfortingly touching the record executive's arm.  "DR JIN said you ready," wrote Khaled.

While Khaled and his wife Nicole Tuck have not released photos of their new bundle of joy nor announced his name, the happy parents previously revealed that they were expecting another son.

The newborn now joins his three-year-old big brother, Asahd.  A recent Instagram photo from his personal Instagram on Friday showed him touching his mother's tummy and smiling excitedly in anticipation of his new sibling along with the sweet caption "Can’t wait til my baby brother gets here!!" 

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Common, Maxwell, Sheila E. and more to celebrate Harry Belafonte’s 93rd birthday

City WineryLegendary singer/actor/activist Harry Belafonte will celebrate his 93rd birthday at a star-studded salute in New York City.

Common, Maxwell, Sheila E., Macy Gray, Aloe Blacc, and Talib Kweli will be among the many paying tribute to the EGOT winner on March 1 at New York's historic Apollo Theater. All the performers were personally selected by Belafonte for this special event, produced by City Winery.

“I am delighted to be asked by City Winery to be honored at the Apollo Theatre with more than a dozen special artists and friends performing my songs and material that has been part of my legacy,” the Kennedy Center Honors recipient said in a statement.

In addition to his success as an entertainer -- he's won the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony -- Belafonte has also been a trailblazing fighter for social justice. He created USA For Africa to alleviate poverty both in The Motherland and the United States. To raise funds, he conceived the landmark “We Are the World” all-star charity recording.  Written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, the song has sold over 20 million copies. 

The star of numerous films, including Carmen Jones in 1954 with Dorothy Dandridge and Diahann Carroll, Belafonte was also one of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s closest allies.

"Belafonte's global popularity and his commitment to our cause is a key ingredient to the global struggle for freedom and a powerful tactical weapon in the Civil Rights movement here in America,” Dr. King once said of the iconic entertainer. “We are blessed by his courage and moral integrity."

Proceeds from ”A Celebration of the Life and Work of Harry Belafonte” will benefit The Popular Democracy Movement Center, and the Harry Belafonte 115th Street New York Public Library.

Tickets are available on the City Winery website.

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Christina Milian welcomes "simply perfect" newborn son with Matt Pokora

Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty ImagesLooks like model Ashley Graham wasn't the only celebrity who announced the birth to a baby boy on Monday. Actress Christina Milian is head over heels in love with her little bundle of joy, who came into the world on Martin Luther King Day.

The Love Don't Cost a Thing actress and boyfriend Matt Pokora sweetly announced the arrival of baby Isaiah on Monday with dual Instagram posts.

Wrote Milian against a black and white photo of Isiah's tiny hand wrapped around her finger, "And so we begin. Isaiah 1/20/20. Simply perfect. The world is yours Son. Love, Mom & Dad."

Pokora gushed about his newborn son, his first child, in his native French language that roughly translates to, "Once upon a time there was Isaiah, born on 20/01/2020 ... it's up to you to write the rest ... Welcome my son."  He also included a black and white photo of his child sweetly holding onto his index finger.

Milian's friends rushed to congratulate her on her new bundle of joy.  

"Ahhhhh congratulations!!!!," Gushed pregnant Jenna Dewan, who is expecting a child herself sometime this year. " So happy for you!!!!" 

Gabrielle Union also congratulated, "OMGGGGGG so happy for you mama!!! Congratulations!!!!!" and spammed her with a series of golden heart emojis.

Isiah is the "Dip It Low" singer's second child.  He joins his nine-year-old half-sister Violet Madison, whom Milian shares with ex The-Dream.  

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Beyoncé emotionally thanks fans for successful IVY PARK launch

Kevin Winter/Getty Images for CoachellaBeyoncé was overcome with emotion following the resounding success of her Adidas x IVY PARK collection, which launched Friday.  The line completely sold out just hours after the pre-sale launch.

The "Formation" singer took to Instagram on Monday to express her sincere gratitude to all her fans and friends who helped her sell out the activewear collection. 

"I want to say a huge thank you to all of the incredible human beings who stood in those long lines in the snow and rain. All the beautiful people who waited in the waiting room online. All of the friends and family who took the time to film videos and dress up in the unboxing," began Bey against a photo of her clenching a small gold Adidas logo between her teeth.

Famous friends like Ellen DeGeneresCardi BReese WitherspoonLaverne CoxJanelle MonaeYara Shahidi and more made waves on Instagram last week with their own unboxing reveals that showcased them modeling a selection of the highly anticipated activewear collection.

"I am humbled, grateful and proud. Y’all look so good in your IVY PARK. I love you deep. B," Beyoncé sincerely finished in the caption.

The "Halo" artist also treated fans in the same post to an exclusive look of her modeling the entire activewear line to Run DMC's "My Adidas."  The Lion King actress dances and smiles her way through the lighthearted montage before teasing that was only the first drop of her Adidas x IVY PARK collection.

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"Who knew?" Eddie Murphy shares the worst advice he's ever received

ABC/Randy HolmesIt's a good thing Eddie Murphy decided to forge his own path early on in his career, because according to the legendary comedian, he received some pretty "bad advice" when he first started out.

In a new feature with W Magazine, Murphy reveals that the worst advice he's ever received was from late comic legend Rodney Dangerfield.

"In the early days, I don't remember getting any good advice. I remember some bad advice I got years ago," Murphy recalls. "I played the Comic Strip in Fort Lauderdale, and I was maybe 17, 18 years old. And Rodney Dangerfield comes in, he bumps everybody. It was like, 'Dangerfield is here. Dangerfield's going up.'"

"I was really full of myself back then," he continues. "So I would say, 'Mr. Dangerfield, after the show, will you watch my set?' And he was like, 'Yeah, yeah, sure kid.' "

Murphy then explains what Dangerfield witnessed.

"Back then, I was really dirty and did edgy, racial stuff," Murphy says. "And so, afterward, Dangerfield sees me and he's like, 'Hey, kid, I don't know where you're gonna go with that, you know? The language, and the race stuff,' and I was crestfallen."

However, according to Murphy, Dangerfield's criticism didn't quite inspire him to switch up his comedy style.

"Cut to two, three years later, I got on Saturday Night Live, and had gotten really successful," he says. "And I was in Vegas in the bathroom at Caesars Palace. I was at the urinal, and Rodney Dangerfield comes to the urinal right next to me. And I look over, and he looks at me and says, 'Hey, who knew?'"

It's safe to say Murphy's still doing pretty well, with a number of film projects and a comedy special lined up.

The issue of W Magazine featuring Murphy hits newsstands on February 4.

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Watch now: Ray J celebrates family love and his birthday in new video, “Party’s Over”

Courtesy VH1Ray J is celebrating his birthday, as well as the love of his wife and two children, in his new video, “Party’s Over.”

Following the birth of his second child, Epik Norwood, on December 30, the singer/actor has much to celebrate as he turned 39 years old on Friday.

He features his wife, Princess Love, in his new video, which is full of home footage of the couple and their first child, 17-month old daughter Melody. Ray J also roams through Times Square in the clip, which he co-directed.

The song features vocals by K. Michelle, though she doesn't appear in the video.

“Party’s Over” is the new single from Ray J’s Emerald City EP, which he dropped December 13. 

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Rihanna covers and curates i-D magazine 40th anniversary issue

ABC/Lou RoccoRihanna is spotlighting cultural leaders who are reshaping the world in the 40th anniversary issue of i-D Magazine.

RiRi is the on the cover and also curates the new edition, which, according to the publication, “champions the people reshaping wider culture across the worlds of fashion, art, cinema, music and activism.”

"For me, this very special issue of i-D represents change and culture," Rihanna says of the project. "It is dedicated to some of the people who are progressively reshaping the communities across fashion, music, art and activism -- creating a more inclusive and diverse future." 

Among the cultural leaders the Fenty Beauty CEO features in the issue is WNBA star Skylar Diggins-Smith, rapper Young M.A., and writer/producer Lena Waithe.

“Professional success is about having the freedom to tell stories the way I see fit, and having the power to make art that is not put through a filter,” Waithe says in the magazine. ”So some of my most successful moments were the moments where I was writing scripts without any interference. I did that with the pilot of The Chi, and I did that with Queen & Slim.

The "Rihannazine" 40th anniversary print edition of i-D magazine, which ships January 27, is now available for pre-order on the magazine’s website.

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Congrats: 'Being Mary Jane' star Raven Goodwin reveals she's pregnant with her first child

Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Women in FilmCongrats are in order to Being Mary Jane star Raven Goodwin. The actress has announced she'll soon become a mom.

In a new Instagram post, Goodwin shared the exciting news in a series of photos.

"Nurturer, survivor, daughter, sister, friend & now a MOMMY," she wrote, captioning the first photo that showed her in a beautiful lavender dress, cradling her pregnant belly. "I cannot believe that it’s my turn."

"I’m so thankful to be carrying a healthy baby girl who’s energy has been nothing short of strength," Goodwin  continued, revealing the gender of her baby. " I love you baby girl! To my life partner and best friend you are going to be a beautiful father seeing you and her together will heal me in more ways then you know! We are parents baby!!!"

She then shared her due date: "Coming soon! April 2020."

Goodwin's fiancé, as seen in the third photo, is actor Micah Williams. The couple are joined by a group of Goodwin's friends -- which included All American actress Chelsea Tavares and Insecure's Dominique Perry -- who were all in attendance at a recent party to celebrate Goodwin's pregnancy.

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Porsha Williams asks for prayer, says she's still "figuring out" her relationship with fiancé Dennis McKinley

Tommy Garcia/BravoAfter announcing last month that her and fiancé Dennis McKinley, were officially "re-engaged" and "working on [their] family," it now appears Porsha Williams is unsure if she and McKinley will actually walk down the aisle.

During Sunday's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Cohen asked Williams about the recent report circulating that he had been entertaining four women during a night out on the town.

“I don’t know...The blogs -- you know" he was out," she said. "I don’t know. Can y’all just continue to comment and speculate, and let me just figure out my life? I’m figuring out my life.”

Cohen then asked the status of Porsha's engagement with McKinley, who was recently seen re-proposing to her in a new episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta.

"You know, we're working on our relationship," she said, later adding that when it came to trusting her fiancé, it was a "work in progress."

"We have a daughter together, and just pray for us," she told Cohen. "You know, you pray for yourself, and add us in there, too, baby.”

As previously reported, Williams and McKinley, who share 8-month-old daughter Pilar Jhena, split earlier last year after Williams learned that McKinley had cheated on her while she was pregnant.

In December, Williams told Cohen that she and McKinley were re-engaged, but working out their issues.

“We’re working on our family. It takes time,” Williams said. “I love him and he loves me and we’re doing what’s best for our family. That’s really all you can do.”

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Whitney Houston Hologram tour aims "to get a feeling again of being in her presence"

BASE HologramAs the February launch of the Whitney Houston Hologram tour approaches, tour director and choreographer Fatima Robinson hopes to create a magical experience for fans of the iconic singer.

"I wanna do the Whitney hologram show because I loved her as a live performer," Robinson says in a behind-the-scenes video of dancer auditions. Fatima choreographed the "I'm Every Woman" video in 1993, and she says her goal for the tour is "to get a feeling again of being in her presence."

The tour will feature Houston's hits, including "I Will Always Love You," "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" and "The Greatest Love of All."  A live band will perform with backup dancers.

"Her music touched every generation so we're gonna take a little bit of movie magic and add it into our live performance," Robinson adds of Whitney. "Married together, it's gonna be incredible."

An Evening with Whitney: The Whitney Houston Hologram Tour is being produced by BASE Hologram in partnership with the Houston estate.

The international tour kicks February 25 in Sheffield, U.K., with shows through April 1 in Stockholm, Sweden. Dates will be announced later for a Northern American tour that will begin in the fall.  Tickets are now on sale on the tour website.

Last week, it was announced that Whitney will be posthumously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on May 2 in Cleveland.

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Michelle Obama's workout playlist features Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Cardi B, Lizzo and more

ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaMichelle Obama wants to help you get your body in shape for 2020.

After celebrating her 56th birthday Friday, the former first lady lady revealed her workout playlist Sunday, featuring music by Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Cardi B, Bruno Mars, Lizzo and many more.

"It's about that time when New Year's goals and resolutions get just a bit harder to stick to,” Michelle wrote on Instagram. "To offer a little inspiration, I want to share my go-to 2020 #WorkoutPlaylist with all of you."

The list includes 27 songs, plus nine more to “cool down,” with songs ranging from hip hop, to R&B, and pop.

Beyoncé and Cardi B both have three tracks on the list.  Obama chose Queen Bey’s “Before I Let Go, “Lose My Breath” by Destiny’s Child, and “Apes***,” from Beyoncé’s The Carters duo album with Jay-Z, Everything is Love

Cardi is represented by “Press,” the “Finesse” remix with Bruno Mars, and her “South of the Border” collabo with Ed Sheeran and Camila Cabello.

Bruno, Jay-Z, Frank Ocean and Anderson .Paak each have two songs on the list.

Super Bowl halftime show headliner Jennifer Lopez is also on the list with her “Feelin’ So Good” remix, featuring Fat Joe and Big Pun. Michelle also loves to work out to “Soulmate” by eight-time Grammy nominee Lizzo.

“These songs always seem to give me that extra boost to get through my toughest workouts," Obama adds in the post caption. "What's on your playlist?”

You can stream her playlist on Spotify now.'

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It's about that time when New Year's resolutions get a bit harder to stick to. To offer a little inspiration, I want to share my go-to #WorkoutPlaylist with you. These songs always seem to give me that extra boost to get through my toughest workouts. What's on your playlist? pic.twitter.com/GFP56Yi9A6

— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) January 19, 2020

 


Mo'Nique lands Showtime comedy special, 'Mo'Nique & Friends: Live From Atlanta'

Susan DeLoach/SHOWTIMEIt's been a long time coming but thanks to Showtime, Mo'Nique has officially set a brand-new stand-up comedy special.

Premiering on February 7, Showtime will air Mo's first major comedy special in ten years: Mo'Nique & Friends: Live From Atlanta. Filmed at Atlanta's Variety Playhouse, the hour-long special will feature original stand-up from the Oscar winner along with special guests that include Chappelle's Show vet Donnell Rawlings, and new comedians Prince T-DubTone-XCorrey Bell and Just Nesh.

In the trailer, Mo' seemingly alludes to her ongoing issues with Netflix, which she alleges broke the law when the streamer lowballed her for a comedy special. Mo' subsequently filed a gender and racial discrimination lawsuit against them.

"They tired to shut a b**** out. They tried to make a b**** disappear. But you can't keep a good b**** down," Mo' says in the Showtime promo.

As previously reported, Netflix reportedly offered Mo'Nique $500,000 to shoot a comedy special for them, which Mo argued wasn't reasonable since Amy Schumer was offered $11 million for her Netflix special and other notable comedians, like Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock, were offered $20 million. Netflix responded to Mo'Nique's claims in a motion filed last week, calling the comedian's retaliation claims "nonsensical."  There's no public word on how much Showtime paid Mo'Nique.

Mo'Nique & Friends: Live From Atlanta airs Friday, February 7 at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime.

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