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Nas teases new music with producer Hit-Boy

Paras Griffin/Getty ImagesSurprise! Nas has some new music coming out. 

The 46-year-old rapper, whose full name is Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, dropped the bomb on Monday. In a tweet shared on Monday and attached a 41-second clip of himself in the studio with Hit-Boy, a producer who has worked on records with well-known entertainers like Lil WayneBeyoncéTravis ScottChris BrownEminem and more. 

"I've been trying to do this with this man for years," Nas says of the producer in the video. "We've got the time, that alignment."

The "If I Rules The World" MC revealed the release date as August 21 but did not specify if he would be releasing a song or an album. 

Nas' last album was the 2018 self-titled record Nasir and if the upcoming release is an album it will be his thirteenth. 

By Danielle Long
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Nia Long explains why just starring in 'Fatal Affair' wasn't enough for her to sign on

Courtesy of Netflix

Nia Long says she wanted to be a "part of something bigger" when she agreed to sign on as producer and star of the Netflix thriller A Fatal Affair.

"When you start off in this business, you don't get to sort of bring your ideas to the table when you're new," Long tells ABC Audio. "It's like just stand on your mark, do what you're supposed to do, and show me what you can do between action and cut."

Long explains that although she's wanted to offer her input and years of experience into the projects she's been a part of, there wasn't "a lot of collaborating until you get to a place where you've earned that."

"And I feel like we've both been doing it for so long that now we can actually -- whether we get the credit or not -- we are producers on the projects," she says, referring to her Fatal Affair co-star Omar Epps, who also has over 20 years experience as an actor.

"Because we've been proven to put out successful projects and things that have created the Black culture in the Black filmmaking movement," Long continues.

"So it's nice to feel that you're not just an actor, but that you're a part of something bigger," she says. "And I say that with the most humility and appreciation for the journey that we've both had."

While finally getting a producer credit on a film was a big incentive for Long, the actress admits she also had another, more selfish reason, to get on board.  

"And I wanted to make something for all my '90s girls who are, you know, like, 'Oooo, I love me some Omar Epps!'" she laughs.

Fatal Affair, also starring Stephen Bishop, is now streaming on Netflix.

By Candice Williams
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Beyoncé calls young fan who cried over 'Black Is King,' tells her "you are my gift"

Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for DisneyBeyoncé rallied the BeyHive when she dropped her star-studded love letter to Africa, Black Is King, on Disney  two weeks ago.  As tributes poured onto social media, the "Halo" singer was personally touched by a young fan's emotional reaction.

A young girl named Tshepang started crying when watching Black Is King with her aunt Rea Khoetha, who recorded the exchange.  "It's so beautiful," Tshepang sobbed repeatedly in the now-viral video.

Khoetha expressed how thankful she was for Grammy winner's work for helping children feel the "pride, the joy and the beauty of being Black." 

Eventually, Beyoncé's mom Tina Knowles-Lawson caught wind of the video and shared it with her 2.6 million Instagram followers, writing that Tshepang's reaction had "me in tears."

One thing inevitably led to another and, on Tuesday, Knowles-Lawson revealed that Beyoncé personally called up Tshepang to thank her for having such a sincere reaction to the movie.

"I posted A little girl crying soo hard after seeing Black Is King and saying it was so beautiful !!!! Beyonce called her and talked to her," She wrote alongside a screenshot of the girl's family tweeting about the surprise phone call.  "She was so happy!!!!!!"

Expressing joy over how Black Is King is positively affecting Black and Brown children, Knowles-Carter shared, "I was so happy she thought to call her in Africa without me asking her."

Khoetha revealed as much as she could about her conversation with the "Formation" artist by tweeting on Sunday, "This is so crazy, it feels like a dream."

"The best take away was when she said to Tshepang (my niece) that 'You are my gift,'" she continued.

When pressed for more info, Khoetha joked "NDA is a real thing" and added Beyoncé "wanted to tell her how gorgeous she is."

By Megan Stone
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Nick Cannon reportedly suing Viacom for $1.5B for 'Wild'n Out'

Michael Becker/FOXIt's been almost a month since ViacomCBS decided to cut ties with Nick Cannon but it hasn't been the last they've heard of him because Cannon is reportedly suing the network for $1.5 billion for his improv comedy series Wild'n Out. 

In a statement to The Shade Room, the comedian's team said, "It is just that simple, 'Wild’N Out belongs to Nick!"

"The show was created by Nick Cannon with his idea and original thought. Wild’N Out has brought billions of dollars in revenue to Viacom since 2015. And Nick deserves and has earned everything it is worth," the statement continued. "From the platforms he provides for other entertainers, the jobs he creates for black youth, the time he gives to mentoring incarcerated men and women, to the money he gives back and puts into communities, homelessness, and people less fortunate. He is constantly evolving both spiritually and mentally, as well as, taking action in learning, education and bridging the gap within the Jewish and African American communities, so that it will allow us to build relationships, work together and learn from each other in order to move forward in equality."

"If Viacom believes in growth, equality, education, then Viacom will do what is right and pay Nick what they owe, and giving him his $1.5 brand," the statement concluded. 

ViacomCBS parted ways with Cannon on July 14 after he received backlash for making comments that were deemed anti-Semitic during a June episode of his podcast and YouTube series Cannon's Class. Following the outcry, the 39-year-old issued an apology.

Cannon remains the host of Fox's The Masked Singer. However, he has taken a break from his LA-based morning radio show and his upcoming daytime talk show has been delayed a year. 

By Danielle Long
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Master P discusses the foundation of his No Limit empire and giving back to communities

Courtesy of BETNo Limit CEO Percy "Master P Miller says he's "all business" after wrapping up his latest docu-series, No Limit Chronicles.

The rapper-turned-business mogul created a multi-million dollar empire with heavy contributions in music, television, and film. P is also planning to take over the food business by replacing major brands such as Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben's with his own products.

But, he says, "you can’t count somebody’s success by how much money they have" but by "how much they're able to give."

"What brings me joy is being able to give back and help the kids in the community for over 25 years because we can’t take none of this stuff with us," he explains. "It’s all temporary success."

After giving back to communities in his hometown New Orleans, as well as California, Tennessee, Louisville, and more, P said he looks forward to this next chapter and being able to support the next generation. 

"That’s the most important thing because we can’t take none of this with us and leaving an imprint, being like Muhammad Ali, doing my part, standing up for my people, not forgetting about the elderly, and feeding our people," he said.

"I’ve always given back with the products and with the success of my products. My motto is 'the more we make the more we give' and to be able to feed our people for so long, it's just a blessing and lets me know that I have been doing the right thing."

"The most important thing for me is to be able to help the next generation, educate and feed our people," he adds.

The final episode of No Limit Chronicles airs tonight on BET at 9 p.m. ET.

By Rachel George
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Dave East unveils the tracklist for 'Karma 3' featuring Popcaan, Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz and more

Def Jam RecordingsDave East has unveiled the star-studded lineup for his upcoming mixtape Karma 3, featuring Popcaan, Mary J Blige, Trey Songz, Trouble, Young Dolph, Benny the Butcher, and more.

The 15-track project will also feature his previous singles, "Handsome," "Menace" and "Believe it or Not."

For the latter part of the year, the New York rapper has been gearing up to release the third installment of his Karma series, as one of the most promising artists of today. 

Karma 3 marks East's first major project since his 2019 debut Survival, which debuted at No. 11 on Billboard's 200 albums chart. The Nas protégé began the series in 2017 and followed up with Karma 2 in 2018. 

East is often praised for his raw lyricism and unique storytelling, inspired by fellow New York rap legends such as Notorious B.I.G. Styles P, Jadakiss, Cam’ron, and Big Pun.

After a slew of mixtapes and nabbing a spot in XXL's Freshman Class of 2016, Dave joined the Def Jam roster and closed out the year with a guest appearance on Lin-Manuel Miranda's The Hamilton Mixtape. 

Karma 3 drops this Friday, August 14th. 

By Rachel George
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Burna Boy readies new 'Twice as Tall' album featuring Stormzy, Chris Martin & more

Nicolas GerardinThis Friday, Nigerian artist Burna Boy will release his fifth studio album, Twice as Tall, executive-produced by Diddy

On this album, the African Giant will reflect on his accomplishments and his vulnerabilities, while pushing themes of ambition, perseverance and succeeding against all odds, similar to the album's lead single, “Wonderful."

Mostly recorded in Lagos during the COVID-19 pandemic, the 15-track album is a beautiful mélange of global sounds, produced by a team of Nigerian producers known as the Space Collective, as well as Timbaland, who co-produced a track called "Wetin Dey Sup."

Diddy also co-produced a track that glorifies the Afrofusion genre that is Burna Boy, marking his return to music since executive-producing Nipsey Hussle’s critically-acclaimed Victory Lap in 2018. 

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin lends vocals on a song called "Monsters You Made" for an echoey roots reggae and rock fusion. Other tracks to look out for include "Real Life," featuring UK rapper Stormzy, and "Level Up," featuring legendary Senegalese singer Youssou N'dour.

To help put the album into perspective, Burna will also release a companion comic book called The Secret Flame.

Twice as Tall serves as the official follow-up to Burna Boy's 2019 Grammy-nominated album African Giant, which earned him several accolades, including BET's Best International Act award and an MTV Europe Music Award for Best African Act. 

Twice as Tall arrives Friday, August 14.

By Rachel George
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Viola Davis reveals she bought the house she was born in for her 55th birthday

ABC/Stewart CookViola Davis just gave herself the most meaningful gift for her 55th birthday.

The How to Get Away With Murder actress revealed on Twitter Tuesday that she purchased the house in which she was born.

"The above is the house where I was born August 11, 1965," she wrote alongside a photo of the home. "It is the birthplace of my story. Today on my 55th year of life....I own it....all of it."

It is unclear just how long Davis lived at this location during her childhood.

Davis, who won an Oscar for Fences in 2017, also included a "Cherokee Birth Blessing" in her post: "May you live long enough to know why you were born."

By Carson Blackwelder
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'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' being rebooted as a drama with Will Smith as exec produce

Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesThe Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is getting flipped-turned-upside down. 

The Hollywood Reporter reports that the highly-celebrated family sitcom that made Will Smith a star is being adapted into a drama series, based on a viral YouTube trailer created by writer Morgan Cooper.

As a Fresh Prince super-fan and co-executive producer, Cooper reimagined the hit series as a serious drama that tells the story of a Philadelphia teenager adjusting to his new life with his rich family in Los Angeles. 

Cooper created and directed the four-minute trailer in March 2019.  It's since racked up over five million views, and ultimately caught Will's attention. 

The new series, titled Bel-Air, has reportedly been in the works for over a year with the show's original executive producers, who include Smith, Quincy Jones, and Benny Medina, as well as the show's creators, Andy and Susan Borowitz.

Multiple streaming outlets, including Peacock, Netflix, and HBO Max, are currently bidding on the potential series, which is a co-production between Smith's Westbrook Studios and the show's original producers Universal TV.

Produced by Jones and Warner Bros, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ran from 1990-1996 on NBC. Smith became a  box office superstar after spending six seasons on the comedy series as the funny Philly street kid.

Smith virtually joined Alfonso Riberio, Tatyana Ali, Daphne Maxwell Reid, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and the rest of The Fresh Prince cast to pay respect to their late cast member James Avery, a.k.a. Uncle Phil, during a reunion special earlier this year. 

By Rachel George
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Lakeith Stanfield reassures fans he's "OK" after deleting disturbing Instagram posts

Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesLakeith Stanfield is reassuring fans that he's "good," following some alarming photos and cryptic videos on his Instagram account.

On the Tuesday, the Get Out actor released a short statement on IG, responding to fans who had apparently reached out about his now-deleted posts, which seemed to suggest he was thinking about "harming" himself.

"I'm ok everyone! I appreciate everyone checking in on me but I'm good," he wrote. "Im not harming myself. Much love."

He then added caption, "I’m ok everyone I apologize for making you worry."

In one of the now-deleted posts, captured by RhymeswithSnitch, Stanfield is seen pouring alcohol into a medication bottle. He captions the video, "I like to be by myself because i can hurt myself and no one tells me to stop or fakes like they care."

In another post he writes, "Reality is boring and moves too slow and no one is trustworthy."

After fans and celebrity friends reacted to Stanfield's disturbing comments, the actor's publicists tweeted out a statement.

"Everyone! LaKeith is well. Thank you for the concern," the statement read. "We have spoken to him. The love you all have is appreciated."

Stanfield's concerning behavior comes just days after the release of the first trailer for his highly anticipated film Judas And The Black Messiah.

The film follows the story of civil rights activist and Black Panther leader Fred Hampton and his fateful betrayal by FBI informant William O'Neal. Directed by Shaka King, it stars Daniel Kaluuya as Hampton and Stanfield as O’Neal.

A release date has yet to be announced.

By Candice Williams
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The Weeknd, Roddy Ricch & Maluma to perform at MTV VMAs

Courtesy MTVThe Weeknd, Roddy Ricch, Latin superstar Maluma and Latin boy band CNCO have been added to the lineup of the MTV VMAs.

This will be The Weeknd's second VMA performance; he last appeared on the show in 2015.  He has six nods this year, including Video of the Year, Artist of the Year and Best R&B Video.  It's Roddy Ricch's first appearance on the VMAs -- he has three nods, including Song of the  Year. 

Maluma has one nod, while CNCO has two.  All four acts join previously announced performers Doja Cat, J Balvin and BTS. Keke Palmer is hosting.

Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga are this year's leading nominees, with nine each.

The MTV VMAs will not take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, as previously planned.  Instead, the performances will originate from outdoor locations around New York City.  The show airs Sunday, August 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

By Andrea Dresdale
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Notorious B.I.G.'s son honor's father's legacy with a house mix of "Big Poppa"

Courtesy PhotoChristopher CJ Wallace, the son of legendary rapper The Notorious B.I.G, is continuing his father's legacy with a new album, Ready to Dance.

The 23-year old son of the late music icon and singer Faith Evans is further expanding his father's hip-hop legacy with a house mix of the single "Big Poppa," from B.I.G.'s 1994 debut album, Ready to Die.

Its hip-hop and house music fusion proves you don't need lyrics to remember legendary songwriting. 

"I have been running away from doing anything with music, especially my dad's music, for a long time because I always thought it would be kind of expected," CJ says. "I knew if I did touch his music, it would have to be something different. Obviously, people really want to hear his voice, they really want to hear new verses, but I feel like the spirit is there without his voice."

"Big Poppa (House Mix)" will be featured on Ready to Dance, which re-imagines some of Biggie's biggest hits as house music, executive produced by Wallace, Willie Mack, and Jonathan Hay of R.U.S.H. Music.

C.J. hopes the album will introduce a whole generation of marginalized Black youth to new art forms, as  producers, performers and listeners, believing that "music continues to live if we think about it in new ways."

"Ready to Dance sets a foundation to discuss and re-imagine his music for my generation, while also giving the O.G.'s who grew up on my dad's music and house music a new way to enjoy his work," says CJ.  "And I hope they appreciate and enjoy it." 

"Big Poppa (House mix)" is now available on Spotify and Apple Music. 

By Rachel George
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Cardi B drops new details about her sophomore album and shares her pick for US president

ELLEFollowing her raunchy "WAP" collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion, Cardi B is planning to get really personal on her upcoming sophomore album. 

"My music is always going to make a woman feel like a bad [chick]," Cardi tells ELLE magazine in the September issue cover story. "When you make a woman feel like she's the baddest in the room, to me, that's female empowerment. But this album is going to be really different. Of course, it's going to have my [BeyoncéLemonade moments, my personal relationship moments."

This forthcoming album will also feature a special track with her husband and Migos rapper Offset, with whom Cardi shares two-year-old KultureCardi openly acknowledged the "rumors" and "drama" in her relationship but she says there's so much more to their three-year marriage.

"There's a lot of love there's a lot of passion, there's a lot of trust, there's a big friendship," she said. "It's always us against the world."

She goes on: "If you all are so curious to know about my relationship and blah, blah, blah, I'm going to put it in the music, and you can buy it, too.  I'm not going to give it to you all for free."

Regarding politics, Cardi -- who supported Bernie Sanders -- imagines a different vision for the next U.S president.

"I want a president who makes me feel secure. I want a president who understands the pain of the people. I want a president who is going to give us answers," she says. "That's why I like [New York Governor Andrew] Cuomo. I like him because he makes me feel like he's listening to me."

Cardi B also said she wishes male rappers would "stick up" and be more vocal about demanding justice for Breonna Taylor.

By Rachel George
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"Do It": Toni Braxton lands her ninth single on the Billboard Adult R&B chart

Miller MobleyToni Braxton has earned her ninth #1 on the Billboard Adult R&B Chart with her single "Do It," from her upcoming tenth studio album, Spell My Name.

The song became the #1 most-added song at Adult R&B radio after its release in April, marking Braxton's highest debut in the format.

"Y’all did what you had to do! Thank you for making “Do It” #1," Toni captioned a video of her singing the song, which initially peaked at #24 on Billboard's Hot R&B Songs chart and was later remixed by the legendary Missy Elliot

"Do It" was written by Braxton, longtime collaborator and friend Babyface Edmonds, Percy Brady and Antonio Dixon

To follow up, Toni shared a music video for her disco-ready banger "Dance," which has become a viral dance challenge on social media called “The Toni Shuffle.”

Spell My Name arrives on August 28th via Island Records and is available for pre-order now.

By Rachel George
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Never-before-seen episode of 'black-ish' now available on Hulu

ABC/Bonnie OsborneA never-before-seen episode of the ABC series black-ish made nearly three years ago is now available to watch on Hulu.

"In November 2017, we made an episode of black-ish entitled 'Please, Baby, Please.' We were one year post-election and coming to the end of a year that left us, like many Americans, grappling with the state of our country and anxious about its future," series creator Kenya Barris wrote in a statement posted Monday on Instagram and Twitter accounts.

He continued, "Those feelings poured onto the page, becoming 22 minutes of television that I was, and still am, incredibly proud of. 'Please, Baby, Please' didn't make it to air that season and, while much has been speculated about its contents, the episode has never been seen publicly… until now."

The episode's description on the streaming site simply reads, "Dre reads a crying Devante a bedtime story."

Barris said he asked Walt Disney Television to make the episode available in the wake of renewed interest in the Black Lives Matter movement after George Floyd's death on Memorial Day.

"Recognizing the importance of this moment, they listened and agreed," he added.

"I cannot wait for everyone to finally see the episode for themselves and, as was the case nearly three years ago, we hope it inspires some much-needed conversation -- not only about what we were grappling with then or how it led to where we are now, but conversations about where we want our country to go moving forward and, most importantly, how we get there together," Barris explained.

Barris concluded by thanking ABC Entertainment "for allowing this moment to happen," and thanking the entire black-ish family "for never shying away from tough conversations, making telling stories like this possible."

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Keke Palmer says she wants to create a version of 'The View' for millennials

ABC/Paula LoboFollowing the cancellation of Strahan, Sara & Keke due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Keke Palmer is already working on her return to daytime television.

The 26-year-old proposed her idea of a new talk show on Monday, asking her nearly two million followers, "If I were to create a [sic] millnnial 'The View', who would you want to be my co-hosts?"

Of course, fans were quick to nominate stars like Zendaya and Cole Sprouse while others threw their name into the ring.

In addition to looking toward the future, Palmer also took a look at the past by showing fans some never-before-seen footage of her pilot Keke & Jamal that was shopped to the Disney Channel roughly 15 years ago.  She posted the opening credits along with two clips featuring her, her on-screen brother Andre Jamal Kinney and pre-High School Musical Vanessa Hudgens.

While the show ultimately wasn't picked up, Palmer said that was the opportunity that truly opened the door for her.

"When I first moved to California I was introduced to Ralph Farquhar (one of the creators of The Proud Family, Moesha, The Parker’s etc) he took a chance on me and he landed me this pilot with Disney Channel that didn’t get picked up called Keke & Jamal," The Hustlers star explained in the caption before providing a synopsis of the show.

"It was loosely based on my life. A little girl named Keke with big dreams of being an entertainer and her tight nit family," she continued, adding that she was 10-years-old when she shot the pilot on the old set of That's So Raven.

"True dream come true for me and like a fairytale," Palmer concluded. "I hope it makes you laugh like it has [made] me hahaha whew."

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'The Good Place' star William Jackson Harper says this year's Emmy nominations are a "step in the right direction"

Photo Credit: Sela ShiloniThe Good Place star William Jackson Harper is applauding Emmy voters for this year's diverse list of nominations, which includes multiple nods for one of his favorite series.

Oh - and it's not necessarily the one that he stars in.

"I think it's great. I feel like this is a step in the right direction. I'm glad to see so many Black nominees," Harper, a first-time Emmy nominee, tells ABC Audio.

"I mean, honestly, I'd like to see some of the cast of Insecure get a little bit more attention," he reveals. "It's been one of the tightest ensembles on TV in the last four years -- like every year. It's like one of the best shows on TV."

While Harper is "excited" for Insecure's eight Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series, The Good Place actor says he's also ready to see "other people getting some attention."

"I think the next step is to include people of other ethnicities and maybe... gender nonconforming... to open up those worlds a lot more," he says. "Because it's a lot of good work being done by a lot of good people that I think... sometimes among the voting body, it just gets looked over."

Even though Harper admits there's plenty of room to grow when it comes to diversity, the actor says he's "happy for the progress that we made."

"I think it's great," he says. "And I look forward to a year when we see a ton of like Latinx nominees and Asian nominees."

"That's what I'm hoping for next," he continues. "And I'm glad that this year there are so many Black nominees. It feels right to me."

The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards telecast is scheduled for September 20 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Leslie Odom Jr. reveals that he almost walked out of the 'Hamilton' movie over pay equity

FreeformLeslie Odom Jr. shocked Hamilton fans last week when he revealed he almost didn't appear in the filmed adaptation of the musical.

Odom, who originated the role of Aaron Burr that won him a Tony Award, recently told Dax Shepard on his podcast Armchair Expert why he nearly bowed out of the opportunity.

The 39-year-old explained when executives approached him about filming, he remained adamant that he would not "sell it away for magic beans" nor "give it away" because "This is my area of expertise. This is all I have. This is my life's work on the stage."

Odom understood that he was a major part of the production and wanted to ensure he would be compensated fairly.  So, he did his homework and asked around to find out what Aaron Tveit, a white actor, made when performing Grease Live! on TV.  

"So when I found out what he made, I didn't ask for a penny more. I didn't ask for one penny more, but I said, 'You must pay me exactly what that white boy got to do Grease Live!' That's the bottom line," Odom recounted.

Apparently, those behind the filmed adaptation didn't budge, which resulted in the Grammy Award-winner to make one final stand.

"The day before we shot that movie I called out. I was not kidding...I was not coming to work the next day to do the movie," Odom attested. "It was a principle for me."

While it is unknown what executives paid the Broadway star in the end, Odom did go on to appear in the movie, which was originally slated to hit theaters in October 2021. 

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was released early on Disney last July, much to the delight of fans everywhere.

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Is a Brandy and Drake collaboration in the works?

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Is a Brandy and Drake collaboration in the works? If it were up to Brandy it would be. 

On August 5, the 41-year-old singer-songwriter took some time to answer fan questions on Twitter when she came across one that asked, "Would you ever do a song with Drake?"

In her video response to the question Brandy said, "Somebody tell Drake to pull up on me because its time to do a Drake song."

"Come on Drake. What's up? I'm calling you out fam," she continued before adding, "I love Drake."

Based on the comments on the post, fans were mostly on board with the potential collaboration. Over on The Shade Room's Instagram page, fellow singer and actress Christina Milian seemed to signify she'd be a fan of the idea by leaving a comment that contained two fire emojis. Other fans chimed in with comments like, "That song would low key be a vibe" and "IM HERE FOR IT."

Still, some others weren't so sure the two artists would mesh well together.

One person shared, "I don’t think their music will go well together," while another wrote, "Nobody asked for that."

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Q: #AskBrandy would you ever do a song with drake
- @cortrellg_

A: pic.twitter.com/hznyQNLHDh

— b r a n d y (@4everBrandy) August 6, 2020

PJ Morton announces his upcoming gospel album featuring Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams and more

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PJ Morton has announced his upcoming album, The Gospel According to PJ, featuring heavyweights such as Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams and more.

On Monday, the Grammy-winning artist shared an animated video on Instagram of a phone conversation, where he shared the exciting news with his father, legendary pastor and gospel icon Bishop Paul S. Morton.

"Hey Dad...I'm finally doing a gospel album. A day that we didn't know would ever come," he told his father, before revealing he couldn't read music. "You always told me you prayed over my hands."

PJ recalled writing songs on the piano organ at his father's church, while he gave announcements. 

In another post, he shared the album's tracklist which features appearances from other gospel favorites J. MossKim Burrell, Mary MaryLe'andria JohnsonSmokie Norful, and more. 

Five of 13 tracks on the album are "done," while others are still awaiting vocals or being mixed including a track titled "Here He Comes Again" with The Clark Sisters

The Gospel According to PJ arrives on August 28th.

By Rachel George
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