iStock/RichLeggKelly Rowland is headed back to the small screen -- just in time for the holiday season.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Rowland will star in the upcoming Lifetime holiday movie, Merry Liddle Christmas. The film, which is said to be inspired by Rowland's “own recent Christmas catastrophe,” will star the singer as Jacquie, a successful single tech entrepreneur.
Jacquie invites her dysfunctional family over to her new home for Christmas, but of course, things don't go as planned. The plot involves a video shoot depicting the "perfect Christmas," and romance is also in the air, courtesy of a neighbor.
Rowland is slated to produce the film alongside her husband, Tim Weatherspoon.
Merry Liddle Christmas is one of 28 original movies to be released by Lifetime during the holiday season as part of "Its a Wonderful Lifetime” campaign. The campaign will run seven days a week from October 25 through December 25. Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Kyla Pratt, and Keshia Knight Pulliam are also slated to star in the holiday lineup.
This is the latest project for Rowland, who recently guest-starred in A Black Lady Sketch Show and L.A.’s Finest, and portrayed Gladys Knight in BET's Soul Train-inspired drama American Soul.
Courtesy UMGJeezy is rounding out his discography with his star-studded ninth studio album, TM104: The Legend of the Snowman.
Monday, the rap veteran took to social media to share the track list for his final body of work, which includes guest spots from Queen Naija, Ty Dolla $ign, Meek Mill, Gunna, Rick Ross, John Legend, CeeLo Green and more. The effort is expected to arrive on all streaming platforms come Friday.
“Greatest story ever told!!” Jeezy captioned the announcement on Twitter.
TM104 is set to be the final chapter in the Atlanta phenom's Thug Motivation series -- which began in 2005 -- as well as his storied career. Back in 2018, Jeezy revealed that he felt it was "time for graduation."
More recently, in an interview with Billboard, the rapper shared he had revisited his previous works in order to inform his ideas for this upcoming project.
“When I was writing 104, I wanted to go back to what I know, but I want to sound new but at the same time," Jeezy explained. "I don't want to feel like I'm trying to keep [up with] all the times because real music and a real message is timeless."
Here's the TM104: The Legend of the Snowman track listing:
"The Entrapreneur" "Big $**t" "Look Like" "Better Tell 'Em" "Mr. Pyrex" "Already Rich" feat. Ceelo Green "1 Time" "Oh Yea" feat. Ball Greezy "White Keys" "MLK Blvd" feat. Meek Mill "'06" feat. Rick Ross "Don't Make Me" "Fake Love" feat. Queen Naija "All Night" feat. Gunna "4Play" feat. Ty Dolla $ign "Play It Safe" feat. Noah Scharf "Don't Forget" "The Real MVP" feat. John Legend
Greg Doherty/Getty Images for The Artists ProjectThe Proud Family is reportedly making an official return.
In an interview with Where Is The Buzz,Tommy Davidson, who voiced the character of Oscar Proud on the animated series, says the show is being renewed by Disney's new streaming service, Disney .
"I forgot to tell you that, The Proud Family is coming back," Davidson told the site, adding, "It's on one of Disney's streaming [services]. Yeah, Proud Family's coming back. They told me not to tell anyone...new episodes!"
The popular cartoon, which originally aired from 2001-2005 on the Disney Channel, followed 14-year-old Penny Proud, voiced by Kyla Pratt, her energetic father Oscar, her sensible mother Trudy, her no-nonsense grandmother, and Penny's twin baby siblings BeBe and CeCe. The series concluded with the Disney Channel original movie, The Proud Family Movie.
In addition to Davidson and Pratt, the series also starred the voices of Jo Marie Payton, Paula Jai Parker, Tara Strong, Karen Malina White, Soleil Moon Frye, Alisa Reyes, Orlando Brown, Raquel Lee, Maria Canals-Barrera and more.
Disney has yet to confirm The Proud Family revival.
Rick Ross has notched his tenth top 10 album with his most recent effort, Port of Miami 2.
Sailing in at number two on the Billboard 200, the LP earned 80,000 equivalent album units. Port of Miami 2 marks Ross' highest-charting album in more than five years -- since 2014's Mastermind debuted at number one.
Nonetheless, Ross has remained consistent on the Billboard 200: All 10 of his major label releases have reached the top 10 on the chart, with five of those hitting number one.
Port of Miami 2 is the sequel to Ross' debut 2006 album Port of Miami. It's his first studio project since 2017's Rather You Than Me, and features guest spots from Swizz Beatz, Drake, Dej Loaf, Meek Mill, Teyana Taylor, Wale, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Summer Walker and the late Nipsey Hussle.
Scott Dudelson/Getty ImagesThree 6 Mafia fans, rejoice: the pioneering hip-hop group is set to reunite following a nearly decade-long hiatus.
Over the weekend, Juicy J took to Instagram to reveal that the Memphis legends will be hitting the road as a part of the Three 6 Mafia Reunion Tour. Slated to kick off on October 12 in Southaven, Mississippi, the trek will feature original members Juicy, DJ Paul and Crunchy Black.
In addition, DMX, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Project Pat, Lil Wyte and La Chat have been tapped as supporting acts.
The official tour dates have not yet been announced, but Three Six are also set to perform at Atlanta's One Musicfest on September 7 as well as on October 11 at Loud Records' 25th anniversary celebration in New Jersey.
ABC/Bob D'AmicoKenya Barris still has love for his estranged wife, Dr. Rania “Rainbow” Barris.
In a sweet Instagram post, Barris shared a series of photos of his wife with a touching caption to celebrate her birthday over the weekend.
"HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my forever partner, forever friend, forever baby muva, forever beautiful people maker, forever Bowdy!!" he wrote. "@tharealrainbowHave an AMAZING birthday and celebrate ALL the ways you’ve made the world a better place. #foreverlove#anothertriparoundthesun."
Barris heartfelt message comes after the black-ish creator filed for divorce earlier this month after 20 years of marriage.
Rania had previously filed for divorce in 2014, but decided to withdraw her request the following year, after the couple reconciled. This time around, Barris filed the divorce papers on August 9th, the day of his 45th birthday.
Black-ish, which stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross as married couple Dre and Rainbow, is loosely based on Barris’ own upbringing and his marriage.
Barris also co-created the black-ish spinoff grown-ish, as well as the upcoming prequel spinoff mixed-ish, which will follow the Rainbow Johnson character as a child.
Barris and Rania, an anesthesiologist, tied the knot in 1999 and have six kids together.
While JAY-Z's latest venture with the NFL has fans equally divided, Cardi B has stated her support for the music mogul's partnership with the league.
Saturday night, TMZ caught up with the "Money" chart-topper while in New York City. "I think that he could make a change, you know what I'm saying?" Cardi told the outlet, regarding Jay.
She continued, "I feel like he didn't [go] on an NFL deal without an agreement. I feel like he went in there like, 'All right, if you guys want me to work with y'all, y'all need to put my people in here. Y'all need to do things my way.'"
As previously reported, Jay has been enlisted by the NFL to serve as the league's "live music entertainment strategist," as well as to assist and contribute to its social activism campaign, Inspire Change.
The NFL hopes that enlisting Jay will in part help them to be more sensitive to in the wake of the public dissent over its handling of national anthem protests, and Colin Kaepernick's related collusion suit against the NFL, which was settled confidentially in February.
The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback hasn't played with the league since 2016, following disputes over his choice to kneel during the national anthem in protest of racial inequality and police brutality in the United States.
Cardi added: "I feel like Jay-Z can bring back Colin Kaepernick. I feel like he has that power. I feel like JAY-Z can do it."
ABC/Randy HolmesFresh on the heels of his partnership with the NFL, JAY-Z is giving fans even more to talk about by making his 1996 debut album, Reasonable Doubt, available on several streaming services.
Friday, the music mogul's independent distribution company, Equity Distribution, announced the seminal effort would be streamed on Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Napster, Slacker, SoundCloud, iTunes, Google Play Music, Pandora and YouTube Music Premium. Spotify and Apple Music, however, aren't listed as part of the deal.
Since 2015, Reasonable Doubt was solely available via Hov's streaming platform TIDAL.
Dubbed an album which the lyrical giant claims "literally saved my life," the 14-track body of work boasts fan-favorites like "Can't Knock the Hustle," " "Dead Presidents II" and "Can I Live." In a recently resurfaced 1997 interview, Jay explained how the title came to be.
“We named the album Reasonable Doubt because you know, with anything you do in life, people will judge you," he said. "Whether it be interviews or radio or whatever you do in life people will judge you. The album is like basically on trial. You either going to like it or you don’t.”
(L-R) SoundCloud Global Head of Artist Relations & Label Services Lisa Ellis, Chance the Rapper, SoundCloud President, Mike Weissman; Credit: SANGO_NYC Chance the Rapper certainly had a Big Day on Friday: After performing in New York's Central Park as part of ABC's Good Morning Americasummer concert series, he received a special award from SoundCloud.
Lil Chano was celebrated as the first independent SoundCloud Premier creator to notch a billion streams on the platform, and was honored with a special plaque marking the milestone.
The rapper uploaded his first track to SoundCloud eight years ago and has subsequently used the platform to build his following via his mixtapes, including Coloring Book, the first streaming-only album to win a Grammy.
In 2017, Chance and Young Thug released the song "Big B's" exclusively to SoundCloud to draw traffic to the site, amid reports that it was in danger of closing down.
Chance's debut album The Big Day is, of course, available to stream on SoundCloud as well.
Gabrielle Union has been tapped to star in a new romantic comedy inspired by a real-life interracial couple.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Union will star in and co-produce Chester Tam's yet-titled romantic comedy at Screen Gems that is inspired by his real life relationship.
The film will star Union as a newly single woman who begins dating a recently divorced Asian-American man. Although the story details have yet to be revealed, it is said to explore how a "drunken one-night stand" leads to a secret relationship which ends up surprising friends and family considering "that neither is typically the other's type."
The role of the male lead has yet to be cast in the film. Meanwhile, Tam is on board to both direct and write the script.
This is the latest project for Union, who previously starred in Will Packer's revenge thriller Breaking In.
This week's round up of new Friday releases includes a new album from veteran rapper Snoop Dogg, Young Thug's debut, a compilation effort courtesy of Quality Control Music and an energetic EP from A$AP Ferg.
A year after the release of his double-disc gospel LP, Snoop has returned to his quintessential roots with his 18th studio album I Wanna Thank Me. The 22-track offering features a star-studded roster of artists including the likes of Slick Rick, Swizz Beatz, YG, Mustard, Russ, Wiz Khalifa, Trey Songz and more. The record is led by the previously-released singles "Let Bygones Be Bygones" and "Countdown."
After much anticipation, Young Thug's long-awaited So Much Fun LP has officially arrived. Dubbed as his debut album, the effort dials in at 19 tracks and includes guest spots from the Atlanta phenom's wide-range of frequent collaborators such as Future, Gunna, Lil Baby, 21 Savage, Quavo and more.
Atlanta's Quality Control has established itself as a force to be reckoned with in hip-hop, andControl The Streets Vol. 2showcases the squad in full bloom. The follow-up to 2018's Vol. 1 includes QC members Migos, Lil Baby, City Girls, Lil Yachty and more. Guest features are provided by DaBaby, Gunna, French Montana, Meek Mill, Megan Thee Stallion, Playboi Carti, Travis Scott and more. With 36 tracks, fans will have plenty to dig into.
With the announcement of his Yedi Tour, featuring support from MurdaBeatz and MadeInTYO, Harlem's own A$AP Ferg continues to apply pressure with his new EP,Floor Seats. The 9-track effort features appearances from MadeInTYO, Asian Doll, Rico Nasty, Ty Dolla $ign and his brother-in-rhyme A$AP Rocky.
Annette Brown/BravoNeNe Leakes is opening about her difficult year as a full-time caretaker to her husband during his recent battle with cancer.
In an interview with Hollywood Life, the Real Housewives of Atlanta star said she didn't realize how overwhelming it would be to be the head of the household and her hubby's caretaker.
"Being a caretaker and doing something like caring for someone with cancer for the first time in my life, then to have to be the breadwinner for everything, it's a lot," she said. "The overseer of everything in our life, it was a lot of pressure and it really did feel like depression."
Leakes also shared that she didn't realize she was battling depression until she had an appointment with her doctor.
"I don't really know what depression is, but I was speaking to my OBGYN and I was telling her a lot about how I felt and she said, 'I think that you're going through a depression,'" she explained.
After the appointment, NeNe said she began doing her own research and "learning things about" herself.
"She gave me some medication and it really worked and it helped me out a lot," she added. "I don't think I really understood how serious that was for us and how much pressure I had on me."
Now, NeNe says the two are doing much better with Gregg officially being cancer free and NeNe focusing on her personal health.
"We are doing well," she said, referring to her marriage. "Gregg looks so amazing. He's doing so good. He did a PET scan and they see no cancer in his body anywhere. That was a blessing and we're super excited about that. Every day is a new day and every day is a step in the right direction."
Leon Bennett/Getty ImagesCassie has returned with a fresh, new single titled "Simple Things."
The uptempo track finds the singer relishing her newfound head space and having gratitude for life's simple pleasures.
"Old me don't notice me/Don't wear the same clothing/Just where I'm supposed to be," Cassie croons.
“Simple Things” is the final track from the expectant mother's #FreeFriday music series, which she launched back in June. Week after week, Cassie gifted fans with music, including the previously stand alone singles “Excuse Me” and “Rollercoaster” featuring Ro James.
Jaleeh White officially revives his iconic Family Matters character, Steve Urkel in a new episode of the Boomerang animated series Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?
According toEntertainment Weekly, the new episode shows Urkel getting the help of the Scooby-Doo gang to help him track down his Urkel-Bot 2.0, which has gone haywire.
In a teaser, Urkel shows off his new bot, which he says is "ten times nerdier than I."
As previously reported, White will be joined by an all-star list of celebrity guests who are set to help Scooby and his crew solve mysteries. Some of those guest stars who'll be contributing voices to the series: Kenan Thompson, Wanda Sykes, Whoopi Goldberg, Mark Hamill, Neil deGrasse Tyson and more.
In addition to Boomerang, Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? will eventually air on Cartoon Network.
New episodes of Scooby-Doo and Guess Who air Thursdays on Boomerang app and streaming service.
Queens meets Brooklyn on the Nicki Minaj-assisted remix of Pop Smoke's viral hit, "Welcome to the Party."
The drill production features the Head Barb rapping about her size six "Fendi moon boots" and her gang of pretty lady friends. "Welcome to the Party" is lifted from Pop Smoke's Meet the Woo mixtape, which the Brooklyn rapper released last month.
Nicki's remix of the track caps off a buzzy week for the veteran lyricist, who clashed with Joe Budden during the latest episode of her Beats 1 show, Queen Radio. She also addressed her grievances with Rick Ross when she appeared on Budden's eponymously titled podcast a few short days later.
Keep Cool/RCA RecordsNormani has released her new song, “Motivation,” along with its music video, and it’s already taking the Internet by storm.
The video opens with a young Normani at her grandmother’s home in New Orleans, watching BET’s 106 & Park and dreaming about her video being number one. It then cuts to the video starring a grown Normani.
In the dance-heavy clip, she performs some impressive choreography and acrobatics with star-making confidence.
Fellow music artists are singing her praises, including her tour mate and “Motivation” co-writer Ariana Grande.
“It’s almost six am where i am rn and my cheeks hurt from smiling, refreshing, watching a million times,” Ariana tweeted. “enjoy this special moment. my heart is so full for u !!!!!!”
Normani responded, “i love you so much. thank you for believing in me the way that you have sis and for being my biggest cheerleader we got a smashhhhh !!!!!! i miss you too much.”
Charlie Puth also tweeted about the song and video, writing, “WOW WOW WOW WOW this is some superstar sh**.”
Kehlaniadded, “this is that sh** i want my daughter to have posters of in her room type sh**.”
Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tribeca Film FestivalA year ago today, the world lost the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. Since then, she's been honored with reissues, awards, tribute concerts and site re-namings, and there's still more to come.
Today in Detroit, the now-renamed Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre will host a celebration of her life and music, featuring singer and pastors who, according to the Detroit Free Press, played "key roles" in Aretha's life.
While admission is free, donations will be solicited for the new Aretha Franklin Endowed Scholarship Fund for Detroit high-school students, as well as to a local group that helps people who suffer from the same kind of cancer that killed the Grammy-winning legend.
As the Detroit Free Press points out, since her death, Aretha was the subject of a two-hour Grammy tribute show and a tribute at the American Music Awards. In addition to the Detroit amphitheater, a stretch of freeway in the city is will be renamed the Aretha L. Franklin Memorial Highway. Plus, fans are now finally able to enjoy the movie Amazing Grace, featuring footage of Aretha performing in church in 1972. It's available now for streaming.
Aretha was also awarded a special citation by the Pulitzer Prize board, an honor that only 43 people have received. She is the only woman to be so honored.
Aretha fans can look forward to a biopic starring Jennifer Hudson, but the film's release date hasn't been solidified, according to an attorney for the singer's estate. In addition, Franklin will be the subject of the third season of Genius, the National Geographic channel series that devoted previous seasons to Albert Einstein and Picasso.
Kurt Carr has a special message that is near and dear to his heart on his new album, Bless Somebody Else.
The gospel legend tells ABC Radio that after he endured a devastating season of loss, including the death of his mother, Delores, his longtime ministry partner, Dorothy King, and mentor Andraé Crouch, among others.
He said that helped him realize that God wanted him to not give up, but help others going through similar struggles.
"I think that's what the theme of my life is right now," Carr says. "How do I treat other people. How do I show people that I'm a Christian? Not just by my songs or my voice or the music that I've written, but by the life that I live."
Referring to his album title, Bless Somebody Else, Carr says he hopes the idea of helping others and giving back to your community -- even in the midst of your own trial -- won't just be a passing fad.
"And my prayer is that it will become a movement," he declares. "Church people do it but we don't do it enough. We do a lot of judging people. We do a lot of looking down our nose at people. And, you know, and I don't think it's that we're bad people, it's just sometimes that we get in a rut of things. And I just want to remind people that we are here to bless somebody else."
Bless Somebody Else is available now from the usual retail outlets.
ABC/Eddy ChenIt didn't take Justin Timberlake long to rush back into the studio. But this time, he had a surprising guest in tow that's sparking collab rumors and tons of flame emojis.
Justin posted a video to his Instagram with the caption, "Lizzo flames, brb," which features him jamming to what appears to be a new song as the "Truth Hurts" artist reclines on a leather couch and bounces her hand in approval.
However, it hasn't been confirmed if the song is a collaboration or just a new Lizzo track, since only her vocals can be heard saying, "Get back, get back."
Fans are clearly hopeful this means new music is on the way, since they've already spammed the comments section with flame emojis and pleas for the collab to be released soon.
Justin began teasing new music in March, when he hinted on Instagram that he's back to work with his frequent producer and collaborator, Timbaland.
Eardruma Records/Interscope Records Fresh on the heels of his Madonna collaboration, Swae Lee now has a Drake-assisted single on his resume.
The Rae Sremmurd frontman dropped "Won't Be Late," featuring the 6 God, at midnight on Friday.
Fans praised Swae's portion of the rhythmic track, but initial reactions were mixed about Drake's contribution.
That wasn't the only song Swae released at midnight. He also dropped his solo effort, "Sextasy," which features him singing in a higher register over an intense drum beat. Unlike the Drake collab, fans seem to be loving this song's vibe.
The steamy single features lyrics: "You're not taking tonight luckily/Let me save you like a refugee/Let me give you sextasy/Don't let me be a memory/I've got the drink and a remedy/I know you be so intimate with me."
The Tekno production was previewed earlier this year during Virgil Abloh's DJ set at Coachella, back in April.
This fall, Swae is set to hit the road with Post Malone as a supporting act for Posty's Runaway Tour. The North American arena trek kicks off September 14 in Tacoma, Washington.