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6lack’s '6pc Hot' EP nabs the top 5 spot on Billboard's Top R&B Albums

Van Nguyyen6lack was on one when he dropped his fire 6pc Hot EP last month, named after his favorite wings meal. 

The alternative R&B singer/rapper grabbed the top-five spot on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums chart, after earning 26,000 album units in its opening week, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

6pc Hot also debuted at No. 11 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and No. 15 on Billboard 200.

The Atlanta native dropped his EP last month, featuring six songs, four of which debuted in the top 25 on the Hot R&B Songs chart. "Know My Rights," featuring fellow Atlanta rapper Lil Baby debuted at No. 33 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and was the highest-streamed track from the EP, with 7.5 million U.S. streams in its opening week. 

This is 6lack's second offering on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums chart, following 2018's East Atlanta Love Letter, which reached No. 1. His debut album, Free 6lack reached No. 6 in 2017.

He recently celebrated Free 6lack reaching platinum status, while sharing his predictions for the future on Instagram.

6lack wrote, "Update: [my] debut album [is] platinum, [my] sophomore album [is] soon-to-be and a lot of records sold. He said "thank you" to his fans, after calling his music the "soundtrack to my life & to some of yours too."

By Rachel George 
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Lee Daniels set to reboot 'The Wonder Years' with a Black family cast

Ron Eshel/Invision/APABC has committed to the pilot production for The Wonder Years, with award-winning filmmaker Lee Daniels as executive producer. 

The new half-hour comedy series will explore the perspective of a Black middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama in the turbulent late 1960s, the same era as the original series, set between 1968 and 1973. 

The Last O.G. executive producer Saladin Patterson will also write for the pilot, and ABC will assemble a mini writer’s room triggered upon pilot script approval. The star of the original series, Fred Savage, will direct the pilot and executive produce the show. 

Wonder Years aired on ABC in the late 1980s-early 1990s for six seasons, ultimately winning a variety of awards including four Emmy Awards and a Gloden Globe for Best Television series — musical or comedy in 1989. 

Daniels is no stranger to accolades himself, having received two Oscar nominations for Precious, and awards for his hit TV dramas Empire and Star. His other credits include The Butler, Monster's Ball, The Woodsman, Shadowboxer and Tennessee, starring Mariah Carey, to name a few.

Lee Daniels is currently working on his latest film, The United States V.S. Billie Holiday, inspired by the federal court case of legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday, played by Andra Day.  

By Rachel George
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Kanye West says he no longer supports Trump and reimagines a Wakanda-like America

Arnold Jerocki/GC ImagesKanye West says his days as a supporter of President Donald Trump are over and he's "taking the red hat off, with this interview."

The rapper revealed he wore the MAGA hat to "protest the segregation of votes in the Black community," in a Forbes interview about his plans to run for presidential office. He denies any claims about this announcement being a stunt to promote his upcoming "free" album, God's Country.

With the campaign slogan "YES!," West revealed his political plans which include establishing an administration modeled after the fictional country Wakanda from the award-winning film Black Panther. He also wants to reinstate praying at schools and to "empower people with 40 acres and a mule [and] some land."

"A lot of Africans do not like the movie [Black Panther] and representation of themselves in… Wakanda. But I’m gonna use the framework of Wakanda right now because it’s the best explanation of what our design group is going to feel like in the White House," he said.

"Let’s get back to Wakanda… like in the movie in Wakanda when the king went to visit that lead scientist to have the shoes wrap around her shoes. Just the amount of innovation that can happen, the amount of innovation in medicine—like big pharma—we are going to work, innovate, together."

Elsewhere in the interview, Kanye said he's against the death penalty, a subject he mentioned on his latest song, "Wash Us In the Blood," featuring Travis Scott. Mixed by Dr. Dre, the track recently topped Billboard's Hot Christian Songs and Hot Gospel Songs, amongst other charts. 

By Rachel George
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Lin-Manuel Miranda says 'Hamilton' is a "love letter to hip-hop"

Courtesy Disney Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda claimed hip-hop as “the language of revolution and our greatest American art form” during an interview with Apple Music's Zane Lowe.

The Broadway musical turned Disney movie dramatizes the journey of Alexander Hamilton, who rose from near poverty to become an American Founding Father. Miranda said the production honors the rhetoric of legendary hip-hop artists such as Busta RhymesMob DeepDMX, and the late The Notorious B.I.G. 

"They write so brilliantly that they transcend their circumstances and they change the world literally through the power of their pen and their delivery and their oratory," Miranda told Lowe.  "That's the fundamental idea in it. That's why it's such a love letter to hip-hop."

Miranda continued: "I want the kids who just only know musical theater when they pick up their liner notes to see, 'Contains a sample from Ten Crack Commandments by Notorious B.I.G.' If you like this musical, you owe it to yourself to listen to the hip hop that you maybe weren't listening to because that's the reason this exists, its my love for hip-hop."

Miranda credits his love for hip-hop to his Bronx, New York upbringing and his sister's “good taste” in 90s music, such as De La SoulWu-Tang ClanBlack Sheep's A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, A Tribe Called Quest, and Dr. Dre's The Chronic.

He continued, "The fact that Hamilton is the first successful hip-hop musical and hip-hop is 40 years old tells you everything you need to know about how late change comes to the very siloed, very white world of theater."

By Rachel George
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Victoria Monét delays her 'Jaguar' EP in honor of Beyoncé's 'Black Is King' visual album

Randy Holmes via Getty ImagesVictoria Monét has decided to delay releasing her new project in honor of Queen Beyoncé and her upcoming Disney visual album, Black Is King, which arrives July 31. 

The "Monopoly" singer announced the release of her upcoming EP, Jaguar, last week, in addition to dropping a disco-style visual for her latest single, "Experience," with Khalid

On Tuesday, Victoria took to social media to share a visual representation of herself as a Black Jaguar pacing back and forth in front of a lioness, which would be Beyoncé.

"Wait, what was that? You said, you the Lion King, and Queen Bey are dropping a visual album on July 31, huh?" Victoria says in the video, shared on Twitter and Instagram. "Well, I, the Jaguar will be moving on over to August 7, where it's safe. See you there, folks!"

In the captions, Victoria continued writing, "When the Queen is coming, you move!! It's just what you do, lol."

The frequent Ariana Grande collaborator released her debut solo single, "Moment," at the top of this year. She also has dreams of writing a record for Beyoncé one day again after a first attempt in 2018.

By Rachel George
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50 Cent sparks controversy over his comments about Black and "exotic" women

ABC/John Salangsang50 Cent’s latest comments about Black women have earned him a ton of blowback from Black women, including his ex, Vivica Fox.  And it's not looking too good.

50 Cent made his controversial comments during Lil Wayne’s Young Money Radio show over the weekend about "angry" Black women and dating what he considers "exotic" women.  He said, "That [woman] look[s] a lot different than the [women] you see in the neighborhood all of the time."

On Tuesday, 50 shared a video clip of Fox expressing her thoughts about his comments, though she wasn't too surprised. In the clip from Fox Soul's Cocktails with QueensVivica claimed 50 was revealing his “[Eff] boy tendencies” and the fact that he “can’t handle a Black woman."

For his part, 50 claims Vivica's still not over him since their tumultuous breakup almost two decades ago. “Vivica still in love with me, I dated her for 4 months 17 years ago and she’s still angry with me," he captioned the Instagram post.  "I’m starting to feel like my [eggplant emoji] is serious. LOL.”

Lil Wayne’s daughter, Reginae Carter, responded to his critical statements with a tweet embracing herself as a “black, beautiful, exotic queen." 

Meanwhile, others wondered why Lil Wayne didn't speak up on behalf of his Black daughter. One Twitter user wrote, "I don’t expect anything from Lil Wayne & 50 Cent but for Wayne to be laughing like he doesn’t have a Black daughter...sick of [black men] being anti-black women."

By Rachel George
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Usain Bolt reveals the clever name he gave his newborn daughter

Asanka Ratnayake/Getty ImagesIf there was ever a competition over who can come up the best baby name, Usain Bolt would probably win after revealing what he and his girlfriend Kasi Bennett named their newborn daughter.

Meet Olympia Lightning Bolt, who was born on May 17.

The 20-time Olympic Gold medalist waited until Tuesday, Bennett's birthday, to finally announce his baby girl's clever name.

"I want to wish my gf @kasi.b a happy birthday and To let u know I am happy," Bolt penned in an emotional post while sharing a series of tender family photos.  "I get to spend ur special day with u. I want nothing but happiness for u and will continue to doing my best keeping a smile on ur face."

It was during those vows that he finally revealed what he and Bennett decided to call their daughter.

"Now we have started a new chapter together with our daughter Olympia Lightning Bolt," The 33-year announced. "I look forward to what the future will bring for us but be reassured that I will be the ROCK for this family."

He cheekily concluded, "I Love you and happy 21th birthday" along with a series of crying laughing emojis.   

Bennett actually turned 31 on Tuesday and she certainly had a lovely party, as evidenced by a series of Instagram Stories that Bolt uploaded on Tuesday, which showcased a party table flanked by colorful flowers and confections. 

The celebration lasted toward midnight, with the last upload showing Bennett sleeping contentedly by her boyfriend's side.

The two have been dating for about seven years.

By Megan Stone
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'American Soul' star Sinqua Walls says season two will capture Don Cornelius falling apart behind the scenes

BET/Nathan BolsterSinqua Walls plays a young, enthusiastic, yet troubled Don Cornelius on the hit BET series American Soul. 

Last season chronicled the late legendary host and producer's relentless effort to establish Soul Train as one of the most prominent television shows for African-American culture in the early 1970s.

Walls says this new season will showcase more of Cornelius' personal struggles during his rise to fame.

"I think what more so surprises the audience to uncover many more aspects of what he was dealing with behind the scenes of the show," Walls tells ABC Audio. "You know the first season we really get to see Don go through the trials and tribulations of getting something off the ground an trying to make it successful, now that he is successful. I always compare season two to new money."

Season two begins in 1975, now that the show is a big success. But Walls says the new season will also capture how Cornelius was falling apart behind the scenes of it all. 

"When you see someone go from literally having nothing to something and fitting into that place of celebrity and abundance and opportunity, while also struggling with a lot of his mental elements that started to become more prevalent as the show went on. So you see that actually happening, affecting his body, his mind, his mobility skills, and everything like that."

BET's American Soul starring Sinqua Walls airs Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET.

By Rachel George and Candice Williams
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Tiffany Haddish rocks shaved head after giving herself a quarantine cut

ABC/Paula LoboTiffany Haddish is rocking a new hairdo!

After having her hair in locs for approximately two months, the actress and comedian decided it was time to do the big chop and she shared the process with her over six million Instagram followers on Tuesday. 

"Cut my hair!" Haddish captioned the 26-minute-long clip. "I cut all my hair off cause I want to see my Scalp . I know my whole body I know where every mole is but I don’t know my Scalp. So hello..."

While many praised the Girl's Trip star in the comments section, she also must have received some not so supportive feedback because in a subsequent video she slammed claims that cutting her hair was a sign of mental illness

"Why when a women decides 'hey I'm gonna cut this hair off because I wanna see my scalp' she gotta have a mental problem?" the 40-year-old asked rhetorically. "Nothing is wrong with my brain guys I've literally been talking about this for years." 

Haddish, who was rocking a short afro before a friend cut the rest off with clippers, went on to express all the positives that she's already started experiencing as a result of the big chop including less strain on her neck due to heavy hairstyles, having more free time from not having to spend time styling her hair, and even being able to workout freely without worrying about her hair.

"I feel really good about it," she added. "I've gained... so much peace."

By Danielle Long
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Omari Hardwick, Lecrae, and YouTube sensation Terrell Grice join PJ Morton's 'The Culture'

Courtesy of PJ Morton

Grammy-winning singer/songwriter PJ Morton has been making moves with his Black trivia game show, The Culture.

The live-streamed series kicked off last month with Morton quizzing The Root'Questlove and co-hosts of his Questlove Supreme podcast, Laiya St. Clair and Phonte on their Black music knowledge. 

So far the show has already featured the likes of R&B greats Deborah CoxDave HollisterLalah HathawayAnthony Hamilton, Tweet, Chrisette Michele and newcomers like RotimiRapsodySheléaJade Novah, and Brik.Liam, among others. 

PJ said this week's episode is "Going to be a good one!" on Instagram, with special guests including Power's Omari Hardwick, musician Lecrae, and YouTube sensation Terrell Grice. 

Tune in to PJ's music trivia game show The Culture, airing Wednesday nights, at 8 p.m. EST on PJ Morton's YouTube.

By Rachel George 
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After enduring sexual abuse and racism in Hollywood, Thandie Newton hints she'll name names

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBOIn a wide-ranging interview with Vulture, Westworld star Thandie Newton pulls no punches about coming up in the not-so-old, bad old days of Hollywood, and abuses she suffered as a result. 

Now 47, the actress isn't holding back: "So careful what you do, everybody...Because you might find yourself f***ing over a little brown girl at the beginning of a career, when no one knows who she is and no one gives a f**k. She might turn out to be Thandie Newton."

Newton reveals, "I've got my little black book, which will be published on my deathbed....I'm not doing it when I'm alive. I don't want to deal with all the fallout and everyone getting their side of the story. There is no side of the story when you're sexually abused. You give that up."

One story centers on how Thandie decided to pass on the 2000 Charlie's Angels reboot. "[T]he director said to me, 'The first shot...You're going to think it's like yellow lines down a road, and you pull back and you realize it's the stitching, because the denim is so tight on your a**...' I was like, 'Oh, I don't think we’re going to go down this road together.'"

Newton also revealed working with Tom Cruise on 2000's Mission: Impossible 2 was overall "an extraordinary time" but allows one scene between the two went terribly.

She adds, "I was so scared of Tom. He was a very dominant individual. He tries superhard to be a nice person. But the pressure. He takes on a lot. And I think he has this sense that only he can do everything as best as it can be done...He wasn't horrible. It was just -- he was really stressed."

By Stephen Iervolino
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Mario talks defunding the police and building more "melanated-owned businesses"

Courtesy of MarioFollowing his thought-provoking single, "Rewrite It," Mario describes the phrase, Black Lives Matter, as "a call to action to study, to understand, to fight for what you believe in."

"It's a call to action for us to unite more and do more things that will directly affect our communities," the R&B singer shared during a recent VIBE interview. "It's a call to action for all of those people that are out there of many different races, fighting for the cause, to show them what our unity can do. It's time for us to really be the change that we want to see."

Mario recognized the change that needs to take place, but he also recognizes that many need to be held accountable for the many lives lost at the hands of police.

"We need to focus on, of course, okay, defund the police. We need to focus on getting convictions," the "Closer" singer said. "That needs to be our main focus because, at the end of the day, we need immediate convictions. We don't need to be waiting three, four months. We don't need to be."

Mario then encouraged the Black community to start studying more and saving money. "We've got to start building our own businesses, which there's a lot of melanated-owned businesses out there," Mario said. "And we need to just start studying and reading more, and really understanding laws, and understanding what it is that we need."

Mario also revealed he will soon begin hosting virtual tours via Mariovip.com.

By Rachel George
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Pusha T responds to Young Thug's criticism over a Drake diss on Pop Smoke's new album

Paul Morigi/Getty Images for The Recording AcademyYoung Thug wants no part of the beef between Pusha T and Drake. But, on Monday, Thugger had to let his fans know he's not feeling Pusha T's verse on an unreleased Pop Smoke song.

"I don't respect the Pusha T verse on the song with Gunna and me cause I don't have [nothing] to do with y'all beef nor does Gunna, and if I knew that was about him I would've made changes on our behalf," Thugger wrote in his Instagram story, as captured by The Shade Room. 

On Tuesday, Pusha T responded telling Thugger, "Don't feel bad. Nobody knew what the verse was about, including label heads who stopped the song's release. He said, "they only assume" because Drake told them.

On the track titled, "Paranoia," Pusha aims at Drake's patois language while mentioning a 2018 incident, in which he believes Drake paid people to rush the stage during his tour stop in Toronto. He raps, "Those empty threats only sound good on your records / If the patois is not followed by blocka / It's like marked for death Screwface, without the choppa / Let 'em rush the stage when you made like Sinatra."

Pusha explained a similar happening after his verse on Rick Ross' "Maybach Music VI" was scrapped for dissing Drake on a track that also featured John Legend and Young Money CEO, Lil Wayne.

Ultimately, Pusha ended up demanding Pop's manager Steve Victor take him off the song, which would have appeared on the deluxe version of Pop Smoke's album Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon later this month. 

By Rachel George
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"My heart is full!" Ciara and Russell Wilson celebrate four years of marital bliss

Taylor Hill/FilmMagicCiara and Russell Wilson celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary on Monday, and expressed their love for one another in beautiful messages they shared on Instagram. 

Ciara wrote, "I don't know where to start, but I know where I am.. it's the best place. My safest place. Simply being in your arms. These four years of marriage have been full of unconditional love. My heart is full! My heart cup runs over. I feel like a little kid, excited for each day with you! I thank God for how he's blessed us and placed you in my life every day!"

Meanwhile, Wilson said he is "forever changed" after "4 Years of pure joy, love, and laughter." He added, "You have been the Light and Blessing I've always wanted and always needed."

Ciara is pregnant with the couple's second child, after giving birth to their daughter, Sienna Princess, in 2017. Ciara also has a 6-year-old son, Future, from a previous relationship.

Wilson took the stunning photos for Ciara's recent British Vogue spread and interview, in which she detailed her unusual pregnancy experience. Due to social distancing restrictions in light of COVID-19, Wilson had to wait in the car for the baby's most recent ultrasound appointment. 

"We women carry the baby, but for my husband, being in the room and listening to the heartbeat in real-time is one of his ways of connecting," "the Level Up" singer said. "For him not to be part of that was a symbol of this time that we're living through."

By Rachel George
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T.I. challenges 50 Cent to a Verzuz battle: "My catalog is doper than his"

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicT.I. and 50 Cent are the true definition of frenemies, but T.I. wants to keep it all about the music.

On Tuesday, the Atlanta rapper doubled down on his bet to potentially face off against 50 in a Verzuz rap battle, after spending Monday trolling and taunting 50 on the latter's 50th birthday. 

"Yea, I want to do it, It's up, but that's music," T.I. said in an Instagram video with his "patna." "That's because my catalog is doper than his, period."

T.I. is following through with his Monday challenge to 50, in which he said in another Instagram video, "Pull on up, 50. Bring your hit records with you.  You and Dr. Dre and Eminem and all y'all, G-Unit, y'all [come] on out. Come on and see the King." 

After seeing the video, 50 tweeted, "Yo, somebody passed T.I. the [stuff] they gave Smokey in Friday. lol," referring to Chris Tucker's character in the film comedy.

While T.I. and 50 have worked together previously, on Rotimi’s "Nobody" in 2017, it remains unknown whether 50 will accept T.I.'s challenge. 

Meanwhile, Verzuz co-creators Timbaland and Swizz Beatz seemed enthused by T.I.'s suggestion, especially Swizz, who posted the looking eye emoji in the comments.

Could 50 and T.I. be the next Verzuz rap battle?

By Rachel George
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Kanye West’s company received over $2 Million from COVID-19 loan program

Scott Dudelson/FilmMagicKanye West's company, Yeezy, received more than $2 million through the Paycheck Protection Program, according to Small Business Administration documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter on Monday.

Yeezy, an LLC formed by the musician and clothing designer, received a loan between $2 million and $5 million, according to the SBA, which West’s company claims saved 106 jobs.

The PPP, passed back in May, is meant to to help businesses struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. The loans don’t have to be paid back, providing the money is used for eligible expenditures. However, the amount of loan forgiveness is less if a company reduces its number of full-time employees or cuts pay by more than 25%.

Meanwhile, Kanye made headlines over the weekend by announcing that he is running for president.

"We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future," the rapper wrote on Twitter Saturday evening.  "I am running for president of the United States! #2020VISION"

It’s not clear if Kanye is serious about running or if he’s simply trying to drum up publicity for his upcoming album, God's Country, and its first single, "Wash Us in the Blood," which was released earlier this week.

If he is serious about running in this year’s election, he would have to do so as an Independent. However, even for that, he’d have to acquire the necessary signatures to get on the November ballot.  The deadline to file has already passed in Indiana, Maine, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina and Texas.

If Kanye’s name isn’t listed on a state’s ballot, voters would specifically have to write in his name in order to vote for him.

By George Costantino
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Gina Prince-Bythewood talks "pressure" of being the first Black female director to helm a major comic book film

Araya Diaz/Getty ImagesWith her upcoming Netflix feature The Old Guard, Gina Prince-Bythewood is making her mark in Hollywood as the first Black female director to helm a major comic book film. 

Even with that accomplishment under her belt, Bythewood tells ABC Audio that there's still something not quite satisfying in becoming the "first."

"I hate that in 2020 we're still having firsts," she says. "And that in Hollywood I know that I've been wanting to be in this space for a very long time. I know that there are others that have wanted to be in this space."

Thanking Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins for "[opening] the door" for other female directors, Bythewood says there's still more work to be done when it comes to leveling the playing field. And in doing that work, Bythewood says, there's going to be a "ton of pressure."

"Because you can't mess it up," she explains. "You can't. Because that hurts others coming after you. I've been absolutely intentional and once I get to that door -- just put my body in front of it so others can come through."

"It's so important for the few of us that have gotten this opportunity to work," Bythewood continues. "So, it's not quite something to celebrate. I'm glad I broke the ceiling. And my hope absolutely is more will get the opportunity."

And just in case anyone asks how Bythewood landed her coveted gig as director, the filmmaker says her talent has always shined through.

"The beautiful thing is that it was my work with Love and Basketball and Beyond the Lights and what I did with those characters," she says. "They wanted that aesthetic into The Old Guard. So it felt like a perfect storm."

The Old Guard launches on Netflix July 10.

By Candice Williams
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Halle Berry apologizes for wanting to play a trans man: "I should not have considered this role"

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Actress Halle Berry is speaking out against a role she was previously considering, fully admitting that she was in the wrong for wanting to play a trans man.

The Monster's Ball actress issued an apology on Monday for what was said in an Instagram Live interview last week, in which the interviewer asked if she would ever cut her hair short again. 

Berry used that to segue into a discussion regarding her upcoming opportunity to play a transgender character for a project that was recently pitched to her.

"The woman is a trans character, so she’s a woman that transitioned into a man," she previously said, adding that she was interested in the role because "I want to experience and understand and study and explore" that world.

Berry also claimed on Friday that the movie was a "female story," despite the fact the character had transitioned into a man.  "I want to understand the why and how of that," she remarked.

Days later, the 53-year-old recanted her words by announcing on Twitter she did not accept the role and issued an apology.

"Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to discuss my consideration of an upcoming role as a transgender man, and I'd like to apologize for those remarks," she wrote. "As a cisgender woman, I now understand that I should not have considered this role, and that the transgender community should undeniably have the opportunity to tell their own stories."

The Oscar-winner continued, "I am grateful for the guidance and critical conversation over the past few days and I will continue to listen, educate and learn from this mistake."  

She vowed to be a better ally by using her platform to "promote better representation on-screen, both in front of and behind the camera."

By Megan Stone
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Lizzo hilariously claps back landlord who kicked her out of rental

BET2020/Getty Images for BET NETWORKSLizzo is shaking off the haters by shaking her booty. 

In Instagram post shared on Sunday, the award-winning artist issued a very on brand clapback to a landlord who decided to interrupt her girls' trip vacation by making the group vacate the premises ahead of their scheduled check-out. 

"This is for the man that kicked me out of my 7-day rental 3 days early yesterday," the "Truth Hurts" singer captioned a video of herself twerking at her new rental.

"This is for mocking the way that I dance and for using Instagram footage of me and my 6 black homegirls to say that we could 'hurt him' and threaten to call the police," she explained.

The 32-year-old singer did not disclose the name of the homeowner or the location but added, "I know you’re watching my page so I just want you to know you can’t stop this black girls’ shine. Thanks for kicking us out cus this house is better anyways. Xoxo."

Lizzo has been enjoying some fun in the sun on vacation with her gal pals since July 2, but she made sure to be safe about it and had everyone tested for coronavirus beforehand. 

"Just a group of melanated girls soaking up the sun. No rhyme or reason," she shared. "We all took the responsibility to get covid tests and luckily we’re all negative. Please be safe and wear your masks."

By Danielle Long
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K Camp contemplates quitting the music industry on "Cry To You"

Rare SoundsK Camp is on a steady streak of music releases this year, and now he’s taking it up another notch.

After his KISS 5 release in April, the RARE Sound C.E.O taps his in-house squad to drop the Rare Family compilation.

Among the various highlights, the album's lead single, "Cry to You" is a standout record detailing the many times K Camp contemplated quitting the music industry.

"It's been plenty times ahead, a million times in my career where I just feel like, 'man, I'm tired of this,'" K Camp tells ABC Audio. "It's one of the things where this is life, this is my life. Music is how I feed my family, how I feed myself, how I feed the people around me. You can be hit with so much pressure and so many L's over the years until you get to a point, where you say 'forget it.'"

"It’s been plenty times where I felt like, am I doing the right thing? Am I really supposed to be doing music or do I need to switch my lanes?’ But I stayed consistent, kept God first." 

He continued, "I got angels on me. I got a lot of people in my family that I was close to that’s gone but I feel like they really guide me through all this. So I stay levitated, stay level headed and keep putting out music."

The 12-track project features K Camp and the label's artists, including True Story Gee, UnoTheActivist, Genius, his newest artist Lil Bird, and more including a few collaborators such as Yella Beezy, EearzSeddy Hendrix and West Coast phenomenon Mozzy.

Rare Family is available everywhere. 

By Rachel George
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.


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