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Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds has recorded with a who’s who of female artists, including Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan, and the 12-time Grammy winner loves how female singers have become more sure of themselves over the years. Earlier this week, he announced his first new solo album in seven years, an all-female project titled Girl’s Night Out. The legendary singer/composer/producer […]

Noam Galai/WireImage Wyclef Jean is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his 1997 debut solo album, The Carnival, by performing a concert over the holiday weekend that will be livestreamed. The three-time Grammy winner’s show on Sunday, July 3, will be streamed live on the Amazon Music channel, on Twitch and on the Amazon Music app at 9 pm ET from the Toulouse Theatre in New Orleans. “When […]

Jamia Pugh Day two of the 2022 Essence Festival of Culture began at the Essence Eats booth with a cooking demo by New York’s chef JJ Johnson, who was joined by P-Valley actress Brandee Evans. Together they prepared a salmon dish using plant-based cheese — inspired by a favorite at Johnson’s rice bowl restaurant, Field Trip — and discussed the importance of healthy eating in the Black […]

Kevin Mazur/WireImage TJ Jackson has some news for Michael Jackson fans — his uncle is next in getting the biopic treatment. Daily Mirror caught up with TJ, the son of Tito Jackson, and he said a Michael Jackson movie is “going to happen.” If TJ could have any input, he would hope the biopic focuses solely on his uncle’s musical accomplishments […]

Facebook-owner Meta has cut plans to hire engineers by at least 30% this year, CEO Mark Zuckerberg told employees on Thursday, as he warned them to brace for a deep economic downturn. “If I had to bet, I’d say that this might be one of the worst downturns that we’ve seen in recent history,” Zuckerberg told […]

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic After a week of teasing, Cardi B’s new song “Hot S***” arrived on Friday! Cardi teamed up with Kanye West and Lil Durk for the record, which the female rapper previously described as “masculine” and “great for the clubs.” In typical Cardi fashion, the track oozes confidence as she raps the chorus, “Oof (Oof), checks comin’ fast, I’m like swoosh […]

Kevin Winter/Getty Images After performing in the tribute to her mentor Sean “Diddy” Combs Sunday night on the BET Awards, Mary J. Blige is planning a special concert to be streamed in over 165 countries. On July 27 the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul will broadcast a prerecorded concert for fans all around the world on Apple Music.  “The last year of […]

D Dipasupil/BET/Getty Images for BET The TV series inspired by The Best Man franchise will premiere just in time for Christmas. The Best Man: Final Chapters will premiere December 22 on Peacock, Entertainment Tonight reports. All the of the two movies, The Best Man in 1999 and The Best Man Holiday in 2013, have returned. Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard, Taye Diggs, Harold Perrineau, Nia Long, Sanaa Lathan, Regina Hall and Melissa De Sousa have been shooting in […]

ABC/Lou Rocco As Sherri Shepherd prepares to launch her TV talk show later this year, she’s opening up about her personal life and revealed she’s been celibate for 4 1/2 years. The 55-year-old comedian made the revelation this week during an appearance on The View on location in The Bahamas. Sherri humorously blamed her 17-year-old son, Jeffrey, for her empty sex […]

The 27th Essence Festival of Culture begins Thursday night in New Orleans with a star-studded lineup featuring Janet Jackson, The Isley Brothers, New Edition, Nicki Minaj and more. Kevin Hart kicks off the four-day party Thursday, then the music goes full throttle beginning Friday with Minaj, Beenie Man, Mickey Guyton, Machel Montano and Kes. Jackson headlines Saturday night on a bill including a tribute to Patti LaBelle. Jazmine Sullivan, Summer Walker, Stephanie Mills, Carl Thomas, Lucky Daye and D-Nice will also share the […]