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FX will air a special marathon of Pose, with episodes curated by creator Ryan Murphy, starting Friday, June 18 at 7 p.m. Eastern time. 

The Pose for Pride special event will feature episodes from the recently concluded third and final season of the Emmy-winning series, as well as "special behind-the-scenes footage and vignettes" about the groundbreaking drama and its creators.

The event comes not only to celebrate the series, but also Pride Month.

The show starred Emmy, Tony, and Grammy winner Billy Porter, as well as Mj Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, and Indya Moore. It shed new light on New York City's African-American and Latino LGBTQ drag ball culture in the '80s and '90s.

Pose featured the largest cast of trans actors in television history and the most LGBTQ+ cast and crew of any television show in history. According to the network, over Pose's three seasons, the show featured nearly 300 trans cast and crew -- everyone from executive producers to background actors and production assistants -- as well as roughly 100 LGBTQ+ characters. 

Chuck Saftler, head of Business Operations for FX Networks, ABC, and Freeform said in the announcement, "We want to take a night to showcase Pose and shine a light on its historic track record of LGBTQ+ inclusion. The final season capped off an extraordinary story and cemented Pose’s legacy as one of the most important shows ever made."


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Cynthia Erivo is set to produce and lead a Searchlight remake of the 1979 Bette Midler-starring film The RoseVariety has learned.

Producing the project under her newly launched Edith’s Daughter banner, Erivo will star as a self-destructive female rock star who "struggles to deal with the constant pressures of her career and the demands of those who surround her." According to Variety, Erivo’s take on the story puts "a contemporary lens on the high price of fame.” Centered on fame and addiction, the original film was loosely based on the life and career of Janis Joplin, who died at the age of 27 from a heroin overdose. On Instagram, Erivo said taking on the project was a "dream come true."

In other news, Tiffany Haddish is teaming up with Paul Feig to produce the musical dance dramedy Throw It BackDeadline reports. Directed by Shadae Lamar Smith, the film follows Wytrell, a high school senior who has a chance to stand out after a "controversial Miami rapper decides to feature her dance team" in his latest music video. Haddish is also expected to star in the film alongside actress Shahadi Wright Joseph, who will play Wytrell.

Meanwhile, Jill Scott will share the small screen with Barry Watson in a film reboot of Highway to HeavenDeadline has learned. Unlike the classic Michael Landon TV series, which aired from 1984 to 1989 on NBC, the Lifetime film will be a modern take on the series, with Scott to play a new angel who comes down to Earth to help people in crisis. Similar to the series, the film will also center on the themes of "love and kindness" as well as "addressing contemporary social and emotional issues" while using a female angel as its centerpiece.

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President Joe Biden signed a bill Thursday afternoon making Juneteenth a federal holiday, commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, just in time for Saturday's June 19 anniversary.

A jubilant Vice President Kamala Harris, the nation's first Black vice president, who co-sponsored the legislation when she served in the Senate, spoke about the significance of the moment, noting slaves helped build the White House.

“Throughout history, Juneteenth has been known by many names: Jubilee Day. Freedom Day. Liberation Day. Emancipation Day. And today, a national holiday,” Harris said, to cheers and applause in the White House East Room filled with about 80 lawmakers and other guests.

Biden then spoke, calling Juneteenth a day of "profound weight and profound power….in which we remember the moral stain that the terrible toll that slavery took on the country and continues to take, what I have long called America's original sin.”

The federal government said most employees will be off this Friday to mark the occasion.

Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19 to mark the day in 1865 when Black slaves in Galveston, Texas, were among the last to be told they had been freed -- a full two-and-a-half years after the Emancipation Proclamation and two months after the Civil War officially ended.

Though advocates have worked for decades to make Juneteenth a national holiday, even succeeding at the state level everywhere but South Dakota, it took Congress only two days to pass the legislation once one Republican senator, Sen. Ron Johnson, who blocked the move last year, dropped his opposition.

The bill then passed the Senate by unanimous consent on Tuesday before passing the House Wednesday night in a 415-14 vote, with all opposition coming from GOP members.

Juneteenth is the first new holiday created by Congress in nearly 40 years, when lawmakers in 1983 designated Martin Luther King Jr. Day as the third Monday in January to memorialize the assassinated civil rights leader.

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L-R: Wale, WowGr8 (EarthGang), Coi Leray, Olu (EarthGang); Josh Komitzky and Malachi Barnes

Dreamville duo Earthgang, plus Wale and Coi Leray, throw a wild party in the video for "Options Remix."

The visual opens with Leray adding her feminine touch to the male-dominated song, which explores the idea of having multiple dating and relationships options. 

"I got options, I got options / Take no losses, success, I want more of it /You're getting older, heart getting colder /Unstable emotions, success, I want more of it," Coi raps. 

"Options" follows EarthGang's single, "Aretha," which samples vocals from the legendary Aretha Franklin. Fans are still patiently waiting for Olu and WowGr8 to drop their new album, Ghetto Gods.

Wale was recently spotted shooting a music video in Los Angeles with Chris Brown, according to The Shade Room. It looks like the video could be for Wale's upcoming single, "Angles," which drops Friday. 

Meanwhile, Coi Leray landed a spot on the cover of XXL for their 2021 Freshman Class list. Other up-and-coming artists on the annual list include Quality Control signee Lakeyah, Pooh Shiesty, DDG,Toosi, Blsxt, Flo Milli, 42 DuggRubi Rose, and North Carolina rapper Morray.

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Lena Waithe stayed true to her mission to highlight and share stories created by Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) at this year's Tribeca Film Festival.

On Wednesday, Waithe showcased her Rising Voices initiative, a partnership with Indeed and her Hillman Grad production company that focuses on investing in, uncovering and telling stories created by BIPOC filmmakers and storytellers. As part of the event, 10 films by 10 BIPOC filmmakers were premiered. Later that night, Waithe was also spotted at the official afterparty celebrating the participating filmmakers, including Johnson Cheng, David Fortune, Stacy Pascal Gaspard, Deondray & Quincy LeNear Gossfield, Kantú Lentz, Boma Iluma, Gabriela Ortega, Dre Ryan, Elisee Junior St. Preux and Shelly Yo.

Meanwhile, hip hop pioneer Fab 5 Freddy was just one of the many stars who showed up to support Blondie members Debbie Harry and Clem Burke at the premiere screening of Blondie: Vivir En La Habana. The new film documents the legendary rock band's 2019 performance in Havana, Cuba. After the film, the audience received a full concert from Blondie, during which they performed some of their biggest hits, including "Rapture," "Call Me," "One Way or Another" and "The Tide Is High."

Finally, Nayomi, A-Trak, Princess Nokia and Cookies Kawaii participated in the WarpSound Music Experience. As part of Tribeca Immersive, the event uses AI-powered virtual artists who perform alongside "three dynamic human artists for a first-of-its-kind, audience-interactive, live music showcase." At the event, Nayomi, A-Trak, Princess Nokia and Cookies Kawaii performed with a "half-reptilian DJ" and a former DMC World Champion turntablist, DJ Dragoon. Tribeca's WarpSound Music Experience was touted as the first-ever performance by AI-driven virtual artists producing and performing original, adaptive music live on stage.

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Avril Lavigne and Black Eyed Peas are among the artists who'll be honored with stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, it was announced today.

The Canadian singer/songwriter and the chart-topping pop group are two of 38 honorees who make up the Walk's "Class of 2022." The exact day each artist's ceremony will be held will be announced at a later date.

Other honorees in the category of Recording include DJ Khaled, Ashanti, the late rapper Nipsey Hussle, funk legend George Clinton, and Motown legend Martha Reeves of Martha & the Vandellas.

Other honorees include Francis Ford Coppola, Macaulay Culkin, Ewan McGregor, Jason Momoa, Tracee Ellis Ross, Norman Reedus, Jean Smart, Ricky Gervais, and the late Carrie Fisher.

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Following the first female rap Verzuz between Eve and Trina on Wednesday night, co-founder Swizz Beatz is gearing up for another one, featuring The Notorious K.I.M.

After the Verzuz battle, The Shade Room captured Swizz's comments from Instagram Live, where he wrote, "Lil Kim vs. Who???"

Most fans in the comments began throwing out big names such as Missy Elliot and Nicki Minaj, although some fans felt Lil Kim "deserves her own solo Verzuz. Period." Meanwhile, a large number of fans also requested Lil Kim go hit for hit against fellow New York emcee Foxy Brown

"Foxy makes more sense. [I] wouldn't mind Nicki at all though," wrote one fan, while another said, "Stop saying, Nicki. They're from two different eras with two different rap styles. The only person to go against Kim is Foxy, period."

Lil Kim and Foxy Brown both came up in the late 1990s in Brooklyn, New York. Under the late Notorious B.I.G., Kim was introduced on Junior Mafia's single "Get Money." Meanwhile, Brown held her own on Jay-Z's "I'll Be" and on L.L. Cool J's "I Shot Ya" with Keith Murray, Prodigy and Fat Joe

Kim and Foxy respectively released their debut albums, Hard Core and Ill Na Na, within weeks of each other in November of 1996.

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The 2021 BET Awards is coming back this month with a star-studded showcase and performances from Moneybagg Yo, City Girls, Migos, H.E.R. and more.

Moneybagg will make his award show debut in front of a live audience at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, along with a range of R&B and hip-hop artists. Other performers include Andra Day, Lil Durk,Roddy Ricch, Tyler, The Creator, Kirk Franklin, Lil Baby, DJ Khaled, and Heaux Tales singer Jazmine Sullivan

Up-and-coming vocalists hitting the BET Amplified Stage this year include Tone Stith, who recently dropped his FWM EP, and Bree Runway, who teamed up with Missy Elliot on her single, "ATM."

"As we return LIVE with culture's biggest night, this year's show marks many firsts–including the highest number of performers in 21 years of BET Awards, and viewers can expect several surprise moments," said Connie Orlando, BET's EVP of specials, music programming & music strategy in a statement. "Some of today's hottest talent will join us for our return to LA for an unforgettable night celebrating Black excellence."

As previously reported, actress Taraji P. Henson will keep viewers laughing as host of the BET Awards this year, where Queen Latifah will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. With seven nominations each, Megan Thee Stallion or DaBaby could take home the most awards of the night. 

Tune into the 2021 BET Awards, which airs live on June 27th at 8 p.m. ET.


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After days of unexpected events, Polo G closed out the week with an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden Wednesday night.

The Chicago rapper spoke with Corden about sponsoring a youth basketball team in his hometown, and his recently released album, Hall of Fame. Polo also performed his new song, "So Real."

"Say she is the truth, say she is so real / And I love the way that you make me feel / When it's time to show affection again / Look her in her eyes like, "You're mine," that's no lie," Polo raps.

Polo G's Late Late Show performance follows a video release for his other Hall of Fame single, "Party Lyfe," featuring DaBaby. It finds both rappers throwing a massive party at a mansion in Beverly Hills, where the neighbors join in on the festivities.

As previously reported, Polo G was arrested last Saturday following a Hall of Fame release party in Miami. The 22-year-old was released on bond and charged with multiple alleged offenses, including resisting arrest, battery on an officer, and criminal mischief.

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Hip-hop legend Big Boi is inviting fans to stay at his old stomping grounds in Atlanta -- known as The Dungeon.

The Outkast member has officially become an Airbnb host during Black Music Month and ahead of the 25th anniversary of his and André 3000's 1996 album, ATLiens.

In a video shared by Airbnb Thursday, Big Boi describes the home, which is where the Dungeon Family artists formed in the 1990s.

"The Dungeon, this is the holy place where the alliance of elite MCs congregated -- Outkast, Goodie Mob, Organized Noize, Big Rube -- to start our movement in music," Big says in a video shared on Instagram. "This building has so much history in it. It's all our home."

The 46-year-old says he purchased the home to preserve it, so future "generations" can experience "the ultimate vibe of how the culture in Atlanta progressed."

"This is our starting gate right here," Big adds of the home where Outkast recorded most of their early work.  

Fans who stay at The Dungeon will sleep in a plush bed with the Outkast logo above the headboard. Aspiring musicians will appreciate the state-of-the-art studio in the basement, walls lined with platinum hit records, and a black-and-white-striped wall that looks similar to the cover of Outkast's 2000 album, Stankonia.

Big Boi will host three overnight stays at The Dungeon on June 29, July 1 and July 3, for $25 a night through Bookings open up on Friday, June 25, at 1 p.m. ET.


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She's coming out...with her first studio album of new original songs in more than 20 years. 

Diana Ross will release Thank You on September 10.  The legendary singer recorded the album in her home studio during the pandemic shutdown, and collaborated with a lineup of producers and songwriters who've created hits for Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Ed Sheeran, Usher, Justin Bieber, Sam Smith, Ariana Grande, Beyoncé and Rihanna.

"This collection of songs is my gift to you with appreciation and love. I am eternally grateful that I had the opportunity to record this glorious music at this time," says Ms. Ross in a statement.  The songs are described as being about "happiness, appreciation, joy."

"I dedicate this songbook of love to all of you, the listeners. As you hear my voice you hear my heart," Diana adds.

The upbeat first single, "Thank You," is out now.

Diana's last album of new, original songs, as opposed to covers, was 1999's Every Day Is a New Day.

Here's the track listing for Thank You:

"Thank You"
"If the World Just Danced"
"All Is Well"
"In Your Heart"
"Just In Case"
"The Answer's Always Love"
"Let's Do It"
"I Still Believe"
"Count On Me""
"Beautiful Love"
"Time to Call"
"Come Together"

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Breakout Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page is finally offering his thoughts on the steamier scenes he had to film for the popular Netflix show.  The British-Zimbabwean actor admits he found them a bit "overwhelming."

Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter on a roundtable featuring actors such as John Boyega and Chris Rock -- Page broke his silence on the show's now-famous "racier scenes."

Apparently, the actor had to send warning texts to his family members who were excited to watch him on Bridgerton because, as fans know, things significantly heat up by the fourth and fifth episodes.

So, what did his family think when they binged the series and arrived at the now-iconic "I burn for you" moment?

"No one was sufficiently prepared. I wasn’t sufficiently prepared, and I was there," Page laughed. "I think people were grateful for the intensity of the romantic aspects of Bridgerton; I’m not sure how grateful I was to watch it for myself."

"It was overwhelming.  I think people were looking to be overwhelmed," the 31-year-old actor continued. "My family doesn’t want to be overwhelmed by my backside, specifically, too often, but they’ll take it on this occasion because everyone seems to be terribly happy."

Page, who confirmed he will not be returning for Bridgerton's second season, also expressed appreciation for the show's diverse cast and that it featured Black individuals in positions of power instead of stereotypical roles.

"Where are our opportunities to spotlight Black joy, because otherwise you go into the past and you think that it’s Black folks’ job to suffer for a while, carry a moral for the white folks, and then we all move on," remarked Page. "Finding opportunities for us to be splendid and spectacular and joyous and romantic was the theme of my involvement from the very beginning."

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TV One has tapped hip hop heavyweight Big Daddy Kane as part of the new class of "bad dads" in the Bad Dad Rehab sequel, Bad Dad Rehab: The Next Session.

Similar to the first film, The Next Session follows a group of deadbeat fathers who end up changing their ways after getting some much needed counseling. Kane tells ABC Audio that stepping into the role of Owen -- a negligent father trying to create a relationship with his daughter after 30 years -- was a new and exciting experience for him.

"Well, I thought that emotional side to it was something unique that I felt was a challenge that I wanted to pull off," he says. " And I love the writing as well."

While tapping into a more vulnerable side allowed Kane to sharpen his acting skills, he says he didn't have to do too much to understand Owen's situation -- even if it wasn't his own.

"I was raised in a household with my mother and my father, and they stayed married until my mother passed, so I didn't grow up in a broken home. But, I have a lot of friends who did," Kane explains. "And, I remember those conversations, and a lot of them would be them telling me, 'You're lucky you got both your parents.' So I could definitely relate."

TV One's Bad Dad Rehab: The Next Session, also starring Lamman Rucker, Blue Kimble, Onyekwere Eme-Akwari and Carlo Mendez, premieres on Sunday, June 20 at 8 p.m. ET. Check out a preview clip from the film at the network's official YouTube channel.

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Nick Cannon is officially a father to a second set of twins.  The Masked Singer host welcomed twin sons Zion and Zillion with partner Abby De La Rosa on Monday.

De La Rosa, 30, announced the happy news in a heartfelt video on Wednesday of her cuddling her two newborns while at the hospital.

"Welcome to the world Zion Mixolydian Cannon & Zillion Heir Cannon," she gushed, announcing the little ones arrived June 14.

In a followup Instagram story, De La Rosa shared a sweet photo of her twin boys wrapping their hands around her finger.  In the snap, the DJ revealed that the twins have been nicknamed "Zion & Zilly."

The proud mom announced her pregnancy in April.  In a since-deleted post, she shared a glowing maternity photo that also featured Cannon, where she expressed, "Our dearest sons - my miracle babies. Thank you for choosing me to be your Mommy... Your Dad & I will always be here for you both; in complete unison and support. No matter what this world may throw your way."

Zion and Zillion are Cannon's fifth and sixth children.  He has yet to comment on the twin's arrival.

Cannon, 40, shares two children each with exes Mariah Carey and former Miss Arizona U.S.A. Brittany Bell. With Carey, Cannon is the father of 10-year-old twins Monroe and Moroccan.  The Drumline star also shares four-year-old Golden with Bell and, last December, the two welcomed a daughter, Powerful Queen.

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"Obsessed" with the #WipeItDown challenge?  Mariah Carey officially joined the TikTok craze to celebrate the anniversary of her 2009 diss track.

The #WipeItDown challenge features people cleaning a mirror to the beat of BMW Kenny's song "Wipe It Down," and, with each stroke of the cleaning rag, they change costume or character.

Taking to Instagram Wednesday, Mariah submitted her entry, which started off with her wearing a robe and a green face mask while her hair is done up in rollers.

As the song plays in the background, she eventually mouths, "And I was like, why are you so obsessed with me?" and, with a stroke of the rag, changes into one of her glam outfits -- a silver sequined dress and leather jacket.  Of course, her hair and makeup is all done up, too, and a fan off to the side is blowing her hair.

Then, with another wipe of the mirror, she transforms into the creepy bearded man that she played in the Obsessed" music video.

Mariah continues to change between the two characters and adds her vocals to the BMW Kenny song, including in her signature whistle register, before the clip ends.

"Just for laughs... from last year's lockdown when all I did was wipe tings [sic] down," she captioned the humorous video.

"Obsessed," which was released June 16, 2009, was reportedly about the Grammy winner's spat with rapper Eminem and her way of shaking off rumors that the two were romantically linked in the past. In the accompanying music video, it's widely believed the creepy bearded man she plays is a parody of the "Lose Yourself" rapper.

"Obsessed" was the lead single off Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, Mariah's twelfth studio album.


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