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Congrats are in order to Queens star Eve. The 42-year-old rapper-actress has announced she is expecting her first baby with husband Maximillion Cooper.

"Can you believe it @mrgumball3000 we finally get to tell everyone!!!!!," she wrote on Instagram, sharing a couple of photos of her cradling her baby bump. "You all know how long we'v been waiting for this blessing!!! We get to meet our lil human February 2022."

Her hubby also reposted her photos, along with the sweet message, "Very excited to share this news… we have a lil human on the way."

This is the first child for Eve with her husband, Maximillion. She is also stepmom to Cooper's four teenage children from his previous marriage -- Lotus, 19, Jagger, 17, Cash, 15, and Mini, 13. 

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Starz has released an epic first trailer to the second season of their hit crime-drama Power Book II: Ghost.

The new promo teases Michael Rainey Jr.'s original Power character, Tariq, and his deeper dive into the world of crime following the events of season one. As previously reported, Power alum Larenz Tate has been upped to a series-regular role for the second season of the Power spinoff. He joins Mary J. Blige, Cliff "Method Man" Smith, Woody McClain and others, who will also return. Season two of Power Book II: Ghost premieres November 21 on Starz.

In other news, Kevin Durant's Apple TV+ series, Swagger, has dropped its first trailer. Inspired by Durant's childhood experiences playing basketball in Washington, D.C., the series follows the young athletes, families and coaches as they "walk the fine line between dreams and ambition, and opportunism and corruption." Swagger stars O'Shea Jackson Jr., Isaiah Hill, Quvenzhané Wallis, Tristan Mack Wilds, Jason Rivera and others. The series hits Apple TV+ on Friday, October 29.

Finally, John Boyega has teamed up with Converse for The Create Next Film Project, a new initiative that will help nurture the next generation of Black filmmakers. As part of the project, Boyega will work with five London filmmakers, who will receive funding to create a five-minute short film, as well as be supported through mentoring from Boyega and a team of creatives. The program's design is to help "highlight issues people of color face working in the industry." Boyega shared the news on his Instagram with the message, "The next generation deserves a proper shot ! Let's do this."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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One of the biggest music stories of the year is the return of Adele after a six-year hiatus with her single, "Easy On Me."  And one of her biggest fans, Drake, is delighted.

"One of my best friends in the world just dropped a single," the "Way 2 Sexy" rapper commented on his Instagram Story with a photo of Adele and a smiley emoji. Drake tagged the 15-time Grammy winner and added, "WOIIIIIII."

When Drizzy celebrated his 33rd birthday in Los Angeles in October 2019, the British superstar attended his party. She posted a photo of her from the bash on Instagram and commented, "Happy birthday to one of the kindest and funniest people I’ve met @champagnepapi."

During an Instagram Live session over the past weekend, Adele told her fans that Drake's Certified Lover Boy is her favorite album of 2021

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As Pharrell Williams considers pulling his Something in the Water Festival from his native Virginia Beach following the fatal police shooting of a family member, fans are planning a peaceful protest to show support for him.

The all-star festival was scheduled for April 22-24, 2022, however the 13-time Grammy winner may move the event to another city because his cousin, Donovon Lynch, was shot and killed by a Virginia Beach police officer on March 26, 2021. Following his death, Pharrell called for a federal investigation.

Xiomara-Rosa Fernandez, who administers a Something in the Water Facebook page, told Norfolk ABC affiliate WVEC-TV that a sit-in will take place on Saturday, November 6 at the Virginia Beach waterfront.

"We sit down at the beach, where the stage was, the main stage," Fernandez says. She added that she expects fans to attend from other cities.

As previously reported, Pharrell wrote a letter last week in response to city manager Patrick Duhaney, who had written to Pharrell saying he wanted to discuss having the event return.

Pharrell wrote that the goal of the festival was "to ease racial tension, to unify the region, bring about economic development opportunities, and broaden the horizons of the local business community. We achieved those things!"

"I wish the same energy I've felt from Virginia Beach leadership upon losing the festival would have been similarly channeled following the loss of my relative's life," Williams continued.

The Something in the Water festival debuted in 2019, featuring Travis ScottJanelle MonaeSZA, Migos, Lil Uzi Vert and many more. In 2019, 25,000 tickets to the music festival sold out in 21 minutes, and the total economic impact was over $24 million. The event was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.

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The late George Floyd would have turned 48 years old on Thursday, and Erykah Badu remembered him as she invited his family to her concert in Minneapolis.

Five family members, including Floyd's sister, aunt and uncle, joined the four-time Grammy winner backstage following her show at the Minneapolis Armory Wednesday night, according to HipHopDX.

“People of planet Earth, we’re about four minutes away from George Floyd’s birthday,” Erykah said in an Instagram Story video. “He would’ve been 48 years old and I’m here with his family now. It seems like we have a moment of peace right now and we know that your life was not in vain.”

“Thank you for your spirit and your sacrifice,” Erykah added, “so that we can move on the way that we should, be where we supposed to as a people.”

Floyd died May 25, 2020 in that city after former police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck during an arrest. Chauvin was convicted of murder in April of this year and sentenced to 22 years in prison. Floyd's death ignited Black Lives Matter protests around the world.

Badu's next show is Friday night in Minneapolis. Her tour continues through November 13 in Orlando.

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Clueless star Stacey Dash opened up about her battle with addiction during Thursday's episode of The Dr. Oz Show.

Dash revealed that her parents were both drug addicts and that she first tried drugs when she was eight years old, according to E! Online. Additionally, says Dash, her parents supplied her with her first line of cocaine when she was 16.

She later told Oz that she relapsed after being 20 years sober when she was prescribed Vicodin to help with her painful fibroid cysts.

At one point, Dash admits to "taking 18 to 20 pills a day," adding she "lost everything." When Oz asked how much money she had spent on drugs each month, Dash guessed about $5,000 to $10,000.

"I almost died," recalls Stacey. "That's what stopped me. My kidneys were so infected that my blood was septic, and my organs were shutting down. So, I got rushed to the hospital and I had to have a full blood transfusion and I was in there for three weeks. And by the grace and mercy of god, I lived."

However, after leaving the hospital, Dash says she continued to abuse drugs. After once again contemplating suicide, she says, "I called my sister and I told her 'Come over right now.' And then I called my attorney and I said, 'I need help.'" 

Dash, now five years sober, hopes that by sharing her story, she can help those battling with addiction.

"I feel like telling my story — letting people know that there is no shame in being an addict," she said, "And for people who are not addicts, I would ask them to please look at people with more compassion and empathy... They need help. They can't do it on their own." 

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Penn Badgley returns as Joe Goldberg, an unassuming serial killer, stalker, and book enthusiast turned suburban dad, in season three of Netflix's You.

Badgley tells ABC Audio that although he appears to have met his match in his partner Love Quinn, there's no certainty that he'll ever change his killer ways.

"I don't know that he can be reformed," Badgley says. "I don't know what that really would look like for him. I don't know if he came to terms with who he really is and what he's done."

Badgley says Joe's inability to hold himself accountable is because "he's a fugue state," a person who temporarily loses their sense of personal identity and impulsively wanders off.

"Fugues are interesting. Fugues are actually very powerful," he explains. "Maybe within their own kind of thing they go somewhere, but they always return. They always return to the beginning. And that's really what Joe is."

Similar to Badgley who offers some much needed insight into Joe's troubled mind, Victoria Pedretti, who plays Love Quinn, shares her personal take on Love's erratic behavior.

"Her behavior is obviously a lot of extremes, but I think we find her relatable because she is programed... through the media, and schools... that teach us our roles as women," she says, before noting that Love's season three motivations come from "familial trauma," "being deeply neglected" and a lack "of self-worth."

Still, Pedretti believes that as problematic as Joe and Love may be, they both are "worthy" of "empathy and sympathy."

"I think it's valuable to try to understand people, at least a little bit," she shares.

Season three of You is now available to stream on Netflix.

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For those who've been wondering how Megan Thee Stallion puts the spice in her more-sensual tracks, wonder no more. 

The "Savage" rapper was the latest guest on First We Feast's Hot Ones and, while chowing down on a buffet of super-spicy wings, broke down how to make a good freak anthem.  "First of all, you need to have that good bassline, that good drum pattern, so you can be on rhythm," the Grammy winner explained.  "You got to match the strokes to the drums. If you cannot match the stroke to the beat, it ain’t heat."

"Then you just gotta have somebody that can really sang, Megan went on. "Not sing but SANG, because when somebody can sang, you really feel it in your soul," she added and made a few gestures when demonstrating how a good vocal riff can set the mood.

Elsewhere, the 26-year-old opened up about working with snakes when filming the "WAP" music video with Cardi B -- revealing that it was the "Up" rapper's idea and she was dead-set on using real live serpents.

"I was like, 'Okay, if Cardi B saying she wanted me to lay down with some snakes, I guess I got to lay down with the snakes with her a**,'" Megan laughed, adding that she met the snakes and bonded with one green serpent in particular and joked, "We was killing it the whole time."

But, she admits while she and Cardi were "trying to be all sexy" in the snake pit, "we were scared as hell."

Unsurprisingly, Meg can handle her hot sauce and didn't even break a sweat after trying one with an ominous "TBA" Scoville rating.

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Chris "Ludacris" Bridges says he wants to "change the world" with his new animated Netflix series Karma's World.

Inspired by his real-life daughter, Karma, Bridges says the idea of the series came to him over 10 years ago, when his daughter expressed her interest in following in his footsteps.

"She wanted the rap too," Bridges tells ABC Audio. "So...I actually put her in the booth, [and] to my surprise, she had the good genetics and...the vocal ability at the age of six...[that] it kind of blew me away. And I was like, 'If you want to do music, you have to talk about what goes on in your world and in your life.' And, you know, that brings us to everything that we're at today."

The rapper-turned-Fast & Furious actor says he and Karma are a lot alike because they both showed "diligence, hard work, and determination at such an early age."

"And it made me want to create this entire idea just based on my offspring," he shares. "And that's what life is supposed to be all about."

Looking at his new series, Bridges is confident that he's created something special.

"I feel like there are a lot of children that will be able to relate to Karma," he says. "And it's really encouraging them to find their own voice and to express themselves in very unique ways -- the same way that Karma does."

He continues, "Overall...the same way that Karma wants to change the world with music, I want to change the world with this show."

Karma's World is now available to stream on Netflix.

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Alicia Keys and Kehlani have a mutual admiration society, and as they appreciate each other's music, they also have bonded over how motherhood brought them balance in a demanding music business.

In a one-on-one conversation for Rolling Stone's "Musicians on Musicians" feature, Kehlani tells Alicia that having responsibility for her two-year-old daughter, Adeya, changed her priorities.

"Creatively, I think about everything different," she says. "You have a second thought at all times, like I have something major to consider in every single movement of my day, even if it's tiny. Even now, I'm listening to my allergies, like, 'My kid needs me to not eat things I'm allergic to."

Forty-year-old Keys, who has two sons, Genesis, six, and Egypt, 11, says becoming a mother gave her reason to say no when she was asked to work extra hours.

"I didn't have the strength to tell people no by myself because I wasn't important enough to myself, but that baby was important enough to me that I found my power," the 15-time Grammy winner says.

As they sit together, Keys praises Kehlani as one of her favorite artists.

"I like Jhené [Aiko], I like H.E.R., I like Kehlani, I like SZA," Alicia says. "I think my comfort-food music is Sade. I feel like when I put her on, I can just be like, 'I'm good.'"

Kehlani, 26, responds, "That's how I feel about Stevie [Wonder]. I'm always going to be like, 'OK, I can relax now.'"

Keys is not only a Wonder fan, but has also performed several times with the Motown legend, including at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, where she presented him with the Icon Award.

"That's a good one," she tells Khelani, "comfort-food Stevie."

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In advance of his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction on October 30, Jay-Z has sent a very special portrait to represent him at the Rock Hall's Inductee Exhibit.

Rather than donate artifacts from his iconic career, the Roc Nation CEO loaned a 72-inch by 96-inch oil portrait he purchased from New Orleans artist Jerin “Jerk” Beasley, titled “Tree of Life," according to Cleveland.com.
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“We sent photos of what we’ve done in the past and Jay-Z’s team shared what his interpretation was of his success and what it means to him,” says Nwaka Onwusa, vice president and chief curator at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “It’s so in line with who he is now, and his fans will appreciate and understand that. Music is art and art is music in a way. You don’t get to Jean-Michel Basquiat without talking about Charlie Parker, for instance.”

Beasley posted an Instagram photo of the portrait, with the comment from Jay-Z, “Don’t bark up that tree, that tree will fall on you, I don’t know why your advisors didn’t forewarn you.” The artist also posted a video of him creating "Tree of Life."

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Celebration Day exhibit opens October 24 and features memorabilia from each honoree. Hova will be inducted with artists including Tina Turner, and specialty award recipients LL Cool J, Gil Scott-Heron, and Billy Preston.  Tickets to Celebration Day and the Induction Ceremony on October 30, featuring the Inductee Exhibit, are now available on the museum website.

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For the second time, the thriller streaming service Shudder is highlighting Black writers and directors with a new horror anthology, Horror Noire

A follow-up to 2019's documentary Black Noire: A History of Black Horror, Black Noire will feature six stories together in one two-hour presentation, each written and directed by Black filmmakers.

Included in the anthology will be the installments DaddyBride Before YouBrand of EvilThe LakeSundown, and Fugue State.

The films include Luke James from The ChiA Black Lady Sketch Show's Erica AshLucifer'Lesley-Ann BrandtYou're the Worst's Brandon Mychal SmithJohn Wick: Chapter 2's Peter StormareGenius: Aretha Franklin's Malcolm BarrettRachel True from The Craft, and horror icon and Candyman star Tony Todd.

Horror Noire debuts on Thursday, October 28 on Shudder and at a later date through Shudder as part of the AMC+ bundle.

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While it's no surprise that Jeannie Mai is pregnant with her first child with her husband, Jeezy, the actress-turned-The Real host is still pretty shocked.

In a new episode of her Hello Hunnay YouTube channel, Mai explained that she never pictured herself being in a baby way. 

"If you took every penny I had and everything I loved and bet that I would be pregnant, I would absolutely bet against myself," she noted with a laugh, calling being pregnant a "full-circle moment" for herself.

"I am in awe of how I grew to get to this place," she admitted. 

"I was always -- and still am -- very protective of women and people who don't want to have kids," she tells the camera in the confessional-style show. "I don't like the guilt and the pressure that's placed on women to have children. Just because we're women, it means that we have the choice; it doesn't mean that we have to have children."

Mai explained she had "zero idea of how to take care of a newborn," proving that by showing off a baby doll her friends had gifted her to get her used to the idea. 

Jeezy already had two "beautiful" children, the actress said, and she was very content with not having any of her own. "That was our plan...But as you know, you're always gonna have plan and then God reminds you who's in charge." 

She credits her relationship with the rapper for changing her mind.

Mai explained it was sexual abuse she suffered as a child that led to the "trust" issues that she always thought would make motherhood a non-starter for her. As she wiped away tears, Jeannie noted that all began to melt away when she felt their baby kick. 

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Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Tiffany Haddish were just some of the stars that showed up and showed out at Netflix's The Harder They Fall special screening in Los Angeles.

Held on Wednesday night at The Shrine, the event included an impressive group of A-list film and music talent that came out to support singer-songwriter Jeymes Samuel's directorial debut. Additional attendees included cast members Jonathan Majors, Regina King, and Deon Cole, as well as stars Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz,  Seal, Nas, Kendrick Lamar, John David Washington, among others. As previously noted, the film follows Majors as outlaw Nat Love, a man set on revenge after he learns that the man who killed his parents is being released from prison. The Harder They Fall hits select theaters October 22 and debuts on Netflix November 3.

In other news, Netflix has released the first trailer for Halle Berry's directorial debut, Bruised. Written by Michelle Rosenfarb, the film stars Berry as disgraced MMA fighter Jackie Justice, who's attempting to redeem herself. After her six-year-old son comes back into her life, Jackie decides to return to the ring to fight one of the "fiercest rising stars of the MMA world" and "become the mother" her son deserves. Bruised hits Netflix on November 24.

Finally, Starz has given a second-season renewal to their hit dramedy Blindspotting. As previously noted, the series, which is a spinoff of the 2018 indie film of the same name, follows Jasmine Cephas Jones' Ashley and her struggles moving in with her recently incarcerated boyfriend's family. A season two release date for Blindspotting has yet to be announced.

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Ray J has been released from a Miami hospital and is back home after suffering from pneumonia.

TMZ reports that he was released over the weekend. The Love & Hip Hop Hollywood star is no longer using an inhaler and needing oxygen.

As previously reported, last week the singer/actor was feeling positive about his recovery. "I appreciate all the love and support from everybody," Ray J said in a message that his manager, David Weintraub, shared with People"Thank you for keeping me in your prayers, and I will be back up and running soon."

Weintraub added that the illness was "not the contagious kind," and that Ray does not have COVID-19, despite initially being placed in the hospital's COVID unit. "They gave him multiple COVID tests, and he tested negative for all of them," said Weintraub.

The manager added the illness is a result of the 40-year-old entertainer being a workaholic -- shooting Love & Hip Hop, developing and promoting products through his Raycon brand, and producing new music.

Shortly after announcing that he was taken to the hospital, Ray J filed to divorce his wife of five years, Princess Love. The "Wait a Minute" singer cited irreconcilable differences as cause for their separation. Ray J is seeking joint custody of his and Love's two children -- Melody, 3, and Epik, 1.

Cracks in their relationship started to show last November, when the model accused her husband of leaving her "stranded" in Las Vegas and threatened to divorce him.

This latest filing marks the third time that the pair have tried to separate. Their first separation was in May 2020, but the couple patched things up that July and Love asked the court to dismiss her request. Four months later, Ray J was the one to file for divorce.

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