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Charlie Wilson shares his life journey in memoir

As lead singer of the funk group the Gap Band, Charlie Wilson enjoyed a string of hits in the 1970s and 1980s before losing his musical momentum to drugs and alcohol. After a stint in rehab, Wilson got his career back on track with six solo albums and nine Grammy nominations.

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Jazmine Sullivan dishes on ‘Reality Show’

In 2008, Jazmine Sullivan stepped onto the music scene with her debut single Need U Bad, produced by Missy Elliott, which became No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.  After a three-year hiatus, she is back with her third studio album, Reality Show, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.

The recipient of Billboard’s Rising Star Award, Sullivan recently discussed her break from the music industry, writing a hit song for singer Monica and meeting Stevie Wonder.

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‘Furious 7’ set to hit theaters in April

“Furious 7” is set to hit movie theaters this spring and this time actors Jason Statham (“Transporter”) and Djimon Hounsou (“Amistad”) are along for the ride.

Check the movie trailer here.

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D’Angelo performs on ‘Saturday Night Live’

After a 14-year hiatus, D’Angelo recently released his third studio album, “Black Messiah.”  The soulful singer performed two of his newest hits, “Really Love” and “The Charade.”

Check out the performances under the cut.

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Interview: Writer-Director discusses “Beyond the Lights” movie

Writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood of “Love & Basketball” brings another love story to the big screen. This time around, she explores the world of a female artist (played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw) struggling to cope with her hypersexualized image and the cop (played by Nate Parker) who saves her when she dives off a balcony.

Prince-Bythewood recently discussed her motivation for the movie and her hopes of seeing the reversal of the hypersexualized image of young female artists and its effects on society.

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Robin Thicke vows to “Get Her Back”

Crooner Robin Thicke has dropped his new video,”Get Her Back” a song dedicated to his estranged wife, actress Paula Patton.

A bloody Thicke appears in the video that shows text messages seemingly between him and his wife. The couple have been married for eight years and have a have a three-year-old son named Julian Fuego.

Thicke’s album, “Paula,” is set to drop July 1.

Check out the video inside.

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Kevin Hart stars in “The Wedding Ringer” movie

Fresh off the No. 1 box office success this weekend of “Think Like a Man Too,” Kevin Hart has a new movie, “The Wedding Ringer” set to hit theaters early next year.

Hart plays the character Jimmy, who provides best man services for grooms.  Actor Josh Gad plays the role of Doug Harris, who needs Jimmy’s help in finding a best man and groomsmen as his wedding approaches.  “The Big Bang Theory” actress, Kaley Cuoco plays the bride.

“The Wedding Ringer” is scheduled to hit movie theaters Jan. 16, 2015.

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En Vogue, Joe and Erica Campbell perform at 100 Black Men conference

R&B group En Vogue, soul crooner Joe and gospel singer Erica Campbell rocked the crowd at the 28th annual 100 Black Men of America conference this past weekend in Hollywood,Florida.

Joe got the couples dancing Saturday when he crooned some of his hits including, “All the Things (Your Man Won’t Do),” “More & More,” and “Good Girls.”  He recently released a duet “Love and Sex (Part 2),” featuring Kelly Rowland,  from his upcoming CD, “Bridges,” that will hit stores on June 23.

Erica Campbell belted out her singles, “Help,” and “Little More Jesus,” from her solo album also entitled “Help.”

En Vogue proved they still got the pipes when they sung their hits, which included  “Hold On,” “Don’t Let Go” and “Free Your Mind.” Original members Dawn Robinson and Maxine Jones are no longer with the group.  Rhona Bennett, who starred in “The Jamie Foxx Show,” joined the remaining members Terry Ellis and Cindy Herron.

Mack Wilds performs ‘Own It’ in Times Square

 

 
Former “90210” & “The Wire” star Tristan “Mack” Wilds performed his hit single “Own It” in Times Square Wednesday morning on “Good Morning America.”
 
The Grammy-nominated singer is currently touring in support of his debut album, “New York: A Love Story.”
 
Below are his tour dates:
 
3/20 — Las Vegas, NV, Haze Nightclub
3/27 — Willington, DE, World Café Live at The Queen
3/29 — Baltimore, MD, Oxygen
3/30 — Washington, D.C., Howard Theater
4/1— Boston, MA, Middle East
4/2 — New York, NY, Highline Ballroom
4/26 — Alfred, NY, Alfred University
5/31 — Richmond, VA, WCDX Stone Soul Picnic
6/12 — Hollywood, FL, 100 Black Men Youth Party

James Brown ‘Get On Up’ movie trailer

 

 
A movie chronicling the life of the Godfather of Soul James Brown is set to hit theaters in August.
 
Chadwick Boseman, who played Jackie Robinson in last year’s movie “42,” will portray Brown’s poor upbringing, prison stint and rise to stardom.
 
Viola Davis plays his mother, who abandoned him at six years old, and Octavia Spencer, plays his aunt, who raised him in a brothel.
 
Tate Taylor, who last directed “The Help,” has a cast that includes Tika Sumpter, Dan Aykroyd, Jill Scott and Craig Robinson.
 
The film is produced by Rolling Stones’ frontman Mick Jagger.

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