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The Godmother of Soul is back!
One attention-grabbing moment from her 2015 hosting stint came when she declared that the R&B-focused award show isn’t for rappers and jokingly pretended to call rapper Iggy Azalea.
“Iggy Azalea? Yeah, hey!” she said. “Oh, no, no, no, no, no, no. You can come, ’cause what you’re doin’ is definitely not rap.”
Azalea seemed to respond in a tweet days later, although she did not name the R&B singer. »
- Char Adams
The 2016 Soul Train Awards are just around the corner, and we have some excited news ahead of the big night! E! News can exclusively reveal Erykah Badu will host the show once again, bringing her unique sense of style, her moving music and her comedic commentary to the stage as she helps to honor those in R&B and Soul music. She will be joined by Edward Theodore "Teddy" Riley who is set to receive the night's highest honor, the Legend Award, as well as Brandy, who will be honored with the 2nd annual Lady of Soul Award. Both Brandy and Riley are being recognized for their "longstanding presence in the music industry and influence on the world of soul and R&B music past »
If MTV Classic is anything like MTV, it'll be on the air for a month before people start complaining they don't play enough music. The "new" channel launched on August 1st, the 35th anniversary of MTV's debut, opening up the vaults to a pop-culture treasure trove that's been gathering dust for years. They should have done this years ago. MTV Classic wants to establish its music cred early on — they were wise to spend most of the first day playing classic Unplugged episodes, with Nirvana, Erykah Badu and R.E.M. The »
To help sift through the increasing number of new releases (independent or otherwise), the Weekly Film Guide is here! Below you’ll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.
For July, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.
See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for July 2016
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, July 29. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.
Synopsis: A woman with a seemingly perfect life – a great marriage, overachieving kids, beautiful home, stunning looks and still holding down a career. »
- Steve Greene
R.I.P., VH1 Classic.
MTV has announced that beginning Monday, Aug. 1, VH1 Classic will officially morph into MTV Classic. The newly-rebanded network will feature “an eclectic mix of fan-favorite MTV series” from the ’90s and ’00s, including Laguna Beach, Beavis & Butt-head, Cribs, Jackass, Punk’d, and Clone High.
RelatedCable/Streaming Renewal Scorecard 2016: What’s Coming Back? What’s Cancelled? What’s On the Bubble?
The launch date was not chosen randomly. August 1 marks 35 years to the day that MTV first debuted.
“MTV’s programming vault is a music and pop culture goldmine with universal resonance,” said Sean Atkins, »
It goes without saying that a film executive produced by Nas would come with a killer soundtrack. And that’s definitely the case with Steven Caple Jr.’s “The Land,” which has just released its tracklist, and the star-studded lineup promises vibrant music to compliment the film’s setting: Cleveland’s underground hip-hop scene. Kanye West will be featured with […]
- Hildi Gabel
Erykah Badu is joining the campaign to process abandoned rape kits and find the criminals connected to them. Badu is partnering with the Right Productions to donate money from her Aug. 12 concert at Detroit’s Chene Park Amphitheater to the African American 490 Challenge. The 490 is a partner of Enough Said, the Michigan Women’s Foundation campaign raising money […]
The post Erykah Badu To Aid Detroit Rape Kit Project With Donations From Concert Funds appeared first on uInterview. »
- Khoreen Eccleston
There was a showstopper of an opener by Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar on the Bet Awards last night, plus a passionate call to action from Grey's Anatomy's Jesse Williams, a full tilt tribute to Prince performed by Bilal, Erykah Badu and The Roots, and strong words for Donald Trump from Best Actress winner Taraji P. Henson of Empire. Also, the late great Muhammad Ali was praised by daughter Laila and Samuel L. Jackson was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by his Ju… »
Who had the most moving Prince tributes at the Bet awards? Let’s see. The Roots, Erykah Badu and Bilal Badu did a soulful rendition of “The Ballad of Dorothy Parker.” Bilal came on stage to take over and do an ever-so-smooth cover of “The Beautiful Ones.” Stevie Wonder, Tori Kelly and Jennifer Hudson Wonder and Kelly started off the performance with “Take Me With U.” They were later joined by Jennifer Hudson, who wore a white hooded mini dress for a solo rendition of “Purple Rain.” Hudson didn’t even stay on stage to receive her well-deserved applause. She started walking backstage near the. »
- Rasha Ali
The Bet Awards held tonight produced several memorable moments – including an epic opening by Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar that blew the roof off, and a tribute to Prince performed by Bilal, Erykah Badu and The Roots. But the highlight happened later in the evening when Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams accepted Bet’s Humanitarian Award. First paying tribute to activists, working classes, African American mothers, and others who he said did the real work advancing equal… »
Two months after Prince's tragic passing, some of the biggest names in R&B came together at the Bet Awards to pay tribute to the musical trailblazer. Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder, Janelle Monáe, the Roots, and Sheila E. all brought their best to multiple musical medleys, which ran throughout the night, highlighting hits from the Purple One's legendary career. Erykah Badu delivered the first tribute of the evening, belting out a sultry version of "The Ballad of Dorothy Parker" while the Roots served funky back up duty. She looked every inch the neo-soul goddess in a floor-length white faux-fur coat and leather pants, »
- Jordan Runtagh, @jordanruntagh
Two months after Prince's tragic passing, some of the biggest names in R&B came together at the Bet Awards to pay tribute to the musical trailblazer. Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder, Janelle Monae, the Roots, and Sheila E. all brought their best to multiple musical medleys, which ran throughout the night, highlighting hits from the Purple One's legendary career. Erykah Badu delivered the first tribute of the evening, belting out a sultry version of "The Ballad of Dorothy Parker" while the Roots served funky back up duty. She looked every inch the neo-soul goddess in a floor-length white faux-fur coat, »
- Jordan Runtagh, @jordanruntagh
Some of the biggest names in music assembled at Sunday’s Bet Awards for a diverse series of moving tributes to Prince, two months after the music legend’s untimely death.
PhotosBet Awards 2016: Beyoncé’s Surprise, Jesse Williams’ Powerful Speech and 8 Other Memorable Moments
But before we break down the performances, here’s some important background info: On May 23, just one day after Madonna and Stevie Wonder honored Prince at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, the Bet Awards tweeted a promo for its own upcoming Prince tribute.
“Yeah, we saw that,” the photo read, implying a less-than-stellar review of Madge’s effort. »
Bet can talk the talk and walk the walk. After much anticipation, the 2016 Bet Awards followed through with their promise to deliver not one but several heartfelt, thoughtful tributes to Prince. Dave Chappelle shared a few words about the music legend before The Roots, Erykah Badu and Bila delivered the first musical tribute of the evening. "We miss him dearly," the comedian shared. "But tonight, the Bet Awards will celebrate the rich legacy of this remarkable genius that we are all so proud of." Later on into the broadcast, Tori Kelly and Stevie Wonder came together for a performance of "Take Me With You." What really got the crowd on its feet was when »
"You have to do something with your life. What are you good at?" IFC Films has debuted this excellent full-length trailer for Steven Caple Jr.'s skateboarder indie drama The Land, which we featured the teaser trailer for just a few weeks ago. The film is about four teenage boys who spend their summer trying to figure out how to escape the streets of Cleveland, but end up caught in a drug deal gone bad. The cast features Erykah Badu, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jorge Lendeborg Jr, Moises Arias, Rafi Gavron, Ezri Walker, Machine Gun Kelly, & Kim Coates. This seriously looks damn good, don't skip it just because you don't think you'll be into it. The Land looks like a stylish coming-of-age indie gem poised to break out. Here's the new full-length trailer (+ poster) for Steven Caple Jr.'s The Land, direct from IFC's YouTube: The Land tells the story of »
- Alex Billington
For his debut feature, The Land, Steven Caple Jr. pulled off an impressive feat. He attracted top talent from the music industry, including Nas as executive producer producer and Erykah Badu and Machine Gun Kelly in supporting roles. The Cleveland-set drama, which focuses on four teens living in the projects, premiered earlier this year at The Sundance Film Festival’s Next section. In advance of the film’s premiere at Sundance, the director told Filmmaker Magazine that each of the four boys in the film represents a different aspect of his life. “On surface you see a film about four boys who […] »
- Paula Bernstein
"Do you even care about your future?" IFC Films has debuted a great teaser trailer for a film called The Land, which originally premiered at Sundance earlier this year. The film is about four teean "buddies" Cisco, Boobie, Junior, and Patty Cake skateboarding around the streets of Cleveland, Ohio. They find a bag of pills and think it might be their ticket to glory, that is until they encounter the "cold, calculating, and notorious drug queenpin, 'Momma,' who runs the toughest gang in town." The cast features Erykah Badu, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jorge Lendeborg Jr, Moises Arias, Rafi Gavron, Ezri Walker, Machine Gun Kelly, & Kim Coates. This actually looks like it might be pretty damn good. Check this out. Here's the first teaser trailer for Steven Caple Jr.'s The Land, direct from IFC's YouTube: The Land tells the story of four teenage boys who devote their summer to escaping the streets of Cleveland, »
- Alex Billington
With its vast line-up of films, there’s bound to be a few stand-outs that slip through the cracks at Sundance. One we didn’t get to check out this year was the Cleveland-set, teen-centered drama The Land, but after a trailer debut, it definitely has our attention. With a soundtrack featuring Mgk, Erykah Badu, Kanye West, French Montana, Pusha T, Jeremih, and Nas (who also serves as producer), it looks to be a vibrantly shot exploration of skateboarding and danger on the streets.
“I wanted to showcase the reality of urban youth today: For the audience to witness that those we consider thugs or criminals are often really just kids, and could be a brother, a cousin, or the kid down the street from you,” director Steve Caple Jr. told Variety.
- Leonard Pearce
In its second run-up-to-Cannes pickup, Film Constellation, Fabien Westerhoff’s newly-launched London-based financing-licensing company, has acquired international sales rights to IFC-distributed U.S. crime drama “The Land.”
Written and directed by Steven Caple Jr. in his feature debut, this slice of Cleveland youth culture features the on-screen presence of hip-hop stars Erykah Badu and Colson Baker (aka Machine Gun Kelly) and a soundtrack which Westerhoff calls a “who’s who” of American hip-hop artists. These include Nas, Erykah Badu, Machine Gun Kelly, Ezzy, Nosaj Thing, Pusha T. Fashawn and Kanye West.
Exec produced by Nas, and world premiering in Sundance’s Next section, “The Land” will be rolled out in U.S. theaters later tis year, accompanied by a roster of live concerts from soundtrack featured artists. Mass Appeal will release the soundtrack.
A portrait of four kids trapped in an inner-city Cleveland Ohio spiral of poverty and crime, “The Land »
- John Hopewell
While Andra Day was killing it onstage at the Grammys, her dad was backstage kicking it with Adele! "My dad is so funny. He happened to be right backstage, standing right next to Adele before she went on to perform," the soulful breakout - who's partnering with Coca-Cola and McDonald's for the Rise Up Essence Festival program - tells People. "My parents are not in the business, so they have no sort of concept of: 'Is this appropriate?' They were just sort of hanging out, so my dad walks up to Adele and was like, 'Hey, you know, my daughter is Andra Day. »
- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff
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