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Have Ashanti and Ja Rule Ever Hooked Up -- and 9 Other Secrets Revealed During 'Truth or Drink'!

Have Ashanti and Ja Rule Ever Hooked Up -- and 9 Other Secrets Revealed During 'Truth or Drink'!
"Honey! The tea is hot and the kettle is overflowing." 

Ashanti is "putting all my guts out on the table" with her "vulnerable" and "risky" new music -- but first, the Grammy-winning artist is spilling tea on her storied life and career in a game of "Truth or Drink" for the latest installment of Et's Interviews Under the Influence series.

Ashanti dished on her enduring friendship with Ja Rule -- admitting whether or not the duo has ever hooked up! The 37-year-old also opened up about what she really thought of that infamous Beyonce review back in 2003 and how she whipped herself into break-the-internet bikini shape for her spot in the new Ciroc French Vanilla commercial. 

Suffice it to say, the "Say Less" singer was definitely in a sharing, "say more" kinda mood during this revealing sit-down. Watch it below and read on for a breakdown of her biggest reveals. 

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Tales

Network: Bet. Episodes: Ongoing (hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: June 27, 2017 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Tami Roman, Jim Jones, Demetrius Shipp Jr., Peyton Alex Smith, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Rhyon Nicole Brown, Kyndall Ferguson, Sean Baker, Woody McClain, J. Alphonse Nicholson, Irv Gotti, Milli M., Jasmine Ahnie, Michael David Yuhl, Lance Gross and Michelle Mitchenor. TV show description: From creator Irv Gotti, the Tales TV show is a scripted anthology series of "song stories." Each episode is written by a different screenwriter and the plots are inspired by hit hip-hop songs. Tales episodes are crafted like "mini-movies" and tell stories full of adventure as well as cautionary tales. The series employs music
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Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman + Ryan Gosling Projects Are Coming to Atlanta

Atlanta actors, listen up! Stay in the loop about what’s currently filming in your fair city (and projects that may just need an extra or two) with our weekly roundup. Attention lucky boys and girls of Georgia: Hugh Jackman is coming to town. Heather Taylor is casting background for the 1980s political scandal drama, “The Frontrunner.” Central Casting is filling a few small parts for a new Fox medical drama called “The Resident,” executive produced by Antoine Fuqua. Destination Casting has quite a few background roles to fill for the new Bet series, “Tales: All I Need,” executive produced by rapper and record label owner, Irv Gotti. With the Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe movie, “Boy Erased” in town, there are quite a few big names around the city. The production also happens to be in need of background actors and Rose Locke is handling casting. Locke is
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Five Things You Didn’t know about Irv Lorenzo

Irv Lorenzo aka “Irv Gotti” is an entertainment and music industry veteran. He’s associated with such names as Russell Simmons, Sean Combs, and Lyor Cohen. This guy is without a doubt gifted and has an eye for talent. However, that alone doesn’t secure your spot in the world of entertainment. After years of setbacks and hardship Irv Lorenzo is set to make his comeback as the creator and producer of the new Bet show “Tales.” The scripted anthology series will turn classic hip-hop songs like ‘F*** Tha Police’ into visual narratives. I don’t think a show like this has ever

Five Things You Didn’t know about Irv Lorenzo
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Review: ‘Bet’s ‘Tales’ Flips the Narrative for a Fascinating Mirror-Universe Look at Police Brutality’

Review: ‘Bet’s ‘Tales’ Flips the Narrative for a Fascinating Mirror-Universe Look at Police Brutality’
The debut installment of Bet’s anthology series “Tales,” which aired Tuesday night, creates not just a story, but really, a whole world out of the lyrics of Nwa’s “F—k tha Police.” “Tales,” which will air through the summer, aims to do this for a variety of different rap songs, including Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen” and Notorious B.I.G.’s “I Got a Story to Tell,” in subsequent episodes.

But with “F—k tha Police,” a track whose trenchant lyrics about police brutality are as unsettlingly relevant today as they were in 1988, “Tales’” approach makes for an episode that feels like an installment of “Black Mirror,” aligned with American racial history. Where Nwa presented a blistering recitation of the abuses committed by the police against black people, “Tales”’ “F—k tha Police” switches the races: Instead of an oppressed black underclass, the standalone episode imagines a world where it’s whites who live in “the
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Bet Awards: Mary J. Blige, A$AP Rocky and Maxwell Among Latest Performers

With just five days to go, this year's Bet Awards is adding more names to its performer lineup.

The latest additions include Mary J. Blige, A$AP Rocky, French Montana, Gucci Mane, Maxwell, Swae Lee, Sza, Xscape, Khalid, El DeBarge and Kamasi Washington. They join such previously announced hitmakers as Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, DJ Khaled, Migos, Future and Tamar Braxton.

Concurrently, Remy Ma, Irv Gotti and the cast of the forthcoming movie Detroit (Algee Smith, Jason Mitchell, Laz Alonso and Jacob Latimore) have signed on as presenters. They will be sharing those duties with Yara Shahidi, Issa Rae, Jada Pinkett Smith,...
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Tales: Scripted Hip-Hop Anthology Series Coming to Bet in June (Video)

Are you a hip hop fan? Recently, Bet released a new teaser for their upcoming TV series Tales.From Irv Gotti, the scripted anthology drama weaves "classic and current hip-hop songs into captivating visual narratives from the lyrics of some of hip-hop's greatest hits. The ensemble cast includes Woody McClain, Keith Powers, Jennifer Freeman, Elise Neal, Mc Lyte, Boris Kodjoe (Real Husbands of Hollywood), Lance Gross, Matthew Noszka, Chet Hanks, Clifton Powell, and Christian Robinson.Read More…
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Bet Orders John Singleton’s ‘Rebel,’ Dramedy ‘Benched,’ Music Drama ‘Tales’ in Scripted Push

Bet Orders John Singleton’s ‘Rebel,’ Dramedy ‘Benched,’ Music Drama ‘Tales’ in Scripted Push
Bet Networks is loading up its 2016-17 slate with series and telepics that reflect an earthy view of African-American life, including a detective drama from John Singleton, a soap set in the world of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and a dramedy revolving around a criminal courts judge.

Bet is stepping up its production of original scripted series for its mothership Bet channel at a time when competition for its target audience has become fierce. “Rebel” revolves around a female police officer in Oakland, Calif., who becomes a private investigator after her brother is killed by police. “Benched,” created by Scott Brown, is a dramedy about a young judge who struggles to give up his bachelor lifestyle as he confronts the “underbelly” of the criminal justice system on a daily basis.

” ‘Benched’ and ‘Rebel’ will allow us to address issues that are very relevant and germane to our audience,” said Stephen Hill,
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Ja Rule Says He & Irv Gotti Have Partnered Up With Paramount for a Murder Inc Drama Series

Now is probably as good a time as any for this to happen, given how much hip-hop-related stories seem to be in vogue currently, thanks in part to the mega success of "Straight Outta Compton," and we could also even throw the TV show "Empire" into the mix of influences. Speaking to Vibe magazine in a video interview, Ja Rule shared that a drama series based on Murder Inc. Records (formerly The Inc. Records), the record label, owned by Irv Gotti, is currently in development.  He doesn't share much in terms of specifics, but does say that Paramount studios is on-board, and suggests that the project is being shopped to one of the premium cable TV networks (like HBO,...
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Ja Rule Says He & Irv Gotti Have Partnered Up With Paramount for a Murder Inc Drama Series

Ja Rule Says He & Irv Gotti Have Partnered Up With Paramount for a Murder Inc Drama Series
Now is probably as good a time as any for this to happen, given how much hip-hop-related stories seem to be in vogue currently, thanks in part to the mega success of "Straight Outta Compton," and we could also even throw the TV show "Empire" into the mix of influences. Speaking to Vibe magazine in a video interview, Ja Rule shared that a drama series based on Murder Inc. Records (formerly The Inc. Records), the record label, owned by Irv Gotti, is currently in development.  He doesn't share much in terms of specifics, but does say that Paramount studios is on-board, and suggests that the project is being shopped to one of the premium cable TV networks (like HBO, Showtime, etc), where the series will be able to be as raw and gritty as it needs to be to really tell the Murder Inc. story. The video interview follows below.
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MTV Greenlights Ja Rule Reality Show ‘Follow the Rules’

MTV Greenlights Ja Rule Reality Show ‘Follow the Rules’
MTV has ordered a half-hour reality series toplined by rapper-actor Ja Rule with Queen Latifah among its exec producers.

“Follow the Rules” will revolve around Rule’s family life with his three children, wife and mother-in-law living in the same house.

Ja Rule is the modern day reality rap star version of Bill Cosby’s role from ‘The Cosby Show.’ He embraces a unique parenting style with his teenage kids that feels fresh and funny,” said Susanne Daniels, MTV’s prexy of programming. It’s unclear how many episodes have been ordered.

In a statement, Rule (whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins) underscored his “unique” approach to domesticity: “Family tradition will never be the same b*tch… Lmao!!!”

“Follow the Rules” hails from Endemol’s 51 Minds production banner. Christian Sarabia, Shakim Compere and Irv Gotti exec produce with Atkins and Latifah.

Here’s a clip:

MTV Shows
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MTV orders comedic family docu-series starring rapper Ja Rule

MTV orders comedic family docu-series starring rapper Ja Rule
MTV has ordered Follow the Rules, a half-hour docu-series starring Ja Rule, EW has learned.

The comedic series will follow the rapper-turned-actor and the hectic household that he and his wife attempt to keep under control—a difficult feat since his two sons, mother, and mother-in-law all live with them, while his oldest daughter is about to start her sophomore year in college.

Ja Rule is the modern day reality rap star version of Bill Cosby’s role from The Cosby Show,” says Susanne Daniels, president of MTV programming. “He embraces a unique parenting style with his teenage kids that feels fresh and funny.
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Suge Knight Shot at Chris Brown's Pre-vma Party

A club where numerous celebs were partying evacuated after gun shots last night.

Second Update: A rep for Chris Brown issued the following statement regarding the incident -- "Chris hosted an event in Los Angeles last night to celebrate the upcoming release of his album X, during which an incident occurred. This incident did not involve Chris; he was merely the host of the event. He has and will continue to cooperate with the investigation."

Update: An eyewitness has confirmed to Et that Suge Knight, former CEO of Death Row Records, was shot multiple times at Chris Brown's pre-vma party, and Knight was the target of the gunfire. The witness told Et that Knight was seen pacing inside the club and speaking with R&B and hip hop producer Irv Gotti. 1Oak co-owner Scott Sartiano ducked down before four shots rang out, our witness reports, but Chris Brown continued dancing, unaware of the
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Oxygen Media Intros Next Generation of Female Emcees in New Docuseries 'Sisterhood of Hip Hop'

Oxygen Media Intros Next Generation of Female Emcees in New Docuseries 'Sisterhood of Hip Hop'
Oxygen Media introduces the next generation of female emcees in the new docu-series, “Sisterhood of Hip Hop,” premiering Tuesday, August 12 at 9 Pm Et/Pt. From 51 Minds (“Ti and Tiny: The Family Hustle,” and “Below Deck”) comes an empowering series that showcases female artists chasing their dreams in a music genre traditionally dominated by men. Discovered and mentored by the biggest names in hip hop, Bia, Brianna Perry, Diamond, Nyemiah Supreme and Siya each bring a unique voice and style to the table. The eight episode series will also include appearances by hip hop icons, mentors and friends such as Eve, Lil Jon,Travie McCoy, Rick Ross, Tank, and Irv Gotti among others. To introduce the up-and-coming stars of hip hop, Oxygen will air a preview special on Tuesday, July 22 at 8:15 Pm Et/Pt, giving viewers a look at what makes these five women worthy of the sisterhood. With...

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Oxygen To Premiere Docuseries ‘Sisterhood Of Hip Hop’

Oxygen Media‘s new docuseries Sisterhood Of Hip Hop features up-and-coming female emcees in a music genre traditionally dominated by men. The eight-episode series from 51 Minds (Ti And Tiny: The Family Hustle, Below Deck) showcases female artists (the “femcees”) who are discovered and mentored by hip hop stars Bia, Brianna Perry, Diamond, Nyemiah Supreme and Siya. The series will also include appearances by Eve, Lil Jon, Travie McCoy, Rick Ross, Tank, and Irv Gotti. Sisterhood Of Hip Hop premieres August 12 at 9 Pm following a preview special on Tuesday, July 22 at 8:15 Pm. Grammy-Award winning recording artist T.I. serves as executive producer, along with Christian Sarabia, Rabih Gholam and Roy Orecchio.
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Oxygen to Debut Docuseries ‘Sisterhood of Hip Hop’

Oxygen Media has announced the new docuseries “Sisterhood of Hip Hop,” centered on up-and-coming female emcees.

The series, from 51 Minds, showcases “femcees” Bia, Brianna Perry, Diamond, Nyemiah Supreme and Siya as they attempt to make their mark on a music genre traditionally dominated by men and are discovered and mentored by hip hop artists. The show’s eight-episode run, which begins Aug. 12, will also include appearances by Eve, Pharrell, Lil Jon, Travie McCoy, Rick Ross, Tank and Irv Gotti.

“The talented artists featured in ‘Sisterhood of Hip Hop’ are vibrant characters that will resonate with Oxygen’s young, female viewers,” Oxygen Media senior VP of original programming and development Rod Aissa said in a statement. “The optimistic and empowering nature of the show is truly unique and we look forward to rooting for each woman’s success and giving fans the opportunity to follow along on their journey.”

“Sisterhood of
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'Love & Hip Hop' Producers Sued -- Show Idea Was Stolen

  • TMZ
The cat fights are now spilling into court -- a pair of female producers are suing the people behind "Love & Hip Hop" ... claiming the reality show was their idea first ... and VH1 stole it.Trisha Lum and Nickie Lum-Davis filed the suit against VH1 and MTV -- claiming they pitched the idea back in 2009 ... and thought they had a deal to make their show, called "Hip Hop Wives."According to the lawsuit ... the show was
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Method Man Gets Improv Lessons From Jonah Hill

'I applaud people that can think that quick on their feet,' he tells 'RapFix Live,' while offering an update on his acting career.

By Rob Markman, with reporting by Sway Calloway

Photo: MTV News

Throughout his career, Method Man has been able to earn his respect in hip-hop and Hollywood simultaneously. As a prominent member of the Wu-Tang Clan, Meth has released four solo albums, two with Redman and a number of Clan-related projects. As an actor, he's starred in major films like "Belly" and "Cop Land," as well as the critically acclaimed HBO series "The Wire."

Look for Meth to take his acting to another level in the next few months. First, in December he will star alongside Jonah Hill in "The Sitter." While on set with the "Superbad" actor, Tical learned a lesson in improv.

"I didn't know that they did these long-ass rants, to the point where,
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Spotted: Kim Kardashian Celebrates Avril Lavigne's New Album Goodbye Lullaby

Every day a multitude of stars wander through the halls of MTV News to talk about their latest projects and goof around with our intrepid correspondents. But sometimes we catch stars elsewhere, and that's why we put together Spotted!, a daily compendium of stars in the wild.

When you've gone as long between albums as Avril Lavigne has (nearly four years elapsed between the release of Lavigne's 2007 album The Best Damn Thing and her new project Goodbye Lullaby, which hit the streets on Tuesday, March 8th), then it is imperative that you celebrate in style. Lavigne did just that on Tuesday night, as after a day full of interviews (including an extended stop at MTV News), she partied in New York City. Accompanied by Kim Kardashian, Kris Humphries, label boss Irv Gotti and boyfriend Brody Jennfer, Lavigne raised a glass to Goodbye Lullaby and blew out the candles on a
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Minaj 'agrees with Lauryn Hill comparison'

Minaj 'agrees with Lauryn Hill comparison'
Nicki Minaj has defended Irv Gotti’s suggestion that her music is similar to that of Lauryn Hill. The Young Money rapper promised that her debut LP Pink Friday lives up to the hip-hop mogul’s statement, adding that it would sound unlike anything that she has previously released. Speaking to CNN, the 25-year-old said: "Irv has been privy to hear things that I've done that the world hasn't heard. "Based (more)
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