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MTV Shares a Rare Interview Clip of Aaliyah For the 18th Anniversary of Her Final Album

18 years ago today, the music world was blessed by single-named soul siren Aaliyah when she released her critically-acclaimed 2001 album, simply self-titled Aaliyah. The Princess of R&B was well on her way to becoming queen with this project, which unfortunately would be her last due to her death in a plane crash just a month after its release.

One of the last interviews she did ended up also being one of her greatest; an hour-long artist profile for MTV’s hit docuseries Diary. Aaliyah’s episode aired on August 8, 2001, a little over two weeks before the tragic plane crash that took her life after filming the music video for the album’s next single, “Rock The Boat.” It still stands as one of the best looks into the private life of a musician who prided herself on a mysterious appeal that made albums like Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number (1994) and One In A Million (1996) achieve multiplatinum status. As with most shows like this, a lot of b-roll is usually left on the cutting room floor, sometimes hours or even days of footage just sitting in the vault.

Today, MTV proved that they’ve definitely got some rare Aaliyah clips stored away for a celebratory day like, say, the 18th anniversary of the deceased legend’s most heralded body of work. Take a look at the never-before-seen segment below:



In the clip, Aaliyah reflects on the process of creating her self-titled LP, bigging up many of the producers and writers that helped along the way like Timbaland, Missy Elliott, Tank, J. Dub, Bud’da and the members of Playa, specifically fellow missed music impresario Static Major. It’s an extended version of a clip that made it into the official Diary episode, and even the mere seconds of rare footage where she speaks in a tone that predates the current ASMR craze already has fans demanding that the full unedited version be released as well. Whether or not that happens is entirely up to MTV, but we’re with the fans on this one — give us more Aaliyah!

Watch the extended clip from Aaliyah’s 2001 MTV Diary episode above, and revisit our feature article from last year on why her self-titled album and 15 other Blackground Records LPs deserve to be released on streaming services by clicking here. R.I.P. Baby Girl!

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[WATCH] Official Trailer For ‘Hustlers’ Featuring Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, Lizzo, Keke Palmer and Constance Wu

Ever since it was announced that Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez, and Lizzo would all be starring in a stripper film titled, Hustlers, everyone has been waiting for the official visual. Well, the wait is over. The official trailer for Hustlers has been released.

In the new trailer for Hustlers, Ramona (Lopez) and Destiny (Constance Wu) scam a number of high profile Wall Street clients in an effort to bring their white-collar crimes to justice.

“They stole from everybody. Hard-working people lost everything and not one of these douchebags go to jail,” Lopez as Ramona says. “The game is rigged and it does not award people who play by the rules. It’s like robbing a bank; except you get the keys.”

Lopez and Wu are joined by an all-star lineup of fellow strippers, including Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Lizzo and Cardi B. The “Bodak Yellow” rapper, who previously worked as a stripper before her music career catapulted, also provides some background music for the trailer with her song “Money.”

Hustlers is based on an article titled “The Hustlers at Scores” by Jessica Pressler, which chronicles the real-life “modern Robin Hood story” of a ring of strippers who ripped off wealthy clients. “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” director Lorene Scafaria wrote, directed and co-produced the film.

Hustlers is set to hit theaters Sept. 13.

Check out the trailer below.

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‘The Lion King: The Gift’ Cover Art and Track List Unveiled Featuring JAY-Z, Tierra Whack, Burna Boy & More

Beyonce’s publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, took to Instagram to unveil the cover art and track list for the forthcoming album, The Lion King: The Gift.

She shared the art work first which shows two gold plated lions, presumably representing Scar and Mufasa, at each other’s tails.

The visuals for the lead single “Spirit” by Beyonce is slate to air tonight at 8pm E/T on ABC, Noel Schure announced in the caption above.

The #Beyhive definitely began buzzing after the revelation of the album’s stunning art work. But things went into high gear when her publicist also dropped the star-studded track list.

The collection features Bey, JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Tierra Whack, Burna Boy, Tekno, Jessie Reyez and more. To top it off, the album was executive produced by the Queen Bey herself.

“This is sonic cinema,” said Beyoncé. “This is a new experience of storytelling. I wanted to do more than find a collection of songs that were inspired by the film. It is a mixture of genres and collaboration that isn’t one sound. It is influenced by everything from R&B, pop, hip hop and Afro Beat.”

The only thing we’re waiting to find out is if we’re going to receive the soundtrack at the same time as the movie.

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Exclusive: Tina Davis and Zaytoven Are Out to Find ‘The Next Big Thing’ on BET’s Newest Talent Show

BET Networks’ newest reality music competition series The Next Big Thing, made its premiere last week with a lot of young talented  artist trying to become the next big breakout sensation

Dame Dash, Zaytoven and Tina Davis will place 21 up-and-coming R&B and hip-hop artists through a grueling artist development boot camp designed to create bonafide superstars.

“We have reinvented the stale singing competition show for our audience,” explains Dame Dash. Handpicked hip-hop and R&B artists from across the country will compete weekly in survival-of-the-fittest challenges leading to a showdown where A&R executives, Serge Durand, Capitol Records;  Erika Coulter, Epic Records; Tuo Clark, Def Jam Records and CEO Ghazi, EMPIRE Records will have the chance to offer a record deal on the spot.

“This has never been done before and absolutely, not on this scale,” adds Executive Producer/Creator and “The League” member Tina Davis. “The finale will change someone’s life.”

Nipsey Hussle, Lil Kim, Tamar Braxton, and Joe Budden are among the celebrity artists who appear on the show as guest mentors throughout the series’ ten episodes.

When asked about what to expect from The Next Best Thing, and the need for another reality-esque, music competition tv show, Davis replied:

“We need a show like this because of this clout chasing, social media [era]. What happens is, anyone can become a star from social media now. So even in music, if you sing and do a great job, you can actually get picked up and get a deal from that.”

The Source had an opportunity to sit down with Zaytoven and Miss Davis to talk about the upcoming season of The Next Best Thing.

 

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What drew you guys to this project?
Davis:
What drew me to this project is the fact that this show allows the artist to get the tools that are necessary for them to reinvent themselves to be great.

Zaytoven: Anytime you get a chance to deal with artist development and coaching, I’m ready to jump in, it’s what I do.

How did the concept of the show come about?
Davis: Well, I think to be honest with you. This is my first rodeo when it comes to this part of the entertainment industry. I informally talked to Holly Carter about the idea and within a couple of days, she contacted BET and had a very informal breakfast when Connie Orlando. Connie ended up falling in love with the idea and we went into production maybe a month or so later. We actually had an air date before we even really started filming. It started so fast I wasn’t prepared personally. We ended up trying to figure out who would be great to share their knowledge with these kids and we immediately thought of Zaytoven obviously because has a lot of Grammys and we thought of Dame because as music entrepreneur, he’s built a lot.

What would you guys like the audience to know about The Next Best Thing?
Zaytoven: I want people to see how getting into the game isn’t an easy task. For some reason, everyone thinks the music industry is the easiest thing to get into. Just because you think you can rap or sing, the show lets you see it’s a lot more than that. You have to be hungry and willing to learn and take criticism well and be coachable.

Davis: I would add on top of that, it definitely takes sociology, it’s a little psychology, a little bit of everything. But you sometimes have to work with an artist, a producer, or with a songwriter to pull out what is necessary to convey in that session.

What was one of the biggest challenges for the artists?
Zaytoven:
Well, I know one of the challenges for me that was difficult that I know a lot of artists today couldn’t even complete is when the artists had to create a song, write out a complete song, memorize it, and perform it in front of a crowd in less than 24 hours. You know, that’s a real challenge that a lot of people can’t do. I know a lot of artists that are popping right now that if you try to put that same task in front of them, I bet they couldn’t pull it off. So, you know, those are real challenges and I think the people watching that want to be artists, they need to see that they need to be at this level. You gotta be at this playing field to even try to make it as a successful artist.

Nowadays talent lack artist development is that something you guys are bringing awareness about on the show?
Davis:
Absolutely. Having artist development back in the day, I’m about date myself, but that’s how The Temptations learned to be great. Even in Hip-Hop, artist development allowed MC Hammer to have those incredible performances. And even Public Enemy, LL Cool J, you can look at the artist development even with Migos right now. From the first time, we saw them perform to opening the BET awards, that’s a big difference. Artist development is important to have longevity, to reinvent yourself, and this show does that.

What do you guys think about the state of Hip-Hop and R&B right now?
Zaytoven:
 I feel there is room for improvement. We got to get it back to vocals and lyrics. Technology has made it a little too easy for some artists to not push themselves to the next level. A lot of artists don’t have an identity. Everybody is mimicking you know, what they hear already know, so you get a lot of this stuff that sounds the same. One thing you will see from the show is the levels that we will push these artists to be great.

 

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Will and Jada Pinkett Smith Announce Multimedia Company, Westbrook Inc

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have been serving relationship goals for over two decades. The married couple both have successful acting careers that ascended the test of time.

Now they’ve decided to launch a multimedia platform to create digital content called, Westbrook Inc. The company will produce old and new content from The Smiths including movies, shows, and more.

“We are so excited to announce this new venture and fully immerse ourselves in all areas of the media and entertainment space,” Will and Jada said in a statement, via Variety. “With our incredible team of family, chosen family, and longtime business partners, Westbrook Inc.’s mission is to spread positive ideas, art, and products that entertain and empower the greatest number of lives, inspiring the next generation of artists to do good in the world.”

Westbrook Inc is the production house for Jada’s critically-acclaimed Facebook Watch series, Red Table Talk. Their goal is to produce diverse content.

Kosaku Yada is the CEO of Westbrook Inc., while Tera Hanks serves as President, with COO Gila Jones, CFO Kevin McDonald and VP of business development Jesse Uram.

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This Is War: ‘Power’ Preps For “The Final Betrayal” With Season Six Trailer

The hit STARZ series Power by 50 Cent and Courtney A. Kemp officially comes to an end this summer, and now we’ve got a first look at how the show’s final season will all play out.



Outside of being advertised as the final showdown, Season 6 will also see the homie Curtis Jackson making his directorial debut following the fate last season of his fan-favorite character Kanan Stark. This time it seems like all family ties, both friendly and those bonded by blood, have been severed beyond repair. The losses seem to be coming from all ends for Ghost (Omari Hardwick): he now finds himself in the middle of a street war with former partner-in-crime Tommy (Joseph Sikora) — his new righthand on the quest for kingpin status now includes girlfriend LaKeisha (La La Anthony) — dealing with the downward spiral of a relationship with both his wife Tasha (Naturi Naughton) and son Tariq (Michael Rainey Jr.) plus trying to piece together a plan that will both honor his deceased daughter and finally give him a clean slate to start fresh on.

Season 6 of ‘Power‘ returns on August 25. Get an early preview of the final season by checking out the trailer above.

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#NotMyAriel Trends After Disney Announces Halle Bailey Was Casted as Lead for Live-Action ‘The Little Mermaid’

Halle Bailey’s landed the lead role in Disney’s The Little Mermaid live-action film, and the announcement was met with racist backlash.

The 19-year-old singer currently stars in ABC’s Grown-ish alongside her sister, Chloe.

“In case you needed a reminder… Halles get it DONE,” wrote Halle’s Twitter account. “Congratulations @chloexhalle on this amazing opportunity, we can’t wait to see what you do!”

“Dream come true,” was also posted from the duo’s account alongside a picture of Halle as a Black Ariel.

While the groundbreaking announcement was met with tons of congratulatory messages from Disney fans, including Zendaya, it ruffled a few feathers. Social media users began arguing that the mermaid should have her signature red hair and white skin like the original film.

The hashtag #NotMyAriel was the number one trending topic on the 4th of July while half of the users fought against Bailey’s casting, and the other half was dragging the hashtag.

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Peep the First Trailer for Hulu’s ‘Wu-Tang: An American Saga’ Miniseries

We’ve been getting updates on this project for a minute now, but now it’s finally official: Hulu has dropped the first trailer for the highly-anticipated miniseries Wu-Tang: An American Saga.



The 10-episode drama, which chronicles how Hip-Hop’s most celebrated crew first formed like Voltron, features a star-studded lineup of young stars on the rise. The RZA will be played by Ashton Sanders, who had a breakout role with Moonlight and turned heads earlier this year with HBO’s adaptation of Native Son. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse star Shameik Moore takes on the coveted role of Raekwon, meanwhile new age rappers Joey Bada$$ and Dave East will pay homage to their OGs by starring as Inspectah Deck and Method Man, respectively. The show was co-created and written by Alex Tse and The RZA, with Meth signed on to executive produce the project. According to the show’s official IMDb page, it looks like two actors will also be playing the roles of fellow rap legends Eric B. & Rakim, so definitely expect a few surprises to pop up throughout the series. We can’t wait!

Check out the trailer for ‘Wu-Tang: An American Saga‘ above, and expect the series to premiere starting September 4 exclusively on Hulu.

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Terry Crews Confirms ‘White Chicks’ Sequel

Its been 15 years since White Chicks premiered in theaters, and it looks like a follow-up is in the works.

Terry Crews was a guest on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live, when the host asked about the possibility for a second installment of the classic Marlon and Shawn Wayans-directed film. I actually got with Shawn and he was like ‘Man we doing it, we’re getting it going,’” he said. “15 years ago as of this month! I’m staying in shape just for this movie.”

Crews also stopped by The Talk and was asked which song he would sing his heart out to in the sequel. “I think the modern day of [“A Thousand Miles”] would be Carly Rae Jepsen “Call Me Maybe,”‘ he said. “I don’t know the lyrics to the thing but I would definitely do the whitest white girl song you would ever see.”

The original movie follows the story of two police officers who go undercover as white chicks to complete a drug bust. The ending left room for a decent follow-up plot.

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Netflix is Gearing Up to Produce Cyntoia Brown Documentary

NETFLIX recently acquired the rights to feature Cyntoia Brown’s story in an upcoming documentary, as per The Hollywood Reporter.

Brown was arrested at 16 years old and charged as an adult after killing the 43-year-old man who solicited her for sex. After serving ten years of her life sentence she was finally granted clemency.

The documentary will detail every aspect leading up the murder as well as Cyntoia’s release from prison set to take place in August 2019.

“I am thankful for all the support, prayers, and encouragement I have received,” Cyntonia said in an official statement after her clemency was announced. “I am thankful to my lawyers and their staffs, and all the others who, for the last decade have freely given their time and expertise to help me get to this day. I love all of you and will be forever grateful. With God’s help, I am committed to live the rest of my life helping others, especially young people. My hope is to help other young girls avoid ending up where I have been.”

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