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Kelly Rowland Will Reportedly Be Starring On “Empire” Season 2…And You’ll Never Guess Who She’s Playing! + Kellz Poses It Up With Faves At Essence Fest

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“Empire” just added another big name to their season 2 roster…Kelly Rowland! Find out who Mrs. Weatherspoon will be playing when you go inside…

“Empire” star-studded guest starring list keeps getting better and better.

Following announcements that Chris Rock, Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz will be starring in the upcoming second season of the hit FOX drama series, a new name just popped up on the ever-growing list.

Fab chick Kelly Rowland is set to join the cast! And we’re super excited about it.

Guess what role she will be playing?

Wait for it…..

 

 

 

The 34-year-old stunna is set to play Lucious Lyon’s mother….in a flashback!

A source close to set spilled the tea to E! News during the 2015 ESSENCE Festival going down right now in New Orleans. And it definitely seems to be true:

 

 

Last month, the mother-of-one stopped by the Empire Writer’s room to chop it up with the show’s writers. Ahh...September 23rd isn't getting here quickly enough.

Also yesterday:

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The gorgeous R&B songstress (who EIC says rocked the same super cute black sheer tee Jada Pinkett Smith wore recently) joined Trey Songz and choreographer director Frank Gatson Jr. for the Samsung Galaxy Experience. During her time on the panel, Kelly dished on how she’s juggling motherhood and career.

Touching on raising a African-American son in America, Kelly spoke about how she plans to teach Titan (her son with husband Tim Weatherspoon) how to interact with police. But she's plans to teach him how to stand up for himself. She said, “We want to teach him to be responsible and to respect authority, but to always stand up for himself. He’s no punk.”
 

Facts.

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After the panel, Trigga and Kellz snapped it up with daytime talk show Steve Harvey.

Later...

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Kelly snapped a hilarious pic with Erykah Badu backstage as the soul singer was tapped to perform on the main stage Saturday night.

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Black Girls Rock!

And on Friday....

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The brown beauty got kissy with Hip Hop icon Slick Rick backstage before his performance at the Art of Hip-Hop Superlounge.

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Fab times!

 

Photos: Paras Griffin/Getty/Kelly's IG/Slick's IG

BATHING SUIT BABES: How Rihanna, LaLa Anthony, Teyana Taylor, Serayah & More Spent The 4th Of July

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A few of your fave YBF chicks spent their 4th of July flossing in their swimsuits. It’s only right. Peep hot shots from Rihanna, LaLa Anthony, Teyana Taylor, Serayah and Laverne Cox inside…

 

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Rihanna and her clique, including her bestie Melissa Forde and hair stylist Yusef, got into the patriotic spirit to celebrate Independence Day yesterday. Although RiRi is a citizen of Barbados, that didn't stop her from participating in some 4th of July fun. She got dressed up in red, white and blue to party with friends (and her new puppy) and, of course, "Mary Jane" was in the mix.

Before bringing the party inside...

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Rih and Melissa soaked up some sun, chilling on an orange couch while puffing away in their swimsuits.

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Then a visitor dropped by....

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Looks like the "BBHMM" singer got into "Auntie RiRi" mode. Melissa captioned, "YOUNG JIGGY BABY FLACKO JORDAN THE 23RD came to visit his Aunties @badgalriri"

Back inside, Rih's younger brother Rorrey Fenty was also in the mix:

 

 

A video posted by @mdollas11 on Jul 5, 2015 at 1:25am PDT

Fun times.

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Taking a break from filming Chiraq in Chicago, LaLa Anthony was more than ready to show some skin and have fun in the sun. And she's slaying in an orange bikini. Looking good La!

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The actress/author and her husband Carmelo Anthony boarded a yacht in the Bahamas along with LeBron James and his wife Savannah James and Dwyane Wade and wife Gabrielle Union for a couples’ getaway. Nice!

Elsewhere....

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Teyana Taylor and her NBA baller boo Iman Shumpert were busy partying it up at a pool party in Las Vegas. And Tey kept it cheeky in a super sexy black bikini. We see you Tey!

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That BAWDY.  Work!

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Chris Brown’s stylist EJ King came out to live it up in Vegas and snap flicks with the couple.

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The "Maybe" singer made sure to show some love to a few fans.

 

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"Empire" star Serayah spent her 4th of July with pop singer Taylor Swift, fashion model Gigi Hadid and friends for a fun-filled day, possibly in the Hamptons.

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The ladies got into the patriotic spirit as they snapped it up with striped towels....

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The crew also enjoyed some pool time with unicorn inflatables...

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They baked and decorated an American Flag cake....

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And what's a party without onesies! Serayah, Taylor and co. slipped on some stars and stripes Fred Perry onesies to end their fun-filled 4th of July.

Meanwhile....

 

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"OITNB" star Laverne Cox set off fireworks in her hot bathing suit and daisy dukes while playing pool at her 4th of July party. Oww!

 

Photos: Melissa’s IG/LaLa’s IG/Laverne’s IG/Taylor’s IG/@teayanatdaily

#ESSENCEFEST: Common, India Arie, Meagan Good, Morris Chestnut & MANY More CELEBRATE In New Orleans -- Tons Of Pics!

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The 2015 ESSENCE Festival is in full swing down in The Big Easy. And we’ve rounded up a massive amount of pics of your YBF faves celebrating during the holiday weekend. Check ‘em inside….

Happy 4th of July!

ESSENCE Festival 2015 is poppin’ with plenty of events, performances, celeb panels for an exciting line-up in New Orleans.

Chi-town rapper Common hit the Samsung stage alongside “The Real” co-host Adrienne Bailon to chop it up about his career and the amazing year he’s having after winning the Best Original Song Academy Award for his collaboration with John Legend, “Glory.”

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During the chat, the sexy actor/rapper reflected on his experience working on the Oscar-nominated civil rights film, SELMA, where he revealed, "Selma was one of the most inspiring experiences I've ever had."

We’re sure! Winning your first Academy Award for your contribution to the blockbuster film certainly makes it THAT much sweeter.  

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Upcoming FOX lead stars Morris Chestnut and Meagan Good were busy making their rounds and promoting their new projects in the Big Easy.

Meagan is set to star in the sci-fi thriller “Minority Report,” where she will play detective Lara Vega. Meanwhile, Morris will lead “Rosewood,” where he plays gifted pathologist Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, Jr. And that’s not all the tall, dark and handsome actor is up to.

He will be starring and producing The Perfect Guy—alongside Sanaa Lathan & Michael Ealy— which is expected to hit theaters September 11th. He’s also starring and producing a new drama flick titled, The Syndicate and starring in another thriller with Robert DeNiro and “Grey’s Anatomy” star Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Bus 657. Not only that, he's also shooting scenes for an upcoming thriller, starring Regina Hall, titled, When The Bough Breaks.

Who's ready for some chocolate? We sure are.
 

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“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Cynthia Bailey and her husband Peter Thomas are still portraying a happy family front after those nasty cheating allegations surfaced. It appears Peter had one too many one night and was caught in a comprising situation with a female. Get those juicy deets HERE.

Hitting the stage....

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Soul songstress India Arie wowed the audience with her smooth vocals crooning over her classic hits such as “Brown Skin” and “Video.” She also debuted a brand new track titled. “He’s Got The Magic” as she provided the melody with her guitar.

Also, Ms. Arie is adding author to her resume with a new book titled “Songversation: I Am Light.” And there’s an accompanying soundtrack to go with it. Check it out here.

By the way, she's looking good.

And for the old-school heads ….

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Charlie Wilson and Maze ft. Frankie Beverly tore the house down with their lively performances. Uncle Charlie took the Superdome to CHURCH! Meanwhile, Frankie Beverly and Maze had everyone on their feet doing the cookout classic dance, Electric Slide.

We KNOW someone of you will be hitting the electric slide during your 4th of July cookouts this weekend. Head on over to our Instagram page (@TheYBFDaily) and post ‘em up using the hashtag #YBFINDEPENDENCEDAY. We can’t wait to see them and share!

Check out our FULL GALLERY of pics below, including Keke Palmer, Monica, Jurnee & Jussie Smollett and MANY more invading #ESSENCEFEST...

 

Photos: Paras Griffin/Getty/Splash/WENN

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