Soul singer Janelle Monae went Ivy League this weekend and New Orleans-native August Alsina has released "Get Ya Money" featuring Fabolous. Watch the video and find out why Janelle was honored at Harvard inside...
After headlining at Harvard’s Yardfest 2014 over the weekend, Janelle Monae was awarded with the inaugural 2014 Award for Achievement in Arts and Media by the Harvard College Women’s Center on yesterday. This award seeks to acknowledge a prominent performer who tackles questions of identity including sex, gender, and sexuality, in their performances.
The “Electric Lady” shared personal stories about her past, including how her mother and grandmother are credited for her success and revealed the significance behind her signature black and white tuxedo look she dons for her performances.
“Embrace the things that make you unique, even if it makes people uncomfortable,” she said.
She revealed that her signature black-and-white tuxedo stage outfit is her paying homage to when she was a maid before she propelled in the music industry.
And she was also recognized as the 2014 Woman of the Year by the Black Men’s Forum at their 20th annual Celebration of Black Women Gala. Nice!
August Alsina is ready for his close-up. The New Orleans native, who made headlines after a public spat with Trey Songz, tapped Fabolous as the guest star of his "Get Ya Money" single. It's the first track from his debut disc Testimony.
Small screen stars Tia Mowry Hardrict and Tracey Edmonds were spotted making moves in the Hollywood area. Find out what they were up to inside...
Tia Mowry Hardrict was spotted walking through LA yesterday.
While wearing a pair of ripped jeans and a short top, she carried TWO servings of ice cream. We wouldn't judge if they were BOTH for her. But her hubby Cory or her son Cree was probably nearby.
Tia (alongside her sister Tamera) is on the latest cover of EBONY Magazine where she opened up about the hardships she faced after "Sister, Sister" went off the air.
The "Instant Mom" tv star revealed:
“After Sister, Sister ended, nobody was calling. My sister and I were sick and tired of being sick and tired of sitting back and waiting for those phone calls. We had the mentality, ‘We’re not going to depend on anybody anymore, we’re not going to let someone else’s value of us diminish how we value ourselves, and we’re going to put action in place.’ We put our minds together and executed [our plans].”
And clearly, those plans are working!
In other television news....
Tracey Edmonds, the beautiful girlfriend of Deion Sanders who regularly appears on “Deion’s Family Playbook”, was spotted filming scenes with Mario Lopez in The Grove yesterday. Producer Tracey, who's now billed as a "Special Correspondent" on "EXTRA", has been rumored as a possible co-host for Mario to replace Maria Menunos who was given the axe recently.
We hope her "audition" went well.
Earlier, we told you about Zoe Saldanastarring in a remake of the classic suspence flick Rosemary's Baby and now we have an extended trailer. Directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Agnieszka Holland,Rosemary's Babywill air on Sunday May 11th on NBC.
SNL-alum Maya Rudolph will star in the NBC special "The Maya Rudolph Show" for Monday, May 19 (10 pm ET/PT). Produced by Maya, David Javerbaum, Erin David, Dave Becky and SNL-creator Lorne Michaels as executive producer, the show is billed as a "classic variety show."
"The Maya Rudolph Show" will feature guest stars (and some SNL alums) Craig Robinson, Andy Samberg, Kristen Bell, Fred Armisen, Chris Parnell, and Sean Hayes ... and singer-songwriter Janelle Monae will serve as the musical guest. R&b singer-producer Raphael Saadiq will serve as bandleader.
NBC has not revealed if this will become a recurring series.