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Young, Black, and Fabulous

Michael B. Jordan, Ludacris & Eudoxiee, Big Boi & More Attend 'Fantastic Four' ATL Screening + Fantasia Hits The Stage At The Dell Music Center In Philly

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Kicking off the Fantastic Four press tour, the first screening of the film went down in Atlanta last night. And it brought out cutie Michael B. Jordan, Ludacris and his wife Eudoxiee, Big Boi and many more. Peep the red carpet pics and flicks of Fantasia rocking the stage in Philly inside….

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Sexy star Michael B. Jordan hit the Atlanta screening of his upcoming superhero feature film Fantastic Four at Cinebistro in surrounding suburb Brookhaven, GA last night. Michael aka "Johnny Storm" snapped it up with his co-stars Jamie Bell and Kate Mara along with rapper Ludacris (atop) once he made his red carpet arrival.

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Luda was joined by his wife Eudoxiee, who gave birth to their precious baby girl last month, as his date for the evening.

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ATL native and superhero fanatic Big Boi made it a family affair attending the screening with his sons Cross and Bamboo. Man, they are getting big!

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Girlfriends Getaway star Terri Vaughn hit the red carpet rocking her "Cynthia Bailey frotastic" t-shirt.

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HGTV host Egypt Sherrod popped up on the carpet in a bold printed number for the night’s festivities. She was joined on the carpet by her husband DJ Fadelf and daughter Simone.

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Also making it a family affair, 112 singer Q Parker, his wife Sharlinda Rowe-Parker and their son Quinnes Parker Jr. came out to check out all of the action in the superhero film.

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Atlanta rapper Bone Crusher and his family were front-and-center to peep the flick.

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“Rickey Smiley Morning Show” co-host Rock T was in the building.

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“Deadbeat” actor Brandon T. Jackson came out to support.

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Reality star Shay"Buckeey" Johnson, rocking a cute summery look, also hit the screening last night.

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Before the show, the Fantastic Four cast and special guest Big Boi stood before the audience to thank everyone for coming out.  Fun times!

Over in Philly...

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Fresh from her honymoon in Puerto Rico with hubby Kendall Taylor, newlywed Fantasia hit the stage to perform at the Dell Music Center in Philadelphia yesterday.

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And it appears chick was well rested to put on a hell of a performance, per usual.

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Fanny's next stop is at Chene Park in Detroit tonight.

Photos: Paras Griffin/ Atlnightspots/INF

Lauryn Hill Effortlessly Slays Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” On "Jimmy Fallon" + Jordin Sparks' New Single “They Don’t Give” + Alicia Keys’ “28 Thousand Days”

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In today’s musical round up, we have Lauryn Hill giving us our life with a fabulous cover of Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good,” Jordin Sparks drops a new single “They Don’t Give” and Alicia Keys comes with a feel good track “28 Thousands Days.” Take a listen inside….

Baby! If one thing is for sure, Lauryn Hill’s vocals will have goosebumps crawling all over your body. And her performance on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” last night did just that!

The Grammy Award winning songstress tore the stage with a flawless cover of the legendary Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good,” paying homage to the iconic blues songstress.

You’ll recall, L Boogie recorded the cover for the newly released compilation Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone, as a part of Netflix’s documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? The compliation album also features vocals from Mary J. Blige, Usher, Jazmine Sullivan, Common and Nina Simone’s daughter Lisa Simone.

Take a listen to her sultry rendition below:

 

In new music....

Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Jordin Sparks is gearing up for the release of her third studio album Right Here Right Now.

Today, she dropped the third single from her upcoming LP “They Don’t Give.” The new single is giving us a 90’s throwback R&B feel. And with good reason. Babyface and Salaam Remi helped produce the track.

On top of her new single dropping today, she also announced the date her new album is expected to drop. We can expect Jordin’s new album (which is available for pre-order on iTunes now) to be released on August 21st, featuring artists such as B.o.B, 2 Chainz, Shaggy and more. As we await Jordin’s new musical offering, take a listen to her new single “They Don’t Give” above.

And on another newly released track....
 

Alicia Keys is ready to make a comeback on the music scene with this newly released track “28 Thousand Days.” The fab mother drops another feel good track encouraging everyone to live his or her life to the fullest.

Why 28 Thousands Days? Well, we have about 28,000 days in the average life span of a human (which is about 76 years or age), so Alicia is reminding us to make every day count in the inspiring single. And what brings on this new music? Alicia is back in the studio working with her hubby Swizz Beatz and superproducer Pharrell on her follow up album to her successful 2012 LP, Girl On Fire. Get ready for more tunes from Ms. Beatz. Take a listen to the new track (which is also the background music for her new Levi’s commercial) above.

Speaking of Swizz…..
 

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Alicia and Swizz are celebrating 5 years of martial bliss today! Alicia hit up her Instagram to send a special shoutout to her hubby Swizz posting the picture above and writing,

My dearest, love of my life-

The day we saw sunflowers drawn with chalk on the NYC park concrete we knew something special was happening. Something about that day, spoke to forever...
If life is a movie you're the only one I want to share the scene with,
If love is a dream, you're the only one I want to dream with,
If life is a game, you're the one I want to be on the team with!! There's no part of my #28000days, I want to live with out you...Happy 5th anniversary my King!!!! Photo by: @brendanforbes"

Aww...how sweet. Happy Anniversary to the Deans!

 

Photo: Alicia's IG

MAGAZINES: Jada Pinkett Smith On Surviving Hollywood, The Rough Streets of Baltimore & Marriage To Will Smith

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Beloved actress and philanthropist Jada Pinkett Smith appears in the latest issue of American Way Magazine where she opens up about survival skills, navigating Hollywood and her 18-year marriage to Will Smith.  More inside...

 

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Jada Pinkett Smith is a survivor.  Raised on the tough streets of Baltimore (she was robbed at gunpont while in junior high), she moved to Hollywood at the age of 17 to begin her illustrious carrer.  In the latest issue of American Way, the magazine for American Airlines, Jada reveals the secrets to her survival and recounts her struggles.

As a woman who is constantly under the microscope for her marriage (new divorce rumors have surfaced this week), parenting skills, and political activism, her ability to survive over two decades in Hollywood is a testament to her strength and endurance. Peep the highlights here:

On marriage: Marriages go through shifts and relationships go through shifts because in life things shift. So people are automatically like, "What's going on? They must be getting a divorce." Well, no.'

On scrutiny: 'If you really want to know, I'm thankful for the Hollywood scrutiny, that that's my problem. There are mothers out there losing their sons, their husbands, their daughters. I'm blessed. 'So scrutinise me. I'll take that any day over what the majority of my people are dealing with on a daily basis. I dare not complain. Hollywood scrutiny has nothing on what I've survived just to be here.'

On picking Hollywood roles: I have really no interest in roles that keep me in a box. I’m not interested in just playing the pretty girl, or what people depict as being ‘tough’ or ‘street.’ I do love playing those gritty characters, as long as I’m given diversified ways to play them. Coming from the streets of Baltimore, I know there’s a lot of variation even within that world.”

On her upbringing: “My grandmother made sure I was trained. I had tap dance. I had ballet class. I had to learn French. I had to play the piano. She just wanted me to be the most well-rounded child.”

On her grandmother: “She was an atheist. And she was like, ‘If you want to believe in God, you have to pick your own god.”

On growing up in Baltimore: “So many people I lost on the streets,” she says, “and even just my own life, when I think back to who I was, living in Baltimore and what my ideas of survival were, and the kind of activities I was involved in at 13 years old. I was going to jail or I was gonna see a grave. Those were my two choices, because you get caught up in a mentality.”

On turning down a role on NBC's "Blossom": “I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I’ll die in this role,’ ” she remembers. “Let me tell you,” she says. “People in this industry were like, ‘Are you frigging kidding? This little nobody is saying no to a hit TV show? How dare she?!’ ” She was told she’d never get work again, but two weeks later, she did well at an audition for A Different World, the spinoff of The Cosby Show, and became a series regular. “That’s when I learned you wait when you feel something’s not right for you. You wait to take the shot. It was at a time when young and black was very hot in Hollywood. Doors were opening the way they’d never been open before.”
 

We just love her!

Peep the rest of her fierce spread below: 

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Photos via American Way

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