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VIVA LAS VEGAS....Mariah Carey Makes A GRAND ENTRANCE To Kick Off Her Caesars Palace Residency + Nas READIES New Album And Break Dancing Documentary

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It was an entrance fit for a queen as pop diva Mariah Carey rode into Las Vegas in a 1936 pink convertible to kick off her residency. See photos from the arrival "extravaganza" inside and get the deets on Nas' upcoming documentary and album.

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Mariah Carey has arrived...in Las Vegas.  The "extravagant" entrance began with Mariah arriving at the entrance to Caesars Palace (where she'll kick off a residency on May 6th) in a classic 1936 pink convertible as 18 mobile billboards blasting her No. pop 1 hits (Vision of Love, Love Takes Time, We Belong Together) as she pulled up to the scene.

Backstage at Caesars Palace Colosseum in Vegas, Mariah said "No matter what, we're going to make it into a festive moment, darling. It's an extravaganza."

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Did the dramatics end there? Of course not.

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Once she arrived, Mariah was "carried" into The Colosseum by muscle-bound men dressed as gladiators (a la Cleopatra).

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On Instagram, Mimi told the Lambs "Festivity!!! Thank you for such an amazing welcome. See you at the shows!!!! #1toInfinity"

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In case you missed it, Mariah also dropped the full audio of her sing "Infinity" to worldwide fanfare.  And she seemingly went IN on her ex husband Nick Cannon.

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Mariah's show "Mariah #1 to Infinity" kicks off on May 6, where she'll sing all 18 of her #1s at 18 scheduled performances (so far). Tickets are $55 to $250. 

 

In more music news...

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Nas has teamed with journalist-turned-filmmaker Adam Sjöberg for a new documentary named Shake the Dust (available on iTunes May 19). The new film chronicles the influence of breakdancing and showcases some of the most jaw-dropping breakdancing moves ever committed to film.

But that's not all....Nas is dropping a new album this summer! He made the announcement at Orlando’s Vain Nightclub over the weekend.

 

While we didn't quite catch the name of the new album....we hope it's not "Death To All Snitches."  Are you excited?!

 

 

 

EXTRAS:

1.   Jamie Foxx tapped to sing national anthem at Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. Story.

 

Photos via Splash/WENN/Getty

Kendrick Lamar & Fiancée Whitney Alford Hit Up Dodgers Game + Kendrick Throws First Pitch

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Kendrick Lamar and his fiancée Whitney Alford were spotted in the stands at the L.A. Dodgers game yesterday. Peep their coupledom pics and check out Kendrick throwing the ceremonial first pitch inside….

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Yesterday, Kendrick Lamar and his high school sweetheart turned fiancée Whitney Alford hit up the L.A. Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants game at Dodger Stadium in L.A. Nothing like an evening out at the field enjoying beer, peanuts and cracker jacks.

 

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The west coast rapper, who recently released his third studio album To Pimp A Butterfly, was tapped to throw out the ceremonial first pitch to kick-off the game. It’s always a fun ocassion watching celebs attempt at sports. Remember 50 Cent’s horrendous first pitch at the Mets game? Ha!

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After hanging out in the dugout, Kendrick made his way to the pitcher’s mound and took a few moments to get himself together before throwing the ceremonial pitch. Then.....

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He hurled the ball, pitching it to Evelyn Lozada’s fiancé/Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford.  And he actually did a good job. Check it below:

Nice! 50, take note sir.

While in the dugout, Compton native Kendrick dropped a mini freestyle to the tune of his track "i":

 

A video posted by Los Angeles Dodgers (@dodgers) on Apr 26, 2015 at 11:44am PDT

 

Maybe K Dot was a good luck charm for the home team as the Dodgers defeated the Giants, 8-3.

 

Photos: Splash/Dodgers' IG

Do We Need This: Viola Davis Set To Play Harriet Tubman In HBO Movie

 

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Viola Davis is set to star in an upcoming HBO movie about the life of famous runaway slave an abolitionist Harriet Tubman. But, do we need another movie depicting blacks as slaves? Let’s discuss inside…

“How to Get Away with Murder” star Viola Davis will portray famous abolitionist Harriet Tubman, who was born Araminta Ross in the early 1800's, in an upcoming HBO telefilm about the former slave’s life, as Deadline just announced.  Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery in 1849 and came up with a plan to help hundreds of slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad.

The biopic (which is currently be developed) will be based on the biography “Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman: Portrait of an American Hero” by historian Kate Clifford Larson.

Not only is the Oscar and Emmy nominee set to star in the lead role, she’s also executive producing the project with her husband Julius Tennon through their JuVee Productions, along with Amblin TV’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank, Ellin and Jim Lefkowitz of Halyard Park, and Cliff Dorfman. Amblin TV was also behind box office hit The Help that awarded Viola with an Oscar nomination for her role as a black maid named Aibileen Clark.

Which brings us to this…do we really need ANOTHER slave-era focused movie in 2015? Some people would say yes! There are plenty folks who applaud stories of slavery, partiularly here in America, continuously being told.  Educating by means of film has always been necessary and impactful.  Additionally, when you attach an A-lister such as Viola to the project, it may get more attention and more eyes to see the film.  Bottom line, telling necessary stories to the masses is the goal, right? 

On the flip side, there are many who feel we do NOT need anymore of this.  At least not in such an overwhelming form with so many slave-era based films coming down the pipeline.  Questions are being posed on social media and beyond about why we are continuously seeing more movies about slavery and servitude, and why do those roles SEEM to garner more award recognition then other types of roles.

Some feel the influx of slave stories is actually a way to “control” the perception and supression of blacks in this country. There indeed seems to be a trend, or is it just Hollywood being its usual 'if it worked the first time, let's not reinvent the wheel but keep recreating what worked' self?

'Why does Viola need to play a slave (even though she’s playing an abolitionist) when she has already played the poor negro on a few occasions,' some have asked.  Especially when she’s getting so much acclaim and praise as a genius lawyer in the hit ABC series. Many are asking, in the larger sense, 'Why are "they" constantly casting and greenlighting black A-listers who can play roles such as doctors and lawyers and inventors in the roles of slaves?'

Not to mention, Hollywood could care less about our history and ultimately is in the business of making money. And alot of it. The Butler, The Help, Django Unchained and 12 Years a Slave have made MILLIONS of dollars at the box office. Millions of dollars made off the portrayal of blacks as slaves. Is the influx of slave-era films necessary? (For the record, we're definitely here for educating the masses properly as much as possible about black and American history.) Is there a fine line between what could be seen as necessary educational depictions and explotative depictions with ulterior motives?

 

SPEAK ON IT!
 

 

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