Last night sultry r&b diva Sevyn Streeter rolled into town with her Girl Disrupted Tour and of course NYC showed up and showed out to see the lady of the hour. The singer/songwriter took over the stage at BB Kings which was jam packed with media , fans & celebrity guest including Mack Wilds , Luke James , Ty Huner & Ro James. The sultry siren backed by 2 dancers and a DJ cranked out some of her hits as well as some of her latest singles ‘ Prolly ‘ , ‘D4L’ & ‘ Before I Do ‘ . Now if that wasn’t enough she even gave a preview of two new songs which featured August Alsina & Ty Dolla Sign which had everyone wishing that her new album was still dropping this month. Now although the album has been pushed back to the spring, last nights show made it even more clear that Sevyn is ready to take over the world with her hypnotizing stage show. Watch as she perform some of her fan favorite hits like ‘It Wont Stop’ , ‘Shattered’ , ‘Sex On The Ceiling ‘ , ‘Please Dont Kill The Fun’ , ‘Ex Boyfriend’ , ‘B.A.N’ & more which had the fans anticipating her long awaited debut album.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of stopping by Sirius XM studios along with a few members of the press and VIP subscribers for a special up close and personal chat with the legendary Bell Biv Devoe. The hit makers were in town to promote the release of their upcoming album “Three Stripes” and their highly anticipated Biopic “The New Edition Story” . Watch as Ronnie , Ricky & Mike sit down with Sway & Heather B to talk about their growing pains in the music industry, finally getting their just due , family life , their new album & so much more in this in depth interview via Facebook Live . Don’t forget to tune into to 3 part mini series “The New Edition Story” which is set to air on Jan 24-26th at 9pm on BET.
This past weekend lucky fans of the legendary group New Edition along with press were in for a treat in NYC after being invited to a special screening of the highly anticipated BET biopic ‘ The New Edition Story ‘. The event held at the AMC Theater on 34th street was packed with fans waiting to see the first night of the 3 part series and trust me its was well worth the wait. Now of course some of the films stars including Elijah Kelly (Ricky Bell) , Luke James (Johnny Gill) , Keith Powers (Ronnie Devoe) , Algee Smith (Ralph Tresvant) , Woody McClain (Bobby Brown) , Caleb Brown ( Young Ricky Bell ) and Dante Hoagland (Young Michael Bivins) were in attendance for the special event along with the films director Chris Robinson and executive producer Jesse Collins. We wont give a detailed review just yet but the first night of the mini series showcases the 5 fellas of New Edition growing up in Boston as they come together with the help of their manager Brooke Payne (Wood Haris) who leads them on the path to fame.
The stellar performances from the young actors were so captivating that it felt like we were right along with them for the ride which had everyone singing along to every song. The casting was perfect for not only the fellas but some of our favorites appear in part one including LaLa Anthony , Monica Calhoun , Lisa Nicole Carson , Yvette Nicole Brown , Faizon Love , Tank & Michael Rapaport. Now if that wasn’t enough, the audience was in for another treat because right after the screening the cast took the time out to do a personal Q&A hosted by Hot 97’s own TT Torez. Check out pics and footage from the special night as we spoke to the cast about working on the film and so much more . Make sure to tune in for the must see film airing on Jan 24th-26th at 9pm on BET.
Tonight some of music’s finest came together for ABC’s special ‘ Taking The Stage : African American Music and Stories That Changed America ‘ . Watch as some of our favorites like Usher, Fantasia , Ne-Yo , Christina Aguilera , Mary J Blige , Stevie Wonder , Gladys Knight , Gary Clark Jr , Cynthia Erivo . Chloe & Halle , Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, and Shirley Caesar take the stage below.
Tonight some of Hollywood’s biggest stars come out for the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards. The big event held at The Beverly Hilton will be jam packed with some of our favorites in tv & film and of course they will be dressed in their finest just in case they win the big award. Check out pics as stars like Kerry Washington , Viola Davis , Denzel Washington , Pharrell , John Legend , Janelle Monae, Mahershala Ali , Octavia Spencer , Angela Bassett , Keith Stanfield , Gina Rodriguez , Zoe Saldana , Issa Rae , Donald Glover , Anthony Anderson , Tracee Ellis Ross , Regina King , Thandie Newton , Priyanka Chopra . Cuba Gooding Jr & more hit the red carpet before making their way into the show hosted by Jimmy Fallon below.
So if You didn’t get to see the big show some of our favorites took home a Golden Globes. Donald Glover won big as he took home two awards for Best Actor and best Comedy series for his work in Atlanta.Tracee Ellis Ross won Best Actress in a Comedy for her role on ‘Blackish’, while Viola Davis nabbed Best Supporting actress for her role in ‘Fences’. Now if that wasn’t enough Best Picture in Drama went to “Moonlight” which just proved that black star power is alive and well and if we continue to support one another more of our stores will be told. If you missed the awards check out their acceptance speeches and backstage interviews below.
Earlier today in Hollywood Emmy Award winning superstar actress Viola Davis was honored with her own star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. Check out pics and video from the special occasion as shes joined by her family and peers including Meryl Streep and the cast of her hit ABC series ‘How To Get Away With Murder’ below.
Last night we had the honor of attending superstar rapper/actor Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def sold out concert at the world famous Apollo Theater. The prolific rap star took the stage after announcing that he would be retiring from entertainment with these last 4 concerts to close out the year along with 3 new albums. The Brooklyn, NY native took over the stage at the historic venue as he captivated the crowd for over 90 minutes as he performed some new songs off of two of his albums just as one of them “December99” were released earlier in the day. Now of course through out his set he mentioned that he was nervous hitting the stave but without any real set list or practiced he owned the stage like he never left it. The charismatic performer controlled the crowd whenever he wanted to have a sentimental moment as he spoke about his love for the fans who appreciate his gift but why it was now time for him to move on from entertaining the masses.
Now although reality would soon set in that he wont be releasing more music or performing anymore , last night was a time to celebrate with him as he gave his fans everything they wanted and more. The MC not only performed never before heard records but he had to rock many of his classic hits which had the crowd going crazy and if that wasn’t enough he even had help from friends like Slick Rick & Pharaohe Monch. Now unfortunately if you didn’t attend the show last night then you weren’t able to witness greatness but luckily we got tons of footage from the epic event which will definitely go down in history.
Last night superstar Beyonce held a private viewing party of her album ‘Lemonade’ to help kick off the holidays in LA . The special event held at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre was packed with family , friends , celebs , executives , media and a few lucky fans . Check out footage as she surprised the crowd with a special performance below.
Hot shots stars have come out for the 22nd annual Critics Choice Awards. The special ceremony held at Barker Hanger in Santa Monica,CA was packed with some of today’s biggest celebrities. Check out pics from the red carpet & inside the big show as stars like Viola Davis , Denzel Washington, Tracee Ellis Ross , Courtney B. Vance , Donald Glover , Kerry Washington , Anthony Anderson , Janelle Monae , Nia Long , Cuba Gooding Jr , Common , Damon Wayans , Sterling K. Brown , Aldis Hodge , Brian Tyree Henry , Keith Stanfield , Lisa Bonet , Naomie Harris , Ru Paul , Kylie Bunbury , Susan Kelechi Watson & more come together for the big celebration below.
Last night stars came out in New Jersey for Hot 97’s annual ‘Hot 4 The Holidays’ Concert. The special event held at the prudential center was packed with fans & media who came out to see some of today’s finest in Hip Hop and R&B. The show kicked off some of today’s fresh faced talent like rising r&b stars Jidenna & Khelani while rappers Joey Badass and Lil Yachty took over the stage right after. Now that was just the beginning because up next was the king of the south T.I. and trust me he cranked out all of his hits which definitely kept the crowd on their feet. Legendary DJ Funkmaster Flex was up next with his all star line up of friends as guest like French Montana , Young M.A. , Jeezy , Fat Joe & Remy Ma tore down the stage as if they were the headliners. Rap star Travis Scott was up next and got the audience hyped as he cranked out some of his fan favorite hits before jumping in the crowd to sing right along with them.
But all of these acts were just the appetizer for last nights headliner the iconic Usher. The legendary r&b superstarstar hit the stage for a jam packed 35 minute set backed by a full band and 6 dancers who brought the house down the minute they touched the stage. Usher gave us hit after performing songs like ‘Good Kisser’ , ‘U Dont Have To Call’ , ‘Caught Up’ , U Got It Bad ‘ , ‘ Missing You ‘ , ‘ Confessions ‘ and more but when ‘ Bad Girl ‘ came on the crowd went wild as he brought out special guest Teyana Taylor to rock the stage with him. Now we all could’ve went home but there was still more in store from Usher. He closed out his set with his classic ‘Yeah’ and his hit single ‘No Limit’ with special guest Young Thug & ASAP Ferg. Now if you werent in the building last night then yes you missed out on one hell of a show. Check out pics & exclusive footage from the epic concert which i promise you will only get bigger and better next year.
Pics courtesy of Getty Images , Branndann Art & Walik Goshorn