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Exclusive: ‘Moonlight’ Star Trevante Rhodes Talks Movie’s Success & ‘Predator’ Role

‘Moonlight’ has emerged as one the biggest success stories in recent years.

A testament to the power of stellar storytelling, the independent flick – which explores Black homosexuality – has enjoyed a slow and steady ascend.

Last month saw its rise culminate in a Golden Globe win and tonight it’s in contention for a number of awards at the 2017 Oscars.

This week, That Grape Juice caught up one of ‘Moonlight’s lead actors Trevante Rhodes at the 2017 American Black Film Festival Honors to discuss the film’s resonating impact.

Rising star Rhodes also opened up about his exciting role in rebooted blockbuster ‘The Predator.’

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Exclusive: Maxwell Says Next Album Is Coming Really Soon

R&B Icon Says Initial Hiatus Was To Avoid Over-Saturating Market

Few artists are as revered and respected as R&B icon Maxwell.

As such, we were elated to catch up with the crooner at the BET American Black Film Festival Honors in Los Angeles this week.

In attendance to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the movie ‘Love Jones’ (the soundtrack for which housed his song ‘Sumthin’ Sumthin’), the singer stopped to chat EXCLUSIVELY with That Grape Juice; dishing on the film and its significance and and his upcoming new album.

The latter will serve as the final instalment of his ‘BLACKsummer’snight’ trilogy.

Last year brought with it the second part, which arrived after a seven year hiatus.

This go round, Maxwell says he won’t be leaving his fans waiting as long. Watch his chat with TGJ’s Ques above to find out why.

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Exclusive Interview: Keyshia Cole Dishes On New Music, Reality Show, Movies & More

Grammy nominated R&B songbird Keyshia Cole is undoubtedly at a crossroad in her career.

A celebrated songstress often branded “this generation’s Mary J. Blige” for her soulful tales of love gone wrong and undeviating appeals to the heartbroken, Cole once held a unique place among her rhythmic contemporaries as her releases – even in the genre’s initial decline – consistently topped charts and defied sales odds.

Yet, as R&B began to succumb to the wiles of fusions (see: trap, pop, etc.), it appeared to threaten the holds of even its heaviest hitmakers, Cole included.  By the time her 2014 release, the critically polarizing ‘Point of No Return,’ hit the shelves, some fans feared she’d reach just that.

Determined to prove the naysayers wrong, Keyshia is back – and as she tells That Grape Juice – better than ever.  Tuck in below to read what she shared exclusively with TGJ about her return to music, reality TV, and even plans to venture into movies:

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That Grape Juice Interviews LaTavia Roberson

Destiny’s Child Original Talks Struggles, Triumph, And…A Reunion

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Ever keen to take you above and beyond the industry’s velvet rope, That Grape Juice has engaged in conversations with some of the world’s brightest stars since its conception almost a decade ago.

From actors to singers, Reality TV producers to directors, we’re proud to say that we’ve interviewed true game-changers whose work has shifted cultures and inspired generations.

However, few of them can say they’ve made half as much impact as the woman we caught up with last week.

As a founding member of Destiny’s Child, LaTavia Roberson‘s run in the group saw her reach global superstardom alongside bandmates LeToya Luckett, Beyonce and Kelly Rowland by way of music and visuals that elevated them to levels  beyond those reached by the En Vogue‘s and TLC‘s of the world.

Much has changed since we were first introduced to Roberson in 1997.

What success means for her now?

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Freshly Squeezed: Introducing… Thirdstory

US Trio Already Playing To Sold-Out Crowds Globally

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Authenticity.

It’s a trait rarely sewn into the fabric of todays new talent; many of whose success is the end product of a Fordist production line.

For trio Thirdstory though, being organic is ingrained in their artistic DNA and has consequently won them a mass following the globe over. And the support is growing.

Honing in on power of the internet, the group – comprised of Ben, Richard, and Elliott – uploaded cover after soulful cover; in the process creating the perfect storm of anticipation for their own material.

With their debut album due in 2017 and current single ‘G Train (ft. Pusha T)’ making all the right noise, we caught up with member Richard to discuss their rise, artistry, and takeover plans.

Our discussion came on the heels of two sold-out dates in London.

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Exclusive: DJ Mustard Dishes On Rihanna, His Breakthrough, Beyonce, & More

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DJ Mustard has a lot to smile about.

In a time when folk are questioning the existence of “super producers,” the California native is proving himself music’s go-to hitmaker.

Having crafted smashes for the likes of Rihanna, Fergie, and Tinashe, Mustard is spreading more of his magic in the form of new album ‘Cold Summer.’

Boasting collaborations with the likes of Nicki Minaj, John Legend, YG, and Rick Ross, that set has earned him praise aplenty.

That Grape Juice caught up with the turn-up king to discuss the project, his rise to prominence, working on Rihanna‘s ‘ANTI,’ Beyonce, future plans, and much more.

Get to know DJ Mustard all the more after the jump…

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Exclusive: Justine Skye Spills On Signing With Roc Nation, WizKid Rumors, & New Music

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Sky is indeed the limit for rising singer Justine Skye.

The Brooklyn-bred belle has been touted as one to watch ever since she burst onto the scene with a cover of Drake’s ‘Headlines.’

In the years since, she’s been steadily building buzz and at 21 is ready to crank her career up a notch.

To help that cause, she departed her longtime label and signed a lucrative deal with Roc Nation/Republic Records.

With an album on the way and her new single ‘U Don’t Know (ft. WizKid)’ burning up the airwaves, we caught up with Skye to chat about her journey and a whole lot more.

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Exclusive: Jordan Fisher Dishes On Debut Album, Opening For Alicia Keys, Beyonce & More

Since bursting onto the scene, Jordan Fisher has been making all the right waves.

Debuting on the TV scene, the rising star has swapped the small screen for broader pastures.

To assist that charge, the 22-year-old has tapped a who’s who of the industry and collaboratively cooked up a pulsating Urban-Pop sound that has many buzzing.

Including Alicia Keys.

The songbird called on the singer recently to serve as opener on her headlining slot at the Apple Music Festival in London.

That Grape Juice caught up with Fisher during that visit and chatted it up about his upcoming new album, working with the some of music’s most notable names, standing out from the Chris Brown‘s and co, loving Beyonce, and much more.

Articulate and enlightened, the young talent proves he has the spark on and off-stage.

Jordan’s self titled EP is out now. His full-length album arrives next year.

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Exclusive: Tory Lanez Talks Drake, Critics, Success & More

Album ‘I Told You’ In-Stores Now

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With each new year comes a sea of fresh faces hoping to make waves. In the Urban arena, few have made more of a mark in 2016 than Toronto’s Tory Lanez.

Indeed, his unique rap-sung style has earned him fans in the realms of both Hip-Hop and R&B, as well as high chartings with hits such as ‘LUV’ and ‘Say It.’

This summer saw the 24-year-old bring the heat with his debut album ‘I Told You,’ which impressively opened at #4 on the Billboard 200.

That Grape Juice caught up with the star to discuss a multitude of topics, including his newfound fame, collaborating with rival Drake, being his own influence, critics, and a whole lot more.

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Exclusive: Beyonce’s Backing Singer Montina Cooper Steps To Front

Mamas Member Talks Solo Project & What It’s Like In Team Bey

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For many a Beyonce fan, Montina Cooper is familiar name, face, and voice.

Over the last decade, the seasoned singer-songwriter has been a integral member of The Mamas – Queen Bey’s sassy backing group.

Together, they’ve toured the globe countless times over and helped shape the sound and brand that defines Beyonce as a live performer.

While still enjoying and excelling in that role, Cooper is now stepping into the solo spotlight.

With new album ‘Closer’ creating all the right waves, That Grape Juice caught up with the seasoned songbird to chat about the project and much more. What

Join us below, where a tale of talent and triumph awaits…

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Exclusive: BET Awards 2016 Round-Up [Starring LeToya Luckett, Empire’s Yazz, Frank Gatson, Akon, & More]

Time sure flies!

It’s been a week since the 2016 BET Awards and, like many, we’re still on a high from what was a phenomenal show.

That Grape Juice was in the house for what the annual special’s 16th anniversary. And while on the carpet, we caught up with a host of notable names.

‘Chasing Destiny’s’ Frank Gatson chatted it up about what to expect from June’s Diary – the girl group he created alongside Kelly Rowland on the show.

Akon also dished on winning the Global Good Award ahead of the telecast; Jacob Latimore spilled on new music; and ‘Rise Up’ songstress Andra Day opened up about her relationship with Stevie Wonder.

The likes of ‘Empire’s Yazz The Greatest, LeToya Luckett, Beyonce stylist Ty Hunter, Rae Sremmurd, Anderson, .Paak and more also showed love.

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Exclusive: Rae Sremmurd Star Talks Writing Beyonce’s ‘Formation’

TGJ Catches Up With Swae Lee At 2016 BET Awards

As one of the world’s most monumental mega-stars, Beyonce has mastered the art of not just making music – but making “moments.”

One of her most profound was unleashed this February in the form of ‘Formation.’

An unapologetic celebration of her Blackness (and that of millions the world over), the cut and its accompanying video drew both praise and critique. More than anything, it ignited much needed conversation – which perhaps is where it’s greatest success lay. [The song would go on to enjoy a #10 peak on the Billboard Hot 100 months later when released with the singer’s sixth album ‘Lemonade’].

That Grape Juice caught up with one of the song’s primary writers – Swae Lee from duo Rae Sremmurd – at the 2016 BET Awards and quizzed him on what it was like working with the Queen Bey on the track. 

See what he had to say above and peep the award-winning video for ‘Formation’ below…

Rae Sremmurd’s new single ‘Do Yoga is out now; as is their album ‘Sremm Life 2′ arrives August 12th.

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