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Exclusive: That Grape Juice Interviews Lyfe Jennings

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With his unmistakable rasp, street-suffused songs, and trusted guitar, Lyfe Jennings continues to breath new life into R&B some 11 years since his debut.

Packing a poetic punch into his biggest hits (see:  “Hypothetically,” “Must Be Nice,” “Busy,” and more), Jennings has always been an anomaly on the Urban scene, daring to offer lyrics of depth even since his beginnings at the height of the “crunk movement.”  And, as his newest offering ‘Tree of Lyfe’ (due June 23rd) shows, the singer/songwriter has no intentions of abandoning his tried and true sonic or lyrical formula anytime soon.

That Grape Juice was honored to chat with Jennings recently where he discussed his new music and so much more.  It all awaits below:

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Exclusive: Alexandra Burke Dishes On ‘Renegade’ EP, New Album, Leona Lewis, Ciara & More

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Alexandra Burke is back. After a lengthy break from releasing music, the soulful singer has unleashed much-anticipated new EP ‘Renegade.’ The 26-year-old’s latest effort, which she bills as an artistic renaissance, sees her experiment with different textures and sounds and exudes confidence in earnest.

Recently, That Grape Juice caught up with the vocal wonder to talk everything ‘Renegade’ and more.

Join us after the jump where we quiz the songstress on the creation of the EP, her upcoming 3rd album and transitioning into the acting world. She also shares her thoughts on X Factor sister Leona Lewis and fellow stage-blazers Ciara and Tinashe.


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Exclusive: Mo’Nique Talks ‘Blackbird’ & ‘Blackballed’ Controversy

Academy Award Winner Also Speaks On 'Empire'

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Mo’Nique has been making many a headline of late, however the actress is ready to recast the spotlight on her Oscar winning talent.

April 24th will bring with it the theatrical release of her latest movie ‘Blackbird,’ which has had critics buzzing for months.

Produced by both Mo’Nique and Isaiah Washington (who also stars), the coming-of-age film focusses on the trials of seventeen year old Randy and his tense family life, hidden sexuality, and discovery of self.

That Grape Juice caught up with Mo’ to discuss the project, as well as the ‘blackballed’ controversy, ‘Empire,’ the strides of Black actresses, and much, much more. As ever, we ask the questions you really want answers to.

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That Grape Juice Interviews ‘R&B Divas’ Creator Phil Thornton

Producer Invites TGJ Behind The Scenes Of Hit Series & Talks Future Plans

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Almost 1 million viewers tuned in to catch the very first episode of TV One’s ‘R&B Divas: Atlanta‘, thanks largely to the show’s compelling fly-on-the-wall look into the lives of five singers who’ve left their stiletto print on the genre.

Today its creators Faith Evans and Phil Thornton are the proud parents of a Los Angeles-based spinoff, and so- ever eager to keep you in the know- That Grape Juice caught up with the latter to discuss his growing empire and the glass shattering divas at the heart of it.

Thornton’s interview with TGJ’s David below…

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Exclusive: Keyshia Cole Talks Going Independent, New Album, Beyonce, & Being Single

Keyshia Cole is at quite the crossroads – both personally and professionally.

The Grammy nominated songbird is sharing her journey of music, motherhood, and family drama in her hit BET series ‘Keyshia Cole: All In,’ which we caught up with her to discuss this week.

Ever candid, the singer opened up to That Grape Juice about the new phases fans will see her entering into on the show – which airs every Tuesday at 9.30pm.

Most notable was her revelation that she’s going independent, as well as her confirmation that she’s already hard at work on her new album – the follow-up to 2014’s ‘Point Of No Return.’

Cole also talks her separation, as well as wanting to collaborate with Beyonce.

Hit ‘PLAY’ above to watch the first of our two-part interview with the R&B star.

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Exclusive: Sevyn Streeter Spills On New Album, August Alsina Duet, & Beyonce Grammy Snub

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Since charging onto the scene two years ago, Sevyn Streeter has has skilfully established herself as one of R&B’s most promising talents.

Indeed, her refreshing sound and captivating stage presence have won her favor from fans and industry critics.

On the cusp of releasing her debut album (the follow-up to 2013 EP, ‘Call Me Crazy, But…’), the singer sat down with That Grape Juice to dish about the project and much more.

Hit ‘PLAY’ above to see the rising star talk about working with Chris Brown, her exciting August Alsina collaboration, and the Beyonce Grammy drama.

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Exclusive: That Grape Juice Interviews ‘Empire’ Star Malik Yoba

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FOX’s wildly popular new show ‘Empire’ has breathed life anew into the career of television star Malik Yoba. Best known for leading the channel’s former flagship series ‘New York Undercover,’ fans of the hit 90’s show (and ‘Empire’ alike) were so sure that the veteran actor had been off TV’s radar since the show’s unceremonious end – a belief Yoba wholeheartedly shuns.

From memorable showings on Tyler Perry‘s ‘Why Did I Get Married’ movie franchise to at least 12 other showings across television, he’s been far from out of sight over the past two decades.  And, if our exclusive chat with the star is any indication, we should expect to see much more of him in the near future.

Tuck in below as Yoba dishes with TGJ editor Rashad on ‘Empire’s success, its critical backlashes (see: alleged “gay agenda,” poor representation of African Americans), and much more.

Never one to bite his tongue, it’s safe to say Malik Yoba made this a “must read”:

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