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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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Exclusive: Kelly Rowland’s Group June’s Diary Dish On Debut Album / Sing ‘Hotline Bling’

‘L.A.N.C.E’ Singers Spill All At The 2016 BET Awards

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That Grape Juice were on hand at the 2016 BET Awards and so too were Kelly Rowland‘s new girl group June’s Diary.

Their appearance was fitting given that the five-piece were pieced together on hit BET series ‘Chasing Destiny.’

With season one wrapped, the soulful quintet have wasted no time servicing material to the masses.

Indeed, they used the ‘Awards platform to debut the video for their new single ‘L.A.N.C.E.’

Speaking with our girl Megan on the red carpet, the collective – comprised of Shyann, Kristal, Gabby, Ashly, and Brienna, spilled on their debut album.

Watch above as they reveal whether mentor Kelly will feature on the LP; they also perform an impromptu acapella of Drake‘s ‘Hotline Bling’ – which was all sorts of amazing.

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Exclusive: Yo Gotti Dishes On ‘Down In The DM,’ New Album & More

Album ‘The Art Of Hustle’ In Stores Now

As club cuts go, few pack as potent a punch as Yo Gotti‘s ‘Down In The DM.’

A radio and Billboard smash, the track – love or loathe it – has been cited as a cultural reflector of today’s social media climate.

Already a respected entity in Hip-Hop circles, the song has catapulted the Epic Records rapper onto an international stage – especially when paired with the buzz about the Nicki Minaj assisted remix.

That Grape Juice sat down with the Memphis native to chat about the song’s success, its housing album ‘The Art Of Hustle,’ signing with LA Reid and more.

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Exclusive: Kelly Rowland Dishes On ‘Chasing Destiny’, New Album, & ‘Dumb’ Video

Diva Divulges Details On Newest Projects

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Kelly Rowland‘s empire is expanding.

The solo and group Grammy winner is leveraging her two decades in the music business towards the discovery of the next big girlband.

Aptly titled ‘Chasing Destiny,’ the BET docu-series will chronicle Rowland’s process which strives to highlight how much hard work is required to make waves.

That Grape Juice was on-hand at the show’s Los Angeles launch recently and caught up with Kelly to discuss ‘Chasing’ (which premieres April 5th), as well as her musical endeavours – namely her new album and the hotly anticipated video for ‘Dumb.’

Watch as TGJ’s Patrick chats it up with Ms. Kelly!

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Exclusive: Jason Derulo Talks Getting ‘Naked,’ Jordin Sparks, & More

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Pop maestro Jason Derulo delved into risqué R&B territory recently with the release of the video for new song ‘Naked.’

A homage of sorts to D’Angelo’s iconic ‘Untitled’ visual, the clip saw the singer strip off alongside label-mate K. Michelle as he introduced the masses to a fresh side of himself. Or should we say a few sides.

Eager to hear more, That Grape Juice’s Patrick sat down with the singer at his lavish home to discuss his new direction, upcoming mixtape, and ex Jordin Sparks – who he opens up about on ‘Naked.’

As ever, we ask the questions you really want answers to.

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Exclusive: Gabourey Sidibe Sounds Off On #OscarsSoWhite

Sunday night saw the ‘#OscarsSoWhite’ debate explode to new decibels when Chris Rock hosted the 2016 Academy Awards.

The comic took a head-on approach to addressing the issue of racial diversity (or the lack-thereof) in Hollywood.

Similarly candid about the matter was Gabourey Sidibe, who we caught up with recently.

The actress, whose role in ‘Precious’ saw her become the 8th black female (ever) to be nominated for the Best Actress Oscar, vented her frustration but also seemed optimistic about the future.

Hit “PLAY” to watch Gabby wax honest with TGJ’s Jacqueline Shepherd above.

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Exclusive: Gabourey Sidibe Blasts Beyonce Haters / Spills On New Movie ‘Grimsby’

If Gabourey Sidibe has anything, it’s a view and a voice.

The Oscar nominated actress, who has risen to prominence via roles in ‘Precious,’ ‘Empire,’ and ‘American Horror Story,’ is back – this time in Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘Grimsby.’

With the comedy being set in the UK, it was only apt that That Grape Juice London caught up with the star when she was in town to discuss her part in the movie.

Ever outspoken, she also elaborated on her tweets in support of Beyonce following the furore that erupted from some in the wake of the release of the diva’s ‘Formation.’

Watch above as Gabby chats it up with TGJ’s Jacqueline.

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Exclusive: Mathew Knowles Dishes On Destiny’s Child Reunion, Beyonce, & Rihanna

Candid Chat Launches TGJ’s Newest Feature – ‘Meet The Makers’

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As media entrepreneurs go, few come as seasoned or successful as Mathew Knowles.

Over the course of his illustrious career, the Music World mogul has managed major names such as daughter Beyonce, Destiny’s Child, and Nas. He has also facilitated multi-million dollar deals with the likes of L’Oreal, Walmart, and many more.

Eager to share his story and inspire entrepreneurs of tomorrow, Knowles penned his first book, #1 bestseller ‘The DNA of Achievers: 10 Traits of Highly Successful Professionals.’

In our quest to bring you a behind the scenes look at those who “make the magic happen,” our candid chat with the industry maestro is the is first instalment brand new feature ‘Meets The Makers.’

Read below as Knowles waxes honest about his career, his book, parting ways with Beyonce, a Destiny’s Child reunion, Rihanna, and much more.

As ever, we ask the questions you really want answers to.

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That Grape Juice Interviews Tweet

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Ten…long…years.

Indeed, it’s been a decade since talented songbird Tweet blessed the industry with a new project. And while such a lengthy spell away from the limelight (in an official capacity) would dissolve the strongest of fanbases, it’s made hers even more steadfast.  This feat is evidenced by the critical reception of her comeback single ‘Won’t Hurt Me’ (the kickoff release from her January 2016-due album ‘Charlene’).

In this candid interview with That Grape Juice, the soulful stunner talks her hiatus, the state of R&B, compromising her sound, her new album, and much more. As ever, we ask the questions you really want answers to.

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‘Creed’ K.O’s Competition With $42 Million Debut / Michael B. Jordan Talks Exclusively To That Grape Juice

Award Winning Actor Talks To TGJ About Hit Movie

‘Creed’ dealt a dynamite blow to all box office projections this week.

The boxing flick, which continues the ‘Rocky’ legacy, capped off with a five-day domestic total of $42.6 million.

Impressive on a number of fronts, the figure is particularly noteworthy because it means the Michael B. Jordan film bests initial estimates ($35 million) by a considerable margin. What’s more, the sum sees the movie (which smartly co-stars Sylvester Stallone) become the most successful ‘Rocky’ movie launch of all-time – topping the $21 million debut of Stallone’s last stint as lead [2006’s ‘Rocky Balboa’].

With industry analysts predicting a $100 million eventual total for ‘Creed’ (which had a $35 million budget), its 29-year director Ryan Coogler and all involved have much to smile about.

That Grape Juice’s Megan Thomas caught up with Michael B. Jordan at the movie’s Los Angeles premiere. Watch above as he gushes about the role that’s set to blast his star into the stratosphere.

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Exclusive: Tori Kelly Talks Breakout Success / Teases Ariana Grande Duet

Vocal Wonder’s Star Keeps Rising / Managed By Bieber & Grande Honcho

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In the crowded music business, it’s often hard to make one’s voice heard above the roars of chart titans and the whispers of others on the come-up.

However, for talented Tori Kelly 2015 has seen the masses sit up and pay all sorts of attention.

Having massed a loyal following online, the vocal powerhouse was swiftly snapped up by industry force Scooter Braun and recently released her debut album ‘Unbreakable Smile.’

Powered by rousing singles ‘Nobody Love’ and ‘Should’ve Been Us,’ the well-received set has helped cement Kelly as a name that’ll undoubtedly be here for the long haul.

With new single ‘Hollow’ out now, That Grape Juice caught up with the 22-year-old to talk her meteoric rise, show-stopping performances at the BET and MTV Video Music Awards, and possible collaborations with fellow members of Team Braun – Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber.

Watch above as TGJ talks to the name on everyone’s lips!

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‘Unbreakable Smile’ is out now!

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