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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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That Grape Juice Interview Grammy-Nominated Gospel Girl Group Virtue

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With a coveted Dove Award win, Grammy and Stellar Award nominations, critical acclaim, and nearly 20 years of memorable music to their credit, to say that Contemporary gospel trio Virtue have made their mark on the gospel music scene at large would be an understatement.

Introducing a fresh take on the fusion of Urban and gospel music with their 1997 self-titled debut, the group – comprised of sisters Ebony Holland, Karima Kibble, and Heather Martin – embarked on a journey of sonic excellence that would lead them from humble Southern beginnings to the top of gospel charts with signature hits like “Get Ready,” “Put Your War Clothes On,” “Til’ You Believe,” “Lord, I Lift My Hands,” and more.

Now, with a trail of gospel gems in their rearview, the sensational sister act is looking to forge a new path with their long-awaited comeback project. Led by “You Are,” their new Billboard top 30 single, the stunning ladies of Virtue sit down with That Grape Juice to discuss their re-release ‘Testimony:  Reloaded,’ the new album that’s still in the works, and more.

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Exclusive: Nick Jonas Dishes On Solo Debut, Iggy Azalea, Gay Fans, & More

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Pop pin-up Nick Jonas has been generating ample heat over the last year thanks to his Platinum flavored jam ‘Jealous’.

Lifted from his self-titled debut, the track has helped establish the former Jonas Brothers staple as one of the industry’s hottest new solo stars.

Currently gearing up to hit the road with Iggy Azalea on The Great Escape Tour, the 22-year-old chatted it up with That Grape Juice about his meteoric rise, racy image, gay fans, the media scrutiny of Azalea, his current music and his next project.

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Exclusive: Ne-Yo Talks New Album Non-Fiction, Rihanna, Streaming Issues, & More

Grammy Winner Opens Up To That Grape Juice

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Next Tuesday heralds the worldwide release of Ne-Yo‘s sixth studio album ‘Non Fiction’.

Easily the Grammy winner’s most R&B flavored effort in years, the set has been showered with praise from critics and has fared well commercially with singles ‘She Knows’ and ‘Time Of Our Lives’.

That Grape Juice caught up with the singer-songwriter recently and quizzed him on a number of topics including his return to Urban, his racier image, issues with streaming, and new projects from Rihanna and Janet Jackson.

Ever frank, the star delivered insightful conversation.

Check out our interview with Ne-Yo below…

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Exclusive: Hitmaker Harmony Spills On New Ciara Single & Album

Ciara is coming and sooner than one might think!

These were the sentiments relayed by hit-making producer Harmony, who we can EXCLUSIVELY reveal has landed the lead single from the diva’s new album.

That Grape Juice caught up with the music maestro recently and chatted it up about his meteoric rise and the many releases he has on the horizon for 2015 – including songs on new LP’s from Fifth Harmony, Tamar Braxton, and JoJo.

Top of the list, it seems though, was CiCi’s project which he gushed about in earnest.

Hit ‘PLAY’ above to hear about what he’s cooked up with the R&B songbird and be sure to keep it locked on That Grape Juice for more from our interview with Harmony!

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That Grape Juice Interviews Gospel Hitmaker J. Moss

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All roads lead to November 25th for one of gospel’s premier crooners J. Moss.

The multi-talented singer/songwriter/producer, whose impressive catalogue includes gems like ‘We Must Praise,’ ‘Unto Thee,’ and ‘Praise on the Inside,’ has assembled a track list of new soon-to-be fan favorites via his new project ‘Grown Folks Gospel.’  Getting a hand from Faith Evans, Maroon 5, and more, the album – from what we’ve heard alone – is certainly unlike anything else on record shelves right now.

Now, it’s your turn to learn more.

Chatting exclusively to That Grape Juice, Moss dishes on the inspiration behind the title, what listeners can expect from the highly anticipated project, and more.  Get ready for J. in ways you’ve never seen or heard him before.  It all awaits below:

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Exclusive: Nate Parker Dishes On ‘Beyond The Lights’, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, & More

Today brings with it the big screen debut of hotly anticipated movie ‘Beyond The Lights’.

Led by Nate Parker and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, the film follows the story of superstar singer Noni. The pressures of fame have her on the edge, until she meets Kaz (Parker), a young cop who works to help her find the courage to develop her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be.

Critics have showered praise on the flick – and with good reason. We watched earlier this month and enjoyed in earnest. Think a modern-day ‘Bodyguard’.

Ever keen to get you the scoop, we caught up with Parker and quizzed him on his role, the movie’s parallels to the Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner classic, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus and more.

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Exclusive: K. Michelle Spills On New Album, Reality Show, Lil Kim Drama, & More

With K. Michelle‘s new single ‘Love ‘Em All’ flying the flag for her forthcoming sophomore album, That Grape Juice caught up with the outspoken star who readily dished on the project and the plans she’s put in place to see it soar.

Ever-candid, the soulful chanteuse revealed a unique strategy that will see her pair the LP with out-of-the-box visuals and work different songs at different genre formats – including Country. She also waxed honest about her upcoming VH1 reality show ‘K. Michelle: My Life’ (which kicks off next month)

That isn’t all, though. For, true to form, Michelle served up LOL’s aplenty – particularly when detailing her issues with Lil Kim and Elle Varner, the latter of whom she appeared open to burying the hatchet with.

Never a dull moment with K Michelle. Check out our exclusive interview above!

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Exclusive: Boris Kodjoe Dishes On ‘Addicted’, Beyonce, Rihanna, & More

Urban Hollywood is set to hit the big screen in a major way today – new movie ‘Addicted’ lands in cinemas and is serving up dizzying degrees of heat.

Boris Kodjoe joins the likes of Tasha Smith and Tyson Beckford in the movie adaptation of the Zane novel, which follows the lives of the sex-addicted.

Critics have praised the flick for sandwiching great acting performances between the ample amounts of skin and sensuality, rendering it a must-see for fans of its stars and beyond.

That Grape Juice caught up with Kodjoe and quizzed him about his role in the movie, as well as his own “addictions” – which interestingly include Beyonce, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, and Jennifer Lopez.

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We have teamed up with Lionsgate and CodeBlack to offer one of our readers the chance to win an ‘Addicted’ gift-pack consisting of….

  • Victoria’s Secret gift card
  • ADDICTED Poster 
  • Girls Night DVD Package (Including TEMPTATION, THE BIG WEDDING, SINGLE MOMS CLUB) 
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Want to win? Simply drop us an email at [email protected] letting us know who your entertainment addictions are!

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Exclusive: From Beyonce’s Backup Dancer To Burgeoning Star: 7 Questions With Alvester Martin

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There are just some people whose talent seemingly know few bounds.  And, if his storied acting, modeling, dancing, and now singing career suffice as evidence, then Miami dance machine Alvester Martin is one of them.

Already building quite the buzz after seeing his talented feet dance alongside some of music’s biggest names from Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez to Rihanna and Beyonce, now Martin is making his own moves in the recording industry.

As fans lay in wait for his official debut release via Emagine/Universal Music Group, the multi-talented crooner lets That Grape Juice in to get a peek at his first official music video and find out more about the man known to many as the “industry’s best kept secret.”

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Exclusive: Brandy Talks New Album / Says “I’m Singing These Songs Like They’re My Last”

Diva Also Dishes On ‘The Game’ & Upcoming TV Projects

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With many hailing Brandy as the definitive Vocal Bible, it’s only natural that a bellowing buzz has greeted the news that she’s working on her seventh studio album.

The singer/actress has made no secret of the fact that her life has “changed” of late, with the emotions she experienced following said occurrence set to serve as the foundation of the new LP.

As such, when we caught up with the star at the Hollywood Confidential event in Los Angeles recently, we had to ask about the project and, of course, her other upcoming plans – including her return to ‘The Game’ on BET.

Check out our EXCLUSIVE interview with Brandy above and be sure to let us know what you think below…

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Exclusive: Tinashe Talks New Album, Janet Jackson Collaboration, Ciara Comparisons & More

Rising Star Also Talks Performance Style & Inspirations

Having dominated this Summer with club banger ‘2 On’, Tinashe is gearing up to unleash her debut album ‘Aquarius’ on the masses on October 7th.

With a sea of new names impacting the industry almost daily, the 21-year-old’s unique brand of sweet grittiness has resonated particularly well with critics and the record-buying public alike.

That Grape Juice caught with the rising star recently and chatted with her about a number of topics – including, of course, her LP, her wishes to collaborate with Pop queen Janet Jackson, the incessant Ciara comparisons, her inspirations and much more.

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

Check out our candid interview with a refreshingly frank Tinashe above…

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