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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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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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