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Janelle Monae & Grimes Tease ‘Venus Fly’ Video

Janelle Monae & Grimes continue to push Pop’s envelope in their respective lanes and this time…they’re doing together.

Details on the grand collaboration below…

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Stunning! Janelle Monae, Lupita Nyong’o, & Aja Naomi King Cover ‘Vanity Fair’

Ruth Negga, Emma Stone, & Natalie Portman Also Feature

Vanity Fair captures the media’s move towards increased diversity on their 2nd annual Hollywood Portfolio cover.

Stars, both established and rising, aligned for the striking shot which was lensed by Anne Leibovitz. 

Included is Janelle Monae, who has received rave reviews for her roles in ‘Hidden Figures’ and ‘Moonlight’ (both of which received several Oscar nominations).

Also featured is Lupita Nyong’o, whose recent film ‘The Queen Of Katwe’ was critically acclaimed.

We were also elated to spot Aja Naomi King. For, beyond her work on ‘How To Get Away With Murder,’ she’s still managing to shine through the darkness that encased ‘The Birth Of A Nation’ – which she starred in last year alongside Nate Parker.

Peep the ladies close up’s after the jump…

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‘Hidden Figures’ Tops Box Office for 2nd Consecutive Weekend

The combination of Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, and Janelle Monae has proven a potent punch at box offices!

For, after capturing the #1 spot its debut weekend, reports have it their film – ‘Hidden Figures’ – is set to top the box office for a second week in a row.

Find out its projected figure below:

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Kim Burrell Booted From ‘The Ellen Show’ Following Homophobic Sermon

Janelle Monae Broke The News

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Janelle Monae (below) has revealed that Kim Burrell has been denied access to ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show‘ after she launched a Bible-based assault on gay men and women.

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Hot Shots: Lupita Nyong’o & Janelle Monae Party At ‘Paramount’

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Janelle Monae and Lupita Nyong’o rubbed shoulders in Los Angeles on Saturday evening when they caught up at Paramount Pictures’ ‘Brad Grey Hosts A Special Event With Stars From The Studio’s Films.’

Hard at work on their respective new releases, ‘Hidden Figures’ and ‘Black Panther’, the ladies also partied with David Oyelowo and ‘Queen of Katwe’ director Mira Nair after Lupita learned that ‘Panther’s producers were on the hunt for aspiring actors to fill a number of the movie’s roles.

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New Song: Michelle Obama – ‘This Is For My Girls (ft. Kelly Rowland, Missy Elliott, Zendaya, Kelly Clarkson, Janelle Monae, & More)’

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Michelle Obama has embraced music as a powerful medium during the President’s tenure in the White House.

And, as the clock counts down to the end their run, it’s a practice that continues.

Today brought with it the debut of her new song ‘This Is For My Girls.’

Granted we’d love to see the First Lady give the Pop girls a run for their money, this track doesn’t see her sing.

Instead, she leads a multitude of female stars on the track, which aims to raise awareness for the US government’s #62MillionGirls campaign. Said initiative focusses on seeking help for girls around the world who unable to go to school due to the lack of opportunities.

Penned by the iconic Diane Warren and executive produced by AOL MAKERs, the song – which features the likes of Kelly Rowland, Kelly Clarkson, Missy Elliott, Zendya, and Janelle Monae – is available to listen to below…

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Janelle Monae & Octavia Spencer Join New Taraji P. Henson NASA Movie

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Janelle Monae and Octavia Spencer are heading to space with Taraji P. Henson.

Exciting movie news below…

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Did You Miss It? Stars Align For ‘BET Honors’ Red Carpet

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 05: Recording artist Fantasia attends the BET Honors 2016 at Warner Theatre on March 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/FilmMagic)
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Black star power shone its brightest last night for the 2016 BET Honors.

Hosted at the Warner Theater in Washington D.C., the star-studded affair brought out the best and brightest of black Hollywood and beyond to pay homage to this year’s honorees Patti Labelle, Lee Daniels, LA Reid, and more.

With rocking performances from the likes of Grammy winners Usher, Toni Braxton, and more, the showing’s red carpet may have been just as hot as its stage as it was graced by the likes of Monica, Fantasia, Terrence Howard, Jazmine Sullivan, Janelle Monae, and more.

Did you miss any of the action?  See the pics below:

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 05: Recording artist Monica attends the BET Honors 2016 at Warner Theatre on March 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/FilmMagic)
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Hot Shots: Stars Align For Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammy Gala [Red Carpet]

John Legend, Ciara, & More Grace Red Carpet of Event’s 40th Anniversary

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Clive Davis’ Annual Pre-Grammy Gala is always the “must see” event of Grammy weekend preceding the main event.  Marking the showing’s 40th anniversary, the gala – as always – courts the music industry’s best and brightest to shine aboard its red carpet.

Attracting the likes of Grammy winners Ciara, Brandy, John Legend, Taylor Swift, and more, the stars were out in abundance to line the red carpet last night.

Tuck in below for the fashion hits and misses of the night…

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New Video: Young Jeezy & Janelle Monae – ‘Sweet Life’

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#MLKDay is getting a poignant homage from rapper Young Jeezy with his newest video ‘Sweet Life.’

Getting assistance from ‘Tight Rope’ diva Janelle Monae, the black-and-white clip shines a much needed spotlight on racial injustice, police brutality, and criminal justice reform.

Get into ‘Life,’ the newest release from Jeezy’s lateest chart-topping album ‘Church in These Streets,’ below:

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Watch: Janelle Monae & Aretha Franklin Perform At ‘Kennedy Center Honors’

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The 38th annual ‘Kennedy Center Honors, hosted by Stephen Colbert, aired last night on CBS after being taped earlier this month at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Honoring a group musicians, singers, playwrights, actors, and more whose lifelong contributions have greatly impacted their respective fields, last night’s honorees – Carole King, George Lucas, Ciccely Tyson, etc.- were serenaded by some of the days best movers and shakers (see:  Janelle Monae, Sara Bareilles, and more).

But, as if their show-stopping performances weren’t enough, leave it to Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin to really show ’em how it’s done.  Even moving President Obama to tears with her soul-stirring rendition of the 1967 classic, ‘Natural Woman,’ tuck in below to recap this and some of the night’s best performances:

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Watch: Janelle Monae & Jidenna Rock ‘Eephus Tour’ With ‘Yoga’ & ‘Classic Man’

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As songs of the summer go, ‘Yoga’ and ‘Classic Man’ by Wondaland staples Janelle Monae and Jidenna were two of the season’s most omnipresent offerings.

Not only did the tracks serve as a radio, club, and chart fixtures, they gave way for the launch of the group’s first trek.

Billed as ‘Janelle Monae and Wondaland present The Eephus Tour powered by Toyota,’ the 8-city jaunt saw the eclectic ensemble electrify audiences across the States.

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And while the tour has since wrapped, you can check out titillating performances from the show below. Between the amazing energy at the shows and the epic ‘Eephus’ EP, Wondaland has whet our appetites for what’s to come! (more…)

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