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The Wizard of Oz couldn’t deliver the amount of courage needed to be Alexandra Shipp at this very moment.

Aboard the highly anticipated Lifetime biopic ‘Aaliyah:  Princess of R&B,’ the Phoenix-bred beauty takes on the role of one of the genre’s most beloved entities while combatting an army of naysayers – including the ‘One In a Million’ singer’s own family.  Chronicling her rise to fame and the controversies that clouded some of it, the movie, helmed by ‘Queen of All Media’ Wendy Williams, is set to explore (like never before) the life of R&B’s fallen angel.

As the film is being greeted with mix reviews from fans and critics alike before its official arrival tonight at 8/7c, Shipp tells That Grape Juice how she’s handling the skeptics, the challenges that came with singing Aaliyah’s music, and so much more.

Sail on down below the jump to see more from our exclusive chat with Miss Shipp.  As ever, it’s a must read:

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As the age old adage goes, all good things must come to an end.

Moments ago BET announced the end of their flagship countdown show ‘106 & Park’ — as a TV format.

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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.

Hit ‘PLAY’ to watch above…

Your thoughts?

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‘Red Light Special‘ performer Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas has signed on Bravo‘s dotted line this year, joining the cast of their hit Reality TV series ‘The Millionaire Matchmaker.

Want details on her televised quest for love?

All will be revealed below…

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After Tyra Banks was forced to reprimand a cycle 21 contestant on ‘America’s Next Top Model’ for taking a seemingly homophobic shot at a fellow model, the star has seen the hit show bake a fresh batch of controversy.

For, after public votes saw her return to the competition after being eliminated by Banks and her current lineup of judges, model Chantelle Brown Young has blasted the show’s on-screen creative director Yu Tsai for calling her a panda.

Her problem with the nickname? Its supposed reference to her rare skin condition, Vitiligo.

How she responded? Peep a preview of tonight’s episode of ‘Top Model‘ to find out below…

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After a long career starring in Black cinema, LisaRaye McCoy is gearing up to make her directorial debut in a movie which focusses on a topic still pertinent to that audience: skin bleaching.

Aptly titled ‘Skinned’, the indie flick (which McCoy also stars in) centres on skin bleaching, colourism and the issues that arise. Ghanian star Van Vicker plays an African businessman who prefers “light-skinned” women, and unknowingly marries a “Black” woman who has bleached her skin. She has no childhood pictures of herself and lies she has vitiligo, and can’t bear children because of her secret.

Check out the trailer…

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‘Scandal’ never looked so good!

The hit ABC drama, which is fronted by the award-winning actress Kerry Washington, has blazed back onto the small screen for a fourth outing.

We’ve been hooked, and by the looks of this season 4 /episode 9 (winter finale) teaser, Olivia Pope and co are set to serve up one corker of a season.

Check it out below…

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Forget Friday’s, it appears all the action takes place Thursday nights on ABC.

For, joining the established hits that are ‘Scandal’ and ‘Greys Anatomy’ is Shonda’s Rhimes’ new freshman series ‘How To Get Away With Murder’.

The legal drama, which stars Viola Davis, follows a group of ambitious law students and their brilliant criminal defence professor; the group become involved in a twisted murder plot that promises to change the course of their lives. 

It all makes for a riveting watch. We’re already hooked!

Peep the preview of episode 9 of season 1 (winter finale) below…

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Beyond Tyra Banks‘ iconic modelling career, the style icon has proven her gravitas as a media mogul.

Now on its 21st cycle in the US, her ‘America’s Next Top Model’ franchise continues to boom; the format has been sold and adapted in many other countries and has Banks making major bank as its creator. What’s more, as reported, the stunner is prepping a return to the talk circuit for a panel-based show next year.

The latter is particularly interesting because new reports are suggesting that the star is in talks to take up a role on E!‘s flagship panel show, ‘Fashion Police’.

Details below…

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The search-party are still hunting for Kim Kardashian‘s talent, but that hasn’t stopped the reality star from hitting shameless new lows.

Mrs. Kanye West poses on the double cover of Paper Magazine‘s Winter 2014 issue and objectifies the only thing more noticeable than her lack of talent – her butt.

Lensed by Jean-Paul Goude, the first snap can be viewed above. The second, however, is far too racy to share here (as we’re a family site). It is viewable on the mother of one’s social media handles, though. Be warned, she bares her entire derrière.

Clearly eager to court more attention, Kim took to Twitter to hit back at critics of the covers. Find out what she had to say below…

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We are just days away from Lifetime’s highly anticipated  ‘Aaliyah:  Princess of R&B.’  The Wendy Williams-produced movie, based on Christopher John Farley’s bestselling biographical book ‘Aaliyah: More Than a Woman,’ will give a never before seen glimpse into the life of the late R&B star.

Exploring her meteoric rise to fame, controversial relationship with R&B legend R. Kelly and more, excitement for the Alexandra Shipp-led film is reaching a feverish pitch.

Before fans can glue themselves to their TVs on the night of the movie’s November 15th premiere, we have for you an exclusive clip!  If it’s anything to judge by, Saturday needs to hurry and get here!

Check out the Super Trailer after the jump…
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The Real Housewives Of Atlanta continues to defy the odds.

Season 7 of the Bravo hit premiered this past Sunday and it’s emerged that the episode has broken ratings records for the network.

Details below…

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