Gospel music enthusiasts were sent into a frenzy four months ago (as we reported here) when it was formally announced Urban music royals Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott, and Mary J. Blige were joining forces to create a biographical film to depict the rise of the genre’s most revered sister act – The Clark Sisters.

Cited as an inspiration by some of popular music’s most prized vocalists from Whitney Houston to Mariah Carey, Blige, Beyonce, and more, the Clarks – Dorinda, Jacky, Twinkie, and Karen – broke music barriers and ushered in over five decades of Gospel classics and crossover hits including the likes of ‘You Brought the Sunshine,’ ‘Name It, Claim It,’ and more.

Now, as it rolls closer to its yet-announced premiere date, the movie – ‘The Clark Sisters:  The First Ladies of Gospel’ – is amping up viewers with news about its all-star cast.  Details inside:

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With the April 12th premiere date of her new film, ‘Little,’ looming, expect to see more of the multi-talented Issa Rae a-front magazines and TV screens in its support.

After turning heads in ‘Shape’ magazine earlier this month, the 34-year-old dropped jaws by paying homage to her mother’s Louisianian heritage with a New Orleans-inspired photo shoot for Essence magazine (as we reported here).  Steered by Itaysha Jordan, the shots featured stunning fashions from the likes of designers Marc Jacobs, Valentino, Sergio Rossi, and many more.

We’ve already shown you the finished products, but look inside for the behind the scenes magic:

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Another couple are calling it quits. And this time it’s Monica and husband of 9 years Shannon Brown. 

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‘Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta’ may have just launched its latest season, but the drama is already popping off for Tokyo Vanity. Off-screen.

The reality figure/aspiring actress is having a hard time on social media today after she insinuated that the powers that be are using children’s media to “turn kids gay.”

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Wendy Williams returned to her show three weeks ago after a three-month hiatus that she blamed on ill-health. However, the daytime talker is set to go on a break…again.

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‘The Breakfast Club’s resident host/DJ Charlamagne Tha God (born Lenard McKelvey) dropped a bombshell recently when he dished on his now dissolved relationship with former mentor/co-star Wendy Williams.  McKelvey, who rose to fame as Williams’ controversial sidekick on her nationally syndicated radio show, has made no secret in the past about the deterioration of his professional and personal affiliation with the ‘Queen of All Media’ – a failure he blames on her husband, Kevin Hunter.

Now, as Wendy makes headlines for drug abuse relapses, emotional breakdowns, and coping with Hunter’s reported infidelity (click here to read more), McKelvey’s weighing in with some stinging criticism.  Taking to our friends at Page Six, the famed DJ stated:

“The real rehab she needs is from Kevin Hunter.”

That’s not all he said. Click inside to read more:

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FOX, the home network hit show ‘Empire,’ has hailed the outcome of Jussie Smollett‘s legal battle.

As reported, all 16 charges against the star were dropped and he will not face jail time following claims he fabricated the assault he said he endured.

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Wendy Williams fans are offering words of love and support after she reportedly relapsed on alcohol after allegedly discovering that her husband has started a family with another woman.

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Jussie Smollett has broken his silence after ALL 16 charges related to his alleged “hoax attack” were sensationally dropped by Chicago prosecutors.

Appearing alongside his legal counsel at the Cook County Court House moments ago, the emotional ‘Empire’ star thanked a lengthy list for upholding him – including God, his family, friends, and the LGBTQ community at large.

He stressed “I have been truthful and consistent on every level since day one.”

Jussie, in his words, below…

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Jussie Smollett is breathing a sigh of relief today. For, it’s just been announced that ALL 16 charges against the ‘Empire’ actor have been dropped in his “hoax” attack case.

As widely covered, the star was accused of faking a January beat-down, one he reported to police as being motivated by his race and sexuality. The investigation then turned to him and he was indicted last month.

Now, the entire case has been closed.

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Janelle Monae has earned a starring role in a top secret movie set to be produced by filmmakers with roots in social activism.

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Wendy Williams’ private life is proving to be the hottest of topics of late.

For the TV host’s family has allegedly been rocked by news that her husband and his alleged girlfriend have started a family of their own.

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