Fantasia To Star In 'Color Puple' MovieR&B songstress Fantasia has revealed that she has been tapped to star in the second movie adaptation of ‘The Color Purple’ following her stint as Celie in the Broadway version of show last year:

“We haven’t started yet because I’m going to work on my album. I think it’s fair that I committed myself, and promised that after I finish going on a tour, I’ll be ready to come back and commit myself to Miss Celie again,” Fantasia explained. “I miss my music”

So impressed with her command of the role, Oprah & Co. are going to wait for Fantasia to be ready before moving ahead with the movie to musical to movie musical adaptation, the singer beamed.

“They’re going to work with me. They don’t have to [but] that’s a favor,” Fantasia said. “Working with someone like Miss Oprah who’s so talented and amazing – It’s a blessing.” {Source}

I’m definitely looking forward to this. With the original ‘The Color Purple’ movie being one of my all-time favourites, I’m anticipating what this new adaptation will be serving up – especially since it’s a musical.

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You can now interact with That Grape Juice on Facebook. Don’t front, I know many of you spend countless hours on Facebook daily – as do I (lol)! So what better way to combine your daily Urban Pop Culture fix with social networking than to launch the That Grape Juice Facebook Group. It’s an open group, so anyone can join – invite your friends too.
Mariah Set For Promo BlitzAccording to FMBQ, Mariah Carey will be making a number of high profile appearances prior to and during the week her much anticipated ‘E=MC²’ album hits stores (due April 15th). The Grammy award winning diva is set to appear on American Idol’s ‘Idol Gives Back’ TV special on April 9th, followed by a stint as a mentor as well as a performance on the show’s April 16th airing. In addition, April 14th will see Mariah make another big appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Island Def Jam, or whoever is handling Mariah’s promo, are not playing.
In the meanwhile, Mariah’s ‘Touch My Body’ continues its rise up the charts and is currently sitting at #24 on the Hot 100.

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Usher's 'Love In The Club' Soars To #1R&B star Usher will no doubt have cause to celebrate this week. The singer’s new single, the Polow Da Don produced ‘Love In The Club’ has jumped a whopping 50 places claim the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week. ‘Love In The Club’ is the first single to be lifted from Usher’s 5th studio album which is tentatively titled ‘Here I Stand’.
With the news of the song performing extremely well upon its digital release just last week, a high charting on the Hot 100 was expected – #1, however, wasn’t foreseen. Relying solely on radio play and digital sales (rumored to be in excess of 175, 000), the single’s great performance will, no doubt, allow for Usher and his label to be real confident going into this project. No word yet on whether a video for the single will be shot.

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Biggie // Jamal 'Gravy' Woolard {Spotted at Concreteloop}
Following a nationwide search in the US, that spanned several months, the cast for the upcoming biopic of slain rapper Christopher ‘Notorious B.I.G’ Wallace has been announced. Jamal ‘Gravy’ Woolard beat out competition from the likes of Sean Kingston to land the role of B.I.G – who was gunned down in 1997.
Award winning actress Angela Bassett will play the role of Biggie’s mother Voletta Wallace. The George Tillman Jr directed film will also see actor Anthony Mackie tackle the role of Tupac Shakur and Derek Luke take on the role of Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs. ‘Notorious’ will be begin shooting on March 24th in New York.
I’m actually pretty hyped to see this. Check out more cast pics below:

Voletta Wallace // Angela Bassett

Voletta Wallace // Angela BassettDiddy // Derek Luke

Diddy // Derek Luke

Tupac //Anthony Mackie

Tupac //Anthony Mackie

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Janet Jackson premiered the video for her latest single ‘Rock With U’ on BET’s Access Granted just a few hours ago. Directed by Saam (who also was at the directorial helm of the ‘Feedback’ clip), the video is awesome. The simple concept, mixed with innovative choreography makes for the vid to stand as one of Janet’s best in a long while. Whilst I’m still awaiting a vid for ‘LUV’, I can see this doing well over here in Europe.
In other Janet news, ‘Feedback’ has rocketed from #54-#19 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart – making it it Janet’s first top 20 hit on the chart since ‘Someone To Call My Lover’. Having – a great comeback single.

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After much speculation, R&B star Kelly Rowland has confirmed that she, indeed, had breast enlargement surgery. The ‘Like This’ singer will tell her story in the upcoming issue of PEOPLE magazine. She looks as good as ever these days, so more power to her.

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Billboard: Janet is #1
After a seven year absence from the top spot, Pop superstar Janet Jackson has hit number 1 with her latest effort ‘Discipline’, according to Billboard. The set, which sold through 181,00 copies in its first week, is the first of the singer’s albums to reach the the coveted position on the Billboard 200 since 2001’s ‘All For You’. Janet’s nearest competition was in the form of Erykah Badu’s ‘New Amerykah’ which bowed at number 2, shifting 124, 000 copies. ‘Discipline’ is Jackson’s 6th number one LP. {Source}
I’m sure much ado will be made about Janet’s numbers, but the fact that ‘Discipline’, give or take, is number 1 will be a PR dream come true. In all fairness to her, much of the promo (including MTV) all started when the album was released, so I guess the numbers reflect that. Word has it ‘longevity’ is the plan with this record, so I’m guessing Island Def Jam are looking to stretch the album ‘Fergie-style’.

I’ve finally gotten my review copy from Island Def Jam UK (of course, I haven’t heard the album already…lol), so expect a review of ‘Discipline’ before the week’s out.

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Bad Boy artists Cheri Dennis and Day26 performed at yesterday’s BET Rip The Runway event during the Sean John showcase. Dennis, whose album ‘In & Out of Love’ is out now, performed ‘Portrait of Love’, whilst Day26 performed their debut single ‘Got Me Going’. While both performances were ‘ok’, they left a salty taste in my mouth. They are both going to have to step up their live performing game if they hope to make an impact. Random tidbit: Did anyone else spot Cassie getting it during her walk. She should really give up pretending to sing and take up modelling again.

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Former America’s Next Model contestant Toccara features on the cover of the latest issue of KING magazine. Granted she looks GOOD, there’s no denying Photoshop was put to heavy use. Still, more power to her; she’s constantly been on her grind since the culmination of her stint on the popular show and is now a regular on BET.

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With her latest assault on the charts ‘Discipline’ now sitting comfortably at #1, Janet Jackson continues along the promo trail in support of the project, this time stopping by Jimmy Kimmel Live. The interview, which aired yesterday, saw Janet speak about the new album, her family and career, as well as chipping in on the running gag about Jimmy (the host) and Ben Affleck.

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Kelly Rowland - 'Love Again' It has been confirmed that Kelly Rowland’s digital-only (US) re-release of her sophomore effort, now dubbed ‘Ms. Kelly: Diva Deluxe’, will hit online outlets on March 25th. ‘Love Again’ is one of five new tracks set to feature on the revamped LP. Despite this only being a snippet, the track sounds very promising. Having really enjoyed the original ‘Ms. Kelly’, one of my only complaints was that it sounded as if she were holding back vocally on some tracks; judging by the new material heard thus far, she’s exerting herself more, vocally, and the results are great.

Update: You can now also listen to a snippet of another new track titled ‘Unity (Stay With Me)’

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