Welcome to Retro Rewind, the TGJ original feature carved out to celebrate the magic of TV and Film.

Today, we fly out of the United States and into Nollywood…Nigeria’s thriving film industry (worth $5.1 billion) which is powered melodramatic tales of love, life and betrayal and the likes of Patience Ozokwor (above), Tonto Dikeh, Mercy Johnson and Genevieve Nnaji.

Waiting below? A movie named ‘Abuja Top Ladies‘ which was released in 2006 which tells the tale of a powerful group of women with lofty political ambitions.

Alas, it isn’t long before clashing egos and dirty secrets make deadly enemies out of former friends against the backdrop of a national election.

Watch below…

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Cardi B may be sitting atop of the female Hip-Hop pack these days, but she wants the light to be shined on others too.

As reported, she had much to say about Jermaine Dupri’s views about the state of women in rap.

She went on to explain that she feels several femees aren’t receiving their dues and even went on to name and endorse them.

See what she had to say below…

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RunTown, the Nigerian musician who has been streamed over 100 million times across all streaming platforms, is flying the flag for his nation overseas with a brand new English-language EP named ‘Tradition.’

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Salt-N-Pepa is deeply offended by Spinderella‘s decision to sue them and have used their reps to offer their side of what is becoming a very complicated story.

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Emeli Sande is digging deep and sharing some of her most personal layers yet on forthcoming album ‘Real Life.’

Due September 13th, the set is the songbird’s first studio album in three years and embeds within some of the BRIT Award winner’s most resonating lyrics to date.

That Grape Juice caught up with the star, whose new single ‘Shine’ is out today, to discuss the journey of producing the project; one she says began with a trip to her father’s homeland of Zambia. 

The candid chat with TGJ’s Jacqueline Shepherd also saw Sande wax honest about overcoming a “poverty of confidence,” wanting to work with Afrobeats titan Burna Boy, and her upcoming ‘Real Life Tour.’

Watch above.

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R. Kelly‘s legal woes continue to grow from bad to worse.

Because, the embattled R&B singer has just been arrested – again – and this time on charges of sex trafficking.

Full story below…

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Ed Sheeran‘s latest effort, ‘No. 6 Collaborations Project,’ is a star studded affair if ever there was one.

An assembly of 15 tracks chock full of appearances from A-list acts including the likes of Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, Cardi B, Bruno Mars, Travis Scott, Camila Cabello, and more, conceptually the opus is a follow-up to Sheeran’s 2011 ‘No. 5 Collaborations Project.’

Literally, it follows the superstar’s mega-selling 2017 album, ‘Divide,’ which – at present – is boasting over 4 million in sales equivalence in the United States.  Does ‘No. 6’ have what it takes to boast the same?  Listen inside and tell us:

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Lil Nas X made history this week when it was announced his song became the first song in over 20 years to go Diamond while still holding the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100 (click here to read more).

Now, as it celebrates its 14th week atop the tally, X is looking to extend that reign even further by lifting a new official remix to the megahit.  While the song’s original mix already featured Country legend Billy Ray Cyrus, its remix calls on help from rapper Young Thug and viral Country sensation Mason Ramsey.

Curious to hear what they added to the cut? It awaits inside:

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From Nicki Minaj and Cardi B to Megan Thee Stallion, City Girls, Stefflon Don, Lizzo, Iggy Azalea, and more, 2019 has seen no shortage of appearances from femcees on the Billboard Hot 100.  Easily boasting the most simultaneous placements among rapstresses in its history, the year’s carving out proof that the girls are able to not only sell records, but also share space on the chart.

When quizzed on his thoughts on the rise of females in the Rap game, super producer/hitmaker Jermaine Dupri credited a great deal of that progress to his protege Da Brat.  Claiming she ‘broke the mold’ with her Platinum-selling debut album, 1994’s ‘Funkdafied,’ J.D. went on to compare today’s female Hip Hop stars with Brat and – in so many words – said they come up short.

Likening them to ‘strippers rapping,’ Dupri was unable to choose which of today’s femcees was his favorite of the lot making moves on charts.  His quote landed on the desk of Cardi B and – in typical fashion – she had a jaw-dropping response. See it all inside:

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Fresh from graduating from Harvard Business School, Ciara is making major entrepreneurial moves.

Earlier this year CiCi released her seventh album ‘Beauty Marks’ on her newly launched label of the same name.

Now, she’s branching out and expanding her empire by signing a rising talent.

Details below…

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Eve has returned with aptly titled new single ‘Reload.’

The female rap empress has been more of a fixture on TV in recent years (notably appearing as a host on ‘The Talk’), but she hasn’t lost her flair for music – nor her fire.

For the track she’s teamed with Konshens and serves up a flavorsome taste of her forthcoming album. A project she recently revealed will be influenced by the gumbo of sounds she’s embraced while living in London (Afrobeats, Reggae, and beyond).

Take a listen to new Eve after the jump…

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