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Ivan GuajardoDeborah Cox may have already celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday in Canada last month, but she says she used the opportunity to show off her newly-learned cooking skills.  She tells ABC Audio, “There’s an art to all of this, which is also very therapeutic…to just put the right amount of seasonings. There’s something very therapeutic about cooking and […]

JD BarnesTasha Cobbs Leonard‘s latest visual album, Royalty: Live at the Ryman, was recorded at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee — in front of no audience.  The Grammy-winning gospel singer tells ABC Audio “it was difficult” filming the intended live event, which was originally scheduled for May but was pushed back due to the pandemic. “It […]

Blair CaldwellSaweetie drops the video for her single “Back to the Streets” featuring Jhené Aiko. The two West Coast natives are floating on cloud nine, or so it seems, in the Dave Meyers-directed music video, which features Saweetie in a number of colorful wigs and stunning looks and Aiko in a mystical forest. Meanwhile, Saweetie cruises around town with her […]

Atlantic RecordsMeek Mill has dropped off his new EP, Quarantine Pack, featuring Detroit rapper 42 Dugg and rapper/singer/songwriter Vory, who won a Grammy for The Carters‘ Everything Is Love. The surprise release of Meek’s EP was accompanied by a music video for its lead single, “Pain Away” featuring CHicago’s Lil Durk.  Philly rapper Meek sounds just as hungry, if not more, as he did on his […]

Republic Records Media It’s Pink Friday! In honor of the 10th anniversary of her debut album, Nicki Minaj has released the deluxe edition, titledPink Friday: The Complete Edition.  The surprise release features eight bonus tracks, including the Young Money anthem “Bedrock,” featuring Drake and Lloyd, plus “Girls Fall Like Dominoes” and a version of “Roman’s Revenge” that swaps Eminem for Lil Wayne.  After just over a decade in the music […]

Dave J Hogan/Getty ImagesLetitia Wright had some pretty big shoes to fill in the new feature Mangrove from Steve McQueen‘s anthology film series Small Axe. The film, which follows the Mangrove Nine — a group Black British activists who were arrested and tried for inciting a riot at a protest against police — stars Wright as Altheia Jones-LeCointe, the leader […]

JD BarnesGospel singer Tasha Cobbs-Leonard teamed up with R&B star Ciara for Tasha’s latest single, “In Spite of Me.” Cobbs-Leonard recalls the moment she mentioned to her husband and producer Kenneth Leonard and songwriter Dontae Bowe that she needed a “pop-ish kind of guitar” song to showcase the guitar skills she began learning two years ago.  “I said to [Bowe], ‘I need like a pop kind of song […]

Photo credit: Benjo ArwasJoe Morton is one of the stars helping to bring to life Ta-Nehisi Coates’ award-winning 2015 New York Times bestseller Between the World and Me, which has been adapted into an HBO special. The film, which also features appearances by Mahershala Ali, Angela Bassett and Oprah Winfrey, follows a father’s letter to his adolescent son about his experiences growing up Black in Baltimore […]

Prince Williams/WireimageFans have been dying for new music from R&B legend Monica, and now it appears it’s here.  According to her Instagram bio, Monica’s new album, Trenches, arrives this Friday, Nov. 20th. However, a recent interview with Yahoo Entertainment suggests Trenches may actually arrive in early 2021. “People want an album. They want you to keep moving,” Monica says.  “But I’m not a […]

Badu World Market“Next Lifetime” singer Erykah Badu has some questions about her COVID-19 tests that reported mixed results over the weekend. Badu, who regularly undergoes COVID-19 testing to perform with her band, says she received some confusing results from her rapid tests on Friday. “No symptoms. Was tested for COVID. Same machine. Left nostril positive. Right nostril negative,” […]