Cannon to host ‘Lip Sync Battle Shorties’ on Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon has announced that Nick Cannon will host “Lip Sync Battle Shorties,’’ a spinoff Spike’s Emmy-nominated show, “Lip Sync Battle.’’ Joining him to provide commentary...

‘Girls Trip’ director celebrates ‘Black girl magic’

BY TRE’VELL ANDERSON LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS When Malcolm D. Lee was a youngster, he didn’t know if being a filmmaker was possible. At that point, no...

Central Florida’s Streeter frames struggles in album

BY GERRICK D. KENNEDY LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Sevyn Streeter felt defeated. She was nearly 15 years into a career that included stints in two (albeit short-lived)...

Jenkins to adapt Baldwin book for big screen

EURWEB.COM Barry Jenkins has chosen his follow up to “Moonlight.’’ The director is set to direct an adaptation of the James Baldwin novel “If Beale Street...

‘Gary from Chicago’ has experienced ups and downs since Oscars cameo

BY TRACY SWARTZ CHICAGO TRIBUNE/TNS In the four months since his star turn at the Academy Awards, former Chicago resident Gary Alan Coe has undergone ups...

‘Death Certificate’ still hits home

Ice Cube’s album is as relevant now as it was in 1991 BY GERRICK D. KENNEDY LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS LOS ANGELES – When George Holliday was awakened...

Jay-Z confesses, educates on ‘4:44’

BY MIKAEL WOOD LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS He didn’t tweet. He didn’t post on Instagram. And he certainly didn’t spill his guts to a dude with a...

Keyboardist shares stories behind ‘Purple Rain’ soundtrack

BY JON BREAM STAR TRIBUNE/TNS The songs from “Purple Rain” are familiar. The stories behind them are not. Prince and the Revolution never really talked about...

BET honors for Beyoncé, Chance the Rapper

FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Beyoncé, who had twins this month, won five more awards at the 2017 BET Awards, including Album of the Year...

Winfrey talks about her new films, her insecurities

BY GLENN WHIPP LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS LOS ANGELES — Oprah Winfrey guides you into her office and, after a welcoming hug (Winfrey’s a hugger, but you...

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