Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson & Tina Turner featured in new Kevyn Aucoin TV documentary

Courtesy of LOGOA new Logo documentary about celebrity makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin will feature scenes with a number of superstars, including Janet Jackson, Tina Turner and the late Whitney Houston.  

The film, titled KEVYN AUCOIN Beauty & the Beast in Me, premieres on Logo Thursday, September 14.  

It includes Aucoin’s never-before-seen personal videos and audiotapes, along with more recent celebrity interviews, which tell the story of his rise to fame and untimely death at age 40.

Supermodels Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford, along with Cher and actress Andie MacDowell, also appear in the TV documentary. 

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Have Beyoncé and JAY-Z named their twins?

Brooks Kraft/ Getty ImagesBeyoncé and hubby JAY-Z haven’t even confirmed that their twins have arrived, let alone their gender, but TMZ claims to have learned the babies’ names:  Rumi and Sir Carter

According to TMZ, the information comes from the company that owns the trademarks to their names.  

The website says the company has already filed documents to “secure the rights to the names Rumi Carter and Sir Carter” for the marketing of a variety of products, from perfume and cosmetics to strollers, rattles and baby teething rings.

Now, the couple isn’t necessarily planning to slap the kids’ names on these products, but the filing will prevent anyone else from doing so.

Bey won five awards Sunday night at the BET Awards, including Album of the Year for Lemonade and JAY dropped his 13th studio album, 4:44, today. 

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Don't get it twisted, Hova: Eric Benet responds to JAY-Z's unflattering shout-out in “Kill Jay Z”

Jarett FajardoIn case you’ve forgotten, Eric Benét was once married to Oscar-winner actress Halle Berry.  

They split up in 2005, due to marital problems.  

Now, Eric’s clapping back at JAY-Z for dropping his name and referencing his failed marriage in one of his new tracks, “Kill Jay Z.”

On the track, from Hova’s newly released album 4:44, Jay references his alleged infidelity to his wife Beyonce by rhyming, “You almost went Eric Benét/Let the baddest girl in the world get away/I don’t even know what else to say.” 

On Twitter, Eric responded to the lyrics, writing, “Hey yo #Jayz! Just so ya know, I got the baddest girl in the world as my wife…like right now!”  

Eric is currently married to Manuela Testolini, who was once married to the late Prince

JAY has yet to reply to Benét. 

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Brandy proves she's not pregnant by hitting the gym for hardcore workout

Kat MorganIn case you haven’t heard, Brandy isn’t pregnant.  

But in order to disprove the persistent rumors that she is, in fact, expecting, the singer recently posted an Instagram video of herself showing off her boxing skills at the gym. 

In the video’s caption, she writes, “Only up cuz I’m getting my hair twisted people but forgot to post this earlier. Back in the gym so y’all can stop saying I’m pregnant and it was just that time. Lol.”  

In another visual, she’s seen jumping and doing sit-ups while continuing her boxing training.  

Last month, the recording artist and 15-year-old daughter Syrai both took to social media to dispel rumors that Brandy was pregnant.  

Earlier this month, Brandy lost consciousness on a Delta flight at Los Angeles International Airport, and was taken to a local hospital, but was released later that day and sent home to rest.

Her rep later explained that extensive traveling and personal appearances had taken a toll on the star’s health. 

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SZA only fell in love with music after working on her debut album

Courtesy of RCAHer debut album Ctrl entered the Billboard 200 at #3 last week and her latest music video for “Drew Barrymore” features a brief cameo from the real-life actress who inspired the song’s title.  

But, rising star SZA says that she didn’t even fall in love with music until she started working on the album.

In a recent interview with Genius reporter Rob Markman, she explains, “It wasn’t like something where I felt like if somebody knocked me off, I would get back into [music].”

“I was still having weird, emotional experiences with it and I couldn’t figure out how to be the artist I wanted to be.”

SZA continues, “I couldn’t figure out how to begin to move towards being as good as I wanted to be. And then with this album I think, somehow, I just got caught up.”  

The entertainer, who released three studio projects before Ctrl, also reveals where her stage name comes from. 

She says, “It’s really not even a story. My name is Solána. People call me Soso, for short. Sos comes from Sosa. [But] nobody could call me that at the time [because] Chief Keef was, like, blazing in the streets.” 

As you may recall, Keef released a song in 2012 called “Love Sosa.” 

“It was weird for me to also be Sosa,” she said. “SZA just kind of like arrived at me.” 

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Rihanna's acting is “incredible” in upcoming movie “Valerian,” says co-star

STX FilmsTo date, Rihanna‘s movie career has consisted of quick cameo appearances, a voiceover role where we couldn’t actually see her, and a decent-sized part in a movie that nobody saw — Battleship, anyone?  But we’ll see plenty of her in the upcoming sci-fi film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, and her co-star says she’s “incredible.”

Model and actress Cara Delevingne is the star of Valerian, directed by Luc Besson, who brought us The Fifth Element and Lucy. Speaking to Glamour magazine, she says of Rihanna, “I’ve seen her work in the studio, in concert, in meetings. But to see her act was incredible.”

“There was a moment where Luc was trying to make her cry, to be emotional,” Cara recalls. “He was like, ‘Imagine that you get told that your song hasn’t gone to number one and your performance is really bad.’ I knew she wasn’t going to give a s**t — that’s not the way to get into her emotion!”

“And she literally said, ‘You’re kidding me? I couldn’t care less.’ That was funny. Luc said we were similar in that, once the trust was there, we became clay he could mold.”

In Valerian, Rihanna plays a “shapeshifting entertainer” named Bubble. It’s in theaters July 21.

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K. Michelle puts word out on social media: “I want a girlfriend”

Johnny Louis/FilmMagicIt appears that K. Michelle, who’s engaged to Dr. Kastam Sims, wants to turn her relationship into a threesome. 

The R&B singer recently tweeted out to her fans, “I want a girlfriend.”  

And that’s not all.  

She claims that Sims, who she refers to as her husband in another tweet, “said i could have one.”  

Michelle than gives a small list of requirements for her dream girlfriend, adding, “She has to be amazing” and “She has to be a mix between Jackie Kennedy and Nina Simone. With magnetic energy and a kind heart.” 

“I’m about to sign up for The league and get me a girlfriend since my husband said ok. My assistant met her girlfriend there,” she continues.  

The League is a dating service app. 

Michelle’s reference to Sims as her “husband” isn’t confirmation that the two are actually married, but the singer does seem serious about finding a woman willing to be her side piece. 

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Ne-Yo gets ready for his close-up in new YouTube “Step Up” series

ABC/ Ida Mae AstuteStep Up is the movie franchise that keeps on giving: Ne-Yo has been tapped to star in a small screen revival of the dance for YouTube Red.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the forthcoming 10-episode drama series is called Step Up: High Water, and it’ll also feature former Glee actress Naya River, as well as Faizon Love.   

Filming will take place in Atlanta. Ne-Yo’s character, Sage Odom, is the focal point of the series, as the founder of Atlanta’s fictitious High Water Performing Arts School.

The first Step Up movie debuted in 2006 and starred Channing Tatum and his now-wife, Jenna Dewan Tatum.  

The dancing duo have signed on to executive produce Step Up: High Water.

Four other films from the franchise have been released since then, including the latest installment in 2014, Step Up: All In.  

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Tamar Braxton previews new track, “Rather Go Blind,” in new video

ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaIt sounds like Tamar Braxton is exploring the theme of infidelity once more in a new track called “Rather Go Blind.”  

The singer-reality star previewed the song during an intimate studio tour attended by television host Wendy Williams.  

In a video of the encounter, Wendy is seen fanning herself in response to Tamar’s hot lyrics and melody, and by the end of the clip, the host says, “I love the hood writing. Like ‘I’d rather go blind than to see you.’  

Braxton’s upcoming fifth solo album is due out this summer. The as-yet-untitled CD will be the first release on her own label, Tamartian Land Records. 

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From homelessness to a Grammy win, Le'Andria Johnson talks about her journey to stardom

Derek BlanksSinger-songwriter Le’Andria Johnson is gearing up for the release of her new album Bigger Than Me, which arrives everywhere July 21.  

The artist is thankful for her musical success, especially while looking back at the period she was homeless while being a contestant on BET’s singing competition series Sunday Best.  

“You don’t wanna deal with such things like that,” Le’Andria tells ABC Radio.  

“And then you see other people who was homeless and people think that homelessness is on the corner, you smelling bad, you haven’t eaten, you haven’t… No, when you ain’t got nowhere to stay, you’re homeless.”

She adds, “So, just having to figure out if I’m gonna win or not. If I’m, what I’m gonna do with my three kids at the time. But it worked out.” 

And worked out it did, to an extraordinary degree for the rising star. Le’Andria won a Grammy for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance in 2012 and two Stellar Awards in 2013, including one for Best New Artist.  

She was also given a Steeple Award for Female Artist Of The Year in 2016.   

As far as winning a Grammy award, it was a trophy the performer hardly expected to win. 

She explains, “When I heard that I was nominated, I was like ‘Yeah, that was good. Pshhh. Aiite then! We good!’ And then, I was pregnant at the time. And I was sick. I wasn’t even gonna go. They had to drag me out of the house to go. So that was one of the best moments of my life.”

Bigger Than Me is available to pre-order now via the usual digital platforms. To learn more about Le’Andria Johnson, head over to her official website at leandria.com.   

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