Courtesy of UMCJune marks Black Music Month and to celebrate, Urban Movie Channel is bringing a number of films and concert performances featuring some of music’s greatest artists to its viewers.
Starting this Friday, viewers will be able to choose from documentaries about Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G. and Run-D.M.C.‘s Jam Master Jay, to onstage performances featuring Earth Wind & Fire, Jimi Hendrix and teen metal band Unlocking the Truth.
Damon Dash‘s music documentaryWelcome to Blakroc is also included among the many other titles.
The digital subscription video on demand channel will also air a special All Access Facebook Live interview with Tupac’s first manager and mentor, Leila Steinberg.
Dennis LeupoldLeToya Luckett is gearing up for the release of her third album Back 2 Life, but on the season finale of OWN’s reality series Book of John Gray, the former Destiny’s Child member confesses that releasing new music as a solo artist is a little “nerve-wracking.”
“It’s different as a solo artist. The pressure is a lot different,” she says in the forthcoming episode. “When it’s four of us, I got you, you and you to look at. We can all cry together. We can all celebrate together.”
In the show, LeToya also chats with Pastor John Gray’s wife Aventer about love. The singer says that things in that department are also pretty “complicated.”
She explains, “I’m sick of doing this thing called life alone. I want a family. And I can’t wait for my husband to finally find me. What is taking you so long?”
You can watch more of LeToya on the season finale of The Book of John Gray, this Saturday at 10 p.m. ET on OWN.
Nabil ElderkinThe Weeknd is in a very giving mood.
E! News reports that the “False Alarm” artist, currently dating Selena Gomez, has donated a whopping $100,000 to the Suubi Health Center in Budondo, Uganda.
The “maternity and children’s medical facility” serves over 26,000 people in the area who seek healthcare.
The Weeknd is currently on his Starboy: Legend of the Fall world tour, with upcoming stops scheduled in cities including Newark, Brooklyn, Dublin and Paris. For more info and tickets, check out TheWeeknd.com.
Francois Nel/Getty ImagesJanet Jackson‘s marriage to, and ongoing divorce from Qatari billionaire Wissam Al Mana, was something the singer kept a relatively private affair, but we could be learning a lot more about if a report in British tabloid The Sun is correct.
The paper quotes an unnamed source as saying that Janet is in talks with Netflix about a 10-part documentary series chronicling Janet’s new motherhood, divorce and return to music.
“Janet has been fiercely private about her life in the past but feels the need to keep her fans in the loop with what life has been like since she went into hiatus ten years ago,” the source is quoted as saying.
“The show will run as a ten-part documentary and will feature recording sessions in the studio, co-parenting her child with Wissam and preparing for the European and Asian legs of her tour,” the source continues.
Janet, who gave birth to her first child, Eissa in January, confirmed her split from her husband in April. In early May the singer announced that she was getting back on the road for her State of the World tour, after postponing her Unbreakable tour last year when she became pregnant.
RoleXXBryson Tiller‘s sophomore studio project, True to Self, was scheduled to arrive June 23, but last Friday, the recording artist released the album to the complete surprise of his fans, which the singer reveals to Billboard was actually his manager’s idea.
“I can’t take the credit for that,” Bryson explains. “It was his plan [to] drop it a month early. I’ve been ready to get the music to the fans as soon as possible, so why not?”
Bryson adds that he’s also changed a lot since the release of his debut album, Trapsoul, particularly when it comes to how he communicates with others.
He says, “I talk to people now. Even when people come to my shows — celebrities or people who work in the industry — I’m more talkative rather than being so shy and to myself.”
The “Sorry Not Sorry” star also tells the publication that he’s adopted a healthier lifestyle: “I’m in the gym more. Eating better. This year, I’m drinking green smoothies. Two years ago, if you had passed me a green smoothie, I’d be like, ‘Get that outta my face!'”
True to Self is available now at all the usual digital outlets.