Urban Movie Channel to feature Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. documentaries for Black Music Month

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 & FireJimi Hendrix and teen metal band Unlocking the Truth.  

Damon Dash‘s music documentary Welcome 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

For information on how to view all of these and more, check out urbanmoviechannel.com

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On “Book of John Gray,” LeToya Luckett talks about love life, pressures of being a solo artist

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. 

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Watch & listen now: August Alsina releases new track, “Don't Matter”

Image Group LA/ABCAugust Alsina is forging on with the release of a new single amid his current fight with liver disease.  

The R&B track, titled “Don’t Matter,” details his deep longing for a love interest. 

As previously reported, the 24-year-old singer revealed he has liver disease during an intimate interview with actress and friend Jada Pinkett Smith.

“The reality is that I’m sick all the time,” he said in part.  “I don’t really like to talk about it because I’m not looking for anybody’s sympathy.”   

August is scheduled to hit the road this summer for his Don’t Matter tour. Find ticket information at Ticketmaster.com. 

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No false alarm: The Weeknd gives massive donation to Ugandan health center

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

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Kendrick Lamar tops “Entertainment Weekly”'s Best Albums of 2017 (So Far) list

Top Dawg Entertainment/Aftermath Records/Interscope RecordsEntertainment Weekly thinks pretty highly of Kendrick Lamar‘s fourth studio albumDAMN. 

The disc, which features the hit single “HUMBLE.,” landed on the publication’s 20 Best Albums of 2017 (So Far) list this week. 

Another notable release featured on the tally is Process, the debut album from British singer-songwriter and Solange collaborator Sampha, which comes in at number six.  

Hip hop supergroup Run the Jewels is at number 10 with Run the Jewels 3, while Future‘s sixth album HNDRXX is at number 11. Khalid‘s debut album American Teen is number 17.  

You can check out the entire list on ew.com.  

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Is Janet Jackson reality show in the works?

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.

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True to self & his fans, Bryson Tiller says his manager encouraged early release of sophomore album

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. 

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