Janelle Monáe featured in forthcoming trailer for “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams”

ABC/ Ida Mae AstuteThe official trailer for the upcoming anthology series Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams features Janelle Monáe.   

 As previously reported, she’ll star in a standalone episode of the series, all of which are based on Dick’s short stories.

In the trailer, Janelle quietly rides an elevator downwards with two individuals who seem to be curious about their surroundings. 

She’s wearing a grey, skin-tight, alien-like outfit. 

As previously reported, Janelle’s episode is called “Autofac” — it’s about an automated factory which continues to keep people happy by providing them with products to consume, despite the fact that society has collapsed. 

A group of rebels then attempt to shut the factory down.

Monáe plays Alexis, an Autofac representative. Empire‘s Terrance Howard also appears in the forthcoming anthology series.  

Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams will debut on Amazon Prime in 2018.    

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The Weeknd teams with Marvel for “Starboy” comic series

Image Group LA/ABCHe’s a singer, fashion designer and, now, comic book creator. 

The Weeknd is teaming up with Marvel Comics for a brand new title called Starboy, after his third album and hit single of the same name.

The recording artist announced the exciting news on Twitter before his appearance at New York Comic Con over the weekend, where he signed autographs for fans.   

The new comic book is due next year.

The Weeknd recently launched a new H&M capsule collection. 

His second clothing range via the Swedish retail company is now available in stores and on HM.com.  

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Toni Braxton debuts music video for “Deadwood”

ABC/Jeff NeiraToni Braxton‘s comeback is now officially underway with the arrival of a music video for her single, “Deadwood.” 

The black-and-white visual, which is available to view now on YouTube, shows scenes of the artist sporting several different looks while performing onstage with a cellist nearby. 

The video also turns up the heat considerably: Toni’s performance scenes are interspersed with images of a sexy, shirtless man who, as previously reported, she raved about before the visual’s premiere. 

“Deadwood” comes from the singer’s next solo album, Sex & Cigarettes, expected to arrive next year. 

Braxton’s last album, a collaborative studio project with Babyface called Love, Marriage & Divorce, was released in 2014.  

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K. Michelle refuses to shed more tears on new single “Make This Song Cry”

Courtesy of Atlantic RecordsK. Michelle‘s new single “Make This Song Cry” is for anyone who’s cried over their significant other’s foolish ways.  

But on the track, the artist admits that she’s also committed love crimes of her own. 

“For the first time in my life/Tried to do something that’s right/I tried to stop fightin’ and be a wife/But I paid the ultimate price/Guess karma caught up with me/’Cause I done hurt so many,” she sings.

The track comes from Michelle’s upcoming album, Kimberley: The People I Used To Know, scheduled to arrive later this year. 

You can download and stream “Make This Song Cry” now from the usual digital platforms.  Her previous single, “Either Way,” is also available. 

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Demetria McKinney plays the character of herself this time on debut album, “Officially Yours”

ABC RadioThe wait is officially over:- Demetria McKinney‘s debut album, Officially Yours, is out now.  

The Bobbi Kristina actress tells ABC Radio that the disc, which took several years to develop, is all about “owning who I am” as a person, as opposed to the people she portrays onscreen.  

“I’ve played so many characters,” she says. “Super blessed. Very humbled and honored to do that. And I’ve gotten an opportunity to tell everybody else’s stories. I’ve walked in a lot of shoes. But when you go out and you present Demetria, people don’t know who she is.”

She adds, “Officially Yours had to be named that because it was my first time presenting myself as myself.”  

Demetria adds that both she and the album went through some growing pains.  

She explains, “I’m a totally different woman now. I’ve grown. I’ve learned a lot. I’ve experienced different things. I’ve toured with a couple more people, so I’ve gotten to grown into the woman that I am today.”  

The entertainer says the experience of making Officially Yours, as well as appearing in various TV shows, has “been an altar unlike any other.”

“I’ve had to grow a lot,” she says. “I’ve had to become a lot more progressive.” 

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Solange debuts brand new platinum blonde 'do

Carlota GuerreroYou can’t touch Solange‘s hair, but you can surely admire it.  

The singer debuted a platinum blonde cropped hairdo on Thursday and shared a picture of her fierce new look on Instagram

In the caption she writes, “vry rare night out for ya girl hosting @surfacemag awards.”  

Solange was hosting Surface magazine’s first annual Surface Travel Awards in New York City Thursday night.

The “Rise” artist recently performed two consecutive nights at New York’s Radio City Music Hall on her six-date Orion’s Rise tour series. 

She’s scheduled to appear at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, TX on Friday and on October 13, as well as at the Afropunk Festival in Atlanta, GA on October 15.  

For information on tickets, visit solangemusic.com.  

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Jhené Aiko takes a “Trip” down memory lane, admits battling “addiction and grief”

Isacc SterlingJhené Aiko‘s sophomore album Trip is currently number five on the Billboard 200 chart.  

But even with her current success, she tells fans via Instagram that she’s “not an entertainer or even a singer,” but rather someone who’s been battling addiction and grief “for the past 5 years.” 

She continues, “Sharing this project [Trip] has been helping me heal…I have been sober since the release date and I am proud of myself for that more than anything.”

“I am proud of all of us for opening our minds and hearts in such a chaotic time.” 

Jhené adds, “We are truly better as a collective. The human race is in dire need of healing. We are all in this together and it’s time we act like we know.”

“Thank you to any and everyone who took the time to watch the short film, listen to the album and read this post.”  

Fans can watch Jhené’s short film, also titled Trip, on YouTube and on her website, jheneispenny.com

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Keyshia Cole sings about what could be on new single “Best Friend”; reveals cover art and tracklist for “11:11 Reset”

ABC/Randy HolmesKeyshia Cole‘s seventh album 11:11 Reset hasn’t arrived yet, but we do have a new single.  

It’s called “Best Friend,” and it’s about her wish for a lover who can also be her BFF.

“I would be your best friend/Even late at night/When you’re walking/And be there in the morning/When you open your eyes/I’ll be by your side,” she sings. You can buy “Best Friend” now via the usual digital platforms. 

Along with the arrival of “Best Friend,” the Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood star has also revealed the cover art and tracklisting for 11:11 Reset.  

The album is scheduled to come out October 20 and is available to pre-order now.   

In addition, fans can now watch the music video for Keyshia’s previously released single, “Incapable.”  

The cinematic visual begins with the artist finding out that her boyfriend is cheating on her with another woman.  

Soon after, she performs the song, complete with impressive choreography. 

Here’s the tracklist for 11:11 Reset

“Cole World (Intro)” feat. DJ Khaled 
“Unbothered” 
“You” (feat. Remy Ma & French Montana) 
“Incapable” 
“Best Friend” 
“Vault” 
“Act Right” (feat. Young Thug) 
“Right Time” 
“Emotional” 
“Ride” (feat. Kamaiyah) 
“Cole World (Outro)” [feat. Too $hort] 

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Incapable (Official Video) by Keyshia Cole on VEVO.

 

The show will go on: court rejects Bobby Brown's attempt to stop “Bobbi Kristina” from airing

ABC/Rick RowellUnfortunately for Bobby Brown, it appears that TV One’s Bobbi Kristina biopic will air on Sunday as scheduled.  

According to a statement from TV One, Bobby’s lawsuit against the network, which attempted to block the TV movie from premiering on October 8, was tossed out on Friday. 

The statement reads, “The court rejected a motion for a preliminary injunction filed by Bobby Brown and the Estate of Bobbi Kristina Brown that sought to enjoin the network’s airing of the original movie Bobbi Kristina.”

“We are pleased with the court’s ruling and look forward to sharing this poignant look at the life of Bobbi Kristina Brown with our audience.”

Bobby alleged in his lawsuit that TV One “knowingly and maliciously used his persona and life in the movie and promotion of the film” and that it “contains defamatory and untrue depictions” of him and his relationship with late daughter Bobbi Kristina and late wife, Whitney Houston.

Bobby and Bobbi Kristina’s estate were seeking more than $2 million in damages.  

As previously reported, Vivica A. Fox, who plays Pat Houston in the biopic, told ABC Radio that she spoke to Brown about the film.  

According to Fox, Bobby told her he “wasn’t happy” about the film, but she told him to “give it a chance.”

Vivica added that TV One “reached out and communicated with him to look at the film.” 

Bobbi Kristina premieres Sunday, October 8 at 7 p.m. ET on TV One.  

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Demetria McKinney is Whitney Houston in “Bobbi Kristina” biopic: “I've never played somebody so iconic”

Cast of “Bobbi Kristina” (Courtesy of TVOne)Demetria McKinney, who portrays late icon Whitney Houston in TV One’s biopic Bobbi Kristina, tells ABC Radio that she’s “never played somebody so iconic” — not to mention someone so psychologically and emotionally impactful.

As Demetria recalls, “A couple weeks into filming I woke up at 4 o’clock in the morning bawling. [I] couldn’t stop. I could not get her off of me.”

The “Is This Love” singer adds, “There’s something to be said for such a spiritual person. Such a faith-based person. And somebody who has left such a mark on so many different people.”

She adds, “And I think that’s when the responsibility kinda settled on me. The responsibility hit kinda hard.”

Regardless of how psychologically taxing it was to portray one of the world’s biggest entertainers, Demetria explains that it was all worth it because Bobbi Kristina is a story that needed to be told.

“There’ll never really be a good time to tell it,” she says. “But I think that the longer we wait to tell the story, the fewer lives we get to change from it happening again. We lost two beautiful, beautiful souls way too early.

“My son is eighteen,” she continues. “So I took on that responsibility in making sure that I understood this was a conversation piece to save. This was a conversation piece to teach how to love. This was a conversation piece about relationships.”

McKinney explains, “Relationships are just that. And if we don’t cultivate them properly, if we don’t show the love that we have for each other, we don’t know when the next time will be. And hopefully people will get an opportunity to see that and understand it.”

Bobbi Kristina airs Sunday, October 8, at 7 p.m. ET on TV One.  

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