Trailer debuts for Issa Rae’s new series, theater renamed after Lena Horne, and more

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— The trailer for Issa Rae’s new comedy series, Rap Sh!t, has arrived. The show, coming to HBO Max on July 21, follows two former high school besties – played by Aida Osman and KaMillion – who come together to form a rap group. Rae is executive producing, along with Yung Miami and JT of City Girls. Insecure’s Syreeta Singleton serves as showrunner and will be executive producing, as well.

Tyler Perry is donating $500,000 to the Apollo Theater, the filmmaker announced Monday during the venue’s annual spring benefit gala. According to Variety, he made the announcement while accepting the Apollo’s Impact Award from presenter Whoopi Goldberg. The Apollo ended up raising $3.7 million, which includes Tyler’s gift.

— Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre is being renamed after legendary performer and civil rights activist Lena Horne, making her the first Black woman to have a Broadway theater named after her. According to Deadline, The Lena Horne Theatre will be made official this fall. The theater is currently home to the musical Six.

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