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Saweetie gushes over her boyfriend Quavo during Facebook Dating’s ‘Black Is Love’ panel

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Rapper Saweetie doted over her boyfriend Quavo during Facebook Dating’s Black Is Love panel discussion Thursday with Angela Yee, LGBTQIA+ activist and personality Ts Madison, OWN’s Black Love co-creator Codie Elaine Oliver, and matchmaker Devyn Simone

Saweetie describes herself as a “private person,” which is why she shares fun, loving moments of the couple on Instagram. 

“Because we’re human beings at the end of the day. I do see the comments…the tabloids…and this and that. For the most part, its not because I wanna hide it,” she explains. “I wanna protect it. So I might show a little bit but not everything.”

The “Icy Girl” said being in the same industry as her Migos bae has helped their relationship, personally and professionally. 

“It does really help, talking to somebody who is doing what you’re doing because lifetimes ago I’ve dated other people and when they don’t understand the hustle and that brings conflict because they’re not necessarily as supportive,” she said. 

Along with Quavo’s support, Saweetie said she’s also learning to embrace his “loving” ways.

“I think opposites do attract, he’s such a affectionate person and I’m not, but it’s because of my upbringing. I’m so excited to watch that series Black Love because I would love to see a healthy way of how to love. So definitely opposites do attract. He’s a loving man and he’s taught me how to love.”

For more scoops on Saweetie and Quavo’s love story, watch the full Black Is Love panel discussion now on Facebook.

By Rachel George
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Watch new trailers for Michelle Obama’s show, ‘Waffles + Mochi’ and Meagan Good’s ‘Death Saved My Life’

Courtesy of Netflix/Lifetime“If you want to be a great chef, you have to learn about all kinds of different foods,” says former first lady Michelle Obama in the trailer for her new Netflix series, Waffles + Mochi, arriving March 16th. 

Obama, who’ also executive producer, will assist her two puppets friends as they travel the world and learn how to cook various foods from different cultures.

According to the trailer, Waffles and Mochi travel to Japan, Peru, Italy and other destinations, while running into special guests such as The Hangover‘s Zach Galifianakis, rapper Common, and more. 

Ahead of Obama’s new show is Meagan Good‘s lead role in Lifetime’s upcoming film, Death Saved My Lifealso starring her sisterLa’Myia Good. Good plays Jade, a mom and wife who is dearly respected in the community. But even after 10 years of marriage, things are not as good as they seem.  

Chiké Okonkwo plays Ed, Jade’s physically and psychologically abusive husband. After Ed’s hitman failed to kill her, Jade believes the only way to completely escape from Ed is to fake her own death. “I’d rather die than be with you,” says Jade to her husband in a clip

Death Saved My Life premieres Saturday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. ET, as part of Lifetime’s true crime film series, Ripped from the Headlines.

And speaking of trailblazers, gymnast Simone Biles has inspired the new Facebook Watch Original docuseries, Simone vs Herself, which takes an inside look into the life of the four-time gold Olympic medalist and 19-time World Champion.

According to a press release, Simone vs Herself airs this summer and details Biles’ battles with “adjusting to a postponed Olympics [and] conquering the challenges that come with success and the weight of enormous expectations.”

By Rachel George
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Mario announces new song, “Luxury Love,” and special Valentine’s Day concert

Lyme Lite MediaMario is ready to serenade the ladies Valentine’s Day weekend with his new song, “Luxury Love.” The Grammy-nominated singer took to Instagram Wednesday to announce his new single and his upcoming showcase.

“Luxury Love” drops Friday and will be followed by Mario’s virtual experience, titled The Luxury of Love. Live. According to the event’s website, “Love is the new luxury and everybody can’t do it and do it well.”

But clearly Mario can and will during his livestream concert performance, which begins at 8 p.m. EST Sunday, Feb. 14th for all the lovers staying at home. General admission ticket bundles are available for $20-$145, including meet & greet access and merchandise purchase of hats, socks, custom bags ,and crew necks that read “Love if there’s luxury.”

But Mario has one last question before his big V-Day performance: “What songs are you excited to hear on Sunday?” he wrote in the caption on Instagram. “[Hit the] link in my bio for [tickets to] my virtual show, [The Luxury of Love. Live.]

Mario’s first release of 2021 follows his five-track 2020 EP, Closer to Mars.

By Rachel George
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All for You: Janet Jackson selling iconic stage outfits & more at huge three-day auction

Yu Tsai/Juliens AuctionsWhile watching Janet Jackson‘s Rhythm Nation videos back in the day, did you ever wish you could own her key earring?  Well, now you can — and much, much more.

Janet is teaming with Julien’s Auctions for a huge three-day auction this May that will see her putting more than 1,000 of her personal items on the block — from her jewelry and stage outfits to luggage and furniture, to her 1956 Chevy pickup truck.  The key earring is also up for grabs, and so is her original Rhythm Nation jacket.

Also being sold is the outfit Janet wore to her secret 1991 wedding to Rene Elizondo, a silver metallic coat she wore in the 1995 video for “Scream,” stage-worn costumes from her many tours, the outfit she wore on the 1994 Jackson Family Honors TV special, her outfit from the “All for You” video, the gown she wore to the American Music Awards in 1985, and her outfit from the MTV Icons: Janet Jackson special in 2001.

Basically, if you ever saw Janet on TV or in concert in an outfit that you liked, it’s probably part of this auction. And you can accessorize with a pair of 18K white gold hoop earrings covered with black-and-white diamonds that Oprah Winfrey gave Janet in 2005.

You can also get a limited-edition hardcover auction catalogue personally signed by Janet herself.  They cost $800, with all proceeds going to Compassion International.

The auction takes place May 14, 15, and 16, starting at 10 a.m. PT each day.  Visit JuliensAuctions.com to find out how to register.

By Andrea Dresdale
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Young Thug teases new music with Meek Mill and T-Shyne

Flanigan/Getty ImagesWith Slime Language 2 on the way, rapper Young Thug is teasing new music with Meek Mill and T-Shyne

Thursday evening, the YSL CEO shared an Instagram video of himself recording in the studio. At one point, Thugger stops to play a track on a FaceTime call with his YSL signee, New York rapper T-Shyne, who bobs his head in excitement. T-Shyne is one of the tagged artists in the post’s caption, along with Philly native Meek Mill. 

From the sound of the track, Thugger is lining up to release a hard-hitting banger with synthesized horns and uptempo percussion. And he never misses an opportunity to mention his favorite green diamonds and those he loves most. 

“Mutha[eff] a trend / I be with my kids in the spot cause family matter / everything else you speaking about might get you / whipped like a paddle,” spits Thugger, followed by T-Shyne, rapping, “This that Ghost [ish] / lil [chick] try to act smart with me but she don’t know [ish]. 

According T-Shyne’s Instagram post, the untitled track drops Friday, and may likely be featured on the YSL collaborative-album, Slime Language 2 — hence the green snake emoji in the caption. 

Thugger’s imprint, YSL, which stands for Young Stone Life, is the label behind emerging artists including GunnaLil Keed and Yak Gotti, the latter of whom recently joined Thugger on the Gunna-assisted track, “Take It to Trial.” Gunna reached mainstream success last year after his chart-topping album, Wunna. Lil Keed dropped his sophomore album, Trapped in Cleveland 3, last August, as the third installment of his Trapped in Cleveland series.

By Rachel George
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Kevin Hart’s personal shopper swindles him out of $1 million

ABC/Randy HolmesKevin Hart‘s personal shopper did a little more than just shopping for the comedian — he also took an unauthorized cut to the tune of over $1 million dollars for himself. 

According to TMZ, Kevin’s personal shopper, Dylan Syer, was arraigned on Wednesday for multiple charges including grand larceny after he allegedly used the star’s credit card to funnel money into his own personal account. 

Syer reportedly built trust with the Jumanji actor after being hired in 2015 and then swindled nearly $1.2 million from him over the course of two years. 

As for what he did with the money, Syer spent it lavishly, splurging on “pricey jewelry, watches, art, collectibles and luxury handbags,” the outlet reports. Among those items were 5 Patek Philippe watches worth more than $400k, a Sam Friedman painting, at least 16 Bearbrick collectible dolls, 5 KAWS collectible dolls and 2 Louis Vuitton bags — all of which prosecutors are trying to recover in order to get Kevin’s money back. 

By Danielle Long
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Lorraine Toussaint teases the “emotionally traumatic” finale of Showtime’s ‘Your Honor’

Photo credit: George BautistaYour Honor star Lorraine Toussaint is teasing what to expect on the “emotional” finale of the hit Showtime series.

In the limited drama, which stars Bryan Cranston as Michael Desiato, a New Orleans judge who bends the law to protect his son, Toussaint plays Michael’s boss, chief justice Sara LeBlanc.

Toussaint tells ABC Audio that Sunday’s episode will make viewers question whom they should really trust.

“I think as we come to the finale, you really begin to question: Who are the heroes and who are the villains in this story?,” she explains. “We start out with it being fairly clear cut, but by the time we get to the end, it’s highly questionable.”

Toussaint says those constant deliberations on who’s right and who’s wrong — only add to the drama of the last episode, which the actress admits also stunned her.

“I read [the finale] and my jaw was on the floor for the last half of it,” she reveals. “So, without giving anything away, it’s heartbreaking. It’s disturbing — it’s racially disturbing. It’s emotionally traumatic. And, I think the finale will be quite shocking.”

The finale of Your Honor airs Sunday, February 14 at 10 PM ET on Showtime.

By Candice Williams
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Kenan Thompson on when he’ll retire from ‘SNL’

ABC/Lou RoccoKenan Thompson holds the record for the longest-tenured cast member on Saturday Night Live with 17 seasons under his belt, but that doesn’t mean he’s thinking of calling it quits anytime soon. 

In fact, Thompson tells Variety that while he has a number of seasons he’s aiming for with SNL, what’s most important is his family. 

“I have a certain number I would love to get to,” he shared. “I think 20 is a good, round, even number that I’m close to. I feel like that is in reach, but also it would be respected if I don’t get there. Like, 18 is fine, 19 is fine. It doesn’t really matter. What matters is, will I have time for my family? There’s only 24 hours in a day.”

Thompson has been married to his wife, Christina Evangeline, since 2011. Together they have two daughters Georgia, 6, and Gianna, 2. 

By Rachel George 
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Saweetie returns on tonight’s episode of Freeform’s ‘grown-ish’

Freeform/Jessica BrooksSaweetie is set to return for another episode on Freeform’s grown-ish series, starring Yara Shahidi and Trevor Jackson

The “Icy Girl” made her acting debut on the mid-season premiere of season three last month, as her bossy character Indigo, Joey Bada$$’ new artist. Shahidi’s character, Zoey Johnson, is in Miami working on the set of a music video for both Indigo and Bada$$.

Indigo and Zoey are still getting to know one another and forming their new relationship as celebrity client and fashion stylist.

In an exclusive clip from the new episode, Zoey vents to a friend on the phone about her struggles as a new, young stylist after dropping out of college. She’s also learning to take her client’s fashion taste to the next level without sacrificing her signature art or styling choices.  

As Zoey looks through a rack of clothes she picked out, Indigo then comes in to take a look herself. And from the half-smile on her face, she clearly wasn’t too impressed.

“Ugh ok. Let’s talk,” Indigo tells Zoey, who replies, “Uh-oh this feely bad.”

Grown-ish airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on Freeform.

By Rachel George
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Tina Turner documentary Tina heading to HBO in March

Courtesy of HBO Following the announcement that Tina Turner is once again a nominee for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, there’s now even more good news for her fans. A new documentary about the legendary performer is heading to cable and streaming.

The film, Tina, has been acquired by HBO and will debut exclusively on the cable network and its streaming service, HBO Max, on March 27.  It will arrive in theaters in early summer and then move to other home entertainment platforms.

The movie, which was first announced in 2018, is from the team that brought us documentaries like Undefeated, Searching for Sugar Man and Belushi.

The film follows Tina from her early fame with her ex-husband Ike Turner, the struggles she faced after they split up, and and the 1980s comeback that made her one of the world’s biggest stars.  Tina herself sat for interviews from her home in Zurich, Switzerland, as did people close to her.  Never-before-seen footage, audio tapes and photos round out the film.

Billboard quotes the producers as saying of the film, “From her early career as the queen of R&B to her record-breaking sell-out arena tours of the ’80s, Tina Turner draws back the curtain to invite us into her private world in a way she has never done before.”

By Andrea Dresdale
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