Ella Mai Announces The Debut Tour: See the Dates

Just off the release of her self-titled debut album, Ella Mai has announced her “Debut Tour.”

How exciting it is to finally get the opportunity to see the 23-year-old platinum-selling singer perform her smash hitd , “Boo’d Up” and “Trip” in your city!

The 28-date tour kicks off on February 12 in Vancouver, British Columbia and wraps up on March 28 in San Antonio, Texas.

See full list of dates below.

Ella Mai – The Debut Tour Dates:

February 12 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
February 14 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
February 15 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
February 17 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
February 19 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
February 20 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
February 22 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Marquee
February 23 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
February 25 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
February 27 – Lawrence, KS @ The Granada
February 28 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
March 2 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
March 3 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
March 5 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
March 6 – Toronto, ON @ The Danforth
March 7 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
March 9 – Boston, MA @ Royale
March 11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
March 13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
March 15 – Silver Spring, M.D. @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
March 16 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage
March 19 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
March 20 – Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live
March 21 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
March 24 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
March 26 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
March 27 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
March 28 – San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theatre

Tickets go on sale on Friday, October 26. Do you plan to scoop some?

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Netflix Cancels ‘Luke Cage’

Luke Cage’ has been canceled after 2 seasons.

via Deadline:

“Unfortunately, Marvel’s Luke Cage will not return for a third season,” Marvel and the streaming service said on Friday. “Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is grateful to the dedicated showrunner, writers, cast and crew who brought Harlem’s Hero to life for the past two seasons, and to all the fans who have supported the series.”

This axing of Luke Cage came as a surprise. A writer’s room under showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker had been working for around six months producing scripts and taking notes from Netlfix and Marvel. As actors like lead Mike Colter remained under contract, a formal Season 3 order considered almost a foregone conclusion by all concerned

After tensions the past month, it all went distinctly south in the last 48 hours.

The pink slipping of Luke Cage was ultimately a combo of the age old creative differences and the inability for the parties involved to reach a deal, according to sources. With a season perched on the conclusion of the June 22 launched Season 2 plotted out months and months ago, detailed drafts for the first half of the 10-episode projected third season were delivered to Marvel and Netflix this week.

We hear that some execs had issues with the more developed scripts, even though they strongly incorporated suggestions from both Netflix and Marvel brass.

Add to that, the writers’ room was put on hold for a week in September, as the streamer and the Disney-owned company were figuring out the mechanisms of changing the deal for the planned Luke Cage third season from the original 13 episodes to a slimmed down 10 episodes. It eventually escalated to behind-the-scenes turmoil in the past two days and demands for changes in creative reign. With Marvel and Netflix seemingly in intractable and different sides of the disputes, a harsh cancelation became the only viable exit strategy, it appears.

The revolving door of showrunners on Marvel’s shows on Netflix have seen new creative teams become almost the norm.  There’s been new showrunners for every season of Daredevil, Raven Metzner took over Iron Fist for its second and final season, and Jessica Jones’ Melissa Rosenberg is heading off to an overall deal with WBTV once Season 3 of the Krysten Ritter-led series is done.

In another sense, the cancellation was a done deal as the situation became tense on the corporate level. The Marvel shows on Netflix are costly to make, even with New York’s generous tax credits. Back in 2013, the streamer paid top dollar for the series, that they don’t even own so cutting Luke Cage loose was a shift bottom line call. With the high cost, there has been pressure on the Marvel series to overperform in viewership. That was easier early on when they were among a handful of Netflix originals but is getting harder today when they are competing with dozens of other buzzy shows on the Internet network.

At this point there is no plans for owner Marvel to resurrect Luke Cage on the upcoming Disney streaming service. But, being that the Simone Missick co-starrer crashed Netflix in its first season opening weekend in September 2016 and had a very well watched and well received 13-episode Season 2, it could be a Sweet Christmas, as Cage likes to quip.

LeToya Luckett Reveals Gender Of What She’s Having

It’s a girl!

LeToya Luckett posted on Instagram sharing photos from her gender reveal party.

“She’s already become the light of my life. Mommy & Daddy can’t wait to meet you baby girl! [flower emojis] #IssaGurl,” she captioned a photo of herself carrying pink balloons.

Back in June, it I reported that LeToya is expecting her first child with husband Tommicus Walker.

See the reveal below

Kehlani Announces She’s Pregnant

Kehlani is 4 months pregnant with a baby girl!

The singer singer made announcement via social media that she’s expecting.

“i’m looking forward to sharing my little world with you all… my partnership with my very best friend, our journey of conception, my choice for a natural home birth with my AMAZING midwives at @parteramidwifery and eventually… the little pumpkin! ” Kehlani wrote

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i’ve always been very open with you all about my personal adventures & accomplishments… this was the HARDEST to hide. if you know me, you know i’ve dreamt about motherhood since i was very young. when asked what my goals are, it’s always the idea of a big healthy happy family & whatever comes along is a plus . i am so honored to be given this gift by spirit, creator, and an amazing partner whom i trust with my body and life. i knew sharing something so personal and precious could bring stress into my world but there isn’t a word anyone would say my way that could take away from this. dearest little girl, i am so proud to be your mommy. i am so proud to have received you. i cannot wait to meet you, i know you will be 50,000 times more special than i can even imagine at this moment. i am happy to document this journey and feel the freedom any pregnant person should. i’m looking forward to sharing my little world with you all… my partnership with my very best friend and lover, our journey of conception, my choice for a natural home birth with my AMAZING midwives at @parteramidwifery and eventually… the little pumpkin! i am now a HOME. 4 months and counting with you, angel of mine. SHE DONT WANNN HIDE NO MO 🌸🦋😍 we’re so ready for you mija!

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Ryan Coogler Officially Signs On To Do A ‘Black Panther’ Sequel

Wakanda Forever

Ryan has signed on to write and direct the ‘Black Panther’ sequel

via THR:

While the move was expected — Marvel wanted to keep the creative team as intact as possible and a sequel was never in any real doubt — the timing was always unclear. 

Black Panther, centering on T’Challa, the king of a fictional African country, was an outsized success both commercially and critically. The pic, which starred Chadwick Boseman as the titular hero, grossed $700 million domestically and more than $1.3 billion worldwide, and is also considered a contender for Oscar consideration. The movie became a defining cultural moment and touchstone, especially for the black community.

In the weeks prior and after the film’s February release, both Marvel and Coogler’s camp were hounded about when a sequel deal would be inked. Typically, a filmmaker is more than willing to quickly sign on for a follow-up, and a studio is eager to snap up a key piece of talent in the lead-up to or right after a successful opening. But Coogler’s camp shook off the peer pressure and took its time in making a deal, which occurred under the radar some time ago.

Sources say the plan at this stage is for Coogler to write the script next year with an eye to start production in either late 2019 or early 2020. Marvel and parent company Disney, however, have not made any official announcements about Marvel’s slate of movies beyond the release of the next Avengers pic in May 2019 and a Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel in July — and plans could shift.

Coogler is developing the drama Wrong Answer with his frequent collaborator and Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan. He also is executive producing LeBron James’ Space Jam sequel and acts in the same capacity on the upcoming Creed 2.

Colin Kaepernick , Dave Chappelle , And 6 Others Will Receive Harvard Black Culture Awards

NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and comedian Dave Chappelle have been selected, along with six others, to be saluted by Harvard University for their contributions to Black history and culture.

via Page Six:

All eight recipients of the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal will be honored Thursday afternoon by the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard.

Kaepernick, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers, created a firestorm when he began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 to protest police brutality and social injustice.

The other honorees are Kenneth Chenault, chairman and a managing director of General Catalyst; Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Pamela Joyner, founder of Avid Partners, LLC; psychologist and author Florence Ladd; Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative; and artist Kehinde Wiley.

Tracee Ellis Ross Opted To Wear Only Black Designers At The 2018 American Music Awards

Tracee Ellis Ross did it us at the 2018 American Music Awards.

The last night’s host wore all Black designers throughout the show.

via Page Six:

First, she walked the red carpet in a pink suit by Pyer Moss accessorized with a Jacob & Co. choker, heels by Christian Louboutin and earrings by Mattia Cielo and Djula Jewelry.

For her opening dance number, the second-time AMA host changed into a custom cape by Dapper Dan for Gucci over a black sequined Nicolas Jebran bodysuit, swapping out the skintight number for a glittering gold sequined CD Greene gown.

Ross later changed into something a little more political with an “I am a voter” T-shirt created by her stylist Karla Welch in collaboration with When We All Vote. She paired the top with a cherry-red Shanel Campbell skirt and Aminah Jillil shoes.

After a quick change into a glamorous pink tulle gown by Off-White and Louboutin heels, Ross managed to one-up even herself in a Sergio Hudson leopard-print catsuit, gloves, and beret, plus Casadei pumps and huge rhinestoned Gucci sunglasses.

She then went for something equally statement-making in a boldly printed LAVIEbyCK fishtail gown with dramatic bell sleeves, followed by a double-breasted black sequined dress.

The actress’ penultimate look featured a belted blue DÈSHON gown paired with shoulder-dusting crystal earrings by the same brand — one of which, in a quirky touch, was worn as a brooch — and finally, Ross wrapped up the show in a red Cushnie off-the-shoulder jumpsuit.