R. Kelly’s Streams Increase 16% Since ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Docuseries Premiere

Surviving R. Kelly’ has took over the internet with its million of social media conversations for two nights in a row — but as they say, all publicity is good publicity.

According to The Blast, a rep for Spotify confirms that R. Kelly’s  streams have increased 16% since Lifetime aired part 1 of ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ on Thursday night.

via The Blast:

The bump is interesting, considering the rocky past between R. Kelly and Spotify. Back in May, the global streaming giant announced they were removing R. Kelly’s music from all of its owned and operated playlists as part of an updated policy to stop promoting artists who have been accused of “hateful conduct.”

Spotify later backtracked from the ban after receiving backlash for supporting other artists who had been accused of sexual assault while singling out Kelly.

“Surviving R. Kelly” has gained major attention by showcasing former friends, employees and even family members speaking candidly about R. Kelly sexually abusing not only women, but young girls. Stars like John Legend and Wendy Williams have attached themselves to the project, even appearing on camera to talk about the allegations.

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‘Black-Ish’ Stars Tracee Ellis Ross and Jenifer Lewis Reportedly ‘Can’t Stand’ Each Other

I love BOTH Tracee Ellis Ross and Jenifer Lewis — so it makes me a little sad to hear that the two ladies can’t seem to get along on the set of ‘Black-ish.’

via Radar Online:

Black-ish stars Tracee Ellis Ross and Jennifer Lewis may play family members on the hit ABC comedy, but the two are apparently anything but familiar when the cameras aren’t rolling. An insider tells RadarOnline.com exclusively the two stars have been butting heads on set, even shutting down production for a time.

“Tracee can’t stand Jennifer and vice versa, they’re like oil and water, they don’t mix well,” says the source. “They’re just like their characters — Jennifer wants to be the boss and Tracee isn’t having it.”

According to on-set insiders, the entire production shut down for about 30 minutes a few weeks ago because of the drama between the two actresses.

Source says there were some heated words exchanged between the two women after Lewis called out Ross for talking while she was trying to read her lines.

Eventually, the women settled down and went on with the show. But feathers were clearly ruffled.

“Jennifer is way over the top 24/7,” the source revealed. “On the set AND in real life.”

I hope our Queens can leave all the drama in 2018 and enter 2019 with fresh start

Toni Braxton and Birdman Announce Their Split

The living legend Toni Braxton is single again.

The singer and rapper Birdman announced their split via IG that they’ve called off their engagement

Toni was a little more cryptic with her post, writing, “Starting a new chapter isn’t alway an easy choice… but ALWAYS choose to be chosen. Cheers to a new year.”

Im not surprised to see them split – Auntee totally dodged a bullet here

Cardi B Turned Down Chance To Perform At The Super Bowl in Support of Colin Kaepernick

Cardi B is taking a stand for SOMETHING and using her platform for a great purpose.

In a statement shared with Page Six, Cardi’s team said that she wouldn’t perform alongside Travis Scott and Maroon 5 during the next Super Bowl halftime show because of how the league is doing Colin Kaepernick.

“The rumor circulating that she wants a million dollars and she wants her own set is false. There was never a firm offer to begin with for a performance,” the statement reads. “There [were] talks about it, but she was not particularly interested in participating because of how she feels about Colin Kaepernick and the whole movement.”

The statement went on to say that Cardi has prior engagements on the weekend of the Super Bowl.

“Again, there was never a solid offer for her to say yes or no to regarding the Super Bowl,” Cardi’s reps wrote. “She is already confirmed to do a set with Bruno Mars that weekend.

Im WITH Kap ✊

Naomi Campbell Shows Off Her Natural Hair

Naomi Campbell took to social media to “Bare It All”

Via PageSix

Naomi Campbell is one of the world’s top models and is rarely caught without a full glam squad.

However, on Sunday the icon, 48, posted a photo on Instagram that revealed a rare look at her behind-the-scenes beauty. “Bare it all,” Campbell captioned a wig-free selfie.

Known for her hip-grazing shiny straight hair, Campbell showed off her natural hair in braids and did not wear makeup in the picture. Fans immediately flooded the comments with compliments. “Queen @naomi, I’ve never been prouder of you. Thanks for sharing this stunning realness!” one person wrote.

“Set it free,” another said.

Last week, Campbell was announced as the new face of cosmetics company Nars. The campaign is her first as the spokesmodel for a beauty company; she has previously implied that there was a racial barrier to the industry.

Trina Braxton’s Ex-Husband Gabe Solis Dead at 43

Trina Braxton’s ex-husband, Gabe Solis, has passed away after a quiet battle with cancer.

via TMZ

Sources tell us Solis died Thursday in Texas, where he hails from, and we’re told he was surrounded by friends and family. 

Trina and Gabe wed in 2003 but divorced in 2015, and their on-again, off-again relationship was a frequent topic on the family’s reality show — “Braxton Family Values” — even after they divorced.

The former couple also appeared on an episode of “Iyanla: Fix My Life” earlier this year — more than 2 years after their split — to hash out their issues and work on a plan to finally move on.

In the episode, Gabe confronted Trina about her verbal abuse and bullying and let her know how it affected him during their marriage. Despite their rocky road … the 2 remained close friends.

We’re told Gabe’s health issues were kept under wraps and his passing comes as a surprise to many close to the family.

B2K Reunite For The Millennium Tour With Special Guests Mario, Pretty Ricky, Lloyd, etc

B2K has reunited and they’re going on tour.

The Millennium Tour , which will hit the U.S. in March of next year and mark the first time the group has performed together in more than a decade

Omarion, Raz B, Boog (formerly J-Boog) and Fizz (formerly Lil’ Fizz) have managed to put their problems aside (for now) to secure a bag and they’re bringing along some of yall faves.

Mario, Ying Yang Twins, Lloyd, Pretty Ricky and Chingy are all set to join them on this tour.

The tour is produced by G-Squared Events in association with Omarion Worldwide, Hall of Fame Entertainment, and Blvd. Music.

via Billboard:

From first breaking onto the charts in 2001, the guys earned four top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including their No. 1 single “Bump, Bump, Bump” with P. Diddy, and saw both of their studio albums enter the top 10 of the Billboard 200, with their self-titled debut also topping the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. After their 2004 disbanding around the time their cult-favorite film You Got Served was released, the members embarked on solo careers with Omarion going on to two No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 and a healthy string of hits like 2006’s “Ice Box” and 2014’s “Post to Be.”

“We are excited to be a part of what will undeniably be a nostalgic and electrifying performance that will awaken cherished memories and create new, indelible ones for the next generation,” Michelle Le Fleur, COO at Omarion Worldwide tells Billboard. “While admiring their solo successes, the fans have consistently demanded a B2K reunion and, with the determination of an incredibly talented team, that dream is now a reality.”