Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin Dead at 76

The legendary Aretha Franklin has passed away.

She was 76.

According to reports, Aretha had been quietly battling pancreatic cancer and was down to 86 pounds at the time of her death.

via TMZ:

Aretha passed away in her Detroit home wherei she was under hospice care. She’d been in failing health for many months and she was down to 86 pounds. One source told us he was informed more than a week ago that Aretha could go at any time.

She was surrounded by friends and family when she passed. Her family released a statement, saying, “In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family.”

RIP.

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Ella Mai Debuts New Single ‘Trip’

Ella Mai has released “Trip,” her follow up to her smash hit, “Boo’d Up.”

In the song produced by Keys and DJ Mustard, the 23-year-old songtress sings:

But I think that I’m done trippin’, I’m trip-trippin’
I’ve been sippin’, that’s how I control
This feelin’, you keep givin’
You keep on hittin’ it ooh, oh
Maybe it’s your love, it’s too good to be true
Baby boy, your love, got me trippin’ on you
You know your love is big enough, make me trip up on you
Yeah, it’s big enough, got me trippin’ on you, trip-trippin’ on you

Peep the full song below

Where’s The Lie Though!? : Rihanna On Her Thicker Body ‘You Want to Have a Butt, Then You Have a Gut’

In addition to Rihanna’s incredible cover & editorial for British Vogue, the natural curves friendly interview proves that Rih’s on a mission to being a body image icon!

When asked why women love her, she responded:

“I don’t know, maybe it’s because I’m ‘thicc’ now. I don’t know.”

Despite being comfortable with her fuller frame, Rihanna says she’s ready to get back in the gym — but keeps it real.

“I’m about to get back into the gym and stuff, and I hope I don’t lose my butt or my hips or all of my thighs,” she said. “I’ll lose some but not all. And I think of my boobs, like, ‘Imma lose everything, everything goes!’ ”

“But, you know, it comes with a price. You want to have a butt, then you have a gut,” she said.

The REALIST Shit Ive Heard In Awhile. You can read more from Rihanna when the September issue of British Vogue hits newsstands on Friday, Aug. 3.

LeBron James’ I Promise School In Akron Opens And Welcomes Students 

LeBron James is the epitome of greatness on and off the court as the doors of his I Promise School opened on Monday and welcomed new students.

The jitters before the first day of school were very real !!! Tomorrow is going to be one of the greatest moments (if not the greatest) of my life when we open the #IPROMISE School.

This skinny kid from Akron who missed 83 days of school in the 4th grade had big dreams…big dreams for the kids in Akron to give them everything they could need to find their passion, give back to our community and change the world!!

This school is that. The people are that. Akron is that.

@LJFamFoundation we’ve always done it big and it doesn’t get bigger than opening day tomorrow (until the next thing we dream of )

I’m so unbelievably proud and excited to see my kids, my home, and the 330 tomorrow. THANK YOU! Let’s get it. Let’s go  @IPROMISESchool #WeAreFamily #IPROMISE

Now this is what you do when you get 154 million. This man is the goat on and off the count

Wale Drops Amazing Visual For ‘Black Bonnie’ Feat. Jacquees

Wale has released the official music video for his Jacquees collaboration, “Black Bonnie” co-starring Ashley Blaine Featherson , and Im absolutely here for it front row!

The rapper pays homage to his best friend, confident, co-defender and his forever ride or die in the dope visual that takes us through multiple eras.

‘Love Is ___’ Renewed for Season 2

Yayyy! ‘Love Is __’ is coming back for a second season on OWN and no one is happier than me.

“Mara and Salim have brought their heart and soul to this passion project working with our friends at Warner Horizon Scripted Television and we couldn’t be more thrilled to renew the show for a second season. This series is an important part of OWN’s scripted programming lineup and to see the ratings grow as the Akils’ love story unfolds each week is truly exciting,” said Erik Logan, president, OWN

The series follows Nuri (Michele Weaver) and Yasir (Will Catlett) as a couple chasing their dreams in 1990s Los Angeles. The story is told from the perspective of their present-day selves as they reflect on social issues and Black culture.

The series draws inspiration from the Akil’s real-life relationship journey.

“Love Is __” airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on OWN. The Season 1 finale will air Aug. 21.

Im completely in love with this show , from the storyline to the amazing 90s fashion and music. This show is a rare gem in today society.

R. Kelly’s Ex-Wife Andrea Kelly Responds to ‘I Admit’

R. Kelly’s ex-wife, Andrea Kelly, has been very open about years of abuse she suffered during their marriage.

On the heels of R. Kelly’s controversial 19-minute song “I Admit,” Andrea decided to remix it.

You can read Andrea’s full lyrics in the Instagram post below.

THE REMIX: Admit it Admit it Admit it Your mama IS watching over you And rolling over in her grave because of the ABUSIVE things you do You say she’s looking down from heaven So there’s nothing she didn’t see Which means she saw you BEAT me from heaven and neglect her grand babies……Admit it Admit it Admit it Your children you don’t see Because you treat them like your fans And not your flesh and blood, please Being a dead beat dad is a conscious choice You could face time w them EVERYDAY they’d SEE your face and HEAR your voice,so….. Admit it Admit it Admit it Then go get some professional help Own the pain that you’ve inflicted on others’ All by yourself Even though you can’t read or write it didn’t stop you from making hit songs But you don’t have to read or write to know Domestic Violence is wrong, so…. Admit it Admit it Admit it Your past is not is an excuse Just because you were abused doesn’t mean you get to ABUSE….. Admit it Admit it Admit it Cause the TRUTH will set you free Nothing good is gonna come to you UNTIL YOU DO RIGHT BY ME. #domesticviolenceawareness #survivor #free #truth #speak @theshaderoom @tmz_tv @thejasminebrand_ @balleralert @bet @people @billboard @theviewabc @wendyshow @iamsteveharveytv @johnlegend @theellenshow @ncadv

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