Did U Know? 6-18-17 Entertainment News Updates…is trending entertainment news about the latest movies, music, TV shows and your favorite celebrities that happened during week ending June 18, 2017.
Jay Z Announces New Album ‘4:44’ For June 30
Hip-hop legend Jay Z has just shared details on a new album, 4:44. The album will drop June 30 for subscribers of Sprint or Jay Z’s Tidal platform through what’s pitched as a first-of-its-kind partnership between both companies. The corporate partnership follows the announcement in January that Tidal sold a 33 percent stake in the company to Sprint for $200 million, giving it access to the telecom company’s 45 million customers. As part of the U.S. campaign, Tidal and Sprint have pledged support to the 1Million Project, an educational initiative from Sprint and the Sprint Foundation that will assist 1 million low-income U.S. high school students who aren’t connected to the Web at home. News on the surprise album release caps an eventful week during which Jay Z and his wife Beyonce welcomed twins and the artist was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, becoming the first rapper to achieve that honor. The new LP is the follow-up to 2013’s Magna Carta… Holy Grail, which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
MC Lyte is Engaged!
Veteran rapper and radio host, MC Lyte, is engaged! The “Light As A Rock” musician made the announcement recently, and said she met her soon-to-be hubby, John, online. “My biggest thing with dating was the ability to be vulnerable,” Lyte said during an interview, according to People. “With [John] I can totally just let go and be myself.” Earlier this year, the iconic rapper took to Instagram to announce her new relationship in a heartwarming post. “What can I say, except thank you Lord!!! … It’s been a long time, this single life, and I thank you all for your prayers and kind words of hope,” she wrote in the post dated January 21. “God has sent me true love. For all of you waiting on LOVE- don’t give up – keep God first and he will see that you meet your match.
Lil Wayne Reportedly Being Sued For Hate Crime
LOS ANGELES, CA – After Lil Wayne allegedly punched a security guard in the face at Hyde nightclub in June 2016, the recipient of the blow is reportedly suing the mega rapper and calling it a “hate crime.” The California man claims while working the door at the Sunset Strip club, Wayne showed up with his entourage for a BET Awards after party hosted by 2 Chainz and Wayne himself. Things apparently got out of hand quickly. The guard says he felt physically threatened while trying to control entry into the club when Weezy punched him with a closed fist and knocked him to the ground, according to documents obtained by TMZ. The man also says Lil Wayne threw an alcohol-filled glass at his face and shouted, “Fuck you white boy,” which he says makes it a hate crime. Despite these allegations, Wayne’s team has denied any such incident. The security guard is suing Wayne, his label and the club for damages from assault and battery. He wants a $25,000 civil penalty added to his damages for the so-called hate crime. This is just one of many lawsuits the rap mogul may have to juggle. From the Birdman and Cash Money situation to Martin Shkreli and Tha Carter V leaks scenario, there’s plenty of controversy floating around to keep Wayne’s lawyers busy.
‘RHOA’s’ Kenya Moore Gets Married; Nene Leakes Returning
According to People magazine: Kenya Moore of the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” has corroborated that she secretly got married on a beach in St. Lucia this past weekend surrounded by family and friends. Not only is Moore married, she’s found “the love of her life” in a businessman she met in 2016. Her husband is choosing to stay out of the spotlight for now, his identity is being kept private from the press.
NeNe Leakes is returning to the “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” Best known for her larger-than-life attitude, the 49-year-old reality star used Instagram to announce her plan to reclaim her throne. Although the reality TV OG cut ties with the franchise after season seven, she has returned for occasional episodes in recent years. Then, earlier this year, rumors surfaced [again] that she’d be returning to RHOA, for good, when her former co-star, Cynthia Bailey, revealed it was “a possibility.” It’s unclear whether Leakes will be returning as a full-time cast member, friend of the “Housewives,” or guest in season 10. One thing’s for sure, we can always count on her to weigh in on the drama between cast members.
Filming for “RHOA” season 10, is expected to begin any day now. While no further cast info has been announced, Kandi Burruss, Porsha Williams, Kenya Moore, Cynthia Bailey and Shereé Whitfield are all expected to return — while Phaedra Parks reportedly will not (however I believe she will return; this is just hype to get us to tune in.)
The Notorious B.I.G. & Tupac Shakur Documentaries Get New Premiere Dates On A&E
NEW YORK, NY – The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur documentaries scheduled to air on A&E this summer have been given new premiere dates. Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G. is now scheduled to premiere on September 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and Who Killed Tupac? is being bumped to Q4 2017. Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G. serves as the inaugural project airing under the recently relaunched Biography banner. The three-hour biography allows the late Christopher Wallace to narrate his own life story by employing exclusive archival footage and audio recordings that have never been heard before as well as new interviews by those who loved him most. The six-part limited series “Who Killed Tupac?” follows civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump as he conducts a thorough investigation 20 years after the tragic shooting death of the West Coast gangster rap luminary. A&E is set to relaunch its Biography series this summer with documentaries about The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac. A two-part documentary, Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G. includes never-before-heard recordings by Biggie as well as interviews with Voletta Wallace, Faith Evans and members of Junior M.A.F.I.A. A&E plans to follow The Notorious B.I.G. film with a six-part miniseries about the death of Tupac, called Who Killed Tupac?. It features the contributions of civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, whose mother attended high school with Tupac’s late mother, Afeni Shakur.
Executive Vice President and Head of Programming at A&E Network, Elaine Frontain Bryant, explained the network’s decision to spotlight the slain rappers via a press release. “The late Christopher Wallace and Tupac Shakur continue to impact the world two decades after their tragic, unsolved murders and there is still a public longing to connect with these figures and to celebrate their legacies,” Bryant said. “We pride ourselves in delivering projects under the ‘Biography’ banner that unearth a side of the story that the public has never seen before. In the case of Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G., the foundation of this biography is exclusive archival footage and audio recordings of Biggie himself, packaged in a way that allows him to tell his own life story as if its present day and we are truly excited to be able to bring that kind of intimacy and connection to his fans.”
A&E’s upcoming shows profiling the late rappers are unrelated to the recently announced documentaries, Notorious B.I.G.: One More Chance and the untitled Tupac project directed by 12 Years A Slave filmmaker Steve McQueen.
Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G. debuts on June 28 at 9 p.m. EST and wraps up on June 29 at 8 p.m. EST, while Who Killed Tupac? premieres on June 29 at 9 p.m. EST.