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Plus, OWN debuts new Tyler Perry drama, Will Packer acquires rights to new project Terminal Point, Keyshia Cole hits the road for "Point of No Return" tour.
First Lady Michelle Obama delivered the keynote address at the Grammy Museum’s Jane Ortner Education Awards Luncheon Wednesday and honored singer Janelle Monae for her mentorship with young students through the Grammy Museum’s educational efforts. Mrs. Obama spoke about the importance of the arts in education as she honored Monae saying, “Engagement in the arts can unlock a world of possibilities for our young people. … For many young people, arts education is the only reason they get out of bed in the morning, just like Janelle.” [HollywoodReporter]
OWN’s new Tyler Perry Series If Loving You is Wrong has a premiere date. The drama, which takes a look at a group of middle-class married couples and friends who have normal lives on the surface but are battling heartbreak, deceit and lies, debuts September 9. [Variety]
Think Like a Man Too producer Will Packer is gearing up to begin his first project with his new home at Universal. Packer has acquired the rights to the Terminal Point script. Although details for the script are still under wraps the project will be produced under his Will Packer Productions banner. [Deadline]
Keyshia Cole has announced the dates for her national “Point of No Return” tour, which kicks off July 20 in Minneapolis. Cole, and opener Adrian Marcel, will make 18 stops and wrap up in San Diego, California at the House of Blues. Fans can purchase tickets now via Ticketmaster. [Vibe]
Kanye West wasn’t always the hip-hop giant that he is today. Check out this unearthed video of the rapper at 19 as he freestyles at a record store in New York circa 1996.
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