Dust off your 1-2 Step. Ciara and Missy Elliot are teaming up again, this time for a Ciara's new song "That's How I'm Feelin.'" The new sensual record also features rapper Pitbull and will appear on Ciara's upcoming album, Jackie, to be released May 5. [Billboard]
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Nicki Minaj Lands Role in 'Barbershop 3'
Nicki Minaj officially has a chair in the Barbershop. She's set to star alongside Common and Regina Hall in the new film, Barbershop 3. Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Anthony Anderson and Eve will be returning to reprise their roles in the original films. But the real question is, will Michael Ealy make a comeback? [Hello Beautiful]
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Baltimore Lifts Citywide Curfew
Effective immediately, the citywide 10pm curfew in Baltimore has been lifted. Mayor Stephanie Rawlins-Blake tweeted on Sunday to announce the curfew lift.
"Effective immediately, I have rescinded my order instituting a city-wide curfew," she wrote. "I want to thank the people of Baltimore for their patience."
"My goal has always been to not have the curfew in place a single day longer than was necessary," she continued. "I believe we have reached that point today." [Madame Noire]
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Prince Records Song Inspired by Baltimore Uprising
Inspired by the ongoing protests in Baltimore, singer Prince wrote and recorded a song about Baltimore and other social issues in America.
"Prince has just recorded a new song that addresses the unrest in Baltimore and the socio/political issues around the country in the wake of a slew of killings of young Black men," a rep from Prince camp said. "The song is a tribute to all of the people of the city of Baltimore. Release plans for the song, which was recorded this week at Paisley Park, have not yet been announced." [E! Online]
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Ben Carson Running for President in 2016
It's official. Legendary neurosurgeon Ben Carson has announced his intention to run for president in 2016.
“I’m willing to be part of the equation and therefore, I’m announcing my candidacy for president of the United States of America," he said.
Dr. Carson, known for his conservative views, is expected to speak about his presidential platform at an even in Detroit this week. [Huffington Post]
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Robin Thicke, Pharrell Seek New 'Blurred Lines' Trial
Last month a judge ruled that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams illegally copied elements of a Marvin Gaye song for their hit record, "Blurred Lines." Last Friday, their lawyers filed a motion asking for a do-over of the copyright trial, citing “errors in jury instructions, improper testimony from a musicologist and insufficient evidence to support a finding that 'Blurred Lines' is truly substantially similar to 'Got to Give It Up.'"
Meanwhile, both Thicke and Williams have been ordered to pay over $7 million in damages to the Gaye family. [The Hollywood Reporter]
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