Coffee Talk: Solange to Perform Hurricane Katrina Benefit Concert

Plus: Mariah Carey writes a children's book, Serayah is named an Empire series regular, Aretha Franklin expresses interest in a Broadway play and more! 

Taylor Lewis Aug, 27, 2015

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Solange isn't a New Orleans native, but she moved there two years ago and has nothing but love for the city. To commemorate the upcoming 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the singer announced that she has partnered with Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation and will be performing a benefit concert on Saturday at the House of Blues. "Make It Right will be out front sharing stories from the Lower 9th Ward, honoring the rebirth of a vital and vibrant community and celebrating the rebuilding progress across this remarkable city," she wrote on her Instagram. [BET]

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The world lost an icon yesterday. Civil rights pioneer and voting rights leader Amelia Boynton Robinson, who suffered a stroke last month, died at the age of 104. Robinson was active in fighting for voting rights in Selma, helping Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. organize the 1965 march and was present during Bloody Sunday. Thank you for everything you did, Amelia. [CNN]

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Mariah Carey can now cross "write a children's book" off her bucket list. The singer is gearing up to release her first children's book, All I Want for Christmas is You, set to drop some time this fall. "I am thrilled to be able to bring the story of the song to new generations of families with the picture book," she said in a statement. [People]

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It might only be a matter of time before we have an Aretha Franklin musical! The Queen of Soul revealed that she has been considering a television biopic for years, but as it turns out, she might be more interested in the Great White Way. "I would like to see it be a dramatic musical," Franklin told Billboard. "I loved The Motown Musical; it was so great. I think the timing is very good now, especially behind Jersey Boys, Carole King. Gloria Estefan has come to Broadway now, and why not Aretha?" We agree! [Billboard]

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It looks like we have more Tiana Brown in our future! Empire's Serayah, who plays pop princess Tiana Brown, has just been named a regular on the show. Does that mean that there is more Tiana/Hakeem drama in our future? We'll have to wait and see. [Deadline]

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MTV could be giving us the reality show that we never knew we needed. Amber Rose and Blac Chyna are reportedly teaming up with MTV to produce their own reality show, which would focusing on balancing motherhood with their work lives. Would you watch? [VH1]