Just when you think you can’t get enough Idris Elba, he gives you another great performance to adore. Over the weekend, his new film Prometheus, about a team of explorers who encounter alien life while looking for clues to the origins of mankind on Earth, hit theaters. Elba plays the captain of the space ship. Um, two tickets please!
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One of our favorite leading men is heating things up on USA this summer with a hot new TV role. Ealy shows off his comedic side in the new buddy comedy Common Law. Catch new episodes on Friday nights at 10 p.m. EST.
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All you Maxwell fans are in for a real treat this summer. He will embark on a special six night tour with two nights in three cities — Atlanta, Newark, New Jersey, and Los Angeles. With help from his 11-piece band, he will perform all four of his hit albums in full. On night one in each city, he’ll perform Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite (96’) and Embrya (98’), and on night two he’ll perform all of Now (‘01) and BLACKsummers ’night’ (’09). This concert is sure to be an epic moment in live music history.
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All the Single Ladies and chocoholics can get their weekly eye candy fix this summer on Vh1 on Monday nights. DB Woodside is back for season two of the hit show, reprising his role as the ever-so-smooth heart breaker Malcolm.
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Recognize this handsome hunk? You’ve seen seasoned actor James Lesure stealing scenes all over the big and small screen while playing supporting roles, but this summer the spotlight is pointed his way. Lesure stars in the new TBS show Men At Work which airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. EST.
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Debonair darling Blair Underwood is making headlines with his superb performance in A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway in New York City. The play, which has all Black cast, has earned rave reviews. Not planning on being in the New York City area this summer? You might want to rethink that — getting a chance to see Blair, shown her backstage in costume, live and up close is so worth the trip.
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The ‘90s heartthrob with the voice of an angel returns to woo the ladies once more. (Finally!) D’Angelo will make his much anticipated career comeback on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome stage during the ESSENCE Music Festival 2012.
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We haven’t seen any aliens running around on Earth, but Men In Black 3 star Will Smith’s performance in the new film is out of this world, as usual. See him in theaters now.
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Following on the heels of the success of his hot new singles “Climax” and “Scream,” Usher Raymond’s much anticipated seventh album Looking 4 Myself will arrive in stores on June 12th. Ladies, are you ready for more of the Raymond’s seductive sounds?
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After showing the world he could woo women young and old in Jumping the Broom, Romeo Miller returns to the big screen this summer in Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection.
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After a 4-year hiatus, hip hop honey Nas has returned to the airwaves with new singles “The Don” and “Daughters,” out now, and a new album “Life Is Good,” which should hit shelves on July 17th. Nas, we’re ready to rock with you.
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The sultry crooner with the curly hair has always known how to sing his way into our hearts, and this summer he’s back with another musical fix just for the ladies. He dropped his new album The One last week and he’ll be headed to a city near you this summer performing recent favorites like “Sometimes I Cry” and “Real Love.”
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Swagalicious R&B king Trey Songz, and his devoted “Trey’s Angels” of course, return to the ESSENCE Music Festival this summer, and he’s got another sweaty set for the ladies to help them keep warm inside the Superdome.
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Dreamy actor Anthony Mackie stars in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. out June 22nd, and shows us that even a fantasy action drama can bring the sexiness.
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NFL star Reshad Jones, of the Miami Dolphins, and his teammates were just selected as the featured NFL team profiled this Summer on the HBO hit series Hard Knocks.
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His powerful new love ballad “I Want You” is all over the airwaves lately, and now new artist Luke James is bringing those lips, and that sweet falsetto, to the SuperLounge at the ESSENCE Music Festival this July. Get your tickets now.
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