What’s the word this morning? Black people TBH. From Issa Rae to Kendrick Lamar, our melanated faves are collaborating on charitable work, pulling up on music fests and still sending love to The Queen of Soul. Get into that Black effect with today’s Quick Read below.
Beyoncé and JAY-Z dedicated their On The Run II tour stop in Detroit to Aretha Franklin. “This show is dedicated to Aretha Franklin,” Beyoncé said after a performance of “Holy Grail” at Ford Field. “We love you and thank you.” The Queen of Soul is gravely ill, but is at home resting and surrounding by family, according to reports. (Detroit News)
Scandal may be over, but Kerry Washington is still hard at work. The actress is set to star in and produce new Hulu sci-fi drama, Old City Blues. The series, which is an adaptation of the 2011 Boom Studios graphic novel of the same name, is set in 2048 where a special police force is trying to solve the murder of a cyborg amongst high-tech criminals. Washington is also starring in and producing a limited series adaptation of Little Fires Everywhere with Reese Witherspoon. (Shadow And Act)
Issa Rae will host Rihanna’s fourth annual Diamond Ball, which benefits the Clara Lionel Foundation. The Anti singer announced the Insecure star as the host, as well as Childish Gambino as the night’s featured performer. The star-studded ball will take place on Sept. 13 in New York City and the Navy will have a chance to win a free VIP-style trip to the event. (Instagram)
Kendrick Lamar has joined the Made In America Festival line-up. The Compton rapper has not officially been billed as a headliner, but will perform “a very special set.” Kung Fu Kenny joins Nicki Minaj, Post Malone, Meek Mill, Miguel and more as featured performances. MIA Fest takes place on Sept. 1-2 in Philly. (Twitter)