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Plus, Rihanna is up for Super Bowl performance, Urbanworld Film Festival will open with Beyond the Lights, Jennifer Hudson's half-brother is arrested for stabbing incident, and Lisa Nichols develops a motivational app.
Here’s what we’re talking about this morning over our green tea lemonades:
Late last night, Lauryn Hill turned to Twitter to share her new version of “Black Rage,” a song that she’s performed since 2012. The new interpretation is a combination of spoken word with that Lauryn Hill flow that no one can resist. Including lines about where black rage is founded (“on the wounds in the soul”/”on denial of self”), Hill dedicated this version to Ferguson, asking for “Peace in M.O.” Hill is joining the slowly growing number of artists who are releasing tracks for Ferguson and Michael Brown.
Rihanna may be the next singer to land the coveted Super Bowl Halftime Show. She’s up against her BFF Katy Perry and the band Coldplay. [AccessHollywood]
Jennifer Hudson’s family has entered into tragedy, again. Her half-brother, Stephen Angelo Simpson, was arrested after repeatedly stabbing his estranged wife’s boyfriend. Simpson is in a Michigan jail awaiting arraignment. The victim was released from the hospital, with 20 to 30 stitches, and an expected recovery. [People]
Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker will take their musical, A Mothers Love, on the road, making stops in New Orleans, Cleveland, New York, Memphis, and more. New cast members include Shirley Murdock, Q. Parker and D. Woods. Special guests, like LaToya London and Meela Williams, will appear at certain shows. The musical opens September 4, in Columbus, Georgia.
The Urbanworld Film Festival, presented by BET, will kick off with Love and Basketball director Gina Prince-Bythewood’s latest film, Beyond the Lights, co-starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Nate Parker. The 18th annual event, sponsored by HBO, is the nation’s largest competitive multicultural film festival and will screen over 70 films, from September 17-21 in New York.
TV One’s popular docu-series, Celebrity Crime Files, will return for a third season on September 8 with new narrator, rapper-actor Ice-T. This season the show goes behind crimes involving Chris Lightly, Stephanie St. Clair and the Black Panthers.
Motivational speaker Lisa Nichols has created the iAm Motivated app (available on iOS and Android Devices) that will deliver a daily dose of inspiration covering spirituality, wealth and relationships. Click here for a free 10-day trial.
Listen to Lauryn Hill’s “Black Rage.”
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