Here’s all the news you need to know this Friday.
– Da Brat announced Thursday that she, along with stars LeToya Luckett, Kyla Pratt, and Demetria McKinney will be starring in an upcoming stage adaptation of Set It Off. Da Brat will take on the role of Cleo with Je’Caryous Johnson Entertainment producing. (Instagram)
– Tiffany Haddish will host the 2018 MTV Movie Awards. It’s another big win for Haddish, who is set to be honored at ESSENCE’s Black Women in Hollywood. Haddish recently announced the Oscar nominees and hosted Saturday Night Live. (Jezebel)
– A new fan theory has popped up leading many to believe Beyoncé and JAY-Z may be going on tour together in the near future. A fan account tweeted an image of Ticketmaster’s UK site, which showed a listing for Bey and JAY, and now people don’t know how to act and are spiraling at the possibility of the couple going on tour. (Vibe)
– R&B group Exit21 has released a new single, “Chances.” About the song, Exit21 member Ron E says, “This single expresses our grind as a group and how we have taken many chances from business to personnel throughout the years to become who Exit21 is today.” (Spotify)
– Singer Emanny has paid homage to Aaliyah with his recent song titled after the singer. “Aaliyah” is not only a homage to the late R&B icon, but a song dedicated to women who stand out from the rest. (Spotify)
– Idris Elba has released the trailer for his directorial debut, Yardie. Based on the novel of the same name, Yardie tells the story of a young Jamaican who witnesses his brother’s murder and later has to choose between a life of crime or leaving it all behind. (YouTube)
– AJ Brown, a recent guest of Netflix’s Queer Eye, has gotten engaged. Brown came out on a recent episode of the show, detailing the regret he felt about not coming out to his father before he died. The hosts of the show took to social media to congratulate Brown following the announcement. (E! News)
– Yara Shahidi is in talks to star in an adaptation of The Sun Is Also a Star. Girls Trip writer Tacy Oliver penned the script, which tells the story of a New York City girl who falls in love right before her family is set to be deported. (The Hollywood Reporter)
– Stephanie Allain and Homegrown Pictures are working on a television series based on the book Black Fortunes, which tells the story of American slaves who later became the country’s first Black millionaires. Allain hopes to develop the book into a limited series. (Shadow and Act)
– Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed new charges against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates. Mueller has accused the men of lying on their income-tax returns and conspiring to commit bank fraud to get loans. (The Washington Post)
– Instead of visiting the White House, the Golden State Warriors will be hanging out with kids in the DC area. Following the team’s championship win last year, several players said they would not be visiting the White House. Trump later revoked the team’s invitation despite no one wanting to visit anyway. The Warriors also considered other options, including a visit to Kevin Durant’s hometown in Seat Pleasant, Maryland. (ESPN)
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