Aaliyah's Uncle & Blackground Records CEO Barry Hankerson Gives Details On Her Posthumous Album

Blackground Records CEO Gives Details On Posthumous Aaliyah Album

Aaliyah's upcoming posthumous album is the hottest, yet most controversial topic within the music industry right now.

The man behind it all—Blackground Records CEO and Baby Girl's uncle Barry Hankerson—finally spoke on what is actually happening with the project, in an exclusive interview with That Grape Juice. Below is a few of the important anecdotes from their interview with Hankerson:

On Drake, 40, and "Enough Said":

"Drake and Noah did an exceptional job with “Enough Said”. The intent was too be creative with one song at first and see how the fans would react. We look forward to them hearing the rest of the album next year."

On what to expect from the upcoming album:

"We’re working with 16 never before heard songs that were part of an album she was recording before she died. Fans will hear the same angelic tone they loved so much in these new songs."

On the family's reaction to the album being made & the status of a rumored Aaliyah biopic:

"We always expected an unpleasant welcome this album. Due to the fact we have control over the estate and authoritative over royalties we will be moving forward with this album. We never wanted the bad press that’s come with the album. The family might of made statements about us not supporting their daughter, but the fan support and peaceful intent behind it is the reason we’ve decided to go forth with it. The Aaliyah Biopic is currently on hold until the Haughton family agree to go forward with it. Before the controversy Warner (who would fund the movie) wanted Keshia Chante to play the lead role, and Aaliyah friends play themselves. We can’t go forward until Aaliyah’s family agree to let us."

You can read the full interview over at That Grape Juice by clicking [HERE].

Also, see VIBE's 10 Ways Aaliyah's Memory Will Live On In 2012 And Beyond

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Barry Jenkins Is Directing A Sequel To ‘The Lion King’

A sequel to The Lion King is in the works at Disney, with Barry Jenkins attached to direct. The film, which will be a follow-up to the 2019 live-action blockbuster release, is in the early stages of development.

According to Deadline, the plot will expand on the stories of character featured in its predecessor including the origin story for Mufasa, whose death marks a turning point in Young Simba’s journey to become king. The film sequel is expected to utilize the same photo-realistic technology as its predecessor.

It’s unclear when the film will be released or if Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Oliver, James Earl Jones, Beyonce, Alfre Woodard, and more stars from last year’s Lion King will be reprising their voiceover roles for the follow-up project.

Jenkins brings a unique viewpoint to storytelling that resonates with audiences and helped earn him two Oscars, one of which was a Best Picture win for Moonlight. The 41-year-old Miami native and Florida State University Graduate, also won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for If Beale Street Could Talk.

Besides the Lion King sequel, Jenkins is directing a biopic on dance legend Alvin Ailey, and wrapped filming on the series, The Underground Railroad.

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Issa Rae Is Now Co-Owner Of A Natural Hair-Care Brand

Issa Rae is expanding into the world of natural hair care. The Insecure creator and star became the co-owner and face of Sienna Natural, a vegan product line for textured hair.

Rae partnered with Sienna Naturals CEO Hannah Diop to rebrand the company. “I think hair has always been part of my identity,” Rae told Allure. “[Even my] debut was a big chop that I did for Awkward Black Girl.”

Rae’s interest in the natural haircare industry was peaked after watching Diop’s “journey,” in products creation. “I’d been watching Hannah's journey for a while, seeing her developing these products. I got interested in the natural, organic side of hair care. I felt like this was a great opportunity to partner up — not to mention obviously loving what the products did for my own hair.”

Sienna Naturals products are made from “lightweight natural ingredients free from synthetics, harsh chemicals” and “heavy oils.”

The product line includes a Salon in a Box collection for $75, H.A.P.I. Shampoo ($18), Dew Magic leave-in conditioner, and Plant Power deep treatment ($22). Shoppers can visit the Sienna Naturals website to get on the waitlist for product restocks and updates.

 

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Allow us to reintroduce ourselves… ✨ We are Sienna Naturals and the countdown begins until we’re fully restocked in your shower, so make room! 🚿 Our products are made with lightweight natural ingredients, free of synthetics, harsh chemicals or heavy oils— formulated by women with textured hair for women with textured hair.
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Mural Honoring Chadwick Boseman Unveiled At Disneyland

A new mural honoring Chadwick Boseman made its debut at Disneyland’s Downtown Disney on Thursday (Sept 24). The beautiful art work was painted by Nikkolas Smith, a former Disneyland Imagineer.

The art installation includes an inscription from Smith that reads: “As a former Disney Imagineer, I had the honor of working on a major children's hospital initiative and Avengers Campus as my final two assignments. Seeing Chadwick's heart for people in-person, and later discovering his courageous battle with cancer, I was inspired to create this tribute to honor his life and legacy. To us, he was and will always be T'Challa. Long Live The King.”

The image shows Boseman kneeling alongside a child in a hospital gown while both make the Wakanda salute. The photo is a nod to Boseman’s many hospital visits with sick children, all while he secretly battled colon cancer. The 43-year-old actor passed away from the disease in August.

 

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The piece, which will be on display until the end of the year, was Smith's final project as a Disney Imagineer, a job that he held for 11 years.

“This one is special,” he explained in an Instagram post. “My King Chad tribute is now on a wall on display at Downtown Disney. It is a full circle moment for me: my final two projects as a Disney Imagineer last summer were working on the Children’s Hospital project and the ‘Avengers’ Campus. To millions of kids, T'Challa was a legend larger than life, and there was no one more worthy to fill those shoes than Chadwick Boseman. I'm so thankful to be able to honor Chadwick's life and purpose in this way.” Smith added a note of gratitude to Disney for being supporting of his artistic journey.

See more photos of the mural below.

 

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This one is special. My King Chad tribute is now on a wall on display at Downtown Disney. 🐾 It is a full circle moment for me: my final two projects as a Disney Imagineer last summer were working on the Children’s Hospital project and the Avengers Campus. To millions of kids, T'Challa was a legend larger than life, and there was no one more worthy to fill those shoes than Chadwick Boseman. I'm so thankful to be able to honor Chadwick's life and purpose in this way. I am grateful to the Disney family for being so supportive of my journey as an artist. @waltdisneyimagineering @disney @marvelstudios @disneyland 🐾✨ #LongLiveTheKing #KingChad #WakandaForever #Phambili #DowntownDisney #BlackPanther #ChadwickBoseman #RIPChadwick #WDI

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