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Beyoncé Addresses Lip-Syncing Controversy for the First Time

In a matter of 20 minutes, Beyoncé was able to son and shush all the naysayers about her lip-syncing controversy at President Barack Obama's inauguration. Her Super Bowl press conference kicked off with a live rendition of the National Anthem, a take two to compensate for the inaugural performance. Though dressed in a backless white number, all attention was clearly on her vocal abilities. Once the floor opened up for questions, Bey explained why she had used a backing track for her inaugural performance. "Due to the weather delay and no proper soundcheck with the orchestra, I did not feel comfortable taking a risk and singing live during the inauguration," she said, also noting that her Super Bowl rehearsal--which has taken four to five months to prepare for--was also a factor in her decision. "I'm very proud of my performance." As far as clearing up the murky rumors of a Destiny's Child reunion on stage this Sunday, the "Countdown" singer kept mum. "I can't really give any details," she said with a big smile. The 31-year-old songbird then gushed over working with her fellow DC members after a long hiatus. "I felt like a teenager when I heard us harmonize again." She also spoke on her upcoming HBO documentary Life Is But A Dream set to air Feb. 16, where she opens up about her miscarriage and the surrogacy rumors. "It's time for people to really get to know me," she said at the press conference. "It shows a human side. We're all human. I feel like at some point my job is to protect [Blue Ivy]." While headlining the half-time show in her family's native Louisiana is immense pressure, she admitted to feeling anxious. When asked how she felt about those waiting to watch her fails, Bey said, "I love my haters." She also teased that she had a big announcement following her set after the host asked about a possible tour. While she kept tight-lipped, she did reveal the first thing on her to-do list post-Super Bowl. "I'm gonna enjoy my daughter. Mommy will be done Sunday at 9pm." As for the possibility of her bringing a backing track to her 12-minute routine at the SuperDome this Sunday? "I will absolutely be singing live," she states emphatically. "This is what I was born to do." Check out a snippet of her press conference below.

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Pop Smoke: 5 Suspects Arrested In Connection With Rapper’s Murder

Five people have been arrested in connection with the murder of Pop Smoke, the Los Angeles Police Department's  Robbery-Homicide Division revealed on Friday (July 10). According to an LAPD news release, the suspects include two teenagers and three adults, the latter of whom were identified as Corey Walker, 19, Jaquan Murphy, 21, and Keandre D. Rodgers, 18.

The LAPD claims that the suspects are gang members who were involved in Jackson’s murder in February, and in the murder of an 18-year-old victim who was gunned down last year in the parking lot of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

No other details were released as both investigations are ongoing.

Pop Smoke, whose birth name was Bashar Jackson, was gunned down at a temporary rental home in the Hollywood Hills while visiting Los Angeles. The 20-year-old Brooklyn native was the victim of an armed robbery, per the LAPD.

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Jada Pinkett Smith Confirms Past Relationship With August Alsina

As promised, Jada Pinkett Smith brought herself to the infamous red table but she wasn’t alone. Will Smith joined his wife to address August Alsina’s claims in a special mini-episode of Red Table Talk that premiered on Friday (July 10).

Jada confirmed that she was once in a relationship with the 27-year-old singer while “separated” from Will. According to Jada, things with Alsina started out as a platonic friendship before turning into something more.

“As time went on, I got into a different kind of entanglement with August,” she admitted.

The actress went on to clarify that Will never August “permission” to date her. “The only person that can give permission in that particular circumstance is myself,” she said. “I could see how he would perceive it as ‘permission' because we were separated amicably and I think he also wanted to make it clear that he’s not a home wrecker — which he’s not.

“I was in a lot of pain. I was broken. I definitely realized that you can’t find happiness outside of yourself, and luckily enough, you and I were going through a process of healing in a much different manner,” Jada told Will. “I would definitely say we did everything we could to get away from each other only to realize that that wasn’t possible.”

Later in the talk, Will asked Jada what she was looking for in August. “I just wanted to feel good,” she said. “And it was really a joy just to heal somebody.”

The couple, who have been together for 25 years, also revealed their relationship mantra: “We ride together. We die together. Bad marriage for life.”

Watch the full episode below.

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Kid Cudi Announces Eminem Collaboration, "The Adventures Of Moon Man And Slim Shady”

Kid Cudi and Eminem are releasing a new single, "The Adventures of Moon Man and Slim Shady,” scheduled to drop this Friday (July 10).

Cudster’s daughter, Vada, announced the news in an adorable video posted to his Twitter account on Wednesday (July 8).

And now a word from Princess Vada the chosen... pic.twitter.com/xmgIMkUntz

— The Chosen One (@KidCudi) July 8, 2020

Besides working with Eminem, Cudi collaborated with Kanye West on an upcoming Kids See Ghost animated series. Additionally, the Ohio native is gearing up to debut an animated Netflix series, Entergalactic, based off his upcoming concept album of the same name. Cudi will executive produce the series along with Kenya Barris.

The 36-year-old rapper and actor will also appear in the HBO mini-series, We Are Who We Are. The coming-of-age story centers around two teenagers living on an American military base in Italy.

Watch the trailer below.

 

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