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LHHNY Recap: Tahiry Debuts "Devil" Track, Raqi and Jen Face-Off

"Love & Hip-Hop" kicked off last night as Rich Dollaz struggled with what to do with his client (and girlfriend) Erica Mena. Rich asks fellow manager Yandy to meet Erica and see whether he should continue working with her. Erica opens up to Yandy and reveals that she went through an abusive relationship in her past and that's why she acts a fool any time she steps outside. Erica begs Rich to let her record (wait for it) a ballad and he begrudgingly gives the okay. Rich and Yandy are floored by her singing (which is not completely horrible). A star is born? Tahiry also unveils her plans at becoming a recording artist and tells her girls that her first song "Devil" is inspired by a certain rapper who just so happens to be on the show. Tahiry feels that Joe "owes her" after her years of putting up with him and damn it, she wants a guest verse from him! Joe ends up hearing a rough cut of the song (which is completely horrible) but likes it enough to want to jump on with a guest verse. Tahiry opening up for Slaughterhouse? It could happen... Work aside, Yandy is facing several issues in her personal life. Her baby daddy Mendeecees finds out that Yandy has been secretly plotting to move to New Jersey to live with her. He's tired of Yandy's mama always being in their relationship and decides to put his foot down. There's no consensus on what ends up happening (we predict Mendy will move his tail across the bridge to Jersey), but the two kiss and make up. Yandy surprises her man with a uh, sexy, flick for his birthday. It's so hilarious that he can't help but take her back. The episode's main event is the throwdown between Jen The Pen and Raqi Thunda. The two sit down with Hot 97's Program Director Ebro Darden to talk about their new radio show idea. Ebro is cool with giving them an audition but warns Raqi specifically to keep it in her pants and stop flirting with all the male guests. Maybe Rashidah's "Industry Pussy" label wasn't that far-fetched... During the audition, Raqi proves Rashidah right and is all over guest Vado. It's pretty gross as she pours it on on the much younger rapper, telling him how "long and thick" she likes it. Gross x one million. Jen finds the whole thing appalling and tries to divert the interview. No sale. Raqi is getting some tonight but to her, "It's just entertainment," and that's what radio personalities apparently do. Following the train wreck of an audition, the two women sit down to discuss what went wrong. Jen expresses her displeasure for the entire thing and says that it felt like "The Raqi Show." Raqi fires back that the entire show idea was hers to start with so that shouldn't be a surprise. The two then throw jabs at each other, arguing who is making who hot. "When's the last time you did radio?" Jen asks Raqi. "I let you ride my coattails!" screams Raqi. Raqi then tells Jen that she has it hard because "she didn't get knocked up by a wackass rapper" like Jen did. Below the belt! Finally, Jen ends up storming away. Raqi decides to go for the jugular and throws in the fact that Jen's man, rapper Consequence, apparently tried to holler at her. What the what? Apparently Raqi has pics and texts to prove her point. The two continue fighting about who will be famous first. Jen then drops the bomb, "I'm white. Honey it will get done!" Oh. Expect this fight to be continued next week.


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Stream: Hulu's 'FYRE Fraud' Doc Examines The Festival That Scammed Thousands

In 2017, rumors of an exclusive festival taking place in the Bahamas took over social media. Organized by Billy McFarland and promoted by Ja Rule, the FYRE Festival was the new, cool kid on the festival block and quickly put other more seasoned festivals to shame.

But all that glitters isn't gold.

FYRE FRAUD, the new documentary streaming on Hulu, takes an intimate look at the scam that left thousands stranded on the island. Directed by Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby, the dark-comedy interviews whistleblowers, victims, and the convicted con-man himself, McFarland.

In a press release, Fraust and Wiloughby said the goal isn't to make light of those who were scammed.

"Our aim was to set the stage for a strange journey into the moral abyss of our digital age, going beyond the meme to show an ecosystem of enablers, driven by profit and willing to look the other way, for their own gain.

"We draw on countless cultural references, on true crime tension, and on humor - but we did not intend to create a toothless comedy about the Fyre Festival. We hope this film can pierce our collective apathy and disrupt our own millennial peers, if only for an instant - to look at these stories for what they truly are, and to halt this algorithm before it devours us whole."

FYRE FRAUD is now streaming on Hulu.

 

 

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Dave Chappelle Isn't Sure His R. Kelly 'Chappelle Show' Skits Were Insensitive

The Surviving R. Kelly series may be over, but the fallout from it has seemingly just begun.

Director dream hampton took to Twitter during the airing of the Lifetime documentary and spoke honestly about the several celebrity men she contacted in hopes they'd speak on camera about R. Kelly and the years of sexual allegations that have shadowed him. Among them was Dave Chappelle.

The beloved comic famously made a music video entitled "Piss On You" mocking the real-life video of R. Kelly urinating on an underage girl. During the Chappelle Show heyday, he used R.Kelly's legal woes as material for years.

TMZ caught with Chappelle in West Hollywood and asked him if he regretted not being featured in hampton's series and instead he dodged the question.

"Jesus Christ, I just had dinner," Chappelle said in between taking a drag of his cigarette. "I just ate. Strop bringing that motherf**ker up."

When pressed about whether or not he thinks his old skits were insensitive, the 45-year-old said "I don't know. I'd have to watch it again."

D.L. Hughley joined Chappelle for dinner and commented on R.Kelly and the forthcoming Michael Jackson documentary, Leaving Neverland, which outlines sexual assault allegations against the late singer.

"If you can be mad at R. Kelly, you should be mad at Michael Jackson," Hughley said.

 

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Andre 3000 Stars In New Space Thriller 'High Life'

A new space thriller is coming to theaters this year. Andre 3000 will star in the new film alongside Twilight's Robert Pattinson in High Life, and the first trailer looks pretty intense.

The feature focuses on a group of criminals who are coerced into a mission to travel towards a black hole to find an alternate energy source. They are also forced to undergo sexual experiments while in outer space. The 2-minute preview features Pattinson and Andre 3000 as they struggle to survive on the spaceship.

High Life originally premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival in Sept. 2018. It received positive reviews from numerous film critics.

"High Life is as visually arresting as it is challenging, confounding, and ultimately rewarding - which is to say it's everything film fans expect from director Claire Denis," Rotten Tomatoes said of the film.

The film is written and directed by Claire Denis. High Life will hit theaters on Apr. 12. Watch the new trailer in the video above.

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