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Miley Cyrus Asked For A 'Black' Sound For Single, Says Songwriters Rock City

Consider songwriting brothers Timothy and Theron Thomas the Jay-Z's of penning hits. They don't write anything down and are able to scribe an entire chart-topper before you can even say "Pour it up" (which they wrote for Rihanna, by the way).

Nevertheless, they've taken on stars from nearly every genre of music, including Akon, Jennifer Hudson, Ashlee Simpson and Gwen Stefani. Their most recent project has been breaking actress/singer Miley Cyrus out of her bubblegum Disney shell and into the spunky young woman she has always been. For her forthcoming album, the Thomases crafted the catchy Mike WiLL Made It-produced party bumper "We Can't Stop" and revealed that the mohawked songbird was particular about the sound she was aiming for.

"When you listen to the Miley Cyrus record that we did, it's not ratchet but it definitely has a lot of urban feel to it," Timothy said. "She was like, 'I want urban, I just want something that just feels Black.'”

Vixen Exclusive: Songwriting Duo Rock City Say Miley Cyrus’ ‘We Can’t Stop’ Was Meant For Rihanna

Some say that Miley has blurred the pop color lines, showing up at Juicy J shows unannounced and twerking what her momma gave her. Even Snoop Lion and French Montana adore her.

Still, the starlet formerly known as Hannah Montana took on the record after Rihanna passed and embraced the gifted brothers for turning a scene from her real life into a lyrical miracle.

"They played it for Miley and she had just come from partying. She was like, 'I was just partying with my friends and everything you just said in this song I seen,'" Theron said about Miley's reaction. "'I was looking at it from standing on a couch with my friends, just chilling in the cut and looking around the club like whoa...I’m hearing the song like that was my weekend. I have to do this song,' [she said] and then we just got connected from there."

Now, the brothers Thomas are grinding in the studio with Omarion, Usher and Jamie Foxx (separately), assuring that their records will have people hashtagging for years to come. "The whole song is a conversation," Theron says about each musical canvas they tackle. "Our goal is, 'Can you say it in sentence?' Our whole thing is what can we say that is just simple and easy for somebody who will want to say 10 years from now?" —Adelle Platon

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Tommy Davidson Explains Why An ‘In Living Color’ Reunion May “Take Some Time”

The cast of In Living Color will definitely reunite someday, according to Tommy Davidson. The comedian spoke on the delay during an interview on The Wendy Williams Show on Tuesday (Feb. 25).

Davidson who was on the show to promote his new memoir, Living in Color: What’s Funny About Me, spoke on a bunch of topics in the book, including being adopted by a white family and not knowing that he was Black until he was 5 years old, nearly coming to blows with Will Smith, hiring Diddy as his assistant, and working with Jamie Foxx.

When asked about an In Living Color reunion Davidson replied, “Of course,” but explained why it may take a while.

“It’s just — it’s going to take some time. Everybody’s out there doing their thing. Some little known stars came out of [the show]: Jim Carry, Jennifer Lopez, Jamie Foxx, the list goes on and on,” joked Davidson. “We’re all doing our thing but it’s inevitable that we come back to you guys.”

This isn’t the first time that there’s been talk of a reunion. Last year, comedy agent William Rodriguez, who helped put together the 'Off Color Comedy Tour' featuring Davidson, Keenan Ivory Wayans, David Allen Grier, and Shawn Wayans, revealed plans for a TV reunion special.

In Living Color, which was created by Keenan, debuted in 1990 and became a ratings hit on the Fox network. The sketch comedy series was canceled in 1994.

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Bill Cosby’s Publicist, Andrew Wyatt, Says Harvey Weinstein Didn’t Receive A Fair Trial

Bill Cosby’s publicist, Andrew Wyatt, disagrees with Harvey Weinstein’s rape conviction. Wyatt posted a statement to Cosby’s Instagram account on Tuesday (Feb. 25) slamming the court ruling.

“This is not shocking because these jurors were not sequestered, which gave them access to media coverage and the sentiments of public option,” the statement reads. “There’s no way you would have anyone believe that Mr. Weinstein was going to receive a fair and impartial trial. Also, the judge shows that he wanted a conviction by sending the jurors back to deliberate, after they were hung on many of the counts.

“Here’s a question that should haunt all Americans, especially wealthy and famous men. Where do we go in this country to find fairness and impartiality in the judicial system, and where do we go in this county to find Due Process? If the #metoo movement isn’t just about Becky [white women], I would challenge #metoo and ask them to go back 400+ years and tarnish the names of those oppressors that raped slaves.”

In closing, Wyatt referred to the court ruling as “a very sad day in the American Judicial System” and added the hashtag #FreeBillCosby.

 

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Official Statement From Andrew Wyatt Regarding The Verdict Of Harvey Weinstein: This is not shocking because these jurors were not sequestered, which gave them access to media coverage and the sentiments of public opinion. There’s no way you would have anyone believe that Mr. Weinstein was going to receive a fair and impartial trial. Also, this judge showed that he wanted a conviction by sending the jurors back to deliberate, after they were hung on many of the counts. Here’s the question that should haunt all Americans, especially wealthy and famous men...Where do we go in this country to find fairness and impartiality in the judicial system; and where do we go in this country to find Due Process? Lastly, if the #metoo movement isn’t just about Becky [White women], I would challenge #metoo and ask them to go back 400+ years and tarnish the names of those oppressors that raped slaves. This is a very sad day in the American Judicial System. #FreeBillCosby #FarFromFinished #DueProcess #JusticeReform

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More than 100 women have accused Weinstein of rape, sexual harassment, and misconduct. On Monday (Feb. 24), the 67-year-old former movie mogul was convicted of third-degree rape and acquitted on two counts of predatory sexual assault, the latter of which could have put him behind bars for life. Weinstein currently faces a maximum of 29 years in prison. His legal team plans to appeal the conviction.

Weinstein was ordered to Rikers Island until his sentencing date but was taken to New York’s Bellevue Hospital after complaining of chest pains.

He is due to be sentenced on March 11.

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Normani, Megan Thee Stallion And SZA Discuss Obstacles Faced By Black Women In Music

Normani, Megan Thee Stallion and SZA refuse to be put in a box. The trio who cover Rolling Stone magazine's March 2020 issue, sat down with the publication for "The First Time," a video series where they discussed some of the challenges faced by Black women in music.

“We’re multifaceted, period. As a diaspora and then as a gender so it’s kinda coming in and not being pigeonholed to one space,” SZA said using Megan and Normani’s creative eclecticism as examples. She added that Black female musicians are essentially told by the industry, “Let me tell you exactly how we see you and you can take it from there.’”

“And they try to push that perception on you,” added Normani. “To put that cap on me and to restrict me from the fullest of my capacity. Me [not] being able to explore that just doesn’t seem fair.”

Megan noted that being a Black female artist is about “overcoming being put in a box.”

 

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we been shaping the future @rollingstone happy black history month

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The interview also features Meg, SZA and Normani sharing stories about the first time that they felt like they officially “made it,” and more.

Watch the full video below.

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