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BET's 'One Shot' Is Opening Doors For Aspiring Hip-Hop Artists

“The show is giving everyday people the opportunity to reach their dreams.” said Sway Calloway, who hosts and executive produced 'One Shot.'

BET's One Shot is giving everyday people a chance to reach their dreams and aspirations of becoming a hip-hop artist. The unprecedented talent show is looking to open doors and uncover talent for people that may not have had that option in the past. One Shot was built by people who grew up in the culture, and are still in tune with it today.

"The show at its essence is to give," said the one and only Sway Calloway, who hosts and is an executive producer of the show, along with industry experts DJ King Tech, DJ Crookxd and Mike Smith.

Each week contestants compete in front of a set of judges for a chance to see who will take home a $100,000 cash prize and record deal. Thus far, the show traveled to Atlanta, Charlotte, and Miami. One Shot also features a special guest judge each week. So far we've seen T.I., DJ Khaled and others make an appearance.

Tonight (Sept. 13), One Shot makes its last stop in Chicago to try to find its next star, a city that is booming with young, talented artists. "We need that support" said Sway. "This is good for hip-hop." One winner will be chosen from each city and the eight city finalists will compete in the season finale, which will be taking place in New York City on Tuesday (Sept. 27).

It's all on the line for the contestants. "This is a competition, the spirit in which this culture was created,” said Sway when speaking about One Shot, which reveals the sacrifices many hip-hop stars must make to accomplish their goals and dreams. In the end, only one will take home the grand prize and be crowned the next hip-hop star.

Show your support by tuning in tonight (Sept. 13), at 10 P.M. EST on BET. You won't be disappointed.

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Lil Mo Ticked Off Many After Defending R. Kelly

We're nearly three weeks out from the eye-opening documentary and the post-Surviving R. Kelly saga continues. Yesterday, Taraji P. Henson caught the wrath of the internet when she attempted to compare the misdeeds of R. Kelly and those of disgraced entertainment figurehead Harvey Weinstein. The day before, Erykah Badu was booed by fans at a concert for saying that she extends her prayers to the embattled R&B icon. Now, Lil Mo is the next one to receive sharp looks of disapproval.

The "Superwoman" singer and her husband made a pit stop at Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club to promote their appearance on Marriage Boot Camp, when naturally the topic of R. Kelly came up. Mo did not watch the extensive docu-series and alleges she has never met R. Kelly, but she was steadfast in defending him despite her interviewers' condemnation.

“He helped a bucket list dream of mine come true, I’d never been to [53-year-old Dr.] Dre’s before,” she said. “I refuse to allow this industry or anybody to taint his legacy. You mean to tell me that somebody is all of a sudden this monster? Don’t do that. If something happens to the head of the house, the rest of the family struggles and suffers.”

The thoughts didn't stop there. “I’m not gonna let anybody go out as an abuser. It's nobody's business,” she continued, instead posing the nagging question of where the victim's parents were and why they allowed their children to get caught up.

Of course the Internet let her have it.

I forgot to say this... Can we leave Lil Mo’ in 2001?

— Melly (@MellyJB) January 23, 2019

Lil Mo is on @breakfastclubam talking about how she covered for people that were sexually assaulting other people like that’s loyalty and acceptable...and then has the nerve to cry 😑

— Leslie (@Luhv_Lee) January 23, 2019

Watch the full interview up top.

 

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Kerry Washington To Star In And Produce 'American Son' Netflix Adaptation

Kerry Washington's Broadway banger, American Son, will be making its on-screen debut with Netflix.

Steven Pasquale (The Good Wife), Jeremy Jordan (Supergirl), Eugene Lee (A Soldier’s Play) and Washington will be reprising their groundbreaking roles from the thought-provoking Broadway production. Kenny Leon, who served as the play's original director, will be directing the picture and producing the film alongside the former Scandal actress.

The 41-year-old made the announcement on Monday night (Jan. 21) while appearing on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, where she gushed over her role as Kendra and the play's exploration into an interracial families search for their missing son in a Florida police station.

I love you @jimmyfallon 😍 thanks for letting me come on @FallonTonight and share this thrilling news about #AmericanSonPlay 😍😍😍😍 https://t.co/5sk97I4Co6

— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) January 22, 2019

Netflix’s Vice President of Original Content Cindy Holland said in a statement, “We are honored to work with Kerry Washington, [director] Kenny Leon, [writer] Christopher Demos-Brown and the entire cast to bring this story from the Broadway stage to our members around the world.”

The American Son production will come to a close this Sunday (Jan. 27) after a two month running at the Booth Theatre beginning in Nov. 2018. Watch Kerry Washington gush over American Son below.

 

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Not Sicko Mode: Nick Cannon Says Travis Scott Isn't For The Culture

Nick Cannon takes great issue with Travis Scott performing at the Super Bowl but says for Big Boi, it's okay.

During a sitdown with TMZ's Raquel Harper, the host of Masked Singer said "I'm Kaepernick all day," but said Scott doesn't have enough "cultural equity" to perform during Super Bowl LIII halftime show.

"To me, I call it cultural equity. So we're not mad at Big Boi for performing at the Super Bowl. He's for the people," 38-year-old Cannon explained. "[For Scott] he has to walk gingerly."

Harper followed up and questioned Cannon, to which he further explained having a child with Kylie Jenner also reduced his "cultural equity."

"It's more about truly having integrity in your music and in your art form. The people you choose to interact with. The people you choose to procreate with. That decision wasn't for the culture. But we not mad at you," Cannon said.

Harper reminded Cannon he's dated a few white women in his past, to which Cannon then looked into the camera and shouted: "I love white women."

The New England Patriots will face off against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Feb. 3 for Super Bowl LIII. Maroon 5 along with Travis Scott and Big Boi are set to take the stage at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Out of respect for Colin Kaepernick, several artists declined to perform including Rihanna, Cardi B and JAY-Z who reportedly tried to talk Scott out of it.

After Scott agreed to perform, reports revealed he spoke with Kaepernick about the decision. Kaepernick's longtime girlfriend Nessa Diab took to social media to blast Scott and say it was a lie.

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