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The Cast Of 'Queen Sugar' Talk Sinking Deeper Into Their Roles For Season Two

With a foundation beneath them, the Bordelon siblings now must stick together to block outside dilemas as well as the ones that arise within the family.

With a little less than a month before the Season Two premiere of Queen Sugar, Kofi Siriboe, Dawn-Lyen Gardner and Rutina Wesley filled into a Beverly Hills Four Seasons for a full day of press. The trio who play the Bordelon siblings--sometimes at odds, most times just trying to find their individual way--demonstrated a palpable brotherly-sisterly camaraderie in the few moments before their on-camera interview began.

The last time fans of the show caught up with Ralph Angel (Siriboe) Charley (Gardner) and Nova (Wesley) the trio were just beginning to get a handle on the 800-acre sugar cane farm left to them as an inheritance by their father. With the help of investors, Charley--who is still dealing with her estranged NBA husband's philandering ways--purchased a sugar mill. The bold move added another layer of ownership and economic control for the family. Yet while Nova and Charley rejoice in the power move, Ralph Angel--the youngest and the one trusted the least with responsibility due to his criminal past--finds a letter written by his father months before his death declaring him the sole-inheritor of the land, placing an obvious wrench in the family plays.

The show, derived from the book with the same name written by author  Natalie Baszile is back for a two-part premiere on the OWN Network. Tonight (June 20) and Wednesday (June 21) viewers pick-up right where Season One left off bringing the family love, drama and everything in between to the forefront.

Back at the Four Seasons however, the cast gets mic'd, takes one last look in the mirror and gets the cue from the camera man. A quick countdown begins and suddenly they leave their playful ways to the side and emerge as the professional actors tasked with bringing their characters to life.

During a sit-down with Vibe.com, Wesley speaks honestly about her self-righteous and sometimes hypercritical character Nova, and the self-examining that must take place, while Gardner and Siriboe examine the parallels of their characters both having to prove they're capable of more than what people think they are.

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B2K Share Millennium Tour Rehearsal Footage

With the Millennium Tour weeks away, B2K continue to sharpen their craft to put on an unforgettable show for future concert attendees. To incite the anticipation and excitement, the R&B group shared on Instagram a video of their rehearsal session.

Set to the tune of their 2002 melody “Gots Ta Be,” the quartet will presumably craft a setlist that’ll place their hits and deep cuts on centerstage. The tour will also be accompanied by Chingy, Mario, Lloyd, Pretty Ricky, and the Ying Yang Twins.

 

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✨. #MilleniumTour 1st week of #Rehearsal @popinpete @theonlysuperdave WE just warming up.

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A month after the tour dates were made public, Omarion uncovered another layer to the boy band’s discography, noting that he will retire the songs penned by R. Kelly once the tour is over. Since the January airing of Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly documentary, that analyzed several recollections of sexual abuse on girls and women, the “Ice Box” singer wants to distance himself from singing the melodies that Kelly is responsible for “What A Girl Wants,” “Girlfriend,” “Bump, Bump, Bump.”)

"#RKelly was both a victim & a predator & accordingly must be held accountable but also get professional help," Omarion said. "His artistic genius inspired us all. His music is being muted by the darkness of his actions. The dark always comes to light." Omarion then noted that the group will still perform their hits under Kelly's writing credit to avoid the fans' disappointment, but "after the tour, I am retiring those songs from my set list. I too am raising a future queen.”

The trek begins on Mar. 8 at Pittsburgh’s Petersen Events Center and ends Apr. 28 at Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center.

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A Billie Holiday Documentary Is Currently In The Works

A documentary about beloved jazz great Billie Holiday--appropriately titled Billie--is in the works and will reportedly feature new interviews from the icon's contemporaries.

According to The Hollywood Reporter James Erskine will helm the film and has received support from the successor to Billie Holiday's estate, Concord. The film will follow Holiday's life through the eyes of 1970's journalist Linda Lipnack Kuehl.

More than 200 hours of interviews with Charles Mingus, Sarah Vaughn, Tony Bennett, Count Basie will be featured, as well as some of Holiday's classmates, her step-parents, her cellmate, her drug dealer, her pimp and even the FBI agent who arrested her will be in the documentary.

Kuehl died in 1979 without completing her book about the "Strange Fruit" singer. Her interviews will be seen for the first time in the forthcoming documentary.

Holiday, real name, Eleanora Fagan, died in 1959. Her life was brought to the big screen in 1972 in the now beloved film Lady Sings the Blues, starring Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams.

"We are thrilled to be working with the creative team of James Erskine and New Black Films, who have taken great care to produce a documentary that honors the life and work of Billie Holiday in an exciting, genre-defying way," she said in a statement.

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Michael Rapaport Walks Back Meek Mill "Trash" Comments

Michael Rapaport clearly doesn't want the smoke with Meek Mill because the comedian has seemingly taken back the "trash" comments he made about the "Going Bad" artist while speaking to Sway Calloway on his radio show.

Meek Mill, great story. Great look. Trash rapper. Sorry

— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) February 18, 2019

On Tuesday (Feb. 19), Rapaport further explained the comments that created beef between himself and the Philly rapper.

"I should not have used that word," the 48-year-old said, reiterating past comments about Mill's career. "He's absolutely not a trash rapper...It was wrong and it wasn't the right word. He's not a trash rapper, I can't say it. I wish I could take that word back. I'm harsh with my hip-hop opinions and it's the wrong word. It's not valid, it's not true, it's not reasonable. It was a stupid word to use."

Rapaport went on to defend the other comments he made on Twitter about Mill reminding listeners that he noticed the "Dreams and Nightmares" rapper's evolution in hip-hop and his importance to the community.

Previously, Rapaport offered his opinions about Meek Mill, calling his lack of response to Drake during their infamous beef "wack" and insinuating that he had no skill.

 

 

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