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Da Brat Announces Stage Play Adaptation Of 'Set It Off'

In the name of reboots and reliving the glory of all things 90s, F. Gary Gray’s hit movie Set It Off is the next blast from the past to find a home this year.

In the name of reboots and reliving the glory of all things 90s, F. Gary Gray’s hit movie Set It Off is the next blast from the past to find a home this year.

Playwright Je’Caryous Johnson will adapt the reel for a Broadway format, according to Power 93.7 WBLK. Johnson's theatrical resume includes Married But Single and another cult classic, Two Can Play That Game.

Rapper/Dish Nation co-host Da Brat announced the news via Instagram that she's stepping into Queen Latifah's impactful role of Cleopatra "Cleo" Sims, and starring alongside singers Letoya Luckett and Demetria McKinney, and actress Kyla Pratt.

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Set in Los Angeles, the movie focuses on four childhood friends who turn from downtrodden providers to nearly unstoppable bank robbers. The complex roles added to the trajectory of Jada Pinkett-Smith, Vivica A. Fox, Kimberly Elise, and Queen Latifah's careers, specifically. The latter shared with InStyle that she had a talk with her siblings to explain why she signed on to play a gay character.

“When I got the role of amateur bank robber 'Cleo Sims' in Set It Off, I sat down with my younger siblings and told them, ‘Listen, I’m playing a gay character,'" Latifah said. “Your classmates might tease you or say negative things about it. But I’m doing it because I believe I can bring positive attention to the gay African-American community, and I believe that I can do a great job as an actor. They understood, and when those things inevitably happened in school, they were OK with it.”

Set It Off joins the likes of Love Jones, another 90s movie-turned-play.

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Leikeli47 Drops Video For 'Tic Boom,' Announces North American Tour

Leikeli47's 2019 is off to a great start. The VIBE NEXT star announced her upcoming tour to support her recently-released album Acrylic on Friday (Jan. 18), and subsequently dropped the music video for her song, "Tic Boom."

The neutrally-colored video featured simple-yet-eye catching choreography with dancers in trench coats and fedoras. In a statement, the masked marvel says that there is a deeper meaning behind the track, which was featured on Grown-ish.

"These young women are in a face off with their inner fears; that's why it sometimes may look like they're engaging in a face off with themselves," the Brooklyn-bred musician says of the song. "It's about facing whatever your Goliath is and chopping its head off. That's what 'Tic Boom' is about. It's about owning your moment, mastery, and doing it afraid if you have to."

As for the Acrylic Tour, it will begin on March 19 in Kansas City, MO, and concludes on Apr. 26 in San Diego, Calif. Check out the full list of dates below and cop your tickets today.

3/19/19 - Kansas City, MO - Encore @ Uptown 3/20/19 - St. Louis, MO - Fubar 3/21/19 - St. Paul, MN - Amsterdam 3/22/19 - Chicago, IL - Sub T 3/24/19 - Detorit, MI - Shelter 3/25/19 - Toronto, ON - Velvet 3/26/19 - Montreal, QC - Belmont 3/27/19 - Philadelphia, PA - The Foundry @ The Fillmore 3/28/19 - Brooklyn, NY - Elsewhere 3/30/19 - Washington, DC - Milky 4/01/19 - Boston, MA - The Sinclair 4/03/19 - Pittsburgh, PA - Spirit Lodge 4/04/19 - Atlanta, GA - Loft 4/06/19 - Scottsdale, AZ - Pub Rock 4/09/19 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall 4/10/19 - Dallas, TX - Dada 4/11/19 - Austin, TX - Empire Control Room 4/14/19 - Santa Cruz, CA - Atrium @ The Catalyst 4/15/19 - Sacramento, CA - Harlow's 4/16/19 - Oakland, CA - The New Parish 4/18/19 - Portland, OR - Holocene 4/19/19 - Vancouver, B.C. - Fortune Soundclub 4/21/19 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile 4/24/19 - Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy 4/25/19 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room @ The Observatory 4/26/19 - San Diego, CA - Irenic

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Future Says Russell Wilson Needs To Be 'A Man,' Does Whatever Ciara Tells Him To Do

Future is not holding back in a new interview featured on FREEBANDZ Radio via Apple Music. The "Crushed Up" rapper discussed his new album The WIZRD with host Big Bank Black, and things got tense when he was queried about the mother of his son, Ciara, and her relationship with her husband, Russell Wilson.

“[Wilson] do exactly what she tell him to do!" Fewtch said in reference to the NFL player. "I feel like he not being a man in that position. He not tellin’ her, 'Chill out with that on the Internet. Don’t even talk to him [Future]. I’m your husband! You better not even bring Future’s name up!’"

He continues by saying that if he was still with Ciara, bringing up an ex's name in conversation wouldn't even be part of a conversation.

"If that was me, she couldn’t even bring his name up,” he continued. “She know that. She couldn’t even bring her ex's names up. I don’t care what they gave you... Don’t bring their names up in an interview! No! Don’t give that sh*t no energy. It’s about me, whatever, I’m taking care of everything, I'm a thousand percent. I live by a different kind of rules.”

"You know I'm taking care of my kids, whats the real issue?" he continues. "Y'all get married, and [Ciara] was like "I want you to meet Russell now," man, y'all already done did all the damage." However, he did give Wilson his props for helping his son learn how to play sports, and he doesn't look at that negatively.

Future and Ciara have not had an amicable split. They have gone back-and-forth with their words on social media, and attempted to settled a custody battle for the four-year-old son, Future.

Listen to his comments below.

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Three Chicago Officers Acquitted Of Covering Evidence In Laquan McDonald's Death

On Thursday (Jan. 17), Cook County Judge Domenica Stephenson acquitted three Chicago officers who were on trial for covering evidence behind Laquan McDonald's shooting death, the Associated Press reports. The teenager was shot 16 times by former officer Jason Van Dyke in 2014. The officers in question faced claims of burying the truth behind the shooting since dashcam footage contradicted the incident's initial report. According to NPR, decades have passed in Chicago since an on-duty officer faced a murder charge for a shooting.

The officers, Joseph Walsh, David March, and Thomas Gaffney, were originally charged with official misconduct, obstruction of justice, and conspiracy. On the judge's decision, Special Prosecutor Patricia Brown Holmes noted that this ruling should ignite a shift within police culture.

"We do hope that this has been a crack in the wall of the code of silence and that others will think twice about engaging in conduct that might land them in an investigation such as this," Brown said per AP.

McDonald's sister, Tariana, wrote a statement for The Chicago Tribune where she expressed her disappointment in the judge's decision. "Words couldn't explain how hurt I still am," she said. "...Not only did I lose a brother, I lost my best friend. People don't understand how I feel not to be able to talk to my brother, let alone see him again. That's why I feel like justice should be served."

At the time of the shooting, McDonald was said to have been acting "erratic" with a small knife in his hand. Van Dyke said he ordered the teen to drop the weapon. But according to video footage, McDonald was walking away from the police when he was gunned down in the back.

Van Dyke, who was found guilty of second-degree murder, will be sentenced on Friday (Jan. 18).

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