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Justin Timberlake Knows How To Put On A Fu**ing Show: Recap

Sometimes the greatest way to say something is to...just perform, and that's exactly what Mr. Timberlake did. 

The arena went dark and the crowd roared. A light peaked through from behind the stage with smoke acting as a thin veil. Band members then ascended the stage instruments in hand digesting the energy from the anxious crowd ready to see the main act. And as the beat continued to build Justin Timberlake appeared.

Donning a black leather fringe jacket, a Biggie T-shirt and red-plaid button up, Mr. Timberlake opened his sold-out Madison Square Garden show with "Filthy," the lead single from his latest album (and fourth number one) Man of The Woods.

The nearly two-hour concert wasn't a show in which his band, the rambunctious and wildly talented Tennessee Kids or his half a dozen dancers did all the work. Silas' daddy, a showman who's earned his stripes since his Star Search days, effortlessly sang each song, played several instruments and dougied in a pair of brown Tinker Hatfield Jordan 3s three months shy of his 38th birthday.

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Man of The Woods may have earned mixed, and even lackluster reviews, but JT gave the crowd a healthy mix of what they wanted while still promoting his 16-track record. "Midnight Summer Jam" "Montana" and the album's title track received new life inside MSG while performing hits like Justified's "Cry Me A River," Future Sex Love Sound's, "LoveStoned/I Think She Knows" and an acoustic version of "What Goes Around Comes Around."

Yet the true might of Timberlake's musicality and showmanship came during his performance of "Mirrors." The mid-tempo love song of seeing one reflected in another has always been a come together moment for Timberlake, but it was during the performance where JT connected most intimately with fans. Whether single, dating, engaged, married or divorced, "Mirrors" when played in your headphones makes you believe. "Mirrors" when you see it performed live gives you air and hope.

For about 20 years Justin Timberlake has done his job. He's sang great songs and performed them to the best of his ability and Monday night at Madison Square Garden, he, like always, did what he's paid to do: he put on a show and for just two hours whatever woes we had were gone because Mr. Timberlake and The Tennessee Kids made it so.

READ MORE: The Making of Justin Timberlake's 'Man of The Woods' Album

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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

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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

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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.”

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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."

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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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