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Afropop Artist Burna Boy Slams Blac Chyna Over Skin Lightening Collaboration In Nigeria

Whitenicious founder Dencia came to Chyna's defense against the artist. 

Blac Chyna's collaboration with a skin lightening company isn't sitting well with a number of folks, including Afropop star Burna Boy. The media personality is now under fire for her latest endeavor with the Nigerian artist warning her not to sell the product in his country.

Burna Boy, known for his singles "Like To Party" and work with artists like Jidenna and Drake, took to Instagram after Chyna announced her collaboration with Whitenicious by Dencia on Tuesday (Nov. 21). Chyna shared details for the launch event, scheduled to go down in Lagos on Sunday.

"Anybody who attends this event might have well comment suicide," he said on his Instagram stories. "@blachyna please don't come to my home and sell your poison. Because the thunder that will fire you is wearing that big Balenciaga trainers." He also sent a positive note to all, noting that black is beautiful.

READ MORE: Dancehall Artist Spice Explains Skin Lightening Pic In Powerful Post

Skin lightening or bleaching, has plagued the black community with artists recently calling to end the longtime trend like Dancehall artist Spice. While some consumers have spoken highly of similar creams that erase scars or blemishes, it's also used to completely change appearances. Think of figures like Sammy Sosa and Dancehall's Vybz Kartel here.

As Chyna continued to catch heat for selling out her business decision, the creator of the product came to her defense.

"For someone who promotes drug culture ‍you can’t even afford to be in the same zip code as her sis Burna cuz only girls act like u," she said of Burna Boy on Instagram. "You can’t afford her a** if she had to shake it, stick to the druggies on the side streets u are used to. Sending love & light ur way on this Thanksgiving we are thankful u making it alive living this high life."

Despite the backlash, Chyna has received support from her fans.

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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.

A post shared by ⚡️Omarion ⚡️ (@omarion) on Feb 20, 2019 at 6:23pm PST

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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