Prince rarely does photo shoots, but this one was really important. The Purple One had to get his passport photo taken before he embarked on his Australian tour. For normal folks this is a dreaded process, but for the man who gave us Purple Rain.
Last week, Prince (or his assistant) tweeted his new passport pic and we have to say that the Minneapolis native hasn’t aged one bit.
Rakim is giving his New York fans a rare treat as he’s set to perform Paid in Full in its entirety this summer at NYC’s B.B. King Blues Club & Grill on July 13.
The album is one of the; most influential in hip-hop history and as The R’s debut album, it also put his name on the map in 1987. Paid in Full includes classics like “I Ain’t No Joke” “I Know You Got Soul” “Paid in Full” and “Eric B. is President.”
No word yet on whether his former deejay Eric B. will be joining the rhymer, though. But nonetheless, hip-hop fans are hyped. “F——AWESOME,” tweeted a fan after the news hit Twitter. Others have already snagged their tickets. “Just paid in full for paid in full,” confirmed another tweeter.
For fans who can’t wait until July, Rakim will also be performing in Brooklyn at the end of the month with Talib Kweli, Natasha Diggs, The Soul Rebels and “surprise guests.”
Tickets for the Paid in Full concert are available here
Marques Houston continues to expand his acting career with his first movie of 2016, in the slapstick comedy A Weekend With The Family.
Co-starring along with model/actress Karrueche Tran, the two play boyfriend and girlfriend getting ready to take their relationship to the next level and meeting their families for the first time. Read the official movie synopsis below.
A young attorney looks to gain a position at a prestigious law firm while secretly dating his boss’ daughter, who he’s hoping to marry; but when his loving girlfriend decides to arrange a surprise family weekend get-together, his plans blow up in his face, especially with the arrival of his ghetto-fied family, the Stankershets. Travis (Marques Houston) and Courtney (Karrueche Tran) portray love interests who struggle to hold on to their relationship all while their two families wage war in an explosion of hilarity. It’s the far east against the deep south; strict, traditional, Korean customs versus a backwards, country way of life. In the end, Travis must find a way to make the two families peacefully co-exist long enough for him to propose to the woman he loves.
The film is due in theaters on April 1, check out the comedic trailer below.
No one showed up for the so-called Beyoncé protest in NYC this week, and the Queen is really showing her power now. While Bey’s brand new single “Formation” is not even available for purchase yet, she has made an impressive debut at radio.
According to Billboard, the song arrives as Beyoncé’s highest career debut on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart (dated Feb. 27), entering at No. 11 with 16.3 million in audience (from 88 stations that played the song). The single has yet to be officially promoted to radio stations by its label, Columbia.
The HISTORY channel has taken on the task of retelling the classic “Roots” story for a new generation. This time, instead of starring in it, Lavar Burton is set to Co-Executive produce the project he says, “is needed more than ever.”
Alongside T.I., who plays Cyrus, the all-star cast includes Forest Whitaker (“Fiddler”), Anna Paquin (“Nancy Holt”), Laurence Fishburne (“Alex Haley”), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (“Tom Lea”), Anika Noni Rose (“Kizzy”), Mekhi Phifer (“Jerusalem”) and introduces Malachi Kirby (“Kunta Kinte”).
“’Roots’ will allow new audiences to experience this epic family saga with a new vision that is both incredibly inspiring and tremendously entertaining,” said Paul Buccieri, President of A&E and HISTORY. “We are proud that HISTORY will be able to bring new life to this incredible story that remains as important today as it did when the original ‘Roots’ first premiered.”
HISTORY® premieres “Roots” on Memorial Day 2016, airing over four consecutive nights at 9 p.m. beginning Monday, May 30