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New Music: Sir The Baptist feat. Brandy – “Deliver Me”

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Rumored to be a pair and quite in love, Sir The Baptist and Brandy link up for what is to be one of the best soulful, holy ghost filled collaborations this year entitled “Deliver Me.”

Sir narrates through the emotional song, delivering a true story about his sister Mary who would get beat by her husband who was a deacon in the church. While giving the heartfelt testimony, Brandy chimes in with amazing riffs and runs that only the “Vocal Bible” herself can provide.

Today, the PK kid dropped his official album Saint or Sinner that features artists like Brandy’s brother, Ray J, Donald Lawrence, Michelle Williams, Keke Wyatt, DC Young Fly and more. On the project, one particular song that stands out is titled “Good Ole Church Girl” featuring The Deacons. On the song, Baptist confesses his love for B-Rocka and compares their relationship to Jay Z and Beyonce while Brandy sings through his verses.

Check out the full song above.

If you’ve been keeping up with Brandy on Instagram, the songstress has also been expressing her love for her new flame.

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Sidebar: BRANDY AND FANTASIA ARE CURRENTLY IN THE STUDIO WORKING ON SOMETHING SPECIAL WITH SPOTIFY. LOOKS LIKE JAZMINE SULLIVAN IS BEING CALLED UPON AS WELL. CHECK OUT THE CLIP BELOW.

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We can’t wait!!

 

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Last Night in NYC

Young MA, Busta Rhymes and More Kick off Grammy Week In Hollywood at AOD Mondays

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Last Night, AOD Mondays kicked off Grammy 2017 Week in Hollywood, C.A. with a lot of noise and good energy. Model Tori Brixx showed that she’s more than just a pretty face as she impressed the crowd with her DJ’in skills. Tori, who’s a part of the Amber Rose circle showcased her DJ abilities last night inside of Penthouse Night Club with Master DJ Mark Da Spot and the club goers showed her a lot of love.

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Brixx’s rumored Bae, New York native, double platinum rapper, Young MA was right there enjoying the night with her friends and Tori. It was announced yesterday that the artist’s hit record “Ooouuu” went double platinum, a celebratory evening for her.

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Spotted in VIP was actor and comedian DC Young Fly who’s role in This Christmas produced by Will Packer put him on the big screen late last year. He was also spotted in the New Edition Story playing the character of Bobby Brown‘s barber who gave the R&B singer his famous “Gumby” haircut.

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L.A. It-Girl Miss Diddy was seen laughing it up with Young MA in VIP.

Busta Rhymes took a lap in the club to show some East Coast Love to Young MA. Could a collabo be on the horizon?! Who knows! We shall see!

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Last Night in ATL: Janelle Monae, Pharrell, Usher, Jasmine Guy Da Brat & More Attend Hidden Figures Screening & Soundtrack Listening Party

Last night in Atlanta, celebrities and influencers first converged on Regal Cinemas, Atlanta Station where they got the opportunity to see the highly anticipated film Hidden Figures.

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 16: (L-R) DJ Drama, Usher Raymond, Kwanza Hall, Janelle Monae, Pharrell Williams, and Kap G attends "Hidden Figures" advanced screening hosted by Janelle Monae & Pharrell Williams at Regal Cinemas Atlantic Station Stadium 16 on November 16, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for 20th Century Fox)
ATLANTA, GA – NOVEMBER 16: (L-R) DJ Drama, Usher Raymond, Kwanza Hall, Janelle Monae, Pharrell Williams, and Kap G attends “Hidden Figures” advanced screening hosted by Janelle Monae & Pharrell Williams at Regal Cinemas Atlantic Station Stadium 16 on November 16, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for 20th Century Fox)

Following the screening, invited guests converged on Means Street Studios to attend a listening party for the Hidden Figures movie soundtrack, hosted by Dj Drama, Don Cannon and DJ Sense.

Notable guests that attended included star of the movie Janelle Monae,  producer and score composer Pharrell Williams, DC Young Fly, Usher, Da Brat, Jidenna, Kap G, Carl Payne, Big K.R.I.T., Ludacris, Keisha Knight Pulliam, Don Cannon, Lil Uzi Vert, Jasmine Guy, Dj Fadelf and Egypt Sherrod, Migos, Torion Sellers, Silento, & more.

To see all the photos from the amazing night checkout the full gallery below and go see Hidden Figures when it hits theaters for a limited run December 25th and nationwide January 6th,2017.

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Fly Interview: Omar Epps and Will Packer talk ‘Almost Christmas’, Being on Set, The Importance of Family, and More [SFPL Exclusive]

The holiday season is upon us and there’s one film with its sights set on becoming a holiday classic. Almost Christmas, the new family holiday comedy from writer/director David Talbert and producer Will Packer, follows Walter the patriarch of the Meyers family as he attempts to keep his family together after the death of the family matriarch. His wish is for everyone to get along under the same roof for five days without killing each other which proves to be no easy task.

Starring Danny Glover, Gabrielle Union, Kimberly Elise, Romany Malco, Jessie T. Usher, Mo’Nique, Omar Epps, JB Smoove, Nicole Ari Parker, John Michael Higgins, Keri Hilson and D.C. Young Fly the movie delivers the laughs and drama making it a holiday film everyone can relate to.

SFPL‘s own Arlene Danna chatted with producer Will Packer and Omar Epps who plays the neighbor next door Malachi, and has hopes of rekindling his romance with Rachel portrayed by Gabriel Union. Packer and Epps dished on how the movie came to be, working with comedic masterminds Mo’Nique and J.B. Smoove, being on set, as well as the importance of family especially during the holidays.

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Loved the movie. Could you briefly tell us about the film, your character, and his role in the film?

Epps: What I loved about the film is how they flipped the usual storyline. Normally, it’s the patriarch who passes, and it’s the mother who holds it all together.  It’s about love, family, and the trial and tribulations that come with that. Everyone will be able to relate because we all come from family, we all have our own interpersonal relationships. So and so doesn’t get along with such and such and oh here comes crazy uncle so and so. My character grew up with the family. He’s known them his whole life and he’s back home visiting as well. He has some history with Gabriel Union’s character Rachel who has been holding onto a grudge all these years over a misunderstanding.

The scene where you’re helping Gabriel Union’s character squeeze in through the window was it hard to keep a straight face? We’re you guys able to bang it out or did it take a few takes.

Epps: Oh yes, that was a good one. We did do it a couple of times but we banged it out rather quickly. Gabi was only going to fall in through that window but so many times. [Laughs]

Malachi (OMAR EPPS) reconnects with Rachel (GABRIELLE UNION) and the rest of the family in "Almost Christmas." The new comedy from writer/director David E. Talbert and producer Will Packer tells the festive story of a beloved patriarch who asks his family for one gift this holiday season: to get along. If they can honor that wish and spend five days under the same roof without killing one another, it will be a Christmas miracle.
Malachi (OMAR EPPS) reconnects with Rachel (GABRIELLE UNION) and the rest of the family in “Almost Christmas.”

The chemistry between everyone definitely shows on-screen. How was it being on set? Did you guys play any practical jokes on each other? Any memorable moments? 

Epps: Gabi and I have known each other for years so we had that synergy throughout the whole film. Everyone was great though. There was so much respect on set. There weren’t necessarily practical jokes but we formed this camaraderie and we shared a lot of laughs. Some of the most memorable moments for me were watching the scenes I wasn’t in. Mo’Nique and J.B. are hilarious. It was great to see them do their thing.

What 5 fly things are you looking forward to receiving this Christmas?

Epps: Well I don’t really care about getting anything for Christmas. For me it’s more about getting to spend time with my family and making it special for my kids. So I’m just really looking forward to getting this family time in.

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Hi Will. I’m a fan of your work. Absolutely loved the film. At the end everyone including myself stood up and applauded.

Packer: Wow, really. Thank you, that’s great. It means a lot.

Almost Christmas is your second holiday film. Going into it was making sure it was noticeably different from This Christmas something you always had in the back of your mind?

Packer: Not really. You know This Christmas is one of my favorite movies that I’ve made. It’s one of those movies that audiences really responded to. It shows on cable TV every year. People will hit me and go, “When are you going to do a sequel? We want another Christmas movie.” Dave sent me a script at the perfect time, but it was about a family coming together around Thanksgiving after the death of the matriarch. I called him and I said, “Dave, I love it. I’ve got one note for you. Let’s make it Christmas instead of Thanksgiving, and let’s go make this movie.” He said, “All right. I’m in.” If you’re going to make a holiday movie it has to be about the biggest holiday of all. You can avoid people all year-long, but Christmas is the one time that you’ve gotta spend time with the folks you haven’t seen since last Christmas, and that’s true for a lot of families. After that the first person I called was Gabrielle Union. I’ve known Gab for a while and we’ve done a bunch of projects together in the past. I called her up and I go, “Gee, what do you think? I think this is the one we should do. We should produce it together.” She goes, “I’m in,” and everything just started moving from there.

You mentioned immediately reaching out to Gabriel. Prior to shooting the film did you have other people in mind for the cast as well? It’s clear the cast had great chemistry it really translated on-screen. J.B. Smoove and Mo’Nique did a superb job of bringing the laughs. 

Packer: Gabi was really the anchor that helped attract the rest of the cast. Danny Glover is a legend. Everyone was great. Nicole Ari Parker, Omar Epps, Mo’Nique, J.B. SmooveKimberly Elise, Romany Malco, they all did such an amazing job. We even have these up and comers representing the younger generation with Jessie T. Usher, and D.C. Young Fly.  The cast was able to really embody these characters and tell the story of this family that I feel will definitely resonate with audiences.

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My favorite scene was the scene with everyone gathered around the table for Christmas dinner. There were so many layers and as it progressed the comedy just got bigger and bigger. The kids also really stole the show, I think. I loved them texting back and forth with all the emoji’s and how they set-up the phone so they wouldn’t miss any of the action. How was it capturing that scene? How did everything come together? Was it written that way originally or was there some improvisation?

Packer: I have to give props to Dave for making a really solid script. The smart thing that Dave did was that he allowed his actors to embody the characters in their own way and to bring their own perspective and nuances to the characters. In the specific scene I thought it was important to include the kids texting because that’s actually what would be taking place. The way that scene was shot is how you see it, that scene is continuously moving. The transition from the dining room to the kitchen and back again was flawless. It was shot that way intentionally. We didn’t shoot the dining room and cut then go to the kitchen. We wanted it to progress naturally and the end result was better than we had imagined.

What does fly mean to you?

Packer: To me fly means being unapologetically you. Fly means standing by your convictions and making your own path. Fly is about setting your sights on something and never wavering from accomplishing it.

What are you looking forward to this holiday season?

Packer: I love the holidays. I love family movies. My immediate family is small. I have one sister, and I grew up with both my parents. Family was always very important. The holidays were the time when all the extended family would get together. I did grow up in the South. I grew up with a great sense of culture and tradition and all of that. So I’m just really looking forward to the time off and getting to spend that time with family. Work keeps me really busy so it’s nice to get a break and get that quality time in.

Almost Christmas opens in theaters Friday Nov. 11. Watch the trailer below and don’t miss out on a film destined to be a staple family Christmas movie for year’s to come. 

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Mo’Nique, Danny Glover, Gabrielle Union and more at ALMOST CHRISTMAS LA World Premiere

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In celebration of the release of Universal Pictures’ upcoming holiday comedy, ALMOST CHRISTMAS, filmmakers and cast members Danny Glover, Will Packer, Mo’Nique, Gabrielle Union, Omar Epps, Jessie T. Usher, DC Young Fly and Keri Hilson attended the red carpet world premiere on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at the Regency Village Theater in LA.

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Watch As A Family Tries To Get In The Christmas Spirit In The New Trailer For The Holiday Comedy ‘Almost Christmas’

The holidays are usually reserved for joy and the opportunity for the family to all come together for a good time. Unfortunately for one family it just means they have to tolerate each other without killing each other.

 

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In the new comedy Almost Christmas from writer/director David E.Talbert (Baggage Claim) and Will Packer (Ride Along, Think Like A Man series & This Christmas) we meet a family who’s reeling from the loss of a beloved patriarch. Her last wish was hoping her family can get along for five-days under the same roof, making it a true Christmas Miracle.

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Almost Christmas boasts an all-star cast featuring Kimberly Elise, Danny Glover, John Michael Higgins, Romany Malco, Mo’Nique, JB Smoove, Gabrielle Union, Omar Epps, Nicole Ari Parker, Jessie T. Usher and DC Young Fly .

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Peep the hilarious new trailer for Almost Christmas below:

Almost Christmas is in theaters November 11th, 2016!

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