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Essence Festival: FORD rocks out with Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith& more

Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Lorenz Tate, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Tiffany Haddish at a Sirius/XM radio interview at the Ford Motor Company booth during the 2017 Essence Festival at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup)

Ford Motor Company celebrated the July Fourth weekend in New Orleans as part of the annual ESSENCE Festival®. As an exclusive automotive sponsor for the ninth consecutive year, Ford provided attendees the opportunity to get up close and personal with its latest lineup of vehicles, including the all-new 2018 Ford Expedition and 2018 Ford F-150.

ESSENCE Festival delivered a star-studded lineup this year, with Ford hosting the most exciting and chart-topping talent at the Superdome lounge and at the Ford booth all festival weekend. Legendary singer Chaka Khan debuted the world premiere of her latest single during her live interview with SiriusXM from the Ford booth at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The cast of Girls Trip including Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall, Larenz Tate and Tiffany Haddish were also spotted onstage at the Ford booth.

R&B singer’s Tank, India Arie and Elle Varner graced the Ford booth stage, as well as Empire, stars Bryshere Y. Gray and Ta’Rhonda Jones. Joseph Sikora also stopped by for an interview.

Festival-goers had the opportunity to register to test drive the newest vehicles in the Ford lineup, including the 2017 Ford Explorer, 2017 Ford Escape, and 2017 Ford Fusion. One lucky registrant was presented keys to a brand-new 2018 Ford Mustang on Sunday by comedienne and daytime talk show host Loni Love and Raj Register, Ford Multicultural Communications Manager.

Photo Credit – Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup on behalf of FORD

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Essence Fest: ‘Girls Trip’ VIP Screening Brings Out the Stars

During this year’s Essence Festival, Hello Beautiful, in partnership with Nissan and Universal Pictures, hosted a VIP red carpet screening for the new film GIRLS TRIP. Attending from the cast was Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Larenz Tate and Kofi Siriboe; director Malcolm Lee and producer Will Packer introduced the film. Hello Beautiful editors Allison McGevna, Shamika Sanders and Keyaira Kelly were also on hand to welcome guests.

Special guests included Ava Duvernay (filmmaker), Bevy Smith (radio/tv host), Big Freedia (FUSE TV), Issa Rae (HBO’s “Insecure”), singer/songwriter Tank, RonReaco Lee (Starz’ “Survivor’s Remorse”), Ari Lennox (Interscope Recording Artist), Karen Civil (social media maven), actress/singer Letoya Luckett, Shyann Roberts (June’s Diary); Fox’s “Star” cast members Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny, Brittany O’Grady and Miss Lawrence; actress/model Nomzano Mbatha, actress Essence Atkins, actress Bresha Webb, RCA recording artist Elle Varner, tv personality Tai Beauchamp; “Queen Sugar” co-stars Omar Dorsey and Timon Kyle Durrett; tv host Alesha Renee, rapper/tv personality Romeo, Mona Scott Young (Monami Entertainment), Yandy Smith (“Love & Hip Hop”), celebrity stylist Ty Hunter, radio personality Wild Wayne (WQUE) and more.

Photos: J. Wiggins for iOne

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Watch: The Hilarious New Trailer of ‘Girls Trip’ is here!

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Producer Will Packer (Ride Along and Think Like a Man franchises, and Almost Christmas) presents Girls Trip, a new comedy from director/producer Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man franchise, Barbershop: The Next Cut).

When four lifelong friends—Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish—travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush. James Lopez, head of motion pictures for Will Packer Productions, and Preston Holmes, executive produce.

Check out the hilarious trailer above.

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WATCH: Jada Pinkett-Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall & Tiffany Haddish Head To Essence Fest In The New Movie ‘Girl’s Trip’

Four life-long friends decide to take a trip to New Orleans and tackle Essence’s popular annual festival. Jada Pinkett-Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish star in the Malcom D.Smith (The Best Man franchise, Barbershop: The Next Cut) comedy presented and produced by Will Packer (Think Like Man, Almost Christmas, Ride Along).

The ladies look to rediscover their friendship all the while drinking, dancing, brawling and of course find love in the big easy. The film also stars Mike Colter (Luke Cage), Kofi Siriboe (Queen Sugar) & Larenz Tate (Love Jones) so there is plenty of eye candy for the ladies in the film as well. Checkout the announcement trailer for Girls Trip above which hit’s theaters this Summer, July 21st .

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The Doughboy Project Debuts “Open” feat. Alus, ‘The Introduction’ Coming Soon [New Music]

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There are few people in New Jersey that have touched more genres of music than DJ Doughboy. In addition to producing-writing-remixing house music, writing Hip-Hop & R&B for Queen Latifah, being a tour DJ for Joe Budden, and producing for Love & Hip-Hop star DJ Self, Doughboy is also one of the founding fathers of “Jersey Club Music.”

He recently teamed up with Smack Productions/Water Music Publishing and together they’re releasing The Doughboy Project. “Open” is the first single off the project which is officially called The Introduction. The song features vocals from New Jersey’s own singer/songstress Alus and has already become a club hit. Between the melodies and the groove you can’t lose with a formula like that. Welcome to ‘The Doughboy Project.’

Peep the featured track above.

Twitter: @JerseyDoughboy & @AlusOfficial 

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Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Chance The Rapper, Chris Rock, Rihanna, & More Create PSA In Support of #BlackLivesMatter

The Black community is still reeling from the tragic murders of Philando Castille and Alton Sterling at the hands of police. Many have taken to the streets and social media to protest, voice their opinions, and demand a change.

Mic along with a plethora of actors and musicians that include Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Bono, Chance The Rapper, Chris Rock, Common, Pink, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Hart, Rihanna, Taraji P. Henson, Queen Latifah, Rosario Dawson, Swizz Beatz, Talib Kweli, Lenny Kravitz, Zoe Kravitz, A$AP Rocky, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Levine, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Maxwell have teamed up for PSA titled “23 Ways.” The PSA aims to shed light on the non-stop brutality and countless murders of POC at the hands of the police; simply for doing things most wouldn’t think twice about like walking home with a friend, trying to get help, and making eye contact.

Each harrowing account of the the men, women, and children of color who have been murdered by police, serves as a painful reminder of the deep rooted and systematic racism still prevalent in society today. Watch the PSA in it’s entirety below.

 

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Keke Palmer, Queen Latifah, Michael Strahan, Jennifer Lopez & more In ‘ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE’ [Trailer]

Released today, Check out the latest ice melting sneak peek of ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE new trailer. The animated comedy will be landing in theaters July 22, 2016 in 3D.

In the film, Scrat’s epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World. To save themselves, Sid, Manny, Diego, and the rest of the herd must leave their home and embark on a quest full of comedy and adventure, traveling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colorful new characters.

Starring returning cast members: Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Queen Latifah, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Simon Pegg, Keke Palmer, Wanda Sykes, and Jennifer Lopez. Joining the herd are Stephanie Beatriz, Adam DeVine, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Max Greenfield, Jessie J, Nick Offerman, Melissa Rauch, Michael Strahan and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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Watch: Terrence Jenkins, Cassie, Paula Patton, Brandy Norwood, French Montana & more star in ‘The Perfect Match’ [VIDEO]

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“Charlie” [Terrence J.] has the perfect life, the perfect job, and the perfect friends who gave him a “perfect” challenge… date one woman in hopes of finding THE PERFECT MATCH. The following new movie was Directed by Billie Woodruff and Executive Produced by Queen Latifah.

About ‘The Perfect Match’, Charlie is a bachelor who’s convinced that relationships are dead even though his sister (Paula Patton), a therapist, tries to tell him otherwise. His best friends bet him that if he sticks to one woman for one month, he’s bound to fall in love. An unconvinced Charlie takes the bet because he believes that he’s immune to love, until he crosses paths with the beautiful and mysterious “Eva” (Cassie Ventura). Charlie is sure that he will win the bet and prove his friends and sister wrong, so he rises to the occasion and takes on the challenge. Turning on his irresistible charm, Charlie coaxes Eva into a casual affair, but soon finds out that Eva has turned the tables on him. Unsure of what to think or how to feel, he finds himself trying to navigate in a foreign territory. Now, Charlie is left questioning whether he may actually want more than just a one-night stand.

Check the all new trailer for the official movie starring: Terrence J, Paula Patton , Cassie Ventura, Lauren London, French Montana, Donald Faison, Dashcha Polanco, Joe Pantoliano, Timothy Delaghetto, Brandy Norwood, Kali Hawk, Beau Casper Smart, also with star studded cameos by Robin Givens and Jessica White.

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Happy New Year: Top 20 Moments of 2015

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As we literally countdown the hours of 2015, check out our Top 20 recap of the Best and Hilarious Moments of the year. Trust us, this is our best line-up yet as the past 12 months was filled with some of the most news and happenings probably more than any year that we could remember.

Check it out after the jump!

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Last Night In L.A.: Solange Shines at Bessie’s 81 Theatre Tour with An Explosive Performance

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Thursday night marked the end of Bessie’s 81 Theatre Tour, which kicked off April 28 in NYC. The tour celebrates HBO’s new film Bessie, which chronicles the life of late blues singer Bessie Smith. The film airs on 5/16 on HBO; Bessie will be played by Queen Latifah. Following its three-day New York takeover (which ended with a surprise performance from Janelle Monae), the tour headed West to Los Angeles for a second set of events.
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May 12th marked the launch of the 81 Theatre Tour’s LA leg. The West Coast portion kicked off with a media-only brunch on the 12th, and concluded with a surprise performance on May 14th from none other than singer and Saint Records founder Solange. As Solo hit the stage, the vibrant star performed a series of her past cuts from 2012 EP, True, her hit track”Losing You,” and debuted a new song in honor of Ferguson, Baltimore, Missouri and Maryland entitled “Rise.”
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She looks STUNNING!
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