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FLY Review: Fate of the Furious Proves You Can Teach An Old Dog New Tricks!

Furious 7 left fans of the storied franchise saying there is no way they can top the action/insanity that they witnessed in the James Wan directed film. Director F.Gary Gray and producer/star Vin Diesel are up for the challenge with the latest installment The Fate of the Furious.

 

Letty (MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ) connects with Dom (VIN DIESEL) in “The Fate of the Furious.” On the heels of 2015’s “Furious 7,” one of the fastest movies to reach $1 billion worldwide and the sixth-biggest global title in box-office history, comes the newest chapter in one of the most popular and enduring motion-picture serials of all time.

F8 immediately sets the tone with Dom (Vin Diesel) and his new wife Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) celebrating their honeymoon in Havana, Cuba. You get the vibe of a Fast & Furious film immediately as bikini clad women grace the screen and loud music blares through the theater speakers. The action kicks in instantly when Dom’s cousin gets caught up with a local gangster who wants to repossess his rusty looking hot rod. Cousin Dom of course isn’t here for the strong picking on the weak and challenges his cousin’s bully to a street race.

VIN DIESEL stars as Dom in “The Fate of the Furious.” On the heels of 2015’s “Furious 7,” one of the fastest movies to reach $1 billion worldwide and the sixth-biggest global title in box-office history, comes the newest chapter in one of the most popular and enduring motion-picture serials of all time.

We are then treated to a heart racing, unbelievable race scene where Dom puts on full display his amazing driving skills while facing some ridiculous odds that will surely get a rise out Fast and Furious fans. To make the moment even more cheesy, we even get some classic “Domisms” after the race is over and he earns the gangsters respect. As rapidly as things pick up in the film they also go left pretty fast. Dom’s beautiful honeymoon gets weird when he is confronted by the beautiful yet very sinister hacker Cipher (Charlize Theron).

Dom (VIN DIESEL) is recruited by Cipher (CHARLIZE THERON) in “The Fate of the Furious.” On the heels of 2015’s “Furious 7,” one of the fastest movies to reach $1 billion worldwide and the sixth-biggest global title in box-office history, comes the newest chapter in one of the most popular and enduring motion-picture serials of all time.

She makes the fearless leader an offer he can’t refuse after she shows him some footage on a cellphone that leaves Dom looking like he just got punched in the gut. Dom is now left with a tough decision he has to make and at the same time is called back into action by his new friend Hobbs (Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson). La Familia reunites for a new mission when they have to retrieve an EMP device, which is light work for them. Things seem to be going according to plan until Dom pulls a fast one on his family and in my best *Dwayne Johnson voice* goes rogue.

La Familia now faces their biggest threat ever in their former leader teaming up with Cipher. Down two members with Brian (Paul Walker) now being strictly a family man and Dom now terrorizing them. With the help of Mr.Nobody (Kurt Russell) the gang gets a new boost from teammates, F7’s villain Ian Shaw (Jason Statham) and rookie to the Fast and Furious universe Eric Reisner (Scott Eastwood) whom the team affectionately calls “Little Nobody”. The team must now race against time to prevent a worldwide catastrophe and stop/save their once fearless leader Dom.All the while they barely leave the driver seats of the cars. AMAZING!

VIN DIESEL stars as Dom in “The Fate of the Furious.” On the heels of 2015’s “Furious 7,” one of the fastest movies to reach $1 billion worldwide and the sixth-biggest global title in box-office history, comes the newest chapter in one of the most popular and enduring motion-picture serials of all time.

Final Verdict

Fate of the Furious is still the same old dog we have come to love with some new tricks. Fans of the franchise will love this film as the explosions and car stunts have been taken to another level. While some scenes are just ridiculous e.g. chasing down a Russian ambassador on the streets of NYC carefree or Hobbs pushing a torpedo with his bare hands you quickly understand that this comes with the territory.

You will also notice the scarcity of scenes involving both The Rock and Vin Diesel which also adds fuel to the whole feud rumor. BUT to make up for it, The Rock and Statham’s dynamic easily makes your forget all about that and have you asking for more of Hobbs and Shaw. Tej (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges) and Roman (Tyrese Gibson) take their on-screen camaraderie to another level and bring in the comedic factor to the story. Tyrese does a lot more yelling this time around and even gets called out for in the film. Charlize Theron brings in some new flavor to the Fast & Furious universe as the new baddie on the block but is not as memorable as previous films antagonist sadly. Letty does her part as the wife who hasn’t given up hope on her husband and Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel) fits right in with the gang.

If you are looking for just pure entertainment and could care less about things making much sense then Fate of the Furious is for you. As far as action is concerned F8 surpasses it’s predecessor easily with the use of remote-controlled vehicles, amazing sets and locations, prison brawls, strategically placed wrecking balls, mega explosions and of course a nuclear submarine.

Dom’s reasoning for going rogue seems a bit forced but it still works, especially thanks to one scene with Statham’s character Ian Shaw (I won’t spoilt that for you). Fate of the Furious is still a fun ride and should go down as one of the franchise’s best films. Will this film bring in a billion like F7 though? Probably and I wouldn’t be surprised if it did. Still, Fate of the Furious deserves all the money that is coming its way and should definitely be on list of things to do this upcoming weekend.

3.5 out of 5

Fate of the Furious races into theaters April 14th!

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Last Night in ATL: Tyrese, Keshia Knight Pulliam, BIG KRIT, Lance Gross & More Attend Special Screening of Fate of the Furious Hosted By Ludacris.

Last night, Tuesday April 4th, at SCAD Show, located in Midtown Atlanta, stars and influencers came out for a special screening of F8: Fate of the Furious.

ATLANTA, GA – APRIL 04: A general view of The Fate Of The Furious Atlanta Red Carpet Screening at SCADshow on April 4, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Universal)

Notables on hand to view the 8th film in the iconic action film franchise were, Lance Gross (actor), Keshia Knight Pulliam (actress), Big Tigger (radio personality), Caleb McLaughlin (NETFLIX Stranger Things), Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Gabrielle Union (BET’s Being Mary Jane),Irv Gotti (hip-hop mogul), BIG KRIT (hip-hop star), Juwan Mass (TLC’s Ghost Brothers), Sheree Whitfield (Real Housewives of Atlanta) stars of F8 Ludacris and Tyrese & many more.

Guests were also treated to a live painting exhibition by Ed The Artist as he addied some artistic flair to a Lexus car in honor of the film.

Once the photo-ops were done, guests made their way inside the theater where the stars of the film Ludacris and Tyrese introduced the highly anticipated movie.

ATLANTA, GA – APRIL 04: Ludacris and Tyrese Gibson speaks onstage at The Fate Of The Furious Atlanta Red Carpet Screening at SCADshow on April 4, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

F8 has our gang going up against an unlikely enemy. their former leader Dom (Vin Diesel) who has been seduced a by a mysterious woman named Cipher(Charlize Theron). Led by Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) they enlist the help of a former enemy Ian Shaw (Jason Statham)  to stop Cipher and bring in Dom safely hopefully. F8 is directed F. Gary Gray and races into theaters April 14th, 2017.

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Fly News: Tyrese Secretly Ties the Knot On Valentine’s Day

Looks like Tyrese has finally found his “Sweet Lady.”

The actor, author, and R&B crooner revealed on Tuesday (Feb. 28) that he is now a married man.

The Fate of the Furious star released a video montage of the wedding reception to announce the news. The couple said “I Do” on Valentine’s Day and the clip was accompanied with the following caption,

“Mark 10:8 And the two will become #OneFlesh. Mr & Mrs Gibson. #MyBlackQueen#GrownManSeason.”

While the identity of his bride was unknown at the time of the announcement it didn’t remain a mystery for long.

TMZ wasted no time in procuring the 411 on Tyrese’s new Mrs. According to the celebrity news outlet her name is Samantha Lee. She’s a New Jersey native with a Master’s degree in social work from the University of Georgia and has put that degree to use fighting sex and human trafficking along with providing counseling for inmates.

A source close to the newlyweds revealed that the couple met back in 2015 through mutual friends. Tyrese confirmed via Instagram that TMZ did get their facts right, this time.

 

Gibson was previously married to Norma Mitchell. They split in 2009 and have a 9-year-old daughter Shayla.

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Gibson!

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On The Gram: Watch Kevin Hart, Tank, Gary Owen, Lance Gross & More Do Their Best Tyrese Impersonations and Take Part In The #TyreseChallenge!

If you follow Tyrese on Instagram you know he is the king of sharing over the top and highly dramatic inspirational messages. Now we know he means well and his heart is in a good place when he shares his words of wisdom to his 7.6 million followers but you can’t help but laugh when you watch them.

Here are some of Tyrese’s monotone gems:

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See what we mean, well anyway his famous friends decided to poke a little fun at the inspirational singer/actor and Voltron chairman (whatever that is) and participate in the #TyreseChallenge. The challenge was started by Deon Cole, each star gets candid and puts on their best Tyrese voice and talk about absolutely nothing and they are hilarious. Peep Tank, Kevin Hart, Gary Owen, Deon Cole, Lance Gross , Big Tigger and Masika do their best Tyrese impersonation below:

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Hilarious and the best part about each one is them starting it off with “I’m sitting here”.

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Celebrities weren’t the only ones to participate in the #Tyresechallenge, hit the gallery below to see the internet get their #Tyresechallenge on as well:

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Beyonce, Chance the Rapper and Fat Joe & Remy Ma Win Big at Soul Train Awards 2016

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SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016 celebrated the best in Soul, R&B and Hip-Hop by highlighting both returning legends and breakout stars with unrivaled musical moments and titillating performances. The awards show, which aired tonight on CENTRIC and BET, was hosted once again by the funkadelic Godmother of neo-soul, Erykah Badu, who also served as Executive Producer.

Beyoncé led the night’s winners dominating in top categories including Video of the Year, Album/Mixtape of the Year, Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, and Song of the Year. Fat Joe and Remy Ma featuring French Montana and Infared took home two awards of their own, Rhythm & Bars Award (Formerly Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year) and Best Collaboration, for their smash hit “All the Way Up.” Artists were honored across 12 different categories and additional winners included Kanye West featuring Teyana Taylor for Best Dance Performance for “Fade,” Chance the Rapper (Best New Artist), Anderson .Paak (Centric Certified Award), Andra Day “Rise Up” (The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award), Maxwell (Best R&B/Soul Male Artist), and Kirk Franklin “123 Victory” (Best Gospel/Inspirational Song.)

The evening marked the inaugural Soul Train Awards since BET Networks officially acquired Soul Train earlier this year and it did not disappoint. The night featured crowd-loving classics and current favorites from the best Soul artists of yesterday and today.

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Dru Hill kicked off the Soul Train Awards 2016 with the ultimate throwback of their 90s R&B jams including “Tell Me,” “In My Bed,” and “Beauty.”

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Dru Hill lead singer Sisqó then took the stage solo to perform his late 90’s mega-hit “Thong Song.”

 

An endearing and  inspired Jill Scott presented Brandy with the second annual Lady of Soul Award, who went on to blow the crowd away with a full dance and stunning vocal performance of her most beloved hits including “Almost Doesn’t Count,” “What About Us,” “Full Moon,” “I Wanna Be Down,” “The Boy Is Mine,” “Talk About Our Love,” “Have You Ever,” and “Sitting On Top Of The World,” joined by MA$E.

 

Soulful newcomers Anderson .Paak and BJ the Chicago Kid performed “Waters” and “Cha Cha” singer D.R.A.M. joined Badu on stage for their recently released single, “WiFi.”

The awards ended on a high note with Teddy Riley pulling out all the stops for an unforgettable showcase following his receiving of the night’s highest honor, the Legend Award. Riley brought out retro hitmakers and past collaborators including Doug E. Fresh, Bobby Brown, Tito Jackson, Wreckx-N-Effect and Guy for a medley of classics including “My Prerogative,” “Remember the Time,” “Rump Shaker,” and more.

Alongside the amazing performances, the second annual Soul Cypher, featuring Erykah Badu, Tyrese, Ne-Yo, Angie Stone and the incomparable Gladys Knight was another musical moment not to be forgotten.

SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016 WINNERS

Best New Artist – Chance the Rapper

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist – Maxwell

Centric Certified Award – Anderson .Paak

Video of the Year – Beyoncé – “Formation”

Best Gospel/Inspirational Song – Kirk Franklin – “123 Victory”

Album/Mixtape of the Year – Beyoncé – “Lemonade”

Rhythm & Bars Award (Formerly Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year) – Fat Joe & Remy Ma featuring French Montana & Infared – “All the Way Up”

Best R&B/Soul Female Artist – Beyoncé

Song of the Year – Beyoncé

The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award – “Rise Up” – Written by Andra Day and Jennifer Decilveo (Andra Day)

Best Dance Performance – Kanye West (Dance Performance featuring Teyana Taylor) – “Fade”

Best Collaboration – Fat Joe & Remy Ma featuring French Montana & Infared – “All the Way Up”

The SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016 are produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment. Executive Producers of the network telecast are as follows: Debra Lee, Stephen G. Hill and Connie Orlando from BET; and Jesse Collins for Jesse Collins Entertainment.

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#EssenceFest: McDonald’s #BounceBrunch with Tank, Tyrese, Andra Day, Tigger and more

 

During the Essence Festival weekend in New Orleans, McDonald’s held an exclusive invite-only Bounce Brunch just outside of the Convention Center where the other daily festivities were being held.

The event was hosted by Tank and Tyrese with special appearances by Tigger, singer Andra Day, BJ The Chicago Kid, Guordan and PJ Morton. Our very Gabriel Williams was also on deck!

 

Guests enjoyed McD’s special All-Day Breakfast Menu, french fries, their classic beverages, and even Mimosas, along with other speciality cocktails. Special performances were held by local NOLA bands, Tank and The Bangas, and New Breed Brass Band as well. Tyrese was even onboard to serve up a few items, as he revisited his childhood days working for the veteran company, and took a few flicks with some of the employees.

Music was provided by the one and only DJ D-Nice.

It was indeed a great moment for the Essence Fest weekend!

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Photo Credit: Cameron Roper & SFPL’s Gabriel Williams 

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Fly Trailer: Tyrese presents ‘The Black Book’ feat. V. Bozeman, Tank & more

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In support of his current album Black Rose, Tyrese debuts the official trailer to his forthcoming visual project entitled The Black Book, set to drop on Easter Sunday.

In the visual, shows the trials, tribulations and situationship of a relationship starring singer/songwriters V. Bozeman and Tank, written and directed by Tyrese himself.

It features album tunes: “Waiting On You” & “Prior To You” and Bozeman’s collaboration track with Ty called “You Can’t Break Me”, which it’s debut back in February.

Recently, Tyrese posted a message on Instagram expressing his feelings on what he’s been through, friends he has lost and more all because of his addiction to “Being Driven”.

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Last Night In L.A.: Floyd Mayweather, Tyrese & More Celebrate at R&B Singer TANK Album Release Party in Hollywood, C.A.

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Last Night, R&B Superstar TANK celebrated the release of his Album Sex , Love & Pain II at #FeatureFridaysLA inside of Playhouse Nightclub in Hollywood, C.A., powered by super promoters Supreme Team and Miss Diddy.

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Along side R&B heartthrob Tank was his good friend and mega star Tyrese who arrived just in time to congratulate his group member on a great album.

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The Champ himself, Floyd “Money” Mayweather pictured standing in attention while accompanied by his lady Bad Medina. As Tank performed his new record “Birthday” featuring singer Chris Brown and his artist Siya, Money Mayweather ordered the bar out in support of Tank’s new album.

Also spotted was Tank’s beautiful lady, Zena Foster who sang along with the crowd as he performed his hits.

Congrats Tank!

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Fly Interview: Justine Skye, Gabi Wilson & Elle Varner Talks ‘A Classic Holiday’ with Brandy, Alicia Keys, Tyrese & more on SFPL TV

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The beautiful Queens of the SFPL Fly Family, hailing from the throne of MBK Entertainment comes Justine Skye, Gabi Wilson and Elle Varner as they talk about their label’s newest Christmas album, A Classic Holiday and more.

Justine Skye aka The Purple Unicorn spoke on her creative remake of the classic 1985 holiday cut “Last Christmas”, originally performed by British Pop Duo, Wham!. The young star also talked about the recent Times Square takeover for the lyric video premiere of “I’m Yours” featuring Vic Mensa — starring a few of her closest friends like: Kylie & Kendall Jenner, Travis Scott, Hit-Boy and more.

Musician Gabi Wilson told us how she felt about covering her favorite holiday song, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”. Gabi also recently performed on the 2015 AMA’s Red Carpet Pre-Show and shared her experience of when she first heard about the news, as she was elated to be apart of music history. The singer-songwriter also mentioned an upcoming EP titled HER was in the works.

Elle Varner takes us down memory lane as she revisits the oh-so-adorned soulful tune, “This Christmas”. Only this time, the talented singer added her own twist of what she calls, “Trap Jazz”, which mixes up a special recipe bringing the classic song into the realm of music that’s trending today. Elle also gave more insight into her pursuing the acting side of things, working on films, shows, all while working on her forthcoming album.

Collectively, the ladies talked about what it felt like to be on a Christmas album with artists that they’ve looked up to growing up: Brandy Norwood, Tyrese, Alicia Keys and Coko (of SWV).

Lastly, the gang went back in time and discussed their favorite gifts that they received as a kid and so much more.

MBK is a multi-media firm helmed by esteemed producer and artist manager Jeff Robinson. When asked about his inspiration for putting the compilation together, he says:

“Holidays are about family, love and of course sharing. So it’s with great joy that I had the pleasure of pulling together my MBK Family to create this fantastic holiday album with love.”

A visionary who formerly managed Alicia Keys through her breakthrough success and beyond as well as Tyrese, Robinson and his team has worked and continues to work in various capacities with each artist on A Classic Holiday.

Check out the full interview below:

Thanks to Justine, Gabi and Elle for such a Fly interview!

“A Classic Holiday… Presented by MBK” Album Track-Listing:

1). Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas featuring Gabi Wilson

2). Little Drummer Girl Remixed featuring Alicia Keys

3). Please Come Home For Christmas featuring Alex

4). One Voice featuring Brandy

5). Who Would Imagine A King featuring Anaysha

6). Sweet Little Jesus Boy featuring Tyrese

7). Last Christmas featuring Justine Skye

8). God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen featuring Livre’

9). O’ Holy Night featuring Bridgette Kelly

10). Mary Did You Know featuring Swagg R’Celious

11). This Christmas featuring Elle Varner

12). For Love/Deck The Halls featuring Daisha

13). Silent Night featuring Coko

14). Make Me Over/Total Praise featuring B. Slade

Check it out on Apple MusicHERE

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Nile Rodgers Honored as Icon At BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards + DJ Mustard, B.o.B, Sevyn Streeter, Snoop Dogg, Deborah Cox, Kelly Price, Evan Ross, Tyrese + more

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Broadcast Music, Inc.®, (BMI®), the global leader in music rights management, presented the BMI Icon Award to GRAMMY-winning songwriter, composer, producer, arranger and guitarist, Nile Rodgers, at the 2015 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, held at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills on August 28th. The star-studded event celebrates the songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed R&B/hip-hop songs of the previous year.

Rodgers was honored for his unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers and his ability to connect people through song and defy musical expectations. As the 2015 BMI Icon Award recipient, Rodgers joins an elite list of previous honorees that includes The Jacksons, Snoop Dogg, George Clinton, James Brown, Isaac Hayes, Little Richard and Al Green, to name a few.

The evening featured a slew of performances: B.o.B opened with a medley of hits, followed by IloveMakonnen who kept the energy going with “Tuesday.” Backed by music director Rickey Minor, as well as band and Donald Lawrence’s vocals, the high-powered Icon tribute was kicked off by R&B chanteuses Kelly Price covering “Upside Down,” Deborah Cox’s delivery of “I’m Coming Out,” Kathy Sledge and the Company offering a rousing rendition of “We Are Family,” and Empire’s V. Bozeman’s vibrant version of “I Want Your Love.” The celebration continued with CeeLo Green’s dynamic performance of “Let’s Dance.” The night concluded with the top honoree taking the stage to perform fan favorites “Good Times” and “Rappers Delight,” with hip-hop legend Chuck D joining Rodgers.

Additional top honors presented at the awards ceremony: John Legend “All of Me” earned the Song of the Year prize; DJ Mustard was crowned the Songwriter of the Year for penning hits “2 On,” “Don’t Tell ‘Em,” “I Don’t F**ck With You,” “Main Chick,” “My Hitta,” “Na Na,” “No Mediocre,” “Paranoid,” “Show Me,” and “Who Do You Love?” DJ Mustard also won the coveted Producer of the Year award for the second year in a row, while Universal Music Publishing Group accepted the prestigious Publisher of the Year crystal for having 18 of the most-performed songs from the previous year. BMI also recognized top producers Kanye West, J Cole, Jim Jonsin, Michael “Finatik” Mulé and Isaac De Boni.

SoMo won the BMI Social Star Award. Selected by fans voting via Twitter and Instagram, the award salutes the BMI R&B/hip-hop songwriter who has best demonstrated the power of social media to showcase their songwriting talents.

BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill and Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta, Catherine Brewton shared the evening’s hosting duties with R&B artist and actor Ray J.

Guests celebrated and mingled while enjoying Red Bull cocktails during the evening’s festivities. BMI partnered with HD Radio, TW Steel, Provider Inc. and KIND Snacks to present the 2015 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards.

Photos by Lester Cohen & Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for BMI

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