Queen Latifah Accepts Kennedy Center Honors While Looking Regal In Pamella Roland

Queen Latifah Accepts Kennedy Center Honors While Looking Regal In Pamella Roland

Queen Latifah, whose real name is Dana Owens, is synonymous with hip-hop royalty for a reason. While being inducted into D.C.’s Kennedy Center Honors this past weekend, the multihyphenate rocked a Pamella Roland gown fit for a queen!

As she worked the red carpet, the Nation’s Capital was put on notice of just how noble our queen really is.

Queen Latifah is the first female rapper to be inducted into the Kennedy Center Honors.

Queen Latifah became the first female rapper inducted into the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors this weekend. She received the award alongside other 2023 inductees: Billy Crystal, Dionne Warwick, Renée Fleming, and Barry Gibb.

Queen Latifah’s ensemble to the celebratory affair oozed with sophistication, class, and elegance. Her black and silver gown fit her like a glove, emphasizing her small waist, curvy figure, and gorgeous melanin skin. And, the “Living Single” star’s hair was pressed and natural in her signature amber-brown color with a sultry side part.


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Queen Latifah accepted her award with style, grace, and gratitude. Reflecting on her career, she told the Kennedy Center, “I discovered my love of music with my Aunt Angel, and she directed a mass choir and taught them songs. I learned how to teach harmonies and melodies and watched her build these songs into these big, beautiful creations that moved through me when they all sang together.”

She followed by saying, “I live my life in the moment. That’s the only way I can get through. What I do is to be right there when I’m doing it and just be present and I’m in this right now. I don’t know what I’m gonna think about this tomorrow or what happened yesterday, but right now I’m here with you in this moment, and I’m so very grateful.”

Chloe Bailey, Kerry Washington, and other celebrities turn heads at Kennedy Center Honors 


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Several A-listers were there to celebrate with Queen Latifah, her mentor Dionne Warwick, and others. Cynthia Erivo and Chloe Bailey attended, giving vocal tributes to Warwick. While Kerry Washington, MC Lyte, Rapsody, and Missy Elliott told the audience about Queen Latifah’s lasting impact.

See Chloe Bailey’s jaw-dropping princess look below.


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The full 2023 Kennedy Center Honors gala and ceremony airs on December 27 on CBS. While we wait to see coverage of the star-studded affair, see some of our top red carpet looks below.

Congratulations to all the winners!

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Gucci Mane ft. B.G. & Mike WiLL Made-It “Cold,” Kodak Black “Lemme See” & More

Gucci Mane ft. B.G. & Mike WiLL Made-It “Cold,” Kodak Black “Lemme See” & More

After spending more than a decade behind bars, Hot Boyz OG, B.G. was released from prison this past September and who better to collaborate with on a track than another man who knows a thing or two about doing a big, Gucci Mane.

Linking up for the visuals to “Cold,” Guwop, B.G. and Mike WiLL Made-It link up at a garage where a gang of colorful exotic cars serve as the backdrop while Gucci and B.G. get turnt to the beat and drop some bars reminiscing about their prison days. Welcome home, B.

Further to the South, Kodak Black is still rolling like he’s got nothing to lose and for his clip to “Lemme See,” the Floridian hits the streets with his peoples while sporting a gang of ice and packing a pair of scissors. He must be a surgeon with those joints if he’s flossing them like it’s a banger.

Check out the rest of today’s drops including work from K Camp, J. Stone, and more.









Paramount Pictures Releases Bob Marley Biopic ‘One Love’ Teaser Trailer


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With all these legendary music artists like Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin and even 50 Cent having had their own biopic films made over the past few years, it’s only right that a musical legend and pop culture icon like Bob Marley finally get the same recognition. Now his time has finally come.

Bob Marley One Love Film

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Earlier today (July 6) Paramount Pictures released the first teaser trailer to its Bob Marley biopic, One Love, starring Kingsley Ben-Adir as the man who came straight outta Kingston, Jamaica and made his way into everyone’s soul with his timeless music. Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green (King Richard) and produced by Marley’s son, Ziggy Marley, the trailer to Bob Marley: One Love showcases Bob Marley’s ascension to superstardom while also revealing the obstacles and personal struggles who went through on his way to the top of the music charts.


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Whether he was laying down classic tracks in the studio or dodging bullets in his hometown of Trenchtown in Kingston, the trailer to One Love promises to delve into the life and times of Bob Marley that many may be familiar with but others had no idea occurred.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ziggy Marley explained what he wanted to do with this film and why it means so much to him.

Entertainment Weekly reports:

While many musical biopics span multiple years of a subject’s life, Bob Marley: One Love is focused on a very specific stretch leading up to Marley’s performance at the One Love Peace Concert in 1978, which happened amidst a violent political crisis in Jamaica.

“We knew from the very beginning that we didn’t want to do a cradle-to-grave story,” Green says. “At this particular period in time, ’76-77, a lot was happening in Bob’s life. It was a period of great creative genius, but he was also dealing with a lot, including cancer. He was challenged as a man, as a father and husband, as a musician. So it’s a snapshot of his life that speaks to his entire life. There are flashes to his earlier life and childhood, but it’s not about when he was born and when he died. We felt this movie was more about how his music lives on and how his message continues to spread.”

We. Can’t. Wait.

Check out the trailer to Bob Marley: One Love below and let us know if you’ll be checking for this when it hits theaters in 2024.

Busta Rhymes says he loves Missy Elliott too much to battle her in a Verzuz

Busta Rhymes says he loves Missy Elliott too much to battle her in a Verzuz

Since 2020’s lockdown, Verzuz battles have become a big part of hip-hop culture. From legendary producers Boi-1da taking on Hit-Boy to New Yorkers Fabolous and Jadakiss going head-to-head to even soul groups Earth, Wind & Fire going up against the Isley Brothers — getting on the platform is a big deal for any artist.

In a recently Apple Music interview with Busta Rhymes, he’s told there are two valid competitors that might be able to take him on in a Verzuz: Jay-Z or Missy Elliott.

“See, there’s never a Missy option,” Busta replied. “The reason why I can’t ever do a Verzuz or compete with Missy on a challenging level is ’cause that’s my twin. I’m Missy and she’s Busta Rhymes. I will never ever ever ever ever because I love her so much, I can’t talk my shit the way I would want to in a Verzuz. I love her too much and I hold her in a regard that’s so crazy.”


Watch it in full below.


Bait: Jim Jones Seems To Respond To Pusha T, Twitter Wants The Smoke

Bait: Jim Jones Seems To Respond To Pusha T, Twitter Wants The Smoke


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Update: On Saturday, June 25, Jones dropped the full video for the song titled “Summer Collection” which “was shot by the From The Block Performance media platform” (see below).

The quasi-beef is on, and Jim Jones and Pusha T find themselves in a rap feud. Capo has dropped a  teaser of a freestyle or song (however you want to call it) with bars aimed at Push A Ton, but the reaction from Twitter hasn’t been quite the home run he was swinging for.

As a quick catch-up, the tension started back in late April when Jim Jones was adamant in saying that Pusha T was not a “Top 50” rapper. “He’s nice as sh*t. He could rap his ass off, but what has he done?” said Jones in an interview with Rap Caviar at the time. “I don’t know too many n****s in this game that was leaning towards being like Pusha T. Pusha T don’t hold no weight out here. He not pushing no sh*t out here.”


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Hey, the man is entitled to his opinion, and after a few days of the usual social media banter, it was soon forgotten. Flash forward to Louis Vuitton’s recent runway show, its first under new creative director Pharrell Williams, and an unreleased Clipse song was played that seemingly had bars aimed at Jones. “Beware of my name, that there’s delegate/ You know I know where you’re delicate/ Crush you to pieces, I’ll hum a breath of it/ I will close your heaven for the hell of it/ You think it’d be valor amongst veterans/ I’m watching your fame escape relevance/ We all in a room but here’s the elephant/ You chasing a feature out of your element,” spits Brick Flair on the track.

Initially, the Dipset rapper laughed it off, literally.


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But on Friday (June 23) a clip started floating online of Jones in the streets (with a hanging mic) recording a new track over the same instrumental of the still unreleased Clipse joint with bars clearly aimed at Push. Shout to to Arby’s.

If we’re keeping it a bean, Jones has managed to create some dope hits and solid albums, but he’s never been considered as highly-skilled an MC as Push. However, he has held his own in various feuds with rappers over the years, including Jay-Z. But, Pusha T is a whole different animal when it comes to battle bars; just ask Drake.

Twitter’s reaction to Jones’ latest salvo was tepid at best. Hey don’t shoot the messenger, see some of the more incendiary, and slanderous reactions, in the gallery.