First Look: ‘Strength of a Woman’ Documentary
Another day, another artist forced to release a documentary to sell music that is otherwise uninspiring and lackluster. I hate to be a Negative Nelly, but remember when all it took to make you love or hate a song was listening to it? Remember when music used to capture your imagination and take you places? I do, and that’s why this documentary bandwagon artists have jumped on annoys me. Good music doesn’t require explanation. I don’t need to know what you felt while you were writing the song. I don’t need to see the pen and paper you wrote the lyrics on. I just need good music… sans the unnecessary and ineffectual hype.
Kelly Rowland Confirms 2017 Album Release
While out promoting her stint on this season’s The Voice Australia, singer Kelly Rowland also took time out to share small bits of news about her new music. During an interview with Sunday Life, Kelly said her fifth solo album would be coming out this year, and that motherhood has played a huge role in the recording process.
Jill Scott to Star in Lifetime Film About the Flint Water Crisis
In addition to her tour this summer, singer Jill Scott also plans to return to the small screen via Flint, the upcoming Lifetime movie about the government poisoning of Flint, Michigan’s water supply. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film will explore the true story of three activists fighting to expose the cover-up, as well as seek justice for those affected the city’s lead-tainted water lines.
Sanaa Lathan Stars in American Assassin
As previously reported, actress Sanaa Lathan is set to co-star alongside Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton and Shiva Negar in the upcoming Lionsgate film American Assassin. With an official release date of September 15th, the studio is kicking off promo early, having just unveiled the first trailer and several character posters.
Gabrielle Union: We’re Going to Need More Wine
Actress Gabrielle Union is set to release her first book this fall via Harper Collins Publishing. The Being Mary Jane star announced the news herself via Instagram, sharing the above cover and message with fans: “Throughout my life, I’ve often wondered aloud ‘How the hell did I end up here?’ Why me? Not sure I’ve ever found all the answers to the questions, but in this book, I share my journey… the good, the bad, and the WTF. You will definitely need more wine for this.”
Janet Jackson Shares First Photo of Baby Eissa
Via her various social media pages, singer Janet Jackson has done the unexpected: posted a photo of her three-month old son, Eissa. The normally reclusive pop star shared the first image of her baby boy with the simple caption “My baby and me after nap time.” The reveal comes just days after the singer reportedly separated from her husband of five years, Qatari businessman Wissam al Mana.
New Music: ‘Patterns’ by Brandy
Via her Instagram page, R&B diva Brandy just blessed fans with a snippet of what is presumably new music she’s been working on for her upcoming album. With only the caption “#Patterns” accompanying the video, we’re going to assume that’s the title of the song- which is giving us all kinds of Angel in Disguise type vibes.