Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagicSolange was a proud mother on Tuesday, having recently celebrated the fifth-grade graduation of her son Juelz with her parents in New Orleans.
The soul singer posted a video of her son speaking French at his graduation, with the caption, "My bebe graduated 5th grade today and I think he's pretty rad."
In anothervideo, which Solange captions with a graduation cap emoji, Julez is seen walking down the aisle smiling at his mom as he passes.
The singer's parents were also in New Orleans to support their grandson, with Tina Knowles posting a video highlighting Juelz singing in French, Later, she shared a video of her daughter and ex-husband, Mathew, having fun at home.
Erika Goldring/WireImageOutKast fans are asking the the NFL to consider the rap group to perform at Super Bowl 53, which could be held in the rappers' hometown of Atlanta.
The NFL recently announced the finalists for the 2019 and 2020 Super Bowls and Atlanta natives are already expressing their interest in seeing Big Boi and Andre 3000 come back together for the halftime show in 2019.
One Twitter user demanded that the Atlanta group be confirmed at the halftime performers, tweeting, "Atlanta's getting the 2019#SuperBowl, which means we're going to need an#OutKasthalftime show. This ain't negotiable."
Another fan went as far as to create a petition on Change.org hoping to get others involved and to persuade the NFL to make it happen. The petition page’s description reads, “No one represents Atlanta like OutKast. Plus they are the greatest group of all time, no explanation needed.” As of last check, the petition had fewer than 100 signatures.
Last year, Big Boi revealed OutKast was asked to be the talent during halftime for Super Bowl 2004. However, the Grammy-winning duo declined because Andre 3000 was unwilling to shorten the group’s songs.
Johnny Nunez/Getty ImagesTroy Ave was one of the four people shot during a T.I. headlining concert last night. The New York rapper's management tells XXL that Ave was hit in the leg and transported to a local hospital where he is currently recovering.
ABC News has reached out to Ave's management to confirm the report.
The shooting took place in a third-floor green room at New York City’s Irving Plaza around 10:00 p.m. One victim was pronounced dead at New York City's Beth-Israel Hospital.
New York rappers Maino and Uncle Murda were said to be performing when the gunfire started, according to AllHipHop. At last word, T.I., Maino, and Uncle Murda are not reported to be injured or involved in the shooting.
Late last night, video of the scene at the venue at the time of the shooting surfaced on YouTube.
George Pimentel/WireImageAcclaimed rapper and songwriter Belly cancelled his appearance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, scheduled for Wednesday night, because Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was set to appear on the episode. The appearance was to have been Belly’s network television debut.
The Palestinian-born Canadian rapper recently had a #1 song, "Might Not," on the Billboard Rhythmic Charts with fellow Canadian rapper The Weeknd, who was also set to appear on Kimmel and cancelled.
"Belly, a man of the world who grew up as a minority immigrant in Canada, has a strong conviction against Donald Trump’s radical beliefs," said a statement from Belly's publicist, in part. "A strong believer in equal right for all, Belly is taking a stand against a man who has made many negative and detrimental remarks about minorities, women, various religious groups and more."
Trump has been criticized for his comments about women, refugees, immigrants and Muslims. He once called Mexican immigrants in the U.S. illegally "rapists," and called for a ban on Muslim immigration into the United States early in his campaign.
Belly’s new mixtape, "Another Day In Paradise," will be released Friday, May 27.
Prince Williams/WireImageNew episodes of TV One’s five-time NAACP Image Award-winning series Unsung will return to the network next month – just in time to celebrate Black Music Month.
Upcoming icons set to be featured include talented singer/songwriter Kelly Price, platinum-selling R&B trio Next, the polka dot-wearing rapper/producer Kwamè and Bay Area rap pioneer E-40.
The series celebrates the lives and careers of artists or groups who, despite exceptional talent, have never had the fullness of their stories -- many tragic -- told.
Previous subjects have included Melba Moore, The Clark Sisters, Phyllis Hyman, Debarge, Sylvester, Big Daddy Kane, Isaac Hayes, The Emotions, Teddy Pendergrass, Teena Marie, Florence Ballard, YoYo, The Geto Boys, Alexander O’Neal and Miki Howard.
Narrated by actor Gary Anthony Williams the show is executive produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions.
ABC/Randy HolmesFetty Wap goes back to his high school in his new “Wake Up” video.
Fetty returned to Paterson, New Jersey to shoot the clip at his alma mater, East Side High School. He gives Wiz Khalifa a shout out in the teaser which include shots of a skateboarders in a school hallway.
The rapper tweeted, “Back to Paterson for the #WakeUp video droppin this week 100 s/o to the class of #Z0016 #zoogang.”
According toBillboard, the Triller app will allow fans to design their own “Wake Up” videos. “Wake Up” will debut Friday at 7:55 p.m. ET.
A T.I. concert in New York City became violent Wednesday night, resulting in one person's death and injuring three others.
Four people were shot at the Manhattan venue Irving Plaza, the site of the concert, at 10:15 p.m. local time. T.I. was not performing at the time of the shooting, but was inside the venue. The shootings took place in the venue's third-floor green room, according to NYPD Chief of Manhattan Detectives William Aubry. Police are said to have a copy of the green room VIP list.
One unidentified 33-year-old male victim was pronounced dead at Beth Israel hospital of a gunshot wound to the stomach, Aubry said. Two other victims, a man and a woman, who were taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the chest and leg, respectively. The fourth victim, a man, was taken to New York University Hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg. His condition was unknown as of Thursday morning.
So far, there have been no arrests in the shooting, said Aubry, who adds police are investigating, including recovering ballistic evidence at the scene. He also said there was security at the event, including metal detectors.
Getty Images via ABCRihanna continues to expand her fashion empire with her latest creation, Christian Dior sunglasses.
As her third version of Puma creepers arrive in stores Thursday, the Dior brand ambassador unveiled her new venture, futuristic shades, on Instagram.
“I’ve always been obsessed with his eyewear, and when I got to Dior and saw all the materials I could play with, it all just came together,” Rihanna said in a statement to Women’s Wear Daily.
“I spent a day at Dior with their eyewear design team,” she adds. “I started by looking through all the archives to see what they’ve done in the past, then got acquainted with all the new materials. I literally sat there and drew and drew until I was happy with the design, and the team illustrated it for me right then and there."
Rihanna says after that, it was only "a matter of weeks" before the first prototype was a reality.
The “Rihanna” sunglasses feature a metallic frame inspired by the vision-enhancing appliance worn by Levar Burton’s Geordi La Forge character in Star Trek: The Next Generation. La Forge was blind, and required the special eyepiece to see. The singular style will be available in several colors, including silver, pink, blue, green and red.
The sunglasses will go on sale at Dior stores in early June. Prices start at $840, going up to $1,950 for the 24-karat gold-plated frames.
BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty ImagesTwo people claiming to be heirs to Prince's estate are protesting being required to take DNA tests.
Brianna Nelson and Victoria Nelson, who claim they are descendants of Prince's half-brother Duane Nelson Sr., say the tests are not necessary. According to USA Today, Brianna says she is the daughter of Duane Nelson Sr. Victoria's legal guardian, Jeannine Halloran, says Victoria is his granddaughter.
Carver County probate judge Kevin Eide previously ordered that all claimants undergo blood and genetic testing to prove their relationship to Prince. Duane Nelson Sr. passed away in 2011. He was the child of Prince's father, John Nelson, and his second wife, Vivian.
Brianna Nelson and Victoria Nelson filed their claims to Prince’s estate at Carver County District Court in Minnesota. They say they have already offered alternative proof of their legal relationship to Prince.
Credit: Prince Williams/WireImageDon't expect a Cash Money reunion anytime soon, as it appears that Lil Wayne and Birdman are no longer in talks to resolve their financial dispute.
According toTMZ, Lil Wayne's outburst at a rally in Denver last weekend was the result of the breakdowns in the talks over Wayne’s $51 million lawsuit against Birdman’s Cash Money Records.
The “A Milli” rapper was expecting his long-delayedTha Carter Valbum to finally hit stores, but apparently Birdman decided otherwise, refusing to release the project, even after Wayne sued Cash Money over it after he'd turned in the project.
Now the New Orleans native has officially ended the negotiation and potential settlement and is demanding compensation for the album’s advance money, as well as unpaid revenues from his previous projects.
Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesIt seems Hillary Clinton is courting the Beyhive vote. During a Facebook Live Q&A session on The Ellen DeGeneres ShowWednesday, the Democratic presidential candidate answered a crucial Beyonce question posed by Taylor Swift.
“This is from Taylor Swift,” Ellen prefaced the question. “’Have you seen Lemonade and do you like it?’”
"I have seen parts of it, and I do like it," Hillary responded.
Later on, during a game of “Who’d You Rather?,” Hillary chose Beyonce over Leonardo DiCaprio. "I really believe in making lemonade out of lemons," she said. Beyonce won a number of rounds of the game, but ultimately lost out to first lady Michelle Obama.
ABC/Randy HolmesOprah Winfrey may be known for her celebrity influence, but she wasn't quite able to dissuade Paul McCartney from collaborating with Kanye West on the rap star's song "All Day." The issue, apparently, was the song's content.
McCartney explains in a recent interview with John Wilson for BBC Radio 4’sMastertapes how Winfrey advised him to pass on the popular track.
"I get this track back, a thing called 'All Day': he's taken my melody and he's made it seriously urban, which is funny because the lyrics use the N-word -- a lot!" said McCartney.
"People like Oprah, who's a little conservative about that stuff, said, ‘You shouldn't do it, even black people shouldn't use that word,'" the rock legend continued. "I said, 'Yeah, but it's Kanye!' And he's talking about an urban generation that uses that word in a completely different way. It's the context. So I was actually pleased with it."
In addition to "All Day," McCartney talks about working with Kanye in the studio and compliments the rapper's creativity, which according to McCartney, "inspires [him]."
"I love Kanye and he loves me," McCartney said. "He's a monster -- he's a crazy guy who comes up with great stuff so he inspires me."
Credit: (ABC/Randy Holmes)Chris Brown can breathe a sigh of relief -- he's reportedly just won a major custody battle with his baby's mother, Nia Guzman, who requested a judge restrict Brown's custody because of alleged drug use and gang affiliation.
According to TMZ, Guzman claimed Brown was unfit to care for their child, Royalty, and asked the judge to limit the amount of contact he has with the 1-year-old, whom Guzman said needed strict supervision she was with Chris.
Fortunately for Brown, the judge did not agree with Guzman's request and ruled in favor of their current arrangement. TMZ reports Chris and Nia will continue to share joint legal and physical custody, with Chris getting 12 days a month of unsupervised time with his daughter.
Image Group LA/ABCThe Weeknd loves dabbling in fashion, and he’s just released new items from his spring/summer 2016 collection in time for Memorial Day weekend.
Following the launch of his XO line last year, the Canadian singer continues his unisex theme with T-shirts, short sleeve hoodies and sleeveless crewneck sweaters. His signature “XO”and "XO'TWOD" logos are prominent on his new merchandise.
The Weeknd has also added towels in time for beach season.
Mike Coppola/Getty ImagesAfter Beyonce released her tour-de-force "visual album" Lemonade, which documented the emotional journey of a woman -- presumably she -- cheated on by her husband, the husband's now made his first public commentary on the matter.
Many have wondered how Bey's hubby Jay Z felt about Lemonade. He even appears in the film, even though it seemingly outs him as a cheater. E! Online reports Jay's now released a new rap that addresses the subject. Titled "All the Way," it's a collaboration with Fat Joe, RemyMa, French Montana and Infared.
At the beginning of Jay's verse, he raps, "You know you made it when the fact your marriage made it is worth millions/Lemonade is a popular drink and it still is/Survival of the littlest."
E! notes that the "Lemonade" part of the lyric is a reference to a line in the 1992 Gang Starr track "DWYCK," in which the late MC Guru raps, "Lemonade was a popular drink and it still is/I get more props and stunts than Bruce Willis."
E! adds that Jay uses his verse to refer to Prince, rapping, "Prince left his masters where they safe and sound/We never gonna let the elevator take him down." That's a reference to a line in Prince's hit "Let's Go Crazy:" "Are we gonna let the elevator bring us down?/Oh, no, let's go!"
The song is now streaming exclusively, of course, on Jay Z's platform, Tidal.
Prince Williams/WireImage2 Chainz and GQ are continuing their partnership with a new season of the video series Most Expensive S***.
The Georgia rapper is hosting 20 new episodes in season three of the GQ digital series.
In a trailer for the premiere episode, Chainz samples the most expensive marijuana paraphernalia, including a $500,000 bong. In the new season, he also will check out the most expensive popcorn, most expensive coffee and Shaquille O’Neal’s customized car collection.
2 Chainz's mission in the show is “to find the most outrageous luxury goods on the planet.”
ABC/Randy HolmesSnoop Dogg is reviving his Doggy Style Records label, and he’s dropping a new album this summer.
Snoop casually made the announcement during a live Facebook video, saying, “Oh my album? July 1.”
The Long Beach rapper also invited aspiring artists to submit their music for his label. He said, “My goal is to put out 100 singles before August. If you have a hot single… We may do a showcase and have you possibly perform and get you a record deal. The main thing is getting out great music to represent the generation that ain’t got a voice right now.”
Snoop's new album is titled The Return of Doggystyle, which he is calling a sequel to his 1993 debut album, Doggystyle.
Robin HarperBeyonce, Drake and Nicki Minaj are competing for Best R&B/Hip-Hop Artist at the Teen Choice 2016 Awards.
Drizzy, Queen Bey and Nicki each received two nominations in the first batch of nominations to be announced. Drake is also up for Choice Male Artist, and Beyonce is nominated for Choice Female Artist. Her competition includes Rihanna, Iggy Azalea and The Weeknd are also nominated in the R&B/Hip-Hop Artist category.
Minaj also received a nod for Choice Movie Actress: Comedy for her role in Barbershop: The Next Cut. The film is up for Choice Movie: Comedy, and Ice Cube is nominated for Choice Movie Actor: Comedy.
In television, Jussie Smollett is up for Choice Male Hottie, and Choice TV Actor: Drama for his role in Empire. The series is nominated for Choice TV Show: Drama.
Voting is now open on TeenChoice.com and Twitter. Teen Choice 2016 airs Sunday, July 31, at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.
Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images via ABCThe Weeknd was a big winner at the Billboard Awards on Sunday, but after tweeting out his excitement over his big win, the singer ended up apologizing to Usher for not fact-checking his claim.
The Canadian singer, who was nominated 19 times and took home 8 awards, tweeted, “XO we took home 8 ! more than any male artist in history Thank you @billboard.”
Unfortunately for The Weeknd, his information wasn't exactly accurate. Usher’s fans reminded the "Earned It" singer that back in 2004 Usher took home 14 awards.
After the faux pas, The Weeknd begged Usher's forgiveness, tweeting, "Apologize to the OG @Usher, got excited and spoke to soon."