5 R&B Acts Starring in TV Shows This Year (Updated)

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With the official end of summer comes colder weather, clothing sales and a new television year cycle.

This year, we will see the series ending of the once TV juggernaut Scandal, the addition of a new Love and Hip Hop city, and, as always, a host of new television shows.

Some of R&B music’s up-and-coming and established artists will be among the vast sea of TV, ranging from daytime talk shows to fresh sitcoms. Here at Rated R&B, we’ve compiled a short list of R&B artists that you can catch on your TV screens this Spring.

Check out the list below:

Syleena Johnson

Shows(s): Sister Circle

Network(s): TV One/Tegna

Premiere Date(s): Airs daily at 9 a.m.

Show Description(s): “Sister Circle, our newest daily talk show, will empower and inspire Black women to live their best life by tackling relationship, parenting, fitness and personal finance issues. Everything from the latest trends to the frustrations of everyday life….these ladies will talk about it. Our dynamic hosts include:

  • Quad Webb-Lunceford, “Married To Medicine” reality-TV breakout star
  • Syleena Johnson, a Grammy-award nominated singer and “R&B Divas” TV star
  • Rashan Ali, TV Host, sports reporter and radio show host
  • Kiana Dancie, a stand-up comedienne, radio personality and actress
  • And, the hosts will be joined by ‘DJ Q,’ also known as Quentin Latham (or for those really in the know, Funky Dineva)” (via TVOne.tv)

Previous Acting Roles: Couples Therapy, Six 2 Six

Latest Music Release: Rebirth of Soul album, released Nov. 10

Trevor Jackson

Show: grown-ish

Network: FreeForm

Premiere Date(s): Jan. 3 at 8/7c and 8:30/7:30c

Show Description(s): “After appearing in May’s backdoor pilot episode “Liberal Arts,” Chris Parnell (Saturday Night Live) and Trevor Jackson (American Crime) return as the school’s dean and a socially conscious student, respectively.” (via Entertainment Weekly)

Previous Acting Roles: Netflix’s Burning Sands, ABC’s American Crime

Latest Music Release: Brand new single “NightTime”

Keke Palmer

Shows(s): Scream, Star, Berlin Station

Network(s): MTV, Fox, Apex

Premiere Date(s): March 2018, Sept. 27 9/8c, Oct. 15 9 p.m.

Show Description(s): “Palmer — also a series regular on Epix drama Berlin Station — will play Kym, a bold and beautiful social activist with a big heart and zero patience for suffering fools. When Kym and her friends find themselves hunted by a killer, she works to flip the script and survive at any cost.” (Scream via Hollywood Reporter)

“Palmer will play Gigi, a hot recording artist who is “ratchet and rich.” While alienating her current label, she is courted by Ayanna and the girl’s new label, Midtown records. Despite all the showy glitz, Gigi is a serious musician, looking for “good producers and bomb ass records.” (Star via Deadline)

“Palmer will play April Lewis, the newest and youngest case officer assigned to Berlin Station on her first field assignment after making her mark as an analyst at Langley. With a bracing combination of millennial intrepidity and old-fashioned sass, April brings a new-guard mentality often at odds with her old-guard colleagues in a system struggling to preserve its besieged identity. But she is determined to make her mark in Berlin, as she did back home at Headquarters.” (Berlin Station via Hollywood Reporter)

Previous Acting Roles: Fox’s Scream Queens, Netflix’s Brotherly Love, Teennick’s True Jackson VP

Latest Music Release: New single “Pregame” + Music Video

Demetria McKinney

Show(s): Saints and Sinners, The Paynes, The Quad

Network(s): Bounce, OWN, BET

Premiere Date(s): Spring 2018, Jan. 18 (The Quad)

Show Description(s): “With a history stretching over several generations, Greater Hope Baptist Church and its surrounding community are a family in themselves. However, in this family, love and loyalty have become tainted by lust, greed, and deeply ingrained secrets. With the return of a prodigal son and a shocking crime that rattles the core of the community, mysteries begin to unravel that could destroy the very heart of the church and shatter the lives of those within it.” (Saints and Sinners via BounceTV.com)

“In this spin-off of Tyler Perry’s hit comedy “House of Payne,” Curtis and Ella Payne (stars LaVan Davis and Cassi Davis reprising their roles) are trying to enjoy their retirement in Florida only to get roped into a real estate deal that will tumble their lives like clothes in a dryer. The series also stars Emmy winner Jackée Harry, Stephanie Charles, Markice Moore, JD McCrary and Sanai Victoria.” (The Paynes via Deadline)

“Led by Anika Noni Rose, the scripted drama from executive producer Felicia D. Henderson is a true-to-life drama about HBCU (historically black college or university) culture and relationships. The show’s second season will pick up in spring semester, with Georgia A&M’s survival as an independent, historically Black university hanging in a precarious balance as the driven Dr. Eva Fletcher (Rose) struggles to raise capital for the nearly bankrupt institution. If she fails, the school may be forced to join Georgia’s large, public and predominantly white university system in order to keep its doors open.” (The Quad via The Wrap)

Previous Acting Roles: TBS’ House of Payne

Latest Music Release: Music video for her new single “Happy” from debut album Officially Yours

Chloe x Halle

Show(s): grown-ish

Network(s): FreeForm

Premiere Date(s): Jan. 3 at 8/7c and 8:30/7:30c

Show Description(s): “Singing sisters Chloe x Halle portray twin sisters Sky and Jazz, who are on the track team at the college.” (via Deadline)

Previous Acting Roles: None

Latest Music Release: Their new single “The Kids Are Alright”

What about you? Will you be watching any of these shows this year? Let us know in the comment section below!

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LeToya Luckett and Demetria McKinney Tapped for ‘Set It Off’ Stage Play

Over twenty years after its release, Set It Off will be adapted as a stage play. R&B stars LeToya Luckett and Demetria have been cast in the live rendition of the film, along with rapper Da Brat and actress Kyla Pratt.

Luckett will play Francesca “Frankie” Sutton (originally played by Vivica A. Fox). The former Destiny’s Child member went on Instagram to express her excitement about her new role. “Anybody knows me knows that set it off is one of my movies of all time,” Luckett said.

McKinney, who has been cast as Tisean “T.T.” Williams, wrote on Instagram “Y’all know the movie was a ride and this will be no different!”

The stage play is written, directed and produced by Je’Caryous Johnson. “Without a doubt, this will be one of the greatest stage plays ever seen in the urban theatre market,” said Johnson. “From the type of action and to the movement on stage, it will be nothing short of jaw-dropping. This will be the first piece of my career that will stretch me to the limits of what can be done and seen by our urban audience. I will be recreating the same intensity, same passion and same shock and awe, breathtaking moments that made this movie resonate with millions of people.”

Set It Off will hit several cities across the U.S. including Atlanta, D.C., Houston, Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit and Los Angeles. For more details on the tour dates, visit jecaryous.com.

Both Luckett and McKinney released projects last year. Luckett ended her six-year hiatus with her album, Back 2 Love. McKinney finally dropped her debut album, Officially Yours. 

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Sade, Kehlani and Chloe x Halle Tapped for ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Soundtrack

After an eight-year hiatus, we will finally hear new music from the legendary Sade. The “Smooth Operator” has been enlisted for the A Wrinkle in Time movie soundtrack on a song titled “Flower of the Universe.”  Ava DuVernay, who directed the film and produced the soundtrack, broke the news on Twitter on Tuesday.

“I never thought she’d say yes, but asked anyway,’ DuVerynay tweeted. “She was kind + giving. A goddess. We began a journey together that I’ll never forget. Proud to announce that Sade has created an original song for WRINKLE IN TIME. It’s entitled ‘Flower of the Universe.’ And it’s a dream come true.”

The soundtrack includes two versions of “Flower of the Universe” performed by Sade, one of which is a remix by No I.D. She co-wrote and co-produced the track with Ben Travers and Andrew Hale. This is Sade’s second original song contribution to a soundtrack following 1986’s Absolute Beginners.

Singer-songwriter Kehlani was also booked for the soundtrack on a song called “Let Me Live.” Also included is “Warrior,” written and performed by sisters Chloe x Halle. The duo is signed to Beyoncé’s label Parkwood Entertainment.

Speaking about the artists and composer, DuVernay said: “Each song on the Wrinkle in Time soundtrack was crafted with great care in close collaboration with the artists. My creative partnership with Sade on ‘Flower of the Universe’ was so connected that I reverse engineered the usual process and used her lyrics as actual dialogue within the film.

She added, “I truly loved working with DJ Khaled who jumped into this project with open arms and an open heart, along with the great Demi Lovato. Sia, Kehlani and Chloe x Halle beautifully embraced the visuals of the film to create distinct songs that expand and elevate Meg’s heroic journey. And working with Ramin Djawadi was a dream come true as I have been a long-time admirer of his stellar work. His musical compositions for the film are perfectly otherworldly.”

The soundtrack will release digitally on March 9, which is also the same day the film premieres in theaters.

Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time is an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.

A Wrinkle in Time Track List
1. “Flower of the Universe (No I.D. Remix)” Performed by Sade
2. “I Believe” Performed by DJ Khaled Featuring Demi Lovato
3. “Magic” Performed by Sia
4. “Let Me Live” Performed by Kehlani
5. “Warrior” Performed by Chloe x Halle
6. “Park Bench People” Performed by Freestyle Fellowship
7. “Flower of the Universe” Performed by Sade
Score by Ramin Djawadi
8. “A Wrinkle in Time”
9. “Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which”
10. “Darkness Across the Universe”
11. “Touch the Stars”
12. “Happy Medium”
13. “Camazotz”
14. “Home”
15. “Uriel”
16. “Is This a Dream?”
17. “Forgive Me”
18. “Be a Warrior”
19. “Tap Into Your Mind”
20. “Tesseract”
21. “Sorry I’m Late”
22. “The Universe Is Within All of Us”

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Xscape Changes Name to XSCAP3, Kandi Explains Why She’s Not Making New Music with Them

Legendary R&B group Xscape has changed its name to XSCAP3 with one less member — Kandi Burruss.

The trio — consisting of Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, LaTocha Scott and Tamika Scott — recently signed with talent agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA) for worldwide representation.

XSCAP3 also plans to release their upcoming EP, Here For It, on March 3 via XSCAP3 Entertainment.

When a fan on Instagram questioned the name change and why Burruss was not part of it, Cottle explained the group’s decision. “It’s only 3 girls on the music & [Kandi] does not want people thinking she is on the music, so u will know the difference. It’s Xscap3 for anything she is not apart of,” she wrote.

In a recent interview with MadameNoire, Burruss explained why she will not make new music with the group.

“I don’t want to mess with our legacy,” she said. “When we were a group, we had three platinum albums. All of our albums were hits. We never had a flop album. And things are not how they used to be back then. Records are not selling like they used to do back then. I don’t want to put out an album and it does not…be on that same level.”

She added, “We’re just four different women with four different creative ideas that I don’t feel like we see eye to eye creatively on what the music should be, and I would hate for us to not put out something that is as good. I just feel like it kind of tarnishes things.”

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