7 R&B Acts Starring in TV Shows This Fall

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 move of ABC comedy black-ish on a new night, 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 reality docu-series.

Here at Rated R&B, we’ve compiled a short list of R&B artists that you can catch on your TV screens this Fall.

Check out the list below:

Syleena Johnson

Shows(s): Sister Circle

Network(s): TV One/Tegna

Premiere Date(s): Sept. 18, 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: “Harmony” feat. Dave Hollister from her Chapter 6: Couples Therapy album

Trevor Jackson

Show: grown-ish

Network: FreeForm

Premiere Date(s): Early 2018

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: New single “B&W (Benz and My Wallet)”

Jennifer Hudson

Shows(s): The Voice

Network(s): NBC

Premiere Date(s): Sept. 25 and 26

What She Had to Say: “The Voice is here! It means that much more to me cuz here at JHUD productions, we don’t forget where we came from! To think I started out on a platform like this! Remember guys nothing is ‘just’ happy voice day!” (via Jennifer Hudson’s Instagram)

Previous Acting Roles: Dreamgirls, Sing, Confirmation

Latest Music Release: Her single “Remember Me,” which was released in March


Shows(s): Xscape: Still Kickin’ It

Network(s): Bravo

Premiere Date(s): Nov. 5 at 9/8c

Show Description(s): “Eighteen years later, the fierce foursome known as Xscape are ready to make sweet music again… but not without some drama along the way. Lucky for you, the ladies are letting you in on their reunion on Xscape: Still Kickin’ It.” (via Bravo.com)

Latest Music Release: No new music yet, but a nation-wide tour featuring Monica and Tamar Braxton

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: Joint mixtape with Jane Handcock entitled Keyana Nikole

Demetria McKinney

Show(s): Superstition, Bobbi Kristina, Saints and Sinners, The Paynes

Network(s): SyFy, Bounce, OWN

Premiere Date(s): Oct. 6 at 10/9c, Oct. 8, Spring 2018

Show Description(s): “The series centers on the Hastings family, owners of the only funeral home in the mysterious town of La Rochelle, Georgia. The family also acts as the keepers of the town’s dark secrets and history. Known for its haunted houses, elevated graveyards, odd townsfolk and rich history of unusual phenomena, the town is also a “landing patch” for the world’s darkest manifestations of fear, guided into the world by an ancient, mysterious malefactor.” (Superstition via Deadline)

Bobbi Kristina is a made-for-TV biopic inspired by the life of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown’s only child, Bobbi Kristina Brown, who grew up in the shadow of her superstar parents’ spotlight. This film offers an intimate look at the highs and lows of parental, familial and romantic love complicated by fame through the eyes of a sensitive, vulnerable young woman. Bobbi Kristina’s high-profile life – and untimely death – may have been shrouded in mystery, but this film reveals her humor, quirks, deepest fears and longings, as well as explores her fight to be seen, heard, loved and to survive.” (Bobbi Kristina via TVOne)

“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)

Previous Acting Roles: TBS’ House of Payne, BET’s The Quad

Latest Music Release: Music video for her new single “Happy” from debut album Officially Yours, due Oct. 6

Chloe x Halle

Show(s): grown-ish

Network(s): FreeForm

Premiere Date(s): Early 2018

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 “Two of Us” project

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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Mary J. Blige Talks ‘Mudbound’ Film with Tracee Ellis Ross

Mary J. Blige visited Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday night to promote her role in the Netflix film, Mudbound.

The 46-year-old singer shared tons of laughs with guest host Tracee Ellis Ross, as she answered random questions on whether she prefers a window seat or aisle seat on flights, if she ever Googles herself and her favorite superhero.

Following the icebreakers, Blige switched gears and discussed her role in Mudbound. “It’s really a powerful film and there is a happy ending,” she said. “It’s a very relative story to today as well because a lot of people don’t seem to get the memo that we are free. We’re all free. All nationalities. We’re free.”

Blige also talked about the 25th anniversary of her debut album What’s the 411? She recalled her early memories of coming to Hollywood that era. “Then I came back to shoot the “I’m Going Down” video for the My Life album,” said Blige.

Watch the hilarious interview below.

Xscape Shares Two New Songs: ‘Dream Killa’ and ‘Wifed Up’

Xscape is back with brand new music. The legendary girl group has released two new songs for their fans. Interestingly, Xscape’s new music does not include Kandi as she decided not to move forward with recording with the group. In fact, she will be focusing on pursuing a career on Broadway and other endeavors.

The first track is called “Dream Killa,” which was produced by Tricky Stewart. The second track is called “Wifed Up.” Both songs are available on all streaming platforms.

In other news, the group is still on their Great Xscape Tour, which wraps up on January 7 in Los Angeles, Calif.

Listen to “Dream Killa” and “Wifed Up” below.

Demetria McKinney Joins Fantasia on ‘Christmas After Midnight Tour’

Fantasia Demetria McKinney Christmas After Midnight Tour

‘Tis the season to go on tour. Rising R&B star Demetria McKinney has just joined Fantasia’s Christmas After Midnight Tour.

Fantasia originally announced the tour on October 9 with just 12 dates and cities. As of November 29, there are 16 dates that run through December 14 in Philadelphia, PA. McKinney officially joined the tour on November 27.

This has been a very busy fourth quarter for the soulful singers. For McKinney, this tour is coming on the heels of her debut album Officially Yours, which was released on October 6. For Fantasia, the Christmas After Midnight Tour is in support of her holiday album of the same name.

Both singers were performers at this year’s Soul Train Awards, which aired Sunday, Nov. 26 on BET. Fantasia was part of the “Soul Cypher” alongside Mali Music, Bilal, Faith Evans, Robert Glasper and host Erykah Badu. Meanwhile, McKinney did a short-lived version of hit single “Easy” on the Coca-Cola Stage.

Check below for the dates of the Christmas After Midnight Tour. Tickets are available now at FantasiaOfficial.com or Ticketmaster.com.


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