Teyana Taylor Lands Role in Netflix Comedy ‘The After Party’

 

Teyana Taylor remains booked.

The vivacious R&B beauty has scored an acting gig in the upcoming Netflix comedy film, The After Party, backed by WorldstarHipHop, Def Pictures, Live Nation Productions and Hunting Lane Films.

Directed and written by Ian Edelman, the coming-of-age comedy is inspired by the late WorldstarHipHop founder Lee “Q” O’Denat, who loved coming-of-age films like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and American Graffiti.

Teyana Taylor Teams with Migos for New Song ‘Drippin’

Deadline reports, The After Party — also starring French Montana, Blair Underwood, Wiz Khalifa, and Kyle Harvey — will show two best friends on their last night together trying to get a record deal before one heads to college and the other leaves for military service. In one wild night, a lot will go down before the sun comes up and these two lifelong friends either have succeeded on their quest or must go their separate ways.

Filming is scheduled to start soon in New York. Stay tuned.

Antwane Folk is the editorial assistant at RatedRnB.com.

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Stream Teyana Taylor’s New Album ‘K.T.S.E.’

After an extended wait, Teyana Taylor finally delivers her sophomore album, K.T.S.E. (Keep That Same Energy).

Executive produced by Kanye West, the album is the fifth project to release within the last month as part of his G.O.O.D. Music rollout. The eight-track offering includes features from West (“Hurry”), Ty Dolla $ign (“3Way”) and Mykki Blanco (“WTP”).

The album was supposed to drop immediately on Friday at midnight, however, Taylor still needed a little more time to put finishing touches to the project. Rapper Pusha T, who is also president of G.O.O.D. Music, confirmed earlier on Friday that Taylor was still working on parts of the album.

West announced the release date on Twitter in April, along with the other G.O.O.D. Music releases. Keeping that same energy he had for the other four projects, Taylor’s album arrives with no prior singles.

On Thursday (June 21), Taylor hosted an exclusive album listening party in Los Angeles that brought out industry tastemakers and talent including her husband Iman Shumpert, Kanye West, Migos and 2 Chainz, to name a few.

Keep That Same Energy is the follow-up to Taylor’s debut album, VII, which dropped in October 2015. The album featured appearances from Chris Brown, Pusha T and Yo Gotti.

Taylor will support her new album on tour later this summer with Jeremih. The two artists will kick off their North American tour on August 3 in Tampa. The month-long tour will hit major cities including Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles and Seattle, before wrapping up in Portland on September 8.

Stream Teyana Taylor’s Keep That Same Energy below.

Anita Baker to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at 2018 BET Awards

After more than 30 years of music service, Anita Baker will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 BET Awards.

Since releasing her debut album The Songstress in 1983, Baker’s music journey has been incredible to watch. Every time she sings, her warm presence is felt in heartfelt songs like “Angel,” “Body & Soul,” “I Apologize” and “Giving You The Best That I Got.” It’s that same voice that has earned her eight Grammy Awards, multi-platinum success, a string of hits and other much-deserved accolades.

While many previous Lifetime Achievement Award recipients have performed at the ceremony, Baker will not grace the stage due to an upper respiratory infection. Instead, she plans to “simply sit and accept” her honor from BET.

The big question at hand is, who will be performing during the tribute for Ms. Baker?

Hosted by Jamie Fox, the BET Awards will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles this Sunday, June 24 at 8 p.m. ET on BET.

Janet Jackson Covers Essence Magazine’s Happiness Issue

Janet covers July/August 2018 issue of Essence Magazine

Janet Jackson is all about positivity. The music icon graces the cover of Essence’s July/August issue, which is all about happiness.

Instead of doing a traditional interview as a cover story, Jackson decided to pen a heartfelt essay to black women titled “Letter From My Heart.” In the transparent letter, she reveals herself like never before. She talks about lessons she learned from her childhood to adulthood, including her early struggles with depression, low self-esteem and failed relationships to her eventual growth as an artist, discovery of peace and learning to “fully embrace God’s love.”

Here are excerpts from the letter:

In Her Childhood: “I was happy when my brothers came home from performing on the road. I was happy when my mother lavished me with love. But I wasn’t happy with the way I looked…”

In Her Teens: “Happiness came when people asked me to perform…but I was happiest when I was pleasing others and not myself. An older and wiser Janet might have said, ‘True happiness is knowing you’re doing the best you can…’”

Photo Credit: Essence

In Her Thirties: “These were difficult years, when I struggled with depression. The struggle was intense. I could analyze the source of my depression forever. Low self-esteem might be rooted in childhood feelings of inferiority. It could relate to failing to meet impossibly high standards. And of course there are always the societal issues of racism and sexism. Put it all together and depression is a tenacious and scary condition. Thankfully, I found my way way through it…”

Today, at 52: “Now the height of happiness is holding my baby son in my arms and hearing him coo, or when I look into his smiling eyes and watch him respond to my tenderness. When I kiss him. When I sing him softly to sleep. During those sacred times, happiness is everywhere. Happiness is in gratitude to God…”

The July/August issue is now on newsstands. Next up, Jackson will headline the 2018 Essence Festival on Sunday, July 8 in New Orleans.

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