Jill Scott Joins ‘Black Lightning’ Cast as Villain

Grammy Award winning singer Jill Scott has joined the cast of Warner Bros. Television’s Black Lightning, the new series coming to The CW in midseason 2018.

The “Golden” singer will play Lady Eve, a D.C. villain, who can be traced back to the Kobra Cult in comic-lore. In Black Lightning, Lady Eve will be the bridge between Tobias Whale (Marvin “Krondon” Jones III) and a secret group of corrupt leaders.

“Jill is an amazing artist who can embody any character and give them an authentic voice that is both nuanced and richly complex,” said Salim Akil, executive producer of Black Lightning. “I am excited to see her in the role of Lady Eve.”

Black Lightning stars Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce, a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe haven for young people in a neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero to his community. Nine years ago, Pierce was a hero of a different sort.

Gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, he used those powers to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning. Almost a decade later, Pierce’s crime-fighting days are long behind him…or so he thought. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, and those he cares about in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang The One Hundred, Black Lightning returns — to save not only his family, but also the soul of his community.

Watch the trailer for Black Lightning below.

https://youtu.be/RZpJeuXo2CY

Keithan is the founder/editor-in-chief of Rated R&B

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Janine Announces Release Date for Debut Album ’99’, Shares ‘Too Late’ Video

Emerging artist Janine has announced her debut album, 99, will release on May 25 via Atlantic Records. The singer revealed the exciting news on Twitter.

“Ohh and I have an announcement to make… GUESS WHAT?! MY ALBUM “99” COMES OUT EVERYWHERE NEXT MONTH ON MAY 25TH!,” she shared.

Janine recently wrapped up her first headlining tour Before It’s Too Late. “This tour has been the most incredible ride & I can’t wait to get back out on the road. Thank you for making this the best time of my life,” she said on social media.

She also released an accompanying visual for her latest single “Too Late,” which she shot in London. The song is expected to appear on 99. Previously released songs “Never the Right Time” and “Unstable” could appear on the debut LP as well, but we won’t know until she shares the official track list.

Jorja Smith Announces Debut Album ‘Lost & Found’

It’s about time. After several major features with hip-hop biggest stars (Drake, Kendrick Lamar), rising singer Jorja Smith has announced her debut album, Lost & Found, will arrive on June 8.

Smith will enjoy the spotlight alone on Lost & Found as there are no features on the project, which includes “Teenage Fantasy” and “Blue Lights.” She performed the latter song along with “On My Mind” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last week.

Lost & Found Track List
1. “Lost & Found”
2. “Teenage Fantasy”
3. “Where Did I Go?”
4. “February 3rd”
5. “On Your Own”
6. “The One”
7. “Wandering Romance”
8. “Blue Lights”
9. “Lifeboats (Freestyle)”
10. “Goodbyes”
11. “Tomorrow”
12. “Don’t Watch Me Cry”

Pre-order Smith’s Lost & Found today.

 

Erykah Badu, Miguel and The Roots to Headline Smokin’ Grooves Festival

The performance lineup for the Smokin’ Grooves Festival has been announced. Erykah Badu, Miguel and The Roots are set to headline the event, which takes plance on June 16 at The Queen Mary in Long Beach.

Other artists on the bill include Jhene Aiko, NxWorries (Anderson Paak + Knxwledge), H.E.R., Majid Jordan, dvsn, Tiara Thomas, Lion Babe, Arin Ray, Ravyn Lenae, Omarion and THEY, to name a few.

While Badu doesn’t have a new project out, fans will be expecting to hear her classic records. Miguel and Jhené Aiko will promote their latest albums. The latter artist released her  sophomore album Trip last September, while Miguel delivered his third album, War & Leisure, in December.

Tickets are on sale now at smokingroovesfest.com.

See the complete Smokin’ Grooves lineup below.

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