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Finally! Ashanti Announces ‘Braveheart’ Release Date + “Official” Album Cover



Ashanti has finally confirmed the release date for her forthcoming album, Braveheart.

After months of anticipation, the singer has revealed that her album will drop on March 14 … If all goes according to plan. The album was originally slated for a 2012 release, but has clearly experienced some major delays.

While on the red carpet at the Soul Train Awards, HipHollywood caught up with Ashanti to talk about why the album kept getting pushed back. “I wanted it to be right,” she said. “It’s been so long it doesn’t make sense to put it out after all this time and you’re not happy completely with it.”

Along with announcing the hopeful final release date, the star also unveiled the cover art for the long awaited LP.

On Wednesday morning, the singer posted on Instagram a third image of what she says will be the album’s official cover art. In the image, a stunning Ashanti can be seen with her eyes closed as she softly touches her hair.

Ashanti in post

Braveheart, which will feature Rick Ross, French Montana and Busta Rhymes marks the singer’s first studio album since 2008.


Oprah Loved Being A Braided Blonde Bombshell In ‘A Wrinkle In Time’



Oprah Winfrey is a blonde bombshell in Ava Duvernay’s “A Wrinkle in Time” and she loved every minute of it. HipHollywood sat down with the media mogul along with Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling to talk about playing the Mrs. and their elaborate hair, make-up and costumes.

“Girl we had hair for days,” gushed Winfrey. “My favorite was the ponytail, the braid.”


Celebrity hair guru Kim Kimble, who frequently works with Beyonce, headed up the film’s hair department. For the film she turned Lady O into a blonde, Reese into a red head and gave Kaling fab braided locks. “They were like [hair] sculptures,” said Kaling who plays Mrs. Who.

So how long did it take to get these ladies out of this world ready? “Hours,” joked Winfrey and Reese in unison.

To be exact, the ladies were in hair and make-up 3-5 hours daily as lead hairstylist Kim Kimble and make-up artists LaLette Littlejohn and Derrick Rutledge got them camera ready. “I think Kim and the team worked for days before, sculpting and making it right,” added Winfrey who plays Mrs. Which.

Derrick Rutledge, Winfrey’s personal makeup artist who also worked on the film, designed rhinestone eyebrows for each Mrs. Which ensemble. Meanwhile costume designer Paco Delgado drew from volcano explosions and depictions of galaxies to create costumes that made Winfrey shimmer and appear larger than life.

In the Disney big screen adaption, the three celestial beings – Mrs. Which, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Whatsit lead 13-year-old Meg (Storm Reid) and others on a journey to rescue the girl’s scientist father (Chris Pine) from evil otherworldly forces.

It’s better seen than simply described, so be sure to check out A Wrinkle In Time in theaters now!

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