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Nas Lands Huge Gig!

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It’s official, Nas has been tapped to headline the Essence Now Playing concert this summer.

The rapper, who recently headlined the 2014 Coachella Music Festival, will take the stage to help kick off the 20th Anniversary of Essence Festival weekend.

“ESSENCE is excited to welcome hip-hop legend and musical prodigy Nas to kick off our 20th Anniversary celebration, especially as he commemorates his own impressive 20 year milestone,” ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks said in a statement.

 

“The ESSENCE Festival promises 20 stages of programming to honor our 20th anniversary with more than 70 artists performing across our music stages. The addition of Nas, Trey Songz, K. Michelle and Jazmine Sullivan for the ESSENCE Now Playing concert is an incredible lead-in to Festival weekend and rounds out an entertainment experience not-to-be-missed!”

Nas will also be celebrating the ten year anniversary of his debut album, Illmatic, which according to Essence, has been “lauded by critics as one of the most exemplary hip-hop recordings of all time and contributed to the revival of the New York rap scene.”

The Now Playing concert will be held at the Louisiana Superdome on July 3, which will lead in to the Essence Festival, July 3-6 in New Orleans.

 

 

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Halle Berry & Her Wig Return For L.A. Riots Drama ‘Kings’

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We may know why Halle Berry had those trendils of terrors at last years Oscars ceremony … she was in character for her new flick Kings.

The trailer just dropped and Berry’s curly locks are pretty identical to the ones she infamously rocked at the 2017 Academy awards. Folks went in on the gorgeous beauty about her hair choice for the evening, but we think once people see the trailer they’ll give her a pass.

Kings tells the story of Millie (Berry), a single mother with eight children, and some of them aren’t even her own. But she takes it upon herself to give them the best home that she can, even if it brings a little craziness into her neighborhood and drives her next door neighbor Obie (Daniel Craig) a little crazy. But there’s turmoil on the horizon after the Rodney King verdict is announced and the riots begin, seemingly putting Millie and her family in danger on the streets.

Similar to last years Detroit the flick, directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven tackles racial tensions between citizens and law enforcement. Kings received mixed reviews when it premiered at September’s Toronto International Film Festival, but audiences will get to make up their own minds about the hot-button race-relations drama when it lands in theaters on April 27.

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