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For the first time ever, Erykah Badu stepped on the Soul Train Awards stage — not to perform though, but to host. It was great to see the soulful singer in a new light, but it made us ask the question, “why?”

As the host for Sunday night’s show, Ms. Badu gave laughs, shade and, of course, soul. But, what you may not know is that there were two specific reasons why the “Tyrone” singer said yes to the gig and no, it wasn’t for the Iggy Azalea jokes. “Cuz they asked me and they’re paying me,” Erykah told That’s right, ask (and pay) and ye shall receive.

While Badu hosting was definitely a highlight of the night’s festivities, stars in attendance were also excited to see musicians like Babyface, Erica Campbell, Tasha Cobbs, Tevin Campbell and more hit the stage.

You can catch an encore of the Soul Train Awards Tuesday, December 1st at 7:30P/6:30Con BET and Centric.


Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves



To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.

But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.

“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”

In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.

When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”

Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”

Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday. 

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