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Syleena Johnson’s ‘Couples Therapy’ Coming to BET As a Musical Film

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R&B fans get your popcorn ready… Syleena Johnson has been getting her feet wet with television on TV One’s ‘R&B Divas,’ and now she will be bringing her latest album Couples Therapy to life with a musical style film of the same name!

On March 30 at 8pm BET will premiere Couples Therapy, the movie musical. The film was co-produced by Syleena, directed by Tangie B. Moore, and stars herself along with other R&B artists including Leela James, Dave Hollister and Willie Taylor.

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Brandy Set to Star in Award-Winning Broadway Musical ‘Chicago’

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Brandy will be bringing to talents to Broadway this spring, as the R&B diva has been cast to star in the Tony Award-winning musical Chicago.

Making her Broadway debut, Norwood will play the starring role of Roxie Hart beginning Tuesday, April 28. She will play an 8-week limited engagement at the Ambassador Theatre in NYC through Sunday, June 21.

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Chris Brown Completes Probation, Rihanna Assault Case Closed

After nearly six years, Chris Brown’s felony probation over his 2009 assault on Rihanna has come to a close.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin said Friday (via AP) that Brown had completed the terms of his sentence, which included community labor, domestic violence counseling, and rehab.

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Pharrell Williams Addresses “Blurred Lines” Verdict For the First Time

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For the first time since being hit with a $7.3 million verdict in the “Blurred Lines” trial, Pharrell Williams has opened up about his thoughts regarding the court’s decision to award the Marvin Gaye estate for similarities based on inspiration and not replication.

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Beyoncé Partners with Giuseppe Zanotti for Shoe Line

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Beyoncé has worked the stage and red carpets in originals from famed shoe designer Giuseppe Zanotti plenty of times in the past, but now the superstar will be bringing her own design ideas to the brand with an exclusive partnership.

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The-Dream Reveals Beyoncé Recorded a Fela-Inspired Album

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Queen Bey has tried her hand at many sounds, and always attempted to stay on the cutting edge of music. Nothing is more evident of this than her most recent, self-titled album, however her prior LP, ‘4‘ was also a step into unique sonic inspirations for Beyoncé, and according to a recent admission by hit-maker and Grammy-winning artist The-Dream, the global megastar had previously played around with a sound modeled after Fela, the musical based on music and lyrics by the late Nigerian singer Fela Kuti.

Sharing the news while submitting some history on his various production and writing work for the acclaimed lyrics site Genius.com, The-Dream revealed that before her ‘4’ album was completed they recorded a whole body of work with a Fela sound.

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Kelly Rowland & Son Cover ESSENCE Magazine

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Kelly Rowland beams radiantly on the cover of ESSENCE Magazine’s new April issue, as she proudly displays her baby son Titan Jewell, alongside her husband Tim Weatherspoon.

The new mom has had a lot of personal highs and lows recently, and she opens up about a lot of it in the new interview.

“My road to my happiness hasn’t been an easy one. It hasn’t been peachy all the time, but I am so, so happy,” she says, reflecting on a year that saw her get married, give birth to her son, and suddenly lose her mother. She remains strong and positive, and even with her thriving career, it’s all about the family.

“My priority is my husband first,” she says. “That’s how the baby got there.”

For more on how Kelly juggles motherhood, marriage and her career, pick up the April issue of ESSENCE, on newsstands March 20.

Peep a few more pics from her gorgeous cover spread below:

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Monica Hits The Studio, Prepares New Music For Release

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R&B songstress Monica is back and we’re all here for it!

While the singer-songwriter has been keeping herself busy with her children and being a part-time nurse, she has also been in the studio whipping up something real special. Taking to Instagram to reveal that her upcoming album, titled Code Red, is definitely on its way, a few snippets of some new tunes made their way onto the gram as well.

Hitting the studio with Bryan Michael Cox to work on a single titled “Never Give Up,” it’s clear to us that Mo’s still got it. Sounding as if it’s going to have something that everyone can enjoy, Code Red should be here by or before year’s end.

Take a listen to two new snippets below and tell us if you’re ready for Monica’s new album??

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