The 50 Best Music Videos Of 2017

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In this space in past years, I’ve usually written about which music-video directors had the best years. It’s a variation of the auteur theory, as visionaries like Nabil and Hiro Murai have used artists as vehicles for their ideas and approaches. This year, though, it feels like the artists themselves who are driving things, and … More »

Gotcha Covered: “Heroes”

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So Motörhead covered David Bowie’s “Heroes.” This is, even for Gotcha Covered, a fairly weird development — not just because it’s an ostensibly unlikely combination of cover artist and original song (though damned if it doesn’t work), but because it’s maybe the strangest form yet of a song’s legacy being stretched beyond its capacity … More »

Janelle Monae Heading To T.V. In A New Sci-Fi Series

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JANELLE MONAE LANDS TV ROLE!

Janelle Monáe Cast Alongside Leslie Mann, Steve Carell In New Robert Zemeckis Movie

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Leslie Mann and Janelle Monae will join Steve Carell in an upcoming drama from director Robert Zemeckis. More »

Watch Janelle Monáe Speak And Perform At The Women’s March On Washington

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Janelle MonáeThe Women’s March On Washington is the biggest event in our nation’s capitol this week, drawing an estimated half million people to support women’s rights and protest Donald Trump’s election. Dozens of other similar marches and rallies around the the world drew hundreds of thousands more in solidarity with the DC event. Among the many … More »

Janelle Monáe, Maxwell To Perform At Women’s March On Washington; The National, Sleater-Kinney Playing Afterparty

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 10:  Singer/Actress Janelle Monáe attends the LA Promise Fund Screening Of "Hidden Figures" at USC Galen Center on January 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images)Janelle Monáe and Maxwell will perform at the Women’s March On Washington this weekend, the AP reports. “I am honored to join this critical movement to bring justice and equality to all,” Monáe said in a statement. “Music has always been a powerful tool for galvanizing unity and I believe that singing and standing … More »

“Hidden Figures” Blows Away Competition For A Second Week

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(AllHipHop News) Real-life space race drama “Hidden Figures” has landed a second week at the top of the North American box office.

The movie, which stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae as the three African-American women who worked behind the scenes to help NASA make John Glenn the first American astronaut to orbit Earth in 1962.

“Hidden Figures” narrowly managed to dethrone “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” for the box office crown last week and the film has held on to the title after grossing $20.5 million over the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday weekend.

Awards season favorite “La La Land” climbs into second place on the new countdown, raking in $14.5 million, while animated family film “Sing” places third with $13.8 million.

The new top five is rounded out by “Rogue One” at four and supernatural thriller “The Bye Bye Man” at five.

Janelle Monae Gives Pharrell Williams Credit For Her Acting Career

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(AllHipHop News) Singer Janelle Monae credits Pharrell Williams with giving her the confidence to be a movie star.

In the past 18 months the “Tightrope” singer, 31, filmed her first live-action movie roles starring in “Moonlight” and “Hidden Figures.”

Despite both films garnering huge praise from critics when filming the latter movie, Janelle relied on Pharrell, who helped produce “Hidden Figures” and co-wrote the score, for reassurance she could cut it as an actress.

“He (Pharrell) pulled me to the side and he said, ‘Listen, I just want you to know that I believe in you as an actor, I believe in your ability to do movies. You must continue to pursue this,’” she recalled to the New York Times. “I said, ‘O.K., Pharrell. All right. If you say so.’”

“Hidden Figures” follows three female African-American mathematicians whose work for America’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) helped John Glenn successfully become the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth in 1962.

Pharrell told the newspaper he was drawn to help make the movie, based on a book by Margot Lee Shetterly, as, “There needs to be a narrative that is shared by both men and women. The female contribution can be hid no more.”

Such was his intensity in ensuring “Hidden Figures” was a success he even watched raw footage of Janelle’s performances every day, a habit she said made her “freak out” before getting reassurance he loved her portrayal of NASA engineer Mary Jackson.

Despite being a relative novice in Hollywood terms, having only executive-produced one movie, 2015’s “Dope,” Pharrell said he had a hands on role in advising the “Hidden Figures” cast and crew.

“Oftentimes I would have an opinion about things, beyond just the music – they would listen,” he added. “I’m appreciative for that wiggle room and to be part of the conversation.”

“Hidden Figures” had a limited opening on Christmas Day, before hitting more cinemas on Friday (January 6).

Did Pharrell Kick Kim Burrell Off Of Their Ellen Set?

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(AllHipHop Rumors) While people are certainly free to express their opinion, they may want to think twice especially when it can affect one’s opportunity and one’s coins.

Well Pastor/Gospel artist Kim Burrell had to learn the hard way after one of her sermons containing hateful and homophobic comments went viral.

Many Christians believe that homosexuality is a sin [according to the bible], so it’s hard to be surprised or alarmed at Kim’s rant.

What really got people upset was the fact that she said homosexuals were going to die in 2017 because of their perverted sin.

Considering the fact that Kim hasn’t won one Grammy or sold a significant amount of records, she messed up big time. Maybe an appearance on Ellen could’ve taken her mainstream [probably not lol].

Anyway, Kim was cut from her performance alongside Pharrell on The Ellen Show in support of their music from the ‘Hidden Figures’ film soundtrack.

Pharell & Janelle Monae have both spoken out condemning Kim’s hate speech. Janelle and Ellen have both let it be known that Kim will NOT be appearing on Ellen’s show.

The question is who cut Kim? Was it Pharrell? Ellen? Or both?

While Ellen, who is openly gay, won’t be giving Burrell a platform to spew her hate speech against homosexuals, it would’ve been entertaining to see Ellen get in Kim’s azz. #Pause!

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Pharrell, Janelle Monáe Distance Themselves From Gospel Star Kim Burrell After Homophobic Sermon

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 09:  Gospel singer Kim Burrell and singer/songwriter Pharrell Williams perform on NBC's "Today" at Rockefeller Center on December 9, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)The Texan singer and preacher Kim Burrell is a star in the world of gospel music, and she is an absolutely powerful performer. Last month, alongside Pharrell, she sang “I See A Victory,” a song from the soundtrack of the new movie Hidden Figures, on The Tonight Show, and it was stirring. But Kim … More »