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After making history as the first black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing (on Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang’s Master of None) earlier this year, Lena Waithe is levelling up with her own show, The Chi. Executive produced by Common and directed by Rick Famuyiwa (Dope, Confirmation), the series is “a powerful coming-of-age drama series about an interconnected group of working-class African-Americans on Chicago’s volatile south side.” The cast includes Moonlight‘s Alex Hibbert, Straight Outta Compton‘s Jason Mitchell and The Get Down‘s Yolanda Ross, as well as Waithe and Common.

The Chi premieres January 7, 2018, on Showtime. Check out the trailer below.

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JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" returns to Brooklyn, New York, for five original shows. The guests for Wednesday, October 18 included Howard Stern, musical guest Cardi B and Paul Shaffer sitting in with Cleto and The Cletones. (ABC/Randy Holmes) CARDI B

Jimmy Kimmel Live! shifted to the east coast this week, taking over the Big Apple for their week-long “Back To Brooklyn” residency. It was only right the musical guest on Wednesday night was a New York-native, as Cardi B appeared on the late-night show. Dressed in pink from head-to-toe, the Bronx rapper performed her Billboard No. 1 smash-hit “Bodak Yellow” for the studio audience at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

The appearance comes a few weeks after Queen Bardi made her late-night television debut on The Tonight Show, performing her “No Limit” collaboration with G-Eazy. Watch Cardi bring the energy on Kimmel below.

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SZA made her UK television debut in style last night as she performed “Normal Girl” on BBC’s Later…with Jools Holland. Joined by a live band (including The Social Experiment’s Stix on drums), the TDE songstress delivered a powerful and passionate rendition of her Ctrl album cut. Next month, SZA will return to the UK as the opening act for Bryson Tiller’s Set It Off European tour.

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A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s The Bigger Artist album debuted No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart last week, moving 67,000 equivalent units. The Bronx artist continued to promote his debut album with an appearance on MTV’s TRL on Monday (Oct. 16). Highbridge the Label’s star rapper hit the studio stage to perform his two singles “Drowning (Water)” and “Say A.”

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THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0758 -- Pictured: Wu-Tang performs "My Only One" on October 13, 2017 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC)

Wu-Tang Clan dropped their new studio album The Saga Continues on Friday (Oct. 13). The project, orchestrated by DJ/producer Mathematics, got some major promo last night as the legendary rap group appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Backed by The Roots, RZA, Ghostface Killah, Cappadonna and singer Steven Latorre appeared to perform the album cut “My Only One.”

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Nearly three decades ago, Spike Lee burst onto the independent filmmaking scene with his groundbreaking look at one free-spirited artist making it happen for herself in Brooklyn. Now, Miss Nola Darling returns in a timely, topical update of the visionary writer-director’s ‘She’s Gotta Have It.’

Set entirely in Fort Greene, the Netflix series was co-produced by Tonya Lewis Lee through 40 Acres and stars DeWanda Wise, Lyriq Bent, Cleo Anthony, Ilfenesh Hadera, Margot Bingham, and Anthony Ramos as Mars Blackmon, the iconic role originated by Lee.

Watch the show’s official trailer after the break and be sure to catch it’s network debut this Thanksgiving.

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In late August, Andra Day and Common joined forces on “Stand Up for Something,” a track off the original motion picture soundtrack Marshall. Hitting theatres this Friday (Oct. 13), the film shines the light on Thurgood Marshall, the country’s first African-American Supreme Court justice. Co-written by Diane Warren and Common,
the soulful singer and Chicago rapper appeared on The Ellen Show this week to perform their powerful collaboration.

Following their performance, Day and Common spoke with Ellen DeGeneres on the current #StandUpForSomething campaign they are leading on social media. Watch their appearance below.

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Bad Boy Records took over The Ellen Show this week, as Diddy and French Montana appeared on the day time television show. Sitting with Ellen DeGeneres, French discussed his charitable work in the country of Uganda, while Diddy spoke on his reign on top of Forbes, the Ciroc empire, being a successful mogul and more. The pair would later hit the studio stage to perform the songs “Mo Money Mo Problems” and “Unforgettable” with special guest Swae Lee.

Watch Puff and French’s appearance on Ellen below.

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The 11th annual BET Hip-Hip Awards took over the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach, Florida, this past weekend. The 2017 edition was hosted by DJ Khaled, loaded with performances by Rick Ross, Migos, Gucci Mane, Cardi B, Trina, Flo Rida, T-Pain, Playboi Carti, Plies, Trick Daddy and Yo Gotti. The highly anticipated moment this year, like every year, was the BET Hip-Hop Awards cyphers. With DJ Premier providing the backdrop, rap veterans and up-and-coming stars stepped into the circle to let off their sharp lyrical bars.

Eminem, Fat Joe, CyHi The Prynce, Tee Grizzley, J.I.D. and more got plenty of bars off for the viewing audience. Televised during the broadcast premiere on Tuesday night (Oct. 10), check out all the cyphers below.

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All eyes were tuned into the 2017 BET Hip-Hop Awards on Tuesday night (Oct. 10). The 11th annual show hosted by DJ Khaled came with a last-minute surprise announcement, hours before the broadcast. As many prepared to watch Fat Joe, Tee Grizzley, CyHi The Prynce and more, Eminem made a special appearance in this year’s cypher. Making his return to the battle circle for the first-time since 2011, Slim Shady let off an onslaught of venomous bars acapella aimed directly at U.S. President Donald Trump. Backed by Royce Da 5’9″, Griselda’s Westside Gunn and Conway the Machine, Eminem raised his fist up high, shouting out Colin Kaepernick and others for their activism.

Eminem’s appearance comes days after reports have the Detroit MC’s 8th solo LP arriving on November 17th. The untitled project serves as a follow-up to 2013’s multi-platinum selling The Marshall Mathers LP 2.

Watch Marshall’s return to the Hip-Hop Awards cypher below.

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