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David Allen Grier joins Latifah, Blige & Mills in NBC reboot of "The Wiz"


UPDATE: NBC has found it's Dorothy in 18-year-old New Jersey native Shanice Williams who has a background in musical theater.

NBC recently revealed plans to reboot the musical "The Wiz", the 1978 Diana Ross led adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz" co-produced by Berry Gordy's Motown film division. In addition to Ross, the original cast also included a young Michael Jackson, Richard Pryor, Lena Horne, and Nipsey Russell. "The Wiz" once weighed in as the most expensive film-musical ever made ($24 million).[...]

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Janelle, Jidenna & The Wondaland Camp's Secret "Eephus" Tour


It looks like Prince's recent secret tour concept has caught on. The Wondaland camp of Janelle Monáe, Jidenna, Deep Cotton, St. Beauty, and Roman GianArthur have announced an 8 date tour of secret (free) shows accross the country, including three stops along the West Coast. These shows are invite-only, but you can enter your name and email for a chance to win.

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Lupe Fiasco's Open Letter On Ghostwriting & Lyricism


Chicago emcee Lupe Fiasco took to Instagram last week to address his peers in an open letter titled "The Haunting". Directed "to rappers from a rapper", Fiasco discusses lyricism and ghostwriting in hip-hop as well as questioning motives and the direction of the art in general. With the current Meek Mill/Drake dust up (which gets a brief mention) as well as recent accusations against Nikki Minaj and Iggy Azalea among others, this topic has been a hot one.[...]

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Talib Kweli, ASC Mark Ferguson Anniversary with Free Show


Talib Kweli's Action Support Committee, made up of artists, organizers and activists, will be hosting "Ferguson Is Everywhere", a free concert taking place August 9th at Fubar in St. Louis, MO. The event marks the one year anniversary of 18 year-old Michael Brown's death, and will be hosted by Tory Russell, co-founder of both Hands Up United & Youth Lead Organization. Performances are set to include Talib Kweli, Kendra Ross, M1 (Dead Prez), Tef Poe, Bun B, Jasiri X, Immortal Technique, Pharoahe Monch & DJ Needlez.

It's been asked that people bring canned goods for donations to Hands Up United's Food Pantry, donations will also be taken for the family of Michael Brown.[...]

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