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I Wanna Dance With Somebody Trailer Revealed

The first trailer for the Whitney Houston biopic I Wanna Dance With Somebody came out today. British actress Naomi Acke stars as Houston in the Kasi Lemmons-directed feature. Ashton Sanders plays Bobby Brown, Nafessa Williams portrays Robyn Crawford, Tamara Tunie is Cissy Houston and Stanley Tucci was cast as Clive Davis. The movie will look at Houston’s life and the challenges she faced in becoming the most respected voice of her generation and a timeless legend. Anthony McCarten, the screenwriter responsible for the story for the Freddie Mercury feature Bohemian Rhapsody, wrote I Wanna Dance With Somebody. The trailer is a quick rundown of Houston’s wedding to Bobby Brown, her destined meeting with Clive Davis, Robyn Crawford’s presence in her life and early guidance from her mother Cissy Houston.  

Houston has been the subject of five documentaries since her passing in 2012. Angela Bassett directed the Whitney documentary for Lifetime in 2015. Nick Broomfield’s Whitney: Can I Be Me debuted on Showtime in 2017. The Houston-estate authorized Whitney directed by Kevin Macdonald hit theaters in 2018. In 2021, Lifetime released Whitney Houston & Bobbi Kristina: Didn’t We Almost Have It All. 

I Wanna Dance With Somebody will be in theaters on December 21st. 




R.I.P. Jesse Powell

Grammy-nominated R&B singer Jesse Powell died Tuesday of cardiac arrest at age 51. His sisters Tamara and Trina, made the announcement on Instagram that Powell died at his Los Angeles home. The three of them relocated from their native Gary, Indiana to Los Angeles for careers as vocalists. The younger sister siblings became known in the latter part of the decade as Trina & Tamara. Jesse Powell emerged in 1996 with his self-titled debut album. The  recording had his signature song “You” and stunning covers of Enchantment’s “Gloria” and “It’s You That I Need.” “You” was released as a single again on his 1996 sophomore album ‘Bout It. Powell’s rare four-octave range and unrestrained emotion made him a cause célébre crooner of the era. He recorded four studio albums and the 2003 release simply titled Jesse was his last. 

 

 

 

 




Rayvn Lenae & Doechii Connect For Xtasy Remix

Ravyn Lenae Doechii

Ravyn Lenae links with Doechii for a remix of her Kaytranada-produced “Xtasy.” Doechii adds a blast of boss energy to the slinky track with verses dedicated to her true romantic love. Lenae’s Hypnos debut album is one of the standout releases this year aced critic lists and gave her greater visibility. Her Tiny Desk concert was a glimpse of what to expect in her live show. In October she is going on tour in support of Omar Apollo. The outing called the Prototype Tour will travel through North America until the last date at History in Toronto, Ontario. Tickets can be purchased on Lenae’s official website.  

 

 




Flo Milli Headlining Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Tour

Flo Milli is going on her first headlining tour of North America presented by Monster Energy with support from Monaleo. The tour is to support her debut album, You Still Here, Ho? released earlier in the summer. The Alabama rapper made her MTV debut this year with performances of “Conceited” and “Bed Time.” It was only two years ago when Flo Milli’s Ho, Why Is You Here? mixtape came out.  She started posting music on Soundcloud in 2018 and became popular on Tik Tok the next year. Since then, she has been co-signed by Missy Elliott, nominated for Best New Artist at the BET Hip-Hop Awards and reached gold status for her singles “Beef Flomix” and “In The Party.” The artist believes partnering with Monster Energy for the tour is ideal and had this to say, “The best partnership to match my energy is that of a MONSTER. For me and the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour to join forces this fall is going to be a party that you don’t want to miss.” The tour starts on October 18th in Atlanta and has major stops in more than 10 major cities with the last show taking place at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles on November 16th. Tickets are on sale now.