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Music Choice will begin Black History Month by celebrating iconic artists, timeless music and lasting legacies. They began with an interview with BBD, who shared their thoughts on the state of R&B. Both Michael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe feel that it’s all about concert appearances currently. R. Kelly, for example, can sell out a cross country trek without releasing any new material. Ricky Bell, meanwhile, seems to feel that it’s a matter of getting the music to the people. The group just released its first album in 16 years “Three Strikes.” People have been talking about the BET New Edition biopic “The New Edition Story” since it aired last week, with the network has been re-airing the series every day since then. The series was well produced and executed and it’s evident in the ratings. According to Deadline, “The New Edition Story” was the most watched telecast event in five years, since 2012’s season premiere of “The Game.” The entire series brought 29 million viewers to BET alone, plus 15.7 million in the 18-49 demographic. Part one, which aired on Jan. 24, brought in 5.5 million viewers, with 3.3 million in the 18-49 demographic. Part two, which aired on Jan. 25,  brought in 5.3 million viewers, with 3.1 million in the 18-49 demographic. Part three, which aired on Jan. 26,  brought in 5.6 million viewers with 3.3 million in the key demographic. In addition, BET ranked as the most mentioned network on both Facebook and Twitter. “The New Edition Story” was directed by Chris Robinson and produced by New Edition members Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Ralph Tresvant, Johnny Gill, Bobby Brown and their long time manager Brooke Payne. Hopefully, more great music  biopics are in the works. Following the release of her debut album “SweetSexySavage”, singer/songwriter  Kehlani has been traveling across the country for album signings and radio interviews to promote the project. During a visit to New York, she stopped by Hot 97 for chats with both “Ebro In The Morning” and fellow Bay Area native Nessa. She revealed that 90% of her album was written by her and that the project is  more authentic to who she is now as opposed to who she was during her previous two mixtapes. She also mentioned that her favorite songs on the album are “Piece Of Mind”, “Thank You” and “Get Like.” Her interview with Nessa ended with the two discussing the expectations placed on women and their appearance thanks to a surprise visit from Cardi B. While Nicki Minaj’s breakup with rapper Meek Mill may have put a strain on her relationship with Drake, it appears that the Young Money crew is getting back together. Today, the rapper posted a captionless photograph of her with the 6 God. Drake is in the mist of his “The Boy Meets World Tour”, so it’s unclear when and where the photo was taken. She also posted  a photograph of her with the 6 God and Young Money boss Lil Wayne. The two have collaborated on the singles “Best I Ever Had (Remix)” (2009), “Up All Night” (2010), “Moment 4 Life” (2010), “Make Me Proud” (2011) “Only” (2014) and “Truffle Butter” (2015). It remains to be seen whether this reunion will equate to new music. According to Deadline,  BET has ordered a pilot to begin shooting titled “Street Dreams”, which will be based on the life of rapper Nas. Jonathan Levine, creator of the series “Rush”, will write and direct the pilot episode a representative confirmed. Deadline also revealed that the show will be set in the early 1990’s and  track the ascent of Nas, a young man from the Queensbridge projects who will eventually go on to become a hip hop artist, as he evolves from young man, to crack dealer to rapper to adult. An episode of “Street Dreams” surfaced in 2014. The title is also a nod to Nas’s 1996 single, which featured Lauryn Hill. It’s unclear what role the rapper will play in the autobiographical series and he has not commented publicly.

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