WBLS Reviews Some Of The Biggest Headlines Of The Week During The Rewind. This week hosted by Krista B in place for JusNik!
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Quinta Brunson Makes Emmy History
Quinta Brunson achieved a groundbreaking victory by winning the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series award for her portrayal of Janine Teagues in Abbott Elementary. This historic accomplishment positions Brunson as the first Black actress in over four decades to receive this honor, a feat last achieved in 1981 by the late Isabel Sanford in The Jeffersons. Brunson expressed her gratitude on Instagram Stories, acknowledging the kind wishes and congratulations. Abbott Elementary, with eight nominations at the recent Emmy Awards, showcased the talent of cast members Tyler James Williams, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Janelle James, and guest star Taraji P. Henson. Oprah Winfrey celebrated Brunson and the ABC series with a lavish floral bouquet after their impressive performance at the 75th annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
Usher Graces Vogue Cover, Previews Super Bowl Show
Usher takes the spotlight on the digital cover of Vogue, sharing details about his plans for the upcoming Super Bowl LVIII halftime show. Fans can anticipate a spectacle with a major costume change, roller skating, choreography, and exciting guest appearances. Usher's focus is on putting R&B at the forefront, not just in music but also in performance, connection, and spirit. A trailer for the Apple Music Super Bowl LVIII Halftime Show has heightened expectations, set to premiere the day after Usher releases his ninth studio album, "Coming Home."
Aaliyah's Anticipated Album Debuts This Year
Blackground Records announced the official release of Aaliyah's long-awaited project, 'Unstoppable,' in 2024, coinciding with what would have been her 45th birthday on January 16th. Following the excitement of releasing Aaliyah's beloved hits in late 2021, the label surprised fans by revealing a collection of previously unheard tracks for 'Unstoppable.' Initially set for January 2022, the project faced mixed reactions, leading to a rework. Although no confirmed release date is available, the star-studded guest list, including Ne-Yo, Chris Brown, Future, Drake, The Weeknd, and more, is expected to remain part of the project.
R. Kelly Unaware of Lawsuit Outcome
Currently serving a 30-year sentence, R. Kelly claims ignorance about a ruling in August 2023 that awarded six women $10.5 million over threats linked to the canceled screening of the Surviving R. Kelly docuseries. Kelly asserts his inability to comprehend beyond a grade school level and relies on his lawyers for understanding. The accusations involve threats made by Kelly and his then-manager Donnell Russell to silence women in the docuseries and threats of legal action against them and the producers. The lawsuit alleges the shutdown of a December 2018 screening in New York City due to threats of violence. Kelly distances himself from Russell, asserting Russell was not his manager and shifting blame onto him if the threat was made for personal reasons.