Dinner Honoring Missy Elliot & Lil Kim

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Missy Elliott Has More Flowers Coming Her Way.

Great news for the Queen Misdemeanor. CBS News reports that Missy Elliott will receive an honorary doctorate during Berklee College of Music’s commencement ceremony on May 11, making her the first woman hip-hop artist to receive the honor.

Also receiving honorary doctorates are Justin Timberlake (boooooo) and Alex Lacamoire, the music director of Hamilton. President Roger Brown will present the degrees.

“I am soooooo HUMBLED!” Missy tweeted on Tuesday. Lacamoire also took to social media to express his gratitude. “Being honored in this way by my alma mater means the world to me, you guys,” he wrote. “I’m over the moon with joy and I’m psyched to be grouped with these legends! See y’all in May.”

Jussie Smollett’s Empire Character Could Be Killed off or Recast.

There’s been much speculation surrounding the fate of Jussie Smollett’s character on Empire with his recent arrest. According to ThatGrapeJuice and The Jasmine Brand, sources are now reportedly saying that his character may be killed off or recast.

“After being written out of the final two episodes of the season and rumors swirling that the role could be recast, or the character killed off, deciding what to do about Smollett’s role on the show is a very big task—one that could impact the show permanently,” writes The Jasmine Brand. “The character of Jamal had a major role in the current season of Empire, including an engagement that capped off the season’s first half. Although, in most of the promos videos leading up to the series’ return, there are barely any glimpses of Jussie Smollett at all.”

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Denzel Washington Is Starring in a New Cop Thriller.

Little Things will tell the story of Deke (played by Washington), a Kern County deputy sheriff who joins forces with a crack LASD detective named Baxter to catch a serial killer.

“Insiders tell Variety that Washington had been weighing several options as his next project, including directing the Sony pic Journal of Jordan, which Michael B. Jordan recently joined,” Variety reports. “Ultimately, a recent meeting with Hancock led Washington to choosing Little Things as his next project.”

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