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QUICK TAKES: Patti LaBelle, Kirk Franklin, Demetrius Shipp Jr. and more

VIDEO: What's The 411 QUICK TAKES: Ryan Seacrest reportedly not happy with the monetary offer from American Idol; Khloe Kardashian facing a lawsuit

The National Museum of African-American Music celebrated Black Music Month with the 2017 My Music Matters: A Celebration of Legends Luncheon. The banquet, held at City Winery in Nashville, was hosted by David Mann and featured honorees Patti LaBelle, Teddy Riley, Kirk Franklin, and David Porter.

Actor Demetrius Shipp Jr. has everyone doing double takes. Shipp is playing the legendary rapper Tupac in the upcoming movie, All Eyez on Me. Looking at Demetrius Shipp, no wonder people are saying Tupac is still alive.

Ryan Seacrest has yet to sign on to host American Idol after he reportedly said he would do so. It turns out that Seacrest is fuming that Katy Perry will be paid more than him to be a judge on the show when he built American Idol.

Singer Ray J said his sister, singer/actress Brandy, is fine; she was suffering from exhaustion when she was recently taken off a plane by ambulance to go to a nearby hospital in Los Angeles.

Three-Time Grammy Award-Winner MAXWELL is the Brand Ambassador of HUE For Every Man. The founders of HUE, Jessica Estrada, and Kyle Frazier chose to partner with Maxwell not only to represent their brand but also as a partner in the company because he embodies all of the qualities and values the brand stands for: successful, fashionable, well-groomed, traditional and most importantly philanthropic.

Designer Destiney Bleu, the woman behind dbleudazzled, which specializes in custom crystallized clothing, says Khloe Kardashian ripped off her work.

The website, YBF.COM, is reporting that First Lady Melania Trump has been romantically linked to a Tiffany executive for well over a year. And, that #45 knows the deal and agreed that Melania could get a divorce if he lost the election. Perhaps, this explains another reason for Melania staying behind in NYC, why she doesn’t like PDA with #45, and why they both met with Cardinal Dolan at St. Patrick’s Cathedral just prior to the election.

Brownstone, Chante Moore, & Brandy

What's The 411 west coast correspondent, Wanda Formey, got the 411 from Brownstone, Chante Moore, and Brandy behind the scenes at the Soul Train Awards in Los Angeles.

In this segment, Brownstone opened the session singing acapella. They also told us their version of how they met Michael Jackson.

Chante Moore, still married to Kadeem Hardison, talks about the impact of Soul Train on her life and what she bought Kadeem for Christmas.

Lastly, although Brandy was very excited about winning an award, she remembered to give a shout out to What's The 411.


Circa 1995.

Brandy Backstage at the Soul Train Awards

Brandy wins a Soul Train Award and for her, the moment is quite surreal

What's The 411 correspondent Wanda Formey captured singer/actress, Brandy, backstage at the 1995 Soul Train Awards show.

Brandy received her very first Soul Train Award for Best New R&B/Soul or Rap Artist, and she was ecstatic, while at the same time, you can see for Brandy, the moment was surreal.

Held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, the Soul Train Awards, a product of Don Cornelius' long-running television show, Soul Train, honors the best in R&B, soul, rap, jazz, and gospel music from the previous year.

This year’s show was hosted by award winners in their own right, Anita Baker, Babyface, and Patti LaBelle.

Anita Baker also won two Soul Train Awards at this awards show. The awards were: R&B/Soul Album of the Year – Female, and Best R&B/Soul Single – Female.

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