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December 23, 2016 GMT

Is Beyoncé being sued by Roc-A-Fella? As in her husband’s, Jay Z, company. Is this husband vs. wife, or the Bey Hive vs Roc Nation? So here’s the scoop: It’s actually the Roc-A Fella logo’s designer who is suing Beyoncé because she used the logo in her video for “Drunk In Love.” Despite having her hubby, the co-founder of Roc-A-Fella in the video, designer Dwayne Walker said he never gave his permission for the logo’s use. Walker still owns the rights to the logo. Stay tuned.

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Did rapper-actor Drake just beat singer Marc Anthony to the punch? Drake has been spotted out and about with Jennifer Lopez, Anthony’s ex. While Anthony has begun the process of divorcing wife No. 3, supermodel Shannon de Lima, and was recently saluted by ex-wife No. 2 (Lopez) at The Latin Grammys, it looked like the two were getting close again. But, it looks like Anthony wasn’t fast enough. Drake has swooped in on Jenny From The Block. The rapper and J-Lo appear to be dating. Recently, Drake rented out an entire restaurant and hosted Lopez as his guest, although 20 other people were in attendance. Drake was recently linked to singer Rihanna, but looks like Rih Rih and Marc Anthony are not in the equation — at least for now.

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Motown legend Stevie Wonder has a stretch of Detroit for himself. A street was named after the 25-time Grammy winner this month. At the naming ceremony, Wonder called for unity and healing after the tough presidential campaign and election. The Motown Museum, which was the original recording studio of the famed label, is only a mile away from the newly christened Stevie Wonder Avenue. Meanwhile, Wonder has a new song and video with singer Ariana Grande called “Faith,” which is on the soundtrack to the new animated movie “Sing,” which is in theaters now.

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The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductees have been announced and they are Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra, Journey, Pearl Jam, Yes and iconic rapper-actor Tupac Shakur. Singer-songwriter and Chic co-founder Nile Rodgers is getting a musical excellence award, but still no nod for Chic. Rodgers said he’ll definitely except the award, but can’t understand why after 11 nominations Chic is still not getting its due. In the late ’70s through the ’80s, Rodgers and his Chic co-founder, the late Bernard Edwards, wrote and produced songs for Diana Ross (“Upside Down”; “I’m Coming Out”) Teddy Pendergrass (“Dreamgirl”), Carly Simon (“Why”), Philly’s own Sister Sledge (“We Are Family,” “He’s The Greatest Dancer”) and, of course Chic (“Everybody Dance,” “Good Times,” “Freak Out,” “Dance, Dance, Dance”). The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony will take place in the Barclays Center in New York on April 7 and will air on HBO.

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It’s re-evaluation time for Will Smith. His latest movie, “Collateral Beauty,” with Edward Norton, Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet, Keira Knightly, Jacob Lattimore and Naomie Harris, has bombed at the box office. Smith has been stretching as an actor and using his past success to get more experimental in his current movies. But, is it time to get back to basics? Maybe the West Philly favorite can finally re-team with Martin Lawrence for “Bad Boys III.” We’ve been waiting.

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Viola Davis is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It’s a good time for the first African-American woman to ever win an Emmy for the Best Lead Actress In A Drama. First, her hit ABC-Shonda Rhimes drama “How To Get Away With Murder” has everybody on edge until it returns Jan. 19. Second, Davis is all the rage with Golden Globe and NAACP nods for her work in “Fences,” co-starring Denzel Washington. Washington, who also directed the film, and Davis are reprising their roles from August Wilson‘s Broadway smash about the bonds of a family. Now, the groundbreaking trailblazer will be the first to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for 2017 when the ceremony is held Jan. 5, and well deserved. “Fences” opens in theaters on Christmas Day.

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“Empire” is coming back, but co-star Jussie Smollett is having issues with his record label. “Empire” is Fox-TV’s top-rated drama, which just aired its winter finale. Not to worry because Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson and the crew will all return to Fox on March 22. Meanwhile, Smollett has been signed to a recording contract, but the producers don’t know what to do for him, or how to even promote him. Smollett currently records for Sony/Columbia. Will company rally around its talent or is he in danger of being dropped by the label?

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In more music news, “Uncle Charlie” is back. Charlie Wilson is returning with a new album titled “In It To Win It.” He’s also going on tour with two other superstars — “American Idol” champion Fantasia and New Edition and solo star Johnny Gill. Charlie Wilson’s “In It To Win It” will be released Feb. 17.

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Former “The Real” co-host Tamar Braxton had to clear the air. When the singer and breakout star of the reality show “Braxton Family Values” was on “The TD Jakes Show” with her sisters and mom, she was asked about the recent dip in ratings for “The Real” since she was fired from the show. Braxton responded that God pulls people out of situations to protect them. That went viral so then Braxton had to take to social media and soften it. She says she means no one harm or ill will and wants God to smile on her former co-hosts and the show. Then Braxton asked that this talk of a feud between all the ladies finally go away. It’s true that “The Real” has experienced a dip in the ratings, and fan favorite Braxton being ousted didn’t help despite everyone’s denials of any type of feud. “The Real,” with remaining hosts Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jeannie Mai, Adrienne Bailon and Loni Love, may be on the border line with a renewal for a third season. Meanwhile, Braxton is on a roll. In 2017, she’ll have a new solo talk show, produced by Steve Harvey, a new album and now I’m hearing Braxton wants to try her hand at radio. Stay tuned!

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Gabrielle Union is back in BET’s “Being Mary Jane,” which returns in January, despite no news on the lawsuit that Union has filed because she says there’s trickery going on with her show and her pay. Union contends BET and the original producers guaranteed her they would never do more than 13 episodes a season to allow Union to continue her film work. Those producers were husband and wife writing-directing-producing team of Mara Brock Akil (“Girlfriends,” “The Game”) and Salim Akil (“Jumping The Broom,” “Sparkle”). But, The Akils left the show after signing a three-year deal with Warner Bros. and are off to create new projects. Jeff Morrone, Erica Shelton-Kodish and TV and film vet Will Packer (“Think Like A Man”) join Union as executive producers. They took over “Being Mary Jane” and have moved the show and its setting from Atlanta to New York. Actor Michael Ealy, who has also starred in ABC’s “Secrets And Lies,” is joining the cast. Union isn’t happy with the location move and the stacking of episodes by having 20 produced back-to-back. Union cried foul and filed suit seeking a million dollars in damages and wants her contract amended to stick with the 13-episode a season shooting schedule. The lawsuit is now in arbitration, and SAG-AFTRA, the actors and performers union, has sent a letter of grievance to BET. Meanwhile, the show goes on, so “Being Mary Jane” returns to BET on Jan. 10.

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Katie Couric is back on the “Today” show! The 59-year-old former anchor was a regular from 1991 to 2009 with both Bryant Gumbel and Matt Lauer. Well, she’s returning to guest anchor for a week and will reunite with Lauer. Lauer’s permanent anchor partner, Savannah Guthrie, delivered her son Charles earlier this month, who joins Guthrie’s husband Michael and their 2-year-old daughter Vale. Also, “Today” meteorologist Dylan Dreyer and her husband Brian Fichera welcomed a son, Calvin, this week. Both ladies are on maternity leave. Couric, who is currently a Yahoo Global News anchor, will guest anchor “Today” with Lauer for a week beginning Jan. 2 followed by Meredith Vieira (2006-2011 anchor) for a week beginning Jan. 9.

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Essence magazine is gearing up for its 23rd annual Essence Fest and The Hip Hop Queen Of Soul, A Legend and The Boss will be in the house! Yes! Mary J. Blige, John Legend and Motown legend Diana Ross will headline the festival. Chaka Khan, Philly’s own Jazmine Sullivan, India.Arie, Solange, Shirley Jones of The Jones Girls, Ro James, Tweet, Shaggy, Michel’le, Yuna and Lalah Hathaway will also be performing with more acts to come. The 2017 Essence Fest will be June 29 to July 2 in New Orleans.