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Paula Patton Talks Single-Life & Dating + What She Would Change in the Last 8 Days

Bombshell actress Paula Patton stopped by Sway In The Morning to talk her new show, dating, and give a little life advice in between.

The LA-native is starring in new ABC drama Somewhere Between. The ten episode series is described by Patton to be similar to a ten-hour movie. The difference between this series and a movie, she explained, is that she learned of the fates of her character and cast episode by episode rather than all at once. The series follows her character, Laura Price, as she goes eight days back in time in an attempt to save her future. It premieres tonight at 10 pm EST on ABC.

Network television isn’t the only new adjustment the starlet has endured lately. The 41-year-old also briefed us on her dating life. She explained that dating makes her feel like a teenager again and disclosed that she too goes through difficulties comprehending texts and properly wording responses.

Check out the entire interview to see what she has to say about Girls Trip, motherhood, and more. Read more


The-Dream & Lenny S on Not Being Credited on JAY-Z’s Album, Perks of Signing to a Label + New Show for Songwriters & Producers

The Multi-talented artist, The-Dream, and Roc Nations executive, Lenny S, stopped by Sway In The Morning and talked about staying relevant in today’s game to helping artists get into today’s music industry.

With the atmosphere of the room being a breath of fresh air, the interview kicks off with Sway and The-Dream, discussing The-Dream’s new single, ‘Summer Body’ featuring Fabolous. As the interview goes on The Dream discusses the importance of being a great song-writer. The-Dream compares being a songwriter to being a painter, and over time as the production changes, it’s almost like working on a different type of canvas.

The-Dream also credits many different producers that have helped him grow as an artist. While discussing producers that have helped him grow as an artist, The-Dream calls out Swizz Beatz and Timbaland to do a three round beat battle.

In the second clip of the interview The-Dream and Lenny S. talk about not being credited on features, the insight of being a signed artist, and the new show, Signed. The show, Signed, premiers on Wednesday, July 26h. “It’s a way to make more money, especially when you align yourself with people that can get you there faster,” said The-Dream as he discusses what being signed can offer.

You can watch below as The-Dream and Lenny S discuss the new show Signed and give insight on being a signed artist! You can also hear The Dream preview new music! Read more

Jada Pinkett Smith Reveals Drug-Dealing Past + Marriage Secrets + Talks “Girl’s Trip” Movie

Jada Pinkett-Smith dropped by Sway In The Morning and spoke on everything from boycotting the Oscars to Tupac and selling drugs.

Smith pulled up to the studio to talk about her movie, Girls Trip, and they quickly discovered that she and her character are alike. When asked about how she does girls trips, she responded, “how wild is it gon get these days? I’m in bed by 8:00.”

On a more progressive tip, she revealed that she and The Academy are working together to educate less-fortunate black and brown neighborhoods about the industry. Their goal is to promote diversity in the film industry from the roots. Although Smith doesn’t feel the industry is where it needs to be, she does believe that it has improved in the short span of a year.

The Baltimore-native also went on to explain how important it is to mentor the youth who are new to fame. She recollects being in the same position and wishing she had someone around her to share guidance.

Towards the middle of the interview, Sway asks her about her relationship with Tupac Shakur and she disclosed that the origin of their connection was dealing drugs. “Pac and I’s relationship was about survival,” she explained. As she was separating herself from the streets, he was getting deeper into the game. She had hoped God would pay him the favor of saving him from the streets as well, but…we know the story.

She held back more key points of the story because she plans to write a book about it one day. We’ll definitely be on the lookout for it.

Check out the entire interview to hear her thoughts on Jay Z’s 4:44, the importance of guidance, and more. Read more

Regina Hall Speaks on Codes of Sisterhood & the Importance of “Girls Trip”

Multifaceted actress Regina Hall sat in on Sway In The Morning to discuss her upcoming movie Girls Trip and apparently make Sway swoon. In Sway’s defense, they do have a few common denominators.

The 46-year-old star, Sway, and Heather B discussed “reciprocity” in meeting fans. Both Sway and Hall were in agreement that there’s nothing wrong with asking for a fry from a fan. The real love kicked in when Hall began speaking about her love of boxing. R. Kelly’s ‘Your Body’s Callin’ played in the background as she and Sway discussed favorite punches and school assignments on boxing.

When speaking about her upcoming movie, the star explains why every role in the film is important for the story.

“Having four African-American women lead a movie with a universal theme [is important,] to be able to see the dynamics of what we are, all women, as African-American women; classy and ratchet, intelligent and wild.”

Hall and Heather B also disclosed the significance of a girls trip to Sway. They clarified that it doesn’t have to be a bunch of women, it can be two or three. The purpose is to escape reality for a while to gain a better grasp of it, rather than just have a bunch of wild fun.

Check out the interview and witness a smitten Sway Calloway below. Read more

Wendy Williams on Bad Blood and Forgiveness with Diddy, New Apps & Building Her Business

Original NYC radio host and now a multi faceted businesswoman, Wendy Williams, sat in on Sway In The Morning. Along with her booming personality, Williams brought some lessons to share with the audience.

The nearly 53-year-old has been through it all, from starting as an overnight radio girl at what is now Hot97 to being pushed out of the city by Diddy and coming back stronger than before. Now, along with her talk show, she has a production company, a clothing line, and two new apps. The apps, Wendy Digital and Wenmoji, are available in both the Apple and Android’s app stores.

In the second clip, Wendy persuades Heather B to perform in her upcoming concert July 23. The event, Wendy Williams All White Mixtape Beach Party, will be held at Coney Island’s Ford Amphitheater and feature Remy Ma, Fat Joe, Big Daddy Kane, Naughty By Nature, and more.

Watch below as Williams discusses everything from why it’s important to have fun in your twenties to reconciliation and forgiveness, below. Read more

Sevyn Streeter Talks On: Colorism, Depression And Lack Of All-Girl Collabos

Grammy Award winning R&B singer, Sevyn Streeter joined Sway in the Morning to talk about her new album, Girl Disrupted. Inspired by “love, loyalty, and liberation,” Sevyn dives deep into her personal life and speaks on growing from her “dark” year and a half.

Watch below as Streeter also speaks on unity in the industry amongst her fellow female R&B singers and her desire to work with them — plus she lightly touches on competition driven by each singers’ camps.

Cop Girl Disrupted here and watch Sevyn below. Read more

Ice Cube Hints At New Friday Movie with DJ Whoo Kid

Ice Cube stopped by DJ Whoo Kid’s “The Whoolywood Shuffle” on Shade 45 to promote his new basketball league “The Big 3”. Cube talks about the new league, the 25th anniversary of his debut album Death Certificate, and then hinted at a major announcement. He said he started reaching out to different actors to come together for a new Friday movie!! Read more

Wyclef Jean Talks Being an Extra For an Eric B. & Rakim Music Video, New Album ‘Carnival III’ & Performs Live

Haitian rapper and musician Wyclef Jean stopped by Sway in the Morning and they talked to him about everything from how he got his start in the industry through playing jazz to his first ever documentary, which is set to premiere on July 9 at 9 p.m. ET on TV One’s popular series Unsung. After eight years since his last full-length album, Wyclef will be dropping Carnival III: The Fall and Rise of a Refugee on September 15 through Legacy Records. Thus far, he’s dropped two singles ‘Fela Kuti’ and ‘What Happened to Love’.

They also asked Wyclef to give us his take on the recent controversy surrounding Kendall and Kylie Jenner over their controversial T-shirt line. The Jenner’s are reportedly being sued for appropriating images of The Doors and other icons. Read more

Ugly God on Starting to Perform 1 Year Ago, Dick Shaming, XXL Freshman Cover + Freestyles Live

Ugly God dropped by Shade 45 and speaks on dick shaming, when he started performing a year ago, XXL Freshman cover and he freestyles live. Read more

Jimmy Iovine Unedited: Discusses Cultural Appropriation, Death Row Records & Apple Music Challenges

Very seldom does Jimmy Iovine, Founder of Interscope Records & co-creator of Beats By Dre, step out and speak to the press for interviews. Today, Jimmy swings by Sway in the Morning to lay it all on the table.

Before Interscope, Jimmy was a rock producer and engineer for legends like John Lennon and Bruce Springsteen. So, the first time he really took a listen to hip-hop was when Suge Knight and Dr. Dre came to his office with The Chronic.

While in-studio, Iovine opened up some more by touching on the violence inside Death Row and Suge Knight’s desire for Dr. Dre to leave the label. From the structure of a label to allowing the artists to express themselves — despite the fury it brought on to the rest of the world — Iovine stood by his artists.

Watch below for more candid talk about “black music” and cultural appropriation from Iovine’s eyes. Plus, catch The Defiant Ones, directed by Allen Hughes on HBO, July 9th.
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Film Director Allen Hughes Reveals Secrets about Dr. Dre & Death Row + Talks “The Defiant Ones”

Iconic film director, Allen Hughes joined Sway in the Morning for the second time. You may know his work from directing movies like; Menace II Society, Dead Presidents, The Book of Eli and more — and now he’s back to talk about his newest piece of work — The Defiant Ones. A four-part documentary series that tells the stories of Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre.

While on Sway in the Morning, Hughes opened up about stories we never knew about in Hip-Hop’s heyday.

Watch below and catch The Defiant Ones on July 9 on HBO. Read more

David Banner Takes Back His Culture on “The God Box”

David Banner came bearing gifts on Sway in the Morning as they discussed his long-awaited album The God Box. The Mississippi legend explains that the project is more than a list of jams, but rather an art exhibit. “Every song on the album has a cover to represent what the album means.” Banner takes us on a trip of black consciousness with his latest release. The 15-track project features guest appearances from CeeLo Green, Big K.R.I.T. Trinidad James and more.

The rapper breaks down some of our favorite lyrics and gets into the meaning behind The God Box. “If people use the components that [are] in the box, it can truly help change their life . . . This is what I’ve been most proud of in my whole entire career.” Banner had been working on this effort for six years and it’s evident that he put his heart and soul into it.

Watch the full interview below. Read more

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