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How Monica’s 2003 Hit Became Viral In 2016 And The Best Freestyles From The #SoGoneChallenge

August 24th, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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While many of us were navigating the social scene of high school or college in 2003, Monica released her timeless musical composition So Gone that (if we’re being honest) became a R&B anthem for millennials.

The singer had us calling out boyfriends we had (or didn’t have) on their philandering ways or just screaming the song’s iconic bridge  to the top of our lungs. And if you can’t relate to singing or rapping the breakdown of that song, you’ll learn today.

A few weeks ago, Chance The Rapper decided to use the So Gone instrumental to pay recognition to his girlfriend and their relationship in a 16-bar freestyle. Since then, others have followed suit, putting their own twist to Monica’s hit song as they sing or rap about their significant others, career goals and even their love for makeup.

But before you enjoy the best of the #SoGoneChallenge, peep (since we’re stepping back into the early 2000s) how Monica joined in the fun and dropped a new verse to the song with Missy Elliott serving as her hype (wo)man, of course.

Monica Joins Her Own #SoGoneChallenge, Kills It

August 16th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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If you ventured anywhere near any social platform this past weekend, you might have been bombarded with #SoGoneChallenge videos. People, mostly men, though there were a few femcees in there, rapped about everything from, first loves, love lost, being down for their spouses and the joys of parenthood over the beat from Monica’s 2003 single, “So Gone.” Most of them left me with a smile on my face.

And after a slew of videos, some of which Monica reposted, she decided to join in on the fun.

Listen to Monica’s verse in the video below. There was even a slight jab and the women who’ve been coming for her man lately.

Monica told y’all she ain’t ‘fraid to fight…or shoot.

And we see you in the background Missy.


#WCW: Monica Manages To Look Younger At 35 Than She Did At 18 In Flashback Photo

March 9th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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If anyone still somehow fails to believe that Black doesn’t crack, just direct them to singer Monica Brown. She’s been in the music industry since 1993, and yet, she doesn’t seem to have aged one bit! For proof of this, just check out a side-by-side photo she shared on her Instagram page this week, pointing out the fact that she was wearing the exact same hairstyle in 2016 that she did back in 1998. But in the midst of showing off the differences between the “smart” 18-year-old Monica and the “wise” 35-year-old Monica, people couldn’t help but notice and point out that she’s managed to age backwards:

Blame it on that ’90s makeup (the heavier, the better back in the day, amirite?).

But if you’re wondering how Mo’ has managed to stay flawless after all these years, she did clue SHAPE in a few years back. She said that the key to living and looking right was watching the salts, learning how to alternate from fried foods to baked ones, carrying around fruits and veggies for snacks, and with the help of her hubby, Shannon Brown, drinking a lot of water:

“I have to press myself to drink a lot of water. My husband has taught me a lot about how important it is … For me it’s hard to get down a gallon a day but I try. I watch him get down two so I always push myself to try to get down one gallon.”

Whatever you’re doing, keep doing it, Monica!

Monica Talks Making Up With Ciara: “When You Love Somebody You Should Love Them Forever”

January 7th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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Monica has been our homegirl in our heads since the ’90s and we love watching her growth not only as an artist but a mother and a wife. When the singer stopped by the office to talk about her new album, Code Red, she also spoke past R&B feuds — real and fake — being married to an NBA player while raising three kids, and endorsing Hillary Clinton for President.

Pass Or Play? Monica Is Certain Of Her Love On “I Know”

December 5th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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It seems like we’ve been waiting for Monica’s eighth studio album, Code Red, for some time now, but her official Dec. 18 release date is quickly approaching. So, hold tight Monica Stans because the wait is almost over! However, in the meantime, she’s gifting her fans with new tracks every from the LP every other week it seems.

After revealing the albums cover art and tracklist, the soul chanteuse has released her fourth single from the upcoming LP titled “I Know.” A follow up to the Missy Elliott-assisted title track, “Hustler’s Ambition” featuring Akon, and “Just Right for Me” with Lil Wayne, “I Know” is a soothing and heartening ballad.

“When I told you I love you, I mean it/ For the first time, I’m not afraid of needing you so/ No matter what, I’m not leaving you, no,” she sings.

Sounds like Monica penned those words to her basketball beau, Shannon Brown, after five years (and counting) of marriage. Press play and let us know if “I Know” is a pass or play.

Monica Reveals ‘Code Red’ Album Artwork & Tracklist

November 22nd, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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Grammy award winning songstress, Monica, has finally revealed the album cover and tracklisting of her highly-anticipated eighth studio album, CODE RED.

The cover capture a sleek, black and white full-body portrait of the “Just Right For Me” singer in a simple t-shirt and jeans look completed with open toe booties. And what looks like an inverted red crown overs her lower half — looks like Monica is coming back for that R&B crown!

As for special guest appearances, we can all expect features from Missy Elliott, Laiyah, Timbaland and Akon on this project, which was executive producer by Monica’s very own cousin and beat-smith, Polow Da Don.

“Each time I complete an album it’s a milestone that I in no way take lightly,” Monica said in an exclusive press release. “CODE RED embodies my love for true music and an art form that has touched many over the years. As we move closer to its release, this cover speaks volumes as to how I feel. Empowered. Motivated. Dedicated. I’m fully immersed in this necessary movement for R&B music. There’s nothing greater than doing what you love with authenticity.”

CODE RED is available for pre-sale now on iTunes and will officially hit stores on December 18.

Check out the full tracklisting below:

Code Red feat. Missy Elliott & Laiyah

Just Right For Me feat. Lil Wayne

Love Just Ain’t Enough feat. Timbaland

Call My Name

I Know

All Men Life feat. Timabaland


Hustler’s Ambition feat. Akon

Alone In Your Heart


Ocean Of Tears

Saints & Sinners

I Miss Music


Win A Pair Of Tickets To Monica’s Code Red Experience Tour

November 4th, 2015 - By Raven Carter
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If you’ve always dreamed of seeing Monica in concert, here’s your chance to do it — for free!

We’re giving away 10 pairs of tickets to Monica’s Code Red Experience Tour show at Club Nokia in Los Angeles Friday, November 14. To enter the running to win a pair, simply follow the instructions below and check back Wednesday, November 11 when we announce the winners. Good luck!

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Sweet Hangover: The Cutest Celeb Kids Halloween Costumes

November 1st, 2015 - By Toya Sharee
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If you’re having a candy hangover this morning, your Instagram timeline probably won’t help because it’s filled with some of the sweetest costumes courtesy of of some famous family trick-or-treaters. Last night before our favorite celebs slipped into sexy costumes of their own, they of course had to squeeze in a few silly selfies with their little pumpkins and princesses.

Jhene Aiko, Kelly Rowland and Lance Gross got all into the Halloween spirit and made sure their mini-me’s were bringing plenty of “Boo’s” to Instagram. With the creativity these kids brought, we’re sure they’ll have Kit Kats and Reese Cups to last them until at least Easter Sunday. Check out some pics of all the fun:

Monica’s ‘Code Red Experience’ Featuring Rico Love Is Coming To A City Near You

October 25th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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R&B chanteuse Monica is preparing for a grand cross-country trek as she brings her upcoming Code Red album to a city near you with “The Code Red Experience.”

The 22-date tour kicks off Nov. 12 in Las Vegas and hits major markets like Los Angeles and Atlanta, concluding the nationwide tour in New York City on Dec. 13. Songwriter extraordinaire/producer-turned-full fledged solo artist Rico Love will join the tour as her special guest.

“Join us for The Code RED Experience…. @iamricolove & I live and breathe for the depth, honesty & passion that embodies real music,” wrote Monica on Instagram. “Each night we will take you on a musical journey.”

Tickets went on sale Friday (Oct. 23) in select markets. Check out a list of dates below.


The Code Red Experience Tour Dates:

Nov. 12 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
Nov. 13 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
Nov. 14 – Los Angeles, CA – Club Nokia
Nov. 15 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
Nov. 17 – Phoenix, AZ – Celebrity Theater
Nov. 19 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
Nov. 21 – Orlando, FL – Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts
Nov. 22 – Memphis, TN – New Daisy
Nov. 23 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
Nov. 25 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
Nov. 27 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva Theatre
Nov. 28 – Raleigh, NC – Ritz
Nov. 29 – Charlotte, NC – Fillmore
Dec. 1 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
Dec. 2 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
Dec. 3 – Atlanta, GA – Special Performance
Dec. 4 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
Dec. 6 – Detroit, MI – MotorCity Casino Hotel
Dec. 8 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
Dec. 9 – Silver Spring, MD – Fillmore
Dec. 10 – Baltimore, MD – Sound Stage
Dec. 13 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theater


What’s Beef? Were These Celebrity Beefs Staged For Publicity?

September 12th, 2015 - By Iva Anthony
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If there’s one thing that’s for certain, it’s definitely that controversy sells. But as more and more stars stage beefs and fights to drum up publicity, it’s getting harder and harder to tell the real from the fake. Click through the next slides as we get down to business as to whether these celebrity beefs were staged just for attention or not.

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Nicki Minaj vs. Miley Cyrus

Viewers tuned into this year’s MTV VMAs were left with their mouth’s gaped open during Nicki Minaj’s acceptance speech. The Young Money princess called host Miley Cyrus out of her name over the comments she made in an interview leading up to the awards show. Minaj became a trending topic for calling Cyrus a b*tch live on the air, but many felt the entire scene was concocted to spice things up for the awards show. Last year’s ratings were down nearly two million viewer’s from the previous year. Neither camp has commented on the incident, but MTV VMAs executive producer Vin Toffler said, “It was [real]. In no way was any of that planned.”