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ABC's rap drama "Queens" showed so much promise after hip-hop stars Brandy Norwood and Eve signed on in 2021.

"Power" star Naturi Naughton completed the dream team. Then Eve announced her pregnancy and took a break from filming, though she did appear in the series finale.

Their efforts weren't rewarded. "Queens" only managed to draw 1 million viewers and a 0.2 in the all-important 18-49 age demo.

ABC announced the series was canceled last week.

"Queens" centered around four middle aged hip-hop stars struggling to recapture their fame in their 40s after reuniting '90s group the Nasty Bitches.

Twitter users reacted to the cancellation over the weekend.

One user wrote: "Bummer!! Wanted to see where it would go next!! #QueensABC..."

While another tweeted: "#QueensABC was not cancelled because it was bad, it was cancelled because the pacing of the show was break neck speed. It made it so hard to watch."

A third person wrote: "Well this is the worst news I got today. #queens #queensabc."
 

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Singer Brandy Norwood was sued by a former housekeeper who accused her of age discrimination.

According to legal documents, obtained by The Blast, Elizabeth Juarez claims Brandy wrongfully fired her after working for the singer for 20 years.

Juarez claims Brandy, 43, terminated her employment because she "didn't want an older employee."

Juarez said she was hired to clean Brandy's home in Calabasas, California in September of 2002, at a rate of $125 a day.

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Over the next 20 years, Juarez's expanded duties included "cooking, cleaning, and doing the laundry."

The COVID pandemic hit in 2020, and Juarez's hours were cut due to the lockdowns.

Juarez claims she was let go by Brandy on February 25, 2022, and "this wrongful termination was due to age discrimination."

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Juarez said she is still owed two days salary after the firing. She also alleges the R&B singer failed to give her proper breaks, meal periods, and didn't pay her overtime over the past few years.

The court documents allege that Brandy may have violated her former housekeeper's rights by failing to provide "itemized wage statements that properly and accurately itemized the number of hours she worked at the effective regular pay rates and the effective overtime pay rates."

"As a direct and proximate result of (Brandy's) conduct, individually and collectively, she suffered and continues to suffer substantial losses in income, earnings, and benefits and has been damaged in her capacity to earn her salary and has lost and will continue to lose employment benefits."

Juarez seeks compensation for "severe and serious injury to her person."

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Remember when a sighting of Beyonce and Jay Z caused pandemonium in the streets? Those days are over. Beyonce and Jay Z were spotted in Venice on Saturday, October 16, and no one even looked in their direction. Beyonce, 40, and Jay Z, 51, were in Italy to attend a friend's wedding.

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Pregnant Eve Cooper and the cast of new ABC series "Queens" stopped by The View in New York City to promote the new series on Monday, Oct. 18.

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Singer Brandy and the cast of new ABC series "Queens" stopped by The View in New York City to promote the new series on Monday, Oct. 18.

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Actress Naturi Naughton and the cast of new ABC series "Queens" stopped by The View in New York City to promote the new series on Monday, Oct. 18.

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Reality TV star Angela Simmons enjoyed a sunny day on the beach in Miami, Florida, wearing a sexy multi-colored bikini. The 34-year-old single mom is the daughter of Joseph "Run" Simmons and the niece of Russell Simmons.

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The internet is debating whether singer Monica rocked a hand-sewn imitation Fendi outfit for her Versuz battle with former nemesis Brandy Norwood.

Lipstick Alley denizens and gossipmongers spent hours picking apart Monica's outfit down to the stitching.

They zoomed in on the loose threads and what appeared to be part of a zipper sticking out of her top.

Verzuz viewers must have thought the outfit was authentic Fendi. They called the Atlanta store the next morning hoping to purchase it. But store employees broke the bad news that the outfit wasn't an original Fendi look.

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What gave it away? Maybe it was the slipshod handiwork of whomever Monica hired to stitch the outfit together.

One LA denizen wrote, "She needs to come up to nyc and visit dapper dan....no shade tho."

Another wrote: "They were calling Fendi for this? Monica looked a mess. Those colors are not good for 'tv'. And the all over print? Come on now, Mo. Not even going to touch Brandy’s choices..."

And a third wrote: "Not saying its real or fake but why would someone like Monica wear fake fendi on something that would have alot of viewers?? That stitching is looking sus tho. And then what's that black piece sticking out?"
 

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Brandy Norwood (left) and her arch nemesis Monica will face off against one another on Timbaland and Swizz Beatz's next online Verzuz battle.

The two R&B singers, who topped the charts in 1998 with their smash hit "The Boy Is Mine," will face each other for the latest installment of the popular web series on August 31.

"#History," Brandy wrote on her account. "Thank you @monicadenise and @verzuztv for making this happen. Let's celebrate!!!!"

"This will be historical," Monica noted on her own account. "It's an honor @brandy."

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Monica (right) then encouraged fans to send in their requests:

"What songs would you all like to see us bring to @verzuztv !! Celebrating these catalogs is for the culture with love! From Young Women to Adult Women we've been with y'all! Name the songs you love."

The news comes amid drama between Monica and rap mogul Master P who dragged the mother-of-three for interfering in his brother Corey Miller's murder case.

Miller, 49, was convicted in 2009 of the shooting death of a 16-year-old fan at a nightclub in Louisiana. Miller maintained his innocence but was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison.

While Master P thanked social justice activist Kim Kardashian for her efforts to secure his brother's freedom, he called out Monica for using his family for clicks and views.

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Master P, born Percy Robert Miller, 55, took to social media to apparently shade Monica for jumping on the No Limit Chronicles bandwagon.

"I don't know you and I ain't trying to get to know you, just for the record," Master P told Monica in a scathing Instagram post.

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While Verzuz was started in March to keep fans entertained amid the Covid-19 lockdowns, viewers will be expecting the friendly competition to heat up between the pair, amid longstanding rumors of intense rivalry and arguments between the artists over the years.

Brandy and Monica will go head-to-head at 8 p.m. ET on Instagram/verzuztv and Apple Music.

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Brandy Norwood has filed a restraining order against a woman who was previously arrested for stalking her.

The R&B singer filed a restraining order on Tuesday in Los Angeles County Courts against a 21-year-old woman whom she accused of repeatedly showing up at her home in a gated community near L.A.

Brandy's attorneys asked a judge to keep the woman away from Brandy's home, The Blast reported.

A spokesperson for Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, tells The Blast, the overzealous fan was also arrested on Monday night around 8 pm, for allegedly stalking the singer.

According to arrest records, the woman was booked into jail on suspicion of felony stalking for "willfully and maliciously harassing" Brandy at her home.

She is being held on $150,000 bail and faces a year in county jail if she is convicted.

Sources close to the situation tell The Blast, Brandy does not know the fan, but she continues to show up at the singer's home unannounced and has popped up at several other locations.

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Brandy dropped a new single to honor single mothers, entitled "Baby Mama" featuring Chance The Rapper. Brandy said the inspiration for the song is her 17-year-old daughter, Sy'rai Iman Smith.

"The inspiration for Baby Mama was of course my daughter and how she makes me a better person. I wanted to do a song about her and speak to all baby mama's out there that may feel like they can't make it or they can't push through, you know, if you use your child as an inspiration you can do anything and I want to everybody to feel that. I have to give Chance The Rapper a huge shout out, he spit a really really dope verse on it and I’m so pleased with it. – Love, Brandy."

The music video was directed by celebrity photographer Derek Blanks with creative direction by Frank Gatson. Gatson is the friend who called 911 the night of Jussie Smollett's unfortunate career-ending incident in Chicago last year.

Brandy is asking for donations to Homes for the Holidays, part of Warrick Dunn Charities to benefit single parent families in need.

Homes for the Holidays partners with affordable housing providers to reduce the financial burden on single parent homeowners by fully furnishing their new house, providing down payment assistance, and stocking the pantry with food and other household necessities. Since 1997, "Homes for the Holidays" has rewarded 177 single parents and 477 children and dependents.
 

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Brandy Norwood celebrates the 25th anniversary of her self-titled album by releasing a new single "Freedom Rings" (Brand Nu Entertainment/Entertainment One). The single is available now online.

"Freedom Rings" is the first track off Brandy's upcoming 7th studio album of the same title.

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"Freedom Rings" is very emotional for the 40-year-old R&B Diva. She recently opened up about working on the track with producer LaShawn Daniels, who died tragically in a car accident at age 41 earlier this month.

"And me and Lashawn will shine again!" she sings on the track.

Brandy celebrates the 25th anniversary of Brandy, which was released on September 27, 1994. The album was a critical success and introduced the Moesha star to a new audience of fans.

Brandy was certified four-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and sold over 2 million copies in the U.S.