IT’S OFFICIAL: BRANDY VS MONICA VERZUZ IS HAPPENING!!!: It’s official, the battles of all battles, Brandy vs Monica is happening! The VERZUZ battle will take place on August 31st at 8:00pm est. After the battle was announced, Monica wrote, “This will be historical. It’s an honor @brandy.” Brandy responded, “looking so forward to this Queen. Love to you Legend♥️.” She later wrote on her Instagram, #History. Thank you @monicadenise @applemusic and @verzuztv for making this happen. Let’s celebrate!!!! #b7.” Back in May, Monica said she probably wouldn’t do a VERZUZ battle with Brandy because “people have put us against each other for twentysomething years.” She added, “You’re going to turn this into 1998 all over again and I have no interest in that.”

BRANDY OPENS UP ABOUT GROWING UP IN THE PUBLIC EYE: In an interview with People, Brandy opened up about the pressure she felt growing up in the public eye. She said, “I struggled with being put in a box of perfection. I felt like my mistakes would let down everyone if I made them. I had to make the transition from being a teenager to a woman and figure out what direction I was going to go in.” She continued, “I felt like I didn’t have the space to grow and to grow up in a safe way. I had to deal with so many other opinions about what I should do, how I should be and what I should look like. And that can get tough when you’re trying to find your own voice.”

R. KELLY FANS PROTEST ON HIS BEHALF IN CHICAGO: R. Kelly fans marched this past weekend in Chicago to demand his release from jail. The singer-songwriter is currently in jail in Chicago, awaiting his trial for child pornography and other serious charges. He has been in jail for a little more than a year. According to The Jasmine Brand, fans were seeing carrying banners that said, “Free R. Kelly ‘Due Process'” and were heard chanting “Free R. Kelly!”

JAHEIM SUPPORTS TRUMP: Singer Jaheim took to social media to reveal that he is actually supporting Donald Trump. He said, “Trump has saved a lot of people, man. Face it, it is what it is. I don’t give a d*** who gon’ like it. Do your homework, cause I’m gonna post some more stuff. I’m gonna wake y’all up. If it wasn’t for Trump taking the stance he’s taken, you guys would’ve been done, finished, finito.” He also issued an apology to Donald Trump, saying, “I just wanna apologize to @realdonaldtrump for all the misinformation since he’s been in office we the people have turned our backs on this great man who been working effortlessly to restore the balance for the Republic and didn’t even take a pay check.” He continued, “We all allowed the Democrats to lie countless times but seeing is BELIEVING. You all are so far gone you can’t see maybe it’s the same water they been poisoning Flint with because we all followed wrong side for years it time to wakeup”