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At Hard Fest, 10 Artists Reveal The Hardest Thing They’ve Ever Done

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Photo by Myles Pettengill

Featuring an exclusive portrait gallery

The Hard Summer festival rumbled through Fontana, California, last weekend, bringing with it a stacked lineup of some of the biggest names in hip-hop, dance, electro, and R&B. Photographer Myles Pettengill was backstage with his trusty hand-held camera, capturing some of the festival's biggest stars—Khelani, Fat Joe, and Ty Dolla $ign among them—before and after their blistering sets. Check them out in the exclusive gallery below, along with an answer to the question: "What's the hardest thing you've ever done?"

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"Floss is the hardest thing that I’ve ever done. It’s 10 years of making music, and all the failures and all the moments that have come with that. There was a moment for us that was a turning point where we played a show in Denver, and tried to book a whole tour, and no one would even book us on a tour. The only place that would book us was in Denver. This is at the beginning of 2011. My mom’s there, and, literally, there were six people and four of them were my mom and three of her friends, so it was embarrassing. There was a point where we almost said, “Let’s give up.” But we kept pushing through, and now here we are headlining the HARD festival."

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Showtime just ordered a pilot episode of Casallina "Cathy" Kisakye's comedy anthology series, which will be executive-produced by Lena Waithe. The show, called How to Make Love to a Black Woman (Who May Be Working Through Some Shit), sounds like it'll be... informative.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, though the series is a comedy, it will also touch on some vulnerable subjects as well. It described the show as being about "connection and rejection that explore our most harrowing—and harrowingly comic—sexual secrets." Waithe said in a statement about the news, "Cathy's script is haunting, funny, and extremely vulnerable—it's the kind of script that doesn't come around very often." She continues, showing her excitement for the project: "I'm honored that Cathy trusts me with such a special project. I can't wait for the world to see it."

Kisakye, who previously worked with Waithe on The Chi, says that the show is close to her heart, and that the series will portray three-dimensional, complex women. "With How to Make Love, I'm thrilled to tell stories about the women I know, who are complicated, passionate, resilient, and relatable," she said in a statement.

Kisakye is the creator of the show, and will be writing the pilot script. It's the latest project to come to Showtime through Waithe's first-look deal and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, should it go to series, this would be the first anthology for the network.

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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video] www.youtube.com

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