1. Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, Janelle Monae To Perform At BET Honors

    February 06, 2014 7:00 AM EST Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson and Janelle Monae are among the artists set to perform at BET Honors 2014. Premiering Feb. 24 in the U.S. and Feb. 28 on BET’s international network, the telecast will also feature Tamar Braxton, Smokey Robinson and W ...

  2. Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, Janelle Monae to Perform at BET Honors

    February 06, 2014 7:00 AM EST Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson and Janelle Monae are among the artists set to perform at BET Honors 2014. Premiering Feb. 24 in the U.S. and Feb. 28 on BET’s international network, the telecast will also feature Tamar Braxton, Smokey Robinson and ...

  3. Jay-Z on Barneys Racial Profiling Controvery: 'Why Am I Being Demonized?'

    October 27, 2013 10:49 AM EDT Jay-Z - under increasing pressure to back out of a collaboration with the luxury store Barneys New York after it was accused of racially profiling two black customers - said Saturday he's being unfairly "demonized" for just wait ...

  4. Tony Bennett To Join March On Washington

    August 23, 2013 12:12 AM EDT Tony Bennett plans to travel to the nation's capital to pay tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. as the March on Washington marks its 50th year. Bennett, who marched with the civil rights leader in Selma, Ala., in 1965, is scheduled to perform a ...

  5. Jay Z, Beyonce Attend Trayvon Martin Rally in New York

    July 21, 2013 5:15 PM EDT A rally remembering Trayvon Martin was boosted by some star power Saturday (July 20). Jay Z and Beyoncé quietly attended a New York City protest of Stand your Ground laws, with MSNBC's Al Sharpton telling the crowd "two of the baddest ...

  6. Essence Festival 2013: Brandy, Maxwell Heading to New Orleans

    January 08, 2013 9:45 AM EST 3 0 0 Brandy , Jill Scott , Keyshia Cole and Maxwell are among the entertainers set to perform at the 2013 Essence Festival , which returns to New Orleans for four days in July. The 19th annual celebration of black music and culture will be held July 4-7 ...

  7. Katherine Jackson Returns, but Kids Left 'Angry and Hurt' by Ordeal

    July 26, 2012 9:35 AM EDT 0 0 0 Katherine Jackson is back home, reuniting with Michael Jackson 's children after a judge temporarily took away her guardianship because of her days-long absence from them. Paris Jackson tweeted early Thursday morning: "grandma's here! ...

  8. BET Awards 2012: Whitney Houston Tribute Marks Emotional High

    July 02, 2012 8:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 With all the star power at the BET Awards - Kanye West, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and Samuel L. Jackson, to name a few - the most stirring moment came not from a superstar, but from the mother of one. Whitney Houston's mother Cissy provided t ...

  9. Kanye, Jay-Z Win Top BET Award, Cissy Houston Honors Daughter Whitney (Video)

    July 02, 2012 12:28 AM EDT Cissy Houston's tribute to her late daughter was the emotional highlight of Sunday's BET Awards, a show that was defined by extended bleeps and the vulgarities that censors failed to catch onstage throughout the night. Whitney Houston� ...

  10. Kiss FM Celebrates Last Night On Air in New York City

    April 30, 2012 11:29 AM EDT Sad New Yorkers and longtime listeners called into 98.7 Kiss FM for the last time Sunday night, as the iconic station switched off its transmission at midnight to make way for sports talk radio. KISS-FM/WBLS Merger Makes Way For FM Sports In New Y ...

  11. Chaka Khan, Betty Wright Attend Trayvon Martin Miami Rally

    April 02, 2012 11:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 "The message I bring to you today is fear kills and love heals," Chaka Khan said. MIAMI (AP) - Political leaders, sport stars and entertainers were among several thousand people who gathered Sunday at a Miami rally to call for an arrest in ...

  12. Aretha Franklin To Reunite With Clive Davis For New Album

    March 26, 2012 4:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Aretha Franklin has a lot more than her 70th birthday to celebrate: She's reuniting with one of her musical mentors, Clive Davis, for a new album. In an interview at her swanky birthday party on Saturday, Franklin said she and Davis, who helped ...

  13. Aretha Franklin Celebrates 70th Birthday, Re-Signs With Clive Davis

    March 26, 2012 8:05 AM EDT Aretha Franklin has a lot more than her 70th birthday to celebrate: She's reuniting with one of her musical mentors, Clive Davis, for a new album. In an interview at her swanky birthday party on Saturday, Franklin said she and Davis, who help ...

  14. Aretha Franklin Honors Whitney Houston at Radio City Concert

    February 20, 2012 10:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Aretha Franklin was thankful to be alive and was thinking about lost friends, among them Whitney Houston . Hours after she canceled an appearance at Houston's funeral because of spasms in her legs, the "Queen of Soul" (the "undis ...

  15. Bobby Brown Walks Out on Whitney Houston's Funeral

    February 18, 2012 2:25 PM EST 0 0 0 Whitney Houston's funeral was missing one of the most important men in her life: ex-husband Bobby Brown, who walked away moments before the ceremony was scheduled to commence. Brown brought a group of nine people with him to the New Hope Baptis ...

  16. Whitney Houston Dies at 48

    February 11, 2012 8:25 PM EST 0 0 0 Whitney Houston, who ruled as pop music's queen until her majestic voice was ravaged by drug use and her regal image was ruined by erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, died Saturday. She was 48. Beverly Hills police ...

  17. 'Soul Train' Creator Don Cornelius Dead in Apparent Suicide

    February 01, 2012 9:47 AM EST Don Cornelius, who with the creation of Soul Train helped break down racial barriers and broaden the reach of black culture with funky music, groovy dance steps and cutting edge style, died early Wednesday of an apparent suicide. He was 75. Office ...

  18. Etta James Remembered By Wonder, Aguilera at Memorial Service

    January 28, 2012 6:10 PM EST 0 0 0 Etta James was remembered at a service Saturday attended by hundreds of friends, family and fans as a woman who triumphed against all odds to break down cultural and musical barriers in a style that was unfailingly honest. The Rev. Al Sharpton eulog ...

  19. Etta James Funeral and Memorial Details Released

    January 24, 2012 8:00 PM EST Famed rhythm and blues singer Etta James died Jan. 20, five days away from her 74 birthday after battling leukemia, dementia and hepatitis C. On Tuesday, it was announced that a public viewing would be held at the Inglewood Cemetery in Inglewood, ...

  20. Etta James Funeral Scheduled, Rev. Al Sharpton to Eulogize

    January 24, 2012 5:46 PM EST 0 0 0 A public viewing will be held Friday for singer Etta James , and the Rev. Al Sharpton will eulogize the late legend at a private funeral Saturday. A statement from Sharpton's representative Tuesday said the funeral will include performances by ...

  21. Heavy D Funeral Attracts Family, Stars, a Letter From Obama

    November 18, 2011 3:15 PM EST 0 0 0 Hip-hop star Heavy D was remembered through laughter and tears at a funeral service Friday in his home town of Mount Vernon, N.Y. that included anecdotes from longtime friend Diddy and words of encouragement for his young daughter, delivered in a le ...

  22. Heavy D Autopsy Results Inconclusive, Pending Toxicology Reports

    November 15, 2011 10:35 AM EST 0 0 0 A cause of death is still not officially known in the case of Heavy D . The late rapper and record producer died suddenly at the age of 44 on Tuesday, Nov. 8. The results from an autopsy have proven inconclusive and are pending the results of toxico ...

  23. Michael Jackson's Family, Friends React to Murray Verdict: 'Justice Was Served'

    November 07, 2011 7:18 PM EST 0 0 0 Dr. Conrad Murray was found guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson on Monday, the climax of a complicated six-week trial that left Jackson's family and friends with strong emotions. "Justice was good today," Janet J ...

  24. Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon Reveal Twin Baby Names

    May 04, 2011 1:06 PM EDT 0 0 0 M ariah Carey has revealed the names of her newborn twin babies with husband Nick Cannon . In a message on her official website , Carey announces that their son's name is Moroccan Scott Cannon, inspired by the country where Cannon proposed to t ...

  25. Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon Renew Vows After Welcoming Twins

    May 02, 2011 12:17 PM EDT 0 0 0 Two babies and a wedding. M ariah Carey and Nick Cannon welcomed twins this weekend -- and then renewed their vows in the hospital. "We just had a wedding in the hospital!" Cannon wrote on Twitter . The hospital ceremony was conducted by R ...

  26. Bootsy Collins Taps Snoop Dogg, George Clinton for First Album in Five Years

    January 11, 2011 5:28 AM EST 0 0 0 A desire to memorialize his heroes -- including James Brown , Jimi Hendrix , Parliament-Funkadelic guitarist Garry Shider and jazz legends such as Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis -- drove Bootsy Collins to make "Tha Funk Capitol of the World,&q ...

  27. Fans Plan Remembrance For Michael Jackson's Death Anniversary

    June 24, 2010 4:42 PM EDT 0 0 0 A year ago, DJ John Quick was scheduled to spin at a party when he got the news - Michael Jackson was dead. So instead of playing the hits of the moment, the Harlem event turned into an impromptu tribute to the King of Pop. "It was the first ti ...

  28. Guest: Many Wept During Michael Jackson's Funeral

    September 04, 2009 9:48 AM EDT 0 0 0 Paris Jackson wept as she stepped into the mausoleum where her father, Michael , was to be entombed. Katherine Jackson, overcome by sorrow, turned back when she was faced with her son's final resting place. On a sultry Thursday evening, amid a ...

  29. Michael Jackson Memorial Speakers, Performers Announced

    July 06, 2009 5:08 PM EDT 0 0 0 Mariah Carey , Jennifer Hudson , John Mayer , Lionel Richie , Smokey Robinson , Usher and Stevie Wonder are among the confirmed participants at Tuesday's public memorial service for Michael Jackson at Los Angeles' Staples Center. Billboard ...

  30. Michael Jackson Left 'Endless' Supply Of Unreleased Music

    July 02, 2009 11:39 AM EDT 0 0 0 Michael Jackson had a mountain of unreleased recordings in the vault when he died — music that is almost certain to be packaged and repackaged for his fans in the years to come. The material includes unused tracks from studio sessions of some of Jac ...

  31. Sharpton & Spike Lee at Apollo Jackson Tribute

    Sharpton & Spike Lee at Apollo Jackson Tribute

    July 01, 2009 10:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 Al Sharpton and Spike Lee onstage at the Apollo's Michael Jackson tribute on Tuesday, June 30 in New York. Apollo Theater , al sharpton , Pop , the apollo , Apollo , reverend al sharpton , Michael Jackson , Spike Lee , Michael Jackson Tribute , ...

  32. Apollo: Al Sharpton @ Michael Jackson Tribute

    Apollo: Al Sharpton @ Michael Jackson Tribute

    July 01, 2009 10:24 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Reverend Al Sharpton speaks at the Apollo's Michael Jackson tribute on June 30, 2009 in New York. speech , Apollo Theater , al sharpton , Pop , speaker , the apollo , Apollo , reverend al sharpton , Michael Jackson , tribute Videos Al Sharp ...

  33. T.I. Speaks Out Against Gun Violence

    May 12, 2009 4:09 PM EDT 0 0 0 Rapper T.I. joined Rev. Al Sharpton, Ja Rule, and various community activists at a march on Monday (May 11) in New York City to speak out against gun violence. The rally also honored the memory of 13-year-old Christopher Owen and 17-year-old Cory Sq ...

  34. The Hardest Working Man: How James Brown Saved the Soul of America

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A look at James Brown's key April 1968 Boston Garden concert -- as well as his overall legacy. By the late '60s, notes Boston Globe contributor Sullivan, James Brown was "Soul Brother Number One to black America." On April 5, 196 ...

  35. Friends, Family Pay Tribute To Isaac Hayes

    August 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The weight of soul singer Isaac Hayes' legacy in Memphis could be measured in a single remark at his memorial service today (Aug. 18).The weight of soul singer Isaac Hayes' legacy in Memphis could be The weight of soul singer Isaac Hayes&# ...

  36. More Than 'Shaft': Hayes Was Major Influence

    August 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 With its riveting orchestration, definitive guitar play and signature sensual baritone vocals, Isaac Hayes' theme song for the 1971 movie "Shaft" not only became one of pop music's iconic songs, but a With its riveting orchestrat ...

  37. Soul Legend Isaac Hayes Dies At 65

    August 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT With its riveting orchestration, definitive guitar play and signature sensual baritone vocals, Isaac Hayes' theme song for the 1971 movie "Shaft" not only became one of pop music's iconic songs, but also the defining work of Ha ...

  38. Nas: More Than Words

    July 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Seated in a quiet corner of New York restaurant the Spotted Pig, Nas is drinking a glass of rosé. He's dressed comfortably in jeans, Velcro-fastened sneakers and a white T-shirt with a poster from Mu Seated in a quiet corner of New York restaur ...

  39. More Than Words

    July 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 In the past nine months, Nas has proved masterful at wagging the dog. Since last October, when he first announced his intentions to name his new Def Jam album "N*ger," he's drawn all kinds of response In the past nine months, Nas has ...

  40. MusiCares Honors Aretha In Los Angeles

    February 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Some call her the Queen of Soul. Others refer to her as Re Re or Sister Re. Everyone calls her Aretha. And last night (Feb. 8), Aretha Franklin was known as the MusiCares Person of the Year at a benef Some call her the Queen of Soul. Others refer to ...

  41. Don Imus Signs Deal To Return To Radio

    November 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Disgraced shock jock Don Imus, who was fired by CBS Radio six months ago in an uproar over an on-air racial slur he made, has signed a deal to return to radio on December 3 with a new nationally syndicated morning show. Imus will broadcast his sho ...

  42. The Billboard Q&A: David Banner

    September 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 On Sept. 26, David Banner joined fellow MC Master P, music industry executives and scholars to discuss offensive language in hip-hop music before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. On Sept. 26, David Banner joined fellow MC Master P, music ind ...

  43. Banner Sounds Off On Hip-Hop Lyric Controversy

    September 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 On Sept. 26, David Banner joined fellow MC Master P, music industry executives and scholars to discuss offensive language in hip-hop music before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Reading from On Sept. 26, David Banner joined fellow MC Master ...

  44. Hudson, Beyonce, T.I. Among BET Winners

    June 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Although the BET Awards doled out awards to some of entertainment's most celebrated performers last night (June 26), from Beyonce to Jennifer Hudson, it was the show's tributes to living legends and r Although the BET Awards doled out awar ...

  45. Sharpton Marches For 'Decency' In Rap Lyrics

    May 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Prompted by calls to censor the words "bitch," "ho" and the "N word" from hip-hop music, National Action Network founder Reverend Al Sharpton and Director of Decency Tamika Mallory led a demonstration Prompted by calls ...

  46. Sharpton Marches For Decency In Rap Lyrics

    May 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Prompted by calls to censor the words "bitch," "ho" and "n word" from hip-hop music, National Action Network founder Reverend Al Sharpton and Director of Decency Tamika Mallory led a demonstration last night in New Yo ...

  47. Thousands Fill Hometown Arena For Brown Tribute

    January 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 At a gathering marked by joy more than sorrow, thousands of James Brown's fans and friends filled an Augusta, Ga., arena bearing his name Saturday for their final tribute to the homegrown singer known At a gathering marked by joy more than sorr ...

  48. Thousands Pay Respects To James Brown In Harlem

    December 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 James Brown didn't move. He didn't sing. But even in death, the soul legend made thousands of people who streamed past him at Harlem's Apollo Theater feel good just to be near him. Many danced in the James Brown didn't move. He d ...

  49. Fans Line Up In Harlem To Pay Respects To Brown

    December 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fans of the late "Godfather of Soul" began lining up outside Harlem's Apollo Theater early this morning (Dec. 28) to pay their last respects as James Brown's body was driven from Georgia for his last Fans of the late "Godfat ...

  50. Fans Line Up In Harlem To Pay Respects To Brown

    December 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fans of the late "Godfather of Soul" began lining up outside Harlem's Apollo Theater early this morning (Dec. 28) to pay their last respects as James Brown's body was driven from Georgia for his last date on the historic stage. ...

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