1. Funeral Held for Fallen Poet and Activist Amiri Baraka

    January 18, 2014 6:50 PM EST 0 0 0 A cacophony of bagpipes, African drums and jazz riffs creatively blended -- much like the elements of an Amiri Baraka poem -- at the Saturday funeral for the activist-writer and a founder of the Black Arts Movement, who died earlier this month . The ...

  2. 50 Cent Gets Behind Sundance's ‘Dream School’ Reality Series

    October 09, 2013 1:51 AM EDT Cent said he's excited to be part of the new Sundance series "Dream School" because the reality show focuses on uplifting people. "Dream School," which debuted Monday (10 p.m. EDT), follows a group of high school dropou ...

  3. Aretha Franklin Not Attending Baseball Luncheon Due to Health Issues

    August 20, 2013 12:44 AM EDT Aretha Franklin will not be attending a baseball luncheon during which she was to receive a "Beacon" award for embodying the spirit of the civil rights movement, The Associated Press has learned. Franklin, 71, has already canceled severa ...

  4. Berry Gordy-Inspired 'Motown: The Musical' Comes to Broadway

    October 11, 2012 5:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Motown is coming to Broadway. ' Motown: The Musical ,' opening on April 14, is bringing the legacy of Motown founder Berry Gordy to New York City's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Berry Gordy Starts Motown The musical will showcase interweavin ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Whitney Houston Funeral: Family, Friends, Fans Gather to Celebrate Singer

    February 18, 2012 4:49 PM EST Clapping hands and swaying to gospel hymns in the church where Whitney Houston's powerful voice once wowed her congregation, the biggest names in entertainment sang along with the choir to remember the pop superstar at her hometown funeral Sa ...

  7. Whitney Houston Funeral: Broken Hearts Gather to Celebrate Singer

    February 18, 2012 4:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Clapping hands and swaying to gospel hymns in the church where Whitney Houston's powerful voice once wowed her congregation, the biggest names in entertainment sang along with the choir to remember the pop superstar at her hometown funeral Satu ...

  8. Friends, Family Gather for Don Cornelius Memorial Service

    February 16, 2012 6:15 PM EST 0 0 0 Friends and family are gathering for a private memorial service for "Soul Train" creator and host Don Cornelius in Los Angeles. The service will be led by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who presided over a private cremation ceremony last week. Ph ...

  9. Latin Jazz Musicians Protest Grammy Awards, L.A. Mayor Supportive Of Artists

    February 12, 2012 9:19 PM EST Latin jazz musicians protested with signs and loud music outside the Grammy Awards on Sunday as they continued their nearly yearlong fight to reinstate 31 categories which were eliminated by the Recording Academy in 2011. About 70 artists and thei ...

  10. Grammy Awards Protest Planned By Musicians During Sunday's Show

    February 06, 2012 7:56 PM EST In an ongoing effort to reinstate 31 categories that were eliminated from the Grammy Awards, musicians are planning a protest and a musical showcase on the same day as 54th installment of the awards show on Feb. 12, according to a spokesman for th ...

  11. Rev. Jesse Jackson Hints At Protest Over Grammy Category Cuts

    January 28, 2012 1:20 PM EST The Rev. Jesse Jackson is entering the fray over The Recording Academy's cuts to its Grammy categories: He's asking to meet with the president of the organization and has raised the possibility of protests with the awards less than two w ...

  12. Rev. Jesse Jackson Hints At Protest Over Grammy Category Cuts

    January 28, 2012 10:45 AM EST 0 0 0 The Rev. Jesse Jackson is entering the fray over The Recording Academy's cuts to its Grammy categories: He's asking to meet with the president of the organization and has raised the possibility of protests with the awards less than two wee ...

  13. Aretha Franklin Talks Return To Stage, Diet Change

    February 17, 2011 12:37 PM EST 0 0 0 Aretha Franklin , who says she's back at "150 percent," is planning to return to the stage in May for her first post-surgery performance. Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson to Honor Aretha Franklin at Grammys The Grammy Award-winning ...

  14. Aretha Franklin Battling Cancer: Report

    December 08, 2010 4:00 PM EST 0 0 0 A retha Franklin is battling cancer, according to reports from Detroit. Fox 2 News says a close relative of the 68-year-old singer has confirmed the diagnosis, while another relative reportedly told the station that the family is "very concerne ...

  15. Michael Jackson: Healthy Or Not?

    July 13, 2009 9:01 AM EDT 0 0 0 In his final days, Michael Jackson was robust and active. Or dangerously thin and frail. Begging for access to powerful prescription drugs. Or showing no signs of ever having used them. It depends on who's talking. A dizzying collection of puzz ...

  16. Michael Jackson: Healthy Or Not?

    July 13, 2009 5:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 In his final days, Michael Jackson was robust and active. Or dangerously thin and frail. Begging for access to powerful prescription drugs. Or showing no signs of ever having used them. It depends on who's talking. A dizzying collection of puzz ...

  17. Rev. Jesse Jackson: Family Wants Second Autopsy

    June 27, 2009 5:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Michael Jackson's family wants an independent autopsy to determine the cause of the King of Pop's death, The Rev. Jesse Jackson said Saturday. The family told Jesse Jackson about its wishes while he spent time with them during the past two ...

  18. Late Blues Great Koko Taylor Gets Musical Sendoff

    June 11, 2009 1:56 PM EDT 0 0 0 The late legendary blues singer Koko Taylor is set to receive a musical tribute fit for a queen. Denise Williams, Otis Clay and other musicians in town for this weekend's Chicago Blues Festival are scheduled to perform Thursday at a memorial se ...

  19. May 11, 2009

    May 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Drummer John Rutsey, formerly of Rush, dies from a diabetes-related heart attack in his sleep at the age of 55. 2006 – Guitarist Dave Baksh announces he is leaving Sum 41 to pursue his career with his second band, Brown Brigade. 2004 – R& ...

  20. Motown Royalty Turns Out For Stubbs Funeral

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A full complement of the Motown family -- including company founder Berry Gordy, Jr., and stars such as Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves and Dennis Edwards -- turned out today (Oct. 27) in Detroit to pa A full complement of the Motown family -- includ ...

  21. 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&# ...

  22. Obama Campaign Slams 'Offensive' Ludacris Rap

    July 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Barack Obama's presidential campaign says a new rhyme by supporter and rapper Ludacris is "outrageously offensive" to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Republican Sen. John McCain and President Bush. Barack Obama's presidential campai ...

  23. This Day in Music

    May 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - The Eurovision Song Contest reaches the milestone of its 1000th Eurovision song when Ireland's representative, Brian Kennedy, performs his own composition, "Every Song Is a Cry for Love." 2006 - The Eurovision Song Contest reac ...

  24. Nas Modifies Controversial Album Title

    October 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 In the face of mounting controversy, Nas has changed the name of his... In the face of mounting controversy, Nas has changed the name of his next album from "N*gga" to "N*gger." The rapper says the project will be released Dec. 1 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. Top Stars Pay 'Respect' To Stax On PBS

    June 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Isaac Hayes, Bono, Booker T. & the MGs and Jesse Jackson are among the names weighing in on the legacy of Stax Records in an upcoming documentary. Isaac Hayes, Bono, Booker T. & the MGs and Jesse Jackson are among the names weighing in on th ...

  27. This Day in Music

    May 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - The Eurovision Song Contest reaches the milestone of its 1000th Eurovision song when Ireland's representative, Brian Kennedy, performs his own composition, "Every Song Is a Cry for Love." 2006 - The Eurovision Song Contest reac ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 'Godfather Of Soul' James Brown Dies At 73

    December 25, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 James Brown, the dynamic, pompadoured "Godfather of Soul," whose rasping vocals and revolutionary rhythms made him a founder of rap, funk and disco as well, died early today (Dec. 25), his agent said. James Brown, the dynamic, pompadoured ...

  30. This Day in Music

    May 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>1999 - </b>The Backstreet Boys release their highly anticipated third album, "Millennium." The album goes on to become the best-selling album of the year.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2 ...

  31. 19OnTV

    May 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Music-related TV listings for May 8 - 14, 2006. MONDAY, MAY 8 "Good Morning America," ABC Featured artist(s): Nick Lachey (also scheduled: Mary Cheney, Josh Lucas, Charles Gibson, Diane Sawyer). "TRL," MTV Featured artist(s): A.F ...

  32. Vintage Harlem Festival Footage Comes To Light

    March 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 After more than 35 years, pristine footage of a seemingly forgotten major music event is finally coming to light. After more than 35 years, pristine footage of a seemingly forgotten major music event is finally coming to light. Shot by noted televis ...

  33. Rawls Funeral To Be Held Friday

    January 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The Rev. Jesse Jackson will lead last rites Friday (Jan. 13) for Lou Rawls, the velvet-voiced singer of "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine" and "Lady Love" who died of cancer last week. The Rev. Jesse Jackson will lea ...

  34. Tunes on TV

    August 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Music-related TV listings for Aug. 1-7, 2005. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, AUG. 1 "Total Request Live (TRL)," MTV Featured artist: Bobby Valentino. "Daily Download," Fuse Featured artists: Switchfoot, Teairr ...

  35. Will Smith Urges Rappers To Be Role Models

    June 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Will Smith has one big introduction to make at tonight's (June 28) BET Awards in Los Angeles: Gangster rappers, meet the rest of the world. Will Smith has one big introduction to make at tonight's (June 28) BET Awards in Los Angeles: Gangs ...

  36. Jackson Jury To Deliberate For Fourth Day

    June 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The jury in the Michael Jackson child-molestation trial was set to deliberate for a fourth full day today (June 9). The jury in the Michael Jackson child-molestation trial was set to deliberate for a fourth full day today (June 9). Meanwhile, the si ...

  37. Jackson Jury Begins Third Day Of Deliberation

    June 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jurors in Michael Jackson's trial started their third full day of deliberations today (June 8) on the child molestation charges that could send the pop star to prison. Jurors in Michael Jackson's trial started their third full day of delib ...

  38. Jackson Treated At Emergency Room

    June 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Michael Jackson was treated at an emergency room yesterday (June 5) for what his spokesperson described as a continuing back problem that flared up again a day before jurors in his molestation case we Michael Jackson was treated at an emergency room ...

  39. This Day in Music

    May 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2004 - </b>Elvin Jones, arguably the most influential drummer of the modern jazz era dies in New York, of heart problems. He is 76. 2004 - Elvin Jones, arguably the most influential drummer of the modern jazz era dies in New York, of ...

  40. Jackson Has Faith He'll Be Vindicated

    March 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Saying his child molestation trial has brought him to the lowest emotional point of his life, Michael Jackson urged his fans to pray for him, adding he has faith in God he will be vindicated. The arti Saying his child molestation trial has brought h ...

  41. Appalachian Labor Day Concert Stirs Political Pot

    September 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Willie Nelson, Nanci Griffith and Asleep At The Wheel were among those performing for thousands yesterday (Sept. 6) at a riverfront event in Charleston, W. Va. Willie Nelson, Nanci Griffith and Asleep At The Wheel were among those performing for tho ...

  42. Slick Rick Released From Jail

    November 07, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Rapper Ricky "Slick Rick" Walters was released from a Bradenton, Fla., jail yesterday (Nov. 7), more than 17 months after U.S. immigration officials moved to deport the British-born star. Rapper Ricky "Slick Rick" Walters was rel ...

  43. Slick Rick Likely To Be Freed

    November 04, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Rapper Slick Rick is expected to be released from Immigration and Naturalization Service detention following a federal judge's ruling. Judge Kimba Wood on Friday reversed a 1997 Bureau of Immigration Rapper Slick Rick is expected to be released ...

  44. This Day in Music

    May 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2002 - </b>Wolfgang Schneiderhan, one of the 20th century's best-known violinists, dies in a Vienna hospital. He is 86. 2002 - Wolfgang Schneiderhan, one of the 20th century's best-known violinists, dies in a Vienna hospital ...

  45. Charges Loom In Chicago Nightclub Deaths

    February 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 City officials threatened to seek criminal charges against the Chicago nightclub where 21 people were killed early Sunday in a stampede, saying the owners violated a court order by keeping the club op City officials threatened to seek criminal charg ...

  46. Def Jam Launches 'Free Slick Rick' Petition

    July 30, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 "Slick Rick" Walters' label, Def Jam, is hoping that the rapper's fans will help in his fight against deportation from the U.S. "Slick Rick" Walters' label, Def Jam, is hoping that the rapper's fans will help ...

  47. Will Smith Defends Imprisoned Slick Rick

    July 29, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Will Smith has come to the defense of fellow rapper "Slick Rick" Walters, who could face deportation from the U.S. because he was convicted of attempted murder 11 years ago. Will Smith has come to the defense of fellow rapper "Slick R ...

  48. Source Mag Co-Owner Arrested

    August 24, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Raymond E. Scott, co-owner of the magazine that staged the Source Hip Hop Music Awards in Miami Beach, Fla., was arrested the day after the ceremony after a run-in with a police officer. Scott, 36, wa Raymond E. Scott, co-owner of the magazine that ...

  49. Billboard Bits: Blur, U2, Rock The Vote, and more

    February 14, 2001 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 News on Blur, Bono, U2, Alecia Elliott, Rock The Vote, Carlos Santana, Mary J. Blige, and Jesse Jackson. U.K. rock veterans Blur have readied the latest installment in an annual series of fan club-only releases. The new EP sports four tracks (" ...