A Lil’ Positivity: Solange Set To Receive The “Lena Horne Prize For Artists Creating Social Impact” Award

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Solange Set To Receive The “Lena Horne Prize For Artists Creating Social Impact” Award

According to Billboard, Solange is out here getting recognition in a major way. She will reportedly be the first recipient of the “Lena Horne Prize for Artists Creating Social Impact”, which honors “excellence at the intersection of arts and activism.”

In a statement, Solange expressed how humbled she was to even be considered for the award.

“I will never forget being a young girl and the impact of hearing the great Lena Horne so radiantly and powerfully singing the words ‘believe in yourself’ from that remarkable moment in The Wiz. I have carried it with me closely my entire life. At the age of 12, I played this very role at the Ensemble Theatre in Houston, Texas and it was then I learned about Lena’s dedicated activism and fearless integrity as a woman and groundbreaking artist. I am honored to be receiving an award that bears her name and continue her legacy of using the arts to inspire reflection and evoke change.”

Knowles will be handed the award at a special event at The Town Hall in New York City on Feb. 28, 2020 along with $100,000, which she will turn over to Project Row Houses, a Houston-based nonprofit.

Will You Be Watching?! Lil Nas X, Lizzo, And Billie Eilish To Be Honored At The Inaugural Apple Music Awards

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First Ever Apple Music Awards Will Honor Lil Nas X, Lizzo, And Billie Eilish

Apple Music is making its foray into new territory with their recently-announced Apple Music Awards.

The popular streaming service is going to be handing out five awards in their inaugural year, which includes Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Global Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, and Breakthrough Artist of the Year. While the first two categories are determined simply by looking at Apple Music’s streaming data, the remaining three categories are decided by the company’s editorial team.

A press release from Apple regarding their first ever award show said the following:

“Introducing the Apple Music Awards, a celebration of the best and boldest musicians of 2019 and the enormous impact they have had on global culture this year. The Apple Music Awards honor achievements in music across five distinct categories and winners are chosen through a process that reflects the service’s editorial perspective, combined with what customers around the world are loving most.”

Not only did the brand announce the Apple Music Awards, but they’ve already named the lucky winners. Billie Eilish was named Artist of the Year, Lizzo was named Breakthrough Artist of the Year, and Lil Nas X got Song of the Year for his record-breaking track “Old Town Road.” Billie Eilish also received Album of the Year for WHEN WE FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?, was named Global Artist of the Year, and is splitting the award for Songwriter of the Year with Finneas.

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The first-ever Apple Music Awards is going down at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park on December 4 at 6:30 p.m. PST anf will be livestreamed.

 

Head here to watch the whole thing.

Cultural Appropriation: Here’s What Happened When Post Malone Won The AMA For “Best Rap Album”

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Here’s What Happened When Post Malone Won The AMA For “Best Rap Album”

Post Malone came into the music game with his hit “White Iverson” and while people appreciated the music some still pointed out the fact that his brand was blatant cultural appropriation. Since then Post Malone has ditched the backward jerseys, Nike headbands, and Hip-Hop related references. Lately, he’s usually spotted in his country boy attire with a Bud Light in hand while sporting his official Crocs collaboration. What says non-Hip-Hop more than a Crocs Collaboration? He’s even shied away from rap beef with fellow Mayo bar dropper Yelawolf. The only thing that hasn’t changed is where his music is being categorized. His past releases haven’t shared many Hip-Hop or rap sentiments but somehow continue getting placed in the genre. While he is clearly a popstar by every definition of the word, here we are in 2019 at another award show with him winning the “Best Rap/Hip-Hop” album. Even die-hard fans of Post Malone seem confused about how this still happens.

Last night Post won the American Music Award for “Best Rap/Hip-Hop” album over Travis Scott’s “Astroworld” & Meek Mill’s “Championships.” His performance of the night even included Travis Scott & Ozzy Osbourne furthering the confusion of how he was exactly Hip-Hop. While most of the industry keeps quiet about this mainly for the sake of hoping to make the connection with his team for their self benefit one day, one place that always keeps it real is Twitter. Twitter was in disarray and below are all the best reaction-Tweets to his win.

American Music Awards Style File: Are Y’all Feelin’ These Get Ups?

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Best And Worst Of American Music Awards Fashion

The 2019 American Music Awards was the setting for a lot of interesting fashion choices Sunday night. Some of the biggest names in entertainment hit up the red carpet at L.A.’s Microsoft Theatre for the big night, which was hosted by Ciara. Cici donned all blue for her red carpet arrival but changed into a few different looking throughout the night. A lot of folks loved Lizzo’s tangerine ruffled number — but are you feelin’ it? Lil Nas X went all out with a neon green and zebra stripes, meanwhile Billie Eilish was very very creative with her head to toe Burberry. Definitely some DIFFERENT options, that not everyone will love. Which were winners for you? How about losers?

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We also picked some looks that were a little on the safer side — but also stunning. Toni Braxton wore beige tulle, while Ella Mai got grown in a sparkly black LBD, Megan Thee Stallion took notes from Jessica Rabbit and Regina King also chose an all black look, but got creative with her headpiece. If you had to choose, Who Looked More Bangin?

More standouts from the AMA’s when you continue.

From SiR & D Smoke To Wale And K. Michelle: All The Performances At The 2019 Soul Train Awards [Video]

 

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Peep The Performances From The 2019 Soul Train Awards

This year’s Soul Train Awards featured some seriously amazing moments, including tributes to Yolanda Adams and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, along with performances from both new and veteran artists.

That’s why the Soul Train Awards are a must-see event, with the annual program always doing a good job of giving roses to the legends who grace the stage while also building a platform to discover some up-and-coming artists.

The many performances were definitely the highlight of the evening, with names like Wale, K. Michelle, Boys II Men, and Queen Naija all putting on a show for the live crowd in Las Vegas.

In case you missed it (or just wanna watch some of ’em over again) here are the performances from the 2019 Soul Train Awards:

SiR gets some help from his brother D Smoke for his performance of “Hair Down” and “John Redcorn”

K Michelle performs her song new song “Rain”

Wale enlists Jeremih & Kelly Price to give us a performance of “On Chill” and “Sue Me”

Queen Naija gives us a taste of her new hit, “Good Morning Text”

Boyz II Men bring us back to the ‘80s and ‘90s with ballads “Tender Love” and “On Bended Knee,” while Stokely performs “She” and “Breakin My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)” for Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis Legend Award Tribute

 

Tiana Major9 & EarthGang come together for a performance of “Collide”

Keyshia Cole, Le’Andria Johnson, Anthony Hamilton & Carl Thomas give us something to remember with The Soul Cypher

TeaMarrr of Issa Rae’s new label, Raedio, performs her new song “Kinda Love”

Pink Sweat$ gives the crowd a raw performance of his song “Honesty”

Luke James, BJ The Chicago Kid & Ro James perform “All Your Love” & “Go Girl”

Sounds Of Blackness and more pay tribute to legends Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis

Yolanda Adams performs her hit songs, “Victory,” “Someone Watching Over You,” “Only Believe,” “Open My Heart,” “Be Blessed,” “The Battle Is The Lord’s,” and “In The Midst Of It All”

A Lil’ Positivity: Dr. Dre To Be Honored By Grammys For His Legendary Production Work

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Grammys Will Honor Dr. Dre for His Production Work

According to Billboard, Dr. Dre will be honored at the 2020 Grammys for some of his legendary production work.

Dre will reportedly receive a tribute from the Producers & Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy on Jan. 22 at Village Studios in Los Angeles before the Grammys ceremony. With a storied career, making classics with the likes of Eminem, 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, and N.W.A, Dre has won a total of six Grammys. Three were for his work as a producer or engineer, while the others were as a rapper.

He not only made history musically, he also raised the bar with some of his business ventures with Beats and Apple Music.

Congrats Dre!

Congrats! Dave Chappelle Honored At The Kennedy Center With Mark Twain Prize For American Humor

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Dave Chappelle Receives The Mark Twain Prize For American Humor

Congratulations are in order for Dave Chappelle, who was honored by receiving the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor over the weekend. It all went down on Sunday at the  John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.

Chappelle attended the event with his wife and kids, and throughout the evening, he was showered with praise from celebrity friends including Tiffany Haddish, Kenan Thompson, Lorne Michaels and Morgan Freeman. Not only were a lot of notable people in the audience, though, the night also featured performances from Common, Erykah Badu, John Legend, Yasiin Bey, Q-Tip and Frederic Yonnet.

Haddish also took the stage to pay tribute to the comedian, calling Chappelle “my mentor, my big brother.” She went on to say, “Every time I step on stage, every time, I think of you. I’ve always wanted to make you proud because you are the greatest.”

In receiving this award, Dave Chappelle is joining a number of big name recipients of the Mark Twain Prize, including Whoopi Goldberg, Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor and Will Ferrell.

The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor airs next year, January 7, 2020 on PBS.

 

Lil Kim, Wale & Gal Pal India Graham Help Honor LaQuan Smith & Jonathan Mannion At Moët & Chandon Dinner

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Moët & Chandon’s “Nectar Of The Culture” Campaign Celebrates People Pushing Culture Forward

The worlds of hip hop and fashion came together for an event this week celebrating New York City’s own, photographer Jonathan Mannion and designer LaQuan Smith.

Moët & Chandon’s hosted a private dinner Tuesday in New York City’s Garment District in honor of the veteran hip hop photographer and luxury womenswear designer.

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The creatives were part of the brand’s “Nectar of the Culture” campaign, which recognizes people, places and moments that have pushed culture forward.

Moet Chandon Dinner featuring Jonathan Mannion, Wale, Lil Kim and LaQuan Smith

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“I thought that this was the perfect union to be a part of something like this,” Smith told us before the dinner. “Me being from New York City, being from Jamaica, Queens, it’s a huge honor for me.”

The event, catered by celebrity chef JJ Johnson and featuring a seemingly endless amount of chilled Moët rose, brought out the big names. Lil Kim arrived in a white chauffeured Bentley and later took selfies with Wale – who pulled himself away from his tactile display of affection for gal pal India Graham.

Moet Chandon Dinner featuring Jonathan Mannion, Wale, Lil Kim and LaQuan Smith

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Singers BJ The Chicago Kid and Mack Wilds chatted for almost the whole evening while model Andreja Pejic stunned in a barely-there denim mini dress.

Hit the flip for more pics from the rose dinner:

A Lil Positivity: Queen Latifah To Be Honored By Harvard University With The W.E.B. Du Bois Medal

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Queen Latifah Will Receive The W.E.B. Du Bois Medal

Actress and rapper Queen Latifah is one of the honorees being recognized by Harvard University this year for her contributions to black history and culture.

The Ivy Leavue University is set to award the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal to Queen Latifah–along with six other recipients–on October 22, according to reports from The Associated Press.

Along with the star will be other honorees, including poet and educator Elizabeth Alexander, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Lonnie Bunch III, poet Rita Dove, co-founder of Black Entertainment Television Sheila Johnson, artist Kerry James Marshall and Robert Smith, founder, chairman and chief executive of Vista Equity Partners.

This award is named after W.E.B. Du Bois, a scholar, writer, editor and civil rights pioneer who became the first black student to earn a doctorate from Harvard in 1895. Other entertainers to be honored in the past include Nas, Muhammad Ali, Dave Chappelle, LL Cool J, and Ava DuVernay.

Congrats to Queen Latifah on joining such an elite group of black excellence.

 

Straaaaait Sweetness: Erica Mena Gifts Proud Papa-To-Be Safaree THIS $50K Push Present

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Erica Mena Buys Safaree A Push Present

Now, this is interesting. Although she’s pregnant, Erica Mena isn’t the one getting a “push present” in her relationship, instead, she’s the one doing the gifting.

TMZ reports that Erica gave her STRAAAAIT sweetie/new husband Safaree a $50,000 necklace as an early push present. The necklace is a 14-carat rose gold Cuban link nameplate, has 36.65-carat diamonds and reads “Daddy.” Erica reportedly gave it to Safaree to commemorate the impending birth of his first child, this child will be her second.

As previously reported Erica and Safaree had a gender reveal party and found out that they’re expecting a baby girl.

Before that, their whirlwind year culminated with a wedding (filmed for “Love & Hip Hop) at Legacy Castle in Pequannock, New Jersey.

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Congrats Safaree—must be niiiiiiiice!

Seen On The Scene: Wale, IDK, Da Great Ape & More At “Warner Nights” BET Hip Hop Awards Edition In Atlanta

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Wale, IDK, Da Great Ape & More At “Warner Nights” BET Hip Hop Awards Edition In Atlanta

"Warner Nights" BET Hip Hop Awards Edition

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Last Friday, while the city was still amidst celebrations of the BET Hip Hop Awards, Warner Records joined Hennessy to host a special BET Hip Hop Awards Edition of “Warner Nights” at Traffik Kitchen & Cocktails in Atlanta. The party featured an exclusive preview of upcoming music from Warner’s urban roster. Wale, IDK, Da Great Ape, Robnhood Tra, SKYXXX, Posa, 2KBABY and Black Fortune. Guests sipped on Henny and partied all night to the vibes of some of the label’s featured artists.

This is the same event where Wale was booed up with his new bae India Graham. 

To see more from the event, hit the flip!