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Wyclef Jean was the headliner at the Andrew J. Young International Leadership Awards and 85th birthday tribute this past weekend held at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta. The event gathered civil rights leaders, pastors, and the real Atlanta movers and shakers all under one roof. These were the folks that helped make Atlanta great again…

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Trombonist Jeff Bradshaw has been confronted with a devastating illness. He is hoping to raise awareness for his plight as well as funds for his growing medical costs due to diverticulitis, a condition in which small, bulging pouches develop in the digestive tract. “I was in rehearsal some weeks back with Carol Riddick, Will Downing,…

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Known as the “King of Jazz Funk Vibes” and the “Godfather of Neo Soul,” Ayers’ extensive discography has him ranked him among the most sampled African American artists admired by “new school” performers like Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Mary J. Blige, D’Angelo, Tribe Called Quest, Pete Rock/CL Smooth, and so many others.

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The Soul Train Awards unfolds like a big family reunion. It’s a time for the top R&B and soul acts to come together and celebrate past and present achievements. But what if the celebrities who participated in the award ceremony were actually family? Erykah Badu and Jill Scott would be the cool cousins who could recite Nikki…

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Erykah Badu and Jill Scott ushered in a new generation of soul in the late ’90s and early 2000s. Their mix of soulful ballads were infused with elements of hip-hop, the blues and jazz. During an era where pop artists were often carbon copies of music trends which sold the most, Badu and Scott stayed…

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Wu-Tang Clan maestro RZA has been locked in to direct an upcoming action thriller titled Breakout. The movie, written by Richard D’Ovidio and produced by Amasia Entertainment, will center around a young photographer falsely accused of and arrested for drug trafficking in Bangladesh. His powerful father calls on two knowledgeable old friends to spring his son from jail…

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Congratulations are in order for Philly soulstress Jill Scott. The “Back Together” singer’s latest album, Woman, will debut at number one on the August 15th Billboard Top 200 chart. This marks Scott’s second consecutive album to enter the charts in the top spot as her previous album, 2011’s The Light of the Sun, bowed at number…

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Jill Scott came under severe fire earlier this year when she passionately defended Bill Cosby over the numerous accusations that he’d drugged and raped women for years. However, after a 2005 deposition was released revealing that Cosby had admitted to buying drugs with the intention of giving them to women before sex and that he’d…

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Bill Cosby admits to drugging women On Monday, July 6, court documents for a 2005 case were released revealing Bill Cosby admitted getting drugs, Quaaludes, to give to women. The Associated Press sued to get information and now the world has the answer they’ve been waiting for, or do they? Was the comedian incapacitating young women to…

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Jill Scott’s Blues Babe Foundation to Launch National Scholarship in partnership with Hallmark  Jill Scott, a Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter, is in partnership with Hallmark’s Mahogany brand. Scott’s Blues Babe, a registered 501(c)3 foundation, established a national, merit-based scholarship for college students interested in pursuing a career in the writing arts. The collaboration unites Mahogany’s commitment to a…

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There was so much insight delivered in the speeches given by each and every award recipient during Black Girls Rock! fifth annual awards show. If I had my printing screen I would have cleaned up on T-shirts just from cliches and one-liners dropped on us by the likes of Jada Pinkett-Smith, Ava DuVernay, Michelle Obama,…

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Sometimes the high road is the best road to take. During last week’s historic “Saturday Night Live” 40th anniversary special, superstar comedian and actor Eddie Murphy made a brief appearance but did not participate in any of the night’s sketches, much to the dismay of fans across the world. Shortly thereafter, fellow “SNL” alum Norm…

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