First clip: Jay Z, Kanye West and Chris Rock’s ‘Top Five’ trailer

[jwplatform ObXqJQbC] Pulsing with the rhythm of his greatest stand-up, Chris Rock’s TOP FIVE takes things to the next level, reveling in the high and the low, and blending a star-studded comedic romp with an irresistible romance. TOP FIVE digs under the surface of show business, politics, rap, and the exigencies of being black and […]

New Michael Jackson album to feature surprise collaborations

Jesse Johnson, known for being a member of the 80’s group The Time, is apparently one of the collaborators on the upcoming Michael Jackson Xscape. On Facebook, Johnson recently shared some information about one of the songs to be featured on the album. According to Johnson, the album will feature a collaboration between Jackson, Mary […]

?uestlove’s memoir bashes 2 Chainz’s music

Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson is unquestionably one of hip-hop’s most silent omnipotent forces. As the drummer and band leader of The Roots, his words hold weight in the hip-hop community. Now, in his upcoming memoir, Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According To Questlove, which he co-wrote with novelist and New Yorker editor, Ben Greenman, ?uestlove offers his […]

Celebrity prom night: How the famous looked back in the day

You probably scarcely recognize yourself, much less your friends and classmates, from your high school years, particularly if it’s been a decade or more. When you peer back nostalgically into the past, the photos make you smile, laugh and the memories squeeze your heart ever so tightly. It feels good reminiscing on your final days […]

Ode to Afros: Angela Davis, Solange, Cynthia Bailey and blacks who sport natural hair

Scholar and icon Angela Davis re-enters the public consciousness this week. Will and Jada Pinkett Smith help us retrace this remarkable woman’s civil rights/black power journey in Free Angela Davis. One of the most memorable attributes of Davis (besides her bravery and obvious brilliance), was her ever-present Afro, which she continues to sport to this […]

Russell Simmons and Questlove Battle in Obama Fundraiser Competition

While President Obama fends off Republican challenger Mitt Romney this election season, Russell Simmons and Questlove are going head to head. The two hip hop icons are trying to see who can raise the most money for Obama’s reelection campaign. So far it’s a route,  but not in the way you think. Questlove, the Roots […]

Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey and Other Stars Remember Etta James

Music fans across the globe were dealt a heavy blow on Jan. 20 when soul legend Etta James passed away after a lengthy battle with leukemia. Throughout her decades-long career, James left an indelible imprint on the hearts and ears of millions of fans and inspired generations of artists in the years since her debut. […]

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