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The incomparable Patti LaBelle has been captivating the music industry since she first hit the scene more than 50 years ago. Since that moment, she has mesmerized us with her incredible range, soul and passion, while blazing a trail for powerful female contemporary singers like Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys and Christina Aguilera. So as Patti prepares to celebrate her 70th birthday, we figured there was no better tribute than taking a look back at some of this diva’s most incredible performances.
It’s that time of year again. Hardworking students, sporting the dazed look of achievement as they face the Big Bad World outside of the gates of their college campus. But before they head off on their own, there are a slew of entrepreneurs, artists, activists, teachers, and visionaries who are pushing the 2014 graduating classes to spread their wings and fly. These commencement speakers and honorees are giving graduates a little glimpse into what is possible.
This week we recap the news with the New York Times hiring their first African-American executive editor, Temple University bestowing Jill Scott with an honorary doctorate degree and the Knowles-Carter camp speaking out about Solange assaulting Jay Z. For all this and more, check out the articles below!
The Carters Release Statement On Elevator Attack: “Jay And Solange Each Assume Their Share Of Responsibility”
Beyonce and Jay Z have finally provided a meaningful response to the biggest news story of the week: Solange’s vicious attack on her brother-in-law after the Met Gala May 5 via a statement to the Associated Press.
TMZ obtained footage from an elevator at an Met Gala after party of Solange viciously attacking Jay Z in an elevator.
It looks like Diddy and LL Cool J aren’t the only ones receiving honorary doctorate degrees this graduation season! According to Essence, our girl Jill Scott will also be honored by her alma mater . The Philadelphia singer will be presented with a Doctor of Humane Letters degree today at Temple University!
“(Her) values and achievements embody the mission and ideas of the university,” said university president Neil D. Theobald.
In addition to being a three-time Grammy Award-winning songstress, Jill is also the founder of the Blues Babe Foundation, which offers financial assistance and mentorship to underserved students in the Delaware Valley who are seeking to pursue postsecondary educational goals.
“The brainchild of Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and poet Jill Scott, the Blues Babe Foundation was formed for the purpose of nurturing college-bound students of color, artistically and academically,” the non-profit’s description reads. “The Blues Babe Foundation is committed to assisting students in under served communities by providing programs that promote leadership and academic excellence. The foundation’s scholarship program offers financial support and mentoring for students that have shown the aptitude and commitment to their education, but whose families may not have the resources to ensure completion of their undergraduate degrees. We also engage students in grades 6 – 12 through programs such as Camp Jill Scott and Clean Up Your Neighborhood. In addition to its support of young people through their public schools, the Foundation also fulfills its mission by including support of community centers and community -focused organizations as a part of its scope.”
The “Golden” singer majored in secondary education at the university before dropping out due to financial issues.
Some shows hit their stride in a few episodes, and sometimes it takes a whole season. But before these shows could really gather an audience, they were axed because of low ratings, lack of good advertising to get ratings, and so-so writing. And sadly, that seems to be the norm for a lot of shows with black leads, as they’re not really given a good chance to blow up. Here are 11 shows that were cut quite quickly.
This spy series from the mind of J.J. Abrams starred Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as a married couple of spies, who when recruited back into the CIA learn a lot about each other’s very interesting pasts. I actually enjoyed the program. It had action, the leads were gorgeous, and it was a s*xy show! But before the full first season could even be completed, NBC cancelled the show three months in. Guess people weren’t ready for black spies on primetime television.
You can always count on the United Negro College Fund to bring out the celebs. And UNCF’s 2014 “Evening With The Stars” event in Atlanta was no exception. Folks like The Braxton sisters, Monica, Trey Songz, and even Ronald Isley made appearances on the red carpet.
But the name who was on everybody’s lips was Miss Jill Scott.
Not only did Jill appear on the carpet, cuddled up to a mystery man, the soul singer loved svelte in an all black dress with a see through bottom. And the hair was to die for. We don’t know if it’s a wig, weave or her own tresses but either way it’s working!
Jill was looking so good that folks hardly noticed that her foot was in a brace. Check out the pictures from the event below.
Jay Z went from being a Brooklyn drug dealer to a rapper to a business mogul worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Though some might consider the Bed-Sty native crude and self-serving, once upon a time he didn’t have a problem helping a few ladies climb the ladder to success right along with him — or at least climb the charts for a few weeks. In case you didn’t know, here’s a list of women Jay Z helped put on throughout his career.
For more on Jay Z, check out A Genius Leaves the Hood: The Unauthorized story of Jay Z.
As a Kanye fan I’d heard Warryn Campbell’s name and I learned he was a producer when I started watching Mary Mary’s reality show. But I never really made the correlation. And while I watched him craft Mary Mary’s Grammy winning song, “Go Get It” and knew he’d worked with Death Row in the past, I had no idea that Warryn’s work was so heavily reflected in my personal musical collection.
Though he got his professional start under the tutelage of DJ Quik, Campbell began playing music at a young age. By 15 he’d mastered the drums, bass, guitar and the piano. By 16, he joined a gospel group called New Vision where he discovered his gift for musical production. Afterward he met Quik. From there he worked with Death Row and the rest is history.
Check out the songs you probably had no idea he helped to write, produce or both.
Is it an accessory or a necessity? These 15 celebs prove that although they may wear weaves out in public, they actually have a head of beautiful hair underneath it all.
Actress Sanaa Lathan is known for her high-end hair extensions but over the summer, the Best Man Holiday star decided to switch things up. Posting a photo of herself on Facebook sans a weave, Lathan revealed a thick and full head of hair. Lathan added the following caption: And the weave is out! #yesihaveALOTofhair #sandybrown #ineedatrim #ilovemyscalp
These single celebrity women have a lot going for them. They’re smart, Hot, beautiful, talented, and make their own money So why hasn’t anyone but a ring on it yet — assuming they want one?
Actress Sanaa Lathan has been a Hollywood staple since the late ’90s. While she has maintained consistent work since leaving the theater world behind and relocating to L.A., Nathan has kept her private life mostly private. The 42-year-old Best Man Holiday star dated football player Adewale Ogunyele for a few years but other than that, Lathan has kept her dating life to herself. A few months ago, she shared a photo of herself and San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick out together on a romantic dinner date. No word on if the two are a couple or if it was just dinner with a friend.