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Win A Personal John Legend Concert By Donating To His Charity

February 11th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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With only three days left to enter John Legend’s contest/ Show Me Campaign charity fund, you can win your chance at a private John Legend concert at your wedding or, better yet, just because.

Depending on the amount you donate, you will also have a chance to get a phone call from John or receive a vinyl record of his most recent album. Each donated entry will go towards rebuilding the school auditorium at the former South High School in Springfield, Ohio. In a message from John, he says of the prize:

Let me perform an exclusive show for you and your loved ones for a very special reason—or none at all. I’ll be there with a library of songs perfect for whatever the occasion and setting. Your wedding? Cool, I’m into that. Backyard BBQ? I can hang. Toddler’s birthday party? Sure, as long as there’s no clown. I’ll dedicate a song to you and yours, let you perch yourself on the piano and maybe we’ll even do a Chopsticks duet! (I’ll take the hard part). See you for your big moment, whatever you decide that is.

The Show Me Campaign was initially launched in 2007 by John, in order to break the cycle of poverty by supporting programs that will provide children with quality education. In the past, Show Me has sponsored scholarships for girls in Africa and plans to convert the South High School auditorium into an educational community center once this fund drive has completed.

Enter and pledge your donation, so you can have your very own John Legend concert!

Why I Can’t Get Excited About Beyoncé Performing At The Grammys This Weekend

February 5th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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I had a feeling Beyoncé was going to come through at this year’s Grammy Awards. I just had a feeling. And turns out my intuition was on point, once again. And even though I looove to be right, I feel a way about the way this is going down.

I’ll explain; but first, the receipts.

Everyday this week, we’ve been learning who was and wasn’t performing. On the no list: Taylor Swift. On the yes list: Kanye West, Katy Perry, Sam Smith and Mary J Blige (together), Ariana Grande, Common and John Legend.

In a recent interview with Us Weekly, Common spilled the tea, confirming that Beyoncé would take the stage as well. Here’s what he said:

“We do have an incredible introduction to our performance. A segue into our song ‘Glory,’ as a tribute to Selma, being done by the great Beyoncé. That’s one of the greatest talents you can have, helping us segue into it. To co-create a performance with someone like her. It’s good.” 

If y’all don’t know, I love Beyoncé. I love her albums, she seems like a nice person, I defend her against people who are hellbent on denying her very real and glaring greatness. She literally inspires me.

But with all that being said, I feel a way about her performing with Common and John Legend.

According to Billboard, Bey will perform “Take My Hand Precious Lord” to honor Selma. Like, I said I ride for Bey and even though this is a tall order to fill, considering gospel great Mahalia Jackson sang it so memorably, I think she can do it. That’s not the issue.

If you’ve seen the movie Selma, you know that there is a scene in which David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, calls Ledisi, who portrays Mahalia Jackson, and she sings this very song to him. And Ledisi sang that song. I’m not one of those people who believes we only have room for one “fave.” If you’ve found yourself sleeping on Ledisi for far too long, in my best Dap from School Daze voice, “WAKE UP!” Her honeyed rich vocals and impeccable scatting abilities are unmatched in the industry.

And considering the fact that she actually starred in the movie Selma, along with Common, it only seems right that she would be the one to perform this song on this “great” stage.

But apparently, the industry doesn’t work like that.

At the end of the day, Beyoncé is a much bigger name. And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the fact that, with her light skin and straight hair, Bey Bey fits more neatly into the mainstream mold of beauty. But that’s not her fault. Genetics do what they do. I don’t even think Beyoncé is at fault for accepting the invitation to perform the song. Hell, if they asked me to perform “Take My Hand Precious Lord,” I might get up there and do a Negro spiritual hum. Who wouldn’t want to be associated with this classic and beautifully-made film?

But why couldn’t the two sing together, with Ledisi singing “Take My Hand Precious Lord” and Beyoncé singing… something else?

Anything else is just shady boots.

Judging by Ledisi’s Instagram, which I do follow, I know that she’s in LA for Grammy week and she’s also nominated for Best R&B performance of her song “Like This.” So there is absolutely no reason, other than exposure and industry shadiness, to keep her from doing what she consistently does, deliver a goose bump inducing and memorable vocal performance.

Basically, this should have been Ledisi’s moment.

John Legend Discusses How Touring Has Changed Now That He’s A Married Man: “It’s Much More Mellow”

January 30th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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John Legend and Chrissy Teigen have been married for more than a year now, but the public is still pretty curious about how married life has changed things for them. According to John, it has definitely slowed down his wild living while out on the road.

“Well, once you’re off the market, touring is different. [Laughs] I’ve been off the market since before I got married, but the early part of touring was going out, chasing girls, doing all of that, but once you retire from that game, it’s much more mellow,” he told Details.

“It’s more relaxing. I get more rest. It’s just more calm, and I’m more focused on being a good artist.”

Although his lady love may have caused him to hit the brakes on his roadie lifestyle, creatively, he continues to flourish. The nine-time Grammy Award-winning singer scored two nominations this year. He has a nomination in the bag for Best Rap Song for his role as a co-writer on Kanye’s “Bound 2.” He has also been nominated for Best Pop Performance for “All of Me (Live),” which was inspired by his wife. The newlywed says that if the Teigen-inspired track happens to win, it would be very meaningful.

“It definitely would mean a lot. That song is very personal. I sang it at my own wedding, and it’s been sung at a lot of other people’s weddings since then. That song is very special to me.”

Married life seems to be treating both John and Chrissy well. We’re wishing them all the best.

Where Are The Black Folks At? Oscar Nominations Announced And “Selma” Only Grabs Two

January 15th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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So, about those Oscar nominations…

This morning, the nominations for the 87th annual Academy Awards were announced, and while Selma was nominated, it was only for the categories of Best Picture, and Best Original Song for Common and John Legend’s Golden Globe-winning hit, “Glory.”

The lack of nominations for David Oyelowo in his role as Martin Luther King, Jr., and Best Director for Ava DuVernay, already have people talking, mostly for two reasons: For one, this will be the least diverse Oscars when it comes to acting nods since 1998, according to the Huffington Post (though we are reminded that the Academy is “93% white, 76% male with average age of 63″). And secondly, because Selma, and the film’s director, are amazing. Reactions on Twitter have been ones of confusion and disappointment:

“No Ava DuVernay, No David Oyelowo…That’s all folks. All Best Picture nom is a token invite.”

“Dear Academy. You show no love for [Ava DuVernay] so you get no love from me. I will not be watching the #Oscars this year.”

“The kind of movie #Selma Film would need to be to garner Academy love [Ava DuVernay] would never make that. She love her people too much”

“Sadly, it will be an all white #Oscars2015 ceremony…”

But if you ask DuVernay how she’s feeling (Oyelowo does not have a Twitter account by the way), she’s doing just fine without a Best Director’s nomination:


As for the rest of the nominees in the most important categories:

Best Actor

Steve Carell, Foxcatcher

Bradley Cooper, American Sniper

Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game

Michael Keaton, Birdman

Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Actress

Marion Cotillard, Two Days One Night

Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything

Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl

Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best Supporting Actor

Robert Duvall, The Judge

Ethan Hawke, Boyhood

Edward Norton, Birdman

Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher

J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Laura Dern, Wild

Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game

Emma Stone, Birdman

Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Best Adapted Screenplay

American Sniper, Jason Hall

The Imitation Game, Graham Moore

Inherent Vice, Paul Thomas Anderson

The Theory of Everything, Anthony McCarten

Whiplash, Damien Chazelle

Best Original Screenplay

Birdman, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo

Boyhood, Richard Linklater

Foxcatcher, E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness

Nightcrawler, Dan Gilroy

Best Original Song

“Everything Is Awesome” from The Lego Movie; Music and Lyric by Shawn Patterson

“Glory” from Selma; Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn

“Grateful” from Beyond the Lights; Music and Lyric by Diane Warren

“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me; Music and Lyric by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond

“Lost Stars” from Begin Again; Music and Lyric by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois

Best Director

Alexandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman

Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher

Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

If you wish to check out the full list, click over to the Academy Awards website, and you can watch the live show on February 22nd at 7E/4P. What are your thoughts on this year’s nominations?

John Legend, Common Score Golden Globe For “Glory”

January 11th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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John Legend and Common both have a lot to celebrate this evening as the two have scored a Golden Globe for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture for their song “Glory,” which has been featured on the soundtrack of Ava DuVernay’s Selma.

It was an emotional moment for both men who took time out while accepting their award to acknowledge issues of race and violence currently plaguing our nation.

“The first day I stepped on the set of ‘Selma,’ I began to feel like this was bigger than a movie,” Common said during his acceptance speech. “As I got to know the people of the Civil Rights Movement, I realized that I am the hopeful Black woman who was denied her right to vote. I am the caring White supporter killed on the front lines of freedom. I am the unarmed Black kid who maybe needed a hand, but instead was given a bullet. I am the two fallen police officers murdered in the line of duty. ‘Selma’ has awaken my humanity.”

“Selma is now,” he concluded.

John Legend, who revealed that he wasn’t called in to partake in the creation of the song until the last minute, also took advantage of the moment to shine light on social injustice.

“It’s so connected to what’s happening right now. We’re still in solidarity with those who are out there fighting for justice right now. We’re so grateful to write this song, hopefully as an inspiration to them.”

Well done, fellas!

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Who Is Solange’s Fiancé? 12 Popular Music Videos You Didn’t Know Were Directed By Alan Ferguson

November 11th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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We all heard yesterday that 28-year-old Solange Knowles is all set to marry music video director Alan Ferguson, 51, this weekend. And while we know that the two make a very charming couple, what else do we know about him? Well, I do know that he’s a pretty accomplished director, and he has worked behind the camera for many, many years. In fact, he’s actually behind some of our favorite videos over the years…


“Who You Wit” by Jay Z

“Who You Wit” was a song put out for the soundtrack of the 1997 film Sprung. While the video featured clips of the film (and a cameo by Joe Torry), Ferguson mostly shot Jigga man as he partook in a “Playa of the Year” contest, which he won of course. It had a very The Mack feel, which is why so many people enjoyed the visuals.

“Sometimes It Works Out”: Chrissy Teigen Says She And John Legend Hooked Up The Night They Met And Been Together Ever Since

July 10th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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For some John Legend fans, the singer’s relationship with Chrissy Teigen (they’ve been together for eight years and married for nine months) is head-scratch worthy. Some think that their personalities don’t match. While Legend is calm, cool and collected, Teigen gets into Twitter spats with people often and doesn’t mind sharing a risque picture or two. But they have managed to fall in love and stay in love despite. Teigen sat down with Wendy Williams this week and acknowledged that they are an odd match, and also discussed how they met and what’s next for the couple (aka, the kids question…).

On People Saying They’re An Odd Pairing:

“Some people are very thrown by it because they’re like, ‘Oh my God what a weird pairing!’ Why on earth would John do that? He needs to be with a Rhodes scholar!’ Of course, I went to community college for a couple of days [laughs], but I’m not ever going to be as smart as that man.”

The Day They Met On The Set Of A Music Video:

“I pretended not to care. We did the music video, we were together for 12 hours. This was eight years ago. And then we spent this entire day together, me in my underwear, him in a full suit. I went to go say goodbye to him at his hotel, and I just didn’t ever say goodbye that night [laughs].”

Wendy Williams: “You hooked up on the first night!?”

“Yeah, Yeah. Sometimes it works out!”

Trying To Make A Relationship Work After That:

“This had happened, and then I had to watch him on red carpets with other girls for a few months. Six months. He went on tour to Europe, and we just made sure to always stay in contact. I was pretending I didn’t care, but I wasn’t with anybody else…we’ve been together this entire time.”

If They Are Planning For Babies Now:

“My thing is, for the first five years I was really nervous, like ‘oh my gosh, am I pregnant?  What’s happening?’ But now I’ve gotten to the point where if I pee on the stick and it’s positive, I’ll have happy tears.”

Nothing wrong with the 90-day rule, but if you don’t have one, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a thriving and successful relationship! But what do you think? Check out Teigen’s interview with Williams below.

The Power Of The B-E-A-R-D: 15 Famous Men With The Best Facial Hair

July 9th, 2014 - By Julia Austin
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Sometimes good facial hair can bring out a man’s eyes, his cheekbones, his jawline and, well, our, as women, most primitive desires for a scruffy, gruff looking man! Here are 15 famous men with the best facial hair.






Saaaang Chile! Secular Singers Who Started In The Church

July 8th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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There has always been a connection between gospel and secular music and some of the most popular artists have gotten their start singing in the church choir before making a name for themselves in mainstream music. For more on the black church, check out the new Moguldom Studios documentary “Black Church Inc.” available on iTunes and Google Play now.

Singers Who Started In The Church


Whitney Houston

Dubbed “The Voice,” Whitney Houston’s powerful pipes helped her become one of the best-selling singers of all time. But before she conquered the world of R&B and crossed over to become an international pop icon, the “I Will Always Love You” singer honed her natural talents at the church. She first stood in the spotlight singing in the choir at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey where her mother was the choir director. After suddenly passing away in 2012, Houston returned to her childhood church for her homegoing service.

Famous Men Who Waited Forever To Marry Their Wives

June 9th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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They may have eventually put a ring on it but these celebrity men were in no rush to make it official. Here are some men who waited seemingly forever to marry their women.

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Although they haven’t been married for that long, T.I. and Tiny have been one of hip-hop’s favorite couples since 2001. The former Xscape member has stuck by T.I.’s side even when he served time for gun possession and again a year later when he was locked up for a parole violation. A few months after he finished his first term in March 2010, the couple, who had been engaged for three years, tied the knot in an over the top ceremony that took place over the course of two days. But the honeymoon phase would be interrupted a few months later when the rapper returned to jail.