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John Legend ain’t too happy about some of the voter ID laws in United States. The “Made to Love” singer plunged into a political campaign and launched a concert in North Carolina, a state with restrictive voting rights, to fight for America’s voice in choosing the country’s leaders, Afro.com reports.
In partnership with the NAACP, Legend urged his fans to promote voting rights at his recent concert in Durham, N.C. Legend sought to make registering to vote convenient by convincing concert-goers to simply text “LEGEND” to 62227. The Grammy Award-winning crooner will continue to campaign for this cause throughout his “Made to Love” tour.
“Launching in North Carolina, a state feeling the brunt of new restrictive and discriminatory election laws, will set the tone for concert goers across the country in states where some of the most egregious law changes have been introduced or implemented,” said the Rev. William Barber, president, NAACP North Carolina State Conference.
Ever since President Obama was elected in 2008, Republican legislative leaders have searched for measures to stifle the minority vote, though they argue they’re passing these laws to prevent voter fraud, which isn’t problem in this country. As a result, there have been “fewer early voting days, restrictive voter ID laws, purging of voter rolls and more,” Afro.com adds. It’s maddening, Legend says, that there are people who would implement laws to restrict some Americans from voting.
“Generations have fought hard and even died for this right, and now is not the time for our country to move backwards. All of our leaders should seek to have inclusive elections that reflect the true will of the people, no matter who they intend to vote for. The politics of exclusion are unacceptable,” Legend said in a statement.
Adding fuel to Legend’s fire, a July 2013 Supreme Court decision nullified a section of the Voting Rights Act that served to protect underrepresented American voters. The NAACP, which has launched its own battle against anti-voting strategies, is pleased that Legend is joining their team to heighten their efforts:
“[John Legend's] influence as a world-renowned artist and activist will be a catalyst to spread the word that it is not enough just to exercise your right to vote. We must also protect our right to vote for future generations,” said NAACP interim President Lorraine C. Miller.
Legend is no stranger to political activism. We’ve seen the singer wholeheartedly support Obama’s 2008 campaign. Legend sang “If You’re Out There,” a song for voter engagement, at the Democratic National Convention.
We know that artists often collaborate with each other to make music – but not all collabos are as well known as others. Check out our list of 15 celebs whose guest appearances and background vocals in songs were a major surprise.
Many would say this has been a long time coming, but we can officially say that John Legend and Chrissy Teigen married on Saturday in Europe.
According to PEOPLE, the couple were married in Lake Como, Italy in front of family and friends. While no “official” pictures have been released, the paparazzi was able to snap one photo of the couple during their ceremony. Chrissy posted a picture of the gown Sunday morning on Instagram. It was designed by Vera Wang and had an open back, lifted tulle skirt and hand-cut petal embroidered details. Beautiful!
For the reception, Chrissy changed into a second Vera dress, this one in an ivory color featuring a micro-pleated bodice and sheared organza full skirt. For the after party dress – yes, there was an after party dress – Chrissy wore a crimson Vera Wang strapless mermaid gown with a hand-draped bodice, inverted flange skirt and embroidered crystal wheat detail.
The details about John’s suit have yet to be disclosed.
One of the highlights of the day was likely when John sang “All Of Me” in dedication to his new bride. The song, written specifically for Chrissy, can be found on his new album Love In The Future and is a tearjerker.
We’re sure the couple, together since 2006 and engaged since 2011, had a great time partying while eating a multi-layer cake full of crepe, pastry creme and raspberry sauce.
Congratulations to John and Chrissy, the new Mr. & Mrs. Stephens!
R&B crooner John Legend proved that he’s not just good for serenading and hitting high notes— he’s also pretty good at motivational speaking. News One recently caught up with the singer during a performance in NYC and he offered some thought-provoking words of encouragement for young black men in conjunction with their Your Life Matters campaign.
“Your life matters not because of how much money you have, not because of what neighborhood you live in, not because of what you look like. Your life matters because you’re you and you’re valuable,” John begins.
The soon-to-married star went on to say that young black men have something to contribute to society, but they have to begin by carrying themselves as if they matter.
“You’re unique, you’re special and you have something to contribute to the world. So what does that mean? You have to act like your life matters. You have to educate yourself. You have to make sure that you prepare yourself for success in the world.”
In closing, he stressed the importance of giving back once success is attained.
“And when you succeed, you have to give back, so your life can continue to matter. So go out there and live that. Be that. Dream that. Know that your life matters.”
Check out John’s uplifting video on the next page.
The debate over whether or not Walmart adequately pays its employees still lingers, but get this—Walmart doesn’t even pay its celebrity entertainers to perform for their annual shareholder meeting which has thousands of cheering employees and board members in attendance, reports TheGrio.
Singing legends such as Smokey Robinson, Patti Labelle, Lionel Ritchie and the “Grown Woman” herself, Beyonce Knowles, have all performed for Walmart—for free. “We do not pay performance fees for celebrity guests,” Diana Gee, a Walmart spokeswoman told MSNBC. However, the company does offer coverage for hotel and travel expenses.
Walmart is the biggest retailer in the world with associates from China, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Japan, India, Africa, and Canada. It’s a symbol of where everybody in America shops, Dr. Mark Anthony Neal, professor at Duke University, told TheGrio. Just performing for such an influential and powerful retailer, TheGrio suggests, is adequate payment for these top-notch celebrities because of its exposure.
“When you consider yourself a brand, it is a smart partnership for you to align yourself with one of the biggest consumer retailers in the world,” said Marvet Britto, CEO of The Britto Agency.
“Every entertainer that is here has something to do with our business,” Gee continued. “There’s a connection from the business, whether it’s CDs, books, or t-shirts.” A symbiotic business relationship is formed — talents receive exposure for their latest projects and Walmart draws in publicity for its star-studded event where celebrities gushing about the retailer.
In the June 2013 meeting, Jennifer Hudson and John Legend stopped by to perform crowd-favorites while Tom Cruise delivered a speech about “how the company is using its size and scale to improve women’s lives around the world.” The host, Justin Timberlake, said, “Walmart’s awesome and everything actually does cost less!”
Wait a minute now, Justin. You haven’t worked a day in your life at Walmart. Are we just going to ignore the fact that Walmart workers have been protesting over poor working conditions and poverty-level wages? “[W]hat they said on stage didn’t really represent many of the workers, and it’s unfortunate that celebrity appearances can overshadow some of the very real issues that everyday people,” said Tsehai Almaz, a Walmart employee.
While employees complain that the celebrity performers are out of touch with the underlying issues plaguing Walmart, singers and entertainers are guaranteed a spot on Walmart’s shelves — retail space that symbolizes economic power — in exchange for a free appearance at their shareholder’s meeting. Not a bad exchange.
There’s only one way to describe John Legend’s latest video “Made To Love,”: captivating. Throughout the entire video, I was completely engrossed in the almost extraterrestrial visuals, body contortions and tight shots of Legend’s face.
In the song Legend talks about knowing he and the woman he’s singing about were meant for each other and how her presence in his life and their love lets him know God is real.
Oooh, have you ever known
We laid your eyes on
The perfect work of art
I knew right from the start
Oooh, I was never sure of a God before
But I know he must exist
He created this…
With these super sappy lyrics, you might think that the song is a slower tempo-ed ballad. But not so, the song has a throbbing bass line that almost makes this a dance hit. It might sound like it clashes but it works quite well.
Check out the video below and let us know if you dig this song as well.
For Tamar Braxton and LaLa Anthony, reality TV has extended their careers into new big business ventures. TV personality LaLa Anthony is now the new face of Caress Body Wash. “Love and War” singer Tamar Braxton is set to join John Legend in his “Made to Love” tour as the opening act, reports TheYBF.com
With LaLa’s Full Court Life vitality hanging by a thread, Anthony is salvaging her cash flow as Caress Body Wash’s new Fabulista Style Expert.
She has already used her platform on reality TV to pioneer her new cosmetics line, Motives. But now as a spokeswoman for Caress Body Wash, Anthony can continuously interact with an audience by showing “women how fragrance can inspire them to live fabulously,” said TheYBF. She will post weekly videos to talk about the latest fashion and beauty trends on Caress’ Facebook page.
“For me, fragrance is an essential part of any look because it sets the tone for my day, from how I feel to what I wear,” LaLa Anthony said. LaLa will also help launch Caress’ new Tempting Whisper Fine Fragrance Elixir Body Wash.
Tamar Braxton, on the other hand, by being the most entertaining sister on Braxton Family Values, has launched her music career to new heights. Along with a well-received “Love and War” soulful ballad under her belt, Braxton has caught the eye of John Legend.
Along with being a new mother and a member of The Real, she will be adding her soft-as-butter voice to John Legend’s “Made to Love” tour. The music duo will make 22 stops all across the country including Boston, New York, Atlanta, Miami, and Las Vegas, SingersRoom.com reports. She did that.
The tour will kick off on October 20th in Mashantucket, Connecticut and ending with their trek on December 1st in Los Angeles.
Fans can breathe a sigh of relief after waiting so long for the youngest Braxton singer to tour. According to TheYBF.com, vocal powerhouse Tamar Braxton has decided to open for R&B crooner John Legend on a nationwide tour. And although we are still waiting for the “Love & War” singer to announce an album release date and tour of her very own, we’ll settle for her hitting the road with Mr. Legend. The tour will coincide with the release of John Legend’s fourth studio album Love In The Future.
Tamar had a rough go of establishing a solo career, with here-and-there singles released throughout the 90s but no major record deals. The 90s were her big sister, Grammy Award winning, Toni Braxton’s time. Now with many more years of experience, a voice that just won’t wait and one of these best managers in the game as hubby, Ms. Tamar is finally on her way. Toting her new baby along for the ride. She has also become one of the hosts of the sassy new daytime talk show “The Real” along with comedian Loni Love; actress Tamera Mowry-Housley; actress/singer Adrienne Bailon; and TV style host, Jeanine Mai.
Tamar was waiting on her time and it looks like it all came at once. Congrats to her!
Check out the tour dates below. Will you be buying a ticket?
Mon-Oct 20 Mashantucket, CT – MGM Grand at Foxwoods – On sale July 26th
Tue-Oct 22 Boston, MA – Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre – On sale Aug 2nd
Wed-Oct 23 Washington DC – DAR Constitution Hall – On sale info coming soon
Fri-Oct 25 Atlantic City, NJ – Revel Casino Hotel Ovation Hall – On sale Aug 2nd
Mon-Oct 28 New York, NY – Beacon Theatre – Pre-sale July 24th / On sale July 26th
Thu-Oct 31 Durham, NC – Durham Performing Arts Center – Pre-sale July 31st / On sale Aug 2nd
Fri-Nov 01 Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre – On Sale Aug 3rd
Sun-Nov 03 Miami Beach, FL – The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater – On sale July 26th
Mon-Nov 04 Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall – On sale info coming soon
Wed-Nov 06 Austin, TX – Bass Concert Hall – On sale July 26th
Thu-Nov 07 Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie – On sale July 26th
Tue-Nov 12 Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre – On sale Aug 2nd
Wed-Nov 13 Toronto, ONT – Sony Centre for the Performing Arts – Pre-sale Aug 1st / On sale Aug 2nd
Mon-Nov 18 Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater – Pre-sale July 24th / On sale July 26th
Tue-Nov 19 Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre – Pre-sale on July 25th / On sale July 26th
Thu-Nov 21 Denver, CO – Ellie Caulkins Opera House – Pre-sale July 26th / On sale July 27th
Fri-Nov 22 Salt Lake City, UT – Kingsbury Hall University of Utah – On sale info coming soon
Sun-Nov 24 Vancouver, BC – Orpheum Theatre – Pre-sale July 23rd / On sale July 26th
Mon-Nov 25 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theater – On sale Sept 13th
Wed-Nov 27 Oakland, CA – Paramount Theater – Pre-sale Aug 1st / On sale Aug 2nd
Sat-Nov 30 Las Vegas, NV – The Pearl Concert Theatre at Palms Casino Resort – On sale info coming soon
Sun-Dec 01 Los Angeles, CA – Nokia Theatre L.A. Live – On sale Aug 2nd
It’s one thing to be smart, but it’s a whole other to be the top of the class. Before these famous folks were topping charts, television ratings, or setting other records, it was their grades that brought them recognition. Check out these surprising salutatorians and valedictorians.
Last month model and fiancée of R&B crooner John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, waged social media war against The New York Post when the publication reported that Legend had cheated on her in the bathroom of a New York night club. The way the story was told, John and a few of his guy friends were hanging out at the bar when someone spotted him following a blonde woman to the bathroom. Sources went on to say that they saw John pull the woman into the bathroom.
“He was walking in, and just grabbed her arm and brought her with him,” one eyewitness said.
Later that night, the woman was reportedly overheard gushing to friends about the “steamy make out session.” Once Chrissy caught wind of The Post’s report, she offered the paper a rather venomous tongue lashing via her Twitter page.
Her reaction garnered a few suspicious glances, especially since she had previously gone on a Twitter rant earlier that week about other women trying to sleep with her fiancé.
Since then, the pair have been pretty quiet regarding the rumors. Well, until now that is. The lovebirds are scheduled to appear on Sunday’s episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter and y’all know Ms. Winfrey refused leave their couch without asking about those cheating allegations.
“The Post accused you of cheating,” Oprah said pointing to John, who simply offered a childlike grin.
Of course, we’ll have to wait until the episode airs this Sunday to see how it all goes down.
Turn the page for a sneak preview. Do you plan on checking out John’s Next Chapter interview?