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The United Negro College Fund Announces New Michael Jackson & Ray Charles Scholarships

May 20th, 2015 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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Image Source: WENN

Image Source: WENN

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) is channeling the golden hearts of the iconic Michael Jackson and Ray Charles to dole out scholarships for high-achieving students in need, EurWeb reports.

The Michael Jackson scholarship will provide financial aid for high school seniors planning to major in social science or communication arts in a UNCF college or university. Candidates must write an essay, complete an application profile, and provide a transcript. Candidates must also have a 3.0 to 4.0 grade point average (GPA).

If selected, the student will be moonwalking with a $5,000 award.

As for the Ray Charles scholarship, UNCF partnered with the Ray Charles Foundation to make this college grant a reality. To be eligible for this scholarship, students must be African-American juniors enrolled at a UNCF college or university and demonstrate an unmet need in financial assistance.

If you don’t have a GPA between 3.0 and 4.0, you can “Hit the Road Jack” because this scholarship is for students with impressive grades.

“The mission and purpose of the foundation came from Ray Charles himself,” ScholarshipOnline wrote. “In 1996, under his direction and guidance, the foundation embarked on a pattern of generous contributions and donations to various educational institutions across the United States.”

The award amount from the Ray Charles scholarship is $4,500.

Are you interested? For the Michael Jackson scholarship, click here. For the Ray Charles scholarship, click here.

Since The Oscars Were So White: The Blackest Award Show Moments Ever

February 23rd, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Don’t know if you noticed but the Oscars didn’t exactly have that much for Black people. With the exception of Common and John Legend performing and winning the Academy Award for their song “Glory,” the show was a sea of White faces. It’s the reason we didn’t live tweet the show like we usually do. Instead, we simply showed you what our faves were wearing on the carpet. So in honor of our disappointment and in anticipation for tonight’s BET Honors, we’re highlighting some of the Blackest moments from award shows in the past decade or so.

King Of Pop Still No. 1 On Forbes’ List Of Top-Earning Dead Celebrities

October 16th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Source: Epic Records

Source: Epic Records

Michael Jackson is still the King of Pop! Jackson has once again topped Forbes‘ list Top-Earning Dead Celebrities. There were 13 late celebrities in all who earned a total of $363.5 million over the last 12 months, reports the magazine.

Jackson ranked No. 1 with a whopping $140 million in earnings. His second posthumous album release, Xscape, which debuted at No. 2 on the charts, put him back on top for yet another year. You may also recall, in a controversial move, Jackson “performed” (in hologram form) on stage at the Billboard Music Awards.

After Forbes looked at estimates of what each estate brought in between October 2013 and October 2014 (not deducting for taxes or things like management fees), Elvis Presley came in second place with an estimated $55 million in earnings over the 12-month period. The Presley estate got a boost after Authentic Brands Group bought the rights to everything Elvis last year for a reported $125 million. Besides this, Presley’s estate still makes millions due to the hordes of tourists who visit Graceland annually and Elvis’ extensive music library. Like Jackson, ABG plans to increase earnings with a performing hologram Elvis. ABG CEO Jamie Salter informed Ad Week that hologram Elvis will tour in the spring and may even make an appearance in Elvis’ old stomping ground of Las Vegas. Or get this — even perform with hologram Michael Jackson.

Snoopy cartoonist Charles Schulz was third with $40 million. His Peanuts characters continue to live on due to online versions of the comic strip. Then there’s the mega merchandising and the MetLife ads featuring Snoopy and the bunch. Soon there will be a 3-D movie from Fox studios, debuting November 2015.

Jackson’s longtime friend Elizabeth Taylor was fourth with $25 million in earnings. Her best-selling perfume and movies, landed her in that slot.

In fifth place is reggae singer Bob Marley with an estimated $20 million in earnings. The extensive merchandising–from mugs to  messenger bags to T-shirts to a line of fruit-flavored drinks–kept Marley in the top five.

Jackson Family Treasures–From Sex Toys To Master Recordings–Being Sold Online

September 12th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Source: Epic Records | “Man in the Mirror”

Would you buy a pair of used socks possibly worn by Michael Jackson? Or LaToya Jackson’s sex toys? Peter Siegel of Gotta Have It! Collectibles is hoping so. His auction house is handling the sale of an odd array of items once belonging to the Jackson family.

Due to a bankruptcy court proceeding involving a major collector, a boatload of Jackson family possessions is being auctioned off online. “Some of the items are ordinary items that could come out of any household — but when it has the provenance of being from the Jackson household, that’s history,” Siegel told the New York Daily News.

There are a tons of items–from fascinating to valuable–including a black tuxedo that was worn not by the King of Pop, Janet Jackson’s bras, photo albums, and even court documents from a 1987 restraining order Michael Jackson took out against a woman who claimed she was the Billie Jean from his 1983 hit song of the same name.

The most collectible are probably 56 master recordings of the Jackson 5 and reel-to-reel tapes that contain versions of never-released songs, including the group covering the Donny and Marie Osmond classic “A Little Bit Country.” But Siegel warns that while the tapes are the highlight of the auction, they aren’t being sold with copyrights to publish the songs.

The online auction runs through Sept. 19 via the auction house’s website. Most of the bids are starting at $100, with the exception of the master tapes, which start at $1,000.

The possessions previously belonged to New Jersey-based Vintage Associates, which filed for bankruptcy in 2013. And it had gotten the goods from one of its creditors, Henry Vaccaro, a major collector of Michael Jackson memorabilia, according to court records.

Amazingly, the items have been in a storage locker for decades. A federal bankruptcy court in New Jersey selected Gotta Have It! Collectibles to auction off the property.

Other possessions will be sold as individual lots, such as filing cabinets packed with Joe Jackson’s business documents; Michael’s Peter Pan collection, his personal stereo, and some of his childhood toys — including a troll doll with yellow hair; miscellaneous clothes once worn by members of the Jackson 5 for performances; costume jewelry;  shoes; belts; and exercise equipment.

Additionally some of the possessions are being sold as grab bags (grab boxes, really). There are 24-by-36-inch boxes filled with hundreds of “mystery holdings,” Siegel said.

“This is a great way for the general public to own a piece of Jackson family history for as little as $100,” Siegel said.

Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of Michael Jackson’s “Bad”

August 29th, 2014 - By Deron Dalton
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Source: Epic Records | "Bad" Album

Source: Epic Records | “Bad” Album

MadameNoire compiled a list of iconic moments and behind-the-scene secrets about the making of the legendary album, Bad. The visionary pop album came out two days after MJ’s 29th birthday. The release date was August 31, and he was born on today, August 29. The Bad album became MJ’s third consecutive number one album and another historic moment for the King of Pop.

Bet you didn’t know, MJ originally planned for Bad to be a third-disc album, after MJ wrote over 60 songs for the album, but Quincy Jones convinced him to make an one-disc LP.

Ray Charles Could’ve Seen Those Mistakes! 20 Successful People Who Lost it All

August 29th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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Whether it’s living outside of your means, making a bad business deal or trusting the wrong people to handle your finances, things can happen that might leave you in the red. It’s very easy to assume a person who we think “has it all” is living free of issues when in fact they could very well be on their last. Here’s a look at some successful people who at one time lost it all. Luckily many have bounced back, though some continue to go through the fire.

Do you think they are to blame, or is it on their accountant?

Check out the trailer for “When The Checks Stop Coming In,” the latest from Moguldom Studios. And purchase this new documentary, click here.

The King Of New Jack Swing: 11 Hit Songs You Probably Didn’t Know Teddy Riley Wrote And Produced

August 19th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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A majority of the music we were jamming to in the late ’80s and early ’90s we can thank Teddy Riley for. One of the big New Jack Swing producers of the time, Riley made hits for all your favorite artists. Jams for Heavy D. “Remember The Time” for Michael Jackson? Yeah, that was him. He also collaborated with Jay Z (“City is Mine”). And it should be known that all Guy songs and Blackstreet jams (“No Diggity” anyone?) were brought to fruition with the help of Riley. He’s a genius really. And while we knew he was behind some major hits, there are others we found out about that surprised us, like the following songs:


“It’s In The Mornin'” by Robin Thicke feat. Snoop Dogg

The song, off of Thicke’s Sex Therapy: The Session album 2009), was probably the biggest hit on the CD next to the song the album is named after. It was the anthem for those who enjoy fooling around first thing in the morning.

Is Jhene Aiko Really The Next Sade? 10 Musical Comparisons Made That Don’t Make Sense

August 18th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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In today’s day and age, you can’t just be a talented musician without someone looking to compare your talents to someone else. That includes the legends, as well as today’s icons. But sometimes, even when people mean well, some reach quite far when comparing today’s artists to those of the past and present. Here are a few examples of musical comparisons gone left…

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Jhene Aiko Being Compared To Sade

I’m a pretty huge Sade fan, and really, I don’t think there is anyone like her musically. This is not to say that she’s the greatest to ever do it, but she carved out her own lane and is one of the few performers who can go on long breaks and still be welcomed back with open arms (and #1 albums) when she returns. So when I heard the comparisons between Sade Adu and Jhene Aiko, I raised an eyebrow. Aiko said that at one point, people classified her and her music as a “younger Sade with urban stories.” And in VIBE she said it’s a comparison she embraces: “That’s great if people think that because she’s amazing. That’s someone I’d love to be in the same lane as.”

Billboard Reports Nicki Minaj Has More Hot 100 Hits Than The King Of Pop

August 15th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Nicki Minaj is undeniably on fire right now and she has the numbers to prove it. With her latest single, “Anaconda” making the charts this week at #19, Minaj has earned her 51st entry on the Hot 100 Hits list. Therefore, she has surpassed Michael Jackson, The King Of Pop, who held 50 entries on the Hot 100. Now Minaj is tied with the legendary singer, Rod Stewart.

Billboard magazine reports that Minaj has taken the lead on the Hot 100 as a female rapper and Missy Elliot has the second slot in the category with 31 entries. Currently in the genre of hip hop, Minaj ties with Eminem who has the seventh best total and Lil Wayne leads the entire Hot 100 with 122 entries as a rapper. Minaj expressed her gratefulness through Instagram, captioning the news with:

Made history today. I didn’t even know I was tied with Michael Jackson with 50 Hot 100 entries on Billboard. Anaconda makes 51 and now I’m tied with Rod Stewart. God bless, and thank you.

This serves as good news for Minaj, who recently spoke to The Fader about her upcoming album “The Pink Print” and how she survives the music industry.

Congratulations, Nicki!

Beyoncé To Perform And Pick Up The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award At MTV Video Music Awards

August 7th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Another day, another big accolade coming Beyoncé’s way.

According to Rolling Stone, ‘Yoncé will pick up this year’s Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. For those who don’t know, the award is something of a Lifetime Achievement Award for artists who have had an impact on MTV’s culture. It’s been given to directors (Hype Williams picked up one in 2006 for example) as well as musicians whose videos and work have transformed the way people watch music videos and watch MTV in general. Considering that her visual album from December was a huge success, I guess it makes sense that she would be the next artist to be honored. Justin Timberlake picked up the award last year and put on a pretty epic performance that included ‘N Sync reuniting, and a medley of all his solo hits. With that in mind, I’m sure Beyoncé will put on quite the show. Other Vanguard winners include Jackson of course (the award, once just the “Video Vanguard Award” was renamed after him in 1991), Janet Jackson, Madonna, Britney Spears, LL Cool J, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and more.

On top of picking up that award, the singer is also the most nominated artist for this year’s awards ceremony. She is nominated for eight awards, including Video of the Year for “Drunk in Love” with her husband, Jay Z. This will be her first time at the show since she revealed to the world that she was pregnant with Blue Ivy back in 2011.

The show will take place on August 24, 9/8 c.