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You Got Your Degree in Beyoncénomics? Surprising Pop Culture College Courses

July 10th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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Pop culture always seems to have a way of influencing society whether it’s through trendy styles and habits. Should it be that surprising that universities across the country are also taking note and even tailoring classes to discuss non-traditional topics? Take a look at these surprising pop culture college courses. Does it make you want to go back to school?

14 Music Videos With “Attempt-able” Choreography

July 8th, 2014 - By Kendra Koger
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I’m going to let you in on a little secret… I’ve been harboring a deep desire to dance.  Every since my aunt Annette made my sisters and I watch a VHS of all of Michael Jackson’s music videos up until “Smooth Criminal” when we were children, I have loved everything that is choreographed and put to music.

However, I’m a little shy to dance on a stage… in front of a crowd… with eyes watching me.  So, I dance in private, while practicing these popular music videos with amazing choreography. And if I was a betting person, I would bet you have too (or at least marveled at them).  Which videos you ask?

Long Live The King Of Pop: 15 Of Michael Jackson’s Best Pop Moments

June 25th, 2014 - By Deron Dalton
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MadameNoire can tell you how great Michael Jackson is, but you already know. He’s the King of Pop!

But just because you know it, doesn’t mean you couldn’t use a refresher course. It’s only right that we recap Michael Jackson’s best moments in celebration of his life on the 5th anniversary of the pop icon’s death.

Long live the King of Pop who broke down barriers for black artists, inspired generations of people and united the world through music. No other entertainer can ever touch his impact. FACT!

Enjoy and relive his magic, once again!

Big Fortunes After A Famous Death: The Business Of Michael Jackson’s Estate… By The Numbers

June 25th, 2014 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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It’s unfathomable that Michael Jackson, from six feet under, can still — to this day – make a fortune. But it will blow your mind to know that MJ’s making millions more than the full-of-life King of Pop at the peak of his career.

June 25th marks the fifth anniversary of Jackson’s passing. So hey, why not commemorate the Moonwalkin’ Master with a “by the numbers” story?

Honoring his father’s passing, Prince — the King of Pop’s 17-year old son — is working closely with the many charities MJ has supported. “He was always concerned about humanity,” Prince said. “In his songs his message was simple — love.” The numbers don’t lie. Sources say Jackson gave up $500 million in his lifetime to countless causes.

His philanthropic heart landed him in The Guinness Book of World Records for being the most charitable pop star.

Today, if MJ’s ghost felt a bit generous, he’d have $700 million at his disposal to yield to various charities. That’s right — since the King of Pop’s death five years ago, Jackson has made just $300 million short of $1 billion, according to The Telegraph.

According to Business Insider, MJ made $160 million last year. He’s the highest-earning dead celebrity, far surpassing Elvis Presley — No.2 — by $105 million.

“Michael Jackson is making more money now, five years after his death, than he had been since the prime of his career,” said Zack Greenburg, author of Michael Jackson Inc.

At the pinnacle of fame, the beloved Billie Jean performer reeled in almost $100 million a year.

After Jackson’s tragic death, his estate’s first lucrative venture was the This Is It film — the motion picture made over $261 million worldwide. The Jackson estate also possesses the Beatles’ entire music catalog; it’s currently worth $1 billion, Fox News reports. MJ bought the collection for $47.5 million in 1985 — or $106 million in today’s inflation rate. What a return!

The estate is also bathing in cash from its 2010 $250 million Sony contract. According to The Wall Street Journal, the deal allows Sony to release 10 Jackson albums over a span of seven years. Sony is hoping that the MJ appeal will linger until 2017, but the latest posthumous Jackson album sales have been surprisingly sluggish.

The MJ CD, Xscape, only sold 286,000 copies after four weeks of sales (Coldplay’s Ghost Stories bested MJ with 386,000 units sold in two weeks). The Billboard Music Awards‘ King of Pop hologram was actually a marketing ploy for Xscape – it had the world talkin’, but definitely not buyin’.

As of last week, Xscape had sold 309,000 copies since its May 13 release. These numbers pale next to MJ’s other posthumous album sales: This Is It (890,000 copies) and Michael (434,000), according to Billboard.

But projects like the Las Vegas Cirque Du Soleil tour remind us that Michael Jackson’s still got it. It’s one of the highest grossing music tours of all time. Catering to more than two million fans, the spectacular show has raked in $340 million, the Tampa Bay Times says.

So who oversees of the Jackson estate? MJ’s lawyer John Branca and music executive John McClain.”The executors of Jackson’s  estate have been paid more than $25 million in compensation,” Fox News said. Jackson’s kids — Prince, Paris and Blanket — receive $8 million a year, according to The New York Post.

Taxes and business licenses are the estate’s biggest expense: $91 million between 2009 and 2013.

The estimated worth of the Moonwalk Master’s estate is over $1 billion.

#DoBetter: Celebrity Children Unfairly Attacked By The Internet

June 13th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Coming into the world of show business, stars know their lives will be dissected under the microscope by the media and the public but unfortunately these celebrity offsprings were also unfairly targeted and picked on online.

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Blue Ivy Carter

Before she was even born, Blue Ivy was one of the most talked about celebrity spawns. Parents Jay Z and Beyonce have done a great job of shielding their daughter Blue Ivy from the limelight during her first year but as soon as the R&B singer started sharing candid snapshots of mother and child, people started talking. Now the talk has reached a fever pitch in the form of a petition on Change.org to get Blue Ivy’s parents to comb her hair. The petition’s alleged creator Jasmine Toliver has publicly defended herself saying it was a joke and that she is a fan of natural hair.

From The Mic To On-Screen: Celebrity Singers Turned Actors

June 12th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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June is Black Music Month and to pay homage to the melodic contributions of some of our favorite artists we’re taking a look at a few of our favorite celebrity singers turned actors who make it tough to decide which role we like them in best. For more on the artists here, head over to XFINITY CelebrateBlackTV.com. From The Wiz to Dreamgirls, check out great films with even better soundtracks, plus interviews, music videos and more all month long.

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Jamie Foxx

When he put on a dress, blonde wig, fishnet stockings and pursed up his lips as In Living Color’s ugly Wanda, he stole the show. The character helped launchJamie Foxx’s career in Hollywood and he became so popular, he earned a show of his own. But before he became a household name as a bona fide actor, Foxx’s first love was singing. He began playing the piano at five years old and after he graduated from high school, the Texas native went to college on a scholarship to study classical music and composition. Foxx brought home an Oscar for his role playing legendary singer Ray Charles in the film Ray and he’s also released four albums dating all the way back to 1994.

Destiny’s Child Got Booed?? The Most Memorable Summer Jam Moments Ever

May 30th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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The year 1994 marked the beginning of Hot 97’s epic annual Summer Jam concert. Twenty years later, the concert featuring the biggest names in hip-hop and r&b is still going strong and continues to showcase the biggest names in music. Here’s a look back at some of the most memorable moments from Summer Jam.

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The Notorious B.I.G.’s Only Performance At Summer Jam

The year was 1995 and Bigge Smalls was the king of New York rap. The year before he released his debut single Juicy and then followed that up with the platinum-selling album, Ready To Die. When he descended onto the Summer Jam stage in ‘95 as the headliner, the crowd went wild. Dressed like a dapper don in a three-piece suit, Big had the crowd on its feet for his entire set. That would be the first and last time the Brooklyn rapper would perform for the radio station’s mega concert. He was shot and killed nearly two years later.

Happy Birthday Patti: Patti LaBelle’s Greatest Performances

May 24th, 2014 - By M A
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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.

Quincy Jones On The New Michael Jackson Album: “Everybody’s After Money”

May 21st, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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Though he’s been gone for quite some time now, Michael Jackson has got a new album on the charts, has lent his voice to a Jeep commercial and made a much-buzzed about appearance on the Billboard Music Awards moving like he hasn’t missed a day. Superstar producer Quincy Jones has got some thoughts on this surge of interest in all things MJ.

“They’re trying to make money. And I understand it. Everybody’s after money — the estate, the lawyers. It’s about money,” Jones told the Q talk show on CBC Radio. Jones worked on a number of Michael Jackson hits. Right now, “Xscape” is on its way to the top of the Billboard 200 charts. When asked if he was upset by all of these recent developments, Jones said yes, “but it’s not my business anymore.”

Besides any personal feelings he might have, Jones is embroiled in a lawsuit over the songs he worked on with the King of Pop.

“Jones’ comments come on the heels of a $10 million breach-of-contract lawsuit he filed in connection with Jackson’s projects released after the singer’s 2009 death. In a complaint filed last October in Los Angeles Superior Court, Jones alleged that master recordings he worked on were wrongfully edited and remixed so as to deprive him of back-end profit participation,” Billboard reports.

Anecdotally, we’ve seen comments on Twitter that echo what Jones is saying; that the people orchestrating this comeback are doing so for profit without regard for how disrespectful it is not to let Jackson rest in peace.

What are your thoughts on all of this? You can click through to Billboard to listen to the whole interview, BTW.

Boos Cheers & Controversy: Take A Quick Look At What’s Happening In Cannes

May 20th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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The Cannes Film Festival is happening in the south of France while you’re at work. Oh well, we can look on and vicariously experience it right?

Taking place between the 14th and the 25th, it’s easily the most glamorous film festival in the world. During the week-plus of the event, a number of the movies that you’ll be seeing in theaters during the coming months make their public debut, with cinephiles looking for early word of what they should spend their ticket money on and what can wait until Netflix.

Here are a few things you ought to know about the goings on at the festival.