Anita Baker, Meek Mill shine at BET
Anita Baker, H.E.R., Meek Mill shine at BET Awards
The 2018 BET Awards barely handed out any trophies with big stars like Cardi B, Drake and Kendrick Lamar absent, but the show included superior performances by rising singer H.E.R., rapper Meek Mill and gospel artist Yolanda Adams, who paid tribute to Anita Baker and nearly brought her to tears.
Baker, an eight-time Grammy winner who dominated the R&B charts from the early '80s to mid-90s, earned the Lifetime Achievement Award on Sunday at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the 2018 BET Awards, which are being presented Sunday at the Microsoft Theater (all times local):
Rapper Meek Mill has performed a new song, "Stay Woke," on the BET Awards with a striking performance that touched on police violence against black youth and prison.
Correction: Jazz Fest story
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In a story May 5 about the New Orleans Jazz Fest, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of an Aerosmith song as "Sweet Misery." The band's song "Cryin'" includes the phrase "sweet misery."
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Aerosmith drew a huge crowd and smaller but still packed crowds boogied to Cage the Elephant, Delbert McClinton and Anita Baker and a rousing mix of other musical acts as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival wound up its next-to-last day.
LL Cool J added to 2018 Jazz Fest lineup
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is adding rapper LL Cool J to its 2018 lineup.
Organizers announced the addition to the bill on Tuesday. He will perform on Friday, May 4.
The event is scheduled April 27-29 and May 3-6 at the New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course.
Detroit – Rosa Parks' lawyer has turned over pieces from a missing treasure trove of civil rights, Motown and African American history but several items remain missing ahead of a deadline Tuesday, including the icon's key to the city and slave shackles.
Johnny Gill stops by Beans & Cornbread with pals
Larry “Poncho” Brown has many accolades that he earned with the stroke of a paintbrush.
A Baltimore native, Brown once earned the distinction of being among the youngest inductees at Carver Vocational Technical High School Hall of Fame, and among the many awards he has received are a 2008 Black Music & Art Award and the 2000 Artist of the Year Award presented by the African-American Visual Art Association.
‘Thriller’ songwriter Rod Temperton dies in London at 66
LONDON (AP) — Rod Temperton, a British-born musician and songwriter with a singular knack for pop-funk who wrote the Michael Jackson classics "Thriller," ''Rock With You" and many other hits, has died of cancer in London at 66.
His music publisher said in a statement Wednesday that Temperton had died last week of an "aggressive" cancer. No other details were provided.
The Latest: Stevie Wonder tops Prince tribute show lineup
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on plans for a family sanctioned tribute concert for the late rock superstar Prince (all times local):
Stevie Wonder and members of Prince's inner circle will highlight a family-sanctioned Prince tribute concert in St. Paul on Oct. 13.
Vaughn Harper of Teaneck, the velvet-voiced disc jockey long synonymous with New York radio station WBLS, where he showcased R&B, jazz and blues on his late-night show, “Quiet Storm,” died Saturday at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. He was 70.
The cause was complications of diabetes, said his wife, Sandra.
“A lot of people my age are not aware of the history of our music — black music,” Mr. Harper said in an interview with Newsday in 1988,...