MTV, Save the Music launch grant named after J Dilla
NEW YORK (AP) — MTV and the Save the Music nonprofit organization have launched a grant named after the J Dilla, the highly influential rapper-producer who died in 2006.
Henson and Badu say comments on R. Kelly misrepresented
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Taraji P. Henson and Erykah Badu want to clear the air.
The pair, who star together in the upcoming comedy "What Men Want," say their comments regarding R. Kelly have been taken totally out of context.
The "Empire" actress recently posted an Instagram story where she looked up the hashtag #MuteRKelly and later looked at one for #MuteHarveyWeinstein, noting there were much more for Kelly, and then typed "Hmmmm."
Henson, Badu respond to R. Kelly backlash
Timbaland re-emerges as in-demand hip-hop producer
NEW YORK — Most shoppers visit Procell, a tidy boutique on the Lower East Side that specializes in vintage 1990s fashion, in pursuit of nostalgic, age-softened eye candy, even though some weren’t alive when Red Hot Chili Peppers tour shirts and Erykah Badu promo tees were screen-printed.
Minnesota’s hip-hop mega-fest Soundset to feature Migos, Logic, Erykah Badu, Wu-Tang in 2018
Year 11 might be the craziest one yet for Soundset, based on the lineup announced Wednesday morning for the consistently popular Twin Cities hip-hop festival.
Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg to headline Essence
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Janet Jackson is returning to the stage at the Essence Festival.
Organizers announced the 2018 lineup Thursday for the July 5-8 festival in New Orleans. Jackson last performed at the festival in 2010.
Among other headliners are perennial fan-favorite Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu and Jill Scott, with special guests Snoop Dogg and appearances by others including The Roots, Xscape, Fantasia and Miguel.
Erykah Badu claims supportive Hitler stance ‘misconstrued’
NEW YORK CITY (AP) — Erykah Badu claims her words were "misconstrued" in the wake of a controversial interview in which she said she sees a "good" side to everyone, including Adolf Hitler.
In a series of tweets Thursday, the singer stressed she was trying to impart a "message of compassion" and encouraged people to read the entire interview, not "out of context" and "selective" headlines. "I don't want 2 force U 2understand the way I love. I'm hopeful tho," she wrote.
The Latest: Erykah Badu responds to her Hitler comments
NEW YORK CITY (AP) — The Latest on Erykah Badu and her controversial comments on Bill Cosby and Adolf Hitler (all times local):
Erykah Badu has responded to criticism following an interview in which she said she sees a good side to everyone, including Adolf Hitler.
In a series of tweets Thursday, the singer stresses she was trying to impart a "message of compassion" and encouraged people to read the entire interview, not "out of context" headlines.
Bruno Mars has big night at Soul Train Awards
It was a big night for Bruno Mars at this year’s Soul Train Awards.
The ceremony aired Sunday and Mars led the night’s winners, taking home awards for best R&B and soul male artist, video of the year, album and mixtape of the year, song of the year and best dance performance.
Singer SZA won best new artist and best R&B/Soul female artist.
‘History of Hip Hop’ professor at Duke, Harvard
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — One day this past spring, Duke University's "History of Hip-Hop" class turned to current events. Grammy-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar's latest album had just been released and was about to debut at the top of the charts, so students were discussing their takes on it.
Erykah Badu offers ‘soul therapy’ ahead of Soul Train Awards
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — There's no question that Erykah Badu is the soul hostess. On Sunday, she'll host the Soul Train Awards on BET. But earlier this week, she was the soulful host who invited a small group of reporters to a West Hollywood hotel suite for an introductory lesson on chakras.
Rising singer Daniel Caesar blazes trail with celeb fan base
NEW YORK (AP) — What do Stevie Wonder and Kylie Jenner have in common? They're both fans of rising R&B singer Daniel Caesar.
The golden-voiced Canadian singer, who also counts Coldplay's Chris Martin, Rick Rubin and Erykah Badu as admirers, has built a strong celebrity fan base, thanks to his smooth, soulful R&B sound.
Caesar calls Wonder "one of my favorite songwriters of all-time," and said meeting the iconic musician left him star-struck.
Chappelle on 30 years in showbiz and sensitivity in comedy
NEW YORK (AP) — As Dave Chappelle reflects on spending 30 years in comedy, he says he's grateful and humble to still be living his dreams onstage.
"In all honesty, I mostly feel grateful that I survived it, and that I'm able to still do it, and that I have the respect of my peers," the 43-year-old said in an interview Friday night following a show at Radio City Music Hall, where he was joined by The Roots, Dead Prez and T.I.
Nostalgia runs the risk of overshadowing a musician’s sound, but Shawnee Dez has found a pleasant middle ground.
Her love of soul music is more than just a retread of contemporary throwback trends. Soul runs through her veins. “Nostalgia is my thing,” Dez said. “I love thinking about the past.”
Essence honors Erykah Badu for 20 years of ‘Baduizm’
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In the 20 years since her groundbreaking debut "Baduizm," Erykah Badu has only gotten more creative. Besides continuing to make music, she's been a TV host and producer, performed with her daughter in the Lone Star Circus and delivered dozens of babies as a certified doula. She even changed her Twitter handle to ErykahBadoula .
Review: Emily Estefan ably steps out of her parents’ shadow
Emily Estefan, "Take Whatever You Want" (Alien Shrimp Records)
She arrives with a last name beloved in the music world and dangerously treads in the same footsteps as her parents, who have 26 Grammy Awards combined. And yet Emily Estefan manages to make an impressive splash on her debut album.
The 22-year-old daughter of pop superstar Gloria and Emilio Estefan's "Take Whatever You Want" is a 14-song shimmering, jazz-influenced beauty she wrote, performed on and produced.
Drake nabs 12 Soul Train Awards nominations; Beyoncé gets 8
NEW YORK (AP) — Drake has nabbed 12 nominations for the 2016 Soul Train Awards.
Nominations for the rapper-singer, who canceled three shows this week due to an ankle injury, include video, album/mixtape and song of the year.
Beyoncé follows Drake with eight nominations, while Rihanna, Kanye West, Adele, Chance the Rapper, Bryson Tiller and Anderson.Paak will compete for multiple awards.
- The Times-TribuneFriday Playlist: Funky SongsAugust 1, 2019
- WRAL-TVJill Scott, Run D.M.C. to headline Art of Cool FestivalMay 15, 2019
- Houston ChronicleMust List: Erykah Badu and the Astros prophet come to HoustonJuly 5, 2018
- Cleveland.comCommon, Snarky Puppy highlight remainder of 39th Tri-C JazzFestJune 29, 2018
Another Hopscotch is in the books, Raleigh. Lots of high moments this year, but, sadly, I was one of the unfortunate souls to have their Friday night schedule crushed with the late arrival of Erykah Badu and hour delay for Young Thug.
Regardless, there were a few highs I was glad I did not miss.
Music, comedy, art and more this week in Metro Detroit
at Chene Park
Songwriter, singer, actor and activist, Erykah Badu will donate a portion of her ticket sales from this concert to help fund the testing of the backlog of untested rape kits in Detroit. 8 p.m. Fri. $41 lawn, $51-$71 pavilion. 2600 E. Atwater, Detroit. (313) 393-7128.
at Bele Isle
OABI, an acronym for "Once Around Belle Isle," is an outdoor event that blends craft beer, live bands and recreational...
Building his brand: rapper Nas ventures into filmmaking
ATLANTA (AP) — Nas, one of music's most revered lyricists and story tellers, is taking his talents into filmmaking.
The rapper has traded performing onstage to work behind-the-scenes as an executive producer on projects including Netflix's "The Get Down" and IFC Films' "The Land," which opens in New York and Los Angeles on Friday. Nas said he's looking to make a mark in film like he has done in music.
"I'm right on track of what I'm supposed to be doing in my...
BET Awards full of Prince tributes and political moments
Politically charged BET Awards honor Prince, Muhammad Ali
- Business WireSave the Music Launches First-Ever Electronic Music Grant Named After Legendary Producer J DillaAugust 26, 2019
- Business WireIndia.Arie, Common, Erykah Badu, Ari Lennox, Elle Varner, Monica, Kiana Ledé, Maimouna Youssef a.k.a. Mumu Fresh, Crystal Waters, Cece Peniston, Robin S., and DJ Cocoa Chanelle, Set to Perform at the 2019 BLACK GIRLS ROCK!® AwardsAugust 22, 2019