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T.S. Monk Talks Thelonious Monk's 100th Birthday Celebration & Plans Of Forthcoming Biopic

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 5:37 PM

It's been more than 30 years since the death of Thelonious Monk, but the pioneering bebop pianist continues to inspire a new generation of musicians through the Thelonious Monk Institute for Jazz.

Established in 1986 by Monk's son and daughter, Thelonious Sphere (T.S.) Monk III and Barbara Monk,...

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5 Ways James Brown Made An Impact On American Culture

(9) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 9:00 AM

As James Brown’s highly anticipated biopic, “Get On Up,” is set to hit theaters this Friday, The Godfather Of Soul’s legacy still persists eight years after his death.

Brown’s trademark stage presence has not only left an impression on legions of artists who followed in his footsteps, including...

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Sherri Shepherd's Estranged Husband, Lamar Sally, Adds More Drama To Divorce Battle

(52) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 1:52 PM

As television personality Sherri Shepherd continues to manage her public divorce battle with estranged husband Lamar Sally, new reports have surfaced regarding the couple's soon-to-be-born child.

According to TMZ, Sally, a television writer, is reportedly drafting legal documents in an effort to ensure that Shepherd, a...

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Jill Scott Reveals Most Difficult Challenge About Filming James Brown Biopic, 'Get On Up'

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 5:48 PM

James Brown’s highly anticipated biopic, “Get On Up” is set to hit theaters nationwide on August 1st. Starring “42” actor, Chadwick Boseman, Dan Aykroyd, Jill Scott, Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis, the film will chronicle Brown's early days living in poverty in Georgia, his rise to fame and...

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'Rising Star' Music Director, Ray Chew Talks Career & Robin Thicke, Marvin Gaye Comparisons

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 6:02 PM

Keyboardist and orchestral arranger Ray Chew has been a key figure on some of television's most watched shows, serving as music director and/or composer on "Showtime at the Apollo," "American Idol," "Dancing With The Stars" and ABC's newest singing competition series, "Rising Star."

Growing up...

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Dave Chappelle Reveals His One Rare Experience During Comeback Tour (VIDEO)

(2) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 5:32 PM

After selling out his recent string of Radio City Music Hall performances, Dave Chappelle is more than pleased with how fans have responded to his first headlining gig in over a decade in the Big Apple.

During a special surprise appearance during last weekend’s historic annual...

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Beyonce's Father, Mathew Knowles, Receives Second Paternity Suit

(24) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 2:14 PM

After facing his public child support battle with the mother of his 4-year-old son, Nixon Alexander Knowles, Mathew Knowles has reportedly received another paternity suit from a woman claiming the music executive is the father of her 4-year-old daughter.

TMZ reports 30-year-old “lingerie model”-turned-real estate...

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WATCH: Robin Thicke Details Aftermath Of Breakup With Paula Patton

(8) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 5:17 PM

This Tuesday, pop singer Robin Thicke released his latest album, simply titled "Paula." The album is being marketed as a full-length plea for reconciliation directed at Thicke's estranged wife, the actress Paula Patton. The couple separated in February, shortly after a series of public sightings of Thicke intimately touching and dancing with other women.

Unlike last year's up-tempo (and controversial) single "Blurred Lines," the new album finds Thicke striking a remorseful tone -- or at least attempting to -- as he reflects on his marital woes. Many have criticized Thicke for trying to win Patton back in such a public manner, saying the approach forces Patton into the spotlight whether she wants to be there or not. (Writing at The Atlantic this week, Sophie Gilbert said "Paula" is "one of the grossest, most manipulative records ever made.") Others have questioned whether the couple's split is just a publicity stunt.

For his part, in an interview with Hot 97 Tuesday morning, Thicke said that he hasn't actually seen Patton since March or so.

"I haven't seen her in four months," Thicke told hosts Ebro Darden and Peter Rosenberg. "And you know what, we're cool. She's the best girl in the world, a great mother and still a good friend ... But because we weren't ever together anymore and I still had so much I wanted to apologize for and things I wanted to take responsibility for. So that's pretty much what the album is about."

"I'm a man. I messed up," Thicke went on. "And I had to lie for a while, and then I stopped lying. That was actually good for me, because I was tired of lying. So this whole album is me revealing everything."

Thicke also maintained that cheating wasn't the reason he and Patton split, saying, "We're apart because we just couldn't be together anymore for a while. There's a hundred different reasons, there isn't just one."

Later that day, Thicke faced a much more critical audience during a Twitter question-and-answer session tagged with #AskThicke, in which users pointedly accused him of disrespecting and manipulating the woman he's supposedly trying to win back.

Check out more of Thicke's Hot 97 interview in the clip above.


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Bobbi Kristina Blasts Angela Bassett Over Whitney Houston Biopic

(143) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 5:10 PM

In recent years Bobbi Kristina has expressed her interest to portray her mother, Whitney Houston, in a biopic. And with the announcement of Yaya DaCosta starring in Lifetime’s developing film based on the late icon, one may question director, Angela Bassett’s thoughts on the 21-year-old’s...

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Joe Talks New Album, 'Bridges,' And His Thoughts On The Current State Of R&B Music

(1) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 5:56 PM

R&B singer-songwriter and seven-time Grammy nominee Joe is back with "Bridges," his 11th album in 21 years.

Featuring the Kelly Rowland-assisted lead single “Love & Sex Pt. 2,” the 16-track opus, released on June 24, features the 40-year-old crooner tapping into the complexities surrounding relationships and...

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Our Favorite 2014 BET Awards Performances (VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 12:48 PM

Live from Los Angeles' Nokia Theater, the 2014 BET Awards aired Sunday night, featuring some of the most talented artists in music. Aside from a few attendees donning white attire on the red carpet, the show also included some great performances from the likes of Chris...

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Spike Lee Set To Celebrate 'Do The Right Thing' Day With Brooklyn Block Party

(3) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 1:37 PM

As Spike Lee’s classic flick, “Do The Right Thing” steadily approaches the 25 year anniversary since its release on June 30, the film’s neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York is set to celebrate the milestone.

According to New York Pix 11, on Saturday Lee will...

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Chadwick Boseman Explains Why He Nearly Passed On Portraying James Brown In 'Get On Up'

(12) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 4:10 PM

Filling the shoes of "The Godfather Of Soul" James Brown for a feature-length film is not an easy task, according to actor Chadwick Boseman. This summer, the "42" star will play the lead role in Brown's highly anticipated biopic "Get On Up," alongside an all-star cast that includes...

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Dave Chappelle Continues Radio City Music Hall Gig Alongside Special Guest Nas

(11) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 2:48 PM

It appears Dave Chappelle fans can finally erase the comedian’s highly-publicized underwhelming performance during last year’s Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival from their memories with the funny man’s recent string of Radio City Music Hall performances.

Last night Chappelle graced the iconic New...

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Meagan Good To Religious Critics: There's Nothing Wrong With Being Sexy

(90) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 1:54 PM

Throughout her career, Meagan Good has alway attracted attention for her effortless beauty. But oftentimes the 32-year-old actress, who is married to movie executive and Seventh-day Adventist preacher, DeVon Franklin, has also caught flack from the religious community for baring too much skin at events.

Last year the “Think...

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53 Songs Your 19-Year-Old Intern Should Know From The 70s, 80s And 90s

(4) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 1:38 PM

Have you ever found yourself singing a classic, notable song around your friends or colleagues only to discover someone’s perplexed facial expression wondering what in the hell you’re singing?

Welcome to an average day in the office at HuffPost Black Voices, where we often have to educate our

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Charlie Wilson Talks New Music With Pharrell & Kanye West, Promotes Cancer Awareness

(2) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 5:41 PM

For decades, singer-songwriter Charlie Wilson has managed to overcome various personal and professional triumphs while maintaining relevance with his legions of fans. Despite struggling with drug addiction and homelessness in the '90s and prostate cancer in recent years, the former Gap Band frontman has found his way back...

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Angie Martinez Resigns From Hot 97 After 25 Years, Joins Rival Station Power 105.1

(6) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 4:43 PM

UPDATE: On Thursday morning, Clear Channel announced Angie Martinez would be joining the team at Power 105, the longtime radio rival of her former home station Hot 97.

According to the announcement, which was made less than 24 hours after Martinez announced her resignation from Hot 97,...

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Biz Markie Celebrates 25th Anniversary Of 'Just A Friend,' Promotes Healthy Living With New Cola Partnership

(4) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 5:25 PM

Biz Markie's knack for gracing a hip-hop track with vivid lyrics and his trademark beatboxing has swayed countless amounts of fans around the globe for over 20 years.

And as Markie, born Marcell Hall, famously professed on his 1988 track "Nobody Beats The Biz," when...

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Black Fraternities & Sororities Band Together To Shut Down Mona Scott-Young's Latest Project

(111) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 3:53 PM

For years, Mona Scott-Young has been behind the scenes effortlessly crafting the careers of Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott and 50 Cent, to name a few.

And in recent years, through her Monami Entertainment company, she has teamed with VH1 for various franchises including 'Love and Hip Hop,'...

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