Music

Global Music Icon Janet Jackson Returns to Las Vegas for Epic Residency

(Photos by Farrenton Grigsby/Getty Images for JJ) by Derrel Johnson Global music icon Janet Jackson made her performance debut at MGM Casino in Las Vegas, at the tender age of 7. Some 46 years later, Jackson is back at MGM and she returns replete with her massive catalog of hits and an army of dancers. The singer …

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Brian McKnight

Brian McKnight Celebrates Love, Prince, and Whitney Houston in Las Vegas Concert

by Derrel Johnson Singer, producer, songwriter and musician Brian McKnight took his audience on a journey through his 27-year career of creating beautiful music while also paying homage to some of the greatest performers of all time during his recent concert at the 1,500-seat Encore Theater at Wynn in Las Vegas, Nevada. Performing songs from his 1992 …

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Today’s Hip Hop: Sports TV Station Ownership and Leadership

By Mashari Grissom Photo: Ice Cube and LL Cool J taken by Dylan Buell (Getty Images) Thank you for Hip Hop—was the comment that resonated the most on social media after LL Cool J and Ice Cube’s recent business venture was announced. The two legendary Rappers stapled in Hip Hop history, are in the process …

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A Queen, Mother Among Women: The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin 1942-2018

“Look at what you done for me… you make me feel so good inside “flowed as effortlessly as honey from a knife from a diva whose signature voice moved generations of people. Listening to Aretha Franklin’s breathtaking performance at the Kennedy Center before President Barack Obama was an exemplar of how a woman, grown gracefully …

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Meek Mill’s Lawyer ‘very optimistic’ Hip-Hop Star Will Soon Be Free

by Derrel Jazz Johnson Hip-Hop artist Meek Mill has been incarcerated since late 2017 for parole violation. But with allegations of falsifying information against the arresting officer in the original 2007 drug possession arrest, there is hope that the hip-hop star will soon be free. Since the new developments, the legal team of Meek Mill …

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Ice Cube & Allen Iverson Launch Basketball League

By: Derrel Jazz Johnson Hip-Hop legend, actor and producer Ice Cube was joined by NBA legend and former NBA MVP Allen Iverson in New York City Wednesday to launch the BIG3, a brand-new three-on- three basketball league that launches this summer. Entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz, Ice Cube’s business partner in this venture, and former NBA …

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Mercury Prize Winner Benjamin Clementine to Perform at Rough Trade NYC

Singer, songwriter and pianist Benjamin Clementine will return to New York this winter for a pair of intimate shows February 10 & 17 at Rough Trade NYC. The performances will feature material from Clementine’s debut album, At Least For Now, which just won the UK’s prestigious Mercury Prize. The award is the latest chapter in a remarkable success story including homelessness, cult …

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Ben Williams

Harlem Stage Presents Ben Williams: Dearly Beloved – The Music of Prince

Harlem Stage Gatehouse (150 Convent Avenue, Manhattan) Uptown Nights: Ben Williams: Dearly Beloved – The Music of Prince Featuring Special Guests Goapele, Frank McComb, Christie Dashiell, Jason Samuels Smith, W. Ellington Felton and surprise guests! Friday – Saturday, December 11 and 12 at 7:30pm Tickets: $40 Commissioned in part by the Harlem Stage Fund for New Work Assembling a stellar …

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Harlem Stage Presents Meshell Ndegeocello’s “Can I Get a Witness?”

Harlem Stage Presents a Listening Session for Meshell Ndegeocello’s “Can I Get a Witness?”, Featuring Toshi Reagon, December 3rd Harlem Stage Gatehouse (150 Convent Avenue, Manhattan) Can I Get a Witness? (The Gospel of James Baldwin) Listening Session Thursday, December 3 at 7:30pm Tickets: $15 On December 3, Harlem Stage will present an intimate discussion with Meshell Ndegeocello and collaborator Toshi …

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Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert with Alicia Olatuja

HARLEM STAGE PRESENTS A FREE CARNEGIE HALL NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERT WITH ALICIA OLATUJA, NOVEMBER 18 Harlem Stage Gatehouse (150 Convent Avenue, Manhattan) Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Alicia Olatuja Wednesday, November 18 at 7:30pm Tickets: Free with RSVP To kick off the 30th anniversary season of their partnership with Carnegie Hall, Harlem Stage is excited to collaborate with the Carnegie Neighborhood Concert Series (a program of the Weill …

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