The latest edition of PBS’ “Blank on Blank” web series takes on previously unreleased audio from a 1994 interview with Tupac Shakur, originally captured on microcassette. The video starts off with the late Shakur telling Entertainment Weekly reporter Benjamin Svetkey that his best case scenario in 15 years is “sprinkled in ashes, smoked up by […]

Jay Z and Beyonce say they plan to rid meat and animal products from their diets — at least until Christmas. “Psychologists have said it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. On the 22nd day, you’ve found the way,” Hov wrote Tuesday on his Life + Times blog. “On December 3, one […]

ATLANTA (AP) — Rapper Gucci Mane is facing federal firearms charges after authorities say he possessed guns on two occasions when police were called to investigate his behavior. The rapper, whose real name is Radric Davis, faces two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, the U.S. attorney’s office in Atlanta said Tuesday. […]

Essence Festival is rolling out the purple carpet for its 2014 event. Singer-songwriter Prince has been announced as headliner for the 20th annual Essence Festival, a celebration of music and culture being held July 3-6 in New Orleans. Prince, who performed at Essence in 2004, also headlined this year’s South By Southwest Music Festival in […]

Beyonce – whose 2013 has included a Super Bowl halftime show, a Grammy Award and a world tour – has earned her the title of the most sought-after star on online search engine, Bing. Kim Kardashian, who topped the company’s 2012 list, came in second ahead of a slew of female pop stars. Rihanna took third […]

Kanye West is in the news again, this time against fashion house Louis Vuitton because they wouldn’t take a meeting with him. “While I was in Paris I wanted to meet the head of Louis Vuitton and he said, ‘I don’t understand why we need to meet with you?’ I said, ‘Let me explain to […]

One week after Kelly Rowland made headlines for the bling suddenly on her ring finger, Us Weekly is reporting that the singer and “X Factor” judge is indeed engaged to her manager, Tim Witherspoon. This will be the first marriage for Rowland, who was previously engaged to NFL player Roy Williams. The couple split in […]

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stung by plunging approval numbers at a low point in his presidency, President Barack Obama is urging donors to buck up while making a thread-the-needle appeal for bipartisanship with Republicans even as he calls for replacing the House GOP majority and holding his Democratic edge in the Senate. Obama is seeking […]

Crouched inside a cage and wearing nothing but striped body paint, Chilli of the multi-platinum trio TLC is the star of a provocative new ad campaign for PETA that demands, “Boycott the Circus.” The ad, which be can reviewed here, reveals that tigers used by circuses are beaten into submission—and when they’re not “performing,” they’re […]

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — RZA sees the latest Wu-Tang Clan endeavor as the end of the influential rap group as we know it. The 44-year-old Wu-Tang leader and producer says he’s still six weeks or so away from finishing the Clan’s overdue new album “A Better Tomorrow.” The process has made him realize he’s got […]