Black music icons

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A lawyer for a son of Aretha Franklin asked a judge Tuesday to keep an eye on professional fees paid by the late singer’s estate, the latest jab in a dispute over assets left by the Queen of Soul. RELATED: Aretha Franklin’s Niece Steps Down From Managing Estate Separately, the judge […]

Donnie Simpson is more than just a pretty face. The legendary broadcaster is an award-winning radio pioneer who has had a 50 year career in radio. He celebrates his 67th birthday today. Born in Detroit Michigan on January 30th, 1954, Simpson is the son of a record store owner so he developed his love for […]

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A wrongful death lawsuit filed by Prince’s family members has been quietly dismissed in recent months, suggesting family members have reached settlements with defendants including the Minnesota doctor who saw Prince in the weeks before his death and the Illinois hospital that treated him for an opioid overdose seven days before he […]

Reports stating that Beyoncè was doing a Las Vegas residency had the BeyHive hyped. Well, they’ll have to wait a little longer for B’s next move, because it’s “absolutely not true,” her rep told Variety. The story spread after it was posted by Love B. Scott on his blog, citing “sources” that said she would […]

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California appeals court appeared strongly inclined Monday to give new life to lawsuits filed by two men who accuse Michael Jackson of repeatedly molesting them when they were boys. Three judges from the 2nd District Court of Appeal said in a tentative ruling that lawsuits from James Safechuck and Wade […]

War and racial tensions were at an unsettling high when Marvin Gaye released "What's Going On?" back in 1971. In 2019, a similar struggle exists.

We’ve always wondered if Tamron Hall and Prince were more than just friend and maybe today, we have somewhat of an answer. Tamron, as you may remember, when she was at NBC, was tight with the late musical icon. They texted every day and Prince was her unofficial wardrobe consultant. RELATED: Prince Memoir Reveals He […]

One of the most beloved love songs of all time could’ve been sang by Patti LaBelle.  On a recent episode of “Watch What Happens Live,” Patti LaBelle revealed to Andy Cohen that she was originally slated to sing “I Will Always Love You.” The song, which was originally written and performed by Dolly Parton to commemorate her former […]

Jessye Norman’s illustrious opera career and extraordinary artistry was honored at her public funeral. So was Jessye Norman the loyal friend, the humanitarian, the teacher and the person not only celebrated for her golden voice, but for her heart of gold. RELATED: Little Known Black History Fact; Jessye Norman Several speakers at Saturday’s four-hour service, […]

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The incomparable career of Missy Elliott, the rapper-singer-songwriter-producer-dancer whose music videos have moved the needle over the last two decades, was honored at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards, where Taylor Swift also took center stage with her gay pride anthem, “You Need to Calm Down.” Elliott earned the Michael Jackson […]

One of MTV’s most honored statues at the Video Music Awards ceremony may change its name, according to a new report from Page Six. The Michael Jackson Vanguard Award, named for the late singer, is usually given to a performer who has created timeless pieces of art through the medium of music videos. Reportedly executives at […]

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Patti LaBelle now has her very own street in her hometown of Philadelphia, and the legendary soul singer christened it with a song. A stretch of Broad Street was renamed “Patti LaBelle Way” during a ceremony Tuesday. “The Godmother of Soul” thanked the throngs of fans who clogged the intersection and treated […]