Black music icons

CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — Prince seems to be shedding his reclusive reputation and becoming a party animal. In recent weeks the superstar has hosted late-night jam sessions where he serenaded Madonna, celebrated the Minnesota Lynx’s WNBA championship and showcased his latest protege, singer Judith Hill. Hundreds of fans descended on suburban Paisley Park Studios on […]

Rihanna, watch out now. Just when you’d rightfully earned all the cool points for being the realest and funniest musician on Instagram, here comes Prince, joining the popular social media site like it was a Beyonce CD, with no announcement or promotion. He calls his account Princestagram though you can find it at the very […]

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles judge has finalized Stevie Wonder’s divorce from fashion designer Kai Millard Morris. Superior Court Judge Christine Byrd finalized the pair’s divorce on Monday, more than three years after the Grammy-winning singer filed to end his second marriage. Wonder and Morris were married in September 2001 and separated in […]

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Trumpeter Ben Cauley, a member of the Stax Records group the Bar-Kays and the only survivor of the 1967 plane crash that killed most of his bandmates and Stax star Otis Redding, has died in Memphis. He was 67. Cauley’s eldest daughter, Chekita Cauley-Campbell, said her father died late Monday at […]

DENVER (AP) — Aretha Franklin is expressing her relief after a federal judge blocked The Telluride Film Festival screening of a documentary about a 1972 concert without the singer’s consent. Franklin says in a statement issued Saturday: “Justice, respect and what is right prevailed and one’s right to own their own self-image.” U.S. District Judge […]

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A choreographer who accused Michael Jackson of years of molestation cannot pursue his allegations against the singer’s estate because he waited too long to file the legal action, a judge ruled. Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff wrote in his ruling Tuesday that Wade Robson’s claim is untimely and should be dismissed. […]

  Billie Holiday is one of the most influential singers of her era, a powerful jazz vocalist whose voice carried the emotions and burdens of her rough upbringing and ongoing struggles. Despite her hardships, Holiday achieved memorable heights in her career. Today marks 100 years since the birth of “Lady Day,” and her journey and […]

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Those attending New Salem Baptist Church in north Minneapolis were surprised by a famous visitor during Sunday’s service. There in the front pew was singer, songwriter and musician Stevie Wonder who happened to be in town for a performance at the Target Center. The Rev. Jerry McAfee knows Wonder and extended an […]

Bobbi Kristina Brown remains in an Atlanta hospital where it is reported that she is fighting for her life. In a mysterious incidient, Brown was found unresponsive at her Roswell, Georgia home by her husband and a friend described as a “former flame.” Since then, as both her father, Bobby Brown and her family have […]

Ever since James Brown‘s death in 2006, the status of his potentially $100 million dollar estate has been in limbo as family tried to claim rights over it. The victor, some 9 years later, appears to be Tommie Rae Hynie, a ontime backup singer for Brown who had a child, James III, with Brown. She […]