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Natalie Cole dies at 65, Recording Academy Responds

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Sadly, another R&B legend is gone.

Natalie Cole, the multi-Grammy winning daughter of Nat King Cole has died. Cole passed away at Cedars Sinai Hospital in LA Thursday evening at the age of 65 following a long-time battle with illness, Publicist Maureen O'Connor confirmed.

Remembered for her alluring golden colored cat eyes just as much as for the music, Cole made classics of such songs as "This Will Be," from her first album "Inseparable." Her career took form in the 70s and thrived for decades after, yielding timeless signature slow jams such as  “I’ve Got Love on My Mind” and “Our Love.” Although she continued her father's music legacy Cole battled drug addiction along the way.

Through technology Cole joined her father on a duet on the classic "Unforgettable." Her mother Maria Hawkins Ellington was also a singer with the Duke Ellington Orchestra singer.Last night, their souls became inseparable through death.

Cole kindly gave…

A CHARGE FOR WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP: Where are the thorns in your tiara?

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By Mona Austin

Would you prefer to wear a crown of thorns or a crown of precious stones?Women in leadership must be comfortable wearing both when spirit meets calling  
I had sworn off women's conferences (i.e., marketing pep rallies designed to push products and philosophies that may or may not work) until the Spring of 2015.  By then,  I was gifted the opportunity to attend the "Beautiful You​" conference in Washington, DC, courtesy of a woman I'll call my "Facebook Angel."   When she bought the ticket she didn't realize the event coincided with Mother's Day weekend and decided to go visit her mother.  The event would not normally find its way onto my calendar, but when I realized  she wanted to bless a mother with a break so that she could spend time with hers, I couldn't say no.

I'd gone to the "Beautiful You" Web site and was not sure if I'd find my kindred at …

Kanye West has been named GQ's most stylish man of 2015

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Kanye West has been named the best dressed man in fashion by GQ for the second year in a row. The ‘Monster’ rapper came out at the top of the audience-voted poll to find the most stylish male celebrity of the past twelve months. West dominated the poll by finishing with 54% of the vote on December 29 ahead of his closest competitor, model Lucky Blue Smith. Kanye’s wife Kim Kardashian-West encouraged fans to vote for her husband in the GQ poll by telling her 38.4 million Twitter followers: “You can vote unlimited times so keep voting!” Upon finding out that Kanye had indeed won the Stylish Man title, Kim tweeted: “YOU DID IT GUYS!!!!! KANYE WON!!! THANK YOU FOR VOTING!” Kanye West is currently working on the follow-up to 2013’s ‘Yeezus’ LP.

TUNE IN: New Year's Rockin' Eve sets revealed

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It's the NYC take over!  Kicking off at 8 PM/EST tonight, Ryan Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy will once again host the biggest New Year's Eve party in the nation, continuing the tradition of the late Dick Clark.  "New Year's Rockin Eve" performers will take over the city.  The set list is available so you can see what you'll be jammin' to in the close of the year when you tune in tonight.
The set lists of all the performers on New Year's Rockin' Eve - including One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer- have been revealed. A host of big names will perform on the iconic US TV show tonight (December 31) to ring in 2016. Billboard has exclusive access to the songs the acts will play, with One Direction granted three tracks for their Billboard Hollywood Party spot. The boy band will run through recent songs 'Drag Me Down', 'Perfect' and 'History'. 5 Seconds of Summer will perform 'She’s Kinda Hot', 'Hey E…

VIDEO: Carol King reacts to her Kennedy Center honor salute from Aretha Franklin

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Aretha Franklin delivers world class entertainment at the 2015 Kennedy Center honors
Kennedy Center Honor recipient, Carol King forgot she was the guest of the president when it was her turn to be feted during the Tuesday night airing of the "38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors" on CBS.

Acting as if she was in the room all alone, Carol stood to her feet some, gawked and gasped some, did the church praise wave some and sang along to the lyrics she wrote, all the while having that kid-in-a-candy store flicker in her eyes.  Who elicited such a response from the honoree? Aretha. Franklin.  ("Re Re" as the veteran entertainer is affectionately known, will make you go there.  Take you straight to church, no matter what she is singing.)  There she was, right before King's eyes.   The Queen of Soul was singing the song  that put King on the proverbial map over 40 years ago-- there in the flesh singing - to her. From the moment Frank emerged from stage ri…


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NEW YORK, NY - December 15, 2015 - BET Networks will kick off the New Year celebrating black excellence at its ninth annual “BET Honors” special hosted by comedian, television personality and actor Arsenio Hall. The star-studded night will honor five distinguished African Americans performing at exceptional levels in the areas of art, music, theater, technology and business. This year’s honorees are Lee Daniels (Television and Film Award), Academy Award nominated filmmaker and creator of the hit television show “Empire;” Mellody Hobson (Corporate Citizen Award), President of Ariel Investments, one of the largest African American owned money management and mutual fund companies in the U.S. and current Chairman of the Board of Directors for Dreamworks Animation; Eric H. Holder, Jr. (Public Service Award), the first African American United States Attorney General and partner at Covington & Burling, LLP …

Bill Cosby charged with sexual assault, released on $1 million bail

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"America's Dad," Bill Cosby has been arraigned on sexual assault charges. On Wednesday afternoon an Elkins County, PA court issued a warrant for  the embattled comedians' arrest on three felony charges of aggravated indecent assault  in connection to the 2004 allegations from former Temple University employee, Andrea Constand, who was the fist accuser to come forth. The Cos has turned over his passport and if convicted he could face 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.  Cosby was released on $1 million bail late Wednesday.

Court documents indicate Cosby, 78, is accused of penetrating Constand with his fingers while she was inebriated from pills and wine he gave her, as she was "drifting in and out of consciousness, unable to resist or cry out."  Cosby has previously stated the encounter was consensual, while Constand, who is gay, has maintained she did not welcome his advances.

This case is one of many lawsuits against Cosby, but stands …

Police walk in Tamir Rice case, victims attorneys respond in statement

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On Monday, jurors decided not indict two Ohio police in the 2014 shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.  Video footage released by the Cleveland Police Department showed that within 2 seconds of arriving on the scene at a recreational center, a White  police officer  gunned down the Black boy in response to a witness reporting the child waving what looked like a toy gun.  It was later revealed it was a pellet gun. Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said in a press conference the situation was sad, but not a crime.

McGinty recommended that no charges be filed against Timothy Loehmann and his partner Frank Garmback.  Loehman was charged with homicide, and dereliction of duty. Officer Frank Garmback was charged negligent homicide and dereliction of duty.

According to AP, the Grand Jury was not notified of the prosecutor's recommendation before making its final decision, according to the prosecutor's office.

Similar incidents in which police were not penal…

Heavy Metal star Lemmy Kilmister dies, Recording Academy Responds

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Heavy metal legend Lemmy Kilmister has lost his battle with cancer.  Kilmer died in Los Angels yesterday at the age of 70.  the Los Angels Times has more.

The Recording Academy® Statement Re: Lemmy Kilmister
Dec. 28, 2015
GRAMMY® winner Lemmy Kilmister was a remarkable frontman and bona fide heavy metal icon. A founding member of the legendary group Motörhead, Lemmy’s raw, powerful vocals, paired with his innovative bass playing and songwriting skills, made him one of the most prominent figures in rock and roll. His magnetic stage presence and willingness to break barriers propelled the metal genre to new heights, influencing countless fellow musicians in the process. We have lost a truly dynamic member of the music community and our sincerest condolences go out to Lemmy’s family, friends, collaborators and all who have been impacted by his work.

Neil Portnow
The Recording Academy

Stars come out for Atlanta 'Daddy's Home' screening

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On December 16, 2015, music mogul Jermaine Dupri along with daughters Shaniah and Jalynn hosted an Atlanta screening of the upcoming comedy DADDY'S HOME at Regal Atlantic Station. Outfitted in "ugly Christmas sweaters," JD and his lovely girls welcomed the attendees, which included Jagged Edge singer Wingo, singer RL (Next), gospel singer Micah Stampley, DJ Fadelf, Beautii J ("Cutting It: In the ATL"), Melissa Knowles (HLN),  Jonica "Blu" Booth ("Bad Girls Club"), Bo Talley, Shay Johnson ("Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta") and more.  DADDY'S HOME opens Christmas Day. Watch the trailer at Photo credit: James Pray

Hillsong United supports Syrian Relief with new song "Even When It Hurts"

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After an exclusive music video premiere on, platinum selling Hillsong UNITED's "Even When It Hurts" is being given away with a donation to the international work of World Vision as they aim to provide Syrian refugee families with urgent care and a better future. Reflecting the journey of the song from the studio to the live stage, the video for the live version of "Even When It Hurts" was filmed in four locations spanning the globe, including Capitol Records (Los Angeles), Club Nokia (Los Angeles), Hillsong Church (Sydney) and Hillsong Conference (Sydney). The song, originally found on Hillsong UNITED's critically acclaimed EMPIRES, is available for download at, with a minimum donation of .20 to World Vision's efforts to serve Syrian refugees.

"We are making the download available on our website -- but humbly ask that you would consider donating an amount to the World Vision Syrian refugee fund…