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John Legend Gives Powerful Speech as Recipient of President’s Award at 2016 NAACP Image Awards

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John Legend was honored on Friday (Feb. 5) with the President’s Award at the 47th Annual NAACP Image Awards for his involvement in social issues and his outstanding philanthropic work.

During the live broadcast at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, NAACP president Cornell William Brooks presented the award to Legend before a video played showing all the work that Legend has done.

To further honor the singer through song, Empire’s Jussie Smollett sang Legend’s 2005 hit “Ordinary People,” and singer-songwriter Alice Smith performed a stirring version of his Oscar-winning song “Glory” from Selma.

Legend accepted the award after singing his hit “All of Me” and thanked his team, his wife Chrissy Teigen, and the NAACP. He followed with a powerful speech that touched on his hopes for radical change in our lifetime.

“Now, some will call you divisive for speaking out for a disenfranchised people. Some will call you a radical for calling for justice for all. Some will take offense when we have to assert that our lives should indeed matter, just as much as anyone else’s. Some will call you the real racist for daring to call out racial inequality. But they know better. And we certainly know better,” he said.

He concluded his speech by saying, “Fighting for justice isn’t an act of hate, it’s an act of love. So let’s spread love, let’s make the world a more beautiful and just place. We have so much opportunity, let’s not waste it.”

Watch the tribute performances and Legend’s speech below!

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Jeremih Announces New Album ‘Later That Night’

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After dropping the oft-delayed Late Nights: The Album in December, Jeremih has now announced the follow-up, Later That Night.

“Late Nights: The Album—I’m glad the world has finally soaked it in, and is marinating in it, but you best believe I have a whole other late night coming for you real soon: Later That Night,” he told Billboard. “I gave them the mixtape, I dropped the album—now I want to give them a complete trilogy of work.”

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Beyoncé Announces “The Formation World Tour”

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No Chill for Queen Bey!

Immediately following Beyoncé‘s Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show performance with Coldplay and Bruno Mars, a haunting TV commercial officially announced “The Formation World Tour,” named after her brand new single “Formation.”

The stadium tour will kick off April 27 in Miami, Fla. at Marlins Park with 21 additional dates lined up throughout North America including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Philadelphia, Dallas and more. The European leg will start on June 28 in Sunderland, United Kingdom at Stadium of Light. Additional European stadium dates include London, Manchester, Zurich, Amsterdam, Paris, Milan, Stockholm, Frankfurt and more.

Tickets go on sale starting Monday, Feb. 15 in Europe and Tuesday, Feb. 16 in North America. Beyhive members and American Express card members may purchase tickets in advance beginning Tuesday, Feb. 9 and Monday, Feb. 15 for shows going on sale on Feb. 22.

See the announcement video and full list of dates below!

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Tank Announces “Sex, Love & Pain Tour”

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R&B General Tank is here to give you a little bonus from his recent release to the long anticipated album Sex, Love & Pain II and no, it’s definitely not an added track.

Announcing through Instagram that he will in fact be heading out on tour, the dates are coming soon than you think! Kicking off on March 7 in Dallas, Texas, the 16-date tour will travel across the U.S. with a final performance on April 4 in Los Angeles at the El Rey.

“I AM PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE FIRST CONFIRMED DATES FOR THE “SEX LOVE AND PAIN” TOUR!..For everyone who comes to the shows and has proof of a purchased album we’ll be doing something special for you! Can’t wait to get to your city!.. #RnBMoney #SLP2 #OutNow#TankTv #TheGeneral #SLPTour,” he captioned.

Currently, Tank is on an album signing tour in a city near you as well.

Take a look at the tour dates below and see if he’ll be in your city!

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K. Michelle Unveils New Album Title, Cover Art and Tracklisting

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One of R&B’s most talented current stars K. Michelle is ready for round 3.

Taking to social media on Friday to reveal the album title, cover art, and track listing for her anticipated third studio album, the talented singer gave fans a little more insight on what to expect from the project. Titled More Issues Than Vogue, the new album will be available for pre-order on February 12.

Showcasing a side view of K blowing a bubble with a man trapped inside, the cover also features slanderous words that have been said about her such as “Thot,” “Liar,” “Fake Booty,” and “Bipolar.”

Serving as the follow-up to 2014’s Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?, MITV is led by the single “Not a Little Bit,” and only hosts one feature from Jason Derulo. While we await the new album and a video for its lead single, be sure to catch the second season of VH1’s “K. Michelle: My Life” Monday’s at 9:30pm.

Check out the tracklist below!

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Tinashe, Lion Babe Announced As New Faces of M.A.C. Cosmetics

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LOOK at what 2016 is shaping up to be!

If you don’t think the ladies of the industry are out here working, then take another look! Aside from the known work ethic of Beyoncé and Rihanna, the industry can welcome a few new fresh faces to the “she works hard for the money” mantra.

Announcing today that Tinashe, Lion Babe‘s Jillian Hervey, Dej Loaf, and Halsey will all have their own piece to the new “Future Forward” line.

 “It feels like a great thing to be able to support artists who are breaking through but aren’t necessarily at the top top, to push them forward,” James Gager, M.A.C’s Senior Vice President and Group Creative Director, said to Billboard.
Aiming to tie each one of the artists product to their work, M.A.C. has created a fun way to do so. Using song titles to name her shades in her “Times Nine Palette” eye-shadow, which is priced at $32, is one way the company merged Tinashe’s work with her product.

Congrats to all the ladies on their new collaboration!

Take a look at the official announcements via Twitter below!

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Maxwell Announces New Album Set for 2016 Release!

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Can you believe it’s been 20 years since the world was first introduced to R&B icon Maxwell?!

April 2016 will mark the 20th anniversary of his outstanding debut album Urban Hang Suite, which brought us some of our favorite Maxwell tracks including “Whenever, Wherever, Whatever,” and “Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder).”

If you’re like us and wondering where part 2 of the R&B crooner’s trilogy has been hiding, wonder no more! After talking with the good people over at Essence Magazine, Max gave us a long-awaited update on blackSUMMERS’night — the follow up to 2009’s BLACKsummers’night— and promises that fans will have their hands on the much-anticipated album sooner than they think.

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Rihanna Set To Perform At The 58th Grammy’s

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Well, well, well! A trip to “Ellen” yesterday wasn’t just for tour promotion, we see!

While her appearance was refreshing and lol worthy, Rihanna began what would we would predict to be a long slue of upcoming appearances.

Adding to the anticipation of her upcoming “Anti World Tour,” the Bajan beauty announced through Twitter that she will indeed be performing at The 58th Grammy’s on Monday, February 15. A holder of 8 Grammy awards, Rihanna joined last year’s line-up performing her buzz single “FourFiveSeconds.”

Although the full album has been released and the single leading the album is her collaboration with ex-lover Drake, one has to wonder what she’ll be performing for fans this time around. Does this mean Drake will be making an appearance as well or will we be hearing a few new tunes?

Seems like “Work” isn’t just the title to her new single! Check out the announcement via Twitter below!

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