Chrisette Michele Responds to Trump Performance Backlash

Chrisette Michele received an avalanche of criticism after it was revealed that she would perform at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. Responding to the widespread backlash, the R&B songstress has released an open letter, titled “We Can’t Be Present If We’re Silent.”

“My heart is broken for our country, for the hopes of our children, for the fights of those who came before us,” she wrote. “I cry at the thought that Black History, American History might be in vain. This country has had great moments. God has shined His light upon us. Today, I hope that Great Moments begin in peaceful & progressive conversation. I am willing to be a bridge. I don’t mind These Stones, if they allow me to be a voice for the voiceless.”

She continued: “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, ‘Our lives begin to end, the day we become silent about what matters.’ I am here, representing you, because this is what matters.”

See her open letter below.

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Ne-Yo Announces & Previews New Album!

Ne-Yo is cookin’ up his next album, and to get the fans ready he has shared a behind-the-scenes look at a recent recording session he had with fellow R&B singer/songwriter Eric Bellinger.

Taking to his Instagram on Wednesday night, Ne-Yo posted a one-minute clip with the caption: “The process…. Much love to my dude @ericbellinger Thanx for adding to the sauce boi boi!! This album is going to be special. I promise. 💀❤️🎼 🔥🔥🔥 PATIENCE. IT’S COMING.”

For the first time in his career, the “Sexy Love” singer is working with a handful of other songwriters to enhance the process and give him a fresh take. Speaking about his decision to do so, Ne-Yo explained: “It’s not that I can’t do it myself, I can definitely do it myself, but this time I decided to bring in some folks to expand on what I already had … That’s what its about, it’s about expanding it’s about evolution, while at the same time staying true to who you are.”

Ne-Yo and Eric Bellinger have been building their working relationship more recently, but Eric is credited for penning the title song “Think Like A Man” which Ne-Yo sang along with Jennifer Hudson, for the soundtrack to the 2012 comedy Think Like A Man.

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Chrisette Michele Confirmed as Performer for Donald Trump’s Inauguration

What the F#%&*^%$#!!!

After a rumor spread across the Internets on Wednesday (Jan. 18) that R&B singer Chrisette Michele could be performing at the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, the songstress has now made it official.

According to the New York Daily News, Michele agreed to the performance a week ago, but kept it under wraps due to expected criticism. Her team confirmed with ESSENCE that she will be joining a group of country musicians and rock singers for the lineup. Michele’s manager initially seemed a bit taken aback by the news and was unable to give further comment.

Insiders add that Michele was originally approached by Trump’s team to perform “Intentional” with Travis Greene, Tye Tribbett, and Jonathan McReynolds, the trio she performed the song with for BET’s Celebration of Gospel event. Two of the three declined, so Michele decided to move on with an R&B set.

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Watch Teyana Taylor Get Fit in a Luxury NYC Suite for ‘Vogue’

After her show-stopping appearance in Kanye West’s “Fade” video, Teyana Taylor has created a similar clip for Vogue.

On Wednesday (Jan. 18), the fashion magazine released a video of G.O.O.D. Music’s First Lady in a suite at New York’s Waldorf Astoria exercising to music by Stelios Phili, much like she did in the “Fade” visual.

The clip begins with Taylor, elegantly dressed in a housecoat by Anna Sui and bustier by Luisa Beccaria, opening a door in her suite. Before long, she takes off her Alberta Ferretti silk skirt to reveal duchesse satin printed shorts.

With squats, sit-ups, push-ups, and some dance moves, Taylor mesmerizes viewers once again. Her sculpted figure, highlighted throughout, is whimsical, carefree, and sexy, all at once.

Joined by her daughter Junie and members of her squad at the end, the visual feels like a fun continuation of her “Fade” journey. Directed by Matt Baron, the video is also meant to highlight Taylor’s commitment to fitness and her upcoming Fade 2 Fit workout program, which is set to launch in February.

“I wanted to share my secret and show everybody how I get my body,” she told Vogue. “Dance is a workout. Dance is fitness.”

Check it out below.

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Keith Sweat Shares Crazy Groupie Tales

R&B legend Keith Sweat has had his fair share of groupie encounters throughout his accomplished career, which spans 3 decades.

As he will be coming upon the 30th anniversary of his debut album Make It Last Forever, later this year, the singer/songwriter recently sat down for an interview with HipHollywood.

During their candid chat Sweat shared some of the craziest stories that have had a lasting effect on him, including women hiding in his bushes, sending him fully cooked meals in the mail, and more.

Check out the revealing interview clip below.

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Bryson Tiller Announces New Album ‘True To Self’

Bryson Tiller is coming for 2017! Last October, the singer/rapper teased fans about his next album, and now he has officially revealed the title.

“im working on this album called True to Self, non-stop until it’s finished. then it’s yours,” he tweeted Tuesday night (Jan. 17).

Pen Griffey also released the new song “Let Me Explain” in October, which may land on the forthcoming effort.

Last year, Tiller’s debut album TRAPSOUL was certified platinum, and he capped off 2016 with a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Song for his hit single “Exchange.”

In addition to readying True to Self, Tiller has been in the lab with Drake cooking up a collaboration for the latter’s More Life project. On February 24, he will join The Weeknd as a supporting act on the European leg of the “Starboy: Legend of the Fall Tour.”

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Alicia Keys Covers ‘Allure’ Magazine, Talks Makeup, Motherhood, and Her Musical Evolution

Alicia Keys is wild and free, and expressing herself through ways outside of music lately.

In between the release of her stellar 2016 album HERE, and return to NBC’s The Voice, the R&B starlet has landed the cover of Allure Magazine.

In a candid conversation with David DeNicolo, Keys shares some intimate revelations about inspiration behind her latest album, musical evolution, motherhood, and decision to take a break from make-up.

Check out some excerpts and photos from her cover story below.

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Video: August Alsina – Wait

Following the release of his music video for “Drugs,” August Alsina shares another fantasy-filled visual for the recently released “Wait.”

In the video, the R&B star sits as interpretive dancers sway around him while he sings about his wishes. The dancers gracefully surround him with pirouettes, while sunlight fills the room with a summery-glare.

Alsina is then shown at the head of a long table filled with fruit. A snake — possibly the same one that appeared in “Drugs” — slithers across the bountiful tabletop, as snow begins to fall out of nowhere.

“If you gotta leave, girl, I won’t stop you, so do what you gotta do,” sings Alsina while surrounded by snowflakes. “I don’t want you to go, but I got a few things in life that I gotta do.”

“Wait” and “Drugs” are off August’s recently-announced third album Drugs, the follow-up to 2015’s This Thing Called Life. Check out the video below.

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