Summer is just winding down but Maxwell has us hype for a cruise to paradise!
The soulful crooner has partnered with BTW Concerts and Royal Caribbean for a vacation of a lifetime with the “Maxwell + The 7 Seas Cruise.”
TV One and Lexus have announced the return of their NAACP Image Award-nominated variety show Verses and Flow, premiering Saturday, August 16.
The eight-episode season will feature R&B stars Maxwell, K. Michelle, Joe, Johnny Gill, Ruben Studdard, Candice Glover, Gary Clark Jr., Sebastian Mikael, Leela James, Anthony Hamilton, Alice Smith, Mali Music and more than 25 of the best up-and-coming spoken word poets.
Fans of Maxwell will finally be reunited with the R&B icon this year, when he hits the road on his “Summer Soulstice” tour, and finally releases his highly-anticipated ‘Summers‘ album (crosses fingers).
As he begins press for the pending tour, which kicks off June 15 in Minneapolis, Maxwell spoke with The Associated Press and talked about his hiatus, new album, and hope to finally get married and become a father.
Maxwell is a Grammy award-winning singer whose music spans R&B, funk, and soul, but he is best known as an exemplar of the neo-soul movement. “Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder)” was the second single released from his multi-platinum debut album, Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite.
The song debuted on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart in August 1996 at number 11, eventually peaking at number eight and spending 29 weeks on the chart. It spent eighteen weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 36. Maxwell co-wrote the song with Itaal Shur, bass is played by Jonathan Maron, and the guitar was played by Stuart Matthewman. The song is carried by one of the funkiest bass lines ever.
In the music video, Maxwell sports a grey silk suit and displays some of his dance moves. Maxwell’s blend of 1970s funk, jazz and contemporary R&B reflects the music of such legends as Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Prince. His soulful style and incredible range have radiated heat since his debut.
Last night brought together some of Hollywood’s biggest and best stars as they all attended this year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Gala. The event, which is meant to honor fashion’s emerging designers, celebrated it’s 10th edition in New York City with Tom Ford serving as the keynote speaker.
Some of R&B’s most fashion forward members were also in attendance. The list included newly engaged Ciara rocking an all white Calvin Klein pantsuit described by her as “tom boy chic”, Miguel in all black, and dapper gentleman Maxwell sporting an all blue suit. Other stars marked down as attendees range from Mary-Kate Olsen and Vanessa Hudgens – both of which met up with CiCi as she entered the gala – to timeless actress Julianne Moore and Christina Ricci.
Winners of this year’s fund, Public School, received a whopping $300,000 cash prize and yearlong membership, while both runner-up winners – Juan Carlos Obando and Marc Alary – received $100,000 cash prizes and mentorship.
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On Thursday evening ‘Keep a Child Alive’ celebrated its 10th Annual Black Ball at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. KCA founder Alicia Keys hosted the black-tie benefit, which was filled with musical performances from Pharrell, Carole King, Roy Ayers, Laura Mvula, and Kathleen Battle.
The Grammy-winning singer posed for a family portrait on the red carpet with her husband Swizz Beatz and their three-year-old son Egypt. Other guests included Pharrell and his new wife Helen Lasichanh, Tamia and her husband Grant Hill, Maxwell, Clive Davis, and Gayle King.
Alicia joined Pharrell on stage to perform his hits including “Get Lucky” and “Blurred Lines,” while her hubby served as DJ for the evening’s Afterglow finale.
“I’m in awe of how @keepachildalive has been saving lives for 10 years!! One of the most important fights of our lives!!” tweeted Alicia.
Keep a Child Alive’s Black Ball has raised over $18.5 million for children and families affected by HIV in Africa and India.
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The stars got dressed up in their finest for the Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation Angel Ball 2013 in New York City on Tuesday. Usher, sporting a mini Afro, looked dapper in his glittery suit and bow tie, and worked up a sweat as he danced onstage with model Jessica White.
Tina Knowles stepped out with her new man Richard Lawson and revealed that her granddaughter Blue Ivy will be dressing up for Halloween. “Beyoncé has about five outfits picked out for her and she has yet to make a decision,” Bey’s mother told E! News.
Fresh off their wedding, Pharrell and his wife Helen Lasichanh looked dashing as they made their way down the carpet. The Neptunes producer, who is set to score The Amazing Spider-Man 2, also brought some of the ladies on stage while performing with Usher.
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