Last Night in NYC

Last Night In NYC: ESSENCE’s 9th Annual Black Women in Music Honors Missy Elliott

The Lincoln Motor Company was the exclusive automotive sponsor for ESSENCE’s 9th Annual Black Women in Music event in New York City at the Highline Ballroom this past week. This year’s event celebrated GRAMMY® award-winning rapper, singer, and producer Missy Elliott. During the event, recording artists Rapsody and Leikeli47 performed amazing tributes to Missy performing her hit songs, “Hot Boyz” and “She’s a B****”. Media mogul Mona Scott Young presented Missy with the Visionary Award and introduced a surprise guest, the legendary Janet Jackson, who shared a heartfelt hand-written speech with the crowd.

Celebrity arrivals, including Naturi Naughton, Lil’ Mo and Beyonce’s stylist, Ty Hunter posed on the red carpet alongside the all-new Lincoln Navigator. The 2018 Navigator was just awarded prestigious “Truck of the Year” honors at the 2018 North American International Auto Show, the country’s largest, most influential auto show. Other celebrities in attendance included rapper T.I., Slick Rick, Remy Ma, Janelle Monae, MC Lyte, June Ambrose and Tracklib ambassador Erick Sermon, who attended the event with his daughter. Civil rights activists Tarana Burke and Kaia Burke were also in attendance.

Following Black Women in Music, Lincoln Motor Company held their exclusive Lincoln “First Listen” media dinner at The Dream Hotel in downtown, NYC. R&B star Marsha Ambrosius performed to a room full of esteemed journalists and executives including Jennifer Edwards, Multicultural Communications Manager at Ford and Lincoln and Raj Register, Head of Cross Brand Strategy and Growth Audience Communications at Ford and Lincoln.

Lincoln’s First Listen series featuring songstress and hit-writer Marsha Ambrosius, proves the brand remains committed to the arts. The series previews upcoming music from rising and established musicians from behind the wheel of a Lincoln vehicle through the Revel sound system.

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MUST SEE: Ashley Everett Pays Tribute to Janet Jackson, Beyonce & more In ‘DUETS’

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YouTuber Michael Korte has teamed up with some of the biggest names in the dance world to deliver a mesmerizing new mashup, ‘DUETS’! Known for his viral hits #HAM4BEY & #GAGA4RENT, Korte has teamed with Beyonce’s heaviest hitters, her dance captain Ashley Everett, her choreographer Chris Grant, creative assistant Anthony Burrell and Chris Brown’s choreographer John Silver and 5 sensational singers to pay tribute to some of the greatest modern music duets.

The video features a pounding tribute to Usher & Alicia Key‘s classic ‘My Boo’, an emotional take on ‘Say Something’ and a spot on tribute to Michael & Janet Jackson in ‘Scream’! The video wouldn’t be complete without a joyful tribute to Beyonce & Jay-Z.

Vocalists include India Carney, Mark Joseph, Elizabeth Komba, Bryson Camper and Erin Cafferky.

The piece was directed by Baxter Stapleton with musical direction by Jared Jenkins.

Enjoy the full visual above!


Janet Jackson Confirms Breakup with Husband & Announces New Tour

Global music icon, multiple GRAMMY® Award-winner and multi-platinum selling artist, the incomparable Janet Jackson, will embark on a four-month North American tour this fall, announced today.  Produced by Live Nation, the STATE OF THE WORLD tour is set for a 56-city run beginning September 7, in Lafayette at the Cajundome. Jackson will make multiple stops in Texas and California, hit all four corners of the U.S. visiting Seattle, Portland, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Chicago, Boston, Philly, Memphis, Jacksonville, as well as head north of the border to include Vancouver and Toronto, with her final stop on December 17 in Atlanta at Philips Arena.  Full itinerary below.  Tickets for the newly scheduled dates will go on sale on May 5.  Tickets held for previous Unbreakable tour events that are now re-scheduled will be honored at the new dates.  For more information please visit

The legendary entertainer began her sold out Unbreakable tour in August 2015, but just one year ago she reached out directly to fans via Twitter with news of her focusing on starting a family, confirmed months later with the arrival of her first child.  Since, she has taken the past year to enjoy pregnancy and motherhood and is now ready to return to the live stage to give Janet fans everything they could hope for in one epic concert event.  The STATE OF THE WORLD tour is a continuation of the Unbreakable tour and will include fan favorites from her chart-topping ‘Unbreakable’ album, an array of her socially conscious music she’s released throughout her career, and other smash hits and soon-to-be-released new tracks with a state of the art live production!

Janet Jackson is one of the most influential entertainers of the modern era. Her music has won her 6 GRAMMY® Awards, 2 Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, a nomination for an Academy Award along with dozens of American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards. She has received accolades as an actress as well including the NAACP Best Supporting Actor award.  Janet is a published author, dancer, businessperson, philanthropist and one of the biggest-selling artists in popular music history. With sales of over 160 million records worldwide, Janet Jackson stands as one of the best-selling artists of all time with a string of hits that have left an indelible impression on pop culture. Her music and artistry have opened doors through which other top artists have followed, many acknowledging her impact on their musical perceptions.  For more information please visit


Thursday, September 07, 2017               Lafayette, LA                Cajundome**

Saturday, September 09, 2017               Houston, TX                  Toyota Center

Sunday, September 10, 2017                 Austin, TX                     Frank Erwin Center

Wednesday, September 13, 2017           San Antonio, TX            AT&T Center

Thursday, September 14, 2017               Dallas, TX                     American Airlines Center

Saturday, September 16, 2017               Little Rock, AR              Verizon Arena

Sunday, September 17, 2017                 Tulsa, OK                      BOK Center

Tuesday, September 19, 2017                Albuquerque, NM          Isleta Amphitheater

Thursday, September 21, 2017               Phoenix, AZ                  Talking Stick Resort Arena**

Saturday, September 23, 2017               Anaheim, CA                 Honda Center

Sunday, September 24, 2017                 Fresno, CA                   Save Mart Center**

Tuesday, September 26, 2017                Vancouver, BC              Rogers Arena**

Wednesday, September 27, 2017           Seattle, WA                   Key Arena

Friday, September 29, 2017                   Portland, OR                 Moda Center

Sunday, October 01, 2017                     Reno, NV                      Grand Sierra Resort & Casino**

Tuesday, October 03, 2017                    Sacramento, CA            Golden 1 Center**

Thursday, October 05, 2017                   Concord, CA                 Concord Pavilion

Saturday, October 07, 2017                   San Diego, CA              Valley View Casino Center**

Sunday, October 08, 2017                     Los Angeles, CA           Hollywood Bowl

Saturday, October 14, 2017                   Las Vegas, NV              Mandalay Bay Events Center**

Monday, October 16, 2017                     Salt Lake City, UT          Vivint Smart Home Arena

Tuesday, October 17, 2017                    Denver, CO                   Pepsi Center Arena

Thursday, October 19, 2017                   Kansas City, MO           Sprint Center

Saturday, October 21, 2017                   St. Louis, MO                Chaifetz Arena

Sunday, October 22, 2017                     Milwaukee, WI               BMO Harris Bradley Center

Wednesday, October 25, 2017               Moline, IL                      iWireless Center

Thursday, October 26, 2017                   Chicago, IL                   Allstate Arena

Saturday, October 28, 2017                   Toledo, OH                   The Huntington Center

Sunday, October 29, 2017                     Detroit, MI                     Little Caesars Arena**

Wednesday, November 01, 2017            Grand Rapids, MI          Van Andel Arena**

Thursday, November 02, 2017                Toronto, ON                  Air Canada Centre**

Saturday, November 04, 2017                Buffalo, NY                   KeyBank Center**

Sunday, November 05, 2017                  Boston, MA                  TD Garden

Tuesday, November 07, 2017                 Providence, RI              Dunkin Donuts Center

Wednesday, November 08, 2017            Manchester, NH              SNHU Arena

Friday, November 10, 2017                    Atlantic City, NJ             Boardwalk Hall

Saturday, November 11, 2017                Bethlehem, PA              Sands Bethlehem Events Center

Monday, November 13, 2017                 Philadelphia, PA            Wells Fargo Center

Wednesday, November 15, 2017            Brooklyn, NY                Barclays Center

Thursday, November 16, 2017                Washington, DC            Verizon Center

Saturday, November 18, 2017                Baltimore, MD               Royal Farms Arena

Sunday, November 19, 2017                  Newark, NJ                   Prudential Center

Sunday, November 26, 2017                  Indianapolis, IN             Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Tuesday, November 28, 2017                 Columbus, OH              Schottenstein Center

Wednesday, November 29, 2017            Pittsburgh, PA              PPG Paints Arena

Friday, December 01, 2017                    Louisville, KY                KFC Yum! Center

Sunday, December 03, 2017                  Cleveland, OH               Quicken Loans Arena

Monday, December 04, 2017                 Lexington, KY               Rupp Arena**

Wednesday, December 06, 2017            Memphis, TN                 FedEx Forum**

Thursday, December 07, 2017                Nashville, TN                 Bridgestone Arena**

Saturday, December 09, 2017                Birmingham, Al              The BJCC

Monday, December 11, 2017                 Fort Lauderdale, FL       BB&T Center

Tuesday, December 12, 2017                 Jacksonville, FL            Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena

Thursday, December 14, 2017                Norfolk, VA                   Norfolk Scope Arena

Saturday, December 16, 2017                Columbia, SC                Colonial Life Arena

Sunday, December 17, 2017                  Atlanta, GA                   Philips Arena


Kalin Returns with New Janet Jackson Inspired Track “Savage” [New Music]

Kalin White is unstoppable. Recently, White released his second single, “Savage” following the success of lead single, “Twisted. Using the iconic Janet Jackson‘s “Got ‘Til It’s Gone” sample, the song adds a youthful touch to the timeless track.
The official single is infused with a spicy beat as Kalin harmonizes about his love interest leaving, turning him into a savage.
So much I’ve been through/ but nothing i’ve been through/ could’ve prepared me for you.” 
Kalin White headlines two shows in California in October; tickets are available now.
Listen to Savage
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Marcella Precise x Janet Jackson – ‘The PRE-Mix Principle VOL. 3’ [New Music]


In the celebration of icon, Janet Jackson‘s 50th birthday, songwriter-producer-artist Marcella Precise (Pink, Jaheim, Queen Latifah) mashes up a few of her favorite Janet tunes, and adds her spin to the following classic music jawns: “Love Will Never Do”, “Alright”, “Lets Wait Awhile”. The mix concept was birthed from her very own series, the #LAAT Creative Collection for Spring/Summer 2016. The Creative collaboration concept  was established to collaborate with more talented individuals across the country.

Marcella is also apart of the production duo, Lady And A Tramp with partner Terence “Tramp Baby” Abney. They’ve worked with countless artists over the years, and continue to thrive providing some of the best music in today’s industry.

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Janet Jackson – “Dammn Baby”

Just confirming that her first child is on the way, mother-to-be, Janet Jackson releases her much-anticipated video for “Dammn Baby.”

Known for her past black-and-white visuals, Janet sticks to the system as she and the dancers go from 0 to 100, delivering some major moves. Of course, our favorite “Panda” girls, Taylor Hatala and Kyndall Harris are apart of Jackson’s dance team, and are apart of the visual-movement as well.

As of now, the Unbreakable World Tour is still in cancelled mode, as Ms. Jackson made it clear that she wants to start a family with her husband Wissam Al Mana.

Congrats to Janet and her hubby on their new pregnancy!

Check out JJ’s moves above.


We Like: Young Viral “Panda” Dancers Help Janet Jackson For New Project ….


Remember those two young dancing machines Taylor Hatala, 12, and Kyndall Harris, 13, who DESTROYED Antoine Troupe‘s choreography to “Panda” by Desiigner that went viral?

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Fly Mixtape: Teyana Taylor – ‘The Cassette Tape 1994’


Right on the 14th Anniversary of Aaliyah‘s passing, Teyana Taylor takes us back to the 90’s era with her brand new mixtape entitled The Cassette Tape 1994 infused with classic music from Tony! Toni! Toné!, Janet Jackson and Bell Biv DeVoe.

On this project, Teyana teamed up with producers Kanye West, J.R. Rotem, Da Internz and singer-songwriter Eric Bellinger. Taylor’s current boyfriend, Iman Shumpert of the Cleveland Cavaliers makes his special music appearance on the track “Who’s Gonna Make It Home.”

Let Tey take you back to the good feeling of laid-back R&B below:




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Janet Jackson To Postpone Tour Preperations Following Father Joe Jackson’s Recent Stroke


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Plans for the Unbreakable World Tour has been placed on hold after news that Joe Jackson has recently fallen ill. Janet flew via private jet to the aide of her father, after hearing he had suffered a mini stroke in  Sao Paulo, Brazil on his 87th birthday.

According to Entertainment Tonight , Jackson’s tour prep will remain on hold and that she will stay by her famous dad’s bedside until he’s stable.

Read more after the jump… 

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New Video Premiere: Janet Jackson Debuts Her Much-Anticipated Visual for “No Sleeep” featuring J. Cole

Janet Jackson links back with director Dave Meyers and offers up a steamy new visual for the hit single “No Sleeep.” As the rumors were true, once the official remix hit the net this week, rapper J. Cole also appears in the video paired with Ms. Jackson as they create sweet sounds together.

Looking at the song title, it doesn’t reflect of the word “Remix” as Cole was probably apart of the song all along, but Janet wanted to debut the record in it’s entirety at the right moment. It’s genius!

Take a look at the dope visual and let us know what you think!