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Women’s March Performance Lineup: Janelle Monáe, Maxwell, Angelique Kidjo and more

Today, the Women’s March on Washington announced that music icons Janelle Monáe, Maxwell, and Angelique Kidjo will be performing at the Women’s March on Washington, which will take place in Washington, D.C. on January 21, 2017. Additional performers include Toshi Reagon, Samantha Ronson, Emily Wells, DJ Rekha, MC Lyte, St. Beauty, Beverly Bond, Alia Sharief, DJ Rimarkable, Amber Coffman, the Indigo Girls, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Climbing PoeTree.

In addition to the performers, top artists Questlove, Grimes, Matt and Kim, KT Tunstall, Neko Case, Rakim, TV on the Radio, and Lila Downs will join the March’s Artist Table, a diverse group artists, musicians, actors, writers, and creatives who are supporting the Women’s March on Washington and sister Marches around the country, joining in solidarity either in person, or via social media. Chaired by America Ferrera, the Artist Table includes over 150 artists; to view the full list, click here.

“I am honored to join this critical movement to bring justice and equality to all,” said Janelle Monáe. “Music has always been a powerful tool for galvanizing unity and I believe that singing and standing together, our voices will be stronger than any force that tries to repress us.”

“We are here because women are every bit as capable if not more able to pursue any goal they set forth for themselves. Were it not for the limitless depths of their love we would not be the men that we are,” said Maxwell.

“I feel my role as an artist coming from the African continent is to remind people again and again, through music and advocacy, how beautiful and important our cultural diversity is. This is what makes our shared humanity so precious,” said Angelique Kidjo.

In honor of the March, performing artist and Music Director of the Women’s March Toshi Reagon recorded an original version of “Ella’s Song” aka “We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest Until it Comes,” a classic protest anthem that was written by Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, Toshi’s mother, in honor of civil rights icon Ella Baker. The song was originally recorded by the famed activist A Capella group, Sweet Honey in the Rock. The rally portion of the March will conclude with a live performance of Reagon’s rendition of “Ella’s Song.” All March participants will be invited to join together in song. “Ella’s Song” can be listened to or downloaded here.

“Music engages every part of the body. It is also a call. Anyone within the sound of a voice ringing a good song has the opportunity to join in congregation and not only tell a power for story, but make necessary declarations. Now is the time for action. Now is the time for singing our songs together,” said Reagon.

Held on the first day of the new presidential administration, the Women’s March on Washington aims to send a message to all levels of government and the incoming administration: that we stand together in solidarity and expect elected leaders to act to protect the rights of women, their families and their communities.

“We are inspired by the 150 plus artists that have joined us to say that they will not be silent while the most vulnerable communities come under attack. Artists are the gatekeepers of truth and we are lucky to have these brilliant and brave artist stand in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington,” said Paola Mendoza, Artistic Director of the Women’s March on Washington.

Producer of the Women’s March on Washington, Ginny Suss said, “Music uplifts, inspires, and empowers during times of protest. At these crucial moments when we are taking to the streets to stand up for our rights, music can fortify us to go on with the hard work ahead.”

The Women’s March on Washington is a women-led grassroots movement that will bring people of all genders and backgrounds together to take a stand on social justice and human rights issues ranging from race, ethnicity, gender, religion, immigration and health care. Over 200 sister marches are also being planned across the country. The March is a statement of solidarity affirming our shared humanity and fundamental human rights. Visit www.womensmarch.com for additional information.

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‘Alicia’s Keys: Here In Times Square’ Concert Set To Air On BET

Earlier this month Grammy award-winning superstar Alicia Keys stopped traffic and thrilled fans with a surprise concert to celebrate the upcoming release of her latest album, HERE.

During the nearly two hour long show, the singer/songwriter performed some of her classic hits including “No One,” “Fallin’” and a special rendition of “If I Ain’t Got You” joined by Questlove and John Mayer. Keys debuted new tracks from the album along with her latest singles “In Common” and “Blended Family” while also paying tribute to legendary artists Bob Marley and John Lennon.

Rapper Nas took the stage with a special guest verse and Q-Tip got the crowd pumped with a throwback DJ set. The biggest surprise of the night featured Jay Z joining Keys to perform their iconic New York anthem “Empire State of Mind” that had fans shouting along in unison.

See the Alicia Keys: HERE in Times Square concert in its entirety when it premieres Thursday, November 3 at 9PM ET on BET.

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#GrammyWeekend: 10th Annual Roots Jam Session & Serato Pyro Launch with John Legend, Leon Bridges, Nelly, Tori Kelly & Many More

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The 10th Annual Roots Jam Session and launch party for new iOS music player app Serato Pyro kicked off last night with a four hour jam session from The Roots and surprise performances from some of this year’s Grammy nominated artists and all-time favorites.

The Roots were first joined by 2016 Grammy nominee Kehlani for a couple of songs. John Legend then took over the stage with a piano to continue to bring down the house with The Roots. Best New Artist nominee and the most recent star to join The Voice as Adam Levine’s advisor, Tori Kelly then took the stage and performed 3 songs with her guitar. Indie artist Bilal jammed out before Jeremih jumped up to sing several of his famed hip hop songs, including “Don’t Tell Em.”

Finally, Nelly surprised the crowd and performed 3 of his classics, “E.I.,” “Ride Wit Me,” and Hot in Herre.”  Leon Bridges and Natasha Bedingfield were also in attendance.

Questlove, John Legend, Tori Kelly and more artists and industry guests took to the new iOS music player app and first consumer product from Serato, Serato Pyro, to curate a special playlist from the evening that is available now exclusively on Serato Pyro, for free download in the App Store. You can also find other exclusive playlists from DJ Jazzy Jeff, A-Trak, Diplo, Aoki, The Roots and more.

Photo credit: Okayplayer

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#SCOTUS + #LoveWins: Celebs Share Their Thoughts On Social Media About The Ruling On Nationwide Same-Sex Marriage Equality

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This week has been quite the #VictoryWeek all across America. First, the removal of the Confederate Flag, then the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Obamacare, and now Same-Sex Marriage becomes a Right nationwide. This is why the hastags #SCOTUS + #LoveWins have been trending all day.

President Obama is doing a great job tackling different tasks before his exit out of the presidential seat in 2017.

Below, celebs like Solange Knowles, Questlove, Gabrielle Union, Jussie Smollett, Kelly Rowland, Katy Perry and more give their reaction on the worldwide decision, celebrating equality on this good Friday.

Check it out a few pages after the jump…

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Watch: Jill Scott – “You Don’t Know” [Fly Visual]

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Just on the heels of finally joining the world of Instagram, singer/actress Jill Scott premieres an emotional video entitled “You Don’t Know.”

In the visual, Jill is surrounded by a full band, background singers and a microphone, while spewing out words from a broken-heart. As usual, Scott puts her feelings on the table and reels you in to experience her story.

Peep cameos from Questlove and singer Aaron Camper below:

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Seen On The Scene: D’Angelo, Brandy, Terrance J, Lil Kim, Keyshia Cole & more

 

(Left: Keyshia Cole, Keisha Epps and Brandy Norwood) Photo by HENNESSY V.S
(Left: Keyshia Cole, Keisha Epps and Brandy Norwood) Photo by HENNESSY V.S

On Sunday, March 15th, Girls With Gifts, Inc. hosted their 3rdAnnual Celebrity Bowling Event, sponsored by Hennessy V.S at AMF Bowling Lanes in Santa Monica, CA. First, spotted in the building were trio Brandy Norwood, Keyshia Cole and Keisha Epps (of Total).

The non-profit organization, founded by Antoinetta Hairston, raised funds at the event  to further their mission to mentor, inspire, and empower young girls from the inner-city or low-income households to help them develop their talents and gifts in arts and entertainment from an early age.

Others in attendance: Julissa Bermudez, Stephen Hill, Head of Programming for BET, Alesha Renee, Gloria and Laura Govan, Shamicka Lawrence, NY Giants Wide Receiver, Kevin Ogletree, and Denver Broncos Safety, Omar Bolden were a few of the celebrities and tastemakers bowling for a great cause as donors enjoyed custom Hennessy cocktails, and music by Jae Murphy.

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More of Seen On The Scene after the jump…

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Justine Skye, Elle Varner, Bridget Kelly, Raekwon and Timothy Bloom Rock Stage 48 For ‘Above The Rim’ Concert [Photos]

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NYC was the place to be this past weekend in case you didn’t know , thanks in large part to the NBA All-Star game taking over. Revolt TV and Verizon Wireless teamed up for the ‘Above The Rim’ concert. Justine Skye, Elle Varner, Bridget Kelly, Raekwon and Timothy Bloom each had great performances and Team SFPL was in the building. 

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Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Hart & More Star In The Upcoming Movie Top Five Co-Produced By Jay Z, Questlove and Kanye West [Movie Trailer]

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Chris Rock  leads an all-star cast in the upcoming film Top Five, which is also co-produced by Jay Z,  Questlove and Kanye West.

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[Video] “Super Bass” Nicki Minaj (Cover by @KarminMusic)

I’m speechless every single time I hear the duo of Karmin Music! They can absolutely cover any hit song on the roster! Unbelievable!

Also, peep Questlove from The Roots playing the drum machine! Check it out!