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Robin L Marshall/Getty Images for EBONY MEDIA GROUP Three days after the Black Panther: Wankanda Forever premiere in Hollywood, the cast was honored Saturday night at the Ebony Power 100 Gala. Film stars Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke and Dominique Thorne were onstage to receive the For The Culture Award from Creed III star Jonathan Majors at Milk Studios in Los Angeles, California, according to Billboard. In […]

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images 2022 has been a year of highlights for Anderson .Paak, as he won four Grammys with Bruno Mars for Silk Sonic‘s “Leave the Door Open.” Now the singer/rapper/drummer is ready for Christmas: he’s starring in the new H&M holiday campaign. Anderson wears a pair of wigs and goes blond in a fantasy commercial as he parties […]

Paras Griffin/Getty Images Billboard will pay tribute to the top players in R&B and hip-hop at a special event next month in Los Angeles headlined by City Girls. Billboard Live: R&B/Hip-Hop will take place on Thursday, November 17, at Academy LA. At the event, the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players list will be announced honoring the top music executives. The Remy Martin […]

Earl Gibson/BET/Getty Images Kem and Ledisi are reuniting for a co-headlining tour in 2023. The veteran R&B stars will be joined by Musiq Soulchild for the Soul II Soul Tour, which kicks off February 3 in Columbia, South Carolina. They will perform 24 dates in cities including Atlanta, Oakland, Houston, Dallas, Charlotte and Washington, D.C. The tour will wrap up May […]

The hottest new tracks and videos for the Halloween weekend. Rihanna,“Lift Me Up” — RiRi not only released her first song in six years, “Lift Me Up,” she also followed up with its music video on Friday. The clip features the nine-time Grammy winner standing before a bonfire on the beach as the sun sets. […]

Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for STARZ After ending his production contract with the Starz network in September, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson has a new TV and film partner. Fiddy has signed a three-project deal with Lusid Media, according to Variety. His first project will be an unscripted true crime series for Peacock that will debut in 2023. “I am excited […]

Alicia Keys Records Alicia Keys is feeling the Christmas spirit, as she dropped her holiday song, “December Back 2 June,” on Friday. The original track is from her first Christmas album, Santa Baby, due out on November 4. It is also the debut release from the 15-time Grammy winner’s self-titled label, Alicia Keys Records. The album is […]

Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for BACARDI After a two-month delay, Lil Wayne is hosting his annual Lil Weezyana Fest this weekend in his hometown of New Orleans, and he’s added Rick Ross and Cam’ron to the lineup. The annual event was originally scheduled for August but was delayed due “unforeseen circumstances.” Wayne’s headlining his sixth festival on Saturday at the Champions Square in The Big Easy. […]

Paras Griffin/Getty Images Gucci Mane is urging people in his hometown of Atlanta to vote as he headlines the free Votelanta Music Festival on Friday. The event, which takes place 6 p.m. ET at Dome in the City, celebrates National Vote Early Day. In addition to the “Wake Up in the Sky” rapper, students from Morehouse College, […]

Marcus Ingram/Getty Images After pioneering trap music with T.I. and Gucci Mane, Jeezy took time off from recording to focus on business deals. Now at age 45, he finds it hard to accept being called a legend. “It just feels like you’re not in it no more, and that’s not the truth,” the “Soul Survivor” rapper tells Billboard. “My focus doesn’t […]