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Rick Ross, Bun B, Too $Short to headline A3C fest in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Rappers Rick Ross, Bun B and Bone Thugs N’ Harmony will headline the 12th annual A3C Hip-Hop Festival in Atlanta. Organizers announced Tuesday more than 1,000 rappers will perform on 75 different stages at the five-day festival, which kicks off Oct. 5. The festival will also include panel discussions, film screenings and … Continue reading

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DJ Khaled book ‘The Keys’ coming in November

NEW YORK (AP) — DJ Khaled wants it all written down. The hip-hop producer and artist, radio personality and Snapchat favorite has a deal with Crown Archetype for “The Keys,” to be published Nov. 22. According to Wednesday’s announcement by Crown, the book will feature personal stories, his philosophy for success and the background for … Continue reading

Black history finds home on National Mall with new museum
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Black history finds home on National Mall with new museum

WASHINGTON (AP) — Black history officially has a new, prominent place in America’s story. With hugs, tears and the ringing of church bells, the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture opened its doors Saturday to help this nation understand, reconcile and celebrate African-Americans’ often-ignored contributions toward making this country what it … Continue reading

Puff Daddy donates $1 million to Howard University
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Puff Daddy donates $1 million to Howard University

WASHINGTON (AP) — Puff Daddy is donating $1 million to Howard University, where he once was a student. The rapper and music mogul, whose real name is Sean Combs, made the announcement alongside Howard President Wayne Frederick at his Bad Boy Records reunion tour show Thursday night in Washington, D.C., where the historically black college … Continue reading

Rihanna, Kendrick, Metallica play at Global Citizen fest
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Rihanna, Kendrick, Metallica play at Global Citizen fest

NEW YORK (AP) — Rihanna ran through her pop and R&B hits, Eddie Vedder partnered with Chris Martin and Kendrick Lamar was enthusiastic and energetic during his hour-long set at the Global Citizen Festival in New York. Metallica, Ellie Goulding, Usher and Yandel also performed familiar songs Saturday at the free event on the Great … Continue reading

Kendall and Kylie Jenner display their own creations
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Kendall and Kylie Jenner display their own creations

NEW YORK (AP) — It was quite the family fashion day for Kendall and Kylie Jenner, who came straight from brother-in-law Kanye West’s Yeezy show on Roosevelt Island off Manhattan on Wednesday to their own party celebrating their fashion label, KENDALL + KYLIE. The fashionista sisters (and reality TV stars) said they were gradually becoming more … Continue reading

Transgender actress Alexis Arquette has died at 47
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Transgender actress Alexis Arquette has died at 47

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alexis Arquette, the transgender character actress and sibling of actors David, Rosanna, Richmond and Patricia Arquette, died early Sunday morning in Los Angeles. She was 47 and surrounded by family who serenaded her with David Bowie’s “Starman,” her siblings said in a statement Sunday. No cause of death was given. “Alexis … Continue reading

Three-day festival to celebrate black history museum opening
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Three-day festival to celebrate black history museum opening

WASHINGTON (AP) — A festival featuring workshops, storytelling and performances including concerts with bands such as Public Enemy and The Roots will celebrate the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture this month. The Smithsonian announced Wednesday that the three-day festival, “Freedom Sounds: A Community Celebration,” on the Washington Monument … Continue reading

Desiigner released without bail; Gun charges dropped
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Desiigner released without bail; Gun charges dropped

NEW YORK (AP) — A Brooklyn rapper has been released without bail on misdemeanor charges after a gun charge was dropped. The Daily News reports (http://nydn.us/2ctLBdP ) Sidney Royel Selby III — whose stage name is Desiigner — was released Saturday after appearing in Manhattan Criminal Court on menacing and drug possession charges. The newspaper … Continue reading

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Hip-hop collective Dungeon Family reunites at festival

ATLANTA (AP) — The legendary Dungeon Family music collective, which birthed a generation of hip-hop stars, reunited on stage Saturday night for the first time in a decade, and they’re not looking to stop there. They want to create new songs and eventually collaborate for their own big festival or tour. First, they performed together … Continue reading

Suspect in Drake tour bus theft a homeless janitor
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Suspect in Drake tour bus theft a homeless janitor

PHOENIX (AP) — The suspect accused of stealing jewelry from Drake’s tour bus during the rapper’sPhoenix concert is a homeless man who works as a janitor. Travion Lamar King, 21, was released on his own recognizance on one count each of burglary and theft, according to court documents made available Thursday. Police say King entered … Continue reading

Sweaty fashion crowd lured outside for Kanye West show
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Sweaty fashion crowd lured outside for Kanye West show

NEW YORK (AP) — In sweltering heat, set to a slow, morose soundtrack, Kanye West debuted the fourth season of his Yeezy collection for Adidas at a park memorializing Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous four freedoms: of speech and worship, from want and fear. Helping to kick off New York Fashion Week, West lured the fashion … Continue reading

Frank Ocean debuts ‘Blonde,’ his 1st album in 4 years
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Frank Ocean debuts ‘Blonde,’ his 1st album in 4 years

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The wait for Frank Ocean’s latest album is finally over. The singer’s 17-track album “Blonde” was released on Saturday on Apple Music , one day after the R&B singer released a 45-minute “visual album” on the streaming service. “Blonde” is Ocean’s second studio album and is his follow-up to his successful … Continue reading

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Singer Toni Braxton to be honored at Hip-Hop Awards

ATLANTA (AP) — Grammy-winning singer Toni Braxton will be honored at the BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta. Braxton will receive the BMI President’s Award on Thursday for her musical achievements. The private event salutes songwriters, producers and publishers of the past year’s top songs in the genres. Actor-comedian Chris Tucker will host the awards, which … Continue reading