Black-ish Star Marsai Martin Shuts Down Criticism of Her BET Awards Appearance 

Marsai Martin is not here for the foolishness.

On Sunday night, the Black-ish star made a special appearance for the virtual 2020 BET Awards. During the remote ceremony, the teenage actress and producer presented the Best Female Hip-Hop Artist award to Megan Thee Stallion. 

In addition, Marsai won the Young Stars Award.

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Posted by Azania Tuesday, June 30, 2020 2:53:00 PM

AJA Talks New Poetry/Music & "It Dread...Colonialism ain Dead" 

What's new with AJA?

I've released two new poetry/musical works. The first which was released as a music video on May 25 addresses the global awakening to racism, white supremacy and the over 400 years of injustices which Black people are directly and indirectly experiencing.  Call “Blak Distant Voice” it refers to the current situation of protest, but also warns that we need to guide our destiny to correct the wrongs of slavery and colonialism.

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Posted by Azania Monday, June 29, 2020 9:13:00 AM

Buju Banton Drops New Album “Upside Down 2020”  

Buju Banton‘s highly-anticipated album Upside Down 2020 is finally here. His first full-length release since his 2010 GRAMMY winner Before the Dawn, the lengthy 20-track record clocks in at approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

The reggae legend enlists minimal but powerful guest features for his newest album, including Stephen Marley on “Yes Mi Friend,” John Legend on “Memories,” Stefflon Don on “Call Me” and Pharrell and The Neptunes on “Cherry Pie.” 

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Posted by Azania Friday, June 26, 2020 8:19:00 AM

Ayana John Talks Her New Album & The Need to "Unplug & Reboot" During COVID-19 

What's new with Ayana John?

On February 04, 2020, I released my sophomore album, Feloshade. The title of the album is my first name which means honour bestoweth a crown. In relation to the album, I have done a soft launch of my fashion line of the same name. The first official music video from the album features the singles, Cash Flow and Rockin Wit U and designs from the fashion line

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Posted by Azania Thursday, June 25, 2020 9:06:00 AM Categories: Ayana John

Buju Banton Praises Koffee & Talks Importance Of Supporting Young Reggae Acts 

Buju Banton thinks supporting young acts like Koffee is important to the prosperity of Jamaican music.

As he is gearing up to release his new album Upside Down 2020, Buju Banton is doing a short press run to promote the project. The reggae singer, who is being managed by Roc Nation, recently did an interview with Ebro, Rosenberg, and Laura Stylez on Hot 97. During the video discussion, Buju was asked about Koffee being one of the opening acts at his “Long Walk To Freedom” welcome back concert in March 2019. He described the

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Posted by Azania Thursday, June 25, 2020 8:19:00 AM

Rihanna, Lizzo, Ariana Grande & More Sign Open Letter Supporting Congress' Justice in Policing Act 

Rihanna, Lizzo, Justin Bieber, and more than 750 other musical artists, industry executives, and groups have signed an open letter to Congress endorsing Democrats’  Justice in Policing Act that is scheduled for a House vote this week.

Joining the heavy-hitters were other A-listers such as Post Malone, Meek Mill, the Jonas Brothers, Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, and Mariah Carey.

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Posted by Azania Wednesday, June 24, 2020 12:05:00 PM

Justin Bieber Denies Sexual Assault Allegations & Plans to Take Legal Action 

Justin Bieber has refuted allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman going by the name of "Danielle" in 2014.

The woman, who tweeted from an anonymous account Saturday night (June 20) that was removed from Twitter shortly after Bieber publicly commented on the situation, claimed the incident took place at a hotel in Austin, Texas, on March 9, 2014.

"I don’t normally address things as I have dealt with random accusations my entire career but after talking with my wife and team I have decided to speak up on an issue tonight," Bieber wrote on his own Twitter account Sunday night (June 21).

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Posted by Azania Monday, June 22, 2020 7:57:00 AM

Jamie Foxx Confirms Playing Mike Tyson In Biopic 

Jamie Foxx is gearing up for what could be another Oscar-winning role in a biopic. The 52-year-old actor confirmed that he will star as Mike Tyson in a forthcoming film.

“It’s a definitive yes,” Foxx said in an interview on Wednesday (June 17). “Doing biographies is a tough things sometimes it takes 20 years to get 'em done but we officially got the real ball rolling.”

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Posted by Azania Friday, June 19, 2020 2:52:00 PM

Cream Of Wheat Is Reviewing Its Black Mascot After Aunt Jemima And Others Acknowledged Their Racist Roots 

Cream of Wheat just became the latest major food brand to announce a review of its controversial mascot following the global uproar over the George Floyd tragedy, which has compelled corporations to reflect on their roles in perpetuating racism.

Aunt Jemima was the first food brand Wednesday to announce it is changing its logo, which for decades has been widely criticized as a racist caricature of a black maid stemming from slavery. Hours later, Uncle Ben's and Mrs. Butterworth's followed suit.

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Posted by Azania Thursday, June 18, 2020 10:54:00 AM

Jay-Z & Beyonce Sued By Iconic Jamaican Dancer Dr. L’Antoinette Stines For “Black Effect” 

Famed Jamaican choreographer Dr. L’Antoinette Stines is suing Jay-Z and Beyonce for he “Black Effect,” claiming she felt “artistically raped.”

The 2018 joint album EVERYTHING IS LOVE done by The Carters, a combination of Jay-Z and Beyonce, had a few stand out tracks with one of them being “Black Effect.” Now almost two years after the release of the project, the Jamaican artiste whose inspiring vocals appeared at the beginning of the song is mentioning that she was never given the right credit or compensation for the work done.

The leading voice is none other than that of Dr. L’Antoinette Osunide Stines. 

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Posted by Azania Thursday, June 18, 2020 7:46:00 AM

Iggy Azalea Reveals That She Gave Birth To Her First Child 

Iggy Azalea welcomed a baby boy into the world. The Aussie revealed the baby news on her Instagram Story on Wednesday (June 10).

“I have a son,” wrote Azalea. “I kept waiting for the right time to say something but if feels like the more time passes the more I realize I'm always going to feel anxious to share news that giant with the world. I want to keep his life private but wanted to make it clear he is not a secret & I love him beyond words.”

Azalea’s social media reveal confirmed baby rumors that have been floating around for more than a month. 

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Posted by Azania Thursday, June 11, 2020 11:58:00 AM

Netflix Launches ‘Black Lives Matter’ Collection of Movies, TV Shows and Documentaries 

Netflix is promoting a new “Black Lives Matter” collection to U.S. subscribers, featuring over 45 titles about racial injustice and the experience of Black Americans.

Movies, TV shows and documentaries in the Black Lives Matter collection include Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods” (releasing Friday, June 12); Ava DuVernay’s “13th” and “When They See Us”; “Mudbound”; “Orange Is the New Black”; “Dear White People”; and Barry Jenkins’ Oscar-winning “Moonlight.”

Netflix began displaying a popup screen (pictured above) featuring the Black Lives Matter collection Wednesday when users first logged in to the service on the web or connected-TV devices. The streamer also added the collection to users’ notifications.

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Posted by Azania Wednesday, June 10, 2020 3:16:00 PM
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