Bonnie Pointer of the Pointer Sisters Dies at 69 

Bonnie Pointer, who rose to fame as a member of the Pointer Sisters, has died at age 69. A representative said the cause of death was cardiac arrest.

“It is with great sadness that I have to announce to the fans of the Pointer Sisters that my sister Bonnie died this morning,” said Anita Pointer of her sister, Patricia, aka Bonnie. “Our family is devastated. On behalf of my siblings and I and the entire Pointer family, we ask for your prayers at this time.”

Bonnie was one of the founding members of the group and left in the mid-1970s to pursue a solo career.

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Posted by Azania Tuesday, June 9, 2020 10:52:00 AM

Janet Jackson Shares Powerful Black Lives Matter Message 

In a rare political statement, Janet Jackson posted a powerful message in support of Black Lives Matter on Sunday (June 7), encouraging Americans to come together to erase the boundaries that keep us apart. "We are a nation with no geographic boundaries, bound together through our beliefs," Jackson wrote. "We are like-minded individuals, sharing a common vision, pushing toward a world rid of color lines."

The tweet also contains a list of black men and women who've been victims of police violence, along with the #blacklivesmatter tag and Jackson reading her statement in a robotic voice as a bell rings out and the screen fades to the read BLM, with images of Jackson in her Rhythm Nation outfit in the background.

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Posted by Azania Monday, June 8, 2020 8:52:00 AM

Alan Sheppard: Black Lives Matter More Than This  

As protesters around the world demand justice for George Floyd, Alan Sheppard shares his personal response to the challenges being faced by the world with the release of his song "Black Lives Matter More Than This":

"For decades many of my songs tell that we are all connected in love and not separated by anything including race, nation and gender.

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Posted by Azania Friday, June 5, 2020 11:12:00 AM Categories: Alan Sheppard

Alicia Keys Shares Touching Poem to Her Son in Honor of The Black Lives Matter Movement  

Alicia Keys unveiled a sweet piece of poetry dedicated to her son on Wednesday (June 3) in honor of the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement.
 
Using the #blacklivesmatter hashtag, the star paired the poem with an adorable photo of five-year-old Genesis building a toy tower. My beautiful baby boy/ So curious and pure/ Yet SO clear about what you don’t want/ “NO!” you say with vigor/ When you don’t like something going on in your small but powerful 5-year-old-world⁣," she wrote. "I hope that never changes⁣/ I hope that inner strength and fire/ Never extinguishes⁣/ And you never feel the sway to fit in⁣/ Or be silenced⁣."
 
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Posted by Azania Thursday, June 4, 2020 10:50:00 AM

Lea Michele Apologizes After ‘Glee’ Co-Star Samantha Ware Accuses Her of ‘Traumatic Microaggressions’ 

Lea Michele has broken her silence with an apology after her former co-star Samantha Ware accused her of “traumatic microaggresions” on the set of “Glee.”

“I apologize for my behavior and for any pain which I have caused,” Michele posted in a lengthy statement on Instagram. “One of the most important lessons of the last few weeks is that we need to take the time to listen and learn about other people’s perspectives and any role we have played or anything we can do to help address the injustices that they face.”

Michele posted a tweet on May 29 in support of the Black Lives Matter protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of police.

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Posted by Azania Wednesday, June 3, 2020 9:45:00 AM

Music Industry Leaders Vow To Pause Business For A Day In Observation Of Blackout Tuesday 

The show will be paused. At least, that's the message coming from leaders and artists in the music business as part of a movement being referred to as Blackout Tuesday.

Music executives Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang spearheaded the effort to shutter normal business operations on June 2 via their #theshowmustbepaused initiative.


A Twitter account tied to the group appears to have been created on Sunday, amid a weekend that saw communities across the country protesting the murders of George Floyd and others at the hands of police.

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Posted by Azania Tuesday, June 2, 2020 10:55:00 AM

Rihanna's Demo of Selena Gomez's 'Same Old Love' Has Leaked and It's Amazing 

Rihanna fans are falling for her take of a Selena Gomez song. Pop Crave reportedly leaked Rihanna's demo of "Same Old Love," a song that the 32-year-old singer was thinking about releasing on her own.

One year before Gomez, 27, released the track in 2015, Rihanna teased Twitter with a lyric from the song, suggesting that her version of "Same Old Love" was in the works. That tweet may have just been a coincidence, though, as Charli XCX later said that she, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Benny Blanco, Ross Golan, and Tor Erik Hermansen didn't write the song until 2015.

 

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Posted by Azania Friday, May 29, 2020 11:48:00 AM

John Boyega Speaks Out After George Floyd's Death: 'I Hate Racists' 

John Boyega has had enough.

The Star Wars actor flooded social media on Wednesday, speaking out about George Floyd's death two days after a Minneapolis police officer was filmed pinning the African American man to the ground with a knee on his neck.

"I really f---ing hate racists," Boyega tweeted on Wednesday. The post has since garnered over 1 million likes.


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Posted by Azania Thursday, May 28, 2020 9:16:00 AM

Ellie Goulding Sets New Album ‘Brightest Blue,’ Featuring Juice WRLD, Swae Lee, Lauv & More 

Ellie Goulding’s forthcoming studio set now has a title, a release date and a confirmed lineup of a-list pop and hip-hop guests, including a collaboration with the late Juice WRLD.
 
Goulding’s fourth album Brightest Blue will drop July 17 and will be split in two parts, Brightest Blue and EG.0.
 
The first part, notes the British pop singer, reflects her “vulnerability” and our complex world “where relationships still dictate our happiness and heartbreak and can still be the most painful thing in the world.”
 
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Posted by Azania Thursday, May 28, 2020 8:50:00 AM

Billie Eilish Goes After Body-shamers In 'Not My Responsibility' Short Film 

The Grammy Award-winning singer calls out the haters in a self-written and produced video clip that debuted during her 'Where Do We Go?' world tour.

Billie Eilish is letting the haters know that their negative opinions are not her responsibility.

On Wednesday, the singer released a short film in which she slowly undresses while her own voiceover slams those who are quick to body shame and pass judgement. Titled Not My Responsibility and written and produced by Eilish, the video, which originally debuted during the singer’s Where Do We Go? world tour, shows the teen Grammy winner, remove an oversized hoodie, tantalizingly slowly, before slipping off a button-down shirt and eventually a tank top too. She then submerges herself fully in water. "Do you know me, really know me?" she asks in the voiceover. "You’ll have opinions about my opinions, about my music, about my clothes, about my body."

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Posted by Azania Wednesday, May 27, 2020 11:30:00 AM

Rihanna Celebrates 15-Year Anniversary of 'Pon de Replay' 

Rihanna's debut single, "Pon de Replay," was released 15 years ago. On Sunday night (May 24), the singer joined the celebration of the song's anniversary on social media, where #15YearsOfRihanna trended.

"Thank you for all the love on this hashtag today! Man this is trippy," Rihanna wrote in an Instagram story. "Feels like just yesterday I was shaking in the hallways of Def Jam waiting to audition for Jay."

"Pon de Replay is where it all began....15 years later and I'm here because God led me to you, and you guys have held me up, supported me, tolerated me, loved me, kept it too real with me, and we gon always be connected because of that!" she said of the song, which dropped on May 24, 2005 and was included on her first studio album, Music of the Sun

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Posted by Azania Tuesday, May 26, 2020 3:14:00 PM

Lana Del Rey Speaks Out Again to Clarify Her Intentions 

Late Sunday night (May 24), Lana Del Rey took to Instagram once more to defend her post that named several other female artists and caused a firestorm across the internet last week.
 
“Hey, so I don’t want to beat a dead horse and I don’t want to, you know, go on and on about this post thing, but I just want to remind you that in that post -- my one and only personal declaration I’ve ever made, thanks for being so warm and welcoming -- you know, was about the need for fragility in the feminist movement. It’s gonna be important," she began in a six-minute long video uploaded overnight.
 
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Posted by Azania Tuesday, May 26, 2020 8:56:00 AM
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