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Ornetta Barber, WEA’s First Black Female Marketing Executive, Dies at 71

Ornetta Barber, the first African-American female marketing executive at Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp. (WEA), died of metastatic cancer on April 3 in Los Angeles. She was 71. “Ornetta was a woman with brains, beauty, kindness and a smile that would light up the world,” Epic Records chairman/CEO Sylvia Rhone posted on Facebook. “She never displayed […]

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The Weeknd Clears Up 'Climax' Comments, Salutes Usher as 'An Inspiration'

"Climax" producer Diplo acknowledges that he was inspired by The Weeknd's breakout 2011 mixtape. After The Weeknd was quoted saying he was “angry” about the similarities between his early catalog and Usher’s 2012 single “Climax,” the After Hours singer took to Twitter to salute his fellow R&B superstar. On Thursday (April 9), The Weeknd praised Usher and called […]

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Cardi B Calls Out Young Voters for Bernie Sanders' Failed Presidential Run: 'Y'all Wasn't Voting'

The rapper vents about the lack of youth voter turnout Cardi B is heated about Bernie Sanders suspending his presidential campaign. She’s not mad at Sanders, though, but rather at all those fired-up young’uns who were totally down to rock out at the Vermont Senator’s massive rallies featuring cool bands but seemingly didn’t show up […]

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Diddy to Moderate Town Hall Meeting on 'State of Black America & The Coronavirus'

On Thursday night (April 9), REVOLT TV will host a two-hour-long live town hall meeting at 11 p.m. ET moderated by Sean “Diddy” Combs to discuss how COVID-19 is affecting the African-American community at large. Joining Combs for the “State of Black America & The Coronavirus” discussion will be Sen. Kamala Harris, Angela Rye, Meek […]

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Three-Peat: Future Releases His 2015 Mixtape '56 Nights' on All Streaming Services

Future is gunning for a three-peat: After freeing two of his beloved mixtapes in Monster and most recently Beast Mode, on Thursday (April 9), Future capped off the trifecta by placing 56 Nights on all streaming services. Released in March 2015, the seminal mixtape served as a collaborative effort between Future and DJ Esco, featuring […]

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Ari Lennox's Pastel-Chic 'Bussit' Video Is Spring 2020 Goals: Watch

The quarantine may still be trekking along for the foreseeable future, but we can still dream about what spring could’ve been right? Well Ari Lennox, who’s known for her bubbly personality, channels those vibes we’ve been longing for in her new “Bussit” video. Released on Wednesday (April 8), the Tajana B. Williams-directed video brings the fan-favorite tune to […]

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T.I. Will Team Up With YouTube for New Episodes of 'ExpediTIously' Podcast: Exclusive

When T.I. was first approached about hosting a podcast, he couldn’t envision himself behind a mic and not recording music. Yet since launching expediTIously with PodcastOne in September, Tip has become one of the prominent voices in hip-hop media, adding an unfiltered perspective to the growing podcast ecosystem. Billboard confirmed on Thursday (Apr. 9) that expediTIously will be […]

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Watch Lil Nas X Ring in His 21st Birthday From Quarantine With Elmo and a Piece of Bread

Lil Nas X took to social media to celebrate his birthday on Thursday (April 9) with the help of an old friend from Sesame Street. “Bringing in my 21st with my day 1,” the rapper captioned a funny video of himself blowing out a candle on a lone piece of bread, while holding an Elmo […]

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H.E.R. Wanted To See More 'Women Supporting Women,' So She Created Her Own Empowering Series

Since the COVID-19 outbreak changed daily life in the U.S., music has served as a vital healing component for those in need of any mental and spiritual nourishment. On Monday (April 6), H.E.R. gallantly did her part with the launch of Girls with Guitars, a weekly Instagram series featuring performances, covers and special guests that […]

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DJ J Rick Shares a Quarantine Mix for Highsnobiety Soundsystem

As the surreal and unprecedented global phenomenon of self-quarantine sweeps across the globe, Highsnobiety Soundsystem looks to the game-changers and party-makers of our world, the DJs, to bring us some cheer in this bizarre Covid-19 world. Tune in for original mixes and good conversations straight out of self-isolation. When Jordan Christie, more commonly known as […]