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Jon Platt Joins Berklee’s Board of Trustees
September 24, 2020
Platt is the chair and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the leading global music publisher. ... read more »
Bakewell Media Announces Taste of Soul Goes Virtual: On Line and On Time
September 24, 2020
Participants can access the Taste of Soul event live at www.lasentinel.net and on our Instagram @tasteofsoulla and Facebook.com/tasteofsoulla accounts. ... read more »
Judge Again Upholds $107 Million Judgment Against Record Producer
September 11, 2020
 A Los Angeles judge once again today upheld a $107 million judgment against imprisoned former rap mogul Marion ``Suge'' Knight and Death Row Records, which was awarded back in 2005.     Over the objection of Lydia Harris, the woman who obtained the original judgment and later agreed with Knight that it should be voided, Superior Court Judge David Sotelo said he would not reconsider his December decision to reinstate the judgment or his March decision to affirm that ruling.  ... read more »
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Kool & the Gang co-founder Ronald ‘Khalis’ Bell dies at 68
September 11, 2020
Ronald “Khalis” Bell, a co-founder, singer and producer of the group Kool & the Gang, has died. He was 68. Bell died at his home in the U.S. Virgin Islands Wednesday morning with his wife by his side, publicist Sujata Murthy said. The cause of death has not been released. ... read more »
Rapper Silento Arrested for Alleged Assaults in Santa Ana and Los Angeles
September 8, 2020
The 22-year-old rapper Silento, best known for his 2015 song ``Watch Me'' (Whip/Nae Nae), is behind bars today after being arrested for assault with a deadly weapon in Valley Village Saturday, one day after being arrested for domestic violence in Santa Ana. ... read more »
Video Director Seeks Court Confirmation as Shakur Video Owner
September 8, 2020
A Van Nuys video director is asking a judge to confirm he owns vintage footage in which he interviewed Tupac Shakur as part of a deal with Universal Music Group's predecessor to make a video of the late hip-hop star in the early 1990s.  ... read more »
Celebration of Life: D.J. Rogers (72), Singer’s Singer of Sacred Soul, Has Passed But His Spirit Keeps “Pressing On”
August 26, 2020
The universal order of sacred and secular music ministry has lost one of its mightiest messengers upon the passing of DeWayne Julius Rogers, better known as singer/songwriter/producer “D.J. Rogers.” The music hero to many died of heart failure at age 72. The very first song on his very first self-titled album in 1973 declared, “Listen to the Message.” And through his divinely scribed works of sumptuous melody, driving rhythm and inspirational rhyme, D.J. lifted spirits, tuned minds to higher planes, mentored the next generation and saved many a life…including his own. ... read more »
Brandy emerges from her cocoon, conquers her demons on ‘B7’
August 26, 2020
When Brandy began crafting her newest album nearly three years ago, her intent was both benevolent and selfish. She wanted to give R&B fans the timeless music she’s been synonymous with, while also gain liberation from emotional bondage. She achieved her goal with “B7” — but she wasn’t prepared for the raw and emotional way the lyrics poured out of her during the creative process. It’s why, for the first time, the Grammy winner co-wrote every song on the album and co-produced the majority of the project. ... read more »
Suspect in Jam Master Jay killing pleads not guilty
August 21, 2020
A man eyed for years as a possible suspect in the 2002 fatal shooting of hip-hop pioneer Jam Master Jay pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on Tuesday, and remained in federal custody where he is already serving a prison sentence for robbery.  Ronald Washington, 56, entered his plea remotely from Kentucky, while his attorney and the government’s lawyers appeared by teleconference because of coronavirus concerns.  Washington and Karl Jordan Jr., 36, face a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison, or the death penalty if convicted of murder in the death of Jason “Jay” Mizell, known professionally as Jam Master Jay.   ... read more »
Leimert Park Jazz Festival 2020: The Virtual Experience
August 13, 2020
Anyone who knows Attorney Diane Robertson will not be surprised that a global pandemic can’t keep her signature event, the Leimert Park Jazz Festival, from taking place this year. Robertson is a force of nature when it comes to organizing, advocacy and building community.  And, while gathering in the heart of Los Angeles’ Black community won’t be possible this year, she has decided that the show must go on -- online.  ... read more »
Malik B, founding member of The Roots, has died at 47
August 3, 2020
Malik B, whose real name is Malik Abdul Basit, was a major contributor to the group, which includes Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter. He appeared on four albums before departing the group in 1999. The group won its first Grammy the following year. ... read more »
Review: Beyonce’s ‘Black Is King’ is supreme Black art
August 1, 2020
King Beyonce's new film takes you on a journey of Black art, music, history and fashion as the superstar transports you to Africa to tell the story of a young man in search of his crown, matched to epic songs she created while inspired by ``The Lion King.'' ... read more »
Furloughed Employee Sues Live Nation for Racial & Gender Discrimination
July 30, 2020
Newman believes she was practically terminated due to her grievances about being discriminated against in the Live Nation workplace. Newman alleges that Live Nation did not show their support with her grievances; instead, she claims that the global entertainment company negated her complaints, and then cut her loose with coronavirus-related staff reductions to cite as the excuse to relieve the company of the complaint. ... read more »
New Trailer and Poster from Visual Album “BLACK IS KING” A Film by Beyoncé now Available
July 20, 2020
Today, Parkwood Entertainment and Disney+ released the new trailer and poster for “Black Is King,” a film by 24-time GRAMMY® Award-winner Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, which will premiere globally on July 31, 2020, streaming on Disney+. The new film based on the music of “The Lion King: The Gift,” will premiere two weeks after the one-year anniversary of the theatrical release of Disney’s global phenomenon, “The Lion King.” The film reimagines the lessons from the 2019 blockbuster for today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns. ... read more »
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