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Billboard Music Honors Janet Jackson with Icon Award

Janet Jackson Janet Jackson Receiving Award

[Billboard]: Janet Jackson, 52, has been performing on television since the 70’s and she’s still in Control with no plans of stopping. Billboard Music presented her with the prestigious Icon Award during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards program. Jackson hasn’t performed on television in nearly nine years. She performed a montage of some her top hits. She now joins some of her fellow superstars such as: Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Cher, and Prince. The awards were held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and Bruno Mars presented her with the award. Her mom was there to withness her get her award. She was sort of emotional when she accepted the award, and she used her spotlight moment to recoginize women and their supporters who stand up against any type of abuse.  Jackson has been enjoying being a full-time mother after she had her first child in January of 2017. She is well known for hits like Control, What Have You Done for Me Lately, and Miss You Much, just briefly describing her vast music catalog. The Icon Award is presented to recording artists who have made great contributions to the recording industry. Neil Diamond was first to receive the award in 2011. Click on the link below to watch the standing room only performance by Jackson.


R & B Diva gets top Honor with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Mary J. Bleige on the Walk of Fame

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[Billboard]: The Multi-talented R&B singer Mary J. Bleige, 47 now joins the ranks of many well accomplished singers. Hollywood presented her with her own star on the Walk of Fame. She has truly worked hard to earn it. She has a whopping total of nine Grammy Awards under her belt, and ever growing roles in movies and she even played the wicked witch of the west in the “Live” recording of the remake of the iconic “The Wiz” and sung the song “Don’t You Bring Me No Bad News.” She is well known for being very open and honest about her personal and professional life struggles and still overcome the challenge. The singer became emotional when she recalled when just last year she was among the homeless. “I am truly thankful for my friends who took me in and worked with me to get me back on my feet,” she said. Her fans will never forget when she took the music industry by storm with her debut album “What’s the 411” where her song Real Love hit the top 10 on the music charts in 1992. She’s been topping the charts ever since. Her star is number 2,626. The Music Industry is very proud of Bleige. She now joins recording artists like New Edition, music producer Quincy Jones, Michael and Janet Jackson, Patti Labelle, and “Babyface” just to name a few. The broadcast industry is very proud of her accomplishments. Every year the wall continues to grow as it adds entertainers who leave extraordinary marks on the recording industry. Sean Diddy Combs was even on hand to show his support of the recording artists as it was truly emotional for her she says that she is truly honored and humbled to have this honor. Click on the link below to watch her emotional tribute:



Beyonce Vows to Help Those Hit Hard by Hurricane Harvey

 

Hurricane Harvey Devastation

 

[Billboard]: Grammy Award winner Beyonce Knowles- Carter, 35, has made a promise to the people of Houston, TX the city that loved her before she took the world by storm with her sexy dance moves, and that voice that can belt out anything from soulful ballads to hard core rap to do whatever she can to help the people of the Lone Star State recover from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

The singer issued this statement:

“My heart goes out to my hometown, Houston, and I remain in constant prayer for those affected and for the rescuers who have been so brave and determined to do so much to help,” she said in a statement to the Chronicle.

“I am working closely with my team at BeyGood as well as my pastor ( Rudy Rasmus at St. John’s in downtown Houston) to implement a plan to help as many as we can.”

Beyonce was born and raised in the Houston area where she got her start singing and dancing before joining the group Destiny’s Child. The 35-year-old star has over 22 Grammy Awards under her belt and she’s sold over 100 million records. Back in 2014 she took the honor of being officially listed as one of the highest- paid black musicians in history. Now she’s going to use some of that wealth to help the city that she loves as they love her back. Her non-profit charity BeyGood serves as the conduit from which she is able to help many young minority girls and women reach their goals of selling themselves on themselves through educational scholarship and mentoring programs all around the world. To join or learn more about BeyGood click on the following link.

Bey is not alone in her pledge to help the people of Texas. Her own husband rapper and music producer Jay-Z has answered the call put out by the actor and comedian Kevin Hart for the movers and shakers of Hollywood to do what they can after he put up some $50,000. “Let’s help! Let’s really really try to save some lives,” he said.

Harvey, a category four hurricane hit the State of Houston on August 25, 2017. It left a path of devastation sending many residents heading for cover as it packed a wind speed of over 70 miles per hour according to the cable news network (CNN) , and it dumped over 18 inches of rain an hour. Over 33 people were killed (some of them first responders) and hundreds more were injured during the storm. These preliminary numbers are only expected to rise. To learn how you can help the people of Houston, TX click on the following link to the Red Cross.


Taylor Swift Releases New Album “Reputation”

Reputation Album Art

[Twitter]: Country singer Taylor Swift announced on twitter that her new album release “Reputation” will be fully available in November. Amazing how time flies! “Reputation will be the pop star’s sixth studio album since her self-titled album back in 2006. “You Belong with Me” from her “Fearless” album peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 music chart making it the highest-charting single and the top selling album in the United States in 2009. She is also doing something that no other recording artists have ever done. She’s teamed up with the United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) to promote the release of her album making this the first time people have seen anything other than brown and gold on big brown truck. Fans that are lucky enough to snap a selfie with the big brown truck adorned with her album art photo, and then send it to her by way of twitter at #TaylorSwiftDelivery, and they take advantage of pre-ordering her album just might get more than just a package delivery when the big brown truck comes. Fans will go into a drawing where they can win all kinds of goodies that range from t-shirts to concert tickets all personally hand delivered by Swift herself.

Swift is now $1 million richer after she sued former radio personality David Mueller for groping her back in 2013. Click on the link below to watch the video “Look What You Made Me Do” from her upcoming album.


Legendary Sammy Davis Jr. Life featured in Film Documentary

[Deadline]: Sammy Davis Jr. fans will now be able to watch a documentary for the very first time about the life of Sammy Davis Jr. The tittle of the film is “I’ve Gotta Be Me” which will give fans a never seen before look at the barriers the singer had to face in order to make it as an African American entertainer at a time when blacks were often denied the chance to perform before all white audiences, and the chance to perform on Broadway was nearly impossible. Davis was an actor, comedian, singer/songwriter, and most importantly a civil rights activist. He also was a master tap dancer. The Biopic also chronicles how he embraced the Judaism religion. Davis holds a special place in Detroit after he wrote and performed the song “Hello Detroit” where he sung about the wonderful gems of our city lady Detroit. Detroit natives fell in love with this song after radio announcer John Mason would  play this song at exactly 6:00 am telling the listeners that it was time to get up, rise and shine wipe the dust from your sleepy eyes every day on WJLB- FM 98. The film is produced by recording artist Lionel Richie. It is set to open at the Toronto International Film Festival. No word on when it will hit the big screen nationwide. Click on the link below to watch the official film trailer along with “Hello Detroit.” Davis Jr. died in 1995 after a lengthy battle with throat cancer.

 



Usher Fights $20 Million Herpes Lawsuit
 

[ACESHOWBIZ]: R & B recording artist Usher is not just letting it burn this time. The singer didn’t exactly dispel the accusations of exposing two women and one man to the sexually transmitted disease (STD) herpes. Usher claims that one of the women’s story lack credibility because she very well may have had the STD before their relationship and not have known about it because she wasn’t tested.

Usher had this to say in official court records:
"A previous sexual partner very well may have already infected her," Usher said in his new legal documents. He further claimed that the woman could have been infected after their alleged encounter, saying that she assumed the risk of getting herpes by having "casual, unprotected sexual intercourse and/or oral sex."

He is no stranger to this sort of lawsuit. Back in 2012 the singer was not dancing to his hit single “ Yeah” instead he said Yeah I will pay you. He paid big time. $1.1 million dollars to be exact to settle a lawsuit brought on by his then-partner after she claimed he exposed her to herpes.

This lawsuit claims that two women and a man were exposed to the STD after the singer had vaginal and oral sex with them. The lawsuit is asking for payment for damages including but not limited to stress, anxiety, depression and complications of childbirth. 

Another woman is thanking her lucky stars and glad that her test came back negative, but she still feels violated because she would have never consented to having sex with him had he been up front with her, she said.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that the use of condoms is a highly effective way to prevent contracting sexually transmitted diseases like herpes, and that when in doubt couples should never engage in unprotected sexual activities.

According to the CDC the herpes virus (HSV-2) is spread primarily through sexual contact. People infected with the disease may not show signs of infection until they have an outbreak which is characterized by painful blister like sores on the genitals and anus. The disease may go through periods where it is dormant. Data that goes back to 2014 indicate that just under 300 thousand cases sent patients to their doctors office. Right now there is no cure for HSV-2, but treatment with medications can lessen the severity of the disease and help prevent spreading the disease. Information on all STD's can be found on the CDC website here.

Usher was a judge on the popular television series " The Voice" during the shows fourth and sixth season, but now he is asking a judge to show him mercy by dismissing the case.