CIVIL LAWSUIT LOOMS AGAINST TREY SONGZ OVER ASSAULTING A DETROIT POLICE OFFICER AFTER CONCERT
[Detroit, MI]: Attorney Mike Morse has filed a civil lawsuit against singer Trey Songz on behalf of photographer Andrew Potter and former Detroit Police Sgt. Robert Avery for the injuries they sustained following a concert at Joe Louis Arena in 2016. The lawsuit claims that both the police officer and the photographer suffered great bodily harm after Songz became extremely upset after his microphone stopped working. He then went off the deep end cursing, trashing stage props and throwing sound equipment all around. Avery says he came under attack while placing Songz under arrest that’s when he was punched in the face with Songz fist. Morse told WDIV local 4 news that when Avery was attacked “he went down, went down hard injuring his hip along with a serious brain injury and because of these injuries he will never be able to work again as a police sergeant. He went on to add that the photographer was injured after he was hit with a microphone stand thrown by Songz. Last year Songz agreed to a plea agreement where he plead guilty to reduced charges of disturbing the peace. Songz has since apologized for his outburst. He was sentenced to 18 months’ probation and ordered to complete anger management therapy.
Morse also told local 4 news that damages are set at the federal court minimum of $75,000 for now, but that figure is likely to increase. “Presumably, we’ll ask for a lot more than $75,000, depending on how the proofs come in and depending on everything,” Morse said. “But with Mr. Avery not being able to be a sergeant again, the damages will be great.”
Morse expects the case to be settled out of court, but says that if it goes to trial it could take a year or more and the damages could reach a million dollars.
Mr. Avery served on the Detroit Police Department force for 22-years. Attorneys for Songz have not yet responded to the civil lawsuit.
Kendrick Lamar Wins Pulitzer Prize
[Spin]: Hip-Hop recording artist Kendrick Lamar, 29, has won a whopping twelve Grammy Awards, and now he will add the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music to his list of accolades. He was presented with his award at Columbia University in New York City during a private ceremony. The award was for his album Damn, which the committee that bestowed the award on him called his album “a virtuosic song collection unified by vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.” Lamar received a standing ovation when he accepted his award. He is the first non-jazz or classical recording artist to ever win a Pulitzer Prize. Lamar is no stranger to winning not only Grammy Awards, but also civic awards. Back in May of 2015 he was awarded the California State Senate’s Generational Icon Award. When he addressed the California Senate he told legislators that he is honored to be able to use his musical platform to give back to the very community and neighborhoods where he once played (The City of Compton, CA). The following year Lamar was given the key to the city for a new vision for his hometown. He has received top honors from both Rolling Stone and Billboard magazine. He is regarded as one of the “Top 20 Best Rappers in their 20’s.” Last year Lamar had two singles to take top ten positions on the United States (U.S.) Billboard Music Charts. His single “Humble” and “DNA” took the number one and fourth position respectfully followed this year by “All the Stars” taking position number 7 back in March. He is currently on tour. The Pulitzer Prize recognizes the achievements of professionals whose work appears in newspapers, magazines, online journalism, literature and music. The recipient also gets a $15,000 monetary reward.
Billboard Music Honors Janet Jackson with Icon 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 witness her get her award. She was sort of emotional when she accepted the award, and she used her spotlight moment to recognize 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
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[Billboard]: The Multi-talented R&B singer Mary J. Blige, 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 Blige. 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
[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 hardcore 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.
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 title 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 announcerJohn 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.