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Can Black British Entertainers Relate To The African-American Experience?

 

In 2015 the US Census Bureau estimated that there are 46,282,080 African Americans living  in the United States.

Quite interestingly, as proponents of racial diversity within entertainment celebrate the arrivals of a new batch of “melanated” Hollywood stars, some industry insiders have made an interesting observation.

Most of them are British.

This week, after Samuel L. Jackson took to Hot 97 to reveal why he believes movie studios are overlooking African-American actors to hire Black British actors when casting, the debate surrounding why this may be continues to heat up online.

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Hot 100: Pandora Streams To Impact Chart Placements Starting February 11

In a move that comes as a surprise to many (given that most thought it was already the case), Billboard announced last week that Pandora streaming data will be used to calculate chart placements.

Joining stats that are comprised of digital sales, Spotify streams, Tidal Streams, Soundcloud streams, Youtube streams, radio airplay, and more, the incorporation of Pandora info will provide a truer representation of consumer interests given the platform’s rank in the streaming arena. Pandora co-founder, Tim Westergren, echoes the sentiment:

“Pandora is now the No.1 radio station in 87 US markets and represents roughly 10 percent [of] all radio listening. With the inclusion of Pandora data, the Billboard charts that have guided listeners and been so central to the music industry for decades now reflect a truer measure of a song’s popularity today. I’m thrilled that the ‘Pandora effect’ will now be formally recognized in the industry’s gold standard for measurement.”

But, there’s a catch:

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Cherish Readies Comeback

The R&B group Cherish is on its way back to the world.

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Social Media Wages War On Casey Affleck In Nate Parker Racism Debate

Is there a double standard in Hollywood when it comes to race and sexual assault?

The answer to that question is yes.

That is, if you ask the thousands who have risen on social media to question Hollywood and the media’s reluctance to slam the actor Casey Affleck for his alleged assaults on women after derailing Nate Parker’s ‘Birth of a Nation’ in 2016.

Why so many are outraged at the industry, media and “feminists”?

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Migos Top The Billboard Hot 100 With ‘Bad & Boujee’

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The fashion-forward Hip-Hop trio that is Migos have topped the Billboard Hot 100 with their smash hit cut ‘Bad & Boujee’.

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Surprise! FKA Twigs Releases New Movie

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FKA Twigs is in movie mode.

After standing as the inspiration behind visual efforts built by Beyonce and Tinashe, the creative has created a brand new film named ‘Sountrack 7.

In it, viewers are pulled through the maze that is the artist’s mind via music and visuals birthed to support her discography.

How Twigs has become your favourite artist’s favourite artist?

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Did You Miss It? Young M.A. Meets….Wendy Williams

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Like Trinidad James, Bobby Shmurda and Dej Loaf before her, Young M.A. is now tasked with turning her Hip-Hop hit into a lasting career.

Who stepped up to support her as she does so? Wendy Williams, the talkshow host who invited her to perform her number ‘Ooouuu’ for her viewers this week.

There, she sought to win over new fans before the unveiling of her next studio set which will is set to be touted as an independent release.

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Alicia Keys, Tori Amos, Sting, John Legend, Pharrell Williams & Justin Timberlake Join ‘The Hollywood Reporter’s Roundtable

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The Hollywood Reporter’s roundtable series continues to outdo itself this week by inviting Alicia Keys, Sting, Pharrell Williams, John Legend and Justin Timberlake to lead its very first Songwriter Roundtable.

There, the creatives will discuss their lyrical journeys and share never-before-heard stories with each other before/after the release of their new studio albums.

Joining them for the informative ride is Tori Amos.

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Orlando Brown Demands Starring Role In ‘That’s So Raven’ Reboot

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After he accused her of terminating a child he claims to have fathered, the actor Orlando Brown has reached out to Raven-Symone to ask for a starring role in her reboot of their hit show ‘That’s So Raven.’

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Marina & The Diamonds Ready New Album

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Marina of Marina & The Diamonds is hard at work on a new album.

Details on Lady GaGa’s and Lana Del Rey’s rival’s forthcoming set below…

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New Video: PARTYNEXTDOOR – ‘Not Nice’

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The man behind Rihanna’s ‘Work’ PARTYNEXTDOOR has dropped the visual for his latest single ‘Not Nice’ this week.

Pulled from his latest studio set P3, the song comes armed with an Adrian Martinez-directed video to support his 19-date live ‘Summer’s Over Tour’ which will see him rock audiences with Jeremih.

You’re not nice. You’re rude. Look what you’re putting me through. I never do this to you.

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MTV VMAs Hit High With Streams While TV Ratings Dip

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Music’s reigning stream queen Rihanna was billed as one the main attractions at last night’s VMAs. It’s fitting, then, that the performance of the show mirrors the consumption patterns of her audience.

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