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BET brought out many a star last night for their annual Black Girls Rock extravaganza.

Filmed at New York’s Paradise Theater and set to air on November 4th, the event celebrates the successes of Afro-American women in the entertainment, literary, and philanthropic arenas.

Providing the night’s performances were a who’s who of R&B. Ciara performed new single ‘Sorry’ and brought out Missy Elliott who rocked the house with her own buzz cut ‘9th Inning’. Also on the bill was vocal bible Brandy, who memorized with her ‘Wildest Dreams’.

Great to see the ladies, all of whom have new projects to boot, given the platform to showcase their ever-shining talent. Needless to say November 4th couldn’t come sooner! In the meanwhile, peep more pics below…

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Atlanta’s Reign Nightclub saw ‘Rain On Me’ maestra Ashanti ring in her 32nd birthday with a few impromptu live performances – much to the delight of the club’s attendees.

Hosted by rumored beau Nelly, the songstress hit the stage last night to cover hits ‘Good Good’, ‘Only U’, and more while receiving well-wishes from onlookers.

Undoubtedly warming up chops for promotions of her upcoming LP ‘Braveheart’, see the ‘That’s What We Do’ diva show ATL exactly how she does below:

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The X Factor 2012 aired its second Live Show this evening. This portion of the talent search sees the contestants’ ability showcased before a live audience – with an act being sent home each week.

Judging the hopefuls are new additions Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos, original panelist Louis Walsh, and newcomer Nicole Scherzinger.

{An international phenomenon, local versions of the show show now air in the US, Italy, France and beyond. The brain-child of Simon Cowell, The X Factor is responsible for birthing the careers of Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke, One Direction, Cher Lloyd and JLS.}.
Peep the best of this week’s Live Shows below…

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Ever keen on keeping the masses abreast of fresh and/or often underrated talent, That Grape Juice presents ‘The Spill’ – a renewed look at not-so-new, yet active, acts.

Much like its ‘Freshly Squeezed’ sister segment, this revived assay aims to put the magnifying glass on talents who may not appeal to the buying public on a broad scale yet are still serving material that could easily spin side-by-side with some of today’s top hits.

Covering a kaleidoscope of genres, ‘The Spill’ is set to feature some names you probably know and love as well as some you’ll (soon) be glad to know.  Click below to find out the spill on crooner Q. Parker

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Dawn Richard is heading to a store near you!

Yes, in what we’d say is an answer to many a prayer this last year, the avant garde artist has inked a major distribution deal for her debut album ‘GoldenHeart‘.

Thus, pushing her presently niche brand to the masses.

Exciting news below…

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After garnering critical acclaim with her last studio album ‘Unexpected’, Destiny’s Child graduate Michelle Williams is back in the lab working on its follow-up.

In these exclusive new shots, the vocal powerhouse is seen laying down verses in a Los Angeles studio with friend and vocal arranger Lonny Bereal. The pair have been hard at work on the as yet untitled LP (due Spring 2013), which is described as boasting an R&B inspirational sound.

Having thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Williams last effort, as well as her previous Gospel releases, we’re oh so amped for this. Are you?

Your thoughts?


While the bulk of Rihanna‘s time is spent in the club and on Twitter if not Instagram, some of her more talented competitors opt to use their celebrity to push causes greater than themselves.

Causes, akin to Christina Aguilera‘s fight against World Hunger and Beyonce‘s efforts to honor fallen humanitarians. This week, it was Lady GaGa‘s turn to be honored for her charitable endeavors in Iceland, where she was awarded the ‘LennonOno Peace Prize‘.

Moving footage below…

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Last Thursday, Malala Yousafazi was shot on the way home from school, as part of as assassination attempt by the Taliban- who targeted the 14 year old for speaking out group’s oppression of women in her homeland of Pakistan.

Shot in the head and then again in the neck, she currently remains unconscious and in present danger with the Taliban threatening to target her again for being a ‘symbol of the infidels and obscenity‘.

So, in what marks a strange twist in this tragic story, ‘Ray Of Light‘ icon Madonna has ‘honored’ Malala with a strip tease carried out during Wednesday’s showing of her ‘MDNA Tour’ in LA.

An act, which has now been billed as distasteful.

Details below…

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She’s one of the world’s most recognizable women, and in case she wasn’t aware of this- last night saw Jennifer Lopez learn that lesson all too well.

Armed with boyfriend/ dancer Casper Smart, the ‘Enough‘ actress stepped out of her hotel in Bologna,Italy and was mobbed by hoards of fans clamoring to capture a snap of the star.

In town as part of her sold out European tour, fans can look forward to Lopez’ forthcoming role in the movie ‘Parker‘, directed by ‘Ray’ director Taylor Hackford.

Until then, peep last night’s pandemonium below…

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Thursday night saw Rihanna hit Hollywood’s ‘The Colony‘, enjoying all the club had to offer with a group of friends after announcing the name of her new LP, ‘Unapologetic’.

However, in what came as a surprise move to paparazzi tailing the star, her trip to the club was followed by a recording session in a studio nearby…in the middle of the night.

She Is Diva explains below…

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Chrisitna Aguilera was all smiles in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, snapped with boyfriend Matt Rutler on the way out of ‘Barney’s New York‘.

Spotted a month before she performs at the 2012 ‘American Music Awards’, her sighting came days before the track list for her forthcoming LP ‘Lotus‘ was unveiled, here.

More from the philanthropic star below…

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Strike a pose!

Supermodel Rihanna does that and does it well on the cover of Vogue magazine’s November (2012) issue. The high-profile feature is the latest in a long-line of promotional spots prepped for the Bajan’s seventh studio album ‘Unapologetic’ which arrives on November 19th.

With ‘Diamonds’ dimming on iTunes, and a chart showdown with Keyshia Cole looming, it’ll be ultra interesting to see how Ms. Fenty’s 7th project in as many years fares.

Your thoughts?

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