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Tonight some of music biggest stars have come out in LA for the 45th Annual American Music Awards. The special event held at the Microsoft Theater which will honor the iconic Diana Ross is just moments away but of course we have to get into their looks as they make their way inside. Check out pics as stars like Ciara , Pink , Demi Lovato , Khalid , Trevor Jackson , DJ Khaled , Rae Sremmurd , Jamie Foxx , Kehlani, Yara Shahidi , Alessia Cara , Nick Cannon & more hit the red carpet before the big night hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross below.

Last night we had the pleasure of attending 4x Grammy Award winning powerhouse Lalah Hathaway’s sold out concert at the legendary Highline Ballroom , and from the beginning of the show we clearly knew why she packed the house out. The soulful singer kicked off her set with her latest single ‘Honestly’ which is also the title of her new album that she celebrated all night throughout her show. Lalah performed some of her new cuts like ‘ I Can’t Wait’ and ‘Mirror’ but what constantly makes her win over the crowd is her incredible covers of classics like ‘Summertime’ , ‘Angel’ & ‘Rapture’. Ms Hathaway is a true musician who uses her voice as an instrument to captivate every listener as she sings effortlessly into the mic. But just when we thought we had enough she performs her fan favorite hit ‘Forever, For Always , For Love’ which brought the house down and as fans thought the show was over her encore performance of ‘Something’ was simply breathtaking. Now as the daughter of the late & great icon Donny Hathaway, its sometimes scary to see & hear his influence on her through her vocal performance but that’s what makes her great because she still knows how to stand out on her own. Please do yourself a favor and see this women in concert if you haven’t already, i promise you its one show you wont regret. If you missed out on last nights show, check out exclusive footage for a limited time below.

Tonight the 2017 MTV European Music Awards took place in London and some of our faves came out for the big night. Watch as some of musics biggest stars take the stage including Eminem , Demi Lovato , Shawn Mendes , French Montana , Camila Cabello , Rita Ora Travis Scott & more below.

Yesterday i had the pleasure of attending a special press luncheon at the infamous Akwaaba House in Brooklyn, NY to talk with the owner Monique Greenwood. The self made entrepreneur has teamed up with OWN TV for a new series ‘Checked Inn’ which follows Monique and her team which includes her husband Glenn , daughter Glynn and her director of operations Melody . The new series follows the Bed & Breakfast queen who has mastered the art of luxury accommodations with 4 different locations in Brooklyn, NY , Cape May NJ, Washington DC & the Poconos,PA. We were delighted to take a tour of the mini mansion which is filled with 4 beautiful bedrooms with a gorgeous layout of amenities including fireplaces , Jacuzzi’s , library & more. I has the pleasure of attending the mansion located in Bedstuy for a wedding & baby shower but this was the first time i was able to take a tour of the whole place. We were the treated to a special lunch as we sat and talked with Monique, Glenn & Glynn about their new series and the bed & breakfast lifestyle.

The self made mogul who was once the editor in chief at Essence Magazine talked with us about why she decided to team up with OWN for a reality series, why passing down a legacy to her family is important for generational wealth , the importance of taking time to enjoy the fruits of your own labor & so much more. Now with celebrity guest like Taraji P Henson , Anthony Anderson , Kerry Washington , Peabo Bryson & more on their list of clientele its clear that there is simply no other place to be. Watch our exclusive footage from inside the Akwabba mansion as Monique and her family drops so many gems , it was only right that i had to share it with my readers.

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Check out a sneak peek of the premiere episode below and tune into the series premiere when it airs on Nov 21st at 10pm on OWN TV.

Tonight some of musics biggest stars came out in Las Vegas for the 2017 Soul Train Music Awards. The big event held at the Orleans Arena kicked off with a very colorful green carpet as stars arrived for the big night. Check out pics as some of our faves came out like this years honorees Toni Braxton and SWV along with 112 , Tamar Braxton , Sevyn Streeter , Kehlani , Jessie J , Luke James , Tank , Lalah Hatthaway , Leandria Johnson , Ledisi , Teddy Riley , Method Man , Melanie Fiona , BBD , Syleena Johnson , Keyshia Cole , Ro James , Demetria McKinney and even a surprise reunion from 702. Look for the show hosted by Erykah Badu to air on Nov 26th at 8pm on BET & BET Her.

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Last night we had the pleasure of watching British breakout superstar Jessie J take over NYC as she closed out her sold out R.O.S.E Tour held at Le Poisson Rouge. The intimate venue was jam packed with fans ,friends & media who have been waiting to see the sultry vocal powerhouse make her return to the stage after a brief absence. With a line wrapped around the block to see the shining star , it was clear that this show was the only place to be if you live in NYC. The soulful songstress hit the stage with a vengeance as if she hasn’t missed a beat and like the true performer that she is she gave us one hell of a show as she sang some of her fan favorite hits like ‘Who You Are’ , ‘Nobody’s Perfect’ , ‘ Mama Knows Best’ ,’Flashlight’ , ‘Masterpiece’ , ‘Thunder’ , ‘Price Tag’, ‘Bang Bang’ & ‘Do It Like A Dude’.

Now of course those songs were expected and she gave us everything we were waiting for but her performance of her new material was even more impressive. Jessie briefly told the crowd that she was stuck in a place of confusion and just didn’t want to perform or record any music but thankfully she met DJ Camper who helped inspire her to create again and what came from it , is truly brilliant. Jessie put her heart into records like ‘Real Deal’ , ‘Think About That’ & ‘Not My Ex’ which showed such growth in her already magnetic show which kept the fans wanting more. If this is any indication of whats to come on her anticipated third album ‘R.O.S.E’ then the world is in for one hell of a musical masterpiece. If your weren’t able to catch her this go around check out footage from the show which is only available for a limited time, but trust me after watching you wont ever miss out on a Jessie J show if she comes to your city.

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So tonight rap diva Cardi B was in for the surprise of her life. The BX native took the stage at Power 99 Powerhouse Concert In Philly at the Wells Fargo Center and let’s just say what happened next was definitely not apart of the show. After taking the stage with Migos to perform their new single “Motor Sport” the rappers now fiancé rap star Offset got on one knee in front of thousands of fans to propose to his Queen. Well clearly she said YES , but you just have to see the exciting moment for yourself below. Congrats to the couple on their upcoming nuptials, let’s hope this one will last.

Last night some of musics biggest stars came out in NYC for Power 105.1 annual Powerhouse Concert. The sold out event held at the Barclays Center was jam packed with fans & media ready in excitement to see some of today’s finest in Hip Hop and r&b. The show kicked off with dancehall star Kranium who rocked the stage with special guest ‘Power’ star Rotimi. Up next was The Breakfast Club’s own DJ Envy who took over the stage with a few special friends including ASAP Ferg , Casanova , Busta Rhymes & Tee Grizzley. Now that was just within the first half hour of the night so with that being said, trust me the show was only gonna get crazier. Bad Boy’s own French Montana hit the stage next and rocked the crowd with some of his fan favorite hits which kept the crowd on their feet as they sang along to every word , but what happened next was a sight to see. Philly’s own Lil Uzi Vert shook up the building as he jumped off the stage and performed in the stands with fans which sent the crowd into a frenzy. His rock star antics on stage proved exactly why he is one today’s biggest stars.

Now if that wasn’t enough then up next was the Bronx Queen Cardi B who was clearly the lady of the night. The breakout rap diva hit the stage with a vengeance backed by dancers as she performed some of her fan favorite tracks from her mix-tape. But when ‘Bodak Yellow’ came on the crowd sang along so loud you could barely hear the rap star over them. Just when the crowd thought she was done she decided to close out her set with special guest G-Eazy to perform their hit single ‘No Limit’ and trust me their was still more in store. Rap superstars Migos were up next and as always they lit the stage on fire performing some of the big hits like ‘Hannah Montana’ , ‘T-Shirt’ and of course ‘Bad and Boujee’. Just when we thought that was all the rap crew decided to premiere their new single ‘Motor Sport’ exclusively for the crowd which sent everyone into a frenzy since the track features Nicki Minaj & Cardi B. Honestly the show could’ve ended there and all would be well but we still had one more act to go. Superstar The Weekend closed out the big night backed by his band and a killer light show which made everyone feel like they had front row seats to his actual tour. The Weekend cranked out hit after hit and also brought out a few special guest including rap stars Belly & Travis Scott. Powerhouse once again proved why it stands the must see concert of the year in NYC and trust me if you were there you can surely see why it will always sell out. Hopefully you were there but if you weren’t well give you a preview of what you missed out on. Check out some exclusive pics and footage from last night and as always we hope to see be back next year.

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Last night we had the pleasure of coming out to the legendary Highline Ballroom in NYC to catch British soul singer Daley as he kicked off the first week of his Spectrum Tour in support of his new album. The big night kicked off with rising star musician/singer Kenneth Whalum who has finally stepped out on his own with his debut album ‘Broken Land’. Kenneth who is mostly known for working some of music’s biggest stars including Jay-Z , Maxwell & Frank Ocean took the stage with confidence like a seasoned pro as he performed some of his new tracks which set the tone for the night and left the crowd ready for more. Up next was soulful songstress Tiffany Gouche who was a breath of fresh air. The California native commanded the stage with her powerhouse vocals which took the audience’s breath away as she sang every song with conviction effortlessly. Though i knew of the singer/songwriter it was clear many in the crowd had no clue who she was but within minutes she won everyone over and instantly it was clear why Daley brought her along for the ride.

Now it was time for what everyone was waiting for and Daley kicked off his set with a neon rainbow backdrop, whole holding a matching colorful umbrella which clearly was a sign of one hell of show was about to take place. Daley took the stage and performed some of his fan favorite hits including ‘Time Travel’ ,’Selfish’ , ‘Until The Pain Is Gone’ , ‘Remember Me’ , ‘Slow Burn‘ & more but was stood out to me was the arrangements in his show. Daley would perform one of his own records which would turn into a medley of some r&b classics like SWV’s ‘Weak’ , Jon B’s ‘ They Don’t Know ‘ & Joe’s ‘I Wanna Know’ which proved just why we love his voice. The soulful powerhouse sang his heart out as fans sang along to just about every word and just when we thought we couldn’t get enough he performed his classic single ‘Alone Together’ which floored everyone in the building. Daley’s show was just a glimpse into why his star continues to shine and if you were then you know exactly what i meant. With albums like ‘Days+Nights’ & ‘The Spectrum’ its clear why this man is here to stay. Check out a few clips via Instagram to see exactly what i mean and if the show is coming to your city, trust me its a show you don’t want to miss.

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This past weekend 107.5 WBLS ,Hot 97 & WLIB has once again taken over the Jacob Javitz Center in NYC for the 2017 Circle Of Sisters Expo. Though it was only one day this year , the expo was jam packed like always with fans & consumers who came out to enjoy all the festivities which included performances , interviews , panels , cooking demonstrations , screening , a fashion show & tons of vendors for fashion, books , beauty , hair care & more to shop from. Superstar actors Vivica A Fox , Rotimi & Stephen Bishop came together with reality tv star Evelyn Lozada for a special panel about working in tv , film and the effects of social media. Up next rap power couple Remy Ma and Papoose joined the panel along with Gospel star JJ Hairston and his wife to talk with Essence Magazines Charreah K Jackson about love , relationships and the family dynamic. These panels were filled with so many gems as media & fans got involved in the discussion with a special Q&A towards the end of the hour. Rev Al Sharpton took the stage for a special discussion with Raqiyah Mays as he touched on everything from politics , religion , the community , health care and more.

The King of r&b Bobby Brown was in the building once again with his infamous BBQ sauce and fried chicken which had the crowd ready for a sample as they purchased his cook book. Chef Carla Hall who is also one of the co-host of ABC’s ‘The Chew’ hit the cooking pavilion as well to give the crowd some interesting recipes to take with them back home while a lucky few got to taste a sample of some of her flavorful dishes. Now if that wasn’t enough Miss Robbie famous for her chain of soul food restaurants and her hit OWN series ‘Welcome To Sweetie Pies’ was another crowd favorite as fans couldn’t wait to see her in action as she showed off some of her world famous dishes. Cooking and eating is always a crowd pleaser but health care and fitness is also a big part of the expo so of course it made sense to have Dr Ian Smith in attendance to talk about the importance of health , dieting and physical fitness. Actress Elise Neal also came out to get the crowd in shape with a special demonstration of her Body Bootcamp.


The legendary Cicely Tyson was also in attendance as Circle Of Sisters honored the iconic actress of film ,television and theater for all her work on and off the screen. WBLS proudly presented her with the living legend award as fans watched her graciously accept the honor with a standing ovation. This in itself was the perfect way to close out such an amazing day but we cant forget to mention all the incredible artist that hit the stage. Singer/Actress Demetria McKinney hit the stage to promote her debut album and performed her top 5 hit ‘Easy’ . British r&b diva Estelle took over the stage with a showstopping set backed by two dancers as she performed some of her classics like ‘Thank You’ , ‘Conqueror’ , ‘Break My Heart , ‘Come Over’ & ‘American Boy’ . Grammy Award winning Toronto native Melanie Fiona made her way to the stage and gave the crowd everything they wanted as she performed her fan favorite hits like ‘4 AM’ ,’ Give It To Me Right’ , ‘Fool For You’ & ‘It Kills Me’. 90’s heartthrobs Hi-Five took the crowd back as they performed their classics ‘She’s Playing Hard To Get’ & ‘Wait Another Minute’ . Sultry powerhouse Sevyn Streeter rocked the crowd with her seductive dance moves and gave one hell of a show which proves why this ‘Girl Disrupted’ is here to stay. Now if that wasn’t enough the ‘Savage’ r&b powerhouse TANK took over the stage and the ladies made sure he knew that he was heavily in demand as they screamed non-stop and sang along to every word of some his hits like ‘Can We’ , ‘I Deserve’ & ‘Please Don’t Go’. If you were there then you know exactly why Circle Of Sisters is the place to be but if you weren’t there’s always next year. Check out footage from the special day below.

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