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Jay-Z’s Trayvon Martin Documentary Will Debut At Tribeca Film Festival

Jay-Z has always been a man of the people. The Brooklyn bred rap legend has made his socio-economic and political views tremendously clear over the last decade. Whether that be by voicing his opinions over records like “Murder To Excellence,” or publicly supporting President Barack Obama during his two terms in office, Jay has been pushing African-American culture like it’s his job. Now, the 48-year-old rapper is bringing his docu-series about Trayvon Martin to the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Jay will be screening Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story at the festival, and afterward, Martin’s parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin will address live. The documentary claims to offer a “definitive look at one of the most talked-about, controversial events of the last decade.”

Jay-Z’s documentary is based on the book Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, which was written by his parents after their child was infamously murdered by Geroge Zimmerman. Martin’s death increased the national spotlight on the unnecessary deaths of young black children in America.

Jay-Z also famously produced Time: The Kalief Browder Story, a short docuseries about Kalief Browder. Young Browder was jailed for three years, and spent two of them in solitary confinement, for allegedly stealing a backpack. He took his own life after a tumultuous case surrounding the false charges led him to lose his mental stability.



Bruno Mars Sweeps Major Categories At 2018 Grammy Awards Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email

In a year when the nominees were more eclectic and adventurous, the safe bets prevailed at the 60th Grammy Awards.

All of the night’s most coveted awards went to Bruno Mars, for his funk-infused 24K Magic, which won Album of the Year, and the songs “24K Magic” and “That’s What I Like,” which won Record and Song of the year, respectively. Mars cleaned up in four other categories as well: Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Album, Best R&B Song and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, making him the year’s most decorated artist.

The night started out looking like it could go in a different direction. After new nomination review committees were implemented in June 2017 for the fields of rap, contemporary instrumental and new age to diversify the nominee pool, hip-hop vet Jay Z walked into the Garden with the most nominations of any artist. Although he was awarded the Industry Icon Award before the televised awards, he lost all eight Grammys for which he was nominated. In the hip-hop categories, all four of those losses came at the benefit of Kendrick Lamar, who started the evening as the second-most nominated artist. His poetic yet pop-appeasing fourth studio album, DAMN. (which was named NPR Music’s best album of 2017), won five awards but lost two of the night’s three biggest prizes to Mars.

“You guys are the reason I’m in the studio pulling my hair out,” Mars said to his competitors in the audience when accepting the award for Album of the Year. That speech capped a night when Mars managed a rare sweep of the major awards, a feat also accomplished last year, when Adele beat Beyoncé — Jay Z’s wife — in each of the major categories.

There were numerous nods to the East Coast location of New York City at this year’s ceremony. The 2018 awards marked the first time in 15 years that the Grammys have been held in New York, and there was plenty of star power packed into Madison Square Garden. But while the location may have been touted as historic, there were plenty of missed opportunities to make actual Grammy history.

If Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s smash hit “Despacito” had won Song or Record of the year, it would have marked the first time a Spanish-language track won in either category. It lost in every category in which it was nominated.

R&B sensation SZA was the most nominated woman of the night but lost all five awards for which she was nominated, including Best New Artist, which was won by Alessia Cara.

While the unspoken theme at last year’s Grammys was timidly political, the elephant in the room this year dissolved early in the night into the form of dainty white roses, as many on the Grammys red carpet — Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, Lana Del Rey and more — wore flowers with their Grammy ensembles to show solidarity and compassion for victims of sexual harassment and the #TimesUp movement.

Though the nod to the movement organized by record executives Meg Harkins and Karen Rait was visible during the pre-show, it barely got any acknowledgement during the first half of the telecast. Lady Gaga was the only performer of the night to work the words “Time’s up” into her set. But past the midway point, before announcing a performance by Kesha, Janelle Monae took the moment to wave the flag of sisterhood.

“We come in peace, but we means business,” Monae said defiantly. “And to those who would dare try to silence us, we say, ‘Time’s up.’ … Just as we have the power to shape culture we also have the power to undo the culture that does not serve us.”

Then, for her emotional rendition of “Praying,” Kesha was joined on stage by Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Bebe Rexha, Julia Michels, Andra Day and the Resistance Revival Chorus. The moment was genuine, angelic and exultant, blowing away virtually every other performance of the night.

But when it came time to actually award Kesha’s efforts, the Grammys did not give her a prize in either Best Pop Solo Performance or Best Pop Vocal Album, the two categories in which she was nominated. In the former category, included on the telecast, her fellow nominees included Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga and Pink — all women who have sung about sexual assault or worked with Dr. Luke, the songwriter and producer accused by Kesha of abuse — as well as Ed Sheeran. The award was won by Sheeran, for his hit “Shape of You.”

Alas, dangling the carrot of more courageous Grammy winners above the nose of music fans proved to be yet another party trick.


Jay-Z Leads 2018 Grammy Nominations

The music industry is gearing up for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards in 2018, and Jay-Z is leading the latest wave of artists nominated for the award with eight nominations. Along with that, Kendrick Lamar was hit with seven nominations, while Bruno Mars was hit with six nominations.

Cards B’s “Bodak Yellow” received two nominations, with one in the Best Rap Song category, while the other is in the Best Rap Performance category.

Take a look at a portion of the nominee list below:

Album of the Year

“Awaken, My Love!” — Childish Gambino
“4:44” — Jay-Z
“Damn.” — Kendrick Lamar
“Melodrama” — Lorde
“24K Magic” — Bruno Mars

Record of the Year

“Redbone” — Childish Gambino
“Despacito” — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
“The Story of O.J.” — Jay-Z
“Humble.” — Kendrick Lamar
”24K Magic” — Bruno Mars

Song of the Year

“Despacito” — Ramón Ayala, Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi & Marty James Garton, songwriters (Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber)
“4:44” — Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (Jay-Z)
“Issues” — Benny Blanco, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Julia Michaels & Justin Drew Tranter, songwriters (Julia Michaels)
“1-800-273-8255” — Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury & Khalid Robinson, songwriters (Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid)
“That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

Best New Artist

Alessia Cara
Lil Uzi Vert
Julia Michaels

Rap Performance

“Bounce Back” — Big Sean
“Bodak Yellow” — Cardi B
“4:44” — Jay-Z
“Humble.” — Kendrick Lamar
“Bad and Boujee” — Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert

Rap Song

“Bodak Yellow” — Dieuson Octave, Klenord Raphael, Shaftizm, Jordan Thorpe, Washpoppin & J White, songwriters (Cardi B)
“Chase Me” — Judah Bauer, Brian Burton, Hector Delgado, Jaime Meline, Antwan Patton, Michael Render, Russell Simins & Jon Spencer, songwriters (Danger Mouse featuring Run the Jewels & Big Boi)
“Humble.” — K. Duckworth, Asheton Hogan & M. Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)
“Sassy” — E. Gabouer & M. Evans, songwriters (Rapsody)
“The Story of O.J.” — Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (Jay-Z)

Rap Album

“4:44” — Jay-Z
“Damn.” — Kendrick Lamar
“Culture” — Migos
“Laila’s Wisdom” — Rapsody
“Flower Boy” — Tyler, the Creator

Jay Z Trademarks Story of O.J. Character “Jaybo”

Jay Z is definitely a businessman! Reportedly, the hip hop mogul filed paperwork to trademark “Jaybo”, the animated character in the Story of O.J.

According to TMZ, S. Carter Enterprises plans to use the image for merchandise such as T-shirts, sweaters, hats, and blankets. Jaybo could also appear on dinnerware, mugs, cocktail shakers and thermal containers. There was an additional trademark request that would give Jay Z the exclusive rights to use Jaybo in films and television series.

The character Jaybo stems from “Sambo”, the main character in an 1899 children’s book titled Little Black Sambo. The book is deemed racist for its use of derogatory imagery.

What are your thoughts on Jay Z latest business move?


Beyoncé Shows Off Stellar Pregnancy Curves

Pregnancy looks good on Beyoncé.

Over the weekend, the “Formation” singer attended an Easter celebration with her mom, Tina Knowles, and BFF Kelly Rowland. Naturally, the 35-year-old looked beautiful as she showed off her gorgeous pregnancy curves.

Beyoncé was originally scheduled to perform at Coachella in California over the weekend, but pulled out of the lineup in February shortly after announcing her second pregnancy.

3/4th of my girls❤️ Missing 1/4 at Cochella😌 My Solo❤️❤️Bianca

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The singer, who is expecting twins with her hubby Jay Z, is not shy about sharing maternity photos with her fans. In fact, Beyoncé’s pregnancy announcement was a gorgeous Instagram shot of herself baring her belly while sitting on a bed of flowers.

Bey’s Instagram account is full of stunning photos that prove she’s a bombshell basically all the time. In particular, one clip from earlier this month shows the singer in a form-fitting dress highlighting her pregnancy curves. The short clip also features a photo with her hubby and with their daughter, five-year-old Blue Ivy, hugging her belly.

A post shared by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Apr 1, 2017 at 7:39pm PDT


Beyoncé and Jay Z have not revealed the sex of their babies, however, according to the singer’s father, Mathew Knowles, the couple may be expecting a boy and a girl.

“Blue Ivy’s going to have brothers and sisters,” the 65-year-old shared with CBS’s “The Insider” in February.

He then recovered from the slip, saying: “Oh, I don’t know. I just kinda threw that out, ’cause I didn’t know if it’s a boy or a girl so you have to say brother and sister.”

According to ET Online, the couple’s twins are reportedly due in June.


Hillary Clinton backed by Beyoncé and Jay Z

The celebrity cavalry arrived for Hillary Clinton on Friday, as she took the stage with music icons Jay Z and Beyoncé in Cleveland, Ohio.


The power couple performed at a get-out-the-vote rally four days before the election, lighting up a crowd of thousands in the hopes of motivating them to get to the polls. Rapper Jay Z hosted a similar concert for Barack Obama in 2008 and declared to those in attendance in the battleground state: “Ohio, we are on the doorsteps of history.”

Adding he had “no ill will” toward Donald Trump, Jay Z, whose legal name is Shawn Carter, said the Republican nominee’s “conversation is divisive”.


“That’s not an evolved soul for me, so he cannot be my president. He cannot be our president.”

“Once you divide us, you weaken us,” he added.

The artist and producer shared the stage with Beyoncé, who elicited an unparalleled reception from the crowd of 10,000 people. The global superstar performed hits that included her feminist anthems Run the World (Girls) and Diva.


“There was a time when a woman’s opinion did not matter,” Beyoncé, a self-proclaimed feminist, said.

Urging the audience to cast their ballots, she stated her support for Clinton in no uncertain terms: “I’m with her.”

Although Beyoncé attended a fundraiser for Clinton in New York City last year, Friday night marked her most emphatic show of support for the former secretary of state.


Jay Z previewed the concert earlier this week in a post on Twitter, in which he quoted Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel.

“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented,” the quote read.


“Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.”

Hip-hop artists J. Cole, Chance the Rapper and Big Sean also performed on Friday night and underscored the importance of electing the first woman president of the US on 8 November.

The event was one of several efforts by Clinton’s campaign to harness the celebrity power backing her candidacy as voters head to the polls. Last week, Clinton appeared with actress and singer Jennifer Lopez at a concert in Miami also geared toward mobilizing voters to head to the polls. Other music events on Clinton’s behalf in the final week before the campaign included rocker Jon Bon Jovi in Pittsburgh and indie rock band The National in Cincinnati, Ohio.

U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is joined by artist Beyonce at a campaign concert in Cleveland

Hollywood stars have additionally held organizing events for Clinton in key battleground states with the campaign in its final days.

Pop star Katy Perry, one of Clinton’s most vocal surrogates, campaigned on the Democratic nominee’s behalf in Nevada and was slated to appear in Philadelphia this weekend. Miley Cyrus sought to boost enthusiasm among young voters by door-knocking for Clinton at George Mason University in Virginia, while singer Pharrell Williams appeared with Clinton and Vermont senator Bernie Sanders at a rally in Raleigh, North Carolina on Thursday.