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LLCoolJ-071017.jpg LL Cool J will be awarded Harvard University's 2017 W.E.B. Du Bois Medal, which honors people who have made significant contributions to black history and culture.

Beyonce-061917.jpg Power couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z are set to headline a hurricane benefit concert which is slated to take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Us Weekly reports that several Roc Nation artists are also expected to appear at the event, which will benefit those who were affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

jhene-081716.jpg Jhene Aiko has dropped a new surprise album, Trip. The new 22-song LP is her first since 2014's Souled Out. Trip features Big Sean, Kurupt, Brandy, and Swae Lee. "I'm a bit of an escape artist," she said in an interview with Playboy. "I like to take myself out of my element and create. I went to Hawaii by myself and hiked."

KendrickLamar-071817.jpg Kendrick Lamar and Lance Skiiiwalker have connected with Rapsody on her new track "Power." The song appears on her Laila's Wisdom release which drops later this week and follows her collaborations on Kendrick's To Pimp a Butterfly. "I can't speak for Kendrick, but for me one thing is, outside of being my peer, I'm also a fan."

usher-raymond-070916.jpg The Georgia woman suing Usher for $20 million for allegedly giving her herpes has reportedly come forward as Laura Helm, according to TMZ. TMZ reports that Helm claims she is the Jane Doe in the lawsuit, and has had two sexual encounters with Usher.

WizKhalifa-081217.jpg Wiz Khalifa will star in the upcoming Netflix hip-hop comedy film The After Party, which will also feature hip-hip artists French Montana, Teyana Taylor, Kyle and actor Blair Underwood. Deadline reports that the plot is based around "two best friends on their last night together trying to achieve a record.

Drake-092017.jpg The New York City Parks Department used Drake, or his Degrassi character "Wheelchair Jimmy," in a new proposal for a wheelchair ramp at Brooklyn's Fort Greene Park. The meme also features Akon laughing. The visual was used as part of an official government presentation that went before the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission yesterday during a public hearing.

jhene-081716.jpg Jhene Aiko has released her autobiographical short film, Trip, ahead of her long-awaited album Trip 17, which is due out this fall. She co-wrote the short film with Tracy Oliver.

chrisbrown-062316.jpg Chris Brown has reached a settlement with Liziane Gutierrez, who claimed she was attacked by Brown after attempting to take a photo with him. TMZ reports that Brown and Gutierrez have finally settled the case although the official settlement amount was not disclosed. Sources told TMZ the initial settlement negotiations were around $70,000.

group-Xscape-091917.jpg Xscape is heading out for their first ever solo headlining tour, The Great Xscape Tour. The Great Xscape Tour kicks off on November 22 at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Virginia and wraps up in Los Angeles at the Microsoft Theater on January 6, 2018. They will be joined by special guests Tamar Braxton and Monica.

PharrellWilliams-060717.jpg Pharrell Williams delivered a powerful speech condemning racism, hate and white supremacy in America at the VH1 Hip-Hop Honors. "So for everybody at home watching this and acting like y'all don't see what's going on out there, you gotta open your eyes," he said. "You keep saying you don't see what's going, on television, what's happening to us, open your eyes."

MariahCarey-041117.jpg Mariah Carey's E! reality series Mariah's World has officially been canceled, a spokesperson for the network has confirmed. The eight-episode first season launched in December to 2.2 million viewers, though viewership consistently dipped and the season finale drew just 510,000 viewers.

Beyonce-061917.jpg Some vinyl copies of Beyoncé's Lemonade album were accidentally pressed with the first half of Canadian punk band Zex's 2017 album Uphill Battle, according to reports. Pitchfork reports that select A-sides of the lemonade-yellow vinyl are instead the A-side of the Zex album, which was put out by Magic Bullet Records.

Drake-061917.jpg Drake has added a tattoo tribute to Denzel Washington to his ever-growing collection of body art. Tattoo artist Inal Bersekov shared the new piece with his followers, noting that it was still unfinished. According to Bersekov, this was only after the first session of the portrait, which is of Washington as Bleek Gilliam in the 1990 film, Mo' Better Blues.

keyshia-cole-111116.jpg Keyshia Cole will release her seventh studio album, 11:11 Reset, in October. Cole took to Twitter to make the announcement, revealing that her first album since 2014's Point of No Return will arrive on October 20. "10/20 album will be released," she tweeted. "I've been working so hard on this Album man!!!!"

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