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Quincy Jones gets Hands and Feet Immortalized at Chinese Theatre [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Music icon Quincy Jones made history Tuesday (November 27) by becoming the first composer to have his hands and feet enshrined at the world famous TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA.

The 85-year-old legend was joined by his daughter Rashida Jones and a few of his close friends—Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Usher.

“Man…THIS is what you call family!! I can’t believe they all got up so early for me! ((:0))…Anyway, today was TRULY a special day, because I had the incredible honor of becoming the 1st composer to have his or her hand & footprints enshrined at The Chinese Theatre,” said Jones on his Instagram page.

Jones will be recognized for his illustrious career next Sunday, December 9 during a BET program titled Q85: A Musical Celebration for Quincy Jones. The all-star salute will feature performances from Stevie Wonder, Brian McKnight, Meghan Trainor, John Legend, Patti Austin, Gloria Estefan, Charlie Wilson, Ledisi, Gregory Porter, Gladys Knight, and others. It is also hosted by media maven and close friend—Oprah Winfrey.

Jones is also the subject a new documentary titled QUINCY,   which chronicles his rise to fame as a musical genius, composer, producer, arranger, record label manager and pop culture icon.

Q85: A Musical Celebration for Quincy Jones airs 12/9 at 8 p.m. on BET.

Photo Credits: Instagram/Quincy Jones

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LL Cool J to become Hip Hop’s first ‘Kennedy Center Honoree’ (VIDEO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

LL Cool J will make history tonight as the very first hip hop star to ever receive the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors. He will be recognized for his decades of influence and artistry as a pioneering rapper + entertainment icon.

“I believe that we are built to do anything we put our minds and proper actions to. You have all the tools inside you that are required for you to fulfill your GOD given purpose. This one is for those who came before me and those who followed me.

We were sent to this planet to love and inspire one another. Manifest our dreams and make them a reality. I hope you’re inspired by me because I’m absolutely Inspired by you. Mic check 1212 Let’s ride!! 🎤 #KCHonors#StateDepartmentDinner #hiphop” said the rapper on a recent Instagram post.

LL Cool J will be honored alongside Grammy winning singer and Motown star Lionel Richie, trailblazing dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade, Cuban megastar Gloria Estefan and pioneering TV producer and writer Norman Lear.

The Kennedy Center Honors Gala will air on the CBS Network for the 40th consecutive year as a two-hour primetime special on Tues., December 26 at 9 p.m. ET.

Photo Credits: Instagram/LLCoolJ

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‘VH1 DIVAS’ returns this Winter (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

VH1 has announced the return of its iconic tribute show, “VH1 Divas.”

It’s been four years since the last one which featured an all star tribute to the late Whitney Houston and Donna Summer with performances by Kelly Rowland, Melanie Fiona, Ciara, Kelly Clarkston and Jordin Sparks.

According to the press release, this year’s show will take place on Monday, December 5 at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, New York and will have a holiday theme.

“VH1 Divas” has recognized some of the biggest names in the music industry including Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Tina Turner, Gloria Estefan, Whitney Houston and Diana Ross. The show was created in 1998 to support VH1’s Save the Music Foundation.

Stay tuned…

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Shirley Chisholm, Gloria Estefan, Willie Mays and more to receive Presidential Medal of Honor

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

The first African-American woman to run for President of the United States, Shirley Chisholm, will be honored posthumously next week during the Presidential Medal of Freedom Ceremony. The White House announced her name along with 16 others who would receive the coveted award in Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Willie Mays, James Taylor, Steven Spielberg and Barbra Streisand.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. The awards will be presented at the White House on November 24th.

President Obama said, “I look forward to presenting these 17 distinguished Americans with our nation’s highest civilian honor. From public servants who helped us meet defining challenges of our time to artists who expanded our imaginations, from leaders who have made our union more perfect to athletes who have inspired millions of fans, these men and women have enriched our lives and helped define our shared experience as Americans.”

Check out the full list of honorees below:

Yogi Berra (posthumous)

Bonnie Carroll

Shirley Chisholm (posthumous)

Emilio Estefan

Gloria Estefan

Billy Frank, Jr. (posthumous)

Lee Hamilton

Katherine G. Johnson

Willie Mays

Barbara Mikulski

Itzhak Perlman

William Ruckelshaus

Stephen Sondheim

Steven Spielberg

Barbra Streisand

James Taylor

Minoru Yasui (posthumous)


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take a look: Toni Braxton & Babyface – ‘Hurt You’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Grammy-winning singers Toni Braxton and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds have released a new video to their latest single “Hurt You.”  The song is the first track from their new duets album entitled Love, Marriage and Divorce  which debuts next month.

The sleek cinematic music video shows Braxton and Edmonds literally breaking down walls of pain and fear from their past relationship. Check out some of the lyrics below:

Here we go/Damn, here we go again/Loving you has caused me so much pain/But you don’t see it, you never see it/So why apologize?/I was just doing what I had to do baby/An eye for an eye/God knows I never meant to hurt you/I never meant to break your heart, your heart babe/

The video was directed by Norwegian-born photographer Ray Kay, whose client list include some of the biggest names in the music industry—Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Beyoncé, Cher, Diddy, Gloria Estefan, Adam Lambert and Britney Spears.

“Hurt You” is Braxton and Edmonds’  first duet since their 1992 classic hit record, “Give You My Heart,” which was featured on the Boomerang  soundtrack.

Take a look at the video below:

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