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Mariah Carey, DJ Khaled, Ne-Yo, and more perform at AHF’s ‘World AIDS Day Concert’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry came together recently for the 30th Anniversary Celebration of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the world’s largest AIDS organization. The event took place on the eve of World AIDS Day (December 1) at L.A.’s famed Shrine Auditorium and featured a spellbinding performance by Grammy-winning singer Mariah Carey.

Ne-Yo

The show opened with a dance performance by AHF Partner Debbie Allen and the Debbie Allen Dance Academy.  AHF Partner and award-winning music producer DJ Khaled performed a set that included a surprise guest performance by Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Ne-YoVonzell Solomon, “American Idol” Season 4 finalist, gave a stirring live performance.  Emmy winning host of “Extra” Mario Lopez and Daytime Emmy-winning actress/transgender activist, Laverne Cox, served as hosts for the evening.  

Lavern Cox + Mario Lopez 

During the event, AHF presented The Chris Brownlie Community Champion Award, named in honor of gay political activist and AHF co-founder Chris Brownlie, to Impulse Group United, its international advocacy and empowerment group dedicated to promoting healthier sexual lifestyles among young gay men in 20 cities around the world.  19-year-old singer/songwriter Verlla Vee, grand prize winner of AHF’s National Jingle song contest, performed her winning original song about HIV/AIDS during the concert’s pre-show.

The free concert in Los Angeles is part of a series of events across the world to continue to spread awareness about HIV and AIDS. The activities will include free concerts in Haiti, Mexico City and the United States as well as free awareness and testing events throughout the U.S., Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and Asia.

Vonzell Solomon

“It’s not an everyday occurrence to have a group of the world’s most talented stars put on a free concert to draw attention to the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS.  We were so honored to have Mariah, DJ Khaled, Ne-Yo and the Debbie Allen Dance Academy join us in Los Angeles to celebrate World AIDS Day and the 30th anniversary of AIDS Healthcare Foundation,” said AHF President Michael Weinstein.  “As we look back on how far we’ve come over the last 30 years, modern medicine has made enormous leaps and bounds so that now, if you are in treatment and undetectable, you cannot spread HIV/AIDS.  AHF is more determined than ever to hold the U.S. and the international community accountable to keep their promise to end the global AIDS epidemic so that people around the world know to be tested, learn their status and have access to resources to the medications and resources needed to keep people living with HIV in treatment and healthy.”

December 1 is World AIDS Day

According to UNAIDS, over 36 million people are living with HIV/AIDS around the world. Each year 2 million people become infected with the virus and 1 million people die of AIDS-related causes.  While millions of people today are accessing lifesaving antiretroviral therapy, millions more still desperately need it. The end of the epidemic is only possible, if governments and world leaders Keep the Promise on AIDS.”

See more images below of performances and celebrity attendees:

DJ Khaled

Harmony Samuels + Ryon Nicole Brown + MAJOR.

AHF President Michael Weinstein

Ne-Yo

Timon Kyle Durrett

Mariah Carey

Photo Credits: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for AHF

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LISTEN UP ~MARIAH CAREY – ‘THE STAR’ (AUDIO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Grammy-winning music diva Mariah Carey has put her magic touch on the title track for the upcoming holiday animated film, “The Star.”  The singer-songwriter released the festive tune a few days ago on social media urging fans and followers to check it out.

“The Star” follows a small but brave donkey and his animal friends who become the unsung heroes of the first Christmas and the birth of Jesus Christ. “The Star” features the voices of Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Tracy Morgan, Keegan Michael-Key, Ving Rhames, Zachery Levi, Christopher Plummer, Kelly Clarkson and Gina Rodriquez.

“The Star” arrives in theaters nationwide on November 17 and the song will be available this week – October 27.

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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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Oprah Winfrey to make first appearance at ESSENCE FEST

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

ESSENCE announced earlier today that the reigning queen of television, Oprah Winfrey, will make her very first appearance at this year’s Festival on Saturday, July 2 at 4 p.m. EST at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Winfrey will be a part of an amazing speakers panel that includes Bishop T.D. Jakes, Ava DuVernay, Rev. Al Sharpton, Misty Copeland and Tyra Banks.

“Oprah’s message of inspiration is universal and, through her life’s work, she has influenced women and girls across the globe,” said ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Vanessa De Luca. “We are delighted that Iyanla Vanzant graciously invited Oprah to the ESSENCE Festival as a special gift for the fans, so we are welcoming our passionate community to join us for an absolutely extraordinary experience not to be missed.”

As previously reported, this year’s ESSENCE Festival will feature headliners Mariah Carey, Maxwell, and Kendrick Lamar along with Andra Day, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Estelle, Common, Charlie Wilson, Ciara, Tyrese and New Edition. Closing out the Festival will be a Prince Tribute along with Puff Daddy and the Family featuring Faith Evans, Mase, 112 and more.

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First Look at Mariah Carey’s Docu-Series ‘Mariah’s World’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

E! Entertainment released a first look clip of Mariah Carey‘s upcoming docu-series “Mariah’s World” and we have it just for you!

As previously reported, “Mariah’s World” will take fans beyond all of the glitz and glamour and into the private life of the Grammy winning-megastar. It will also follow Carey on her current “Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour” throughout the United Kingdom, Europe and Africa and as she prepares for her upcoming wedding to Australian Billionaire James Packer.

Carey was also very adamant about producers not capturing “dem babies,” Monroe and Moroccan, on film and for the show not to be referred to as a “reality show” but rather an eight-part documentary.

Take a look at it below and tell us what you think!

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Mariah Carey suffers a wardrobe malfunction + announces reality show ‘Mariah’s World’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

ABC News is reporting that Grammy winning-megastar Mariah Carey recently suffered a wardrobe malfunction during her show last night in Scotland. It appears she caught a snag in her stockings near her backside. But like the diva she is, Miss Mariah continued performing without missing a beat.

The singer is currently touring the globe in anticipation of her new docu-series, “Mariah’s World.” Reportedly, she refuses to call the eight-part documentary a “reality show” and says that her 4-year-old twins Monroe and Moroccan, will not be filmed.

The series will focus on Carey’s European and South African Tour and her wedding to Australian billionaire James Packer. The two will jump the broom later on this year.

Check out the full report below:

Photo Credit: Facebook/Mariah Carey

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Mariah Carey, Babyface, Kendrick Lamar, Maxwell to appear at ‘ESSENCE’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Take a look at this year’s lineup for the 22nd ESSENCE Festival. The list was released Tuesday and includes a number of my personal favorites like Mariah Carey, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Kendrick Lamar, Maxwell, and Ciara.

“The ESSENCE Festival is back in New Orleans with an extraordinary roster of the biggest names and best performers in entertainment—from global music icons to the industry’s rising stars,” said ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks. “We are welcoming Mariah Carey, Kendrick Lamar and Maxwell to headline the Superdome main stage. In addition, we will be embracing newcomers like Leon Bridges, Jeremih, Lion Babe, Dej Loaf and The Internet, as well as fan favorite Charlie Wilson for the ultimate cultural experience in New Orleans this July 4th weekend.”

Other artists include: Faith Evans, Charlie Wilson, Estelle, Kelly Price, Lalah Hathaway, New Edition, Tyrese, Doug E.Fresh, Mali Music, MC Lyte, Robert Glasper Experiment, V. Bozeman, The Brand New Heavies, Leon Bridges, and many more!

Click here for tickets and the full lineup!

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Mariah Carey receives Hollywood Star & will appear on ‘EMPIRE’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Congratulations to Grammy winning-megastar, Mariah Carey. She received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Wednesday morning at 11:30 a.m. The dedication of the 2,556th star took place in front of the W Hollywood Hotel at 6270 Hollywood Blvd. and was emceed by Hollywood Chamber President/CEO Leron Gubler. Special guest speakers included music mogul, L.A. Reid, BET’s Stephen G. Hill and Lee Daniels, who announced that Carey will make an appearance on an upcoming episode “Empire.”

“We are thrilled that we can add one of the world’s biggest talents to our Walk of Fame,” stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremonies.

Mariah Carey is the best-selling female artist of all time with more than 200-million albums sold to date and 18 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles (17 self-penned), more than any solo artist in history. Mariah is a singer, songwriter, and producer recognized with multiple Grammy Awards, 21 American Music Awards, Billboard’s “Artist of the Decade” Award, the World Music Award for “World’s Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium,” and BMI’s “Icon Award” for her outstanding achievements in songwriting, to name a few. With her distinct five-octave vocal range, prolific songwriting, and producing talent, Mariah is truly the template of the modern pop performance.

Check out the entire ceremony below:

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take a look: Mariah Carey ~ Infinity (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Mariah Carey is back on the market and looking for a forever lover in her new video, “Infinity.” According to Rolling Stone, the Grammy-winning diva teamed up with the popular dating site, Match.com, to find her next boo thang. Reportedly, Carey debuted the glossy video today on the site along with an encouraging message for the ladies.  “I hope every woman who is single and listens to this song goes out and finds her infinity, whether on Match or the traditional way.” Check out the video below which includes cameos by Tyson Beckford and Empire’s  Jussie Smollett.

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Mariah Carey announces Residency at Las Vegas Caesar’s Palace on Ellen…

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

The best-selling female artist of all time, Mariah Carey will be headlining her first residency at the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace. According to the press release on her website, Carey will be performing for the first time ever, all of her 18 timeless and beloved number one hit together in one concert.

Appropriately titled, “Mariah Carey #1’s,” the production features fan-favorite album cuts, never before-performed selections and many more musical surprises.

Carey announced the exciting news on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” where she surprised the entire studio audience with tickets to her Las Vegas show and a hotel stay at Caesars Palace.

“I have so many ideas for the show that I’m currently working on and am excited to perform all of my #1 singles together for the first time and others that are very close to my heart,” said Mariah. “My songs are the soundtrack of my life and I can’t wait to share them with my fans on stage!”

“Vision of Love,” “Hero,” “Fantasy,” “We Belong Together” and “Touch My Body” to name a few, are among Mariah’s 18 songs to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, a feat that has not been achieved by any other solo artist in music history.

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Photo Credit: Facebook/MariahCarey

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Nick Cannon Opens Up About Separation from Mariah Carey

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Nick Cannon attended the New York City premiere of “Addicted.” Nick talking only to Extra’s AJ Calloway, opening up about his separation from Mariah Carey, telling AJ, “I’m just taking everything one day at a time and just being the best person that I can possibly be at the end of the day.”

Nick recently photographed without his shirt on revealing new body art covering up his “Mariah” tattoo saying, “It’s not finished yet… It wasn’t supposed to be revealed yet… I didn’t know they were there, that’s how sneaky paparazzi are… I had just gotten it done, it was painful… It hurt a lot and I’m still not finished, I’m still probably like six more sessions away.”

Nick also said his twins, Monroe and Moroccan, are doing amazing and are currently on the road overseas with mom.

As for the recent headlines that Mariah had vocal issues at her concert in Japan, Nick defended her, saying, “I just wish her nothing but the best, we’re in contact constantly, you know you might have an off night here and there, but she’s one of the greatest performers and entertainers of all time, she’s not worried, we’re not worried, just going to keep pushing.”

Take a look below:

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Nick Cannon confirms separation from Mariah Carey

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Shut the front door!

America’s Got Talent  host Nick Cannon is admitting that he and his superstar wife, Mariah Carey are indeed separated and haven’t been living together for quite some time.  The news comes on the heels of numerous reports claiming that their marriage of six years was on the rocks because of his alleged infidelity.

“There is trouble in paradise,” said Cannon. “We have been living in separate houses for a few months.”

The 33-year-old Drumline  actor broke the news to Yahoo’s The Insider host Chris Spencer during a recent interview.  Cannon also went on to say that his main focus right now was on the couple’s 3-year-old twins, Monroe and Morocan, who they quite often referred to as “dem babies.”  Cannon and Carey wed in 2008.

Let’s hope these two can work things out!

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Mariah Carey parts ways with manager Jermaine Dupri!

Posted by | Cyrena Rose

Last year she hired him ~ this year she fires him?

Mariah Carey fired her manager/collaborator/producer Jermaine Dupri; she is now reportedly working with Kevin Liles!

According to Billboard, the split comes on the heels of the disappointing sales of Elusive Chanteuse, which has only moved 103,000 units since its release in May.
Sources say “nothing official” has been inked with Liles’ firm KWL Enterprises, but the two have been working together since the June launch of Go N’Syde’s Carey-branded Butterfly interactive beverage line.

I’m a very hands-on person when it comes to my work, Dupri tells  Billboard in a statement. I put my all into every project. But when I’m not allowed to do what I do, then I know it’s time for me to move on. Mariah and I enjoy working together and will continue to make great music together in the future.

Reps for Liles, Carey and Carey’s label Def Jam declined comment.
Mariah’s list of management includes: a brief stint Randy Jackson/Irving Azoff tag team and Bruce Eskowitz of Red Light Management before Dupri came onboard the fall of 2013.  In the past decade, she also worked with current Jennifer Lopez manager Benny Medina (2003-2008) and the late Chris Lighty (2008-2012); other former managers include Randy Hoffman and, briefly, Sandy Gallin.
Hopefully she gels with her current manager.

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listen up: Mariah Carey ft. Rich Homie Quan – ‘Thirsty’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

In what is sure to become a popular female anthem for the summer, Mariah Carey has released a new single featuring Atlanta’s own Rich Homie Quan titled, “Thirsty.”  Carey is raising the question about why her man (Lawd, I hope she is not talking about her husband Nick Cannon) has become so thirsty.  Peep the lyrics below:

You used to be Mister all about me
Now you just thirsty for celebrity
Best thing that happened to your ass was me
Pull down them Tom Fords, and act like you see 

You thirsty for a dream
Leaving me drowning
Boy there ain’t no SOS
Filled with discontent
Finding you can’t quit
Why you try to so damn hard?

Oh, you’re thirsty
Oh, you’re thirsty
Oh, you’re thirsty

“Thirsty” premiered this morning on The Breakfast Club and from her forthcoming album, Me. I am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse. Check out the rest of the song below and tell us what you think:

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