Get your tickets now: Solange to headline AFROPUNK Brooklyn festival

Carlota Guerrero/Columbia RecordsSolange has been officially announced as this year’s headliner at AFROPUNK in Brooklyn, New York.  

The annual arts festival, which made its debut in 2005, has expanded to various cities around the world, such as Paris, London, Atlanta and Johannesburg, South Africa.   

The “Rise” singer will hit the stage on August 26, which marks the first day of the two-date live event.  

Other artists scheduled to appear throughout the weekend of August 26-27 include SZASamphaKaytranadaRaphael Saadiq, Macy GrayWillow SmithDizzee Rascal, and Anderson .Paak

For information on tickets, check out afropunkfest.com/brooklyn.  

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Whom do you believe? Bobby Valentino claims he's victim of extortion amid transgender sex scandal

Rick Diamond /Getty Usher and R. Kelly aren’t the only R&B singers currently embroiled in a scandal.  

Bobby Valentino is also at the center of a controversial matter in which he allegedly paid to have sex with a transgender prostitute, named Reima Houston, over the weekend, then walked out on Houston without paying for her services.  

A video of the alleged ncounter surfaced online, which brought forth an onslaught of memes and chatter among fans on social media.  

In turn, it appears that Bobby is, in fact, the male seen in the clip, but his rep tells TMZ that the artist “vehemently denies the person he hooked up with over the weekend was a prostitute,” and claims he’s “being extorted after the person filming him realized who he was.”

The rep further explains, “Misrepresentation and deception were maliciously used to target Valentino; during the encounter, Valentino was victimized and threatened by acts of extortion which continued after his departure was captured on video.”  

TMZ adds that Bobby V has also gone to the police to report the “extortion attempt.”

After her alleged rendezvous with Bobby V, Houston explained her side of the story with a Facebook post captured by the Kissy Denise gossip blog. Houston claims that she recorded Bobby because “he didn’t have his coin.”  

“To play with my money is to play with my life like ANY girl would do. Don’t expose by extort and get what’s rightfully yours either voluntarily or involuntarily,” she adds. 

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R. Kelly tour dates canceled amid cult allegation controversy

Randee St. Nicholas/ RCA RecordsFour dates from R. Kelly‘s After Party tour have been canceled in the wake of the recent allegations that the singer’s harboring several young women at various residences and controlling their lives, like a cult.  

Two of his Louisiana shows and his Dallas concert have been nixed, according to Ticketmaster.  

In addition, his gig at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles this October was also canceled.  

Several of Kelly’s other scheduled tour stops, including Detroit for this Saturday, are still on.  

As previously reported, the allegations regarding Kelly stem from a BuzzFeed report that claims the R&B singer, who has homes near Chicago and Atlanta, is keeping up to six women at his various properties and controlling every aspect of their everyday lives, from what they eat and wear to their sexual encounters with him.   

Kelly denied these claims and tweeted a brief video announcement last week, telling fans that his forthcoming After Party Tour would go on, regardless of the report, which he called “a bunch of crap” in the clip. 

One of Kelly’s alleged captives has denied that she’s being held against her will, and has insisted she’s fine. 

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LeToya Luckett holds on “In the Name of Love” in final “Back 2 Life” video installment

Photo Courtesy of eOneAfter several months of waiting, LeToya Luckett‘s third and final installment of her Back 2 Life music video series is here.   

The 12 minute clip is set to the artist’s track “In the Name of Love,” and stars actor Thomas Q. Jones, who plays LeToya’s former flame, Omar.  

In the first two installments of the series, we saw LeToya and Omar break up, and in the new visual, everyone will finally discover if the former couple will make up.

The singer’s dramatic acting chops are also on full display, proving the entertainer to be a formidable triple-threat.  

“In the Name of Love” can be heard on LeToya’s third studio album, Back 2 Life, which was released in May.  

As for upcoming acting roles, LeToya’s set to star as legendary singer-actress Dionne Warwick in the forthcoming biopic titled Dionne.  

She will also record several of Warwick’s songs for the film’s soundtrack. 

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Stevie Wonder, The Killers, Green Day, Pharrell Williams to Headline NYC Global Citizen Festival

Courtesy Global CitizenStevie Wonder, The Killers, Green Day, Pharrell Williams and The Chainsmokers are the headliners at this year’s Global Citizen Festival in New York City’s Central Park, scheduled for September 23.

The Lumineers, Big Sean, Andra Day and Alessia Cara are also scheduled to perform.  This is sixth annual Global Citizen Festival in New York City. 

“When we commit ourselves to life issues, we are showing love of the Most High,” Stevie Wonder says in a statement.  “I was, I am and will always be, a citizen connected to the spirit of everyone on this planet moving forward. Let’s go!”

“We can’t wait to get back to our hometown of New York City and play for 60,000 people who have done amazing things to change the world,” adds The Chainsmokers. “We are so thankful to our fans for getting online and taking action to support less fortunate people around the world.

Like previous festivals, you can’t buy tickets to the show.  Instead, you have to take action to address what Global Citizen considers to be some of the globe’s biggest crises.  This year, according to their website, they want to “stop the cuts to US foreign aid; to expand access to education for every human being; and to create more opportunities for women and girls to succeed.”

Every time you take action, you earn points, and when you earn enough, you’ll be entered into a lottery to score two free tickets to the festival.  If you don’t win the first time, there are more chances.  All the info’s on the Global Citizen website.

Also new this year: there’s a Global Citizen app you can download to help you identify action items and earn your points.  You can download it at the Global Citizen website, too.

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Anthony Hamilton takes star turn in the kitchen with Chefd.com partnership

LeAnn MuellerAnthony Hamilton is known for cooking up fresh music for his fans, but the singer-songwriter is currently taking his artistic inclinations into the kitchen.  

The entertainer has partnered with meal kit delivery service Chefd.com to create his own collection of recipes. He tells ThisisRnB that his new venture is “therapeutic.” 

“I just love cooking. I love food. It’s all about pairing your passion with an opportunity and making it create new avenues for yourself,” Anthony adds.  

He tells the music website that his tasty meals offered via Chefd.com include honey dill salmon, pan seared chicken breast with sauteed cabbage and turkey bacon, and rack of lamb with curry corn and a mustard sauce. Hungry yet? 

The performer also lists a handful of artists he likes to listen to while cooking. “I’ll put on a little Sade or something like that,” he says.  

“Music that’s gon’ speed up the cooking of the food. Kem, and sometimes it’s just an instrumental like Boney James or Wynton Marsalis, any of those greats — Herbie Hancock, Corinne Bailey Rae.”  

Now that he’s a chef, Anthony also promises that a restaurant is on the way, along with new music that he’s producing behind the scenes for his background vocal group, The Hamiltones.  

He explains, “The music thing is shifting to me being behind the scenes and bringing out some new talent. I’m producing them and putting them out and just seeing what happens and what we can create with that.”  

Look out for Anthony Hamilton’s recipes on Chefd.com starting August 1.  

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