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Ari Lennox returns with video for ‘Hoodie’ ahead of sophomore album

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Ari Lennox sophomore season kicks into overdrive today with the official release of her new single, “Hoodie,” and its electrifying music video. Even more, fans’ long-awaited hopes are finally realized: The Grammy Award-nominated and multi-platinum singer-songwriter proudly announces her sophomore album, age/sex/location, will be released on Sept. 9 via Dreamville/Interscope Records. Pre-order the album HERE.
“Hoodie” reunites Ari with longtime Dreamville collaborator Elite, who helmed eight tracks on Ari’s 2019 album, Shea Butter Baby. Their new creation is a fawning slow-jam that proves Ari is elevating all aspects of her talents for the new era. From the first note, she snatches listeners’ attention with a cool, commanding authority and stretches her dulcet vocal range to dizzying new highs in a tune ripe for romance.

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The electrifying video, only ups the ante – the singer straddles atop a swimming tank and dons classy lingerie as she flirts – and does more – with her man. Hip-hop titan Isaiah Rashad co-stars as Ari’s love interest in the video, which culminates in a surprise twist ending fit for a Jordan Peele script.

The release of “Hoodie” and its video continues a year of wins in 2022. She was nominated for four BET Awards in June and has achieved three RIAA Gold certifications this year, one each for fan-favorite Shea Butter Baby cut “Whipped Cream,” her collaboration with Jazmine Sullivan “On It” and her huge solo hit, “Pressure.”

“Pressure,” which will also appear on age/sex/location, catapulted Ari to a new class of achievements after its release in late 2021. In addition to becoming Ari’s first solo hit on the Billboard Hot 100, where it charted for 17 weeks, it secured her first No. 1 on Billboard‘s Adult R&B Airplay chart, rocketed to No. 2 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart and reached No. 6 on the Hot R&B Songs chart. To date, the song has more than 120 million global streams.

Age/sex/location serves as the hotly anticipated follow up to Ari’s acclaimed 2019 debut, Shea Butter Baby. The project, now with over 1.3 billion global streams, spawned major hits: the RIAA platinum-certified title track, featuring Dreamville label head and marquee artist, J. Cole, the fan-favorite, gold-certified singles “BMO” and “Whipped Cream,” and “Up Late,” whose intimate video drew praise from ESSENCE, Noisey, Pitchfork, and Billboard.

Awards recognition capped off the debut era, with nominations at the Grammys (for her contribution on Dreamville’s album, Revenge of the Dreamers III), three 2019 Soul Train Awards, and two 2020 NAACP Awards.

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Elton John And Britney Spears Release Video For Chart-Topping Smash “Hold Me Closer”

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Today, Elton John and Britney Spears are thrilled to release the video for one of the biggest songs of 2022 and chart-topping smash hit “Hold Me Closer.” (more…)

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Lil Wayne Celebrates His 40th Birthday With A Star-Studded Party

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Lil Wayne kicked off his 40th birthday celebration with a party fit for rap royalty. Weezy was joined by family and friends during a dinner at The Nice Guy in West Hollywood on Sunday night. (more…)

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South African pioneer Riky Rick posthumously receives inaugural Global Visionary Award at The BET HipHop Awards 2022]

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Rikhado “Riky Rick” Makhado will be honoured posthumously with the prestigious title his fans have known him to hold ever since he broke into the industry: The Global Visionary Award, during the International Broadcast of the 2022 BET Hip-Hop Awards. The esteemed award recognises and honours champions of culture, including artists, DJs, and music industry professionals who have made ground-breaking efforts to expand the culture of hip-hop on the World Stage. Riky Rick is the inaugural recipient of this award.   

Hosted by Grammy®-nominated recording artist, actor, entrepreneur, and media personality Fat Joe the “BET HIP HOP AWARDS” 2022, will tape from the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, GA, on Friday, September 30, and will premiere Internationally on BET Africa, DStv channel 129 on Wednesday, 05 October 2022 at 02:00 am WAT/ 03:00 am CAT and repeat at 18:30WAT/19:30 CAT.  

“The BET Global Visionary Award comes as a heart-warming opportunity to celebrate Rikhado’s life and his deep love for humanity”, said Louisa Zondo, Riky Rick’s mother. “I see the award as a recognition of the positive impact of the music Rikhado shared with us. The award also highlights how Rikhado used arts and culture as an important and effective pathway for people to truly connect with, care for and be seen by each other.” 

The South African Entrepreneur, Rapper, and Fashion Icon, Riky Rick, has been a force in the music industry since the release of “Nafukwa”, which won an MTV Africa Award for Video of the Year. Riky Rick’s dynamic and prominent voice in SA hip-hop has earned him recognition as a highly regarded creative who has left an indelible mark on the global music scene. He pioneered the independent music wave in SA and beyond, separating from his label and releasing music directly to fans online. His independent ventures achieved much success and inspired other artists to explore a similar path. He is the founder and owner of Cotton Club Records and of Cotton Fest, a platform that celebrates the world of music and fashion.  

“As Riky’s family, we are moved and honoured to receive the BET Global Visionary Award on behalf of our beloved, Riky Rick,” said Bianca Naidoo Makhado, Riky Rick’s wife. “This award honours his work and his name. I am so proud that my husband’s work is still making a positive impact within the entertainment space and that his legacy continues to inspire young creatives. This award reminds us of his love for his fans and for the culture.”  

“Riky Rick means so much to so many of us, not just South African hip-hop fans but globally beyond the mic. His impact in changing the South African hip-hop game to be more inclusive, particularly in encouraging young creatives to take control of their destiny and dare to dream bigger, endures as one of his most influential and lasting legacies. His legacy continues to inspire and together with Bianca, we hope to honour Riky by championing a new generation of black creatives while celebrating his life and what he stood for,” said Monde Twala, Senior Vice president and General Manager, Paramount Africa and Peer Lead, BET International.  

Riky Rick’s untimely passing, due to mental health struggles, is a great loss for many. This Award aims to honour his life, work, and his lasting impact while raising awareness around mental health issues and shedding light on available coping resources. Riky Rick was an innovator in many spheres of culture and the world benefited greatly from his intuitive vision.        

For more information about “BET Hip Hop Awards” including the latest news and updates, visit bet.com/hiphopawards.  

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Global publisher to release first graphic novels from South Africa’s award-winning Triggerfish Animation Studios

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North American independent book publisher Catalyst Press will publish two graphic novels from Cape Town’s world-renowned animation studio next year, its first venture into the literary sphere. (more…)

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Rihanna will headline the 2023 Super Bowl Halftime Show

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Must be NFL on the brain: Pop icon and entrepreneur Rihanna will perform at next year’s Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show, the NFL announced Sunday. (more…)

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2022 Global Citizen Festival Campaign Across Accra and New York Culminates In $2.4 Billion To End Extreme Poverty

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Global Citizen is proud to announce the 2022 Global Citizen Festival campaign has culminated in over $2.4 billion in commitments to end extreme poverty NOW.

The six-week campaign concluded with a nine-hour festival across two stages, beginning in Black Star Square in Accra, Ghana, presented by Harith General Partners, and ending in New York City’s Central Park, presented by Citi and Cisco.

The 2022 campaign saw 2 million actions taken by global citizens as part of Global Citizen’s mission to End Extreme Poverty NOW, more than doubling the record previously set by the international advocacy organization.

On the Global Citizen Festival: Accra stage, the governments of Ghana and South Africa announced the African Prosperity Fund, a joint initiative by the governments of Ghana and South Africa, which aims to deploy $1 billion to fund projects for economic inclusion and financial participation across the continent. The fund will focus on projects in the African Continental Free Trade Area, including infrastructure development, financial access for the participation of women and youth, education, healthcare, technology, and sustainability, all for the benefit of Africa’s 1.3 billion people.

Meanwhile, at Global Citizen Festival: NYC, U.S. members of Congress from both sides of the political aisle stood alongside world leaders, philanthropists, and trailblazers from the private sector to make announcements worthy of the 10-year history of the Global Citizen Festival. Over a video message, President Macron announced France will reallocate 30 percent of its Special Drawing Rights to the world’s poorest countries, specifically in Africa, to fight extreme poverty, pandemics, inequalities, and climate change.

The days leading into the 10th anniversary Global Citizen Festival saw major commitments from world leaders, including Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada and President von der Leyen of the European Commission, who respectively committed CAD $1.209 billion and €715 million at the seventh replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. During the Festival, Prime Minister Trudeau and President von der Leyen thanked global citizens for acting.

The following commitments were pledged at the 2022 Global Citizen Festival in Accra, Ghana and New York City:

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Investments committed for the future of women and girls include:
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