Chris Brown was denied a place in the BET Awards' Michael Jackson
tribute last year -- presumably because of the incident with Rihanna
only a few months earlier -- but he took the stage tonight to honor the
one-year anniversary of his idol's death. What happened next was so much
more than a slick dance routine... Here's what you had to say: Shalanna commented: "I am so proud of Chris Brown and his performance. So often entertainers guard their humanity at all costs, but he let it show." Nikki wrote: "Forgiveness is one thing. but when we actively promote this kind of artist, what message are we sending to our young men and women, and to the wider community?"
Check out the new video from Afro-soul singer Somi's latest album, "If the Rains Come
First." In the video for the "Prayer to the Saint of the
Brokenhearted," the East African artist, who now calls Harlem her home, creates an ode to the legendary neighborhood by filming in front of the
Apollo Theater and in the uptown music venue, the Shrine. At the
forefront of a new roster of African artists grabbing attention here in
America, Somi effortlessly blends her global and sonic experiences for
a syrupy sweet listening experience...
This week, Russell Simmons received a Lifetime Achievement award from
the prestigious National Arts Club. Everyone knows how important
Simmons' role was to the growth and development of hip hop, not only as
a music, but as a cultural movement. His fingerprints are everywhere.
In music, he discovered unknowns that would go on to not only become
successful and respected artists, but also icons who significantly
influenced later generations, such as LL Cool J, Public Enemy, and of
course, Run DMC. In clothing, he launched Phat Farm and Baby Phat, way
before the cliche of hip hop clothing labels was conceived...