En Vogue, Joe and Erica Campbell perform at 100 Black Men conference

 
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R&B group En Vogue, soul crooner Joe and gospel singer Erica Campbell rocked the crowd at the 28th annual 100 Black Men of America conference this past weekend in Hollywood,Florida.
 
Joe got the couples dancing Saturday when he crooned some of his hits including, “All the Things (Your Man Won’t Do),” “More & More,” and “Good Girls.”  He recently released a duet “Love and Sex (Part 2),” featuring Kelly Rowland,  from his upcoming CD, “Bridges,” that will hit stores on June 23.
 
Erica Campbell belted out her singles, “Help,” and “Little More Jesus,” from her solo album also entitled “Help.”
 
En Vogue proved they still got the pipes when they sung their hits, which included  “Hold On,” “Don’t Let Go” and “Free Your Mind.” Original members Dawn Robinson and Maxine Jones are no longer with the group.  Rhona Bennett, who starred in “The Jamie Foxx Show,” joined the remaining members Terry Ellis and Cindy Herron.

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Kem overcomes drug addiction to become Grammy nominated artist

 
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Kem is a survivor.

 

The R&B singer battled back from years of drug addiction and homelessness to become a two-time Grammy nominated artist.

 

Kem, who begin playing the keyboard at five years old and writing songs in middle school, credits his faith in God for his success.

 

“Music has always been a part of my life throughout my addiction,” the singer said.  “My faith is my foundation and I look at my music as a ministry.”

 

“People hear about my struggle and what they are witnessing is a miracle,” he said.  “I don’t take it lightly and I speak about it on stage where ever I go.”

 

Kem will be performing along with Chrisette Michele at the Valentine’s Love Affair concert Saturday at the Arie Crown Theater.

 

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Tony, Toni, Tone bring the swing to ‘Valentine Jam’

 
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Couples can celebrate the holiday by dancing up a sweat at the New Jack Swing Valentine Jam Thursday night at the Arie Crown Theater.
 
The concert includes R&B performers from the ‘80s and ‘90s Guy; Tony, Toni, Tone; SWV; Dru Hill; and Al B. Sure.
 
Dwayne Wiggins of Tony, Toni, Tone said he is looking forward to performing on his birthday, which falls on Valentine’s Day.
 
This year also marks the group’s 25th anniversary in the music business, Wiggins said.
 
“Expect us to celebrate like it‘s our anniversary, no pun intended,” said Wiggins, alluding to the group’s 1993 hit single “Anniversary.”
 
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Sinbad finds new comedic road in ‘funkedy’

 
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Sinbad didn’t begin his career as a clean comic but one night while performing he decided to try something different.

 
“Everybody was being so dirty,” Sinbad said of the other comedians performing that night. “Everybody was sounding the same and trying to be super hip. So I just switched it up and found that I was able to talk about more things clean,” said Sinbad, who has been performing since 1983. “I could still talk about sex, drugs, or anything. I just changed the words that I used.”
 
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Brandy rocks the crowd at benefit concert

 
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R&B singer Brandy rocked the house Saturday night at the Project Hood benefit concert at the Venue at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind..
 
Brandy opened the show with energetic applause for her 2002 hit “What About Us?”  She kept the hits coming with long-time favorites including “I Wanna Be Down,” “Baby,” and “The Boy is Mine.”
 
The recently engaged singer also performed a medley in tribute to her “idol,” the late Whitney Houston.  The audience sang along with such Houston songs as “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” “I’m Your Baby Tonight” and “How Will I Know.”
 
“Whitney was the epitome of a songstress,” Brandy said.  “Everything I dreamt of becoming.  I loved her.”
 
The recently engaged singer told the audience that her new song “Wildest Dreams” from her latest album “Two Eleven” was about her fiancé, music executive Ryan Press.
 
She closed the show with a fun dance routine to her latest hit, “Put It Down” with Chris Brown.
 
Check out what Brandy had to say about her new album here.

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Wood Star Music Festival returns to Chicago

 

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NBA Phoenix Suns guard Shannon Brown has never forgotten his Maywood roots.
 
That is why he launched the Wood-Star Music Festival last year, a music festival showcasing R&B and old school hip-hop artists. The proceeds benefit the Shannon Brown Foundation, dedicated to provide scholarships and financial assistance to inner-city youth.
 
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Kanye West celebrates birthday with Lupe, Common and Chicago high school fans

 
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Kanye West celebrated his 33rd birthday Monday by performing for three Chicago Public High Schools.  West along with fellow Chicago rappers Common and Lupe Fiasco visited students at Farragut Career Academy, John Marshall Metropolitan and Percy L. Julian high schools.  As part of the Kanye West Foundation’s 3rd annual “Stay in School” event, West honored the students for improving their grades, behavior, and attendance, reported the Chicago Tribune.
 
Fiasco opened the show with “Superstar,” followed by Common performing “Universal Mind Control.”  West then performed four songs including “Run This Town,” “Good Life,” “Touch the Sky,” and his new single “Power.”
 
West didn’t say much during the show but Common addressed the crowd.
 
“We want to congratulate you on the incredible job you’ve done in school,” said Common, later adding “Whatever you do, be the best at it.”
 
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Snoop Dogg’s son receives Porsche for 16th birthday

 
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Snoop Dogg and his family went back in time to celebrate the 16th birthday of their eldest son Corde Calvin Broadus aka Spank. The eighties theme party featured a cake shaped like a pair of Adidas gym shoes.  Spank received a black Porsche 911 for a birthday gift.  His parents; younger brother, Cordell aka Rook and his sister, Cori were there with Spank’s friends to celebrate.
 
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