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HBO logoHBO and Charlamagne Tha God, co-host of the Premiere-syndicated The Breakfast Club are teaming up to create The Gray Area With Charlamagne Tha God— a series of four interview specials.
As described by Charlamagne, who is also a podcaster and a New York Timesbestselling author, this new series will “provide a safe space for ‘unsafe’ people to curate their stores and control their own narratives.” Charlamagne added, “The reality is, when it comes to people’s stories, it’s not black or white, it’s always an area that’s a shade of gray and that’s usually where the lies end and the truth begins. This show will give those people an opportunity to share their truth.”
The Gray Area With Charlamagne Tha God will debut on HBO later this year.

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Plainview Kiet is a Vietnamese American rapper from Wichita, KS. I stumbled upon his music video for “Dash” while scrolling through Twitter and knew I had to get him on PALMCAST. We discussed everything from how he became a rapper to coming from a town with not much of a local scene. I hope you don’t mind that he had his young son with him while recording the episode. Enjoy and make sure to check out some tracks from Plainview Kiet!

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In light of the recent passing of South Florida Rapper Xxxtentacion, many have commented that he’s the 2pac of the SoundCloud rap generation. However I disagree with this. Do you agree with this comparison and do you believe that in 20 years X will be regarded the same way 2pac is today?

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Jay Stevens surprised more than a few folks when he announced his impending departure from Radio One after 11 1/2 years. Stevens, who currently serves as the company’s SVP of Programming Content announced that he would leave the company in mid-July, shortly after the expiration of his contract.
Stevens joined Radio One in January 2007, preceded by a 16-year run with CBS Radio as VP of Programming and PD of WPGC/Washington.
“After almost 40 years of doing this, I just felt like I wanted a break. I plan to take the summer off, work on my golf game, and enjoy life.” He added, “I want to thank Cathy HughesAlfred Liggins and David Kantor for everything they have done for me in my radio career.”
Stevens will assist the company during the upcoming transition process. For the next month or so, he can still be reached in the office at 301-429-4604 or jstevens@radio-one.com; after that you can contact him at tenshare20@gmail.com, or have him paged at “a local country club.”

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grammytitleGRAMMY MUSEUM® TO LAUNCH BRUCE W. TALAMON: SOUL, R&B, AND FUNK PHOTOGRAPHS 1972–1982: A LOVE LETTER TO THE MUSIC ON JUNE 23, 2018

NEW EXHIBIT FEATURES RARE PHOTOGRAPHS OF R&B ROYALTY, INCLUDING JAMES BROWN, GEORGE CLINTON, EARTH, WIND & FIRE, ARETHA FRANKLIN, MARVIN GAYE, AL GREEN, THE ISLEY BROTHERS, THE JACKSON 5, CHAKA KHAN, PATTI LABELLE, PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC, STEVIE WONDER, AND MORE

Select photographs of legendary artists photographed by Bruce W. Talamon at one of the most fertile times in R&B, will receive their first-ever exhibit at the GRAMMY Museum®.Bruce W. Talamon: Soul, R&B, and Funk Photographs 1972–1982 will open on June 23 and run through Aug. 1, 2018. The exhibit provides a revealing look into the untold and unknown moments that happened off the stage and outside the recording studio, showcasing a period in musical history as seen through the eyes of a young African-American photographer at the start of his career. Additionally, Talamon will discuss his distinguished career at the GRAMMY Museum’s popular An Evening With public program series, moderated by GRAMMY Museum Artistic Director Scott Goldman, on June 27.

“I’ve always thought of my photographs as documents that went beyond screaming into a microphone,” Talamon said. “I recognize now that I used my Nikons and Leicas like movie cameras. During that period, my mind was trying desperately to catch up with my eyes. I wanted my pictures to move. I wanted people to see what it took, what the performer is forced to give. For me this was always more than just photography. I considered myself a visual caretaker of black folks’ history—our music.”

The GRAMMY Museum exhibit marks the launch of a summer-long celebration honoring the works of Talamon. Taschen Publishing will release the book, Bruce W. Talamon, Soul, R&B, And Funk Photographs 1972–1982 in September.

“Bruce Talamon captured a vital part of music history, and his photographs give us new insight into the artists from this electrifying era,” said Nwaka Onwusa, GRAMMY Museum Curator. “The GRAMMY Museum celebrates not only music-makers, but also the musical contributions of artists of all mediums, and we are excited about this opportunity to share this unparalleled body of work by one of today’s most celebrated photographers. We are grateful to Taschen for their support in making this exhibit happen.”

In 1972, Bruce Talamon shot his first R&B photograph of Isaac Hayes at the historic Wattstax Music Festival, a benefit-concert presented by Stax Records to celebrate the community of Watts after the 1965 Watts riot. For the next decade, he worked as a contributing photographer for SOUL newspaper and photographed R&B artists everywhere. From smoke-filled clubs to large arenas, Talamon captured rehearsals, sound checks, recording sessions, costume fittings, performances, and all the frenzy and beauty that came to define an unprecedented musical period. The exhibit features images from this exciting time in his career, as well as his personal cameras and equipment. Many of the photos were taken at landmark venues in Los Angeles such as The Forum, Hollywood Palladium, Troubadour, The Roxy, and the Los Angeles Coliseum.

Visitors can expect revealing looks into special moments, including Muhammad Ali and jazz poet Gil Scott-Heron backstage at The Roxy discussing Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment. Another image shows Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White and Al McKay listening to playback at AIR Studios on the island of Montserrat, and another shows Stevie Wonder with Berry Gordy after Wonder delivered the final tapes for his album, Songs In The Key Of Life.

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Dr Dre, founder of Beats Electronics and one of the four original members of the rap group NWA, served as a producer for the Oscar-nominated film Straight Outta Compton, which told NWA’s origin story in southern California. According to Variety, he’s secured the rights to Gaye’s musical catalogue, which includes hits such as What’s Going On and Sexual Healing, and the approval of the Gaye family estate. Read more from The Guardian.

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Rapper XXXTentacion was fatally shot on Monday as he was leaving a motorcycle dealership north of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, TMZ reports.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office told PEOPLE that authorities could not confirm XXXTentacion (born Jahseh Onfroy) was the victim but that they had responded to a shooting at a Deerfield Beach motorsports dealer.

The shooting was first reported at 3:57 p.m., according to the sheriff’s office.

Sheriff’s officials said later Monday afternoon that the victim in that altercation had died after being hospitalized. The victim was described as an adult male but further information was not immediately released.

Police dispatch audio obtained by TMZ shows the shooting was reported as a possible drive-by involving multiple gunshots.

A witness said someone in a black Dodge SUV fired on someone in a black BMW, according to the dispatcher.

An apparent onlooker at the scene soon shared video on Twitter that was widely viewed showing a man who looks like XXXTentacion sitting motionless in the front seat of a vehicle as someone checked his pulse.

In his few years in the spotlight, the 20-year-old Florida native saw national success as a rapper as well as several high-profile run-ins with the law, including allegations he was abusive.

His debut album, 2017’s 17, peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, and his follow-up in March, ?, debuted at No. 1. His single “Sad!,” also from March, cracked the Top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

At the time of the reported shooting this week, however, XXXTentacion was facing trial on multiple felony charges in connection with allegedly assaulting a pregnant woman. He repeatedly denied her accusations, which were detailed at length in a deposition previously published by Pitchfork.

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Puma BBallAs part of its aggressive commitment to relaunch its basketball sneaker category for the first time in 20 years, Puma on Monday announced that rapper and business mogul Jay-Z has been named president of Puma Basketball.

In advance of this week’s NBA draft, Puma has already signed projected first-round picks Deandre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III and Zhaire Smith to multiyear footwear and apparel endorsement deals. The trio represents the first NBA endorsement deals for the brand in two decades. Puma last signed Vince Carter in 1998 to a 10-year deal, although the short-lived contract ended after just two seasons.

Jay-Z, whose given name is Shawn Carter, is expected to be leading brand creative direction for marketing campaigns, will have a voice on product and will also help to identify which upcoming NBA players and entertainers may be best suited for the brand to sign.

Before unveiling its new basketball sneaker this week, Puma signed its first signature athlete, Walt “Clyde” Frazier, to a lifetime contract earlier in an elaborate ceremony event in New York. The brand’s new silhouette is expected to be a modernized update to Frazier’s iconic, original Clyde sneaker from 1973, with a knit construction and today’s technology.

Deandre Ayton, the projected No. 1 pick in this week’s NBA draft, signed a four-year, multimillion-dollar footwear and apparel endorsement deal with Puma, the company announced Monday.

“We’re making a serious statement about the entry of the category, that we want to be a performance brand, but then also very culturally focused,” Adam Petrick, the brand’s global director of brand and marketing, told Complex.

While the presidency role is a major development for the relaunch of Puma Basketball, Jay-Z has already been in business with Puma for over a year. The brand outfitted him in Puma sneakers and apparel during his 2017 tour to promote his “4:44” album.

His sports agency, Roc Nation Sports, has also had a constant recent history of doing deals with Puma. Several of the agency’s clients in the NFL, MLB, WNBA and NBA have signed endorsement deals with the brand. Jay-Z’s longtime protégé Rihanna, a Roc Nation client since 2010, has had a successful collection of sneakers and clothing with Puma since signing on as a brand creative director in 2014.

With Jay-Z leading the way, Puma is expected to be aggressive in looking to sign even more upcoming rookies in the 2018 NBA draft, along with several established NBA players who will have current endorsement deals expiring in October.

“It’s clear that we’re looking at basketball through the lens of culture, and thinking about the fashion of basketball, the music of basketball — all the aspects of culture around basketball, all the aspects of culture around basketball as much as the on-court presence that we will have,” Petrick said.

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Joined by celebrities like Chance the Rapper and Jennifer Hudson, Marjory Stoneman Douglas survivors and others descended on Chicago’s South Side Friday night for a Peace March and Rally at Saint Sabina Church.

For the past 10 years, the church has marked the end of Chicago Public Schools’ school year with a peace rally, inviting community members to join together in solidarity against gun violence. Friday’s event was the first in a series of events organized by the church during the summer, which is statistically the most violent season in Chicago.

“Preparation for this has been unlike any march that we have had,” Trevon Bosley, who helped lead the Friday event, said. “We’ve had pretty big marches here but this year we plan on the crowd being way larger than ever before.”

The annual tradition featured speeches and performances from Hudson, Chance, prominent Parkland student and activist Emma Gonzalez, former congresswoman Gabby Giffords and student leaders from several Chicago-area schools.

Friday’s event also kicked off the Parkland, Florida, students’ voter turnout initiative called “March for Our Lives: Road to Change,” a multistate bus tour that will encourage young people to register and vote in the upcoming midterm elections.

With more than 50 planned stops in 20 states, including Iowa, Texas, California and Connecticut, the young activists aim to “register young people to vote and educate them on the reforms we need to save lives, and whether their local elected officials support these reforms or support the NRA,” according to their website.

Besides the national tour, the Florida students plan to do a separate tour in their home state, stopping in all 27 congressional districts to register voters.

The youth-led movement for gun reform was organized by survivors of the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a gunman killed 17 students and faculty.

“They use their platform and their privilege to help us and we use our experience and our knowledge about the gun issue and how different things play out to help them,” said Chicago organizer Anthony Lovelace.

But beyond the buzz of celebrities, music, friends and supporters, organizers said they don’t want the message behind the reason for the march to be lost.

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Beyoncé is back with another world-stopping surprise album — and this time she brought her husband, Jay-Z, along for the ride.

With no advanced warning or promotion beyond their ability to grab international headlines with every move, popular culture’s first couple — billed here as The Carters — released its long-rumored and teased collaborative album on Saturday evening following a concert in London. In what has become something of a familiar ritual, the sudden release immediately sent fans and the industry into a tizzy. Read more from The New York Times.

See the first video from The Carters new album ‘Everything Is Love’, “Apeshit” here:

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