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ABC/Randy HolmesJay-Z hosted his first Shawn Carter Foundation Gala over the weekend in Hollywood, Florida, and Hova had plenty of star power on hand for it.

Alicia Keys, DJ Khaled, Meek Mill, Normani, Swizz Beatz, Fabolous, Robin Roberts, Tyler Perry, Yo Gotti, Fat Joe and, of course, Jay's wife, Beyoncé, were among his guests.  

The two-day event kicked off Friday with a high-stakes poker tournament with a 100K buy-in. Queen Bey  posted a photo from the gala, wearing a shimmering gold full-length gown and holding a thick wad of bills marked, "One billion."

Saturday, Robin Roberts hosted a black-tie dinner featuring Alicia Keys performing.  

Prior to the event, VIPs received 40,000 Rolex watches in the mail, along with a bottle of Jay's Aces of Shades champagne. 

Six million dollars was raised for the foundation’s scholarship fund, college prep workshops and other community goodwill programs. 

The Roc Nation CEO founded the Shawn Carter Foundation in 2003 with his mother, Gloria Carter. Its mission is to “help individuals facing social-economic hardships further their education at institutions of higher learning."

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Republic RecordsDrake is taking “Hot Bling” to the next level: he just bought the first-ever Rolls Royce Phantom Bushukan.

Drizzy showed off his new custom whip in his Instagram story. It features the official OVO owl retracting hood ornament, a white body, and a black hood and matching black rims. It cost $700,000, according to Urban Islandz.

The “In My Feelings” rapper has cause to celebrate: his 2011 release, Take Care, was just named the number-one R&B/Hip Hop album of the decade by Billboard. It's certified six-times platinum and set the chart's all-time longevity mark with 220 weeks on the survey.

Sunday night, Drake took home three Soul Train Awards as his platinum single with Chris Brown, “No Guidance,” won three categories: Song of the Year, Best Dance Performance, and Best Collaboration.

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CBEThris Brown, Drake and Lizzo all walked off with multiple awards at the BET Presents: 2019 Soul Train Awards, which aired live on Sunday from the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

Brown's song "No Guidance," with Drake led the pack with three wins: Song of the Year; Best Dance Performance; and Best Collaboration.

Lizzo also walked off with a pair of awards, including Video of the Year for "Juice" and Album/Mixtape of the Year for Cuz I Love You.

Other winners included Cardi B, who took home the Rhythm & Bars Award -- formerly Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year -- for "Money"; H.E.R, for Best R&B/Soul Female Artist; and Khalid, who took home Best R&B/Soul Male Artist honors.

Beyonce won the Ashford and Simpson Songwriter's Award for her collaboration with SAINt JHN and WizKid on “Brown Skin Girl,” which also included a songwriting credit for her daughter Blue Ivy Carter.

In addition, Summer Walker was named Best New Artist, Trevor Jackson won the Soul Train Certified and Kirk Franklin went home with the best gospel/inspirational award.

Erykah Badu, Keyshia Cole, Anthony Hamilton, Carl Thomas, Le’Andria Johnson and Robert Glasper were featured in the annual Soul Cypher.  Legendary producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis received The Legends Award and Yolanda Adams was presented with the Lady Of Soul Award.

Martin co-stars Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold hosted the show for the second straight year.

Here's the complete list of winners:

BEST NEW ARTIST
Summer Walker

SOUL TRAIN CERTIFIED AWARD
Trevor Jackson

BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL AWARD
Kirk Franklin

RHYTHM & BARS (FORMERLY BEST HIP-HOP SONG OF THE YEAR)
Cardi B – “Money”

BEST R&B/SOUL FEMALE ARTIST
H.E.R.

BEST R&B/SOUL MALE ARTIST
Khalid

ALBUM/MIXTAPE OF THE YEAR
Lizzo – Cuz I Love You

SONG OF THE YEAR
Chris Brown – “No Guidance” featuring Drake

THE ASHFORD AND SIMPSON SONGWRITER’S AWARD
“Brown Skin Girl” – Written by Beyoncé Knowles, Carlos St. John, Adio Marchant, Shawn Carter, Stacy Barthe, Anathi Mnyango, Michael Uzowuru, Ayodeji Balogun, Richard Isong (Beyoncé featuring SAINt JHN, Wizkid & Blue Ivy Carter)

BEST DANCE PERFORMANCE
Chris Brown – “No Guidance” featuring Drake

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Lizzo – “Juice”

BEST COLLABORATION
Chris Brown – “No Guidance” featuring Drake

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ABC/Randy HolmesKanye West continues to give his fans the gift of music.  This time, however, he plans on delivering it in the form of a brand new Opera, called Nebuchadnezzar, which opens November 24.

Ye officially unveiled the news on Twitter this Sunday by posting an image of the golden ticket, so to speak. The artwork, created by Nick Knight, depicts a gold carving of Nebuchadnezzar, the ancient king of Babylon, who is a key character in the first chapters of the Book of Daniel.

This isn't the first time the "Follow God" artist mentioned Nebuchadnezzar.  In an October Beats 1 interview with Zane Lowe, West revealed a deep fascination of the biblical king.  

Nebuchadnezzar, which opens November 24 at the Hollywood Bowl, will be directed by Vanessa Beecroft.  It will also feature music by Sunday Service, Peter Collins, and Infinities Song

Tickets for the production will go on sale Monday at noon PST, according to Hollywood Bowl's official Twitter

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Cash Money RecordsCash Money Records is once again making sure it will be a Happy Thanksgiving for hundreds of New Orleans residents with its annual turkey giveaway in The Big Easy.

“It’s incredible to think we’ve been doing The Turkey Giveaway for 23 years,” says label co-founder Ronald "Slim" Williams. “I really believe it’s the most important thing we do."

"New Orleans made us. It’s a part of who we are," he adds. "So, there’s no better feeling than giving back to our home. Every year, we try to do more, but it’ll never be enough to thank the city for everything it’s given to us and our families.”

Slim and his brother, label co-founder, Bryan “Birdman” Williams, will host the event November 26 at the New Home Full Gospel Ministries in their hometown. Their charity, the Johnny and Gladys Williams Foundation, presents the event in conjunction with Walmart and Rouses Supermarkets.

“As much as the legacy of Cash Money belongs to us, it also belongs to the city of New Orleans,” Birdman adds. “Our greatest success was being able to go home once a year, be on those same streets we grew up on, and prop up our brothers and sisters in the neighborhood. That’s what this label was always about. There’s nothing more important as far as I’m concerned -- and never will be anything more important. It comes before anything.”

Guests at the giveaway will also have access to free health screenings and counseling.

Cash Money’s roster includes JacqueesBlueface, Deemic, and Juvenile. The company is also the home of Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment label, featuring Drake and Nicki Minaj.

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Atlantic RecordsThe legal problems continue for Lizzo: The “Truth Hurts“ singer is reportedly being sued for defamation stemming from a Postmates delivery gone bad.

TMZ reports that Tiffany Wells filed a lawsuit in response to the singer/rapper tweeting that she stole Lizzo’s food delivery to a Boston hotel in September. Wells claims that the six-time Soul Train nominee ruined her life by blasting her on social media.

In a since-deleted tweet, Lizzo wrote, “Hey @Postmates this girl Tiffany W. stole my food. she lucky I don’t fight no more,” according to Page Six.

Postmates responded, writing “Hi! We're sorry to hear you've had a less than satisfactory experience on our app. Would you mind DM'ing the email address linked to your account, so we can look further into this for you?"

Tiffany says upon arriving at the hotel, she attempted to contact Lizzo several times, and after not receiving a response, she left.

Lizzo later apologized writing, "I apologize for putting that girl on blast. I understand I have a large following and that there were so many variables that could've put her in danger. I'm a really be more responsible with my use of social media and check my petty and my pride at the door." 

Despite the apology, Wells proceeded with the lawsuit. 

Her legal action follows Lizzo recently being accused of plagiarizing another song to create “Truth Hurts.” Lizzo responded by suing the accusers, brothers Justin and Jeremiah Raisen, for harassment.

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Warner RecordsWale is beginning the New Year with his Wow... That's Crazy tour named after his latest album.

“Back by popular demand... we’ve decided to get back on the road and come play my new album. #WowThatsCrazyTour 2020 on sale now,” the Nigerian-American rapper commented as he posted the dates Friday on Instagram.

The tour kicks off New Year’s Day in Silver Springs, Maryland and runs through February 15 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Tour cities include New Orleans, Dallas, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and New York.

Wale will perform his gold-certified hit, “On Chill” with Jeremih, Sunday night on the Soul Train Awards broadcast live on BET. Prior to his tour, he will also perform at Rolling Loud Los Angeles on December 15. 

Here are Wale's Wow... That's Crazy tour dates: 

1/1 -- Silver Springs, MD, The Fillmore
1/15 -- Brooklyn, NY, Brooklyn Steel
1/17 -- Nashville, TN, Cannery Ballroom
1/18 -- Memphis, TN, Minglewood Hall
1/19 -- Birmingham, AL, Iron City
1/21 -- Springfield, MO, Gilloz Theatre
1/22 -- Kansas City, MO, Uptown Theater
1/24 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues
1/25 -- New Orleans, LA, House of Blues
1/26 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues
1/29 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Fonda
2/14 -- Atlanta, GA, Believe
2/15 -- Charlotte, NC, The Filmore

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ABC/Randy Holmes Kanye West is taking his Sunday Service to the church of one of the most popular pastors in America.

Yeezy is performing with a choir Sunday at 7 p.m. at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston. Earlier in the day, he will engage in an open conversation with the pastor at 11 a.m. The service and the performance are free. Free tickets for the performance will be available on Ticketmaster beginning Saturday at 10 a.m. CST.

The events will also be streamed live on the church’s website, as well as its Facebook and YouTube pages. The performance can also be watched on Kanye’s Sunday Service website

West's gospel album, Jesus Is King, debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 last week. It is Kanye's ninth album to hit the top of the chart, tying him with Eminem for the most consecutive number-one albums in chart history.

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Def Jam RecordingsNearly a year after breaking up, former lovers Jhene Aiko and Big Sean are working together: They appear in the video for her new single, “None Of My Concern,” which she released Friday.

Appropriately, the brand new track is about moving on from a past relationship.

She sings, "I was traumatized and suicidal, I'm sick and tired, I am not to blame/ Once I felt the wave and not today, I'm not afraid, now I can say/ Get your b**** a** off of my phone, please leave me alone/ I am not your girl anymore, you need to watch your tone."

Sean portrays the role he obviously knows well: the ex.  He appears at the end of the clip shot in a tropical beach setting. He raps, “If you find my replacement, how could you...Your two lips should come in a vase...I realize you look as good as you taste.”

The two are obviously still on good terms: Jhene and Sean released a duo album, Twenty88, in 2016, and she’s featured on the track he dropped in July, “Single Again.”

"None Of Your Concern" is the follow-up to Aiko's previous single, "Triggered (Freestyle)" which is certified gold. 

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Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic Lena Waithe is officially off the market.

The Queen & Slim writer revealed on Friday's The Ellen DeGeneres show that she's married her longtime partner Alana Mayo.

"We snuck and did it, you know," she told John Legend, who served as the guest host for the episode. "We didn't make any announcements."

Waithe also offered a few details on their nuptials, which she said took place at San Francisco City Hall, a place of extreme importance to the LGBTQ community. It is the location where gay right's activist and politician Harvey Milk was killed. Following Milk's death, protesters began to riot outside of the courthouse in support of Milk and LGBTQ rights. It is also the location where the first legal same-sex marriage ceremony was officiated in 2004.

"We went to the courthouse. Got married right in front of Harvey Milk's bust. It was her idea, as all good things are," Waithe said. "And she was just driving and she saw the courthouse and she said, ‘We should get married there.' And I said, ‘Cool, I'm down.'"

“It was a humbling day, you know, to marry someone so amazing, but also to really appreciate all the work that so many people have put in for us to be able to do that,” she continued, explaining that all people should have the opportunity to celebrate those special moments. “Everybody should be able to do that.”

As previously reported, Waithe proposed to Mayo on Thanksgiving Day 2017 while in Tokyo. The Emmy-winner told People last year that she wanted very low-key wedding.

“It’s going to be super small, crazy small,” she said at the time. “It’s almost like an excuse to have fun with our friends.”

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ABC/Rick RowellKeyshia Cole is officially getting back to work.

After welcoming a new baby in August with her boyfriend, Nikko Hale, the singer and reality star has announced that she now has a brand-new talk show, which will launch Friday night on Soul TV.

"Hey guys CHECK ME OUT TOMORROW!!!," Cole wrote Thursday night. "OMG IM SOOOO EXCITED TO TRY SOMETHING NEW!!!"

"ONE ON ONE WITH KEYSHIA COLE TOMORROW 7pm pst / 10pm est," she continued. "Download app: FOX SOUL or go to WWW.FOXSOUL.TV."

According to Cole, her new talk show, One on One with Keyshia Cole, will cover “relationships, love, and, of course, the lack thereof” in addition to tackling social media and social topics. Her first guests will include Nick Cannon and Hale.

As previously reported, Cole is also headed back to reality TV with a two-hour baby special, Keyshia Cole: My New Life, which will premiere Monday, November 18 at 10 p.m. ET on BET.

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BETErykah Badu, Keyshia Cole, Boyz II Men, K. Michelle, Morris Day, Wale, Luke James, Ro James and BJ the Chicago Kid will be among the stars performing on the 2019 Soul Train Awards airing Sunday night.

Badu, Cole, Anthony Hamilton, Carl Thomas, Le’Andria Johnson and Robert Glasper will be featured in the annual Soul Cypher. Legendary producers Jimmy Jam Terry Lewis will receive The Legends Award, and Yolanda Adams will be presented with the Lady Of Soul Award.

Chris Brown leads all artists with eight nominations, followed by Drake with seven nominations; Beyoncé and Lizzo each received six nominations. Khalid is up for five awards. J. Cole is nominated in four categories, and H.E.R., Ari Lennox and Summer Walker each received three nominations.  

The show will be hosted for the second year in a row by Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold, who starred together in Martin.

BET Presents: 2019 Soul Train Awards will air live Sunday, November 17 at 8 p.m. ET from the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on BET. Here are the nominees:

BEST NEW ARTIST
Lucky Daye
Mahalia
Nicole Bus
Pink Sweat$
Summer Walker
YK Osiris

SOUL TRAIN CERTIFIED AWARD
Ciara
Daniel Caesar
Fantasia
India.Arie
Kelly Rowland
Trevor Jackson

BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL AWARD
BeBe Winans
Donald Lawrence
Erica Campbell
Kirk Franklin
Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Tori Kelly

RHYTHM & BARS (FORMERLY BEST HIP-HOP SONG OF THE YEAR)
21 Savage – “A Lot” featuring J. Cole
Cardi B – “Money”
DaBaby – “Suge”
J. Cole – “Middle Child”
Meek Mill – “Going Bad” featuring Drake
Megan Thee Stallion – “Cash Shit” featuring DaBaby

BEST R&B/SOUL FEMALE ARTIST
Ari Lennox
Beyoncé
H.E.R.
Lizzo
Mary J. Blige
Summer Walker

BEST R&B/SOUL MALE ARTIST
Anderson .Paak
Bruno Mars
Chris Brown
Daniel Caesar
Khalid
Tank

ALBUM/MIXTAPE OF THE YEAR
Ari Lennox – Shea Butter Baby
Chris Brown – Indigo
Ella Mai – Ella Mai
H.E.R. – I Used to Know Her
Khalid – Free Spirit
Lizzo – Cuz I Love You 

SONG OF THE YEAR
Beyoncé – “Before I Let Go”
Chris Brown – “No Guidance” featuring Drake
Ella Mai – “Shot Clock”
Khalid – “Talk”
Lizzo – “Juice”
Summer Walker – “Girls Need Love (Remix)” featuring Drake

THE ASHFORD AND SIMPSON SONGWRITER’S AWARD
“Brown Skin Girl” – Written by Beyoncé Knowles, Carlos St. John, Adio Marchant, Shawn Carter, Stacy Barthe, Anathi Mnyango, Michael Uzowuru, Ayodeji Balogun, Richard Isong (Beyoncé featuring Saint Jhn, Wizkid & Blue Ivy Carter)

“Hard Place” – Written by H.E.R., David Harris, Sam Ashworth, Ruby Amanfu (H.E.R.)
“Juice” – Written by Theron Thomas, Sam Sumser, Sean Small, Eric Frederic, Melissa Jefferson (Lizzo)

“Make It Better” – Written by Brandon Anderson, William “Smokey” Robinson, Alaina Chenervert, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Daniel Maman, Farid Nassar (Anderson .Paak featuring Smokey Robinson)

“No Guidance” – Written by Christopher Brown, Aubrey Graham, Anderson Hernandez, Joshua “J-Louis” Huizar, Michee Lebrun, Nija Charles, Teddy Walton, Noah Shebib, Tyler Bryant (Chris Brown featuring Drake)

“Talk” – Written by Howard Lawrence, Guy Lawrence, Khalid Robinson (Khalid)

BEST DANCE PERFORMANCE
Beyoncé – “Spirit”
Chris Brown – “No Guidance” featuring Drake
DaniLeigh – “Easy (Remix)” featuring Chris Brown
Lizzo – “Juice”
Normani – “Motivation”
Teyana Taylor – “WTP”

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Alicia Keys – “Raise a Man”
Beyoncé – “Spirit”
Childish Gambino – “Feels Like Summer”
Chris Brown – “No Guidance” featuring Drake
Khalid – “Better”
Lizzo – “Juice”

BEST COLLABORATION
Ari Lennox – “Shea Butter Baby” featuring J. Cole
Beyoncé – “Brown Skin Girl” featuring Saint Jhn, Wizkid & Blue Ivy Carter
Cardi B & Bruno Mars – “Please Me”
Chris Brown – “No Guidance” featuring Drake
PJ Morton  – “Say So” featuring JoJo
Ty Dolla $ign – “Purple Emoji” featuring J. Cole

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Courtesy StarzNaturi Naughton may be taking her talents elsewhere if her Power boss, 50 Cent, keeps it up.

It all started when 50 once again poked fun at his Naughton's hairline on his now-deactivated Instagram account. In the new post, which he also put on Twitter, the producer-rapper shared a split-screen image which compared Naughton to the four-armed Mortal Kombat monster Goro.

"Who the f*** did this, POWER is #1," he wrote, adding a frowny face.

Naughton replied on Instagram, sharing her frustrated response from Twitter.

"@50Cent Did we have a fight and I not know about it?" Naughton wrote. "So confused." She added the hashtags "#SoMuchForPowerFam" and "#FinalSeason."

The actress-singer then added an emotional caption.

"There’s so much I wanna say but...You don’t even have an Instagram account so...," Naughton wrote. "Why waste my characters or come out of my CHARACTER!"

She then teased that she might write a book about her experience.

"But do pick up a copy of my upcoming book: #whatNOTtoDoWhenYoureABoss #ImNotACharacter #IAmARealPerson #IAmAWoman #IAmABlackWoman."

Fans were quick to rally around Naughton and take 50 to task online.

"Okay I am done watching power," shared one fan. "This is bullying employees and a woman."

"Damn, and I thought I had bad bosses. Poor Naturi," added another.

Another fan asked Naughton to take legal action.

"I’d love to see her sue you for workplace harassment. Unprofessional af," she wrote.

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Motown RecordsFollowing a four-year hiatus, Ms. Lauryn Hill is back with new music.

The eight-time Grammy winner’s new track, “Guarding The Gates” is on the Queen & Slim soundtrack, which was released on Friday.

After it was announced that Hill would release a new song on the soundtrack, the executive producer and writer of the film, Lena Waithe, took to Instagram to share her thoughts on the news.

"Honored," she wrote, captioning a write-up of the announcement, which read, "@MsLaurynHill is set to make an appearance on the upcoming #QueenAndSlim soundtrack.”

As previously noted, the 17-track soundtrack features new music from Megan Thee StallionLil BabyVince Staples featuring 6lack X MerebaTiana Major 9 & EARTHGANGCoast Contra featuring BJ The Chicago Kid and Syd.

Plus, it includes classic songs by Marvin Gaye, Whitney Houston, Anita Baker, Prince, Stevie Wonder, The Isley Brothers. Al Green, Roberta Flack, and more.

Queen & Slim stars Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith as a new couple who go on the run after a minor traffic infraction turns deadly. The film hits theaters on November 27.

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Courtesy of Wayne Brady

Wayne Brady wants you to know that he has accomplished a lot in his career. From being a staple on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, to hosting his own variety show and CBS' Let's Make a Deal, Brady has effortlessly conquered whatever he's set his mind to in television, film, and on Broadway.

However, with all of his past accomplishments, the Emmy Award winner will admit it's a bit frustrating when fans only remember one thing when they see him: his 2004 Chappelle's Show appearance.

"They're like, 'Hey man, I love that thing!'" Brady tells ABC Audio of those who come up to him reciting his infamous lines from the role.

In the episode, Brady plays a drug-dealing, pimping, and murdering caricature of himself who basically wreaks havoc with Chappelle during a joy ride. The episode sparked such classic catchphrases as "Is Wayne going to have to choke a b****?"

"Well, I'm glad you love that thing, but I have all of this," Brady continues, sharing his response to those fans.

"So the way you drive yourself crazy is caring what people think too much," he says. "So, to anyone that loves that, I'm so glad because I had a ball doing it and I loved what it represented...it was dope. But...I have a life...I've got a couple more little bumps in the road like that people can pay attention to."

Although Brady isn't truly upset with the constant Chappelle's Show fandom -- he calls it an "amazing sketch" and says "it's great to be a part of Americana" -- he adds that his resume includes way more than that.

"I don't rest on past laurels," he says. "I know how much I do. The average person sometimes may not know that you've done X, Y and Z."

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Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Live NationIf your mom was Mariah Carey, you'd probably know every song in her catalog backwards and forwards, right?  Well, according to Mimi herself, she's actually surprised that her 8-year-old twins Monroe and Moroccan know any of her songs.

Asked by Billboard if the twins have any favorites among her record-setting string of number one hits, she says, "They love 'Always Be My Baby,' 'All I Want for Christmas Is You,' 'We Belong Together.' They surprise me with the songs that they know."

"They’ve been to a lot of the shows -- you always think they’re on their iPads rather than paying attention, but I guess they’re paying attention!" she adds.

In addition, Mariah brags that in addition to her songs, the twins know all the greats, too.

"I quiz them on a lot of different people’s songs -- Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Prince -- [and] they’ll get it right," she says proudly.

Mariah spoke to Billboard because the publication just named her the Top Female Solo Artist of All Time on its charts.  She's the solo artist with the most number one hits on the Hot 100, and the female artist who's spent the most time at number one: 79 weeks.

"Oh, my God. To see the success on all the different charts, to hear you say that is mind-blowing," Mariah responds when asked how she feels about that accomplishment. "I never, ever dreamt of this when I first started. I just wanted to hear my songs on the radio."

"When I look back on the songs that I’ve written that have become part of people’s lives, that’s what makes me the most proud," she adds.

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Cat HarperSnoop Dogg will be spinning the music as his alter ego, DJ Snoopadelic, at an L.A. benefit kicking off today for Akon's Lighting Africa Project.

Akon is serving as host for Snoop’s DJ set Saturday night. The "I Wanna Love You" singer describes the two-day event -- officially called “Akon Lighting LA” -- as an “urban conscious music and art experience to celebrate the spirit and be a catalyst for positive change in the world." It will also feature yoga, meditation, and panel discussions.

The five-time Grammy nominee launched his Lighting Africa project in 2014, and has brought solar-powered electricity to millions of households on the continent. Akon was born in St. Louis, but his family moved to Senegal and lived in a town without electricity.  They returned to the United States when he was seven years old.

For the past five years, he’s focused on bringing light to the most impoverished areas in Africa, and he's very thankful to the companies that helped him in the beginning by "just donating lights."

“First of all, I would never be able to afford to donate, you know, lights for a half billion people,” Akon tells ABC Audio.

Akon also says individuals donated money to start his non-profit, which is now providing electricity to 14 African nations.

“As the...we make [money], we dump it back into the business, and it just became ALA, Akon Lighting Africa,” he says. "Now it's like the biggest energy provider in Africa." 

Tickets for "Akon Lighting LA" are now available on Eventbrite

Last month, Akon dropped two albums -- El Negreeto and Akonda -- and his next album, Konnect, will be released on November 22.

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ABC/Rick RowellSpike Lee has found his next big Brooklyn-set project.

According to Indie Wire, the Oscar-winner will direct a film adaption of Ron Wimberly’s 2012 graphic novel Prince of Cats.

The film, described as the “the B-side to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet,” will follow Romeo's rival, Juliet's short-tempered cousin Tybalt. The drama, seen through the eyes of Tybalt, will be set in Lee's stomping ground of Brooklyn, "where underground sword-dueling blossomed alongside hip-hop, punk, disco and no wave."

In addition to directing, Lee will also re-write the Prince of Cats script with Wimberly.

This is the latest project for Lee, who is currently in post-production for his thriller Da 5 Bloods and is working on the civil rights drama Son of the South.

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NetflixMo'Nique is taking legal action against Netflix after accusing the streaming platform of race and sex discrimination last year.

According Variety, the comedian filed a discrimination lawsuit against Netflix on Thursday, alleging that the company broke the law when it low-balled her for a comedy special.

The incident to which Mo'Nique is referring happened in January 2019, when the Oscar-winner called for a boycott of Netflix after she was reportedly offered $500,000 to film a comedy special. Amy Shumer was offered $11 million and other notable comedians like Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock were offered $20 million, she claimed.

“Netflix is one of Hollywood’s most innovative companies, yet it not only perpetuates racial and gender inequality, it also takes advantage of a gender pay gap that disproportionately affects black women, who nationwide make only 61 cents for every dollar white males bring home,” said Michael W. Parks, Mo’Nique’s attorney, in a statement.

“When Mo’Nique, one of the most well-known black female comedians in America, faced that anachronistic attitude, she knew it was time to challenge the status quo.”

The lawsuit also accuses Netflix of having a history of insensitivity toward black people, saying that the streaming service has a lack of diversity in its senior leadership ranks. According to the suit, Netflix's workforce is only six percent black, as of 2019.

“The pay gap produces real, tangible, and stark consequences,” the suit states. “Black women have less money to support themselves and their families, less money to save and invest for the future, and less money to spend on goods and services.”

In 2018, Netflix declined to comment on Mo'Nique's accusations , saying it does not comment on "contract negotiations."

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ABC/Lou RoccoCommon is warming up the residents of Chicago with a coat drive in his hometown.

The Grammy and Oscar-winner’s Common Ground Foundation is partnering with Burlington Stores and the non-profit organization Delivering Good to provide free coats to the needy in The Windy City.

"Myself and students from my @commongroundfnd kicked off the 13th annual Burlington Coat Drive in partnership with @burlingtonstyle,” Common commented on an Instagram photo of them distributing coats in downtown Chicago.

“Join us to help your neighbors in need stay warm during this holiday season by donating a gently worn coat at any Burlington store now through January 20, 2020.”

“Through their partnership with @DeliveringGood, your donation helps those in need within your community,” he continued. ”As a thank you for donating a gently worn coat at Burlington, you’ll receive 10% off your entire purchase valid through January 20, 2020.”

This is the 13th year of the Burlington Coat Drive, which has collected over two million coats in the past.

“I am committed to supporting and uplifting the people of Chicago through any ways possible,” Common added in a statement.

“The Common Ground Foundation has been one of the greatest and most impactful ways to give back to my hometown. I am excited to team up with Burlington and Delivering Good and bring it home so that we can give Chicagoans a sense of hope, keep them warm and make a difference in their lives.”

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