Dreamville songstress Ari Lennox is understandably very emotional right now. After releasing her stellar album Shea Butter Baby this year, she expected to be recognized by her favorite awards show: the Soul Train Awards. She told all her fans about her disappointment last night, saying that she really wanted to walk away with a win. Although she expects to be snubbed, Soul Train is the one platform that she believed would see her talent. Now that she’s been rejected by them, she doesn’t know what to do with herself and it looks like she may be considering a career change.
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Hopefully, Lennox is just being a little overdramatic but, after expressing her feelings post-Soul Train Awards, she’s not willing to sell out and is possibly thinking leaving the music industry. She continued her string tweets, responding to fans and hinting at her musical departure. “You know what I realized? People who genuinely fuck with me understand my frustration,” started Lennox before replying to one fan who wanted a Christmas album from the star. “Naw I quit,” she said.
She then expanded on her thought. “I’m not selling out. So I quit. To all those annoyed with me, you got it. I won’t lose my mind over this shit. I will save my sanity first. I’ll join the damn army.”
Seth Meyers became even more popular this past summer when a video him day drinking with Rihanna hit the web showcasing him and singer’s drunken conversation as they sipped on his handcrafted cocktails. All his drinks were based on Rihanna‘s most popular hits and the “Needed Me” singer wasn’t shy about how she really felt about them.
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More recently, Seth paid a visit to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and discussed his time with Rihanna, even admitting the one thing he thinks she’s not good at. “She, at one point, took my phone and took a bunch pictures while we were day drinking,” Seth explained. “And then, when I went through them and looked at them, I’m like, ‘Rihanna’s bad at taking pictures.'”
Seth made it clear that despite his great time with the beloved singer, they have not managed to stay friends. Jimmy then asked if he even got Rihanna’s number.
“I think it would be, like, too dangerous to have,” he answered. “You know what I mean? Like, I would spend all day thinking like, ‘What’s a funny thing to text Rihanna?’ … I shouldn’t have Rihanna’s phone number in the same way Donald Trump] shouldn’t have nuclear codes.”
On Sunday, the R&B singer picked up her first award for Best New Artist at the 2019 BET Soul Train Awards. A nervous Walker, who suffers from social anxiety, took the stage to accept with a short and sweet speech during the televised ceremony.
“Thank you so much. I didn’t expect this,” said the 23-year-old. “Thank you LVRN and thank you London On Da Track. I really appreciate it.”
Walker admits that she came close to skipping the entire show. Instead, she avoided the red carpet and entered the venue through a back door. “I wasn’t even gonna go today cause I was to scared, I was literally asking @lvrngram to just get me a wrist band so I could sit in the back alone in my reg deg clothes,” she said. “by the time my name was called I couldn’t get a speech out like everyone one else from being so nervous & was shaking BUT I pushed through my #socialanxiety today and I’m really glad I did ..cause the soul train experience is something any true music lover will never forget.”
She was met with backlash from social media. Some called her anxiety an act while others attacked her vulnerability. “These women have children,” Walker said of her critics. “It makes me feel soo bad cause it’s clear that if the children are developing or struggling with any type of mental disorder such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, it’ll be brushed to the side and will never receive any treatment because it’ll just be ‘an act.’”
Added Walker, “These parents are probably so ignorant that instead of reading up on symptoms they just whoop the child 🤦🏽♀️ sad, my shit started at 6 so yes kids have it to.”
Earlier in the week, she canceled the majority of her tour dates, citing her extreme anxiety. “As you know, I have been very open about my struggle with social anxiety,” she wrote. “I want to continue to be healthy and to make music for y’all, so I have decided to cut down some of the dates on the tour,” said the self-described introvert.
While performing her sold-out show at L.A.’s The Novo earlier this month, she addressed her battle with anxiety. “If anybody in here has social anxiety, I just wanna let you know that shit is real, but don’t let it stop the bag,” she said. “Don’t let it stop anything that you wanna do.”
Walker has also received criticism for not hugging fans during her meet and greets. “For those who’re upset b/c I don’t give hugs idk what to tell you…I’m an empath, and that transference of energy from that many people each day would literally KILL me,” she explained. “So I ask you please respect my space in those moments.”
Despite her personal struggles, her career continues to thrive. Her debut album Over It opened at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and set a record for the largest streaming week ever for an R&B album by a woman.
Chris Brown and Drake were the big winners at the BET 2019 Soul Train Awards.
Their Indigo collaboration “No Guidance” received three awards including Song of the Year, Best Dance Performance, and Best Collaboration Performance at the 32nd annual awards show, which aired lived from the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas on Sunday night.
Brown led with eight nominations, followed by Drake with seven nods. While nether was in attendance, a grateful Chris took to Instagram to thank fans for their support. “THANK YOU GOD !!! THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING ME ❤️ I LOVE YOU. It means the world to me,” he said following Sunday’s win.
Six-time nominee Lizzo took home two awards for Video of the Year for “Juice” and Album/Mixtape of the Year for Cuz I Love You.
Other winners included Summer Walker, who won her first-ever award for Best New Artist. The “Playing Games” singer, who recently canceled her tour dates due to social anxiety, was on hand to accept the award. “Thank you so much. I didn’t expect this,” she said.
Cardi B took home the Rhythm & Bars Award for “Money,” H.E.R. was named Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, and Beyoncé won the Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award for “Brown Skin Girl,” which she shared with her daughter Blue Ivy Carter.
The 2019 BET Soul Train Awards featured performances from Wale featuring Jeremih and Kelly Price, Queen Naija, K. Michelle, SiR, Boyz II Men, Luke James, BJ the Chicago Kid, and more. Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis received The Legends Award and Yolanda Adams was honored with the Lady of Soul Award.
See a full list of winners below.
Best New Artist Summer Walker
Soul Train Certified Award Trevor Jackson
Best Gospel/Inspirational Award Kirk Franklin
Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Rhythm & Bars Award Cardi B, “Money”
21 Savage feat J. Cole, “A Lot”
J. Cole, “Middle Child”
Meek Mill feat. Drake, “Going Bad”
Megan Thee Stallion feat. DaBaby, “Cash Shit”
Best R&B/Soul Female Artist H.E.R.
Mary J. Blige
Best R&B/Soul Male Artist Khalid
Album/Mixtape of the Year Cuz I Love You, Lizzo
Shea Butter Baby, Ari Lennox
Indigo, Chris Brown
Ella Mai, Ella Mai
I Used To Know Her, H.E.R.
Free Spirit, Khalid
Song of the Year “No Guidance,” Chris Brown feat. Drake
“Before I Let Go,” Beyoncé
“Shot Clock,” Ella Mai
“Girls Need Love (Remix),” Summer Walker feat. Drake
The Ashford & 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 feat. 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 Chenevert, Miguel Atwood Ferguson, Daniel Manman Farid Nassar (Anderson .Paak feat. Smokey Robinson)
“No Guidance,” written by Christopher Brown, Aubrey Graham, Anderson Hernandez, Josha Lewis, Michee Lebrun, Nija Charles, Teddy Walton, Noah Shebib & Tyler Bryant (Chris Brown feat. Drake)
“Talk,” written by Howard Lawrence, Guy Lawrence & Khalid Robinson (Khalid)
Best Dance Performance Chris Brown feat. Drake, “No Guidance”
Danileigh feat. Chris Brown, “Easy (Remix)”
Teyana Taylor, “WTP”
Video of the Year Lizzo, “Juice”
Alicia Key, “Raise A Man”
Childish Gambino, “Feels Like Summer”
Best Collaboration Performance Chris Brown feat. Drake, “No Guidance”
Ari Lennox feat. J. Cole, “Shea Butter Baby”
Beyoncé feat. Saint Jhn, Wizkid & Blue Ivy Carter, “Brown Skin Girl”
Cardi B & Bruno Mars, “Please Me”
PJ Morton & JoJo, “Say So”
Ty Dolla $ign feat. J. Cole, “Purple Emoji”
Atlanta, GA – Bit by bit, Yung Baby Tate is steadily paving her own road to stardom. Growing up around music as the daughter of soul singer Dionne Farris, the emerging artist has become a hot-pink force through her hustle, intoxicating stage presence and ability to combine power-punch raps with breezy pop hooks.
The 23-year-old Atlanta native dropped her debut album GIRLS in February along with a short film of the same name. Also this year, Tate co-wrote and was featured on the Revenge Of The Dreamers III song “Don’t Hit Me Right Now” alongside Bas, Cozz, Guapdad 4000 and Buddy.
At the end of October, the rapper/singer/producer released the first offering and title track of her forthcoming Camp EP. Tate continued the project’s rollout with a lively performance — also called Camp — at the Red Bull Music Festival Atlanta on Saturday (November 9).
The show’s colorful set displayed giant mushrooms, beautiful outdoor scenery and a bubblegum-pink tent that cascaded down from the ceiling. Festival attendees came dressed to impress and screamed for Tate while rocking platform heels, loud animal prints and neon hues.
“The aesthetic was like summer camp, but over-the-top, extraordinary, out-of-this-world,” Tate told HipHopDX.
Throughout spurts of impressive dancer-backed choreography, multiple wardrobe changes and casual struts toward the stage’s stripper pole, Tate was joined by several of her GIRLS collaborators. Mulatto, BbyMutha, Queen Key, Baby Rose and more made it to the stage, performing their own tracks and tag-teaming GIRLS cuts.
“With most shows, you have to wait for the whole show to see the artist that you came to see,” Tate explained. “So, we did it a bit different to make it a curated experience for the artists and the [fans].”
She says that same kind of perfectly-polished, louder-than-life energy can be expected on her forthcoming project. In an interview with DX, Tate details her jaw-dropping Camp performance, the new direction she’s taking with her EP, her hopes for fellow female producers and more.
HipHopDX: Congrats on your new single, “Camp.” Your Red Bull Music Festival Atlanta performance was also called Camp, so what is the significance of camp to you?
YBT: So, “Camp” is not just about summer camp. It’s also about the aesthetic of camp, like the over-the-top, extraordinary, larger-than-life type of thing. So, we mixed both of those for the show. And that’s basically what the song is, the EP and the show.
HipHopDX: You dropped your debut album GIRLS earlier this year. You went in a different direction than your BOYS EP in terms of having a lot of features — in particular, lots of dope female artists. For your next project, do you think you’ll want to include several collaborations again or go back to the solo route like you did with BOYS?
YBT: So, for Camp, there’s no features on this EP. But I’m definitely looking to do more collaborations with my next project ’cause I just really enjoy working with like talented and dope artists. I think that they bring something more to the song and to the project as a whole. So yeah, the next project for sure. But Camp is all me!
HipHopDX: Do you have a release date in mind yet for Camp?
YBT: I don’t have a release date yet; it’s still a lot in the works.
HipHopDX: Is there anything you can tell us about it?
YBT: It’s going to be next-level. I think I bring a certain level to the things that I do, so definitely on this project it’s gonna be very next-level and something new that I haven’t really done before. But it’s fun. For right now, I’m focusing on “Camp,” the single, and that’s basically the idea of what the EP will be.
HipHopDX: What was being a part of the Revenge Of The Dreamers III and the Dreamville writing sessions like?
YBT: The Dreamville session was the first time that I’ve been in a collaborative songwriting environment. That was the first time I’d ever written for someone else, so it was a really dope, very fun experience. Kind of like a challenge — not like it was hard, but something to kind of build off of.
HipHopDX: Are you signed to Dreamville or still independent?
YBT: I’m still independent. There are some labels interested right now, but I’m still independent. I’m not signed to Dreamville.
HipHopDX: Do you prefer the flexibility of being independent or are you ready to join a label?
YBT: I do enjoy it, but I think that when you want different results you kind of have to do things a little differently. And I want very large results, so I’ve kind of got to do a large thing. Being independent is cool. It’s like you can kind of do what you want, but I think I’d like a change.
HipHopDX: Several of the artists you brought to Camp — Baby Rose, BbyMutha, Kari Faux, Mulatto, Queen Key and UNIIQU3 — were also on your GIRLS album.
YBT: Yeah, it was the first time I’ve been able to get everybody in the same space! So that was really exciting.
HipHopDX: Was it your first time collaborating with them on GIRLS? Are you pretty tight with all of them now?
YBT: Yeah, I think that was the first time I have collaborated with everyone. I’m definitely very tight with Kari Faux, that’s one of my very good friends. But all of them are my good friends! Kari is kind of like my sister at this point.
HipHopDX: Not only do you write, rap, sing and engineer, you also produce. How and when did you learn to make beats?
YBT: I learned to produce my own beats when I was 10. There was like a guy at my church who was a producer and a rapper, and he asked me one day if I wanted to learn how to make beats, so he just taught me. After that, I didn’t go back to making beats until I was 13, and then from there, I’ve just been creating music.
HipHopDX: It’s super cool to see female producers. I feel like sometimes they’re underrepresented.
YBT: For sure. I feel like that can change though with more visibility. Women producers, I think that there are a lot out there, but people don’t know about them. Like even with me, people know me as an artist, but I also produce my own beats. So, I think I’ve pushed that door a little bit wider.
HipHopDX: Final thoughts?
YBT: I just wanna say, to my fans, thank you because I love them so much and they’re so supportive!
A ball boy is suffering from major regret after learning that a tennis racket he once owned is about to fetch big bucks at auction. Justin Arrington-Holmes was a ball boy during the 2018 U.S. Open final match between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka. During the match, a frustrated Serena threw her racket onto the court with enough force to break it. Later, Justin asked the world-renowned tennis champion if he could keep her dented racket, and she told him she didn’t mind.
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While many would have either held onto the item and kept it in pristine condition or sold it for a nice chunk change, it seems as if Justin placed it away. According to Newser, Justin was doing a bit Spring cleaning and over the Summer he sold it to a collectibles store in New York City for $500. An employee the unnamed shop knew its value and soon resold it.
Now the racket will be sold Goldin Auctions and it projected to fetch around $10K, although the auction house’s owner, Ken Goldin, reportedly told the New York Times that it could go for upwards $50K. “I wish I’d had someone help me with the process,” Justin said after learning that he undersold himself. The ball boy reportedly told the Times that he hopes that the seller will donate some the money to a charity, adding “I just hope they are looking out for the greater good.”
SiR and D Smoke brought their A-game to The Soul Train Awards last night. SiR performed two songs, “Hair Down” and “John Redcorn,” both seamlessly and full feeling for the star-studded crowd. “Hair Down” was performed with SiR standing centerstage flanked with choreographed dancers behind him dressed like flight attendants. The TDE singer sang the lyrics “baby I’m just tryin’ to let my hair down” earnestly as the flight crew dances to the music with old school moves. Meanwhile “John Redcorn” was delivered with D Smoke on the piano and SiR standing alone at the mic with a spotlight on him. Rhythm + Flow winner D Smoke gives a brief intro to “John Redcorn” before SiR starts exhibiting the type vocals you hope to hear at The Soul Train Awards.
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SiR’s soulful lyrics pull on the heartstrings and stay in your head well after the songs are over. This is the type performance that can make you feel a way and definitely want to press repeat. SiR and D Smoke’s memorable performance has already been seen by over 41,000 people on YouTube since last night. If you didn’t catch the moment live press play on the video below.
It seems like no other sandwich in the history fast food has ever stirred up as much drama as the Popeyes chicken sandwich. In a video on Inside Edition that was taken by a customer at the Colony, Texas location the food chain, a young child can be seen wearing a Popeyes apron and helping with the preparation the chicken sandwiches. The boy, who is the son one the Popeyes employees, is no more than four feet tall and believed to be about eight years old. This is completely illegal, as it is against federal and state laws for a minor to be performing labour in this kind position, and the child’s father was promptly fired from Popeyes.
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This odd occurrence is only one many other outrageous events that have transpired since the now-infamous chicken sandwich was put back on the menu. After debuting this past summer and rapidly gaining traction due to some online beef that the chain started with other fast food companies like Chic-fil-A, the chicken sandwich sold out just a few weeks later. It made its grand return as a permanent menu item earlier this month, though, and the craziness has only increased since. A man was stabbed and killed in Prince George’s County the day after the chicken sandwich’s return, and less than a week later, a woman was body-slammed after using a racial slur towards a Popeyes employee in Columbia, Tennessee. The demand for this fast food item is clearly driving customers crazy and stretching workers thin, which might explain why an employee resorted to bringing his child in to help with the orders in the first place. Here’s hoping the calamity settles down soon.
HipHopDX – This week in Hip Hop, a judge denied Nipsey Hussle‘s alleged killer a motion to dismiss attempted murder charges. Also, John Witherspoon‘s funeral was held and Dogg Pound Gangsta Crip Bad Azz passed away while in jail.
Nipsey Hussle’s Alleged Killer Has Motion Denied
Eric Holder, the man accused of killing the late Nipsey Hussle, motioned to have two of his attempted murder charges dropped but was denied by Los Angeles courthouse Judge Robert J. Perry on Thursday morning (November 14).
Earlier this week, Killa Twan issued a warning to Blueface and his manager Wack 100 to be a bit more respectful towards Nipsey Hussle’s name too — or else.
Read more about Eric Holder’s trial here.
John Witherspoon’s Funeral
On Tuesday (November 5), the late John Witherspoon was laid to rest at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California. Hundreds came to pay their respects, including Ice Cube and Shawn Wayans. Both shared personal stories about their time with the talented comic.
During Wayans’ speech in remembrance of Witherspoon, he revealed the only comedian that didn’t like The Boondocks star.
“So we’re at the Laugh Factory and John Witherspoon is on,” Wayans recalled. “And he’s killing. Me and Paul Mooney is in the back. John’s on stage doing his Mick Jagger impersonation, just destroying the whole place. And Paul Mooney’s back there – he gotta go on next – and he leans over and says, ‘Pancakes homie, pancakes. Everyone loves pancakes.’
“And what he was trying to say is, ‘Spoon is hilarious but he don’t got no edge. Now I disagree. But the one thing I’ll agree with is that everyone does love pancakes. Look at everybody here to see this man off.”
Bad Azz of Tha Dogg Pound Gangsta Crips died while in jail this week. He was 43.
Snoop Dogg, Daz Dillinger and KXNG Crooked all paid their respects to the late rapper on social media.
Read more about Bad Azz passing away here.
– Summer Walker — Over It
– DJ Premier & Gang Starr — One Of The Best Yet
– Kembe X — I Was Depressed Until I Made This
– Damani Nkosi & Ill Camille — HARRIETT
– Earl Sweatshirt — Feet Of Clay
#DXclusives: J.J. Fad, Westside Gunn and Wynne
J.J. Fad Geeks After Their ‘Supersonic’ Hit Is Chosen For ‘Sonic The Hedgehog’ Trailer
MC JB, Baby D and Sassy C of J.J. Fad learned their 1988 hit “Supersonic” is being used in the official trailer for the upcoming animated film Sonic The Hedgehog, so JB spoke to HipHopDX about it.
“We are so excited,” she told DX. “They just contacted us in August out of the blue and asked for clearance. They said they weren’t sure if they were going to use it or not. So today, when I got all these calls and texts, I was like, ‘Well I guess they used it!’”
Read the full J.J. Fad interview here.
Interview: Westside Gunn Talks Foresight, Sacrifice & Legacy: ‘Give Me My Roses’
Westside Gunn spoke about his growing legacy of independence and intentional innovation in a conversation with DX.
“I had to rap on DJ Premier and drive a Maybach…I rhymed with MF DOOM while driving a Lamborghini,” he recalled. “I had to rap on a fucking Pete Rock beat and go shop at TV Johnny. I don’t have a song on the radio or a song in the club. I don’t have a video on TV. I’m showing you it can be done.”
Read the entire Westside Gunn interview here.
Wynne Reveals Why She Didn’t Use Viral Clips & Eminem’s Daughter Misnomer To Launch Career
Wynne was once misidentified as Eminem’s daughter when a clip of her rapping went viral. She spoke to DX about not using that moment to jumpstart her Hip Hop career.
“Obviously, a lot of opportunities kind of come through that a lot of people hear about you,” she said. “And I guess I wasn’t really like dropping music off the back of these viral moments because that’s not necessarily … I didn’t want to market myself as Eminem’s daughter — as a white rapper and as a woman.”
Summer Walker has been catching a lot heat for being vocal about her social anxiety. The 23-year-old “Playing Games” singer cancelled a handful her tour dates due to her mental health and even after she’s maintained her honesty with fans, she’s still pulling in a lot negative comments by users who say she doesn’t deserve to act that way and even calling her “slow.”
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Summer has now responded to some the hate, explaining how a lot her haters have children. “It makes me feel soo bad cause it’s clear that if the children are developing or struggling with any type mental disorder such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, it’ll be brushed to the side and will never receive any treatment because it’ll just be “an act,” she wrote on Instagram.
She added: “These parents are probably so ignorant that instead reading up on symptoms they just whoop the child 🤦🏽♀️ sad, my shit started at 6 so yes kids have it to.”
Jacquees and YK Osiris have tried to claim the title of “King Of R&B,” but London On Da Track has nominated another artist for a seat atop the genre’s throne. The multi-platinum selling producer has named Summer Walker as the “Queen Of R&B” following her win for Best New Artist at 2019 Soul Train Music Awards.
“Congratulations,” he wrote on Instagram. “The music speaks for u The anxiety makes u hard to read But to the ones that try to understand Would kno yo heart is an open book I wouldn’t want u to b no other way The spirits value you I value you So proud of you and your journey Best new ARTIST Queen Of R&B MyLove.”
London has an obvious bias since he’s currently dating Walker. He’s one of her main producers too, handling the majority of the beats on her debut album Over It.
Walker’s first LP, which dropped in October, debuted at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200. Over It also had the largest streaming week ever for a female R&B artist in terms of on-demand audio streams, topping a mark previously set by Beyoncé’s Lemonade.
The feud between YoungBoy Never Broke Again and his mother goes back several months. If you’ve been following the Baton Rouge rapper’s career trajectory, you likely have heard about the issues he has with his family. His mother has previously defended him against his critics but, apparently, things turned sour between them again recently. Things may have quieted down since the star was released from prison this summer but still, there is a lot patching up to do with his momma. After purchasing a house for her, NBA YoungBoy allegedly forced her to leave the property recently, which she detailed during a live-stream session.
In her carefree manner, YoungBoy’s mother took to her social media accounts to absolutely berate her baby boy, airing out their personal drama for everybody to see. “I ain’t gon’ keep letting you play with me like that,” yelled Kentrell’s mom, noting that he’s been claiming he never had a mother to take care him. “Kentrell got me a fucking house, he’ll get you a house and then if you don’t do what he fucking says, he’ll get it took. I don’t give a fuck, you can have your house, bitch. I’ll go under the interstate. Bitch, I’ll go sleep on a fucking park bench.”
20-year-old NBA Youngboy is still dealing with his fair share family drama. Hopefully, they get this sorted out without it getting messy once again.
Summer Walker took home her first trophy this past weekend at the Soul Train Awards when she won this year’s Best New Artist. The 23-year-old went up against Mahalia, Nicole Bus, YK Osiris, Pink Sweats and Lucky Daye. Despite Summer’s social anxiety that she’s been very open about in recent weeks (even canceling some tour dates because it) she graced the stage to say a few words thanking those that helped her to this very special moment.
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Her boyfriend and sole producer her debut album Over It, was so proud that he made a sentimental post about Summer to his Instagram showing love to her first trophy. “Congratulations 🎊 The music speaks for u The anxiety makes u hard to read But to the ones that try to understand Would kno yo heart is an open book I wouldn’t want u to b no other way The spirits value you I value you So proud you and your journey Best new ARTIST 👩🎤 Queen Of R&B 👑🐍🐍 MyLove💚sic],” he wrote.
Summer shared her Instagram that she was close to not attending the award show due to her anxiety. “BUT I pushed through my #socialanxiety today and I’m really glad I did ..cause the soul train experience is something any true music lover will never forget🖤,” she wrote.
Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum led the team to a road win against the San Antonio Spurs over the weekend, as he poured in a game-high 32 points to go along with seven assists and six rebounds.
During his post-game interview following Portland’s 121-116 victory, McCollum asked fans to pray for his Aunt Renaa. Just hours later, the 28-year old guard took to twitter to inform his fans that his aunt had passed away.
McCollum and the Blazers are now 5-8 for the season with five games remaining on their current six-game road trip. Up next is a matchup against the Houston Rockets on Monday night, but newly acquired forward Carmelo Anthony will not be making his Blazers’ debut against his former team.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Melo isn’t expected to play until Tuesday night’s game against New Orleans, at the earliest.
“He looks like he’s changed his body a little bit,” McCollum said Melo, per ESPN. “Started lifting more on his legs, his lower half. He was dunking this summer. He doesn’t usually dunk, so that’s how I knew he was feeling good. I don’t know if it was because the work or because he’s been f or a combination, but he looked like he had new life, more bounce in his step.”
Last night, BET’s 2019 Soul Train Awards were held at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Awards were doled out to several artists the new class imbuing soul in their work, including H.E.R., Khalid, Lizzo and Summer Walker. Veterans were also honored with tribute performances and opportunities to come on stage and show they’ve still got it. Songwriting/production duo, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, were bestowed with the Lifetime Achievement award and K. Michelle sang her praises with a performance “The Rain”, a remake the 1998 New Edition hit “Can You Stand The Rain” written by Jimmy and Terry. The duo was later joined onstage by past collaborators for a 10-minute medley their hits.
The red carpet looks were just as vivacious as the ceremony itself. MC Lyte shined in an elegant sequin gown. JoJo showed f her killer calves, propped up in a pair intricate red bottoms. TeaMarr put the ‘tea’ in her name by carrying a cup on the carpet to go with her glamorous getup. Best R&B/Soul Female artist nominee, Ari Lennox, slayed in a green velvet dress with a seductive slit. The award for best dressed may have to go to rising rap duo, EARTHGANG, for amalgamating an array eccentric items to produce some truly unique fits.