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Live Review: RBMA Festival New York Rages The ‘Larry Levan Way’

The children don’t call it church for nothing. On a hot Mother’s Day under a bright blue sky, thousands of die-hard dancers poured into the stretch of King Street in front of nightlife mecca Paradise Garage’s former space to pay tribute to one of DJ culture’s defining founders - Larry Levan. The giant street party/pilgrimage was presented by Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York in tandem with an international campaign to get King street renamed Larry Levan Way.

By noon, the lines at both ends of Larry Levan Way had already snaked around the corner and yet, despite the heat, wait, and lack of bathrooms, there were no incidents amongst the crowd that included multiple generations of all ages, races, nationalities, languages and genders. Joceyln Brown turned the crowd out with a live performance of her biggest hits including “Somebody Else’s Guy” that was no less sweeter for being brief. DJs David DePino, Joey Llanos and François K thew down a master class in soul, funk, disco, electro, new wave, no wave, boogie, and early house, cutting the sound to let the crowd chime in during the timeless hooks. An afternoon full of nostalgic high notes hit a crescendo when the turntable triumvirate dropped the Intruders’“I’ll Always Love My Mama”, leading the crowd in a massive sing-along, before chasing the holiday afternoon’s inevitable anthem with crowd-moving crate essentials like Modern Romance’s angular, syncopated rug-cutter,“Can You Move” and Bohannon’s transcendent eargasm, “Let’s Start the Dance.”

Paradise Garage, opened in 1977 and closed in 1987, was one of the few clubs in history custom-built for a specific DJ. Fortunately, that DJ was Larry Levan and thanks to his vanguard approach to mixing, his legacy lives on – mythic as ever, nearly 40 years after the fist card-carrying soul shuffled up that long, dark, infamous ramp into music history.

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HBCUs Got To Watch Beyonce's 'Homecoming' At Exclusive Screenings

Thanks to Beyonce and the good people at Netflix, HBCUs were able to watch the artist’s highly-anticipated release of her documentary, Homecoming, at advanced, on-campus screenings.

“Homecoming is nothing but fun, laughs, and amazingness,” one fan in attendance said in a video of the various screenings. They took place at Howard University, Morehouse College, Spelman College and Texas Southern University.

"More than anything it uplifted HBCUs and it empowered HBCUs,” another fan continued in the brief clip.

During the documentary, which was released on Wednesday (April 17), Beyonce discusses her appreciation of HBCUs, stating in the doc, “there is something incredibly important about the HBCU experience that must be celebrated and protected.”

See some reactions from students at these HBCUs below.

"More than anything it uplifted HBCUs and it empowered HBCUs."

Last night, #BeyoncéHomecoming took over @SpelmanCollege, @Morehouse, @TexasSouthern, and @HowardU. pic.twitter.com/CnzsIMAqHh — Strong Black Lead (@strongblacklead) April 17, 2019

The line is lit as we anticipate the doors opening for our exclusive, early campus @Netflix screening of #Homecoming, a film by Beyoncé. pic.twitter.com/WUTBykukD8

— Howard University (@HowardU) April 17, 2019

Beyonce showing love to other hbcu’s besides spelman, Howard & morehouse is why she’s the goat

— ManiLou💛 (@y0urfav3emani) April 17, 2019

Beyoncé wore, and more importantly OWNS Morehouse gear. that’s it, that’s the tweet.

— capricorn hoodrat (@notoriouslang) April 17, 2019

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Go Girl: Wendy Williams Is Getting Hit Up About Dates Post-Divorce

Wendy Williams hasn’t outright discussed the recent news regarding her impending divorce from her husband of 22 years, Kevin Hunter. She did, however, discuss that the date inquiries have been coming in strong.

During the “Hot Topics” segment of her self-titled talk show on Wednesday (April 17), Ms. Williams said that she was getting distracted while reading because her phone was buzzing off the hook with inquiries regarding interested, potential dates.

“I was minding my own business… All of a sudden, my cell phone rings and it's DJ Boof asking me out for dinner," she says to her audience. DJ Boof is her in-house DJ, and the camera cuts to him smiling.

"Then, I get back to reading my book and my phone rings again. No, it wasn't Boof. It was Charlamagne [Tha God]!” she revealed. “Charlamagne wanted to take me for dinner. So he says the night, and he says the time and I said 'I can't go because I'm going out with Boof for dinner. So Charlamagne says, ‘well, I know Boof, why don’t we both take you out?’”

Williams’ estranged husband discussed his transgressions in a statement to PEOPLE, saying “I am not proud of my recent actions and take full accountability and apologize to my wife, my family and her amazing fans. I am going through a time of self-reflection and am trying to right some wrongs.”

It appears that Wendy will be moving on just fine. Check out the clip below.

 

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Joey Bada$$ Wishes Nipsey Hussle Was Celebrated More When He Was Alive

Joey Bada$$ visited Ebro’s Beats 1 radio show, where he discussed the recent passing of rapper Nipsey Hussle. The outpouring of support for the 33-year-old’s musical and charitable legacies has been amazing to witness. However, Joey states that he wishes people celebrated the Victory Lap musician as hard as they are now, but while he was able to see his impact.

"Nobody thought we would lose Nipsey Hussle,” he told Ebro during Tuesday’s show (April 16). “He was one of those people that we thought we would have forever. As soon as we lose a person like that, everybody want to jump on the bandwagon. He should have been able to see the fruits of his labor... We gotta show love, we gotta spread love.”

The All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ MC said that people need to practice showing appreciation for the people in their life and who they come across, so that they are able to see their impact while they are here.

“It’s extremely important that you show appreciation for your favorite artists, your favorite people, your favorite friends, your favorite family members, whatever,” he continued. “It’s just extremely important you never waste those moments, you always appreciate them. Like you said, any moment it can go like that.”

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