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Ne-Yo Steps Into Tech World With $2.3 Million Investment In Coding School

The famed singer/songwriter has carved out time to familiarize himself with a new arena.

Although Ne-Yo temporarily stepped out of the musical spotlight to focus on fatherhood and other ventures, the famed singer/songwriter carved out time to familiarize himself with a new arena. According to Tech Crunch, the "Because Of You" artist invested $2.3 million in a coding facility named Holberton School.

This new venture will ensure that students from underrepresented communities receive the chance to pursue a career in coding. Holberton is also tuition-free up until you land a job within that respective field. The fees will start once your career begins. Tech Crunch adds that the school requires 17 percent of your salary over the course of those first three years of joining the workforce.

"Everybody knows that tech and all these things are the wave of the future," Ne-Yo said to the news site. "I just love the fact of what they're doing with the school -- that they're making it easier for underrepresented people in the world of tech. They're giving them a platform and access to this knowledge that they probably wouldn't get otherwise. I think that's one of the coolest things about this whole situation."

In addition to remaining an accessible figure on the school's board, the Grammy Award-winning artist shared that this is another major step in the direction of diversifying the tech world. "Tech is changing the world by the second so it makes sense to get the people that live in the world to be part of this thing that's changing it," he said, "as opposed to just this one group of people."

As highlighted by Blavity, mega-companies are beginning to expand their recruitment of minority students interested in tech. Recently, Google teamed up with Howard University to establish a computer science residency. In a statement issued by the university's President Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, "Howard West will produce hundreds of industry-ready black computer science graduates, future leaders with the power to transform the global technology space into a stronger, more accurate reflection of the world around us."

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Usher Has A New Song In The Works With Ludacris, Lil Jon

Usher, Ludacris and Lil Jon have a new song on the way more than a decade after the trio made music magic with the 2004 single, “Yeah.” According to Lil Jon, the collaboration will be featured on Usher’s forthcoming studio album.

The Atlanta producer dropped the news on Twitter on Wednesday (Nov. 13) after a fan asked about a potential follow up to “Yeah.” He later reposted the tweet to Instagram. “We did it already. Coming on @Usher new album” he tweeted along with fire emojis.

Jermaine Dupri is also involved in the collaboration, which the So So Def Founder noted in Lil Jon’s Instagram comments. “S**t slappin too,” added Ludacris.

 

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YOUR QUESTION HAS BEEN ANSWERED 👊🏽

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Featured on Usher’s Confessions album, “Yeah” topped the Billboard charts for 12 consecutive weeks and sold 20 million copies worldwide.

It’s unclear when Usher’s new album will arrive. The 41-year-old Grammy winner dropped an EP titled, A, in 2018. His last studio album, Hard II Love, was released in 2016.

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Keyshia Cole Announces Talk Show On Relationships And More

Three months after welcoming a new baby, Keyshia Cole is getting back to work. Cole has a new talk show premiering on Fox Soul, she announced via social media Thursday (Nov. 14).

One on One with Keyshia Cole will cover “relationships, love and lack thereof” in addition to tackling social media and social topics. Nick Cannon and Cole’s boyfriend, Nikko Hale, will be the first guests on her show, which premieres on Friday at 10 p.m. EST via Fox SOUL.

 

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Besides prepping a new talk show, the Bay Area native has been out promoting her forthcoming reality show premiering on BET next Tuesday (Nov. 18). Cole, 38, and Hale, 24, also stopped by Cannon’s morning show on LA’s Power 106.1 earlier in the week. During their chat, Cannon brought up the pair’s age difference and made mention to his marriage to Mariah Carey before referring to Cole as Hale's “elder.”

See how Cole responded in the video below.

 

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Kanye West Is Teaming With Joel Osteen For Sunday Service In Houston

Kanye West is collaborating with megachurch pastor Joel Osteen for another special installment of Sunday Service. Thousands are expected to attend Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston Sunday (Nov. 17) where West will appear at morning and evening services, both of which are open to the public.

According to TMZ, West is scheduled to attend Lakewood’s 11:00 a.m. service for  a 30-minute conversation with Osteen, which will go down in front of 45,000 people. Seating and parking for the event will be on a first come first served bases.

The “Follow God” rapper will make a second appearance at Laekwood alongside his choir for an evening Sunday Service performance. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., while the event begins at 7:00pm.

Attendees can get free tickets to the evening service via Ticketmaster.com. A select number of tickets will reportedly be available to Lakewood Church members on Friday. General admission passes will be released on Saturday, Lakewood Church confirmed according to Houston’s KHOU-TV.

The evening service will also be streamed live on Osteen’s Facebook, YouTube, and Sirius XM radio channel, and the Lakewood Church website.

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