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Mary J. Blige Announces 'Strength Of A Woman' Tour

To back her latest studio album, Mary J. Blige announced a national tour set to takeoff on July 30 in Chicago, Illinois.

Released in late April, Strength of a Woman debuted at the top spot on Billboard's R&B Albums Chart. Featuring guest spots from Missy Elliot, Kanye West and more, Blige's latest ode served as a healing process following her divorce from longtime partner/manager, Kendu Isaacs.

In a previous interview with Angie Martinez, Blige revealed her inner thoughts concerning her strained relationship. “Unfortunately he was my everything and you can’t make a person your everything because you’re giving them too much power,” Blige said. “You’re giving them God’s power and this is why things like this happen. I just gave him way too much, but I gave him all of that so he can feel comfortable in the company of my peers and when he comes around he’s not just ‘Mary J. Blige’s husband.'”

Pre-sale for Pandora, Live Nation, and Facebook users will begin May 18 at 10 a.m. local time. The general public sale will commence on May 19 at 11 a.m. EST.

"Strength of a Woman" Tour Dates:
Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre - 7/30
Sterling Heights, MI - Michigan Lottery Amphitheater at Freedom Hill - 8/1
Cleveland, OH - Hard Rock Live - 8/2
Buffalo, NY - Shea's Performing Arts Center - 8/4
Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theater - 8/5
Nashville, TN - Nashville Municipal Auditorium - 8/6
Atlanta, GA - Wolf Creek Amphitheater - 8/8
Raleigh, NC - Red Hat Amphitheatre - 8/10
Baltimore, MD - Pier Six Pavilion - 9/13
Brooklyn, NY - Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk - 8/18
New York City, NY - Theater at Madison Square Garden - 8/19
Miami, FL - Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theatre - 8/22
Jacksonville, FL - Daily's Place - 8/23
Houston, TX - Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land - 8/25
Dallas, TX - Music Hall at Fair Park - 8/26
Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre - 8/30
Las Vegas, NV - The Pearl - 9/1
Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre - 9/2
Denver, CO - Bellco Theater - 9/6
Reno, NV - Grand Theatre at The Grand Sierra Resort - 9/8
Oakland, CA - The Paramount Theatre - 9/9

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Cardi B Wants People To Be Educated About 2020 Presidential Candidates

It was announced on Thursday (April 25) that Joe Biden would officially be throwing his hat into the ring for the 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination. He joins the likes of politicians such as Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and several others who are hoping to win the nomination next year.

Cardi B, who has been open in the past about her affinity for history and politics, is urging her fans to make sure they are educating themselves about the potential candidates and their policies.

"Post I love to see!" she wrote on Instagram in a caption accompanying a screenshot of all of the Democrats who have announced 2020 presidential bids. "These are the democratic nominees.I can’t front I only hurd and read on about six of them .Im going to research these names on my flight ! LETS START LEARNING AND ENCOURAGING VOTING NOW ! Not when is popular to do so and it’s only like four nominees left."

Earlier this year, Cardi spoke on the lengthy government shutdown and her thoughts on the underlying reason it was enacted.

"This sh*t is really f**kin' serious, bro," she stated in a viral Instagram video. "This sh*t is crazy. Like, our country is in a hellhole right now. All for a f**kin' wall."

 

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Post I love to see !These are the democratic nominees.I can’t front I only hurd and read on about six of them .Im going to research these names on my flight ! LETS START LEARNING AND ENCOURAGING VOTING NOW ! Not when is popular to do so and it’s only like four nominees left.

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Joey Badass Launches New 'Badmind' Record Label

Joey Badass is making serious moves. The rapper announced the launch of his new record label, Badmind, on Thursday (April 25).

"Proud to announce the launch of my label #Badmind," Badass revealed on Twitter. "First single from my first artist drops tonight on all streaming platforms. Stay tuned for more."

Proud to announce the launch of my new label #Badmind. First single from my first artist drops tonight on all streaming platforms. Stay tuned for more.... #NAOQuelly

— BADMON (@joeyBADASS) April 25, 2019

The single Joey is referring to is NAO Quelly's "Mo Betta," which is now available to stream.

Badass is coming fresh off the release of "Left Hand," a Beast Coast collective single. The single boasts production from Tyler Dopps and Sam Wish and features guest verses from Badass, Flatbush Zombies’ Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice and Erick Arc Elliott, Nyck Caution, Kirk Knight and CJ Fly, and the Underachievers’ Issa Gold and AK The Savior.

"Left Hand" is the first studio release from the collective. The group appears on forthcoming tour and summer concert lineups including Rolling Loud Festival in Miami, Florida (May 12th), the Soundset Festival in St. Paul, Minnesota (May 26th) and Governors Ball in New York City (June 2nd). Beast Coast is also going on their Escape from New York Tour from July 23 until Aug. 25.

Listen to NAO Quelly's "Mo Betta," and check out the tour schedule for Beast Coast below.

 

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Texas Administrator Suspended For Coloring In Black Student's Hair Design With Sharpie

A school administrator from Texas has been suspended from their position at Berry Miller Junior High in Pearland, after forcing a black student to color in a design shaved into his head with a permanent marker.

Per the New York Daily News, “The boy’s hairstyle featured the letter "M" on the left side of his head, which is a violation of the district’s dress code.” The school’s assistant principal told the boy at school the next day that he had three options: “notify his mother, face disciplinary action or cover it with a marker.”

A detailing of the incident was written by the boy’s mother, Angela Washington, on Facebook. Washington says she was never informed of the action taken against her son.

“On Wednesday at school the Assistant Principal at Berry Miller Jr High in Pearland ISD told him he was out of dress code with his designs and decided to color my baby design with a PERMANENT MARKER!” she wrote. She added accompanying photos, one of the day the incident occurred, and two more pictures from the day after. She notes that the black marker coloring is still in his head.

“The district said the administrator ‘mishandled’ the case and the actions do ‘not align with appropriate measures for dress code violations,’” the Daily News continues. “The assistant principal, who has not been named, was placed on administrative leave."

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