Motown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration
Michael Kovac

Diana Ross Felt "Violated" By TSA At New Orleans Airport

Diana Ross said she was almost brought to tears this weekend after an aggressive TSA inspection at a New Orleans airport left her feeling "violated." Ross shared her story on Twitter on Sunday (May 5).

The legendary singer was reportedly in New Orleans to perform at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Saturday (May 4).  The incident allegedly took place at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

"OK so, on one hand, I’m treated like royalty in New Orleans and at the airport, I was treated like sh*t,” she wrote on Twitter. "Let me be clear, not the [people] or Delta BUT TSA, was over the top!! Makes me want to cry!!!"

According to Ross, a female TSA agent allegedly used great force while inspecting the singer's legs and lower body. "It’s not what was done but how, I am feeling violated," she continued. "I still feel her hands between my legs, front and back (saying to me it's her job). WOW!! Really mixed emotions I always like to see the good things but not feeling good right now."

A TSA spokesperson addressed Ross’ allegations in a statement obtained by People. Upon reviewing the CCTV footage, the spokesperson confirmed that the agent involved in her inspection "correctly followed all protocols."

"TSA is committed to ensuring all travelers are treated with respect and courtesy. TSA is aware of concerns presented by Diana Ross about her screening experience at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport this morning," the statement reads. "Initial review of CCTV indicates that the officers involved with Ms. Ross’s screening correctly followed all protocols, however, TSA leadership will continue to investigate the matter further. We encourage Ms. Ross to reach out to TSA so we can work with her directly to address her concerns."

While the incident may have been scary, Ross seems to be feeling a lot better. After her initial remarks, the singer shared a video of her singing along to The Supremes' "Stop in the Name of Love" at the jazz festival. "I’m feeling better, it took a minute," she wrote.

 

From the Web

More on Vibe

Getty

Lauryn Hill, Usher, TLC And Ludacris To Headline Lovers & Friends Festival

The lineup for the upcoming Lovers & Friends Festival is stacked with nostalgia. Lauryn Hill, Usher, TLC, Ludacris and Lil Jon, are set to headline the inaugural one-day music extravaganza, festival organizers announced on Tuesday (Feb. 18).

Additional performers include Summer Walker, Megan Thee Stallion, Jhene Aiko, Saweetie, Sean Paul, T-Pain, Monica, Ja Rule, Foxy Brown, Dru Hill, Tweet, Amerie, Eve, Jon B, Montell Jordan, and Nina Sky.

Lil’ Kim, Twista and Mase were reported among the lineup but according to Billboard they denied involvement in the festival.

Presale tickets go on sale on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 10 PM PST. In the meantime, fans can register on loversandfriendsfest.com for an exclusive presale code and a link to purchase tickets before they go on sale.

General admission tickets range from $145-$175. VIP tickets will go on sale for $230-$250, and Super VIP passes start at $450. The festival also offers ticket payment plans for as little as $19.99 down.

The Lovers & Friends Festival takes place on May 9 at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Lovers & Friends Festival (@loversandfriendsfest) on Feb 18, 2020 at 12:30pm PST

Continue Reading
Courtesy of ReeMarkable

Premiere: ReeMarkable Turns The Lights Down Low With Sy Ari Da Kid For "VIBE"

Rapper Henree Wright, also known as ReeMarkable, is slowing things down on the sweetest of days with her new single, "VIBE."

With songwriter Sy Ari Da Kid (Future, Waka Flocka Flame) on the track, the two toy with an idea of a relationship after years apart. In addition to the love that lies beneath the games, the song also serves as a great addition to any playlist dedicated to Mary Jane. Produced by Atlanta's 8 Major, ReeMarkable takes a detour from the gritty raps heard on tracks like "Pardon Me" and "Bonnie And Clyde" and into more experimental sounds.

ReeMarkable's journey in music has been documented through her time on the series Growing Up Hip-Hop as the daughter of the late iconic rapper, Eazy-E. As his youngest child, the rapper-singer opened up about her struggles breaking into the industry and how she plans to honor her father through her music.

Recently, ReeMarkable paid homage to her father by recreating his most iconic images. Originally taken by legendary photographer Ricky Powell, ReeMarkable's take is commendable as she barely a striking resemblance to Eazy.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

I was a baby when you left this world , I have no memories, but I also don’t have any pain from your return to heaven. I am honored to be your daughter . I am the Spitting image of you and it warms me to see a legend every-time I look in the mirror. Today is a day for celebration as you would have came upon your 54th birthday . So here’s my gift to you . A shoot dedicated to simply, you . I directed this shoot and worked with a great team to capture your spirit daddy . I Love you & Happy Birthday , I hope you all enjoy . Captured by @lsfotography1 Graphics by @colourfulmula Make up by @tunchyy.marie Styled & directed by @iamreemarkable Special thanks to @vinceamani @exclusivegame , @bfflyer , @lakayb_ @thelazyhustler & All my Family Friends and Fans !! 🧡 #ripeazye EVERYONE SAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR ME 🎈🎁

A post shared by ReeMarkable (@iamreemarkable) on Sep 7, 2018 at 7:14am PDT

Enjoy "VIBE" below.

Continue Reading
Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for OUT Magazine

Janet Jackson Readies 'Black Diamond' Album And Tour

In 2015, Janet Jackson released her Unbreakable album, seven years after dropping Discipline. Now, the world-renowned artist will keep up with the momentum of debuting new music with the announcement of her twelfth studio album, Black Diamond.

On Monday (Feb. 10), Jackson took to her social media accounts to share the exciting news with her fans, noting that a world tour is on the horizon as well. "I've heard all your wishes and I'm working on my new album and going on a new World Tour this summer titled Black Diamond. I'm so excited to share this new era with you," she wrote.

On Instagram, the "Rock With U" singer explained the meaning behind the album's title and how it'll reflect a certain chapter of her life. "Black Diamonds are the toughest of all the diamonds, the hardest to cut. I see that as the hardest to hurt or destroy," she began. "There is a lot that I have endured. I see myself as a Black Diamond in its purest form. I’m a rock, I have ruff edges but I keep moving forward. I want to show you my strength as well as give you strength."

Hey U Guys!

I’ve heard all your wishes and I’m working on my new album and going on a new World Tour this summer titled “Black Diamond.” I’m so excited to share this new era with you.

My artist pre-sale starts Feb. 11! Sign-up for my mailing list on https://t.co/T2vZWyvQma 😘 pic.twitter.com/YZHIhAOVEK

— Janet Jackson (@JanetJackson) February 10, 2020

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Hey U Guys! I’ve heard all your wishes and now from my lips to your ears. I’m working on my new album and going on a brand new World Tour this summer! Both titled ✨ “Black Diamond”. ✨ — Black Diamonds are the toughest of all the diamonds, the hardest to cut. I see that as the hardest to hurt or destroy. There is a lot that I have endured. I see myself as a Black Diamond in its purest form. I’m a rock, I have ruff edges but I keep moving forward. I want to show you my strength as well as give you strength. — I love u guys so much and I’m #SoExcited to share this new era with you. See u soon! #BlackDiamond 🖤💎🍓😘 — A special pre-sale code will be sent ONLY to my mailing list subscribers tomorrow, Feb. 11! Click link in bio to sign-up for my mailing list on my website 🤗 Tickets go on-sale to the general public on February 13 at 12 pm!

A post shared by Janet Jackson (@janetjackson) on Feb 10, 2020 at 7:09am PST

The highly-decorated artist will kick off the tour on June 24 in Miami, Florida before wrapping up the trek on August 23 in Tacoma, Washington. Tickets will hit Live Nation on Thursday (Feb. 13). European dates will be announced in the near future.

Tour Dates:

June 24 - Miami, FL - American Airlines Arena June 26 - Orlando, FL - Amway Center June 27 - Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena June 29 - Atlanta, GA - State Farm Arena July 1 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena July 3 - New Orleans, LA - Essence Festival July 5 - Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum Complex July 7 - Washington, DC - Capital One Arena July 9 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center July 10 - Pittsburgh, PA - PPG Paints Arena July 12 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center July 14 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden July 17 - Mashantucket, CT - The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino* July 18 - Boston, MA - TD Garden July 21 - Buffalo, NY - KeyBank Center July 22 - Toronto, ON - Scotiabank Arena July 24 - Detroit, MI - Little Caesars Arena July 25 - Cincinnati, OH - Cincinnati Music Festival* July 27 - Chicago, IL - United Center July 28 - Cleveland, OH - Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse July 31 - St Louis, MO - Enterprise Center August 1 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center August 3 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center August 5 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center August 7 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center August 9 - Phoenix, AZ - Gila River Arena August 10 - San Diego, CA - Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl San Diego State University August 12 - Los Angeles, CA - STAPLES Center August 15 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center August 17 - Sacramento, CA - Golden 1 Center August 18 - San Jose, CA - SAP Center at San Jose August 20 - Portland, OR - Moda Center August 22 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena August 23 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome

Continue Reading

Top Stories