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Doug E. Fresh, George Clinton, And Gloria Gaynor To Be Honored At The National Museum Of African American Music

Black Music Month has done its fair share of paying homage to some of the most influential artists in the industry. Ending on the highest note, The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) will honor George Clinton, Doug E. Fresh and Gloria Gaynor on Thursday (June 27). Grammy-winning producer Shannon Sanders will host the ceremony.

The sixth annual Celebration of Legends Gala will award the icons with the Rhapsody & Rhythm Award in Nashville, Tenn., Billboard reports.

In a press release, NMAAM President and CEO H. Beecher Hicks III said, "The Rhapsody & Rhythm honorees span the breadth of African-American music, representing disco, hip-hop, and funk."

R&B and funk revolutionary, George Clinton, is known for eclectic style and twist of soul music in the '70s. With more than 40 years in the industry, platinum artist mashed influences of Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Sly Stone in his tracks. With 37 R&B singles and three No. 1 hits, Clinton received a Grammy and NAACP Image Award, among other accolades.

The original human-beatbox, Doug E. Fresh came to fame in the '80s with then partner Slick Rick and their famous hit single "La-Di-Da-Di." His single "Spirit" with the Get Fresh Crew was featured on the original soundtrack of Ghostbusters 2. Fresh went on to record an album in 1992 with M.C. Hammer and has a slew of appearances on others. Additional achievements include Hip Hop Hall of Fame inductee, 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient at the 2004 The Source Awards and a 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards Icon honoree.

Gaynor's No. 1 single, "I Will Survive," is a testament that is still played today. Her career is extensive all in its own. From appearances on soundtracks, television shows, 18 albums, and her hit single being selected for the Library of Congress' Nation Recording Registry, her recognitions speak for themselves.

Tributes of the artists will be performed by Louis York, the Shindellas, Mr. Talkbox, Fatman Scoop, DJ Mars, and singer-songwriter Avery Sunshine.

Legends gala tickets are $250. More information is available here.

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Nipsey Hussle’s Los Angeles Clothing Store Vandalized

Nipsey Hussle’s The Marathon Clothing Store has reportedly been hit by vandals. Multiple store windows were busted out, and some merchandise was looted from the storefront, The Blast reported on Tuesday (Nov. 17).

Cell phone footage shared by The Shade Room shows people cleaning up broken glass from outside of the store, which became a memorial location and tourist attraction after the 33-year-old rapper was gunned down in the parking lot in March 2019.

 

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The flagship clothing store, located in a strip mall near the neighborhood where Hussle grew up, temporarily closed last year. David Gross, Hussle’s business partner, later accused the Los Angeles City of Attorney’s office of working to shut the store down.

While the store is listed online as being open for business, the company phone number was out of service when VIBE reached out on Tuesday. Nonetheless, fans can cop TMC merchandise on the store’s website, including “FTD” shirts and masks that went up for sale after Y.G.’s 2016 single (featuring Hussle) landed back on the charts following the 2020 president election.

Besides selling clothes and other gear, the Marathon brand has expanded into cannabis, and recently announced a collaboration with Cana Farms dispensary.

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Jeremih Remains Hospitalized With COVID-19: “He’s Not Out Of The Dark Yet”

Jeremih is currently hospitalized with COVID-19, and while his vitals are stable, the R&B star isn’t out of the woods yet. Adam Smith, a member of the “Don’t Tell 'Em” singer’s management team gave a health update on Tuesday (Nov. 17).

“He’s not out of the dark yet,” Smith shared with V103.1’s The Kenny Burns Show. “Any progress is better than no progress. He’s stable but he still has a [ways] to go before anything. We’re not out the dark, but God is the light.”

Smith added that Jeremih’s mother wants fans to take the disease seriously and to pray for her son. “He’s still in ICU, but we do have the best of the best working on him.”

According to Smith, several people in “high places” have reached out to help, including fellow Chicago native, Chance the Rapper.

Please if you can take a second to pray for my friend Jeremih, he is like a brother to me and he’s ill right now. I believe in the healing power of Jesus so if you can for me please please say a prayer over him

— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) November 14, 2020

Diddy also stepped up to link Jeremih’s team with UCLA medical professionals that have been consulting doctors at the hospital where the 33-year-old recording artists is being treated.

“[Jeremih] has a lot of people in a lot of high places that really want to put their resources together to help,” Smith continued before addressing 50 Cent’s social media post about Jeremih.

Thank you for 🙏🏿praying for my boy Jeremih he is responsive today, doing a little better. pic.twitter.com/BjtzmpFp7J

— 50cent (@50cent) November 16, 2020

“This isn’t for content,” noted Smith. “50’s the homie…[Jeremih] got a lot of love for 50, but 50 can be insensitive. And we really do want people to know [Jeremih] is getting better, kind of. But [Jeremih] really wants the prayers. Not just ‘yo I’m paying for you.’ No! Stop and pray. Pray for his strength, pray for his healing, pray for his family.”

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Megan Thee Stallion Announces Release Date For Debut Album ‘Good News’

Update: 9:30 PM EST (Nov. 17, 2020) — SZA, City Girls, Popcaan, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Beyoncé, and more will be featured on Megan Thee Stallion’s Good News album, according to the track listing that she unveiled on Tuesday (Nov. 17).

“GOOD NEWS” #GOODNEWSMEGAN pic.twitter.com/GeWH8zdCZj

— HOT GIRL MEG (@theestallion) November 17, 2020

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To say that Megan Thee Stallion has had an crazy year would be an understatement, and she’s wrapping things up with a little Good News. The Houston  Hottie’s debut album will arrive later this month, she announced on Thursday (Nov. 12).

“Through such a rough year, I thought we all could use a little good news,” tweeted Meg. “My official album Good News drops on Nov. 20th.”

THROUGH SUCH A ROUGH YEAR I FELT LIKE WE COULD ALL USE A LIL GOOD NEWS 📰 MY OFFICIAL ALBUM “GOOD NEWS” DROPS NOV 20TH ! Pre save tonight @ midnight #GOODNEWSMEGAN pic.twitter.com/7mDZLP1cQ6

— HOT GIRL MEG (@theestallion) November 12, 2020

The album release date comes over six months after Megan and her 1501 Entertainment label boss Carl Crawford battled in court over the release of her Suga EP. In the end, she won the right to release the project, though its unclear if Meg and the label settled discrepancies with her recording contract.

Label issues aside, Megan made a name for herself in 2020. The 25-year-old rapper landed her first No. 1 single, with the Beyonce-assisted “Savage” Remix, proceeds of which benefitted covid-19 relief efforts in their hometown of Houston, and secured another big collaboration teaming with  Cardi B on her chart-topping single, “WAP.”

The Houston native also released the Eazy-E inspired single “Girls in the Hood,” and “Don’t Stop” featuring Young Thug.

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