Alicia Keys gets down to business
Alicia Keys has influenced many lives with her soulful, heartaching piano-driven songs for almost a decade. Now that the 12-time Grammy winner has established herself as one of music’s brightest stars, Keys is ready to inspire others — without singing a tune. Keys is launching AK Worldwide, a new company that will handle the singer’s projects, especially those outside of music. “It really explores the ways I can affect the world in a positive way, even outside of music,” Keys said in an interview Tuesday. “It is really about finding ways to bring forth things into the world that will give you and all the people that encounter them, and myself, inspiration,” she said. (Continue Reading…)

$5 Million Lawsuit Against Chris Rock Over ‘Good Hair’ Film
A filmmaker is suing Chris Rock for at least $5 million and trying to block the release of his upcoming documentary “Good Hair.” Regina Kimbell sued Rock and several film companies in federal court in Los Angeles on Monday, claiming Rock’s project is a copycat of her film, “My Nappy Roots.” Kimbell states she screened her film for the comedian in 2007. The lawsuit states “My Nappy Roots” traces the business and cultural history of black hair care and has otherwise only been shown at colleges and film festivals since its completion in 2006. Her lawsuit claims several of elements of her film have been copied. (Continue Reading…)

Soul Train Awards Return After 2-Year Hiatus
The Soul Train Awards plan to return to the air after a two-year hiatus to recognize those who helped shape R&B music. Record executive Antonio “L.A.” Reid, singers Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Chaka Khan and Charlie Wilson will be honored on the two-hour music special to be taped in Atlanta. The awards are scheduled to air Nov. 29 on Centric — a new channel jointly operated by the BET and MTV Networks divisions of Viacom. (Continue Reading…)

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