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Alicia Keys #MakeUpFree at the VMAs

Unlike most of the stars who graced the 2016 MTV Video Music Award stage, Alicia Keys didn’t wear a hint of makeup, proving she’s keeping true to her #NoMakeup pledge.

After promising to go makeup free in an essay she wrote for Lena Dunham’s newsletter, Lenny Letter, the 35-year-old singer/songwriter took to the VMAs stage looking bared-faced and beautiful.

“I swear it is the strongest, most empowered, most free, and most honestly beautiful that I have ever felt,” Keys recalled in her essay.

On the red carpet, the newest “The Voice” judge wore a red and black printed long-sleeve maxi dress, while her hair was up in braids.

Source: Huffington Post

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Erykah Badu Donating Concert Proceeds to Clear Detroit Rape-Kit Backlog


Erykah Badu is donating the proceeds from her upcoming Detroit concert to a nonprofit that tests the city’s backlog of rape kits, the Detroit Free Press reports. Five dollars from each ticket sold for Badu’s August 12 performance at the Chene Park Amphitheater will go to the African-American 490 Challenge, which raises money to test the 11,000 abandoned rape kits found in a Detroit police warehouse in 2009. (Each test costs $490.) Badu will also donate the proceeds from the concert’s $100 “pre-show reception” and $1,000 “VIP reception” to the campaign, in what Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy calls a “phenomenal assist” to the cause. There are tens of thousands of untested rape kits across the United States.

Source: Vulture

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MC Lyte Talks About the Lack of Female Rappers in Mainstream

The female voice in Hip Hop has played an important role in the continued success of the culture since its early days.

Groundbreaking artists like Roxanne Shanté, Sha-Rock, Sister Souljah, Queen Latifah, and MC Lyte paved the way for the following generation of femcees like Lauryn Hill, Missy Elliott, Lil Kim, Foxy Brown, Eve, and then eventually Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea, Azealia Banks, and Angel Haze. 

While women in Hip Hop have produced chart topping singles and classic albums over the last three decades, major labels are still not signing the lyrical ladies at the same rate as their male counterparts.

Evidence of this difference is the fact that in 2010 only 3 female rappers were signed to a major label record deal; at one point there were 40. Subsequently, there was not one solo album by a female rapper that broke into the top 10 on the Billboard 200 album chart in 2013.

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