Janet Jackson Announces ‘State of the World Tour’

As promised, Janet Jackson is going back on tour this year. Following the birth of her son and separation from her husband, Jackson has announced her State of the World Tour. The tour comes after Jackson’s postponed dates for her Unbreakable World Tour. 

The tour kicks off on September 7 in Lafayette, La. and will feature 56 shows across North America.

“I decided to change the name of the tour: State of the World Tour,” Jackson said in a video. “It’s not about politics. It’s about people, the world, relationships, and just love.”

Watch Janet Jackson’s announcement video below.

 

State of the World Tour Dates

September 7 – Lafayette, LA @ Cajundome
September 9 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
September 10 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
September 13 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
September 14 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
September 16 – Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena
September 17 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
September 19 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
September 21 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
September 23 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
September 24 – Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Center
September 26 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
September 27 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
September 29 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
October 1 – Reno, NV @ Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
October 3 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
October 5 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
October 7 – San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center
October 8 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
October 14 – Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Events Center
October 16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
October 17 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center Arena
October 19 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
October 21 – St. Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Arena
October 22 – Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Bradley Center|
October 25 – Moline, IL @ iWireless Cente
October 26 – Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
October 28 – Toledo, OH @ The Huntington Center
October 29 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
November 1 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
November 2 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
November 4 – Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center
November 5 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
November 7 – Providence, RI @ Dunkin Donuts Center
November 8 – Manchester, NH SNHU Arena
November 10 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hall
November 11 – Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Events Center
November 13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
November 15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
November 16 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
November 18 – Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena
November 19 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
November 26 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
November 28 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
November 29 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
December 1 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
December 3 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
December 4 – Lexington, KY @ Rupp Arena
December 6 – Memphis, TN @ FedEx Forum
December 7 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
December 9 – Birmingham, Al @ The BJCC
December 11 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
December 12 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
December 14 – Norfolk, VA @ Norfolk Scope Arena
December 16 – Columbia, SC @ Colonial Life Arena
December 17 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena

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Solange Enlists Kelela, Dev Hynes and more for New Calvin Klein Campaign

Another day, another slay! Solange partners with Calvin Klein to promote their newly launched underwear and denim line, Our Family. #MYCALVINS.

To make the first chapter of its #MYCALVINS campaigns and partnership with Solange a success, the global brand allowed the always stylish musician to handpick fellow musicians to help market the fashionable underwear and jeans.

Artists Kelela, Dev Hynes, Caroline Polachek and Adam Bainbridge of Kindness joined Solange for the monumental photo-shoot captured by photographer, Willy Vanderperre.

According to a press release, “The group is shot together as a ‘chosen’ musical family, illustrating the overarching message of the campaign. The evolved #MYCALVINS concept has family at its center, a display of unity between strong individuals, further emphasized by the symbolism of the traditional American quilt. This campaign captures these bonds and brings to life different ways we can inspire families – both born and made – to connect with one another, and celebrate the things that unite us.”

Solange shared her humble appreciation to Calvin Klein’s Chief Creative Officer Raf Simons on Instagram for “celebrating my musical family, and for capturing us so authentically us.”

Our Family. #MYCALVINS will run from now until spring 2018.

See campaign photos below.

Mary J. Blige Leads 2018 NAACP Image Award Nominations

Mary J. Blige makes headlines for the most nominations at 2018 NAACP Image Awards.

Blige’s April release, Strength Of A Woman, yields the R&B vet five nods including Outstanding Female Artist and Outstanding Album.

Bruno Mars, SZA and Charlie Wilson are not far behind Blige with four nominations of their own.

Uncle Charlie scores nominations for Outstanding Album for In It To Win It and Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration for “I’m Blessed” with T.I.

Mars lands Outstanding Male Artist and Entertainer of the Year. Meanwhile, newbie SZA bags Outstanding New Artist and Outstanding Song – Contemporary for “Love Galore” featuring Travis Scott.

Hosted by Black-ish star Anthony Anderson, the 49th NAACP Image Awards will air live on January 15, 2018 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – on TV One.

See the complete list of recording nominations below.

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Ava DuVernay
Bruno Mars
Chadwick Boseman
Chance the Rapper
Issa Rae
JAY-Z

Outstanding New Artist
Demetria McKinney – “Officially Yours” (eOne Music)
Kevin Ross – “The Awakening” (Motown/Capitol Records)
Khalid – “American Teen” (RCA Records/Right Hand Music Group)
SZA – “Ctrl” (RCA Records/Top Dawg Entertainment)
Vic Mensa – “The Autobiography” (Roc Nation/Capitol Records)

Outstanding Male Artist
Brian McKnight – “Genesis” (SoNo Recording Group)
Bruno Mars – “Versace On the Floor” (Atlantic Records)
Charlie Wilson – “In It to Win It” (RCA Records/P Music Group)
JAY-Z – “4:44” (Roc Nation)
Kendrick Lamar – “DAMN.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)

Outstanding Female Artist
Andra Day – “Stand Up For Something” (Warner Bros. Records)
Beyoncé – “Die With You” (Columbia Records/Parkwood Entertainment)
Ledisi – “Let Love Rule” (Verve Label Group)
Mary J. Blige – “Strength of a Woman” (Capitol Records)
SZA – “Ctrl” (RCA Records/Top Dawg Entertainment)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration
Andra Day feat. Common – “Stand Up For Something” (Warner Bros. Records)
Charlie Wilson feat. T.I. – “I’m Blessed” (RCA Records/P Music Group)
Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna – “LOYALTY.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
Mary J. Blige feat. Kanye West – “Love Yourself” (Capitol Records)
SZA feat. Travis Scott – “Love Galore” (RCA Records/Top Dawg Entertainment)

Outstanding Jazz Album
“Boundless” – Damien Escobar (Phoenix Lane Entertainment)
“Dreams and Daggers” – Cécile McLorin Salvant (Mack Avenue Records)
“Petite Afrique” – Somi (Sony Music/OKeh)
“Poetry In Motion” – Najee (Shanachie Entertainment)
“So It Is” – Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Legacy Recordings)

Outstanding Gospel/Christian Album (Traditional or Contemporary)
“Close” – Marvin Sapp (Verity Records)
“Crossover Live From Music City” – Travis Greene (RCA Inspiration)
“Greenleaf Soundtrack Volume 2” – Greenleaf Soundtrack (RCA Inspiration)
“Heart. Passion. Pursuit.” – Tasha Cobbs Leonard (Motown Gospel)
“Let Them Fall In Love” – CeCe Winans (Puresprings Gospel)

Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album
“4:44” – JAY-Z (Roc Nation)
“Gods” – Maxwell (Columbia Records)
“High” – Ledisi (Verve Label Group)
“Strength of A Woman” – Mary J. Blige (Capitol Records)
“That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)

Outstanding Song – Traditional
“High” – Ledisi (Verve Label Group)
“Honest” – MAJOR. (BOE/Empire)
“Surefire (Piano Version)” – John Legend (Columbia Records)
“That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)
“U + Me” – Mary J. Blige (Capitol Records)

Outstanding Song – Contemporary
“Gonna Be Alright” – Mali Music (RCA Records/ByStorm Entertainment)
“HUMBLE.” – Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
“Insecure” – Jazmine Sullivan X Bryson Tiller (RCA Records)
“Love Galore” – SZA feat. Travis Scott (RCA Records/Top Dawg Entertainment)
“The Story of O.J.” – JAY-Z (Roc Nation)

Outstanding Album
“4:44” – JAY-Z (Roc Nation)
“DAMN.” – Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
“Genesis” – Brian McKnight (SoNo Recording Group)
“In It To Win It” – Charlie Wilson (RCA Records/P Music Group)
“Strength of A Woman” – Mary J. Blige (Capitol Records)

(Source: Deadline)

John Legend and Wife Chrissy Teigen Go Viral to Announce Second Child

John Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen happily announced they are pregnant with their second child.

In an adorable Instagram video, captioning “It’s John,” the meme queen positions the camera at her stomach and asks their first born Luna Simone, “Luna, What’s in here?” She replies, “Baby” then proceeds to rub her mamas belly in excitement.

While followers congratulated the couple in Teigen’s comment section, John hilariously commented, “Maury will have the final word on this.”

There is no word on the sex of the child.

Check out the beautiful announcement below.

it’s john’s!

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