Lalah Hathaway Tackles Social Issues in ‘Honestly’ Video, Announces Tour Dates

Lalah Hathaway will headline her very own tour this winter to support her Honestly album, set to drop November 6 via Hathaway Entertainment/Caroline Distribution.

Kicking off on January 16, the Chicago native will showcase her low tones and soulful melodies with fans at The Pageant in St Louis, Missouri. She will travel across the nation to cities including Chicago, Cleveland, Washington, D.C. and Charlotte. The tour will end in Atlanta, Georgia at Center Stage on February 11.

In addition to unveiling tour dates, Lalah also released a socially conscious music video, exclusively with Billboard, for the title track of her new project. The moving visual consists of vivid images that capture moments from marches protests over the last three years including Ferguson, Black Lives Matters and most recently, the NFL and Charlottesville, Virginia.

Lalah tells Billboard, “When people see the video, I want them to consider the same song, the same idea, as a commentary on this time we are living in,” adds Hathaway. “I’m talking about falling out of love with America. Although I still have hope in this country and I still want to dream, this video is meant to symbolize how this time has made so many of us wake up to the nightmare of this country. And how we all just want the nightmare to end.”

See if Lalah is coming to a city near you this January.

Jan. 16 – The Pageant – St. Louis, Missouri
Jan. 18 – House of Blues – Chicago, Illinois
Jan. 19 – Egyptian Room – Indianapolis, Indiana
Jan. 20 – Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, Kentucky
Jan. 21 – House of Blues – Cleveland, Ohio
Jan. 23 – The National – Richmond, Virginia
Jan. 25 – The Keswick – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jan. 26 – The Warner Theatre – Washington, D.C.
Jan. 30 – Feb. 3 – Blue Note at Sea Cruise – Various Locations
Feb. 7 – City Winery – Nashville, Tennessee
Feb. 8 – Knight Theater – Charlotte, North Carolina
Feb. 9 – The Cone Denim Entertainment Center – Greensboro, North Carolina
Feb. 11 – Center Stage – Atlanta, Georgia

Antwane Folk is the editorial assistant at RatedRnB.com.

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Anita Baker to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at 2018 BET Awards

After more than 30 years of music service, Anita Baker will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 BET Awards.

Since releasing her debut album The Songstress in 1983, Baker’s music journey has been incredible to watch. Every time she sings, her warm presence is felt in heartfelt songs like “Angel,” “Body & Soul,” “I Apologize” and “Giving You The Best That I Got.” It’s that same voice that has earned her eight Grammy Awards, multi-platinum success, a string of hits and other much-deserved accolades.

While many previous Lifetime Achievement Award recipients have performed at the ceremony, Baker will not grace the stage due to an upper respiratory infection. Instead, she plans to “simply sit and accept” her honor from BET.

The big question at hand is, who will be performing during the tribute for Ms. Baker?

Hosted by Jamie Fox, the BET Awards will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles this Sunday, June 24 at 8 p.m. ET on BET.

Chris Brown Releases Video for ‘To My Bed’

Chris Brown shows off his fresh new dance moves in the music video for “To My Bed,” off his album Heartbreak on a Full Moon.

The futuristic video begins with a woman, dressed in white sexy attire, unleashing Brown from captivity. Once free, the energetic entertainer and a couple of female dancers flaunt their flawless choreography. The desirable ladies also display their flexibility while Brown sings the knockin’ boots jam.

This weekend, Brown is expected to perform at the 2018 BET Experience. He recently kicked off his Heartbreak on a Full Moon Tour with special guests 6LACK, Rich the Kid and H.E.R.  Last month, Brown joined the latter newbie on the remix for her hit single “Focus.”

Watch Chris Brown’s “To  My Bed” video below.

Janet Jackson Covers Essence Magazine’s Happiness Issue

Janet covers July/August 2018 issue of Essence Magazine

Janet Jackson is all about positivity. The music icon graces the cover of Essence’s July/August issue, which is all about happiness.

Instead of doing a traditional interview as a cover story, Jackson decided to pen a heartfelt essay to black women titled “Letter From My Heart.” In the transparent letter, she reveals herself like never before. She talks about lessons she learned from her childhood to adulthood, including her early struggles with depression, low self-esteem and failed relationships to her eventual growth as an artist, discovery of peace and learning to “fully embrace God’s love.”

Here are excerpts from the letter:

In Her Childhood: “I was happy when my brothers came home from performing on the road. I was happy when my mother lavished me with love. But I wasn’t happy with the way I looked…”

In Her Teens: “Happiness came when people asked me to perform…but I was happiest when I was pleasing others and not myself. An older and wiser Janet might have said, ‘True happiness is knowing you’re doing the best you can…’”

Photo Credit: Essence

In Her Thirties: “These were difficult years, when I struggled with depression. The struggle was intense. I could analyze the source of my depression forever. Low self-esteem might be rooted in childhood feelings of inferiority. It could relate to failing to meet impossibly high standards. And of course there are always the societal issues of racism and sexism. Put it all together and depression is a tenacious and scary condition. Thankfully, I found my way way through it…”

Today, at 52: “Now the height of happiness is holding my baby son in my arms and hearing him coo, or when I look into his smiling eyes and watch him respond to my tenderness. When I kiss him. When I sing him softly to sleep. During those sacred times, happiness is everywhere. Happiness is in gratitude to God…”

The July/August issue is now on newsstands. Next up, Jackson will headline the 2018 Essence Festival on Sunday, July 8 in New Orleans.

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