R&B Artists Mourn Nelson Mandela Death On Twitter

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Several R&B artists have shared their thoughts, condolences for Nelson Mandela, as well as offering quotes from the South African anti-apartheid revolutionary turned President after learning of his death on Thursday. Among the Twitter messages about the 95-year-old icon:

Mindless Behavior (@MindlessBhavior): We are so sad to hear about Nelson Mandela! He was an amazing leader & human being! We’ll always celebrate your life! RIP Nelson Mandela!

Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys): Deeply saddened by the profound loss of Nelson Mandela. His legacy lives forever and inspires us all… http://bit.ly/18oVfSv

Avant (@avantmusic): The world lost a GREAT human being Nelson Mandela we will always love u an miss u when praises go up blessing come down

Daniel Merriweather (@DanMerriweather): Rest in Peace to the late great Nelson Mandela. Men like him only come around every couple of hundred years. Its a sad day.

Jennifer Hudson (@IAMJHUD): Mr. Mandela fought for freedoms and equality that changed South Africa and the world. We can all learn from his extraordinary journey.

Shontelle Layne (@Shontelle_Layne): Photo: Thank you Sir. We are greater because you lived. Your voice will never die. R.I.P. Nelson Mandela…. http://tmblr.co/Z4cNKy10NZxvb … Thank you Sir. We are greater because you lived. Your voice will never die. R.I.P. Nelson Mandela.… http://instagram.com/p/hjuOrTKWjA/

Solange Knowles (@solangeknowles): Nelson Mandela, you taught us all how to fight and how to forgive. You will be missed, but your legacy… http://instagram.com/p/hjsN8BQomU/

Jamie Foxx (@iamjamiefoxx): Rest in Peace Mr. Nelson Mandela. A fearless leader, incredible human being, inspiration, a REAL hero. Truly one of a kind. God bless you. … Thank you for your mark you left on humanity Mr. Mandela. Prayers to his family, friends and the people of South Africa.

Jazmine Sullivan (@jsullivanmusic): RIP Nelson Mandela

Mario Barrett (@MarioSoulTruth): Another great soul has past on to it’s next life | RIP Nelson Mandela | One of the most humbling… http://instagram.com/p/hjou6TH15D/

Aaron Fresh (@AaronFresh1): Nelson Mandela, will always be remembered. #teamfresh

John Legend (@johnlegend): What a heroic, beautiful life Mandela lived. Rest in peace.

Brian McKnight (@ItsBMcKnight): How about 60 seconds of silence for Nelson Mandela and all he’s done and the legacy he’s left

Christina Milian (@ChristinaMilian): #RIPNelsonMandela A true inspiration and historical figure who brought hope, faith and unity to us all. An example to never settle and live your life to its fullest. #Believe

Bobby V. (@BobbyV): #RIPNelsonMandela

Michelle Williams (@RealMichelleW): May your brave and courageous legacy NEVER be forgotten. http://on.fb.me/1bk46Fa #RIPNelsonMandela

Kelly Rowland (@KELLYROWLAND): wow. #RIPNelsonMandela http://on.fb.me/1eTDiQq … “There is no passion to be found playing small in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” -Nelson Mandela … “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.” -Nelson Mandela

Tweet (@MS_HUMMINGBIRD): RIP NELSON MANDELA http://instagram.com/p/hmft5CLtke/

Sean Kingston Is Thankful A Year After Jet Skiing Brush With Death

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Sean Kingston checked in with his Twitter followers (@SeanKingston) earlier today (May 29), which is a year to the date the Jamaican-American singer was involved in a jet skiing accident in Miami Beach that nearly took his life. Kingston suffered a fractured wrist and broken jaw along with water in the lungs, before nearly a month passed and he was discharged from Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital. The 22-year-old writes:

Today Is The Day That Makes It 1 Year Since My Near Death Accident.. And I Just Wanna Thank The Lord The Morning For Blessing Me With A 2nd Chance At LIFE… i wanna THANK all my fans for the LOVE, SUPPORT AND LETTERS I LOVE YOU ALL.. I Wanna Thank Jackson Memorial And All The Great Doctors And Surgeons that WORKED WITH ME.. I Also Wanna Thank @Jbarsodmg For Also Playing A Big Role On While I’m Here Today


Turkey Gives Jawan Harris A Scare

Jawan Harris

Jawan Harris checked in with his Twitter followers (@singerjawan) this evening to discuss a fowl encounter. The Chicago R&B singer writes:

I meant to tell y’all that I got chased by a HUGE TURKEY yesterday!!!!! #RadomTweet Lol. Y’all should’ve saw me… I was GONE!!!!

I was TERRIFIED!!!!!… This was my facial expression.

That turkey was 3x the size of my stomach… And y’all know I got a big stomach.?? Lol. It was determined to catch me too!!! #FunnyTimes

I was walking looking down. Next thing you know, I see @sopranasinger @TheWorldOfX running the opposite direction.

So as I see them running… Of course I wanted to run. But I didn’t have a reason for running. Until…

I kept walking and looking at the ground and hear a sound… Of course I looked up. And saw “The biggest Turkey Ive ever seen in my life”…

…Charging at me!!!!! I’m literally laughing in tears right now!!!

The new trend is… #TeamJawanTurkeyStory …NOT #TeamCookieSnatchinThug anymore. Lol. Spread the word!!!

Fantasia Offers Encouragement To Top Three ‘Idol’ Finalists

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Fantasia Barrino checked in with her Twitter followers (@TasiasWord) last night while watching the ‘American Idol’ results show. The season three winner hasn’t tweeted her thoughts yet about Joshua Ledet getting voted off, but did offer encouraging words to all three of the remaining contestants at the time. The 27-year-old writes:

Tonight will determine who stands for the finale on next week, but I want to say to all 3 contestants that you are winners no matter what

It’s American Idol time, tune in now folks.

Great start for the top of the show guys. You all own the stage every single time you approach it

I remember being right where the 3 contestants are tonight and I can never ever forget that moment.

I’ll be back later guys, I’m going to enjoy Idol and I’ll tweet again once the decision on who America has put through to the finale.

Mario Observes How We Celebrate Mother’s Day

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Mario Barrett checked in with his Twitter followers (@MarioSoulTruth) a day after Mother’s Day, talking about the holiday, moms and his mother. The 25-year-old, currently readying his fifth album ‘Restoration’, writes:

Mom’s you are blessed to have another day in your honor. #MarioMondays is dedicated to YOU today. lol

On Mother’s Day, I paid very close attention to the world around me & consciously observed how we all celebrated our mothers. #MM

It was interesting to see what changes and additions took place in honor and preparation for celebrating moms. #MM

the grocery stores dedicated an entire isle for cards, flowers, chocolates and hearts with “MOM” printed on everything. #MM

Intersections of street corners were flooded with people selling flowers and teddy bears who could barely speak english. lol #MM

Bouquets & stuffed animals were doubled in price every store used the holiday to brand a product and solicit business. #MM

every store used the holiday to brand a product and solicit business. “get mom an oil change for Mother’s Day! 20% off” lmao

but on the day of Mother’s Day, only one thing mattered: Mother’s around the world were thought of, remembered. recognized, and honored.

I did something very personal for my mother that is just between her and I that made her feel special and loved.

Don’t ask me “what?” lol… I said it was personal ;-)


How did she react?

I can’t tell you how special my mother really is to me. #MM
ya, we have had our bullsh** but at the end of the day, my mother did all she could in her power to help me succeed..and still does #MM

one of my most memorable memories with my mother is so silly but it’s “ours”. #MM

We would get in the car together & harmonize to “Mary Had A Little Lamb” lmao. The first time I was about 9. #MM

If you have ever heard my mother harmonize you’d be surprised, her ear is on point! #MM

Jennifer Hudson And Sister React To William Balfour Guilty Verdict

Jennifer Hudson singer

Jennifer Hudson and her sister Julia released a statement regarding the guilty verdict given to Julia’s estranged husband William Balfour for the murder of their brother Jason, mother Darnell Donerson, and nephew Julian King. Balfour, 31, faces a mandatory life prison sentence. The statement reads:

We have many people to thank but our first thank you is to God, always. We are so grateful to prosecutors James McKay, Jennifer Bagby and Veryl Gambino and State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and her team for their dedication and tireless work from the beginning. We have the best police department and they have been with us every step of the way. We thank all of the State’s witnesses who came forward on our behalf. We have felt the love and support from people all over the world and we’re very grateful. We want to extend a prayer from the Hudson family to the Balfour family. We have all suffered terrible loss in this tragedy. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled in them that perish: in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not dawn upon them (2 Corinthian 4:3-4). It is our prayer that the Lord will forgive Mr. Balfour of these heinous acts and bring his heart into repentance someday.

Musiq Soulchild Releases ‘Best Of Musiq Soulchild’

'Best Of Musiq Soulchild'

Musiq Soulchild has released his greatest hits release ‘Best Of Musiq Soulchild’ on May 1st via Island Def Jam. The 11 tracks feature songs from his debut album ‘Aijuswanaseing’ (‘Just Friends’, ‘Love’, ‘Girl Next Door’, ‘Mary Go Round’), sophomore album ‘Juslisen’ (‘Halfcrazy’, ‘Dontchange’, ‘Newness’, ‘Previouscats’) and the third album ‘Soulstar’ (‘Forthenight’, ‘Whoknows’, ‘Dontstop’).

‘Best Of Musiq Soulchild’ Track Listing:
1. Just Friends (Sunny)
2. Forthenight (feat. Aaries)
3. Halfcrazy
4. Love
5. Girl Next Door (feat. Ayana)
6. Dontchange
7. Mary Go Round (feat. Osunlade)
8. Previouscats
9. Newness
10. Whoknows
11. Dontstop (feat. Bilal)

Fantasia Barrino Going Hard In The Studio

Fantasia Barrino

Fantasia Barrino checked in with her Twitter followers (@TasiasWord) on Wednesday (May 9), talking about progress on a follow-up to her 2010 album ‘Back to Me’. The ‘American Idol’ season three winner writes:

Good afternoon family. As you all know I’m going hard in the studio for this next project.

I have another smasher that is just for my love @CeeLoGreen. I admire his work & he & I must once again make history.

@CeeLoGreen Let’s do this once again my brother. Call me

As usual I’m on my studio flow once again and I will not stop until my project is completed.

Fantasia Working On A New Album With A Different Sound

Fantasia Barrino adjusts her collar

Fantasia Barrino checked in with her Twitter followers (@TasiasWord) earlier today, talking about the follow-up to her 2010 album ‘Back to Me’. The ‘American Idol’ season three winner is promising a different sound with her fourth album, but the 27-year-old says it’ll still be recognizable by Fantasia fans. She writes:

I am currently working on my next CD guys & I am overwhelmed by what I have accomplished thus far.

I’ve got some great songs that I think you guys will love it’s different but it is FANTASIA, to be exact 5 so far

I’ve been working & giving you guys music & all of me this year 2012 every since I delivered Dallas & I’m so glad to be back.

Melanie Fiona: ‘The MF Life’ Release Delay Had Its Benefits

Melanie Fiona and chairs

Melanie Fiona spoke with the Los Angeles Times about delays in producing ‘The MF Life’, the follow-up to her 2009 debut LP ‘The Bridge’, which included a label shakeup. “There were a lot of internal changes,” said the 28-year-old Canadian R&B singer, who was transferred from Motown to Universal Republic after a label restructure in 2011. “When you’re under the major label system, you can’t just put your music out, there are channels. It’s a little frustrating. Looking back, there was a time when I felt I needed to rush this album. But if we would have put it out last year I wouldn’t have had the features on this album.”