2007 Essence Music Festival – Day 1

‘American Idol’ season two winner Ruben Studdard, Ludacris, the Isley Brothers, and Ciara performed during day one of the 2007 Essence Music Festival on Thursday (July 5) at the Super Dome and Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Check out pictures from FilmMagic, GettyImages (page1 / page2), and WireImage.

Ronald Isley Gets 3 Years For Tax Evasion

Isley Brothers 'Baby Makin Music'

Reuters reports Ronald Isley of the Isley Brothers was sentenced on Friday to three years in federal prison for tax evasion. The 65-year-old was also ordered to pay about $3.1 million to the Internal Revenue Service, having engaged in “pervasive, long-term, pathological” evasion of federal taxes, according to U.S. District Court Judge Dean Pregerson.

Ronald Isley Has Minor Stroke

Ronald Isley of the Isley Brothers 'Baby Makin Music'

Reuters reports that Ronald Isley, the lead singer with the Isley Brothers, has suffered a minor stroke, but hopes to resume performing as soon as possible, a spokeswoman for his record label said on Thursday.

7th Annual Stone Soul Picnic Photos

Teena Marie, Rick James, Ron and Ernie Isley of The Isley Brothers, and Larry Blackmon and Cameo performed at the 7th Annual Stone Soul Picnic on Monday (May 31) in Hayward, California. The event was the first concert held at Pioneer Amphitheater, located on the California State University at Hayward campus. Check out pictures from GettyImages.

BET Awards Nominations Press Conference

The Isley Brothers and Usher were on hand for the Fourth Annual BET Awards nominations press conference on Wednesday (May 12) at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood, California. The Fourth Annual BET Awards will be telecast live from the Kodak Theatre on June 29, 2004 in Hollywood. Check out pictures from FilmMagic, GettyImages, WireImage, and RexFeatures.

Beyonce Knowles Leads Soul Train Nominees

Reuters reports Destiny’s Child star Beyonce Knowles picked up four nominations for the 18th annual Soul Train Music Awards, which honor recording artists in the R&B, hip-hop and gospel fields, organizers said at a news conference on Thursday. The 22-year-old singer led the field of nominees, which includes Luther Vandross with three nominations, and six acts with two nods each: Erykah Badu, B2K, Anthony Hamilton, the Isley Brothers featuring Ron Isley, R. Kelly and OutKast. The ceremony, to be hosted by singer-producers Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Alicia Keys, will take place on March 20 at the International Cultural Center Auditorium in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in syndication.