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Much of what is considered “American music” stems from the “African/African American/Black experience”; music genres (and subgenres) that include R&B, Blues, Rock’n’Roll, Jazz, Funk, Soul, Reggae, Salsa, Ragtime, and some historians would even argue country music , as well. President Barack Obama has gone on record as saying he’s a fan of Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar and Jay Z. Not to mention performing a rendition of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together”. Well, the Commander and Chief has  now officially announced that June 2016 is “African American Music Appreciation Month”, an extension of President Jimmy Carter’s 1979 initiative “Black Music Month.” The president wants educators to observe the month by erecting programs and activities that raise awareness of music composed, performed and arranged by African Americans. Let’s all take time to celebrate the  music that has been a vital part of all of our lives. Let’s honor the artist who created the music that compelled us all to stand up and sing, dance, reaffirm our faith through song, stand up against injustice and reminded us of America’s promise of freedom and opportunity for all. The duo that took the early 2000’s by storm has reunited. Ja Rule and Ashanti have announced that they will be hitting the road this August and September on a  co-headlining tour. Ja and Ashanti will visit eleven cities across the U.S. following a string of sold out shows this Spring. Fans will recall that the two collaborated on the hits “Mesmerize” “Down 4 You”, “Happy”, “Put It On Me” and the Grammy nominated #1 single “Always On Time.” Tickets are now on sale. American Express card holders can gain early access to tickets, a deal which began on June 1. There’s a limited quantity of VIP Meet & Greet tickets available for each show. Singer Janet Jackson  looks stunning on the cover of Emirates Woman magazine. The 50-year-old songstress, who’s pregnant with her first child, flashes a winning smile as she models the Unbreakable Diamonds Collection. She sports a Givenchy t-shirt and leather jacket while striking several fun poses. During his recent interview with Beats 1’s Zane Lowe, DJ Khaled premiered his new single “F**k Me For Free”, a collaboration with Drake. Khaled told Lowe that the single will be every female’s favorite record and every hustler’s favorite record. “F**k Me For Free”, which was produced by nineteen 85 and Jordan Ullman, will appear on Khaled ‘s forthcoming album “Major Key”, which will also include the Jay Z and Future featured single “I Got The Keys”. Rapper Snoop Dogg is preparing a new album. The West Coast hip hop icon recently visited “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and discussed his 14th studio effort “Cool Aid”, the follow up to his 2015 release “Bush”. He also performed the singles “Legend” and “Fireworks.” He also discussed being present during NBA legend Kobe Bryant’s last game before announcing his retirement. It’s been four years since rapper Q Tip hinted at a follow up to G.O.O.D. Music’s 2012 compilation “Cruel Summer.” Hopes for a sequel,  aptly titled “Cruel Winter”, were raised when rapper Big Sean revealed a Kanye West verse on his Snap Chat, a studio session that West collaborator Farnsworth Bentley also captured on Instagram with the hastag #CruelWinter”. Today, West headed to Los Angeles radio station Real 92.3 to premiere the single from the highly anticipated album. Fans should consider this confirmation that G.O.O.D Music will be heating up the winter.