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Not only is Alicia Keys the singer/songwriter back in the spotlight, but Alicia Keys the humanitarian is as well. For World Humanitarian Day, which will be Aug. 19, Keys sheds light on the refugee crisis with her new short film “Let Me In”. With the 11-and-a-half minute clip, directed by Jonathan Olinger, Keys intends to show Americans what it’s like to be pushed out of your country by force. The striking visual shows Keys as a single mother of two in Los Angeles who has to leave the city of Mexico along with many others after the city is bombed. The clip shows their harsh journey. It’s an in depth look for those privileged to see what refugees must endure. Keys said in a statement that she learned that there are more refugees in the world now than at any other point in history, and  more than half are children. The clip is set to Keys’  latest single “Hallelujah”. The Jay Z-curated, Budweiser sponsored 2016 Made In America Festival is gearing up to be quite an exciting event following the announcement that Rhianna will be the headlining act. On Labor Day weekend, Sep. 3 & 4, Rhianna will take the stage as one of the main acts, along with Coldplay. Bryson Tiller, Torey Lanez, SZA, DJ Mustard, Gary Clark Jr. and Justine Skye are among the R&B act scheduled to perform over the course of the holiday weekend. Chance the Rapper, DJ Khaled, A$AP Ferg, Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz are a few of the hip hop acts that will grace the stage during the festival in Philadelphia. Pre-sale tickets will be available to Tidal subscribers tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. General tickets will be available on June 27 at madeinamericafest.com. Tidal will stream the event for members and nonmembers. It’s true. Singer Mary J. Blige and rapper Kanye West have collaborated on a song for her forthcoming album. The songstress, who is in New Orleans filming a role in the independent drama “Mudbound” opposite Carey Mulligan and Garrett Hedlund  for director Dee Rees, confirmed during an interview with the Hollywood Reporter that the two did a song together, but wouldn’t mention the name. Blige would only say that she got an opportunity to work with West and can’t wait for fans to hear the finished product. The news about the collaboration slipped out after Blige’s A&R rep, Eddie Fourcell, stated that her upcoming album would feature a Kanye West song. No formal announcement regarding the release date of Blige’s album has been made. It will her first since 2014’s “London Sessions”. Other artists slated to appear on the disc are Hit-Boy, DJ Camper, B.A.M. and Jazmine Sullivan, who told Billboard magazine in May that she and Blige recorded a song together. The album is definitely worth the wait. Chance the Rapper will be hitting the road in support of his latest effort “Coloring Book”. The 21-show trek, which was booked by C. Lewis Group, will begin on Sep. 15 in San Diego CA and wrap on Oct. 21 in San Francisco with special guest scheduled to appear. The tour will also include a pit stop at the Meadows Festival in New York’s Flushing Meadows Park, where Chance will be performing as part of a stacked lineup that includes Kanye West, The Weeknd and Kygo. Rapper Snoop Dogg is keeping himself busy with the reboot of Doggystyle Records. Today, signee New Jersey rapper HeebzStreet employs use of the alphabet with his debut single “Letters”, produced by Jonathan Hay. The rapper told Billboard magazine that he wrote “Letters” after Hay played the beat for him. He added that he told the producer that it was a hit. He went on to say that he also feels the song is what he’s come to represent since signing with Snoop Dogg. Producer Hay has praise for his collaborator as well saying that HeebzStreet wrote and executed a great vocal performance for the song. It also features Ana on vocals along with HeebzStreet and Matt Berman of Monroe on saxophone.