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Usher made a political statement during his performance at the 2016 BET Awards. While performing his new single “No Limit”, the singer sported  a t-shirt that read “Don’t Trump America”, a silent protest against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. As it turns out, he has a line of t-shirts available for a limited time for $15 at Teespring.com. All proceeds will go to Pencils of Promise, a nonprofit and Usher’s charity, New Look. Per the site, “All proceeds will go to help increase access to quality education in underprivileged minority communities across the U.S. and Latin America.” The line also includes hoodies and women’s blouses for $25 and $18 respectively. Those interested can go to Teespring to check them out. Fifteen-year-old edgy fashionista Willow Smith is now the new brand ambassador for Chanel, and the first thing on the to do list? Sport some Chanel eyewear for the firm’s Fall/Winter line. In black and white photographs taken by photographer Karl Langerfeld, Smith models the eyewear like a true professional. In a video for the fall campaign, Smith grooves to independent artist NAO’s single “Apple Cherry” while wearing a few necklaces and a nose ring. The photos look amazing. As Black Music Month comes to a close, let’s all take a moment to honor and celebrate the artists who have touched all of our lives. We’ve danced to the music, made love to the music, protested to the music and reaffirmed our faith to the music as well. Let’s keep the music alive. It is a blessing. Those who have seen even a minute of DJ Khaled’s Snap Chat channel know the meaning of ridiculous. From getting caught at sea on a jetski, to praising McDonald’s oatmeal, Khaled is always totally honest. Which is why is makes sense that he would pay “Jimmy Kimmel Live” a visit to give some truly Khaled-esque answers to “3 Ridiculous Questions”. For example, when Kimmel asked Khaled what he refers to someone who’s name  he can’t recall, Khaled kindly explained “Bless up.” Khaled went on to add that it’s called positive vibes. A video of Khaled explaining why he’d rather seen a unicorn or duck with human feet  and why he doesn’t care where the pilgrims went appeared online as well. New Orleans LA staple the Essence Music Festival kicks off today through Sunday as more than 40 established and emerging artists commandeer the New Orleans Superdome main stage and super lounges. This year’s headliners will include Maxwell (celebrating his 20th year in music), New Edition and Babyface (July 1), Mariah Carey, Charlie Wilson and Common (July 2), and Kendrick Lamar and Puff Daddy and the Family (July 3). Presented by Coca Cola for the past 21 years, the festival got underway yesterday at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center with an initial roll out of daytime staged cultural showcases, panel discussions and workshops scheduled to continue throughout the weekend. Oprah Winfrey will  mark her first Essence Festival appearance as part of a discussion that will include “Selma” director Ava Duvernay and ballet dance Misty Copeland. Beyoncé’s mother Tina Knowles-Lawson will accept the Inspiring Leadership Award during the festival’s all star gospel tribute on July 3. It is definitely an exciting event those who attend won’t forget.