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Librarian of Congress David Mao has announced that legendary singer/songwriter/producer Smokey Robinson will receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. As lead singer of The Miracles and writer/producer for such Motown acts as Mary Wells and The Temptations in addition to being a  visionary, Robinson helped lead a musical revolution which became known as the Motown sound. Other artists who have received the Gershwin Prize include Stevie Wonder, Carole King, Billy Joel, Willie Nelson and Paul McCartney. Robinson will receive the award in Washington D.C. in November. Singer Miguel is the latest artist to speak out publicly about the disproportionately unjust incidents of police violence against black and brown communities. Last Friday, he released a single titled “How Many”, a song which was recorded in his hotel room that is still a work in progress. “This version was started here in London in my hotel room between the hours of 4 am and around 7 am when I passed out. I’ll update this song every week until it’s complete. Please feel free to share. #blacklivesmatter”, he captioned with the song. That same day, at the Wireless Festival in London, the singer broke down in tears when he addressed the most recent police violence to go viral, those that happened in Louisiana and Minnesota involving victims Alton Sterling and Philandro Castile respectively. During a passionate, heartfelt speech, Miguel wiped away tears as he addressed the audience. He said, “We can’t let S*** just blow over and not take action anymore. Look, our children will inherit this Earth when we’re gone. What are we leaving for them? What are we doing for them now, not tomorrow. Now!” He continued, “We cannot rest anymore. We have to do something. We have to say something. I’m sorry if I’m preaching to you. But it’s true.” Business publication Forbes magazine reports that Jay Z and Beyoncé are the past year’s highest paid celebrity couple; they made $107. 5 million in collective earnings last year. Beyoncé is the bread winner of the family, making $54 million by herself, putting her at the No. 34 spot; not far behind, Jay made $53.5  million, putting him at the No 36 spot. Between the couple’s collective businesses, Parkwood Entertainment, Roc Nation and Jay’s alcohol brands, this should come as no surprise. After collaborating on 2014’s “Get Down”, Migos has reunited with fellow Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane for the single “Now”. The rapper stack their racks on the Sonny Digital produced track, where the trio, comprised of Quavo, Takeoff and Offset repeatedly spits “Run the pack out right now/We an brings the racks right now. Meanwhile, Guwop has kept himself busy since his release from prison in May. The rapper released the visual for “First Day Out Tha Feds” and Tupac featured track “On Me” last week. He also starred in a Supreme add, which features him shopping online. and recording in his home studio. Migos recently released their five song EP “3 Way” while Gucci Mane ‘s forthcoming post-prison album “Everybody Looking” will be released on July 22.