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It looks like the reign of Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” will cross over into television as well. The singer’s sixth studio album was accompanied by a visual element, much like its predecessor; but instead of premiering it on iTunes, the visual first saw the light of day as a HBO special mini-movie. The nominations for the 68 Annual Emmy Awards have been announced, and “Lemonade” has been nominated in four categories. Outstanding Variety Special; Outstanding Production Design for a Variety, Nonfiction, Event, or Award Special; Outstanding Picture Editing for Variety Programming; and Outstanding Directing for Variety Special, for which Beyoncé was nominated along with co-director Kahlil Joseph. While the nominations aren’t the first for Beyoncé and more than likely won’t be her last, (her “On The Run Tour” special was nominated for an Emmy in 2015), “Lemonade” stands a better chance than her concert special  for no other reason than the music-video-movie’s lush imagery and storytelling. It does face stiff competition, however. The History Chanel reboot of “Roots” and “The Wiz Live” have also been  nominated in the same categories, but this still serves as yet another in a long list of accolades that “Lemonade” as garnered throughout 20216 so far. The 68th Annual Emmy Awards will air on September 18 on ABC. With new releases from such artists as Maxwell, Fantasia and others hitting the charts, 2016 is turning out to be the year of an R&B renosance of sorts. It’s great to see quality music being released for public consumption again. We can only hope things continue to get better from this point. Meanwhile, with rapper Gucci Mane’s first post-prison album set for release on July 22, the Atlanta native continues to flood times lines with new singles. On his latest offering “No Sleep”, the MC flips the bird to authorities. He also made headlines when it was reported that he was playing a “All Lives Matter” concert at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi on Sept. 24 in the Sun Herald. While representatives for the rapper haven’t commented publicly, the rapper’s girlfriend Keyshia Kaior responded to a Twitter user commenting on the show by saying that it’s not true. Tickets are available for a Gucci Man and friends show on the same date via Ticketmaster.com. Rapper Ty Dolla $ign recently took to Twitter to express his thoughts on the recent police killings of African Americans. He’s even taken things a step further by paying tribute to Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown and more recently Philandro Castile and Alton Sterling in a song titled “No Justice”, featuring his incarcerated brother Big T.C. Earlier this year, he penned an essay for Billboard magazine in honor of Black History Month, discussing the power of social media in bringing about social change.