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Last Sunday night, Reverend Al Sharpton and the National Action Network along with TV One presented the 2016 Triumph Awards at the Tarbernacle Concert Hall in Atlanta. Hosted by actress and philanthropist Tichina Arnold, the Triumph Awards recognizes distinguished individuals in civil rights, the arts, entertainment, education, business and sports. The show was taped in front of a live audience and will air Sunday, October 2 at 7 PM and 9 PM on TV One. Fantasia, Joe, BJ The Chicago Kid, Eric Benet, V. Bozeman, gospel singer Jekalyn Carr, Nick Cannon, the James Brown Academy of Music Pupils and Juan and Deborah Joy Winans were among the performers who provided entertainment for the event. Actor Larenz Tate presented the Triumphant Man of the Year award to Jermaine Dupri, while the Triumphant Woman of the Year went to FedEx executive Gina F. Adams, who was introduced by legendry singer Dionne Warwick. Singer/actor Derek “Fonzworth” Bentley presented the President’s Award for Service and Humanitarian Efforts to Sean “Puffy Daddy” Combs, who did not attend the ceremony. Tim Murphy of MasterCard accepted the Partner of the Year Award and the final award of the evening, the Activism in the Arts Award , was presented to writer/producer/director Spike Lee by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Vietta Johnson, President of Spelman College, Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell and actress Teyonah Parris. Following the release of his surprise collaboration with Tamia, “Sunshine (Remix)”, singer/songwriter Eric Benet is preparing to release his forthcoming self titled album. The seventh studio effort from the multi talented crooner is scheduled to be released October 7 on his own label, Jordan House/Primary Wave. In addition to the collaboration with Tamia, the dis also includes appearances from  MC Lyte, and Arturo Sandoval. Benet has also released a second single titled “Insane”, a sexy bedroom jam sure to highlight any grown and sexy playlist. Benet will hit the road this fall to promote the album along with Anthony Hamilton and Lalah Hathaway. Many are  wondering why Beyoncé didn’t appear at the 2016 Emmy Awards. The singer along with choreographer Khalil Joseph was nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special for her HBO visual special “Lemonade.” The superstar reportedly had a seat in front of Kyle Chandler and behind Liev Schreiber. But she failed to show, disappointing many. It appears that for rapper Kanye West the theory less is more is working well. He amassed one million followers after launching a new Instagram account on Saturday with one photograph. The moody screen shot of the Johnny Cab scene taken from actor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 1990 film “Total Recall” has already generated nearly 59,000 comments and 381,000 likes. Ahead of his fourth studio effort, which will be released next week, rapper Danny Boy has released a collaboration with Kendrick Lamar, Earl Sweatshirt, Ab-Soul titled “Really Doe.” The track revolves around an eerie melody played on what sounds like a child’s xylophone, while Brown and his crew attack the beat. Brown recently told NPR that he spoke with Lamar about the possibility of working together and the idea to get Earl and K Dot together came later. His fourth effort, “Atrocity Exhibition” will be released on September 30.