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Those who weren’t ready for new music from John Legend got a not so pleasant surprise when the singer/songwriter/producer introduced the single “Love Me Now” on Facebook live today. He released a snippet on Instagram yesterday, and it’s a far cry from his smash 2013 single “All Of Me.” The single cover features a photograph of Legend and wife Chrissy Teigen. On the new track, Legend delivers an uptempo groove,  which is sure to have mass appeal. A recent hospitalization has prompted singer Toni Braxton to postpone  the first two stops on her “Hits Tour.” The tour was initially scheduled to start on Oct. 8 in Oakland and Oct. 9 in Los Angeles, will now start on Oct. 12 in Detroit. The cancelled dates have been rescheduled for January 28 and 29. Tickets originally purchased for the Oct. 8 and 9 dates will be honored on the rescheduled dates. As reported, Braxton was hospitalized for several days due to complications from lupus. She’s doing well and continues to rest at home. Lupus is a serious disease which Braxton has lived with since 2010 and must be monitored at all times. Singer Kehlani is in good spirits after an interview with “The Cruz Show” on  radio station Power 106 in Los Angeles yesterday. During the interview, she gave fans some details regarding her forthcoming debut album. She revealed that she’s currently working on perfecting the track list and putting the album’s artwork together. She even took things a step further and stated how she translates heartbreak into songs. She stated that she’s a processor. She has to process and teach herself to listen. Sounds like the right approach. Spike TV president Kevin Kay, film studio executive Harvey Weinstein and Shawn “Jay Z” Carter held a press conference in New York to promote the forthcoming series “Time: The Kalief Browder Story.” The six part television event tells the story of Kalief Browder who was arrested at age 16 for stealing a backpack, and awaited trial for three years at Rikers Island. He was never convicted and the case was dismissed, but the damage to his mental well being has been done. Browder spent two of those years in solitary confinement, and several months after his release from jail, he took his own life. Jay Z revealed that he viewed Browder as a prophet and that Browder brought the gentleman together. Weinstein, who has helmed such films as “Farenheit 911” and “Citizenfour”, added that he was unaware of who Browder was until Jay Z showed footage and discussed doing the project. Browder’s mother, Venida Browder, was also present at the event. “Time: The Kalief Browder Story” will air on Spike TV in January 2017. Long before being invited to the White House to perform for President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama, rapper Chance The Rapper was just another young hopeful striving to make it in the rap game. Although it may appear that his success occurred overnight, he has traveled a path worn by many, but with a creativity and independent spirit  possessed by few. Those attributes have enabled him to scale the upper ranks of hip hop in a matter of years. For Chance, it all began in West Chatham, the Southside of Chicago, an area that has produced such rappers as Kanye West and Common. From kindergarden onward, he was a dancer, impersonating Michael Jackson at his graduation that year in full attire. He realized his true calling was hip hop in the fourth grade while visiting his grandmother, writing a book of poems that he likened to actual raps for a project for Young Chicago Authors. He later went on to record his first mixtape, “10 Day”, while serving a suspension for marijuana possession. It went on to earn accolades from blogs and underground publications in 2012. His breakthrough came in 2013 with the release of “Acid Rap”, despite debuting at No. 63 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart, it unofficially went platinum thanks to streaming site DatPiff, where it earned 1.3 million downloads. Since then, he has established himself as a force that operates outside of the mainstream system, doing a great deal on his own. Of course, he has the assistance of Pat the Manager. All in all, he’s positive proof of the independent hustle. Work hard, play hard. Ride the wave.