Tony and Grammy award winner Jennifer Holiday caught a great deal of flack when she accepted an invitation to perform at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration festivities. So much so, she’s backed out of the event, siting a “lapse of judgment.” On Friday, Jan. 13, Trump’s inauguration team announced that Holiday would perform along with Toby Keith, 3 Doors Down, Lee Greenwood and others at a Jan. 19 event titled “Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration.” This caused a huge backlash, prompting Holiday to resign her participation in the festivities and apologize to the LGBT community, who have been huge supporters throughout her career. The singer/actress wrote an open letter to The Wrap, indicating that she was “uneducated on the issues that affect every American at this crucial time in history and for causing such dismay and heartbreak to my fans.” If Anita Baker fans have been expecting new music from the songstress, they’ll be disappointed. The singer confirmed via Twitter that she has officially retired from the music industry. While fans hadn’t heard from Baker since her 2012 cover of Tyrese’s “Lately” and the follow up single “Sweetest Dreams”, which some assumed would appear on the album “Only Forever”, and was never released, it’s still unfortunate news. At any rate, it’s great to see Baker in good health, good spirits and enjoying life. Singer Derek King has begun 2017 with a club banger for the ladies. The Bay Area singer/songwriter’s new single “Don’t Do That”, is taken from his forthcoming EP “1995”, and ready for playlists. While staying true to the 90’s vibe that the project is sure to bring, the track contains a West Coast instrumental and a catchy chorus. King turned a song about struggling to remain faithful into a bop everyone will want to dance to. Just seven days until the airing of the New Edition biopic “The New Edition Story”, and it’s sure to be a ratings winner. The members of the group were producers and consultants on the film, so fans can be sure they’ll reveal all. “The New Edition Story” will air on BET Jan. 24-26. After releasing his forth studio effort “4 Your Eyez Only” last month, rapper J. Cole returns with the poignant single “High For Hours.” On the new track, Cole reflects on his meeting with President Barak Obama during a visit to the White House. Last April, Cole along with Pusha T. and Chance The Rapper visited the White House to discuss how to bolster the mentoring program “My Brother’s Keeper”, which helps the younger generation stay on the right path. In addition to delving into his meeting with the President, Cole addresses other topics such as religion, Osama Bin Laden’s death and police brutality in his hometown Fayetteville NC. “High For Hours” is quite a thought provoking record.