musical-notesSinger Rihanna will be recognized for her philanthropic work by one of the most prestigious universities in America. The songstress will receive the 2017 Harvard University Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian of the Year award during a ceremony to take place on February 28. The R&B/Pop star has created a state-of-the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown Barbados. She also created the Clara and Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program, which was named after her grandparents, for students attending college in the U.S. from Caribbean countries and supports the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project, a multiyear campaign that will provide children access to education in over 60 developing countries, giving priority to  girls and others who have been affected by the lack of education in the world today. Each year, the Harvard Foundation recognizes public leaders in honor of Rev. Professor Peter J. Gomes. Following the news that Karrueche Tran has been granted  a restraining order against ex-boyfriend Chris Brown claiming he threatened to kill her, the internet is split, with some calling her a liar, and others supporting her. Now, another layer has been added to her defense: singer Kay Cola, who was a neighbor of Brown’s while he and Tran dated. In several tweets, Cola elaborated by saying she heard Brown beating Tran. She added that now that Tran and Brown have split, she can speak regarding the matter. Interesting. The inductees for the 2017 Songwriters Hall of Fame have been announced, and this year’s honorees are industry heavyweights. The announcement was made by songwriter/guitarist Nile Rodgers. Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Berry Gordy, Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Robert Lamm, James  Pankow,  Peter Cetera of Chicago and Max Martin will be inducted into the prestigious class this year. Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds is responsible for writing and producing hits for himself and others, including Toni Braxton, Brandy and Boys To Men, among others. Berry Gordy launched and ran Motown Records in addition to writing hits for Smokey Robinson, Jackie Wilson and the Jackson 5. Minneapolis songwriting/production duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis are responsible for hits by Prince, Janet Jackson, New Edition and others. Max Martin has written hits for Brittany Spears, The Backstreet Boys and Katy Perry, among others. Congratulations to all the inductees! Rapper Future participated in a Twitter Q&A on Tuesday during which he was asked if he intends to release the forthcoming “HNDRXX”, his second in two weeks, because of his pending lawsuit against producer Rocko. He assured fans that he will.  Future was sued by producer  Rocko for Breach of Contract  for $10 million. Rocko responded via a private Instagram post. Future signed with Rocko’s label A-1 in 2011. According to Rocko, Future breached his contract when he signed a deal with Epic Records. In addition, Future failed to compensate him after receiving his advances from the label resulting in the lawsuit against him for $10 million. Rapper Young Scooter is busy preparing for a momentous 2017, building on a year that saw him release two mixtapes, the project “Street Lottery 3” and a collaboration with Ralo titled “The Dream Team.” Today, he recruited rapper Young Thug for the single “Cook Up”, which was produced by the duo Metro Boomin and Zaytoven. The track opens with an organ swell and a hit of Zaytoven’s signature piano. The two deliver bars as only they can. “Cook Up” is the second single from Scooter’s forthcoming mixtape “Jugg Season”, due out this spring.