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Only days after unveiling the album cover and announcing a release date, singer Mary J. Blige took to social media to reveal the track listing and features on her highly anticipated new album “Strength Of A Woman.” Proceeded by the singles “Thick Of It” and “U + Me (Love Lesson)”, the 14 track project includes special guest appearances by Kanye West, Quavo  (Migos), DJ Khaled, Missy Elliott, Prince Charlez and Kaytranda. Much of the album was inspired by Blige’s divorce from her husband of 12 years, Kendu Isaacs. The project includes such poignant tracks as “Set Me Free”, “Indestructible”, “Survivor” and “Telling The Truth.” “Strength Of A Woman” will be released on April 28. Singer/songwriter/dancer/actor Usher is still mourning the loss of his stepson, who passed away in 2011. The R&B veteran took to social media yesterday to pay tribute to Kyle with a heartfelt letter on what would have been Kyle’s 16th birthday. Kyle was the son of Usher’s ex-wife Tamika Foster. Foster also took to social media to pay tribute to Kyle. Kyle was left brain dead due to injuries sustained  when an inner tube he was riding was hit by a jet ski. He was 11 when he died in 2011. Usher’s family friend, Jeffrey Hubbard, was found guilty of homicide by vessel in 2014, as well as injury by vessel and unlawful operation of a personal watercraft. He was sentenced to four years in prison, followed by 15 years probation. During the forthcoming episode of the Fox Television hit “Empire” titled “Strange Bedfellows”, which will air Wednesday,  Jussie Smollett, who portrays R&B singer Jamal Lyon, will perform his new single “I Got You” with Serayah, who portrays Tiana Brown on the series. The performance will take place during Hakeem’s (Bryshere Y. Gray a.ka. Yzz The Greatest) 21st birthday celebration. He will also perform on the number as well. The upbeat track provides a reassuring message for cuffing season. The episode will follow three different story lines, each filled with drama and unexpected plot  twists. While Angelo uncovers information regarding Cookie’s past, Anika and Tariq make a life changing decision as Hakeem’s birthday bash takes a surprising turn. Red Stripe Beer and music/entertainment technology firm SUM Entertainment are the principles behind Ignite Urban. The new digital A&R platform has entered the talent competition ranks, giving Pop, R&B, and Reggae artists an opportunity to win a recording contract as well as work with three top producers. Signing on as Ignite Urban’s artist ambassador is rapper/songwriter Nelly. Nelly said in a statement that Ignite Urban is a wonderful platform for aspiring artists to enter the music industry and he’s happy to help mentor future artists. Other artists, songwriters and executives who will provide insight are Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of Run-DMC, songwriter/producer Daryl Simmons, Dwayne Wiggins of Tony, Tone, Toni, Johnny Gill, Midnight Star and Beenie Man. Contestants will get an opportunity to perform at Red Stripe sponsored concerts and local “I Do Music” events produced by Ignite Urban and Atlanta’s Patchwerk Recording Studios. Giving young aspiring artists an opportunity is a wonderful gesture. Good luck to all!

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