In this Nov. 11, 2007, file photo, recording artist Jay-Z performs at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. (AP Photo/Gary He, File) by Anne D’InnocenzioAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — When big-name celebrities pair up with big businesses, customers often believe the adage: You are the company you keep. Rap artist Jay-Z is learning that firsthand. He has complained this week that he’s been unfairly “demonized” because he hasn’t backed out of his collaboration with Barneys New York after the luxury retailer was accused of racially profiling two Black customers.
In this May 14, 2012 file photo, entertainer Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter arrives at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) by Karen Matthews and Nekesa Mumbi MoodyAssociated Press Writers NEW YORK (AP) — Jay-Z — under increasing pressure to back out of a collaboration with the luxury store Barneys New York after it was accused of racially profiling two black customers — said Saturday he’s being unfairly “demonized” for just waiting to hear all of the facts.
Kendrick Lamar performs on day 2 of Lollapalooza 2013 at Grant Park in Chicago. (Photo by Steve Mitchell/Invision/AP, File) NEW YORK (AP) — Kendrick Lamar is the top nominee for the Soul Train Awards.
In case you have not yet realized, there is no stopping Mr. Shawn Carter in his attempt to dominate every aspect of the entertainment industry.…
Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus perform “Blurred Lines” at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) by Jonathan Anker (CNN) — Google has some great news for Miley Cyrus. If her provocative performance at Sunday night’s VMAs is any indicator, the pop star seems to want nothing more in the entire world than to disassociate herself from her Disney past. Well, the search engine reveals that she may have gotten her wish.
Jay-Z is one of the most respected hip-hop artists in the world. His lyrical brilliance is second-to-none, and he does things on the mic…
Beyonce’and Jay-Z join Travon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton and Rev. Al Sharpton at the “Justice for Travon” vigil in New York, Saturday, July 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Noerdlinger Media. Rachel Noerdlinger) NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators, including music superstars Jay-Z and Beyonce, joined Trayvon Martin’s mother Saturday in New York City at one of about 100 rallies around the country calling for justice for the slain Black teenager. Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, and the Rev. Al Sharpton led the noontime “Justice for Trayvon” rally on a blazing hot plaza in downtown Manhattan, where some people swooned as the temperature topped 90 degrees.
In this Dec. 8, 2003 photo, Mathew Knowles, father and former manager of singer Beyonce Knowles, poses at his Music World Entertainment headquarters in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, file) by Nekesa Mumbi Moody AP Music Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Beyonce has a stepmother.
Jay-Z at “The Great Gatsby” world premiere at Avery Fisher Hall in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, file ) by Mesfin FekaduAP Music WriterNEW YORK (AP) — He really is more than a businessman. Jay-Z’s partnership with Samsung for his new album, “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” is another sign of how musicians are finding new ways to push, sell and promote their music, and how the multiplatinum performer — who famously rapped “I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man” — continues to leverage his enduring popularity into a successful brand.