The Weeknd Named 2022 Recipient of the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award

Canadian Music Week has announced that Abel “The Weeknd’ Tesfaye has received the 2022 CMW Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award in recognition of his longstanding commitment to charitable initiatives.

The CMW Allan Slaight Humanitarian Award is presented to a Canadian artist, duo or group, in recognition of their social activism and benevolent support of humanitarian interests and causes. As recipient of this Award, The Slaight Family Foundation will make a donation of $50,000 towards a charity of Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye choosing.


Miguel’s S1C Brand Announces Creator Grants Program (@s1c_la)

Miguel‘s S1C (Schedule One Concepts) brand is now accepting applications from artists of color for its Creator Grants Program. Winners will be awarded $10,000, and will be given the opportunity to collaborate directly with the S1C team on future projects.

Additionally, the first 100 artists of any ethnicity will be able to join the S1C community. Membership benefits include: preferred pricing and priority access to S1C drops, guaranteed entry to branded events, preferred access to S1C World Digital art, exclusive community resources, and direct access to countless creators including the man at the top: Miguel. Get additional information and apply at s1cworld-dot-com.

Stic From Dead Prez Celebrates New Book “The 5 Principles”

Next Tuesday (October 18), rapper, author and fitness fanatic Stic – one half of the hip-hop duo Dead Prez – will be celebrating his new book, The 5 Principles: a revolutionary path to health, inner wealth and knowledge of self.

He will be at Gifted BK, located at 153 Grand Street in Brooklyn, New York for a book signing from 6 to 9 pm. This is the first stop on his upcoming book tour.

Chambers Hydro Farm Using Music To Promote Agriculture & Healthy Eating

Former Jamaican Olympian Ricardo Chambers – who is the CEO and owner of Chamber’s Hydro Farm in Spur Tree, Manchester – has been using music and social media to highlight the importance of healthy eating and the advantages of farming.

Throughout the summer he and his team have been sharing short video clips of artists – and in some cases actors – performing songs and skits that promote agriculture and its benefits. All the performances are usually done on the farm and then shared online where they’re reviewed by his followers in real time.

Pleased with the public’s response, Ricardo has decided to take it a step further. He is now partnering with Blakkwuman22 Music to release a song written and produced specifically to bring awareness to the aforementioned. The song, which went live on all streaming platforms on September 27th, is titled Ground Provision and it’s penned and performed by dancehall artist Karamanti

On the record, Karamanti – who is a staunch pescatarian – breaks down her eating habits, and recommends that the listener use food as medication and not just something consumed impulsively.


The Movie New Jack City Is Now A Stage Play!

Hip-hop artists Treach (from the trio Naughty By Nature) and Big Daddy Kane will join actors Flex Alexander and House Of Payne star Allen Payne on the stage-play New Jack City. Payne starred in the actual film – released in 1991 – alongside Wesley Snipes, Ice-T and Chris Rock.

Producer Je’Caryous Johnson, the mastermind behind New Jack City, will take the play to Philadelphia, Washington, Charlotte, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Detroit, Atlanta and Houston. The tour will start in November and will run through to January, 2023.

Jennifer Hudson Adds TV Host To Her Already Impressive Résumé (@IAMJHUD)

On Monday, September 12th The Jennifer Hudson Show will debut on Fox TV, as well as on channels owned by Hearst Television, Sinclair Broadcast Group, TEGNA, Nexstar Media Group, and other networks.

The actress and singer promises to take the program beyond celebrity guests and musical performances; choosing instead to shine a light on everyday heroes. Although The Jennifer Hudson Show is not a replacement for Ellen (DeGeneres), it is worth noting that it will be filmed on Ellen’s old set by many of the same staffers.

Sunni Patterson’s Book Launch Is This Weekend

Beloved poet and lyricist Sunni Patterson will be doing a reading and signing in support of her new book, We Know This Place, on Saturday, August 13.

Although the event is being presented by the local Community Book Center, in the interest of space, it will actually be held at the André Cailloux Center For The Performing Arts & Cultural Justice at 2541 Bayou Road (New Orleans, Louisiana) from 3pm.

Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event. However, if you are unable to attend, you can also purchase it on Amazon.