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Old soul; truth be told I'm like '89. Stevie Wonder's youngest stan. I write too: AOL's TheBOOMBOX, Ebony, Vibe, Uptown and founder of @Hearts_Converse. Check more of my work at NatelegeWhaley.com.
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‘Love & Hip Hop: New York’ Season 4, Episode 9 Recap: Erica Mena Loses Control of Love Triangle

On this week’s episode of ‘Love & Hip Hop: New York,’ Amina is still contemplating whether she should take Peter Gunz back. “If this is how he treats me in a marriage, how he going to handle my business?” she questions. Her friend Nicole wants her to get a grip. “I know you stronger than this. Why you being so weak?” she asks.

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10 Saddest Songs

Every story doesn't have a happy ending, but hip-hop and R&B stars have never been afraid to rap or sing about the blues. We highlight 10 Saddest Songs from rappers and singers who aren't afraid to express their emotions.

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Bow Down: How ‘Beyonce’ Broke Music Industry Rules

Friday the 13th is an unlucky day, but not if your name is Beyonce. The global superstar earned a fortune since the surprise release of her eponymous fifth album exclusively on iTunes last week -- with a $15.99 price tag. She skipped the traditional marketing route altogether, which became a career-defining moment that has blown the minds of fans and industry insiders alike.

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Best and Worst R&B Moments of 2013

With the new year right around the corner, we're reminiscing on the good, the bad and the ugly from the past 12 months. Take a look at the Best and Worst R&B Moments of 2013.

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A$AP Rocky Visits Harlem Youth At Risk, Aims to Help ‘Regardless of Race and Color’ [EXCLUSIVE]

Despite the snowfall outside, A$AP Rocky made his way to his old-stomping grounds in Harlem, N.Y., to give words of encouragement to a few dozen teenagers at the National Black Theatre on Saturday (Dec. 14). The ladies, many of them young mothers, are mentees in Youth At Risk, a non-profit organization that reaches young people in need of empowerment across New York City.

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‘Love & Hip Hop: New York’ Season 4, Episode 7 Recap: Peter Gunz Continues His Sneaky Ways, Severs Ties With Rich Dollaz

After throwing Erica J.'s pocketbook across a parking lot two weeks ago during a temper tantrum, Saigon apologizes to the mother of his son in this new episode of 'Love & Hip Hop: New York.' What was supposed to be a concerned conversation about little Steven's development didn't end well obviously. So it's nice to see these former love birds kiss and make up.

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10 Best R&B Albums of 2013

R&B didn't disappoint this year. Justin Timberlake returned from a seven-year hiatus to deliver a satisfying mix of soulful tunes and dance floor-ready songs, Ciara put out her best record to date and Janelle Monae electrified listeners with her daz

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