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Rap Songs About Women: 25 Classics for Valentine’s Day

Hip-hop and Valentine's Day go together like the cast members of Love & Hip-Hop. Which is to say, well, not that swimmingly. But whatever. Some of the genre's most enduring contributions, in any era, have been songs about the ladies. From A Trib

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Beyonce, Whitney Houston, Tupac Shakur and More in Our Black History Month Playlist

In honor of Black History Month, AOL has curated a playlist of videos celebrating ten 'Iconic Black Musicians.'

Whitney Houston, Beyonce and Tupac Shakur are among the variety of creatives being highlighted for their contributions to no

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Aretha Franklin, Michelle Obama: Queen of Soul Performs for First Lady

WASHINGTON (AP) - Aretha Franklin says "it was fabulous" to have first lady Michelle Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder attend her show in Washington, D.C.

The Queen of Soul sang for Mrs. Obama and Holder -- as well as for about 3,000 fans at DAR Constitution Hall on Saturday night. Afterward, Franklin said it was great to see her VIP guests

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Getty Images for Rock & Roll Hall
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Lauryn Hill Birthday: 12 Facts About the Singer on Her 37th Birthday

Lauryn Hill, one of hip-hop's greatest vocalists, turns 37 today (May 25).

Hill's musical career began in the early '90's, when she was recruited to join the Fugees by Prakazrel "Pras" Michel and his cousin, Wyclef Jean. As an MC, Hill's talents were f

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Aretha Franklin, Clive Davis: Singer Reunites With Musical Mentor for New Album

NEW YORK (AP) - Aretha Franklin has a lot more than her 70th birthday to celebrate: She's reuniting with one of her musical mentors, Clive Davis, for a new album.

In an interview at her swanky birthday party on Saturday, Franklin s

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Whitney Houston Funeral: Aretha Franklin to Sing, Jesse Jackson Will Show

Whitney Houston's godmother, Aretha Franklin, will perform Saturday (Feb. 18) at the singer's New Jersey funeral, ET Online reports. According to a source, music biz luminary Clive Davis personally asked the soul legend to sing

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Don Cornelius Dead: ‘Soul Train’ Creator, Host Dies of Apparent Suicide

Don Cornelius, who helped popularize black music and culture through 'Soul Train,' a show he created and hosted for more than two decades, was found dead earlier today (Feb. 1) in Sherman Oaks, Calif., the Los Angeles Times reports. He was 75. According to sources, t

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Aretha Franklin Calls Off Wedding, Moving ‘Too Fast’

Aretha Franklin has called off her wedding to Willie Wilkerson, just three weeks after announcing her engagement, Spinner reports.

According to the Associated Press, the Queen of Soul broke the bad news via a representative, who said the singer felt things had moved too quickly. Aretha apparently also believed that

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Aretha Franklin Engaged: Singer Marrying Friend

Time to raise a glass to Aretha Franklin: The soul legend revealed that she's now engaged to longtime boyfriend William "Willie" Wilkerson.

The 69-year-old Franklin made the wedding announcement via a statement to the Associated Press. In it,

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Aretha Franklin Sings Her Way Out of a Parking Ticket

Legendary 'Respect' singer Aretha Franklin reportedly sang her way out of a parking ticket.

ABC News reports that the Queen of Soul, who sang at President Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009, was dining with a group of friends at Neely's Barbecue Parlor on Manhattan's Upper East Side on Monday night (Aug.8), when she spotted a parking enforcement officer ticketing her car.

Luckily, the meter maid recognized Aretha when she approached, and after a quick serenade, handed the

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