Jay Z Becomes First Rapper Nominated For The Songwriters Hall Of Fame

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Jay Z has been nominated for entry to the Songwriters Hall of Fame, making him the first rapper to be up for the award.

Songwriters become eligible for induction into the prestigious organization after having a songwriting career that spans at least 20 years, and 2016 marked the twentieth anniversary of the release of Jay Z’s debut album – Reasonable Doubt – released in 1996.

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Watch: ‘Empire’ Cast Endorses Hillary Clinton In New Ad

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The Empire cast is backing Hillary Clinton in a new campaign ad. The Lee Daniels-directed clip finds Taraji P. Henson, Bryshere GrayTrai Byers, Jussie Smollett, Tasha Smith, Gabourey Sidibe, Grace Byers and Lee Daniels urging individuals to get out and cast their votes.

“What will I tell my son? What will you tell your daughter? What will we tell the future generation? Taraji asks as the video opens. While Bryshere notes: “There’s only one person in this race who said Black Lives Matter.”

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Mary J. Blige Sings To Hillary Clinton About Police Brutality [Video]

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Hillary Clinton sits down with Mary J. Blige for an intimate conversation on Mary J’s Beats 1 show, The 411. In a preview of the episode, via Apple Music, the Grammy-winning singer is seen addressing police brutality while singing Bruce Springsteen’s “American Skin (41 Shots).”

“If an officer stops you, always be polite. And never, ever run away. Promise mama you’ll keep your hands in sight. Is it a gun? Is it a knife? Is it a wallet? This is your life,” she sings as the Democratic presidential candidate looks on. “I just wanna know, where do we go from here,” she adds after finishing the song.

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