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Usher Fights $20 Million Herpes Lawsuit
 

[ACESHOWBIZ]: R & B recording artist Usher is not just letting it burn this time. The singer didn’t exactly dispel the accusations of exposing two women and one man to the sexually transmitted disease (STD) herpes. Usher claims that one of the women’s story lack credibility because she very well may have had the STD before their relationship and not have known about it because she wasn’t tested.

Usher had this to say in official court records:
"A previous sexual partner very well may have already infected her," Usher said in his new legal documents. He further claimed that the woman could have been infected after their alleged encounter, saying that she assumed the risk of getting herpes by having "casual, unprotected sexual intercourse and/or oral sex."

He is no stranger to this sort of lawsuit. Back in 2012 the singer was not dancing to his hit single “ Yeah” instead he said Yeah I will pay you. He paid big time. $1.1 million dollars to be exact to settle a lawsuit brought on by his then-partner after she claimed he exposed her to herpes.

This lawsuit claims that two women and a man were exposed to the STD after the singer had vaginal and oral sex with them. The lawsuit is asking for payment for damages including but not limited to stress, anxiety, depression and complications of childbirth. 

Another woman is thanking her lucky stars and glad that her test came back negative, but she still feels violated because she would have never consented to having sex with him had he been up front with her, she said.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that the use of condoms is a highly effective way to prevent contracting sexually transmitted diseases like herpes, and that when in doubt couples should never engage in unprotected sexual activities.

According to the CDC the herpes virus (HSV-2) is spread primarily through sexual contact. People infected with the disease may not show signs of infection until they have an outbreak which is characterized by painful blister like sores on the genitals and anus. The disease may go through periods where it is dormant. Data that goes back to 2014 indicate that just under 300 thousand cases sent patients to their doctors office. Right now there is no cure for HSV-2, but treatment with medications can lessen the severity of the disease and help prevent spreading the disease. Information on all STD's can be found on the CDC website here.

Usher was a judge on the popular television series " The Voice" during the shows fourth and sixth season, but now he is asking a judge to show him mercy by dismissing the case.

Philadelphia Music Alliance to Honor Jill Scott and Patti Labelle
 

Philadelphia Music Alliance

The city of brotherly love will pay tribute to some recording artists from many genres of music at the 2017 Philadelphia Music Alliance (PMA) Gala. Patti LaBelle, Jill Scott, Sister Sledge, McFadden & Whitehead, and gospel legend Rosetta Tharpe will join the ranks of Phillis Hynman, Boys II Men and Maze ft. Frankie Beverly just to name a few on the Philadelphia Walk of Fame. The PMA will honor Bob Pantano with the 2017 Broadcaster Award and Anne Ewers with the Platinum Award. Each year the PMA honors recording artists and other media professionals from the Philly area who have made outstanding commitments to the music industry. The gala will take place on October 4, 2017


Faith Evans Set to Release Album Showcasing Her Late Husband

[Spin] : Singer and songwriter Faith Evans will never let her music fans and those who grew up loving rap music forget how much she loved her late husband Notorious B.I.G aka Biggie Smalls and the way he used to love her. She just released a new video that includes a track titled "Take Me There," where the track is from her album The King & I. It's another Biggie duet. The video shows throwback footage of the young couple making music and simply having fun in the recording studio. It's ironic to hear the vocals that relate to snapchat, people voting for Hillary Clinton and Former United States President Barak Obama actually becoming the President, and all of those things were far from becoming a reality. You'll have to wonder what music would have been made had he lived to see his vision actually come true. Evans album "The King & I," is set to be released on May 19, 2017. Evans beloved husband "Biggie" was shot and killed in 1997 at the all too young age of 24-years old. Warning: Lyrics may be graphic to some listeners.

Faith Evans

 



Essence Music Festival Reveals 2017 Lineup

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[Billboard] : Detroit's very own Diana Ross will join a host of female artist like Mary J. Blige to kick off the 2017 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, LA is in full swing this entire 4th of July weekend from June 30 through July 2,2017 at the Superdome. Michelle Ebanks, Essence President says "This year's festival lineup puts women at the forefront of an incredible weekend of entertainment featuring more than 40 performers." While the final performer lineup has yet to be determined Ross and Blige are scheduled to be joined by singers EryKah Badu, India Arie, Yuna, Jazmine Sullivan, Lalah Hathaway, Solange, Chaka Khan and John Legend just to name a few. Get your tickets fast at ticketmaster.com. For more information on the festival visit essence.com. The Essence Music Festival has been entertaining music fans for 23 consecutive years.



Cuba Gooding Sr. to Be Honored at a Memorial Service at The Apollo Theater

[Amsterdam News]: The family of Cuba Gooding Sr. is planning to hold a public memorial for the soul singer, who was the lead vocalist for the group " Main Ingredient." You might remember some of the popular songs Gooding Sr. and the group was best known for such as " Everybody Plays a Fool" and " I'm So Proud" just to name a few. His wife Shirley Gooding says it's only fitting that he would return to the Apollo Theater one last time because the people of Harlem loved him and during the 1950s he often performed before large crowds on Amateur Night at the Apollo where the audience was known for their tough standards. If they didn't spot talent performers were often loudly Booed off of the stage, but Gooding received a standing ovation after performing " Who Can I Turn To." Gooding Sr. died on April 20, 2017 and is the father  of Oscar winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. The family is asking the public to respect their privacy during this difficult time.
 


 
Bass Player for The Temptations Found Dead After Performance

Cape Girardeau, MO (AP): Kerry Turman, 59, has performed as a bassist for the Motown group The Temptations for decades. The Cape Girardeau County coroner says his body was found in his hotel room. His death is believed to be from natural causes. The Temptations is touring with the Beach Boys.
 



Get Ready 2Pac Fans, There is a Biopic in the Works

Tupac Shakur

[Billboard] : A biopic is on the way after a long court battle to celebrate the life of the extremely talented rapper and actor Tupac Shakur. The movie is named after his famous All Eyez on Me album which included hits like "I Ain't Mad at Cha," and "Picture me Rollin." According to Benny Boom, the flim's director no part of the Shakur lifestyle will be left out. "Fans will be surprised to see the very soft side of Shakur, he says. "Fans will see everything from the thug life to his poetic side which he often shared with the women he loved through poems that he would often write to them. On the other side, fans will see his fight for social  justice for the black community that he loved. He came by it naturally because his mother Afeni Shakur, 69 was a Black Panther during the civil rights movement. She died last year after suffering a heart attack. Shakur was fatally shot and killed after attending a Mike Tyson fight in Las Vegas in 1996. His killer is still unknown. Shakur was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in April. All Eyez on Me hits the big screen on June 16, 2017 nationwide. June 16th happens to be Shakur's birthday where he would have turned 46. Click the link below to watch the trailer from the movie.

 


 

The Queen of Soul to Retire, But Gives Motown a Final Show

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[ Detroit Free Press ]: Aretha Franklin, known as the Queen of Soul is cruising down the freeway of retirement, but she's saving her best and final performance for Detroit, the Motor City. Franklin will showcase the Detroit Music Festival which kicks off in the heart of Detroit's theater district. A gala at the Detroit Opera House will celebrate Franklins more than a fifty years of recording and performing. The concert runs June 8 - 11. Some of the festivities will be for sale. Tickets go on sale next month. The singer says while she won't be performing anymore she will still be available for a limited more scaled back schedule for special shows and charity events.


Taylor Swift Releases New Album “Reputation”

Reputation Album Art

[Twitter]: Country singer Taylor Swift announced on Twitter that her new album release “Reputation” will be fully available in November. Amazing how time flies! “Reputation will be the pop star’s sixth studio album since her self-titled album back in 2006. “You Belong with Me” from her “Fearless” album peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 music chart making it the highest-charting single and the top selling album in the United States in 2009. She is also doing something that no other recording artists have ever done. She’s teamed up with the United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) to promote the release of her album making this the first time people have seen anything other than brown and gold on big brown truck. Fans that are lucky enough to snap a selfie with the big brown truck adorned with her album art photo, and then send it to her by way of twitter at #TaylorSwiftDelivery, and they take advantage of pre-ordering her album just might get more than just a package delivery when the big brown truck comes. Fans will go into a drawing where they can win all kinds of goodies that range from t-shirts to concert tickets all personally hand delivered by Swift herself.

Swift is now $1 million richer after she sued former radio personality David Mueller for groping her back in 2013. Click on the link below to watch the video “Look What You Made Me Do” from her upcoming album.