Beyonce, who made over $100 million last year, was crowned the “Most Powerful Musician in the World” by Forbes. The entertainer even beat Dr. Dre, whose Beats company sold for $3 billion to Apple last month.
Beyonce played 95 shows and brought in an average of $2.4 million per city. In December, she dropped her most innovative album yet to massive success, and she is now on tour with her husband, Jay Z, bringing in about $5 million per show. Dr. Dre came in at No. 2 on the list and Jay Z received the No. 3 slot, followed by Rihanna at No. 4.
On June 29, Nicki Minaj shut down the city of Los Angeles for an exclusive VIP BET Awards after-party sponsored by Myx Fusions Moscato at the famous Belasco Theater. A star-studded affair, the event drew in the likes of Katt Williams, Trey Songz, Marques Houston, Clifton Powell, J.B. Smoove, Stevie J., Mona Scott-Young and many others.
Prior to showing up at the BET Awards on June 29, Rick Ross was arrested on June 27 after the Super Jam Concert in Greensboro, N.C. A court had issued an order for his arrest because he failed to appear in court on a previous misdemeanor marijuana charge. The rapper, whose real name is William L. Roberts, was taken into custody after his performance. He was released on $1,000 bond.
Essence All-Star Gospel Tribute honoree Yolanda Adams is bringing her morning inspiration to the Essence Music Festival. “The Yolanda Adams Morning Show” is broadcasting live on the Empowerment Stage in the Great Hall at the Ernest M. Morial Convention Center from 5-9 a.m. CT on Friday, July 4.
Adams is bringing her friends to hang out during the broadcast. The show will feature live interviews and performances by Chanel, Kelly Price, Va Shawn Mitchell, the Wardlaw Brothers, Essence Editor-in-Chief Vanessa Bush, Mikki Taylor, Erica Campbell, the “R&B Divas: Los Angeles,” Uncle Reece and more.
East Harlem’s famed restaurant Ricardo Steak House sponsored the end-of-school year luncheon for the special needs students of James Weldon Johnson School 57. Teachers, parents and students enjoyed a buffet-style luncheon sponsored by the restaurant.