More than 400 songwriters, publishers, industry professionals, and A-List stars attended the 16th annual SESAC Pop Awards.

 

The ceremony was held at New York’s Skylight SoHo and celebrated the organization‘s biggest talents. Producer/songwriter Rico Love named the big winner of Friday night’s event – winning Songwriter of the Year Award. Love has created several popular, chart-topping singles as Beyonce‘s “Sweet Dreams” and Usher‘s “There Goes My Baby” and many more. READ MORE

Sarah Chapman and Misa Hylton attend the Simone I. Smith Trunk Show at Neiman Marcus on May 10, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Stylish celebs like Misa Hylton and Sarah Chapman (who both have children with Diddy), along with stylist Tameka Raymond, Bow Wow’s mother Teresa Caldwell and friends shopped and lent their support.

Jewelry Designer Simone I. Smith and radio personality Wanda Smith. READ MORE

Dr. Ian Smith’s Kicks Off Book Tour

 

While many women are still trying to figure out how to act like a lady — or a man — some women just want to know the truth about the men in their lives. Dr. Ian Smith recently put out a book which attempts to tackle that very subject. It’s entitled The Truth About Men – The Secret Side Of The Opposite Sex.

 

In addition, he’s going on a six city tour based on the book. Our photographer was on the scene when the tour kicked off last night, in Chicago at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The event was hosted by Val Warner (co-host of Windy City Live in Chicago).

Attendees got a chance to watch a documentary created by Hill Harper about relationships. They also asked the panel – which included Dr. Ian Smith, Boris Kodjoe, Hill Harper, and Evan Shy — many of their burning relationship questions.

 

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Mother’s Day Plans for Tina Knowles & Beyonce


Tina Knowles seems to be really excited about Mother’s Day this year. She told USWeekly:

“We’re excited because it’s Beyonce’s first Mother’s Day. [We’re] all going to be together.”
“I’m hoping to cook! I want to cook. My traditional soul food and maybe gumbo. That’s my favorite dish!”

After giving birth to Blue Ivy in January, this is Tina Knowles’ second grandchild. There may be more to come in the future.

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Teyana Taylor Joins G.O.O.D Music

According to TheJasmineBrand, Teyana Taylor joins Kanye’s label. The lineup of musicians under G.O.O.D Music include John Legend, Big Sean, Kid Cudi, Mr. Hudson, Cyhi the Prynce, Mos Def, and Pusha T.

Her publicist did give the “Steph Lova Program” some good news in that Teyana Taylor has officially signed to the “Good Music” label, but the press release with that statement won’t be released until probably Monday. HipHopGossipSite

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Red Table Talk with Jada Pinkett-Smith

Red Table Talk is a web series that encourages and allow families to participate in once-closed discussions, sensitive topics, and general conversation. The video open with Wicked Evolution, which is Jada’s rock band, playing in the background. Jada Pinkett-Smith, Willow, and Adrienne Banfield Jones (Jada’s mother) gather around the a red table and begin their conversation.

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William Balfour has Been Found Guilty

 

Jennifer Hudson was there during the verdict reading for William Balfour, who was convicted of murdering three members of J. Hud’s family.

31-year-old Balfour stands convicted of the triple murder after allegedly flying into a blind and jealous rage in 2008 — over a balloon gift for Julia Hudson, Balfour’s ex and Jennifer’s sister.

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Lifetime has picked up The Houston Family Chronicles, a 10-episode docu-series to premiere later this year. It will follow the lives of Pat Houston, Whitney’s sister-in-law and manager, who now manages her estate, Pat’s daughter Rayah, Whitney’s brother Gary, daughter Bobbi Kristina and mother, Grammy Award-winning singer Cissy Houston, as they try to pick up the pieces after the pop star’s untimely death. READ MORE