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Jay GunningRihanna wants young girls and boys around the world to receive an exemplary education -- and so the singer is putting herself out in front of the effort to make that happen as the new Global Ambassador for the Global Partnership for Education.   

Rih Rih's Clara Lionel Foundation will partner with the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen to help children find success in the classroom and beyond school doors.

As the GPE Global Ambassador, Rihanna will have the ability to encourage policymakers and world leaders responsible for overseeing global education for today's youth and future generations.   

"I feel strongly that all children everywhere should be afforded the opportunity of a quality education. Therefore I'm proud to announce Clara Lionel Foundation's partnership with education advocacy leaders like the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen. Working together, I know we can amplify our efforts and ensure that millions of children gain access to education globally," she said.

Rihanna is set to appear during Saturday's Global Citizen festival in New York City. 

The Clara Lionel Foundation was created in 2012 by the artist to support and develop world-class educational programs in her home country of Barbados and other countries. 

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Jonathan Mannion/Atlantic RecordsOn the heels of Gucci Mane's Woptober album announcement comes the release of his music video for the track "Bling Blaww Burr." 

The visual shows the rapper chilling poolside with a bevy of beauties, along with featured artist Young Dolph

Mane's follow-up album to Everybody's Looking is set to be released October 17.   

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ABC/Rick RowellPharrell Williams and his wife, Helen Lasichanh, are expecting!

People reports that Lasichanh is pregnant with the couple's second child. The happy pair confirmed the news to the magazine on Thursday while en route to dine and mingle at a Chanel-hosted dinner. 

Pharrell and Helen, who married in 2013, are parents to a 7-and-a-half year-old son, Rocket Ayer.    

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Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images via ABCMore influential artists have been confirmed to appear during on ABC's Taking the Stage -- Changing America, including Chuck D., Doug E. Fresh, Janelle Monáe and Stevie Wonder.  

Dave ChappelleJada Pinkett Smith and husband Will SmithChris TuckerOprah WinfreyQuincy Jones and daughter Rashida Jones and other notable names will also take the stage to help celebrate the Smithsonian Institution's new National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opens this weekend.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is now officially open to the public.

Taking the Stage -- Changing America , which will be shot September 23, will air on ABC during the 2016-2017 season.  

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PRNewsFoto/Howard UniversityDiddy may be a bad boy for life, but to Howard University, the music mogul is a good man, thanks to a very generous donation. 

The artist pledged $1 million to the university's School of Business in support of his Sean Combs Scholarship Fund.  

Combs announced the hefty gift onstage during his Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour in Washington, D.C. Thursday. 

"I was blessed to receive a great education from Howard University -- one of the best schools in the world -- and it helped to fuel my success in business and life. This scholarship will make it possible for the next generation of leaders to pursue their dreams and achieve greatness," said Combs.

Diddy attended Howard University as a business major, but didn't graduate. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the university in 2014. 

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Jonathan MannionThe Game's finally explained the reason behind his ongoing beef with Meek Mill. It appears to have started with a conversation between the two rappers in an LA nightclub where Sean Kingston was robbed. 

"What happened was we was in the club. It was Meek's first time back in L.A. since his whole house arrest and he couldn't move," said Game, according to Billboard.  

"Meek leaves the club, then an hour later, Sean Kingston gets robbed, knocked in the head. They took his jewelry, ran through his crew so we left."

Afterward, Game received a phone call from Kingston, insinuating that Game had set up the robbery -- according to Meek. Game then coordinated a three-way phone call with Sean and Meek, who both denied any suspicious involvement.

"I got Meek on the phone and was like, 'You told Sean.' He was like, 'I ain't tell that fat m*********** nothing. [I] call Sean Kingston on three-way...and [Meek] goin' off on Sean Kingston. 'I ain't tell you nothing.' And Sean Kingston said, 'Yes, you did.' ... So I just hung up the phone," saidd Game. 

Since then, Game and Meek have exchanged heated barbs and memes on social media, diss tracks and onstage.

Will their feud ever end? Well, Game's currently in Philadelphia -- Meek's hometown -- and has posted a few pictures on Instagram to let Meek know it.

"It hurt a n**** that they had to go & get Beans to help write verses to diss me but I put the old state prop fan in me aside & gave n***** what they asked for," he wrote. "[My] favorite rapper from the group was @oschinovasquez1 anyway." 

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Marcus Ingram/BET/Getty Images for BETT.I. continues his mission to address the many accounts of police brutality in America through his music.  

The rapper released a new EP Thursday titled Us or Else, which features his latest singles, "We Will Not" and "War Zone."  

Many artists, including Meek MillKiller MikeQuavoK.R.I.T., are featured on Us or ElseBillboard reports the album is available to stream for both subscribers and non-subscribers on TIDAL.   

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The Wait is OVER!!!! #USorELSE OUT NOW @tidal #HustleGangOverErrrrthang

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Photo Courtesy of ESSENCEEssence Festival is headed to Durban, South Africa this November, and a slew of A-list artist have been confirmed to perform, including Ne-Yo and Mary Mary.

Wizkid, rapper Riky Rick, producer-rapper AKA and many more are also set to attend the all-star event. Yolanda Adams, who'll be honored during the All-Star Gospel Tribute during the weekend, is scheduled to give a special closing weekend performance.  

During the day, EstelleKelly PriceSteve Harvey and Reverend Al Sharpton will appear at the festival's Empowerment Experience.

Essence Festival Durban will take place November 8 to 13. Tickets and travel package information are at Essence.com/festival

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Getty Images via ABCIt looks like Ciara is having a blast in Italy during Milan Fashion Week.  

The singer posted a photo Thursday of herself posing with celebrated shoe designer Giuseppe Zanotti. "Going For A Stroll In The Streets Of Milan With My Friend Mr #GiuseppeZanotti. Of course I'm wearing @giuseppezanottidesign," she wrote on Instagram

While palling around with Giuseppe, the pair bumped into none other than Serena Williams. "What are the chances, your friend happens to be riding on the street you're on In Milan?!" she added in another Instagram post

"This made the day that much sweeter! Me, My Girl @serenawilliams & #Giuseppe ended up having a fun stroll together."  

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ABC/Randy HolmesChris Brown's legal woes just keep piling up.

The singer reportedly received a visit from police and child services Thursday, as part of the investigation into the alleged gun incident at his house earlier this month, according to TMZ.

Law enforcement sources tell the gossip website that the Department of Children & Family Services went to Brown's house to check on his two-year-old daughter Royalty, who is reportedly staying there. The DCFS investigator was accompanied by LAPD officers.

Chris allegedly refused to speak with investigators. or let LAPD or the DCFS rep enter his security gate. 

Sources tell TMZ they believe Royalty's mother, Nia Guzman, filed a complaint against Brown after Baylee Curran claimed he threatened her with a firearm.

Chris was booked for assault with a deadly weapon, but the D.A. has yet to file any charges against him.  

On Friday, the artist responded in a now-deleted Instagram video, refuting current accusations of child neglect. 

"I take care of my daughter fully," Chris expressed, reports People. "Somebody make an accusation, 90 percent of y'all believe it, and it's b*******. The last three weeks or whatever been going on with the accusations, you know it's false," he added.  

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ABC/Fred LeeThe White House is set to welcome Chance the Rapper and Yolanda Adams for this year's annual National Christmas Tree Lighting. Kelly Clarkson is also scheduled to perform during the special holiday event. 

The tree lighting will take place on the Ellipse at President's Park, in partnership with the National Park Foundation, on December 2 -- and The Hallmark Channel will broadcast the whole affair on December 2. 

You can enter an online lottery to win free tickets for the ceremony this Friday at 10 a.m. ET. The lottery will close at the same time on Monday, October 10. Winners will be informed on October 27.   

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The Meadows Festival may have lost The Weeknd as a headliner -- but the concert gained J. Cole as a headlining act. 

The Weeknd was set to headline the Queens, New York, event on the two-day event's first night, Saturday October 1, but he has now been booked as the musical guest on the season's premiere of Saturday Night Live that night.  So organizers announced on Thursday that J. Cole would be taking The Weeknd's headlining slot.

But late Thursday The Weeknd announced that's he'd be pulling double duty on Saturday, appearing earlier than originally scheduled at The Meadows so he can get across down later for his SNL performance.

"MEADOWS FEST NEW TIME 6:15 ! SEE YOU THERE," he tweeted.

Other acts set to appear at the music and arts festival include Kanye West, Chance the Rapper and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley. General admission and VIP tickets are available to purchase now.

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ABC/Fred LeeCommon's new music video for his single, "Black America Again," opens with the image of the death of Alton Sterling, who was killed by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in July, and goes on to feature a variety of black faces in tears along with historical images.  

The song, which evokes the Black Lives Matter movement, features the vocals of Stevie Wonder

"I wish the hatin' would stop," Common raps.  

The visual arrives following the recent deaths of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina and Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  

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Johnny Nunez/WireImageSwizz Beatz has been named in a $42 million civil lawsuit filed Wednesday in a Brooklyn federal court, says the New York Post. 

The record producer allegedly leased several luxury cars between 2013 and 2016 at as much as $7,000 a month from a company located in Brooklyn called Metro-Gem Leasing and Funding Corporation.  

But the paper reports, Metro-Gem is accusing the producer and an auto dealer friend, Macky Dancy, of re-leasing some of the cars to third parties at markup prices and even of illegally selling a Ferrari F12 that they didn't own.

A representative for the artist told the Post that Swizz and his associates "are innocent pawns in a years-long, multi-million dollar dispute."  

Following news of the lawsuit, Swizz has posted several social media messages in response. "People just do and say anything these days for $ Wow! The crazy part is people also believe anything these days SMH! Going back to bed," he wrote on Twitter Thursday.  

"Public Enemy voice," Beatz also wrote next to an Instagram picture of a man wearing a bag with the words written across it, "Don't believe the hype." 

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ABC/Ron BatzdorffDebbie Allen's dancing skills have apparently rubbed off on Grey's Anatomy actress Ellen Pompeo. The two were spotted getting down to DJ Khaled and Drake's hit "For Free" while hanging out together on set.

Pompeo shared the fun video with her Instagram followers. She is seen two-stepping and mouthing the lyrics as she dances alongside Allen and her son, DJ Norm Thump Nixon.

The Grey's Anatomy star writes, “It goes on and on….@shondarhimes WE ARE WORKING OUR A**** OFF!!! #seasonwhat??? #shondalandproblems #ourfansarethegreatest.”

Season thirteen of Grey's Anatomy premieres Thursday, September 22 at 8 p.m. on ABC. 

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(L-R) Olivia Coombes, Dan Yang, Remy Ma, Mona Scott Young, Yandy Smith, Lauren Veteri, Papoose; Simon Valcin, Jr. for VH1VH1 and 345 Games have announced the launch of Love & Hip Hop: The Game, a new mobile app based on the Love & Hip-Hop reality series.

The app, which is available worldwide today for iOS and Android, allows users to create their own customized characters and place them into the Love & Hip-Hop universe as a talented but unknown musical artist.

The game incorporates elements from the hit reality show including encountering some of the LHH:NY series cast members like Remy MaPapooseYandy and Rich Dollaz.

"Our viewers love following the exciting exploits of the cast and now, they too can be immersed in the world and live it for themselves," says Love & Hip Hop Executive Producer Mona Scott-Young. "This is an opportunity for fans and aspiring artists alike to virtually get in the hip-hop game!"

Love & Hip Hop: The Game promises to add new content and special events such as contests and sweepstakes. The game is now available and free to play with the option for in app purchases. 

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Cash Money RecordsWhat a time to be alive indeed -- Drake is releasing three of his albums -- What a Time to Be AliveViews and If You're Reading This It's Too Late -- on vinyl for the first time ever this October. 

You will be able to pre-order all three albums for $74.98, double-LPs of Views and If You're Reading This It's Too Late separately for $34.98 and What a Time to Be Alive for $19.98 on the Drake Official Store website.  

The vinyl editions of all three albums are set to arrive in stores on Friday, October 28.  

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Anairam/NYLON MagazineFollowing the success of her latest singles, "Superlove" and "Company," Tinashe covers the October issue of Nylon, clad in a form-fitting bustier top. 

In the magazine, the singer talks about feelings of insecurity -- or rather lack thereof. 

"I've never been insecure. I've never doubted myself, but I've had those thoughts seep in, and it's very scary because I would never want to be the type of person who was afraid to do whatever they wanted to do, or was just too caught up in their own head that they didn't put themselves out there," she says.  

Tinashe also addresses misogyny in the music industry.

"It's disgusting sometimes. You can either a) be a good sport or b) walk out of the room. And, again, what exactly does that prove? Hopefully I can get to a point where I'm respected enough for my music that I'm able to change the way that male DJs think of female artists," she adds.  

The singer-songwriter also mentions the reason behind her sophomore album's name, Joyride, dropping later this fall.   

"When you're a young person, you don't really know what's going to happen next. You're just going to take it as it comes. You're going to have the time of your life while you can and see what happens," she says.  

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Photo Courtesy of Atlantic RecordsThe music video for Kehlani's hit single, "CRZY," has finally dropped. 

The visual, directed by Benny Boom, features the R&B vocalist hanging out at home, dancing up a storm with female friends and celebrating a birthday.

"CRZY" is the first release from Kehlani's highly anticipated debut album, set for a release this fall.

The artist is currently touring America, stopping next at the Life is Beautiful event in Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday.

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Dan MartensenDrake has a new app -- OVO Shop -- in conjunction with his OVO record label.  

The app will give Drizzy fans the ability to purchase the rapper's merchandise, including T-shirts, hoodies and sneakers.   

Drizzy's OVO blog states that OVO Shop is available for Apple devices now and will be available for Android devices "soon." 

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