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Kanye West, Madonna, Riccardo Tisci

Cultural figures in music, art, fashion, philanthropy made their way to the 11th annual Keep A Child Alive Black Ball in NYC on Thursday night. Held at the Hammerstein Ballroom, Keep a Child Alive co-founder and event host Alicia Keys lead this year’s gala, sharing the stage with rock legend David Byrne. Keys, who is expecting her second child in December, was glowing during black carpet arrivals with husband Swizz Beatz, as they held their baby bump for the cameras.

Other big names who attended the event included Madonna, Kanye West, Diddy, Aretha Franklin, Clive Davis, Russell Simmons, Gayle King, Estelle, Marina Abramovic, and more. Nas was another artist who entertained the crowd with a performance, including the song “N.Y. State of Mind” with Keys, plus rapper Angel Haze. Givenchy Creative Director Riccardo Tisci was honored for his anti-discriminatory efforts by the non-profit organization that provides treatment, care and support to children and families affected by HIV and AIDS.

Check out photos from this year’s gala below.

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The best in R&B and rap made their way to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center for one jam-packed concert on Thursday night. Chris Brown, J. Cole, Ne-Yo, French Montana, Trey Songz, Migos, Remy Ma, Bobby Shmurda, and Tinashe were some of the major acts to rock a crowd of thousands at the home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets. Closing the night was none other than Jeezy, who used the location to his advantage for a special moment. Jay Z joined the Snowman on stage to perform their “Seen It All” collaboration for the first-time.

Getting into the Halloween spirit wearing an Off White flannel and a Friday The 13th Jason Ski Mask, Jay was all smiles on stage, posing for pictures backstage with Atlanta’s Migos and GS9 rapper Rowdy Rebel. Until full video is available, check out photos and some quick video clips below.

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1(Kanye West strolled into a random amateur open mic night in Jersey City. What?)

Well, it happened last night at The Dopeness, a Mexican restaurant in Downtown J.C. The evening was set for their monthly Wolf Juice hip-hop open mic showcase — which featured a 17-year-old female rapper, Jahmila Sandifer aka Jay Hype. It turns out the girl is a family friend of Yeezy and was there to rock her song K.O.W., an acronym for Kanye’s full name.

“Kanye is a very, very big idol in my life and I try to incorporate the stuff he does into my work,” said Sandifer.

Guests at the showcase say Kanye was friendly, talked to people in attendance, and snapped pictures. The Wolf Juice open mic is held on the last Wednesday of every month at 9 p.m. at The Dopeness, 332 Second St., Jersey City. The next event is Nov. 26. Admission is $7. BYOB.

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Water is wet, the sky is blue and Rihanna steals the show at every red carpet she touches. At the 2014 amfAR Inspiration Gala charity event in Hollywood last night, RihRih turned heads in one of the most eye-catching pieces from Tom Ford’s (who she would later present with an award) spring 2015 collection: a chalk white, cut-off gown that left only a bit of glitter to cover up her top half (modest, in comparison to that other see-through dress she wore at the CFDA Awards back in June).

Rihanna’s daring fashion sense was on par with her charitable spending as she splashed a cool $135,000 at the gala’s auction, according to Daily Mail. She was also seen hanging out with Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus and Tom Ford throughout the night.

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El-P and Killer Mike decided to drop Run The Jewels 2 early — and for free! — last Friday after it leaked online, and it’s pretty much all we’ve been listening to these past few days. With the album officially in stores today, here’s a stream of the scrunch face-inducing bonus track, “Blockbuster Night Pt 2,” featuring Queens MC Despot and RATKING’s Wiki.

Also, El-P and Killer Mike have introduced Tag The Jewels, a global graffiti project which saw 30 street artists across six continents add their own flavor to the RTJ cover, and it’s pretty awesome. Check out a few of our favorites below.

Purchase Run The Jewels 2 on iTunes and stay tuned for their Halloween performance on The Late Show With David Letterman this Friday (October 31).

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As we get closer and closer to the holiday season and the end of 2014, we can’t help but wonder which artists will really leave their mark this year. If artists could earn platinum plaques and accolades from Instagram then these select group of celebs would be up for the year’s winners. But for now, just marvel at the schmoozing and selfie-ing they did over the weekend.

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Drake showed blue pride on Friday night, attending the University of Kentucky’s annual Big Blue Madness. The event, where the Kentucky Wildcats introduce their men’s and women’s basketball teams to fans before their upcoming NCAA season, was jam packed as many caught their chance to see the Canadian superstar in action. Along with introducing Wildcats coach John Calipari calling him “one of the most important people in my life,” Drake suited up in UK’s sweats, taking part in pre-game warmups where his airball was the talk of social media last night.

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Rae Sremmurd

The 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards made their network television debut on Monday night. Taped back in September, the ninth annual show was hosted by Snoop Dogg at Atlanta‚Äôs Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center. A night that celebrates hip-hop culture by paying respect to the past while shining the light on current and future stars, opened with a performance by rap sensation Rae Sremmurd, who performed their summer anthem “No Flex Zone.”

Other performers included Common with Vince Staples and Jay Electronica, Rich Gang featuring Young Thug, Rich Homie Quan and Birdman, Migos, DJ Mustard with Lil’ Boosie, Ty Dolla $ign and YG, Brandy taking viewers down memory lane with MC Lyte, Yo-Yo and Queen Latifah, Snoop Dogg, T.I., and closing the night Bobby Shmurda.

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Nearly ten years after their “Hold You Down” video, Fat Joe and Jennifer Lopez are back in front of camera together in “Stressin’.” Serving as Fat Joe’s current single, the two Bronx natives shot the Eif Rivera-directed video in New York City this summer. Joe Crack gives fans a quick small teaser of the video, set to premiere on VEVO this Friday.

The whole video’s pretty much a party vibe,” Joe previously told Fuse TV on the video and song’s theme.. “So many obstacles in life … We never want to be looking like we’re stressin’. Never want to let them see you sweat, even though I’m sweating after this. But the point is: We’re enjoying life, life’s too short, so we gotta just enjoy life to the fullest and live every day like it’s the last.” Check out a preview below and buy the Rico Love-produced single on iTunes.

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Hip-Hop Instagram had a very extravagant weekend on social media. From The Carters invading The Louvre to Raury linking up with Young Thug and OG Maco–there was something to tickle the fancy of all tastes on IG. My favorite, though, has to be DMX and Scarface linking up for a friendly game of pool.

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