Azealia Banks Released from Universal Music

After months of literally begging to be dropped from Universal Music, complaining about meetings with “old White guys” who don’t understand her “Black girl craft,” and having her album continuously pushed back, Azealia Banks has finally been let free from her miserable deal with the record label. The frank femcee announced her departure on Twitter, unleashing her jubilance with tweets like “Free at last” and “I’s Is Free.” Well, now that she’s made it to the promised land, hopefully her Broke with Expensive Taste debut will finally make its way off the shelf.

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On the Run Tour to Air on HBO

HBO might as well go ahead and change their name to Home Beyoncé Office because they just love them some Mrs. Carter. Not only did they whip up a documentary on the pop queen last year and begin airing segments of her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in June, but coming up this fall, the network will showcase Jay and Bey’s On the Run Tour stop at Stade de France in Paris, where they will perform on September 12-13. In other words, if you were too broke to buy a ticket to see them all “drunk in love” live in concert, HBO just saved the day. (Now if you don’t have cable…)

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Jay Z Joins Forces with the Global Poverty Project to End World Poverty by 2030

Jay Z has taken a break from his evil Illuminati scheme (jokes) to do some good for the world. On September 27, Jigga Man will headline this year’s Global Citizen Festival in Central Park to help obliterate extreme poverty worldwide. “I’m joining the 2014 Global Citizen Festival because I believe through actions, whether it be by raising awareness, getting involved or educating ourselves, the goal to end extreme poverty by 2030 is possible,” Jay said in a statement.

Other big names like The Roots will take the stage in support of the Global Poverty Project and, as in the past two years, the festival is free for all attendees. The only thing you have to pay is some spare time visiting to jump in on the fight against poverty.

Read it at NY Daily News.