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Kamala Harris creates playlist for African-American Music Appreciation Month

June not only marks Pride Month. It’s also recognized as African-American Music Appreciation Month, and one politician is celebrating the occasion with her very own playlist.

» RELATED: GOP senator admonishes Democrat Kamala Harris for persistent questioning 

California Sen. Kamala Harris dug into her musical archives to round up nearly 50 songs for Spotify. The list covers an array of genres including jazz, hip-hop, gospel and funk. 

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It also features several different artists from Marvin Gaye and Nina Simone to SZA and Migos. And she plans to add more musicians throughout the rest of the month. 

»RELATED: 5 things to know about Migos 

“Our nation has an indelible soundtrack, songs that have become anthems recognized across the world,” she told Blavity. “To celebrate African-American music is to dance, sing, and even march to the rhythms that have long served as vehicles for honesty, inspiration, struggle, success and joy.”

President Jimmy Carter proclaimed June as Black Music Month in 1979. In 2009, President Barack Obama changed the month-long holiday to African-American Music Appreciation Month.

Want to give Harris’ tunes a go? Click here to listen to the full collection. Some songs on the playlist include “ABC” by The Jackson 5, “Happy” by Pharrell, “Kiss” by Prince and “HUMBLE” by Kendrick Lamar.

Rapper Prodigy of Mobb Deep dies at 42

Rapper Albert Johnson, best known by his stage name Prodigy and as one-half of highly acclaimed rap duo Mobb Deep, died Tuesday, according to multiple reports. He was 42 years old.

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A publicist for Mobb Deep confirmed to XXL that he was found unconscious Tuesday morning and later died.

Rapper, dozens more arrested at 'Welcome Home' from prison party

A night of partying ended with deputies arresting dozens of people – including a rapper known as M. Deezy – in a raid at a popular sports bar in Coweta County, Georgia.

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The Sheriff’s Office told WSB-TV’s Chris Jose that the business, Hoops Bar and Grill, has been under surveillance for months.

Deputies say the raid started with a marijuana complaint. The sheriff said the odor was so strong that you could smell it when you drove by the bar.

"Through the great social media, we were invited so we went and we showed up," Sheriff Mike Yeagar said.

Inside, deputies say they found drugs and arrested two dozen people for probation violations.

"They had their guns out. They had the task force, probation officers," Jasmine Ball said. "When they came in, they said the quickest way out of here is women on this side and men on this side. They didn't check no women."

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Witnesses told Jose they were there for a “Welcome Home” party for their friend Mondell Whitaker, aka rapper M. Deezy, who had just been released from prison on Thursday.

"It's devastating. The moment we finally get out of the house, something like this happens," Kahlia Hill said.

Hill's husband was arrested in the raid.

"All of a sudden police and probation officers just bust in from like every entrance," she said.

Whitaker's mother told Jose that the raid happened in the middle of her son's performance.

"He keeps getting harassed. He's just trying to go to the club to perform and make money," she said.

20-story hip-hop museum to open in New York in 2018

A neighborhood that birthed hip-hop heavyweights like Q -Tip, Doug E Fresh and Mase will soon be the backdrop of a massive museum.

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The first phase of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum, projected to cost $150 million, will open in Harlem next February, according to Newsweek. Hip Hop Hall Fame, a nonprofit that aims to preserve and conduct research on the socioeconomic and cultural impact of hip-hop music, announced the plans for the museum last week.

The first phase of the new project is slated to include a cafe, a gallery, a visitors bureau and a gift store on the ground floor, and on the second floor, a museum, event space, offices and a multimedia studio, according to a news release.

The second phase will expand to 20 stories and include a hotel, mall, gift shop, an arcade, concert lounge and restaurant.

»RELATED: Study: Hip-hop has fewer drug references than any other music genre

James “JT” Thompson, who founded the Hip Hop Hall of Fame in 1996, has been working to bring the hip-hop museum and complex to life for several years, according to the New York Post.

“This has been a labor of love. It’s had its valleys, mountains, peaks and falloffs,” Thompson told the Post in reference to museum plans halting following the deaths of Tupac and Notorious B.I.G.

Pending the successful fundraising campaign for the museum, Thompson will see the fruits of his labor after 20 years.

“Hip-hop is about empowering yourself, moving beyond the music,” he told the Post. “The HHHOF and I have a duty and responsibility to preserve this rich history of music and culture.”

Fans rejoice as Beyoncé, Jay Z welcoming twins takes over Twitter

The Beyhive was abuzz on Twitter after celebrity power couple Beyoncé and Jay Z welcomed their long-awaited twins.

>> Reports: Beyoncé, Jay Z welcome twins

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On Father’s Day, Beyoncé’s father Matthew Knowles confirmed reports of the births in a tweet. 

“Happy Birthday to the twins! Love Granddad,” Knowles said on Twitter Sunday. Knowles is the first family member to publicly announce the births.

Fans have flocked to social media over the past few days as word leaked out that the superstar entertainer has gone into labor in Los Angeles last week.

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Jada Pinkett Smith disputes accuracy of Tupac Shakur film

Rap legend Tupac Shakur would have been 46 on Friday, and childhood friend Jada Pinkett Smith took to social media to dispute the accuracy of her relationship with the late singer in the new film “All Eyez on Me.”

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“Forgive me ... my relationship to Pac is too precious to me for the scenes in ‘All Eyez on Me’ to stand as truth,” Pinkett Smith posted on Twitter.

Pinkett Smith tweeted eight times, disputing several scenes featuring her relationship with Shakur, who was gunned down in Las Vegas in 1996.

"The reimagining of my relationship to Pac has been deeply hurtful," Pinkett Smith tweeted.

However, the actress did not find fault with the actors who portrayed her and Shakur -- Kat Graham and Demetrious Shipp Jr., the Los Angeles Times reported.

"You both did a beautiful job with what you were given. Thank you both," she wrote.

L.T. Hutton, who produced “All Eyez on Me,” told TMZ that he was disappointed in Pinkett Smith’s criticisms. He said that he and the filmmakers took some liberties because they were trying to show who Shakur was, TMZ reported.

Hutton said that he studied Pinkett Smith’s words about Shakur in interviews, and believes she was fairly represented, TMZ reported.

Pinkett Smith ended her Twitter barrage with a tweet directed at Shakur, the Times reported.

"Happy birthday Pac, you are cradled in my heart for eternity,” she tweeted. “I love you."

Karrueche Tran gets restraining order against Chris Brown

Actress Karrueche Tran was granted a five-year restraining order against former boyfriend Chris Brown, USA Today reported.

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A judge in Santa Monica, Calif., on Thursday, granted the “Claws” actress’ request. Tran shared threatening text and voicemail messages from Brown, USA Today reported. Brown did not attend the hearing but was represented by his attorney, David Gammill.

In documents obtained by E! News,  Brown was ordered to stay 100 yards from Tran's home, work, job and vehicle, and not contact her by any means. He also was  ordered not to destroy personal property, disturb the peace, keep [Tran] under surveillance, impersonate (on the internet, electronically or otherwise) or block her movements.

The documents also ordered that Brown must pay the lawyer fees and attend a 52-week batterer intervention program, showing written proof of completion to the court.

Tran said Brown had physically threatened her and demanded that she return diamond rings and other gifts, USA Today reported.

"He said if no one else can have me, then he's gonna 'take me out,'" she claimed. "I have text messages from December 2016 to January 2017, where he's made several threats, including beating me up and making my life hell."

The couple dated on and off from 2011 until roughly 2015. During their relationship, Brown was on probation after pleading guilty to his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend RIhanna.f

Lorde confirms she reviewed onion rings via Instagram

The truth finally can be told. Not only is Lorde a singer, she also is a critic of onion rings.

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Lorde confirmed her secret double life on Thursday night’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” Entertainment Weekly reported. Last week, the New Zealand publication Newshub revealed that the Instagram account @onionringsworldwide may have been operated by Lorde.

Lorde was appearing on the show to sing and promote her new album, “Melodrama.” Asked by Jimmy Fallon on Thursday, Lorde confessed about the onion rings, explaining she did not know her side job would become public.

“I have to explain for a second. Here’s the thing; I sort of naively didn’t realize it would be ‘a thing’ that I was going to different places and trying the onion rings at each of those places,” Lorde said. “It’s me, it’s me.”

Lorde said she stopped reviewing onion rings via Instagram, Entertainment Weekly reported. “It was fun for five seconds,” she said. But she has no plans to exclude the rings from her diet.

“I’m still going to keep eating onion rings because they’re my favorite,” she said.

Member of Ohio bluegrass band, mother shot to death

Authorities in Ohio are investigating a double murder and suicide attempt involving members of a family bluegrass band, Cantonrep reported Thursday.

The Stark County Sheriff’s Office said one member of The Stockdale Family Band and his mother are dead after a fellow band  member shot them before turning the gun on himself, WEWS reported.

James W. Stockdale, 21, and Kathryn B. Stockdale, 54, his mother, were killed, Sheriff George T. Maier said. Jacob T. Stockdale, 25, fired a shotgun at his mother and brother, deputies said.

Jacob Stockdale then shot himself, Cantonrep reported. He was taken to Canton’s Aultman hospital and then was airlifted to Cleveland Metro Hospital, Maier said.

Early Friday, Calvin Stockdale, the eldest brother of James and Jacob, released a statement saying the family "appreciates the prayers and support we are receiving from our friends and the community,” The Associated Press reported.

Adele visits London's Grenfell Tower, pays tribute to victims of high-rise fire

Adele made an emotional visit to London's Grenfell Tower this week to remember the victims.

>> Deadly fire engulfs London high-rise: What we know now

On Wednesday, the singer and her husband, Simon Konecki, visited the site of the massive high-rise fire that killed 17 people in London, People reported. Fans were quick to spot Adele and shared the moment on Twitter.

>> PHOTOS: Fire engulfs London high-rise

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At least 17 people reportedly died in the blaze, and 74 people were taken to nearby hospitals. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

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