Patti LaBelle to get Philly street named after her

One of Philadelphia’s most beloved music icons, Patti LaBelle, is getting a block in Center City named after her.

LaBelle will be honored during this year’s Wawa Welcome America festival on July 2 at 4 p.m.

She will also read an excerpt from the Declaration of Independence in front of Independence Hall at the Celebration of Freedom Ceremony on July 4 at 10 a.m.

Broad and Spruce streets will be renamed Patti LaBelle Way just south of city hall along the Avenue of the Arts.

The Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter grew up in Southwest Philly. She started her music career in the 1960s and has continued to release music, star in television shows and write books to this day.

Dave Chappelle is coming to the Broadway stage

NEW YORK — Dave Chappelle will make his Broadway debut this summer but a word of warning: Ditch the cellphone.

Chappelle will perform five shows at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, from July 9 through July 13. The theater has this spring become home for music acts like Morrissey, Yanni and Regina Spektor making their Broadway debuts.

Producers issued an unusually blunt warning about anyone trying to film the performance on their phones: All phones will be put in a locked pouch during the show and anyone smuggling one in will be ejected.

Chappelle received Grammy Awards for best comedy album in 2018 and 2019. He won his second Emmy for Outstanding Variety Special with “Equanimity” in 2018.

Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ inspires autistic boy to sing

ATLANTA — An Atlanta rapper’s take on country music has inspired a mostly nonverbal autistic boy in Minnesota to sing.

Lil Nas X has found huge success with the song, “Old Town Road.” It has sparked controversy , spawned a clothing line, made the rapper a household name and got his collaborator Billy Ray Cyrus a Maserati.

Now, it’s being credited for doing a lot more.

Cottage Grove, Minnesota, mother Sheletta Brundidge tweeted Tuesday about her family’s “#oldtownroad miracle,” The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported . She filmed her 4-year-old son, Daniel, humming the tune and then singing the lyrics. Now, she says therapists are using the music in his sessions.

Cyrus retweeted the video and Lil Nas X, whose real name is Montero Lamar Hill, tweeted “What a King” in response to the clip.

“Old Town Road” climbed the Billboard charts in April and gained national attention when Billboard removed it from the Hot Country Songs chart, declaring it not country enough. The song has now spent nine weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and even broke the streaming record previously held by Drake.

Hill recently partnered with Wrangler and released a clothing line inspired by the song.

Detroit artists marking Black Music Month

DETROIT — The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is marking Black Music Month with a concert featuring many of Detroit’s prominent musical, visual and literary artists.

Singer Joan Belgrave, wife of late jazz trumpeting great Marcus Belgrave, is producing and performing at the June 27 concert, “Our Music Our Lives.”

The show aims to explore connections between music and the American black experience, and will include works from slavery through modern times. The concert will span several genres, including R&B, jazz, gospel, blues and spoken word. Dance and graphic art also will be featured.

Scheduled performers also include Mark Scott of the Miracles, Motown Legends Gospel Choir, poet and playwright Bill Harris, and the Lisa McCall Dancers.

Black Music Month was recognized by President Jimmy Carter 40 years ago.

Street renaming marks birthday of Notorious B.I.G.

Just weeks after what would have been the 47th birthday of late rapper The Notorious B.I.G., his foundation had a street in the Brooklyn Borough of New York renamed for him recently.

The Christopher Wallace Memorial Foundation announced in May that the stretch of St. James Place between Gates Avenue and Fulton Street would be renamed Christopher Wallace Way during the ceremony June 10, according to PIX 11 News.

The initiative to change the name of the block where the rapper grew up was approved by the Brooklyn Community Board 2 in November.

The Notorious B.I.G. — also known as Biggie Smalls — was 24 years old when he was gunned down in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997.

BET Awards will honor the late Nipsey Hussle

BET Networks announced that Nipsey Hussle will be the recipient of the 2019 “BET Awards” Humanitarian Award.

“In the spirit of uplift he evoked in his community, his work as a devoted son, brother, father, partner, friend and all-around community advocate and philanthropist, musician and businessman,” the company said.

Hussle will be posthumously honored with the award at the 19th annual Awards show airing live in his hometown of Los Angeles on Sunday, June 23.

—Compiled from Tribune News Services

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