Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press

Mesfin Fekadu

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Recent articles by Mesfin:

Despite pandemic, MTV VMAs to take place Aug. 30 in Brooklyn

NEW YORK (AP) — The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards will still go ahead despite the coronavirus pandemic. An MTV spokesperson confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday that the show will take... → Read More

BET Awards highlight Black voices as artists turn political

Artists used their performances at the BET Awards to highlight the Black Lives Matter movement, civil rights and the lives of those lost because of police officers, including George Floyd. → Read More

BET Awards highlight Black voices as artists turn political

Artists used their performances at the BET Awards to highlight the Black Lives Matter movement, civil rights and the lives of those lost because of police officers, including George Floyd. → Read More

BET Awards highlight Black voices as artists turn political

Artists used their performances at the BET Awards to highlight the Black Lives Matter movement, civil rights and the lives of those lost because of police officers, including George Floyd. → Read More

BET Awards highlight Black voices as artists turn political

NEW YORK (AP) — The BET Awards served as an extension of the voices of Black people protesting in the streets about the inequalities Black people face daily, as artists → Read More

BET Awards highlight Black voices as artists turn political

NEW YORK - The BET Awards served as an extension of the voices of Black people protesting in the streets about the inequalities Black people face daily, as artists used their performances to highlight the Black Lives Matter movement, civil rights and the lives of those lost because of police officers, including George Floyd. DaBaby, with his face pressed against the ground as an officer's knee… → Read More

Amid coronavirus pandemic, Live Nation announces drive-in concert series

Grammy-winning singer Brad Paisley will headline shows in all three cities, while fellow country artists Darius Rucker and Jon Pardi will also perform in Nashville at Nissan Stadium. Nelly will perform in Maryland Heights, near St. Louis. → Read More

Amid pandemic, Live Nation announces drive-in concert series

Tour promoter Live Nation has announced its first-ever drive-in concerts series in the U.S. for July, following lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

New solo version of Aretha song about race, faith released

Sony’s RCA Records, RCA Inspiration and Legacy Recordings released the song Friday, aligning with the holiday celebrating the day in 1865 that all enslaved black people learned they had been freed from bondage. → Read More

New solo version of Aretha song about race, faith released

Sony’s RCA Records, RCA Inspiration and Legacy Recordings released the song Friday, aligning with the holiday celebrating the day in 1865 that all enslaved black people learned they had been freed from bondage. → Read More

New solo version of Aretha song about race, faith released

Sony’s RCA Records, RCA Inspiration and Legacy Recordings released the song Friday, aligning with the holiday celebrating the day in 1865 that all enslaved black people learned they had been freed from bondage. → Read More

New solo version of Aretha song about race, faith released

Sony’s RCA Records, RCA Inspiration and Legacy Recordings released the song Friday, aligning with the holiday celebrating the day in 1865 that all enslaved black people learned they had been freed from bondage. → Read More

New solo version of Aretha song about race, faith released

Sony’s RCA Records, RCA Inspiration and Legacy Recordings released the song Friday, aligning with the holiday celebrating the day in 1865 that all enslaved black people learned they had been freed from bondage. → Read More

12-year-old singer of black anthem song signs deal with Warner Records

“It’s very exciting because this is what God’s called me to do,” Keedron Bryant said in an interview with The Associated Press this week, adding that “it’s just been an exciting experience to work with my mom.” → Read More

12-year-old boy signs record deal after song about being a 'young black man' goes viral

"It’s very exciting because this is what God’s called me to do." → Read More

Pick me up off the floor, Norah Jones asks on her new album

The title of Norah Jones' new album, "Pick Me Up Off the Floor," has two chief meanings. After spending two years recording one-off monthly sessions, the piano-playing jazz-pop singer realized she had enough great songs piled up for an album. The other meaning? The songs were sad, and Jones needed a hand getting up. → Read More

Drake tops BET Awards nods; show to air on CBS for 1st time

NEW YORK (AP) — Drake is the leading nominee at the 2020 BET Awards, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary later this month. → Read More

Grammys make awards changes, address conflicts of interest

NEW YORK (AP) — The Recording Academy is making changes to several Grammy Awards categories, including the often-debated best new artist title, and having nomination review committee members sign disclosure → Read More

Social media, music world go dark for Black Out Tuesday

Though Black Out Tuesday was originally organized by the music community, the social media world also went dark in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, joining voices around the world outrag… → Read More

Social media, music world go dark for Black Out Tuesday

Though Black Out Tuesday was originally organized by the music community, the social media world also went dark in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, joining voices around the world outraged by the killings of black people in the U.S. → Read More