*Still fine, sexy, and chiseled, LL Cool J keeps is still making the ladies say “ow.”  The rapper is gearing up to release his 14th studio album “Authentic Hip-Hop.” He reminds his fans that Old School knows how to party, too. “I’m not trying to compete with 17-year-olds on the radio, but I am talking directly to the folks who came up with me,” Uncle L tells ESSENCE.com. “Authentic Hip-Hop” will be released in 2013.

*The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin,  sang for first lady Michelle Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, along with 3,000 other fans at the DAR Constitution Hall Saturday night. She says watching her audience dance and to perform for one of the most influential women in the world was an enjoyable experience.

*Rihanna’s 777 Tour was put on hold after a 6.2 earthquake affected her flight last Wednesday in Mexico City. The shake up delayed her flight to Canada. The whole deal was that she was to perform in seven cities in seven days. Fortunately for her tour and namesake, she hasn’t missed any of her shows.