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Questlove Nominated For Top Cookery Writing Award

The 46-year-old teamed with author Ben Greenman to release a food book, titled something to food about: Exploring Creativity with Innovative Chefs, last year (16). Now the tome, which features Questlove's...

The Roots Draft Michael B. Jordan For Basketball Musical

The musicians have been tapped to put together a mini-show to air before Sunday's (19Feb17) All-Star Game in New Orleans, Louisiana, and they have enlisted an all-star line-up for the original production....

Questlove Signs On As Pandora's First Ambassador

The drummer and producer, who is famous for his knowledge of music, will help the company nurture new talent and debut new initiatives, while hosting a weekly three-hour show online promoting rare cuts...

Janelle Monae And The Roots Lead Prince Tribute At Bet Awards

The tribute to the Purple Rain musician, who died in April (16) aged 57 will also feature percussionist Sheila E and other yet to be announced acts. Bosses at the Black Entertainment...

The Roots To Perform With D'angelo And John Mayer At First New York Festival

The acclaimed band, led by drummer Questlove, staged its ninth annual Roots Picnic in their native Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Saturday (04Jun16), when Usher, DMX, Blood Orange, Leon Bridges, Future, and Willow Smith hit...

Sandy Duncan Still Can't Watch Her Role In Roots

The actress portrayed Missy Anne Reynolds, the daughter of slave owners, in the acclaimed drama, which was based on Alex Haley's 1976 book, Roots: The Saga of an American Family, but almost 40...

David Bowie Tribute Organiser Wants The Roots To Return

Band member Questlove took to Instagram on Wednesday night (30Mar16) and revealed his group had pulled out of the Music Of David Bowie charity function due to a "b**tcha**" attitude from other musicians surrounding the...

The Roots Pull Out Of David Bowie Shows After Equipment Dispute

Questlove of The Roots has insisted that the band will no longer be performing at the upcoming major David Bowie tribute concerts this week, which will be held at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music...

The Roots Cancel David Bowie Tribute Appearances

The band was originally booked to play sets at The Music of David Bowie events this Thursday and Friday (31Mar-1Apr16) at New York City's Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall, respectively.And although the prestigious...

Questlove Pays Tribute To Late Singer Father

Andrews, lead singer of the doo-wop quintet Lee Andrews & the Hearts, passed away on Wednesday, aged 79. The group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania enjoyed hits in the 1950s with tracks Try the Impossible,...

The Roots Sued By Former Band Member

Bassist Leonard Hubbard is suing his former bandmates and their current manager, claiming he was forced to leave the group after he was diagnosed with blood cancer multiple myeloma in 2007....

50 Cent's Hotel Smelled Of 'Weed'

50 Cent chilled with DJ Skitz in a hotel that ''stunk of weed''.The 'P.I.M.P' hitmaker hung out with the 'Where My Mind Is At' producer, who claimed the rapper's entire hotel floor was filled with...

Questlove Writing Good Food Book

The drummer and author's Something to Food About: Exploring Creativity with America's Most Innovative Chefs will chronicle his favourite places to eat and the cooks who run the kitchens. Announcing the news...

Malachi Kirby Cast As Kunta Kinte In Roots Remake

The Gone Too Far star will play Kunta Kinte in the TV miniseries based on Alex Haley's 1976 book, Roots: The Saga of an American Family, which inspired the original 1977 series....

Jimmy Fallon Sings With U2

Jimmy Fallon sang with U2 in New York last night (22.07.15).The 42-year-old talk show host - who recently underwent hand surgery after a fall at home - was invited on stage at Madison Square Garden...

U2 Invite The Roots And Jimmy Fallon Onstage At New York Gig

The Beautiful Day hitmakers were performing for the third night of an eight-part series at Madison Square Garden in the Big Apple when they invited funnyman Fallon and his show's house band The...

The Roots' Members To Executive Produce Broadway Show Hamilton's Soundtrack Album

The hip hop musical, which focuses on the life of U.S. founding father Alexander Hamilton, is currently in previews in New York, and record executives are planning to capitalise on the show's rave...

Billie Holiday And The Roots To Be Inducted Into Philadelphia Music Walk Of Fame

This autumn (15), the two Philadelphia music staples will be inducted to the Walk of Fame, and will also be feted at a celebratory gala. In addition to jazz legend Holiday and...

Questlove Escapes Huge Highway Accident In Atlanta

The Roots drummer and bandleader was driving along a highway when a large road sign fell and hit the tarmac, causing drivers to hit the brakes and swerve to avoid crashing into other...

Questlove Performs Dream Dj Set In Cuba

U.S. President Barack Obama eased decades-old travel to and commerce restrictions on Cuba in December (15), and last week, The Roots drummer became one of the first musicians to visit the country in...

Forgetful Madonna Refuses To Use Teleprompter

The Vogue hitmaker made the admission after joining U.S. talk show host Jimmy Fallon and his The Tonight Show house band The Roots on Thursday (09Apr15) to perform an acoustic version of her...

Madonna Joins Jimmy Fallon And The Roots For A Classroom Rendition Of 'Holiday' [Video]

Remember those totally unusable instruments you were given for music class in elementary school? Well, it turns out, they're not so unusable after all - Jimmy Fallon enlists Madonna and The Roots and his collection...

Questlove Reviews Kim Gordon's Memoir For The New York Times

The Roots drummer, real name Ahmir Thompson, picked up a copy of Girl in a Band and shared his thoughts on the autobiography in an article published this week (begs09Mar15). In his...

Jimmy Fallon's Lip-sync Battle Becomes Super Bowl Xlix Comedy Highlight

The Super Bowl XLIX was all anyone could talk about over the weekend - and it wasn't just about the epic win of the New England Patriots over the Seattle Seahawks. As per usual, this...

Tv Mogul Brandon Stoddard Dies

Brandon Stoddard, the Tv mogul behind ground-breaking miniseries Roots and The Winds Of War, has died, aged 77.The one-time Abc Entertainment president lost his battle with cancer at his home in Bel-Air on Monday (22Dec14)....

Perry Farrell And Rufus Wainwright Line Up For David Byrne And Talking Heads Tribute

Rocker Perry Farrell, singer Rufus Wainwright and hip-hop band The Roots are set to salute David Byrne and the Talking Heads at a special tribute concert next year (15).ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, O.A.R., Steve Earle...

Questlove Urges Artists To Write Protest Songs After Eric Garner Ruling

The Roots drummer Questlove has challenged fellow musicians to write protest songs in response to recent U.S. grand jury decisions to clear cops over the deaths of two men.Last month (Nov14) it was ruled police...

The Roots' Questlove And Black Thought Launch Fund For Alma Mater

Hip-hop stars The Roots have launched a new education foundation for their alma mater in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania after budget cuts prompted school officials to cancel its annual theatre production.Drummer Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson and rapper Tariq...

Musicians, Celebrities And World Leaders Unite To Fight Poverty At Global Citizen Festival

So there’s SXSW for the hipsters, Coachella for the fashionable crowd… and then there’s the Global Citizen music festival, which has a different vibe altogether. Held in Central Park, the third annual event featured the...

The Roots Star Questlove Credits Robin Williams With Giving Him Purpose

The Roots star Questlove will forever be grateful to late funnyman Robin Williams for giving him the creative boost he needed following a chance meeting backstage at the Grammy Awards in 2001.Questlove reveals he and...

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