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This little cutie began her recording career before she reached puberty. She is the youngest singer ever to have two consecutive #1 hits on the Billboard R&B charts. She eventually sold over 20 million records. The Diva is currently recording her eighth studio album. She is happily married to a good man who is a devoted father to her 3 children. Who is she?

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Bernard Bronner of Bronner Brothers

Long before they became pillars of the community and men of the cloth, Nate and Bernard Bronner were once a funk band duo in the 1980s. Nate and Bernard released 4 albums as The Bronner Brothers. Nate wrote most of their songs, including "Pretty Boys," "I'm Not That Bad," and "A Man To Love". The group was active from 1983 through 1987.

Bernard Bronner (pictured above in 1985) is now President of Bronner Brothers, one of the largest manufacturers of hair and skin care products for African Americans. He is also publisher of Upscale magazine, partner in Rainforest Films, and Show & Sales Director for the Atlanta-based Bronner Bros. He and his wife Shiela have 5 children.

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The singer who inspired rapper Jay Z to name his daughter Blue Ivy has dropped a new single.

Blu Cantrell once dated Jay Z before he met Beyonce. Apparently, Jay Z was very impressed by Blu's oral skills.

The 36-year-old singer dropped her new single "SOS (Tell Me Where You At)" off her upcoming album, which is set for release in April 2013.

Blu's debut album, Bittersweet, was relased in 2001. Her first single off Bittersweet, "Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)," reached #2 on the Billboard charts and made Blu an overnight star.

Sources say Blu and Jay Z's relationship didn't last because she was too smart for him.

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    "I hate the term," she says, "because I've never been anything but who I am, and I've lived my authentic life."

    Monifah, 41, is one of 5 R&B singers featured in a new reality TV series titled "R&B Divas," premiering Aug. 20 on TVOne. The series also stars Faith Evans, Nicci Gilbert, Kiki Wyatt, and Sylena Johnson. The series centers around the women's lives as they work together on a R&B compilation album.

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    Music legend Stevie Wonder has filed for divorce from his wife, Kai Millard Morris, TMZ has learned.

    In the divorce docs obtained by TMZ, the music icon cites irreconcilable differences. According to the papers, Wonder has been separated from wife Kai Millard Morris since October 2009.

    Wonder filed the divorce papers using his legal name, Stevland Morris, and signed with two fingerprints.
    In the docs, filed by disso-queen Laura Wasser, Wonder asks for joint custody of the couple's two boys, ages 10 and 7.

    In the docs, Wonder agrees to pay both spousal and child support.

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    Television icon Sherman Hemsley passed away at his El Paso, Texas, home, according to TMZ. He was 74. Hemsley is best known to his generations of fans as successful upper east side dry cleaners owner George Jefferson in The Jeffersons.

    Hemsley won an Emmy in 1984 for his star-turning role as the abrasive-but-lovable patriarch of the Jeffersons. Hemsley was introduced to television audiences in the 1970s as Archie Bunker's equally bigoted next door neighbor on All in the Family.

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    Ms. Melodie, one of 1980s female rap pioneers, has died according to multiple sources.

    From Complex.com:

    The MC (real name Ramona Parker), who was once married to KRS-One in 1988, released her first single in the same year called “Hype According To Ms. Melodie.” The following year, Diva, was released in 1989 on Jive Records. Her biggest video was “Live On Stage” and gave a memorable performance on the single “Self Destruction.” Ms. Melodie also had the opportunity to appear in Queen Latifah’s video “Ladies First.” The cause of death is unknown, but we will keep you updated as the story unfolds.

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