Taraji P Henson and Jussie Smollett arrive back at their hotel in New York City

Empire stars Taraji P. Henson, 44, and openly gay actor Jussie Smollet, 31, were seen arriving at the 2015 FOX Programming Presentation at Wollman Rink, Central Park in New York on Monday, May 11.
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Chris Brown and Karrueche Tran exit Crooks and Castles shop on Fairfax on the release date of his new album, 'X'

Troubled singer Chris Brown and his faithful concubine Karrueche Tran were spotted exiting Crooks and Castles shop on Fairfax on the release date of his new album, X. Brown's new album is neck and neck for the #1 spot on the Billboard sales chart with pop legend Barbra Steisand's new album, Partners. Partners is Barbra's 1st studio album release since 2003.
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Shawn Tubby Holiday and Tip Harris

Sandrarose.com was the first to break the news that rap mogul T.I. "Tip" Harris signed a new record deal with Columbia Records.

Friend of the blog, Shawn "Tubby" Holiday, Columbia's new SVP of Urban A&R, was instrumental in getting the deal done. Shawn is pictured above with T.I.

Music mogul Pharrell Williams will executive produce T.I.'s fist album on Grand Hustle/Columbia in early 2014. DJ Toomp and Timbaland will also produce the much-anticipated project.

T.I. and his imprint Grand Hustle Records parted ways with Atlantic Records earlier this year. The split was an acrimonious one.

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Shawn Tubby Holiday and Tip Harris

Congratulations to friend of the blog Shawn "Tubby" Holiday who was promoted to Senior Vice President of Urban A&R at Columbia Records! Shawn will oversee the recording projects of celebrities such as T.I. "Tip" Harris (who signed a new record deal with Shawn at Columbia), Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Lauryn Hill, and rapper J. Cole, among others. Shawn previously held the position of SVP of A&R at RCA Records since 2011.

Shawn, pictured above left with T.I. Harris, has worked with superstars such as Akon, Keyshia Cole, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Hudson and Robin Thicke, among others.

Follow Shawn on Twitter.com if you believe you have what it takes to make it in the music business.

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