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Here’s a recap of some of the craziest, memorable moments in 2018.

January 2018

  • Actress Olivia Cole, from the series “Roots,” died at age 75 (Source: New York Times)
  • U.S. federal government temporarily shutdown (Source: The Guardian)
  • Baton Rouge rapper Kevin Gates was released from prison after serving 9 months (Source: XXL)

February 2018

Black Panther

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  • The highly anticipated Marvel movie “Black Panther,” starring Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan, hit theaters
  • Bill Cosby‘s daughter, Ensa Cosby, died at age 44 (Source: TMZ)
  • Actor Reg E. Cathey, seen on House of Cards and HBO prison series OZ, died at age 59 (Source: Variety)
  • 2018 Olympics held in Pyeongchang, South Korea

March 2018

Star Trak Hosts Weekly Neptunes Party at the Coral Room

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  • Former Bad Boy rapper Craig Mack died at age 47 (Source: Rolling Stone)
  • Snoop Dogg released Gospel album “Bible of Love”
  • Toni Braxton released “Sex & Cigarettes” album
  • XXXTentaction released “?” album
  • Samsung Galaxy S9 smartphone was released

April 2018

J. Cole KOD Album

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  • J. Cole released “KOD” album
  • Rapper 03 Greedo got a 20-year prison sentence related to drugs and guns (Source: The Fader)
  • Janelle Monáe released “Dirty Computers” album
  • Actor Verne Troyer, known as “Mini Me” from the Austin Powers movies, died at age 49 (Source: CNN)
  • Tinashe released “Joyride” album
  • Nelson Mandela’s ex-wife Winnie Mandela died at age 81 (Source: New York Times)
  • Cardi B released “Invasion of Privacy” album
  • Singer Yvonne Staples (part of the Staples Sisters group) died at age 80 (Source: The Guardian)
  • Post Malone released “Beerbongs & Bentleys” album
  • “Avengers: Infinity War” movie hit theaters

May 2018

Styles P and Kid Capri In Concert - New York, NY

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  • Styles P (of The Lox) released “G-Host” album
  • “Deadpool 2” movie starring Ryan Reynolds hit theaters
  • Pusha T released “Daytona” album
  • 10 people were killed in the Santa Fe High School shooting (Source: NBC News)

June 2018

BET presents 2017 Soul Train Awards

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  • Joe Jackson, father of pop icon Michael Jackson and his other siblings, died at age 89 (Source: Rolling Stone)
  • Florida rapper XXXTentacion was shot and killed in Deerfield Beach, FL at age 20 (Source: USA Today)
  • Drake released “Scorpion” album
  • “Incredibles 2” movie hit theaters
  • Richard “The Old Man” Harrison, from the TV series “Pawn Stars,” died at age 77 (Source: CNN)
  • “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard hit theaters

July 2018

  • Cardi B and Offset welcomed their daughter Kulture Kiari Cephus into the world (Source: Billboard)
  • “Mission Impossible: Fallout” starring Tom Cruise hit theaters

August 2018

Aretha Franklin In Concert - New York, New York

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  • Soul singer Aretha Franklin died at age 76 (Source: CNN)
  • Florida rapper Kodak Black was released from jail (Source: Rolling Stone)
  • Travis Scott released “Astroworld” album
  • Charlotte Rae, who played the housekeeper Edna on the hit TV show Diff’rent Strokes) died at age 92 (Source: New York Times)
  • Eminem released “Kamikaze” album
  • Spike Lee‘s movie “BlacKkKlansman” hit theaters

September 2018

Mac MIller

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  • Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller died at age 26 (Source: Rolling Stone)
  • Lil Wayne released “Tha Carter V” album
  • MetroPCS re-branded as Metro By T-Mobile (Source: CNet)
  • Actor Burt Reynolds died at age 82 (Source: TMZ)
  • Bill Cosby gets to 3-to-10 years in prison (Source: CNN)

October 2018

Ella Mai Stops By 97.9 The Beat

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  • Singer Ella Mai released her self-titled debut album “Ella Mai”
  • Rapper Young Greatness, was shot and killed at age 34 (Source: NOLA)
  • “Halloween” movie starring Jamie Lee Curtis hit theaters
  • Yella Beezy was shot several times in Lewisville, TX (Source: XXL)
  • “Venom” movie hit theaters
  • Former Death Row Records CEO, Suge Knight, sentenced to 28 years in prison (Source: NBC News)

November 2018


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  • Brooklyn rapper 6ix9ine and his crew arrested on racketeering charges; released “Dummy Boy” album (Source: Rolling Stone)
  • Meek Mill released “Championships” album
  • 2018 U.S. mid-term elections took place
  • “Robin Hood” movie starring Jamie Foxx and hit theaters
  • Mother of Diddy‘s children and ex-girlfriend, Kim Porter, died at age 47 (Source: TMZ)
  • Mariah Carey released “Caution” album
  • Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade welcomed their daughter, Kaavia James Union Wade, into the world (Source: Ebony)
  • Michelle Obama released her book Becoming (Source: Amazon)
  • Houston, TX rapper Z-RO released “Sadism” album
  • Marvel comic book writer Stan Lee died at age 95 (Source: New York Times)
  • “Creed II” movie starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone hit theaters
  • Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush died at age 94 (Source: New York Times)

December 2018

  • Cardi B and Offset broke up for him allegedly cheating (Source: TMZ)
  • Dipset rapper Juelz Santana accepts plea deal for 2+ years in federal prison, related to bringing gun to airport (Source:  HipHopDX)
  • Jazz singer Nancy Wilson died at age 81 (Source: USA Today)
  • Remy Ma and Papoose welcome a baby girl into the world
  • “Aquaman” movie starring Jason Momoa hit theaters

Overall, there were a lot of wins and losses in 2018. Let’s keep the losses at a minimum in 2019 and make it great.