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Exclusive: Melanie Fiona’s Jam Session At ASCAP’s ‘Women Behind The Music’ Event

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On Tuesday night, Melanie Fiona, LeToya Luckett, Carmen Murray, and Andrea Martin were all honored at ASCAP’s 5th Annual “Women Behind the Music Series,” an event celebrating the contributions of women in the music industry.

“It’s really an honor and I just feel very blessed they we are even being recognized tonight for everything we do, it’s all good, it’s all positive,” Melanie told HipHollywood while on the red carpet.

HH also caught up with LeToya who shared her thoughts on the importance of the night’s event. “I get to share it with my peers. I love Melanie Fiona. My manager Carmen is awesome and shes done such an amazing job with female artists in particular because she is so strong,” Luckett said. “I’m here really to honor her.”

The ladies participated in an intimate Q and A before bringing the night to a close with an incredible jam session. Fiona performed some of her hit songs, including “4AM” and “Cold Piece.”

Check out Fiona’s performance of “Give It To Me Right” below:

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‘Annihilation’s’ Leading Ladies Use Intense Military Training As Bonding Experience

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Annihilation is one hell of a visually stunning sci-fi film with five female leads on an expedition to uncover the mysterious phenomenon that is expanding across the American coastline.

For Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson and Gina Rodriguez, the film, which also lends a voice to what is being called the year of the woman, dressing in head to toe military gear and going through tactical training was a bonding experience.

“”t was really fun. It’s weird to say that. But to have all these women in military training together, where we had to do these exercises … it was a great bonding experience with each other.” Portman told us.

And although the women had the opportunity to use real guns, firearms is not something the ladies of Hollywood advocate. “I’m anti gun to be honest,” Rodriguez said. “I say no guns. There’s no reason for people to have guns especially when you have these,” she said while holding up her firsts.

This past week Gina has been very vocal via social media about gun legislation and the idea behind policy and change following the tragic high school massacre an Parkland, Florida.
Annihilation, also starring Oscar Isaac, hits theaters on February 23.
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