SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Beyonce paid homage to a high-profile music executive being honored at a charity event to raise money for cancer research.
The singer’s vocals soared as she performed three ballads including her 2009 smash hit Halo and Ava Maria after saluting the character of Warner/Chappell Music Publishing CEO Jon Platt at the City of Hope gala near Los Angeles on Thursday night. She took the stage following her husband, Jay Z, who presented Platt with the Spirit of Life award during a charity event that raised more than $6 million.
“Most people lead with their ego, but you lead with your heart,” Beyonce said Platt, who will soon be leaving his position at Warner/Chappell to take on the top role at Sony/ATV, the top publishing company in the music business.
“You have touched so many lives, mine included,” she added.
Jay Z called Platt the “Obama of the music industry.” The music executive is known for signing publishing deals with Jay Z, Usher, Kanye West and Snoop Dogg. His roster of songwriters at Warner/Chappell includes Lil Wayne, Bruno Mars and Timbaland.
Both Beyonce and Jay Z appeared at the black-tie charity event after the couple wrapped up their On The Run II tour about a week ago.
“I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award than my brother, Jon Platt,” Jay Z told more than 1,000 attendees. “He’s known as ‘Big Jon’ and he has a beautiful soul.”
City of Hope is a treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases raising more than $118 million in the group’s 45-years. The award is the group’s highest honor recognizing those that have helped further music, film and entertainment.
Previous Spirit of Life award recipients include Quincy Jones, Clive Davis, Irving Azoff and Mo Ostin.
Music mogul Diddy, singer Usher, former NBA player Chauncey Billups and some of Platt’s family members took part in a video dedicated to the music executive. Platt’s oldest son, Jonathan Platt, was diagnosed with diabetes.
Platt shed tears while talking about his friendship with Jay Z, thanking the rapper for coming into his life.
“As an African-American, I want to say that we’re more than just athletes and music artists. … We’re CEOs,” Platt said.
Mary Mary performed a few of their hits including “Shackles (Praise You)” and “God in Me.” Jazz player Trombone Shorty also provided a musical set.
Haddish introduced cancer survivor, Kommah McDowell, who said she had a 5 percent chance to survive triple-negative inflammatory breast cancer. She told her story of overcoming the disease 13 years ago.
“It’s great that everyone took time out of their crazy schedules to do something good,” singer Bebe Rexha said. “The real happiness doesn’t just come from money or numbers or where you are on the Billboard charts. It’s all about doing stuff like this, helping people. That is what makes people truly happy.”[ione_media_gallery id=”724655″ overlay=”true”]
Imagine taking a break from your hectic job to go on a beautiful cross country trip to unwind only to witness your Airbnb host jump out of his own window.
This horrific event is exactly what happened to a Black couple who took a holiday in Southern California.
According to the Boston Globe, Jaleesa Jackson and Chiedozie Uwandu, both medical residents at hospitals in Boston, decided that they needed a break from their insanely stressful schedules, which consisted of 14-hour shifts, 5-6 days a week. So the couple flew out to Southern California to unwind, enjoy the sun and fun, and most importantly, live their best lives.
They ended up renting an Airbnb, an upscale guesthouse in Los Angeles. The couple told the newspaper that at first, everything seemed fine, especially given that the host, J.J, had high ratings on the app and left a chilled bottle of wine for them.
But soon after, everything turned straight to hell.
The Globe reported that at 5:30 the next morning, Jackson awoke to loud banging at the door, hearing a male voice shout, “I know you’re in there, Kevin!”
Jackson slightly opened the door to see an “agitated man in full rant.” She told him to go away and slammed the door. She then called the host to ask for help.
To her surprise, the host admitted that it was him. Telling her, “Sorry about the confusion. Life’s too short for me to give you an explanation. Have a nice time in LA.”
He then hung up.
Thinking this behavior was some “West coast” thing, the couple tried to move past it, until the next morning. At around 2am, a man came crashing through a large window in their bedroom, “sending shards of glass everywhere and leaving him sprawled on the floor, face down.”
“I had no idea what was happening,” Uwandu told the Globe. “But I reacted like we were under attack.”
When he recognized who the man on the ground was, he couldn’t believe it. It was that DAMN J.J.!!!
When they called the police, they soon found out that J.J wasn’t the owner of the house, but someone who was renting the guesthouse from its true owner, an elderly woman.
The couple quickly called Airbnb, who offered to relocate them to another home for free and refund them the $708, but they weren’t having it.
Instead, they checked into a local hotel spending a whopping $2,300 on their room, parking and other related expenses. Soon after, they called Airbnb again and asked them for $5,000 to compensate them for the trauma they experienced. However, the company met them halfway and only offered them $2,500.
In addition, they offered five free therapy sessions to deal with what happened. Again, the couple declined.
While a rep from Airbnb wouldn’t comment directly about what happened to Jackson and Uwandu, they did stress to the Globe that “safety is our top priority” and “negative incidents are extremely rare.”