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Lady Gaga surprises middle school students in Staples ad for education

A classroom of middle school students in Hollywood was shocked. The substitute teacher with the poker face and big glasses was pop singer Lady Gaga.

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“Wait, are you the real Lady Gaga?” one student at Walter Reed Middle School asks in a  video that serves as a public service announcement to launch a fundraising campaign in partnership with Staples, AdWeek reported.”Yes, it’s me,” Lady Gaga says, then removes her glasses to confirm her identity, Rolling Stone reported. The appearance was unscripted, AdWeek reported.

Lady Gaga made the teaching appearance to promote the Born this Way Foundation and, organizations that help teachers fund class projects and supplies, AdWeek reported. Staples donated $2 million to the organizations, Rolling Stone reported.

In the video, Lady Gaga said she visited the classroom “to promote a positive learning environment.”

“I want kids to love themselves fearlessly,” she said.

Staples, through its Staples for Students program, is sponsoring a contest that will award a $50,000 scholarship and paid round trips and hotel accommodations for two to see Lady Gaga in a Las Vegas concert. Staples is also sponsoring the singer’s Joanne tour.

Adele: ‘I don’t know if I’ll ever tour again’

As Adele wraps up her latest tour, the singer has suggested to fans that it might be her last. 

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According to Rolling Stone, the 29-year-old recording artist inserted a handwritten note into programs at Wednesday night’s concert at Wembley Stadium in London.

>> Related: Adele breaks Grammy Award in two

The note detailed Adele’s feelings about touring. 

“Touring is a peculiar thing, it doesn't suit me particularly well,” she wrote. “I’m a real homebody, and I get so much joy in the small things ... I only ever did this tour for you and to hopefully have an impact on you the way that some of my favorite artists have had on me live.”

Adele, who was born in London, said she hopes her last performances will be in the city.

“I wanted my final shows to be in London because I don’t know if I’ll ever tour again, and so I want my last time to be at home,” she said Wednesday. 

But she promised to continue to release new music.

>> Related: Adele says she's 'off to have a baby' after finishing US tour

“I will always write music, and I will always put it out. And I hope that you’re always here,” she told the crowd, according to Yahoo. “I might never see you again at a live show. Who knows? But I will remember this for the rest of my life.”

Adele’s tour, which has spanned 15 months, finishes July 2. 

Bentley previously owned by George Strait up for sale

A Bentley convertible previously owned by country music legend George Strait is for sale.

According to the AutoTrader ad, the 2012 Bentley Continental GTC has less than 13,000 miles and is in excellent condition.

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The asking price of $159,000 includes the vehicle and a car manual signed by Strait.

Though it’s a nice car, there's no guarantee that it will get you to "Amarillo by Morning." 

Michelle Obama appeared at the BET Awards and Twitter can't handle it

Former first lady Michelle Obama made a cameo appearance via video message at Sunday night’s BET Awards and Twitter is still overflowing with feelings.

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“Barack and I are so sorry that we can’t be there tonight in person,” she said as Chance The Rapper was honored with the Humanitarian Award, recognizing his activism and philanthropic work in Chicago. “But please know we are there with you in spirit and we are so incredibly proud of you, Chance.

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“We have known Chance and his family since he was a wee little baby rapper. It has been a thrill watching him come into his own in so many ways,” she continued. “In addition to making some really amazing music Chance has been taking that big, bright spotlight that follows him around and he’s shining it on young people in our hometown of Chicago.”

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The video clip, which highlights Chance’s work with the young people of Chicago and concludes with Obama’s remarks, is online here.

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Twitter users working to process their emotions turned to GIF therapy:

“Time and again he has been standing up, speaking out and doing the work to get kids in our community the education they deserve,” the former first lady concluded. “With these passionate efforts, Chance is showing our young people that they matter, that they have something inside of them that is worthy of being expressed and that they have so much to contribute to their communities and to our country. Chance, you are an outstanding role model and an inspiration to all of us who care about our next generation. Because of you, countless young people will grow up believing in themselves, fulfilling their God-given potential and then reaching back and lifting up other people along the way.

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“I can think of no greater legacy to leave. And I am thrilled to celebrate you here tonight and honored to call you my friend.”

WATCH: Xscape reunites for performance at BET Awards

Consider the Xscape reunion launched.

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Performing for the first time in 18 years, the original quartet of Kandi Burruss, LaTocha Scott, Tamika Scott and Tameka “Tiny” Harris hit the stage at the 2017 BET Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.

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Wearing various forms of sequins and sparkles, the ladies thrilled the crowd with a throwback medley of their '90s-era hits “Understanding,” “Who Can I Run To” and “Just Kickin’ It.”

>> BET Awards 2017: Complete winners list

The public return is the first step of the Xscape reunion roll-out.

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Since confirming their reunion in March, the foursome has announced a performance at the Essence Festival in New Orleans in July (and two dates immediately following in Detroit) and plans for a reality show on Bravo.

Kamala Harris creates playlist for African-American Music Appreciation Month

June not only marks Pride Month. It’s also recognized as African-American Music Appreciation Month, and one politician is celebrating the occasion with her very own playlist.

» RELATED: GOP senator admonishes Democrat Kamala Harris for persistent questioning 

California Sen. Kamala Harris dug into her musical archives to round up nearly 50 songs for Spotify. The list covers an array of genres including jazz, hip-hop, gospel and funk. 

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It also features several different artists from Marvin Gaye and Nina Simone to SZA and Migos. And she plans to add more musicians throughout the rest of the month. 

»RELATED: 5 things to know about Migos 

“Our nation has an indelible soundtrack, songs that have become anthems recognized across the world,” she told Blavity. “To celebrate African-American music is to dance, sing, and even march to the rhythms that have long served as vehicles for honesty, inspiration, struggle, success and joy.”

President Jimmy Carter proclaimed June as Black Music Month in 1979. In 2009, President Barack Obama changed the month-long holiday to African-American Music Appreciation Month.

Want to give Harris’ tunes a go? Click here to listen to the full collection. Some songs on the playlist include “ABC” by The Jackson 5, “Happy” by Pharrell, “Kiss” by Prince and “HUMBLE” by Kendrick Lamar.

Rapper Prodigy of Mobb Deep dies at 42

Rapper Albert Johnson, best known by his stage name Prodigy and as one-half of highly acclaimed rap duo Mobb Deep, died Tuesday, according to multiple reports. He was 42 years old.

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A publicist for Mobb Deep confirmed to XXL that he was found unconscious Tuesday morning and later died.

Rapper, dozens more arrested at 'Welcome Home' from prison party

A night of partying ended with deputies arresting dozens of people – including a rapper known as M. Deezy – in a raid at a popular sports bar in Coweta County, Georgia.

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The Sheriff’s Office told WSB-TV’s Chris Jose that the business, Hoops Bar and Grill, has been under surveillance for months.

Deputies say the raid started with a marijuana complaint. The sheriff said the odor was so strong that you could smell it when you drove by the bar.

"Through the great social media, we were invited so we went and we showed up," Sheriff Mike Yeagar said.

Inside, deputies say they found drugs and arrested two dozen people for probation violations.

"They had their guns out. They had the task force, probation officers," Jasmine Ball said. "When they came in, they said the quickest way out of here is women on this side and men on this side. They didn't check no women."

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Witnesses told Jose they were there for a “Welcome Home” party for their friend Mondell Whitaker, aka rapper M. Deezy, who had just been released from prison on Thursday.

"It's devastating. The moment we finally get out of the house, something like this happens," Kahlia Hill said.

Hill's husband was arrested in the raid.

"All of a sudden police and probation officers just bust in from like every entrance," she said.

Whitaker's mother told Jose that the raid happened in the middle of her son's performance.

"He keeps getting harassed. He's just trying to go to the club to perform and make money," she said.

20-story hip-hop museum to open in New York in 2018

A neighborhood that birthed hip-hop heavyweights like Q -Tip, Doug E Fresh and Mase will soon be the backdrop of a massive museum.

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The first phase of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum, projected to cost $150 million, will open in Harlem next February, according to Newsweek. Hip Hop Hall Fame, a nonprofit that aims to preserve and conduct research on the socioeconomic and cultural impact of hip-hop music, announced the plans for the museum last week.

The first phase of the new project is slated to include a cafe, a gallery, a visitors bureau and a gift store on the ground floor, and on the second floor, a museum, event space, offices and a multimedia studio, according to a news release.

The second phase will expand to 20 stories and include a hotel, mall, gift shop, an arcade, concert lounge and restaurant.

»RELATED: Study: Hip-hop has fewer drug references than any other music genre

James “JT” Thompson, who founded the Hip Hop Hall of Fame in 1996, has been working to bring the hip-hop museum and complex to life for several years, according to the New York Post.

“This has been a labor of love. It’s had its valleys, mountains, peaks and falloffs,” Thompson told the Post in reference to museum plans halting following the deaths of Tupac and Notorious B.I.G.

Pending the successful fundraising campaign for the museum, Thompson will see the fruits of his labor after 20 years.

“Hip-hop is about empowering yourself, moving beyond the music,” he told the Post. “The HHHOF and I have a duty and responsibility to preserve this rich history of music and culture.”

Fans rejoice as Beyoncé, Jay Z welcoming twins takes over Twitter

The Beyhive was abuzz on Twitter after celebrity power couple Beyoncé and Jay Z welcomed their long-awaited twins.

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On Father’s Day, Beyoncé’s father Matthew Knowles confirmed reports of the births in a tweet. 

“Happy Birthday to the twins! Love Granddad,” Knowles said on Twitter Sunday. Knowles is the first family member to publicly announce the births.

Fans have flocked to social media over the past few days as word leaked out that the superstar entertainer has gone into labor in Los Angeles last week.

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