R&B star Chaka Khan will be inducted into the Apollo Theater’s hall of fame. The theater announced Thursday that Patti LaBelle and Mary J. Blige will perform in Khan’s honor at its June 10 New York gala. The annual event raises funds for the Apollo’s education and community outreach programs. Khan and Blige received a Grammy together in 2008 for ‘‘Disrespectful.’’ Singer-songwriter Lionel Richie and the late Etta James were inducted last year into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame.
Other previous inductees include LaBelle, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and Aretha Franklin, to name just a few. Sarah Jessica Parker will present this year’s corporate award to Time Warner Inc.
Jay-Z defends Cuba trip
Jay-Z is defending his recent trip to Cuba in a new song. The rapper released ‘‘Open Letter’’ Thursday after two Florida Republican lawmakers critical of the trip questioned if the rapper’s visit to Havana with wife Beyoncé, which coincided with their fifth wedding anniversary, was officially licensed. On the song, Jay-Z talks about his distaste for politicians and repeats the refrain, ‘‘Y'all gon’ learn today.’’ Jay-Z raps: ‘‘Want to give me jail time and a fine? Fine, let me commit a real crime.’’ US Treasury officials said Tuesday the couple’s trip was licensed as an educational exchange after Cuban-American US Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart expressed concerns about the trip.