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Key figures in the Ferguson, Missouri shooting

Key figures in the Ferguson, Missouri shooting

With indications that a decision is near on whether to indict the policeman who killed teenager Michael Brown, here is a snapshot of high-profile figures in the race-tinged drama.

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP)

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

The day after Cosby goes radio silent, a new rape allegation surfaces

The day after Cosby goes radio silent, a new rape allegation surfaces

Sexual assault accusations against beloved actor and comedian Bill Cosby aren’t new. However, until recently, the star had largely escaped public scrutiny.

But in recent weeks, Cosby has been dealing with fallout from a series of allegations as, on Sunday, a new alleged victim came forward with a story of abuse, sharing her story in Hollywood Elsewhere.

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  • Written by Breanna Edwards-The Root

‘My own man’ treats Memphis to ‘Mrs. Independent’

‘My own man’ treats Memphis to ‘Mrs. Independent’

Some may wonder what can transpire in a relationship were the woman earns more money than the man. The play “Mrs. Independent,” which ran Nov. 8-9 at the Cannon Center, examined just that topic.

Bringing the storyline to life was an acting crew that featured Robin Givens, Dottie Peoples, Christopher Williams, Tony Grant, Trisha Mann-Grant and playwright Priest Tyaire.

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  • Written by Brittney Gathen-Special to The New Tri-State Defender

‘The Big Baby Live Experience Volume 1’

‘The Big Baby Live Experience Volume 1’

If you have ever found yourself downtown at Memphis Sounds Lounge listening to the A440 Band then you might be familiar with a strong-voice performer known to many as “Big Baby.”

No, she’s not a baby! She’s not even a kid. She’s a full-grown woman with a voice that really makes you feel the pulse of what the Memphis sound is all about.

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‘Dynamic duo’ builds on what keeps on working

‘Dynamic duo’ builds on what keeps on working

Soprano soloist Valetta Brinson, an assistant professor of communications, graphic and fine arts at Southwest Tennessee Community College, recently joined poet and musician Kevin Simmonds in a performance before a packed house at the College of Charleston for the Crazyhorse Reading Series.

Brinson accompanied Simmonds with songs as he read poems centered on issues of identity, sexuality, family dynamics, and history.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

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