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‘Three Kings’ wow separately and one at a time

3kings-600Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank – now starring as the trio group TGT – are having fun and enjoying success while out on the road promoting their new album, "Three Kings."

Set to hit stores next Tuesday, August 20, R & B lovers can pre-order on iTunes.

Widely recognized as the R&B group of 2013, TGT delivered a highly-anticipated show at the Orpheum Theatre earlier this month. And they did so amid rumors that they had not been getting along; more about that later.

  • Written by Angela Jackson/Special to The New Tri-State Defender

New TLC Album, First in a Decade

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New TLC Album, First in a Decade

Good things, apparently, come to fans who wait.
TLC, the trio that shot to fame in the early '90s with the best-selling album "CrazySexyCool" and a string of hit singles including "Baby Baby Baby," "Creep" and "No Scrubs," decided to return to the recording studio.
The as yet untitled album is expected to be released in October. Two songs

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  • Written by The Michigan Chronicle

Takeisha Berry-Brooks: Moving forward naturally!

tberrybrooks-hair-400tDon't be surprised if Takeisha Berry-Brooks sheds a tear or two at some point during the 2nd Annual Naturals in the City Hair and Wellness Expo. They'll be expressions of joy.

Approximately 5,000 attendees are expected at the 2-day event that unfolds this weekend at the Cook Convention Center after debuting at the Esplanade last year. For Berry-Brooks, it's all a part of an ongoing labor of love on a natural journey that she travels which is powered by faith.

"I still trust Him! I'm still being tested. I'm not worried about the outcome," said Berry-Brooks, wiping away tears.

  • Written by Angela Jackson/Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Lauryn Hill, O.J. and tales from the cells

Myron-Mays-160WHAT'S HAPPENING MYRON If you were wondering how Lauryn Hill is holding up, I guess there is Internet access in the part of the Danbury, Conn. facility where she is serving out her three-month jail sentence for tax evasion. In a letter posted to her Tumblr page, she lets loose with some info on her experience and lets everyone know how she is doing.

While she lists some of the many people who have written her, Hill said there is no way to write back to all of them. Each of letters, however, has been received, read and appreciated, she said.

The 38-year-old singer, songwriter, rapper, producer and actress began serving her sentence on July for failing to pay about a million dollars in taxes over the past decade. She is due to be released in October.

We remember Cool DJ Soni D

Sonny-D-600Nearly every DJ from nearly every radio station and the club scene in Memphis came out to the Hard Rock Café on Beale Street Monday night to pay homage to the late Cool DJ Soni D, who died in a traffic accident in California on July 1. It was kind of a "who's who" of Memphis radio.

From past to present, almost every station had a presence in the room. People meters weren't important and neither was competition.

In what had the feel of a historic night, more than music set the tone. Heartfelt sentiments filled the room as some of Soni's closest friends and colleagues shared stories of how they met, of how he gave them their names and how he influenced their careers. I looked at all of the legends in attendance and thought to myself, "This was Memphis."

Seeking Maxwell: Landers Center crowd finds its man

Maxwell-5085-600"Where is he? Where is he?" The question bounced around the Landers Center in Southaven, Miss., as Maxwell seekers could hardly contain their desire to see the multi-talented singer-songwriter, record producer and instrumentalist in concert last week (July 3).

Thirty-minutes after a crowd-pleasing performance by Marsha Ambrosius, music blasted and then the lights dimmed as Maxell's slender silhouette pierced through a cloud of smoke. The crowd screamed.

  • Written by Angela Jackson/Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Marsha Ambrosius hitting the high notes with ease

Marsha-Ambrosius-4887-600Marsha Ambrosius – formerly of Floetry – has been a consistent figure at the top of the charts since she went solo. As the opening act for Maxwell (July 3), she stepped right into a warm welcome at the Landers Center in Southaven, Miss.

The image? Stilettos and a black short-set suit, with her natural hair pinned up in a bun unlike her normal over-the-top big hair frizzy look.

In full control of her falsetto skills, she crooned hits from her latest album, "Late Nights and Early Mornings." Halfway through her 45-minute live-band set, Ambrosis belted out high notes from her chart busters, the "Late Nights & Early Mornings" title track, "Say Yes" and "Hope She Cheats on You (With A Basketball Player," which drew cheers from a mostly-female audience.

  • Written by Angela Jackson/Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Traffic accident claims life of Memphis DJ icon, Soni D

Sonny-D-600Kevin Allen Sr. – widely known as legendary Memphis Disc Jockey and Radio Host DJ Soni D – was killed Monday afternoon in Hinkley, Calif., when his 2013 Nissan Rogue collided with another vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Attributing details to San Bernardino County coroner's officials, the San Bernardino Sun reported that Allen was driving west on Highway 58 near Harper Lake Road at 3:20 p.m. when he drove into eastbound lanes to pass a vehicle in front of him.

A native of Chicago, Allen was considered a pioneer in the Memphis club scene as well as the national radio industry. He is a three-time Billboard Magazine Award Winner for his work as production manager, producer and engineer for "Tom Joyner's On The Move" nationally syndicated countdown show.