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New book explores racism and the U.S. Secret Service

New book explores racism and the U.S. Secret Service

Abraham Bolden Sr., the first African-American Secret Service agent assigned to the White House detail, still finds humor in his life, despite having faced formidable challenges that would have defeated a lesser man.

Bolden served three years in prison after being convicted of giving government documents to a known criminal in exchange for $50,000.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago retaliated against Bolden after he complained to no avail to his Secret Service bosses and later to the public that Secret Service agents failed to protect President John F. Kennedy on the day he was assassinated because some of them considered the President a 'nigger lover' who was changing the country.

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  • Written by Frederick Lowe

Toni Braxton says God gave her son autism as punishment for past abortion

Toni Braxton says God gave her son autism as punishment for past abortion

Toni Braxton has dropped several bombshells in her new memoir, appropriately dubbed "Unbreak My Heart," but her thoughts on her son's health condition seem to be receiving the most attention.

The crooner reveals that she believes God gave her 11-year-old son, Diezel, autism as punishment for her having an abortion more than a decade ago.

She addresses her guilt over having the procedure done due to her religious upbringing, saying, "I was suddenly faced with a choice I'd never thought I'd have to make. Amid my major misgivings about abortion, I eventually made the gut-wrenching decision."

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Angela Basset to direct new Lifetime Whitney Houston-Bobby Brown movie

Angela Basset to direct new Lifetime Whitney Houston-Bobby Brown movie

Whitney Houston's story – more specifically her troubled relationship with singer, songwriter Bobby Brown – is scheduled to be chronicled in a 2015 Lifetime movie, named for the beloved singer.

Award-winning actress Angela Basset will make her directing debut with Whitney Houston, telling the story of the couple from "the time they first met at the very height of their celebrity, to their courtship and tumultuous marriage," according to a press release.

"I have such regard for both Whitney's and Bobby's amazing talents and accomplishments; and I feel a responsibility in the telling of their story," Bassett said in the release.

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  • Written by Breanna Edwards/The Root

This Weekend in Memphis!

This Weekend in  Memphis!

FRIDAY

Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale
10:00am-4:30pm | Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library

The Prodigal Son Booksigning with Kimberla Lawson Roby
1pm-3pm | Barnes & Noble

* Memphis Children's Theatre Festival: Kick-Off Celebration
6:00pm | The McCoy Theatre on the Rhodes College Campus

 

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Sistahs Succeed 2 Showcase set for June 7-8 weekend

Sistahs Succeed 2 Showcase set for June 7-8 weekend

The inaugural Sistahs Succeed 2 Showcase (SS2 Showcase) presented by Spirit Magazine is coming to the Cook Convention Center on June 7th-8th.

The showcase is designed as an eventful weekend in downtown Memphis for women of all ages to enjoy live entertainment, meet celebrity guests and sample and purchase a wide range of health, beauty, fitness, fashion and financial products and services.

"The goal of the showcase is to provide resources to uplift and encourage not only our sisters but their families as well in all aspects of life from health and fitness, to being glamorous and financially stable," says President of SS2 Showcase, Inc. Minerva Little. "We're bringing all of those things under one roof and making it an entertaining event for everyone involved."

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

‘Soul food scholar’ and author Adrian Miller at the Cotton Museum

‘Soul food scholar’ and author Adrian Miller at the Cotton Museum

Culinary historian Adrian Miller, the 2014 James Beard Award recipient, will be the center of attention when the Cotton Museum hosts Soul Food Sunday on May 25th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the museum at 65 Union Ave.

The free event will celebrate the release of Miller's new book, "Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine One Plate at a Time." The Cotton Museum's event organizers said attendees should expect to learn and taste along as Miller uncovers "the influences, ingredients and innovations behind this uniquely American tradition and our very own culinary history."

In addition to a discussion and book signing with Miller, guests will have the chance to enjoy soul food from local restaurants and music from Greg Mason's Gospel Ensemble. Some of Memphis' tastiest treats will be available from The Gay Hawk, Alchemy, Deja Vu, R.P. Tracks and Local Gastropub.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

A bittersweet tribute to black womanhood

A bittersweet tribute to black womanhood

"Where are the ants?"

It's Mother's Day. My mother has come to New York to spend the weekend with me, her only child. After a rooftop brunch, I insist that we swing through the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, N.Y., to see Kara Walker's latest art exhibit, "A Subtlety" (or "The Marvelous Sugar Baby"). I'm especially eager to see it on opening weekend, when it's fresh (and before the masses see it and all the think pieces are written that will undoubtedly alter my perception), and I also want to see how my mom, not so much an art lover, reacts to it.

Walker, who is best-known for using her art to explore race, gender and sexuality, doesn't disappoint. Her newest work, currently on display at the Domino Sugar Factory, is a modern-day sphinx in the image of a black woman. The "sugar sphinx," as I've taken to calling her, wears a head scarf tied like a mammy and is replete with an ample bosom and the unmistakably black features of a wide nose, full lips and—the part that's been getting all the social media attention—a gigantic butt.

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  • Written by Demetria L. Lucas/The Root

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