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The realities of being the other woman

The realities of being the other woman

Television viewers turn on their flat screens and computers in an effort to escape the realities of life. However, current dramas and reality shows may force us to confront conflict in our own homes.

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  • Written by Arlecia D. Simmons/The Root

Rutgers University offers course on Beyoncé

Rutgers University offers course on Beyoncé

The Department of Women's and Gender Studies will offer a course called "Politicizing Beyoncé," focusing on the singer's lyrics and videos.

Looks like Jay Z isn't the only the only one in the family who can brag on having a university course devoted to him, now that Rutgers University is offering "Politicizing Beyoncé."

The Department of Women's and Gender Studies will offer the course taught by doctoral student Kevin Allred, who told the university's online news site that he is using Beyoncé's career as a launch point to dive into a broader look at American race, gender and sexual politics, the Associated Press reports.

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  • Written by Stephen A. Crockett Jr./The Root

Super Bowl halftime, a Hooligan and hardwork

Super Bowl halftime, a Hooligan and hardwork

When Bruno Mars performs live at the Super Bowl halftime before 100-plus million television viewers on Sunday, Kameron T. Whalum, a super-talented trombone player with deep Memphis roots, will be in his familiar spot amid Mar's onstage backers, aka the Hooligans.

I'll be in front of a television – super-proud of the man who grew out of the youngster that I once made the starting point guard and captain of the basketball team that I coached and mentored at New Olivet Baptist Church, where Kameron's dad, the Rev. Dr. Kenneth T. Whalum Jr., is pastor. Kameron made all the difference in the season we had that summer, as we blew some teams out by halftime. When the games were tight, rather than going off – as I sometimes have – I'd leave the locker room (after knocking over some paper cups) and allowed Kameron to motivate them.

I detected leadership in Kameron; he carried an aura of winning, an essential trait shared by many successful people. He absolutely had it as a child, not at all surprising considering the ample supply of role models in the Whalum family tree. With the big game looming, Kameron and I shared this conversation.

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  • Written by Kelvin Cowans/Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Alice in Walkerland!: The ‘PBS American Masters’ Interview

Alice in Walkerland!: The ‘PBS American Masters’ Interview

Alice Walker made history as the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction as well as the National Book Award in 1983 for her novel "The Color Purple." An internationally celebrated author, poet and activist, Walker's books include seven novels, four collections of short stories, four children's books, and volumes of essays and poetry.

Here, she talks about her career and about the documentary "Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth," which premieres on PBS' American Masters series on Friday, Feb. 7th at 8 p.m. CT.

Kam Williams: Hi Alice. I'm so honored to have this opportunity to interview you.
Alice Walker: Oh, I'm so glad to be talking with you, too, Kam. ...

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Power List of best-selling African-American books – Winter 2014

Power List of best-selling African-American books – Winter 2014

The Power List, the quarterly compilation of best-selling books written or read by African Americans, has released its winter 2014 list.

The influence of feature films strongly impacted the Winter 2014 list, as books based on two movies released in 2013 topped the list in two separate categories. "The Butler" by Wil Haygood was No.1 among hardcover non-fiction titles and "Twelve Years A Slave" by Solomon Northrup was No. 1 among paperback non-fiction titles. The movie adaptation of "Twelve Years A Slave" has received nine Academy Award nominations.

Terry McMillan's latest novel, "Who Asked You?," was No. 1 in hardcover fiction and "Animal 2: The Omen" by urban fiction author K'Wan was No. 1 in paperback fiction. McMillan has been a bestselling author for the past two decades, since her breakthrough novel, "Waiting To Exhale," remained on the New York Times bestseller list for several months. K'wan has written several successful urban fiction novels and "Animal 2" is the sequel to "Animal," which also was a Power List bestseller in 2013, reaching the highest position of No. 7.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

33 weddings, robots, a goofy hat and major snubs: Must be the Grammys

33 weddings, robots, a goofy hat and major snubs: Must be the Grammys

This year's 56th annual Grammy awards were filled with head-scratchers from Pharrell's hat to a mass wedding officiated by Queen Latifiah to robots winning best album and song and then being unable to deliver an acceptance speech because they are non-verbal futuristic machines. To the biggest head-scratcher of them all, a Compton-raised rapper who had arguably one of the best rap albums in the last decade being completely shut out of the awards show.

While Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons killed on stage with a mashup of their songs, "m.A.A.d. city" and "Radioactive" it was another rapper who would clean house in the rap category.

Macklemore & Lewis would sweep virtually all rap categories wining four Grammys and beating out a who's-who of top rappers. Jay Z, Drake, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West proved to be light work for the Seattle based indie-rap duo as they won best rap album ("The Heist"), best rap song ("Thrift Shop"), and best rap performance ("Thrift Shop").

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  • Written by Stephen A. Crockett Jr./The Root

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