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Al Bell taps new PR firm to lead iconic brand

Al Bell taps new PR firm to lead iconic brand

Soul music pioneer and entertainment industry executive Al Bell has selected Courtney Marketing PR as the agency of record for his brand.

Courtney Marketing PR's work for Al Bell will draw on a network of resources and capabilities to include creative, public relations, social media communications and loyalty positioning.

"It has been my desire to share my personal and professional story in various platforms," Bell said. "The strategic alliance with Courtney Marketing PR gives me optimal declaration to exponentially reach more audiences and to share more about the evolution of my journey."

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  • Written by Real Times News Service

Chris Brown charged with hit-and-run

Chris Brown charged with hit-and-run

LOS ANGELES – Chris Brown's legal troubles got more serious Tuesday when a Los Angeles prosecutor charged him in a minor traffic crash.

Brown already faces a charge that he violated his probation in connection with his felony assault conviction in the beating of his girlfriend Rihanna.

Brown, 24, allegedly was driving a car that rear-ended another car in Los Angeles in May.

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  • Written by Alan Duke/CNN

Film review: ‘How to Make Money Selling Drugs’

Film review: ‘How to Make Money Selling Drugs’

"Are you unemployed or stuck in a dead-end job? Don't worry, we have an answer!" That is the dubious proposition made by How to Make Money Selling Drugs, a tongue-in-cheek (I pray) documentary about the art of dope dealing. The film arrives accompanied by proven provenance, as it features appearances by celebs with street cred like 50 Cent, Eminem, Rick Ross and Russell Simmons.

This fairly thorough training guide focuses on marijuana and cocaine, although its advice undoubtedly could be applied to heroin, ecstasy and numerous other narcotics as well. However, we learn that pot is probably the easiest way to get started, given that it's a weed that all you need is water, lamps and electricity to grow. In fact, it is now the most profitable farm product in the U.S., easily outstripping tobacco, cotton and even corn as the country's top cash crop.

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Soul Classics 103.5 scores again with annual reunion

Soul Classics 103.5 scores again with annual reunion

The 7th Annual Ultimate Family Reunion sponsored by Soul Classics 103.5 drew a ready-to-beat the heat crowd to Mud Island River Park on Saturday.

This year's headliner was R&B recording artist and writer Michel'le, who is known for hits such as "No More Lies," "Something In My Heart" and "Nicety."

There was some great local talent as well, including David Crutcher, Pursuit of God, Coretta King, and Carlos Strong and his band.

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  • Written by Warren Roseborough

Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland dies at age 83

Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland dies at age 83

Bobby "Blue" Bland, who many credit with helping to usher the blues into the modern era, died Sunday in Memphis at age 83.

According to the Associated Press, which quoted his son, Rodd, the blues and soul balladeer died from complications from an ongoing illness.

Robert Calvin Bland, now known to the world as "Bobby," was born January 27, 1930 in Rosemark, Tenn., Bland moved to Memphis in the late '40's. He played with Billy "Red" Love and other influential Delta musicians. His first recording was "Dry Up Baby" (Modern 848).

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Ochocinco

Ochocinco

WHAT’S HAPPENING MYRON?: Chad Johnson, the guy formerly known as Chad Ochocinco has managed to find himself back in the news lately. Unfortunately for him it's not all good news.

According to TMZ, the guy has been on a quest to get his child support payments lowered as he claims to make only $3,000 per month, but still has to unload about $16,525 a month in child support. He also claims he has to pay about $9,063.24 in mortgage payments, $2,500 for food, $2,650 for car expenses, $3,500 for clothes, $250 for grooming, $5,000 for entertainment and another $1,000 for something. Between all that, some other various expenses, and the child support Johnson claims he is spending $45,982.76...per month that is.

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