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Takeisha Berry-Brooks: Moving forward naturally!

Takeisha Berry-Brooks: Moving forward naturally!

Don'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.

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

On the go with Essandoh!

On the go with Essandoh!

Hypnotizing audiences as D'Artagnan, the slave who was mauled to death by dogs in "Django Unchained," Ato Essandoh stars as Dr. Matthew Freeman in the 2nd season of BBC America's highest-rated series premiere ever, "Copper." Born in Schenectady, New York on July 29, 1972, Ato also returns as the fan-favorite former carjacker and Watson's (Lucy Liu) possible replacement, Alfredo Llamosa, in CBS' "Elementary."

Here, he talks about life, career and the good fortune of currently having two hit TV shows.

Kam Williams: Hi Ato, thanks for the interview.

Ato Essandoh: My pleasure, Kam.

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Summer list of best-selling African-American books

Summer list of best-selling African-American books

The Power List, the quarterly compilation of best-selling books written or read by African Americans, released its Summer 2013 list Tuesday (July 23).

Ashley & Jaquavis, the urban fiction duo whose Cartel series has collectively sold more than a million copies, continue to dominate the paperback fiction bestsellers list with four titles among the top ten: "Cartel 4," "Murderville 2," "The Prada Plan 2" and "Murderville." Urban fiction author Wahida Clark also had two titles among the paperback fiction bestsellers, "Payback Ain't Enough" and "Justify My Thug," as well as one, "Honor Thy Thug," among the hardcover fiction bestsellers.

A number of authors who have consistently released best-selling books for at least a decade also had one or more titles on the Summer 2013 list. Those authors include: Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Walter Mosley, Kimberla Lawson Roby, Eric Jerome Dickey, Carl Weber, Sister Souljah, Mary B. Morrison and Mary Monroe.

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  • Written by CNN

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

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

WHAT'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.

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Fantasia returns to Broadway for ‘After Midnight’

Fantasia returns to Broadway for ‘After Midnight’

"American Idol" champ Fantasia Barrino is warming her pipes for a jazzy production this fall.

The season three "Idol" winner has been confirmed as the first guest star to be featured in the Broadway musical "After Midnight."

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the musical revue celebrates Duke Ellington's days at Harlem's legendary Cotton Club, and will have a rotation of headliners to mimic the big names that graced the Cotton Club's stage at its peak.

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  • Written by CNN

TSD Health Fair and Family Fun Day makes Orange Mound splash

TSD Health Fair and Family Fun Day makes Orange Mound splash

The grill was smoking. The music was pumping. The kids were playing. The New Tri-State Defender's Let's Move Memphis Summer Health Fair and Family Fun Day was off to a terrific start.

This year's event returned to the Orange Mound Community Center, and the citizens of Orange Mound were glad about it.

Co-hosted by State Rep. G.A. Hardaway, the event also drew other politicians and concerned community activists. Congressman Steve Cohen was on hand to help pass out hot dogs, hamburgers and cold sodas to the community. Event sponsor Methodist HealthCare provided free health screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose testing for the very grateful attendees.

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  • Written by Nina Allen-Johnson/Special to the New Tri-State Defender

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