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It’ll be a girl for Kanye and Kardashian

It’ll be a girl for Kanye and Kardashian

Sometime in the not-too-distant future, Kanye West can once again break out the leather skirt and the pink Polos he once favored.

The rapper and his reality TV star girlfriend, Kim Kardashian, are hav

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  • Written by CNN

Issa Rae to play Nina Simone in new Hansberry biopic

Issa Rae to play Nina Simone in new Hansberry biopic

An unconventional biopic of Lorraine Hansberry, author of "A Raisin in the Sun," is in development, according to Shadow and Act. Hansberry's grand-niece, Taye Hansberry, will take the title role, and Issa Rae, star of "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl" will play a pivotal role.

From Shadow and Act:

"Issa Rae is set to play Nina Simone, who was a close friend of Lorraine until her death.

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  • Written by Hillary Crosley/The Root

Colorism in Hollywood: Can Michelle Obama bring change?

Colorism in Hollywood: Can Michelle Obama bring change?

Recently I had the pleasure of moderating a conversation hosted by New York Women in Film and Television and the Fox Broadcasting Co. on the issue of diversity in Hollywood, particularly in terms of casting.

The panel included some of the industry's leaders on the subject. ... The industry veterans spoke candidly of the challenges that still exist in Hollywood regarding making the entire industry more diverse, challenges they have all confronted through their efforts to make diversity a priority in their projects.

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  • Written by Keli Goff/The Root

Hattiloo to stage groundbreaking ceremony June 8

Hattiloo to stage groundbreaking ceremony June 8

Hattiloo Theatre will conduct a groundbreaking ceremony for its new theatre on June 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The new Hattiloo Theatre is being built on the northwest corner of Monroe and Cooper and the building will be approximately 12,000 square feet.

"The addition of Hattiloo will provide more accessiblilty to black theatre and helps to diversify the theatre epicenter of Memphis, said Ekundayo Bandele, Executive/Artistic Director.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

McCartney leaves guitar pick at Elvis’ grave

McCartney leaves guitar pick at Elvis’ grave

When the former Beatle visited Graceland, the mansion once occupied by the late Elvis Presley, on Sunday, he reportedly left a personalized guitar pick at Presley's grave.

The singer was in Memphis, Tenn., as part of his "Out There" tour – with his performance marking his first visit to the city in 20 years – and he seized the opportunity to see Presley's old stomping grounds.

On Twitter, McCartney shared photos of himself holding a guitar, and another one leaving the pick at Presley's grave.

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  • Written by Breeanna Hare/CNN

My ‘Fast & ‘Furious’ weekend

My ‘Fast & ‘Furious’ weekend

Instead of firing up the grill as I routinely do each Memorial Day weekend, I decided to be a little different and take in a good movie instead. So, Memorial Day weekend was a good one for Myron as usual. However, it was an even bigger weekend for anyone associated with "The Fast & the Furious movie franchise. Talk about a record-breaking weekend...this movie pretty much broke a lot of them. Looks like I wasn't the only one who decided to hit the theater over the course of the weekend.

No other movie by Universal Pictures has made more money than the latest installment of the series, "Fast & Furious 6." It easily came in at number one, beating out the opening of "The Hangover III," which brought in about $51 million.

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‘Menace II Society’ 20th anniversary: 15 fun facts

‘Menace II Society’ 20th anniversary: 15 fun facts

It's been 20 years since the premiere of Allen and Albert Hughes' directorial debut, "Menace II Society." The Root trolled the Web and locked in on 15 facts and pop culture references to the film on its anniversary.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Restaurant Review: Bar Louie is the place for you

Restaurant Review: Bar Louie is the place for you

If you are looking for an upscale bar to watch the game, get lunch with your friends or take your "sweetie" out to dinner, Bar Louie is the place for you.

Located in the newly renovated Square at Madison and Cooper, Bar Louie is one of the newest and hottest bars in Memphis.

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  • Written by Ashley Forest/Special to The New Tri-State Defender

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