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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

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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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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 06/20/2013

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 06/20/2013

For movies opening June 21, 2013

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Monsters University" (G) Disney animated adventure, a prequel set about a decade before the events of Monsters, Inc., finds polar opposite Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman) pledging the same fraternity and majoring in scaring. Voice cast includes Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, Sean Hayes and Bobby Moynihan.

"World War Z" (PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and frightening horror fare) Screen adaptation of Max Brooks' apocalyptic novel about a globetrotting, United Nations investigator (Brad Pitt) who rises to the occasion in the face of a zombie pandemic that's toppling governments and threatening humanity with extinction. With Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, David Morse, Matthew Fox and Fana Mokoena.

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Lil Wayne: ‘It was never my intention to desecrate the flag’

Lil Wayne: ‘It was never my intention to desecrate the flag’

Lil Wayne created a firestorm on social media after a video for the rapper's new single "God Bless Amerika" leaked and it showed images of him stepping on the American flag.

The behind the scenes footage led numerous commenters to question Wayne's patriotism and ridicule his rap skills.

"God Bless America but you have the flag on the ground and stepping all over it? Smh...I'll be looking forward to Magna Carta Holy Grail...Wayne dropped off a long time [ago] anyway," one commenter wrote.

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  • Written by Lilly Workneh/The Grio

Dave Chappelle is back!

Dave Chappelle is back!

Dave Chappelle, who's generally kept a low profile since the end of "Chappelle's Show" eight years ago, is about to come back in a big way.

Chappelle is the headliner for Funny or Die's "Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival," which kicks off August 23 in Austin, Texas. The tour, which also includes Flight of the Conchords, Demetri Martin and Kristen Schaal, will run through 13 cities in five weeks, concluding in Mountain View, California.

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  • Written by CNN

Garden concert was truly elemental

Garden concert was truly elemental

The Elements of the Universe returned to Memphis on Saturday night at the Botanic Garden. If you didn't know, the Elements of which I am referring, they are none other than Earth, Wind and Fire (EWF), one of music's most successful R&B groups from the seventies and eighties. Memphis is the birthplace and childhood home to EWF member and founder Maurice White who retired from touring with the band in the mid-nineties largely due to his diagnosis and complications with Parkinson disease. Despite not touring, he remains a big part of the band behind the scenes producing and composing and certainly remains in the hearts and minds of the group members and audiences alike. Phillip Bailey now sings the lead on most of the songs that Maurice once sung while still holding down his famous high falsettos.

The band took the stage on Saturday night, opening with one of their monster hits, "Boogie Wonderland." Later on in the show the band spoke fondly about Memphis being the home of their former lead singer and founder, White who grew up in South Memphis in the Foote Homes Housing Project.

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  • Written by Warren Roseborough

‘Sesame Street’ goes to prison

‘Sesame Street’ goes to prison

'Sesame Street' has been teaching children the ABCs and so much more for years. Now, Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind 'Sesame Street,' unveils its newest initiative, Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration, for families with young children (ages 3–8) who have an incarcerated parent. This resource will be distributed through targeted outlets in communities by organizations, partners and individuals who reach these families.

Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration is designed to:

• support, comfort, and reduce anxiety, sadness, and confusion that young children may experience during the incarceration of a parent

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

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