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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 th

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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

Jay-Z dismisses Beyoncé pregnancy rumors

Jay-Z dismisses Beyoncé pregnancy rumors

Numerous media outlets reported last week that singer Beyoncé and her husband, Jay-Z, were expecting their second child but the rap icon says the news isn't true, according to New-York-based radio station Hot 97.

Hot 97's program director and on-air personality, Ebro Darden, said he emailed Jay-Z congratulating him about the alleged baby on the way, but the Brooklyn rapper emailed him back dismissing the news as another rumor.

"It's not true. The news is worse than blogs," Jay-Z said, according to Darden.

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  • Written by Kyle Harvey/The Grio

Michelle Rhee: The 'Radical' interview

Michelle Rhee: The 'Radical' interview

Michelle Rhee spent a stormy three years in the public eye as the embattled Schools Chancellor of the Washington, DC public schools. Employing a "kids first" philosophy, she chopped heads in the top-heavy administration, firing dozens of dead wood principals, laying off hundreds of extraneous office workers and closing over 20 underperforming schools.

Although students' test scores improved dramatically during her brief, her anti-union stance proved unpopular. Mayor Fenty's reelection bid was basically a referendum on whether the city wished to continue with Rhee's scorched earth philosophy. When he lost, her days were numbered, so she handed in her resignation.

A mother of two, Rhee is married to former NBA star Kevin Johnson, who is now the Mayor of Sacramento, Calif.

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