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The Voice top 12 includes two Memphians

The Voice top 12 includes two Memphians

The talent that comes from Memphis never ceases to prevail.

Memphians Kris Thomas and Sarah Simmons both performed on the LIVE show of NBC's The Voice last night, and they both made it through to the Top 12. Kris was voted through, and Sarah was about to be sent back home to Memphis. At the very last moment, when the credits started to roll, Adam Levin said, "I have to save Sarah!"

On Tuesday night's show, Kris soulfully performed Louis Armstrong's What a Wonderful World, and Sarah performed The Rolling Stone's Wild Horses.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Justin Timberlake announces world tour

Justin Timberlake announces world tour

Justin Timberlake is suiting up for a world tour this fall.

The "Mirrors" singer has announced that in addition to releasing a second half of "The 20/20 Experience," he's also going to embark on a tour that will last through 2014.

Timberlake hinted around the March release of "Experience" that the 10-track disc was actually only the first half of his heralded return to music. The 32-year-old has since confirmed that 10 additional tracks will arrive on September 30, roughly a month before he kicks off his tour in Montreal on October 31.

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  • Written by Breeanna Hare/CNN

Craig Robinson breaks out with romantic lead in 'Peeples'

Craig Robinson breaks out with romantic lead in 'Peeples'

Craig Robinson said it wasn't hard to get him to sign on for the new film "Peeples" once he heard one phrase in particular.

"They said something about spanking Kerry Washington and I was like, 'OK," the actor told CNN.

Robinson, who many will recognize from his role of Darryl Philbin on NBC's "The Office" and Nick in "Hot Tub Time Machine," takes a star turn in the new romantic comedy.

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  • Written by Lisa Respers France/CNN

Dating advice from Chris Brown and Rihanna

Dating advice from Chris Brown and Rihanna

Chris Brown and Rihanna have gone from publicly canoodling to tweeting about the harsh reality of romance in less than three months.

In February, the two were seen happily sitting together in the audience at the 2013 Grammys, confirming weeks of speculation that they were once again, at the very least, pretty friendly. Shortly before, Rihanna explained to Rolling Stone that she and Brown had repaired their relationship after he assaulted her in 2009.

Since then, onlookers have had a hard time keeping track of their relationship status.

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  • Written by Breeanna Hare/CNN

Education, says actor Lamman Rucker, is ‘a big part of who I am’

Education, says actor Lamman Rucker, is ‘a big part of who I am’

Actor ("All of Us," "Half and Half," "Why Did I Get Married?" and "Meet the Browns"), sex symbol and entrepreneur, Lamman Rucker, visited Memphis on Friday, May 3, in conjunction with Teach for America Week, supported and sponsored by FedEx.

He sat down at Clear Channel Media studios with TSD President and Publisher Bernal E. Smith II to share his passion for education, his affinity for Memphis and words of wisdom to younger generations, among other things.

Following the interview, Rucker spoke at Overton High School, where the listeners included FedEx executives, who spent the day at Overton as guest teachers – another element of Teach for America Week.

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  • Written by Bernal E. Smith II

Kerry Washington: ‘I’m the luckiest broad in Hollywood’

Kerry Washington: ‘I’m the luckiest broad in  Hollywood’

Kerry Washington has long been a star on the big screen, but with ABC's "Scandal" she's now also one of the hottest stars on TV.

The 36-year-old is reveling in her moment, as she tells Elle magazine in its June issue that she's "the luckiest broad in Hollywood now."

"To be the lead actor on 'Scandal' and to be in the highest-earning (Quentin) Tarantino movie ('Django Unchained'), I don't get to ask for more."

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  • Written by Breeanna Hare/CNN

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