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Spinners singer Bobbie Smith dead at 76

Spinners singer Bobbie Smith  dead at 76

Bobbie Smith, who as a member of the Spinners sang lead on such hits as "I'll Be Around" and "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love," has died. He was 76.

Smith died Saturday of complications of pneumonia a

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  • Written by CNN

Gabby Douglas: Grace, Gold & Glory

Gabby Douglas: Grace, Gold & Glory

Gymnast Gabrielle Christina Victoria Douglas was born in Virginia Beach on Dec. 31st, 1995. At the 2012 London Summer Olympics, she won gold medals in both the team and individual all-around competitions.

Gabby is the first African-American gymnast as well as the first woman of color of any nationality in Olympic history to become the Individual All-Around Champion. She is also the first American gymnast to win gold in both the gymnastic individual all-around and team competitions at the same Olympic Games.

Here, Gabby talks about her autobiography, "Grace, Gold & Glory," and about "Raising the Bar," her inspirational book about how to achieve your dreams.

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Obama-Satan resemblance ‘utter nonsense,’ say producers of ‘The Bible’

Obama-Satan resemblance ‘utter nonsense,’ say producers of ‘The Bible’

The third episode of the History Channel's miniseries "The Bible" was supposed to be remembered for the brutality of Babylonian ruler Nebuchadnezzar, the strength of Daniel in the lion's den, and the birth of Jesus Christ.

But after viewers claimed there was a striking resemblance between Satan's human form and President Barack Obama, that probably won't be the case.

Buzz on Twitter quickly grew. According to Topsy.com on Monday, there were nearly 20,000 tweets containing the words "Obama" and "Satan" since the 8 p.m. CT hour on Sunday, the hour in which Satan appears in the two-hour show.

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  • Written by Dan Merica/CNN

A eulogy for Lil Wayne (even though he's not dead yet)

A eulogy for Lil Wayne (even though he's not dead yet)

 I'd like to take a moment to remember Lil Wayne. He's not dead yet, physically speaking, but his brush with death on Friday reminded me of what we'll be losing if and when he is gone.

 

On Friday, TMZ reported that the legendary New Orleans rapper had been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after being discovered "shaking uncontrollably" and "unconscious" on a jet flying out of Los Angeles.

He reportedly almost died, and even if Lil Wayne's latest seizure doesn't kill him, which from all accounts it won't, his behavior suggests he's lucky to have made it this far and his luck may be running out quickly. The codeine-saturated syrup that has become synonymous with Wayne's name and music has previously taken the lives of hip hop legends Pimp C and DJ Screw.

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  • Written by Dion Rabouin

Have African Americans forgiven Justin Timberlake?

Have African Americans forgiven Justin Timberlake?

With his appearance on "Saturday Night Live" last weekend, Justin Timberlake joined an elite club. Only a handful of others have hosted the legendary sketch-comedy program five times, among them such Hollywood icons such as Tom Hanks and Steve Martin.

Of course, unlike most of them, Timberlake served as that evening's musical guest as well, performing his new single "Suit and Tie" with special guest Jay-Z. Unfortunately for Timberlake, his musical comeback has not been as well received in some corners as his comedic skills.

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  • Written by Keli Goff/The Root

Why Crackle is the best ‘TV’ you’re not watching

Why Crackle is the best ‘TV’ you’re not watching

TV just isn't what it used to be, and that's a good thing. With a wide variety of choices from on demand programming to Hulu and Netflix, it's easy to stay entertained.

From Sony Pictures Entertainment, Crackle was launched in 2007, and according to former Crackle president Josh Felser in a Wall Street Journal article, "Unlike YouTube we're not going to have millions of people sharing on our site. We're going to take the best people and promote them and syndicate them."

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  • Written by Cornelius A. Fortune/Real Times News Service

This Is the Day: The March on Washington

This Is the Day: The March on Washington

"There have been many marches since, and several before, but no other march to the nation's capital captured our collective imagination like the March on Washington of August 28, 1963... The momentous pilgrimage showcased an inspired... Martin Luther King, Jr., the celebrated leader of black America who hadn't yet delivered an entire speech that the nation had listened to...

"Gospel legend Mahalia Jackson... encouraged her friend to depart from paper... "Tell 'em about the dream, Martin," she bellowed from the background. And respond to her call King did... King cast aside his prepared speech... to weave the dream metaphor into the tapestry of the nation's self-image, and in the process he grafted black folk to the heart of American democracy."

– Excerpted from the Essay by Michael Eric Dyson (pgs. 1-5)

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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 03/14/2013

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 03/14/2013

For movies opening March 15, 2013

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"The Call" (R for violence, profanity and disturbing content) Crime thriller about a veteran 911 operator (Halle Berry) who gets a shot at redemption when she's forced to confront a killer from her past after taking a call from a desperate kidnap victim (Abigail Breslin). With Morris Chestnut, Michael Imperioli, David Otunga and Michael Eklund.

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