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Miss Black and Gold Scholarship Pageant goes to Danielle Jones

Miss Black and Gold Scholarship Pageant goes to Danielle Jones

Danielle Jones took what she described as a "creative risk" during the talent portion of "The Ascension to the Throne" – the 2013 Miss Black and Gold Scholarship Pageant hosted by the Nu Eta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

With violin comfortably in place, Jones played a violin dubstep (a genre of electronic dance music) piece by Lindsey Sterling.

"It pushed me out of my comfort zone to first play a solo, and then to memorize the music," said Jones of Rhodes College.

The gamble paid off, helping Jones emerge from five "Nubian Princesses" to secure the title of Miss Black and Gold Scholarship at the pageant held in Christian Brothers' University Theatre last Sunday (April 7).

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  • Written by Brittany Jackson/Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Cancer survivor Tracy Randall sings ‘It Feels Good (To Be Alive)’

Cancer survivor Tracy Randall sings ‘It Feels Good (To Be Alive)’

Lavish Records artist Tracy Randall isn't supposed to be here.

In 2006, Randall – a graduate of The LeMoyne-Owen College – was diagnosed with acute blastic leukemia. After aggressive rounds of chemo and radiation therapy, his doctors gave up and in February 2007 told him to go home and prepare to die.

"The doctor told me to get my affairs in order because he didn't know if I had 3 months or 6 months to live," Randall recalls. He left the office that cold, rainy afternoon and started walking.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 04/10/2013

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 04/10/2013

For movies opening April 12, 2013

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"42" (PG-13 for epithets, ethnic slurs and mature themes) Civil rights drama chronicling Jackie Robinson's (Chad Boseman) historic breaking of baseball's color barrier in 1947 upon being signed to a major league contract by the Brooklyn Dodgers' general manager, Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford). With Nicole Beharie, John C. McGinley and Lucas Black.

"Scary Movie 5" (PG-13 for profanity, drug use, cartoon violence and crude humor) Latest installment of the horror spoof franchise revolves around a happily-married couple (Ashley Tisdale and Simon Rex) with a newborn who suddenly find themselves stalked by a diabolical demon. Ensemble cast includes Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, Mike Tyson, Terry Crews, Bow Wow, Katt Williams, Heather Locklear, Darrell Hammond and Jasmine Guy.

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Brad Paisley and LL Cool J team up for ‘Accidental Racist’

Brad Paisley and LL Cool J team up  for ‘Accidental Racist’

Brad Paisley and LL Cool J broach sensitive topics in their new collaboration, "Accidental Racist," and it's left some critics hoping the entire song was an accident.

The track is part of Paisley's new album, "Wheelhouse," and was sparked by the reaction the country star said he received after he wore a shirt with the Confederate flag on it to showcase his adoration for the band Alabama.

"I was called a racist on Twitter for that," Paisley told The Tennessean. "That was the beginning of this song: Me thinking, 'Am I a racist? Is that all it takes?'"

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  • Written by CNN

Top ten DVD Iist - April 9, 2013

Top ten DVD Iist - April 9, 2013

"Erroll Garner: No One Can Hear You Read"

"Orchestra of Exiles"

"In Another Country"

"The Last Flight of Peter Ginz"

"Maigret – Set Seven"

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  • Written by Brian Ramoly

Halle Berry joins Michael Kors to fight hunger

Halle Berry joins Michael Kors to fight hunger

Halle Berry now is an activist on behalf of hungry children. (Photo: CNN/
Edward M. Pio Roda)

 

by Betsy Anderson
CNN

Hollywood movies and high-fashion runways may seem a world away from a discussion
about feeding the hungry, but Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry is joining designer
Michael Kors in his work with the United Nations World Food Programme to fight
hunger.

In an interview with CNN’s Alina Cho, the pregnant actress said that being a mother
inspired her to act on behalf of hungry children because hunger often starts in the womb.

“Especially now, being a pregnant woman and already having a child ... it’s so important
what happens to the baby while they're in utero. And the first 1,000 days is fundamental,”
said Berry, who’s showing only a small baby bump.

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  • Written by CNN

Lawmakers ask why Beyoncé and Jay-Z went to Cuba

Lawmakers ask why Beyoncé and Jay-Z went to Cuba

 

 

by Kevin Liptak
CNN

Two Republican lawmakers are asking a government agency to look into a recent trip
to Cuba by Beyoncé and Jay-Z, suggesting the superstar couple violated restrictions on
travel to the communist island.

“Despite the clear prohibition against tourism in Cuba, numerous press reports described
the couple’s trip as tourism, and the Castro regime touted it as such in its propaganda,”
Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, both of Florida, wrote in the letter to
the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z were photographed in Havana last week, apparently celebrating
their fifth wedding anniversary on the island. While Cuba was a popular getaway for
Americans in the 1950s, spending money there was outlawed after Fidel Castro took
power in 1959.

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  • Written by CNN

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