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Luther Vandross to receive star on Hollywood’s walk of fame

Luther Vandross to receive star on Hollywood’s walk of fame

Luther Vandross will receive his star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame next week.

According to a press release from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the "Secret Lovers" singer will be honored posthumously outside Capitol Records in Los Angeles on Tuesday, June 3rd.

"Luther's unparalleled voice and forever romantic tunes such as, 'Never Too Much,' 'Power Of Love,' 'Here And Now,' 'House Is Not A Home,' 'So Amazing' and 'Dance With My Father' are known the world over," stated Leron Gubler, president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and emcee of the ceremonies. "We are honored to hold this dedication for a very special performer whose music will resonate for all time."

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  • Written by Kyle Harvey/theGrio

‘A Little R&R on Sports’: An original

‘A Little R&R on Sports’: An original

Most of us are regular recipients of ideas, thoughts and visions from a source and power much higher than ourselves. Whenever it happens, sometimes you may get a few instructions on how to do it but usually there's a "figure it out yourself" aspect. That's where originality comes in to play. What we all tend to discover is that however divine the thought, the "devil is in the details" of planning and execution.

A little over a year ago, Larry Robinson, a Memphis-based marketing exec, was driving to his hometown of Louisville, Ky. and "talking to God" as is his routine on long drives alone. He says that God gave him the idea of doing a sports show to which his initial response was..."you're trippin'." But a year later 'A Little R&R on Sports' is nationally syndicated on 175 radio affiliates of the San Francisco-based Sports Byline Network as well as: American Forces Radio (over 500 outlets), iHeart Radio, ITunes, Tune-In App, CRN (Cable Radio Network) and other media platforms.

So who's trippin' now?

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Gospel recording artist Peggy Garner to highlight Westwood Shores community event

Gospel recording artist Peggy Garner to highlight Westwood Shores community event

Gospel recording artist Peggy Garner of Atlanta will be the special guest on Saturday (May 31st) as the Westwood Shores Homeowners Association & Committee hosts a community event from noon to 4 p.m.

Garner was born and raised in Memphis, where she graduated from Overton High School. She earned an Associates of Applied Science Degree from Draughons Jr. College in 1986 and a second Associates of Applied Science Degree in Graphic Arts/Multimedia from Southwest Tennessee Community College in 2007.

Garner, a singer, songwriter/guitarist, is also a stage play/screenplay writer. She has written, produced and directed several stage plays, including:

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Amma’s good karma

Amma’s good karma

Writer/director Amma Asante talks about her new film, "Belle," a fact-based, historical drama starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw about the daughter of an African slave and a British ship captain who was raised in England as an aristocrat.

Kam Williams: Hi Amma. I'm honored to have this opportunity.
Amma Asante: Thank you very much, Kam. It's my pleasure.

KW: I told my readers I'd be speaking with you, so I'll be mixing in their questions with some of my own.
AA: OK, cool.

 

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New book explores racism and the U.S. Secret Service

New book explores racism and the U.S. Secret Service

Abraham Bolden Sr., the first African-American Secret Service agent assigned to the White House detail, still finds humor in his life, despite having faced formidable challenges that would have defeated a lesser man.

Bolden served three years in prison after being convicted of giving government documents to a known criminal in exchange for $50,000.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago retaliated against Bolden after he complained to no avail to his Secret Service bosses and later to the public that Secret Service agents failed to protect President John F. Kennedy on the day he was assassinated because some of them considered the President a 'nigger lover' who was changing the country.

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  • Written by Frederick Lowe

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