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Around the globe with Logan Westbrooks

Around the globe with Logan Westbrooks

Logan H. Westbrooks kicked off Black History Month 2013 at Indiana University with his signature lecture titled "Bustin' Loose: Breaking Racial Barriers in the Music Industry." The subject matter was

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  • Written by LaRita Shelby

A special delivery from Mary J. Blige

A special delivery from Mary J. Blige

So, by now you know if you were not at the Landers Center (formerly DeSoto Civic Center) in Southaven, Miss. Last Sunday night (Mar. 3) you missed a fabulous show!

The long-awaited return of Mary J. Blige to the Mid-South has been the talk all over locals' Facebook pages, Instagram, Twitter, the workplace, and even at my son's school.

For sure we proved our admiration for her with the sold-out show. Days before the concert, seats were even made available behind the stage for those who wanted in on the jammin'.

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  • Written by Nyah Nile

Terrence Howard: The ‘Dead Man Down’ interview

Terrence Howard: The ‘Dead Man Down’ interview

Terrence Howard talks about his latest film, "Dead Man Down," where he plays crime boss Alphonse Hoyt opposite Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace and F. Murray Abraham.

Kam Williams: Hi Terrence, thanks for the time. It's nice to have another opportunity to speak with you.

Terrence Howard: Thank you, Kam, for taking the time.

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FBI opens Whitney Houston’s ‘crazy’ fan files

FBI opens Whitney Houston’s ‘crazy’ fan files

LOS ANGELES – Obsessed fans can be a downside of stardom. It's why Whitney Houston's character hired Kevin Costner to protect her in the 1992 movie "The Bodyguard."

The real life Houston had the FBI helping to protect her more than two decades ago when a "loner" in Vermont warned in 1988 that he "might hurt someone with some crazy idea" if the singer did not acknowledge him.

Then there was the man in Holland who claimed to be the "President of Europe." An FBI agent based in Brussels paid him a visit in 1999 to talk about the cassette recordings and letters "of a threatening nature" that he sent to Houston.

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  • Written by Alan Duke/CNN

Halle Berry happy to be back for ‘X-Men’ sequel

Halle Berry happy to be  back for ‘X-Men’ sequel

Last week, director Bryan Singer hinted that Halle Berry could reprise her role as Storm in his upcoming "X-Men: Days of Future Past," and the Oscar-winning actress has since confirmed the news to CNN.

"I'm going to be there. I don't know how (much) of the old cast will be there, but I think we're pretty official," Berry said Saturday.

"I loved her and the people love Storm ... so I'm happy to come back," she continued. "And I love working with Hugh Jackman (who plays Wolverine). Bryan Singer is back directing ... so it'll be good. Ian McKellen is back and Patrick Stewart is back, so it's good."

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  • Written by CNN

Filmmaker: $100K for proof of aliens

Filmmaker: $100K for proof of aliens

James Fox, who co-stars in the National Geographic Channel's Chasing UFOs, is a filmmaker who has made two documentaries about UFOs – including "Out of the Blue" and "I Know What I Saw."

"People say to me, 'Aren't you the guy that does the UFO stuff?'" he said. "And I say yeah. (They say), 'Why do you do that?' I say, well if Earth were being visited, would you like to know about it? They're like, 'Damn right I would.' Well, I'm convinced it's happening."

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Rihanna and Chris Brown are back together; Why are you so mad about it?

Rihanna and Chris Brown are back together; Why are you so mad about it?

Back in November, right around Thanksgiving, Chris Brown and Rihanna were spotted together at a club in Berlin. It was Thanksgiving and they were both in the same city in Germany, but neither one was willing to say that they were there together.

I thought it was a little ridiculous at that point that neither RiRi or Breezy would just come out and admit they were a couple again, but apparently they knew something about you people that I had not yet realized. You have lost your collective minds.

We all saw what Brown did to Rihanna, thanks to TMZ, and, yes, it was horrifying. And I'm not saying I endorse the couple's reunion, but like the song says, it's none of your business and it's really just time for you to accept it and move on with life.

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  • Written by Dion Rabouin

Miracles singer Bobby Rogers dead at 73

Miracles singer Bobby Rogers dead at 73

Bobby Rogers, an original member of Motown staple The Miracles, has died, the group's longtime front man Smokey Robinson announced Sunday.

Rogers was 73.

"Another soldier in my life has fallen," Robinson said in a statement to CNN. "Bobby Rogers was my brother and a really good friend. He and I were born on the exact same day in the same hospital in Detroit. I am really going to miss him. I loved him very much."

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  • Written by Matt Smith/CNN

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