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Simple steps to start an art collection

Simple steps to start an art collection

Art collecting is a profitable practice that few people embrace. Huge art and artifact collections like that of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey are filled with original works by key figures in the legacy o

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  • Written by Aja Roache

10 Best Black Books of 2012

10 Best Black Books of 2012

1. "Tuskegee Love Letters"
by Kim Russell

2. "Iconic: Decoding Images of the Revolutionary Black Woman"
by Lakesia D. Johnson

3. "Help Me to Find My People: The African-American Search for Family Lost in Slavery"
by Heather Andrea Williams

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What’s Happening Myron?: Soul, comedy and ‘gifts’

As the holidays and 2012 come to a close, here are a few events to round out the rest of your year.

Spirit Magazine

Join Spirit Magazine for the "Spirit Making a Difference Awards" Banquet on Thursday (Dec. 20) at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis located at 3500 Central. Music will feature national recording artists James Fortune and Courtney Little. For more information, call 901-396-7957, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit their website at www.spiritmemphis.com.

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Gabby: Read all about her

Gabby: Read all about her

It's easy to see how Gabrielle Douglas, the charming teen gymnast and first African American to win the individual all-around Olympic gold, can be an inspiration for generations of young black girls and boys. As a 16-year-old African-American girl from Iowa, she gave performances at the London 2012 Games that showed remarkable spirit and determination.

But it wasn't necessarily an easy road to glory. In her charming new autobiography, "Grace, Gold & Glory: My Leap of Faith" – written with O, the Oprah Magazine founding editor Michelle Burford – Gabby reveals sacrifices her family made to get her ready for the Olympics. For example, some of her siblings had to give up a few hobbies to direct money toward her gymnastics training.

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  • Written by The Root

L.A. Reid leaving 'The X Factor'

L.A. Reid leaving 'The X Factor'

"The X Factor" fans may be looking forward to next week's finals, when a male country singer, a girl band and a female soloist battle it out for a $5 million record contract. But the end of season two will be another finale of sorts, as judge L.A. Reid announced Thursday he is leaving the show.

No, he didn't say he's mad at Simon Cowell.

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  • Written by Ben Brumfield CNN

The Xavier Cordell Crawford Story

The Xavier Cordell Crawford Story

For Kelvin Cowans, aka Six~Four, his latest literary effort is book number three. It follows (the e-book) "The Most Evil Person I Ever Met: My Time in Prison with Lemaricus Davidson" and "Eye For an Eye," which he sold out of his trunk after starting it while incarcerated.

It's been a tough ride, said Cowans of the endeavor to produce "1st Down & 100 Years to Go. The Xavier Cordell Crawford Story."

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  • Written by Dr. Karanja A. Ajanaku

The Rise, fall and rise of Stephen A. Smith

The Rise, fall and rise of Stephen A. Smith

Stephen A. Smith lives on television. Morning, noon or night you can almost always find him on your flat screen somewhere on ESPN, chopping it up – loudly, rapidly, humorously but certainly intelligently, honestly and incisively.

His is a presence we have come to know and love...or loathe, depending on how you like your opinions.

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  • Written by Curtis Bunn/NNPA News Service

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