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Memphis-bred dancer, choreographer on the move

Memphis-bred dancer, choreographer on the move

by Brianna Smith
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

As I sat down to watch B.E.T's "106 & Park," the premiere of Willow Smith's music video "Fireball" came on. The video was electrifying; full of lights and special effects, but what stood out the most was the complex choreography.

I was so amazed to find out that Memphis native Shaunte Edmond was one of the main dancers in the video, and that she was part of Smith's performance of "Fireball" on "The X Factor."

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

BET Awards 2012 – star power, profanity and emotion

BET Awards 2012 – star power, profanity and emotion

"Please make sure that you use your gift responsibly," Gospel singer Yolanda Adams said as she accepted the award for Best Gospel Artist. "Our babies are watching, and they want to be like us."

Ironically as she charged the artists to be mindful of what they feed the youth through their music, "The BET Awards 2012" would be remembered as much for its profanity as the star power that returned to the annual ceremony that celebrates the best and brightest among urban entertainment.

The censors were working overtime as singers and rappers threw radio edits to the wind and performed explicit versions that made it impossible to catch every foul word or reference.

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  • Written by NNPA News Service

In the mix: DeAngelo, Ledisi, blues, Maya Angelou, SportsBall

DeAngelo's performance at this year's BET Awards showed that for the most part the guy still has it musically. Looks like he is continuing on the comeback trail these days. He performed at the Essence Music Festival this past weekend and is gearing up for a major U.S. tour coming up in August.

On the "Liberation Tour," DeAngelo's teaming with Mary J. Blige, also performed on the BET Awards and at the Essence Festival.

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Narratives leave no doubt – slavery a never-ending nightmare

"This is a book about slavery and family and loss and longing... It is about the forced separations of African-American families, about their grief and their determined hope to someday see each other again... It takes courage to look at the humiliation they suffered...

It is worth saying that this is a book about separation, resilience and survival, and about the texture and contours of despair... In the end, it is a journey into their feelings... The stories I recount are raw, emotional and dramatic... That's what these people's lives were."

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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 07/12/2012

For movies opening July 13, 2012

BIG BUDGET FILMS

“Ice Age: Continental Drift” (PG for rude humor, action and scenes of peril) Woolly mammoth Manny (Ray Romano), saber-toothed tiger Diego (Denis Leary) and sloth Sid (John Leguizamo) embark on latest prehistoric, animated adventure in the wake of a continental cataclysm triggered by squirrelly Scrat’s (Chris Wedge) pursuit of that ever-elusive acorn. Voice cast includes Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez, Wanda Sykes, Seann William Scott, Keke Palmer and Drake.

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Big things and bigger dreams for 7-year-old Eddie Starks Jr.

Big things and bigger dreams for 7-year-old Eddie Starks Jr.

by Bria Brown
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

How many James-Brown singing, 7-year-old performers do you know? I know one! His name is Eddie Starks Jr. and he's living a life that most people can only dream about. I know what you're thinking; the kid is 7, how could he be living such a life?

When I tell you that Starks' resume is far beyond impressive, I'm not kidding one bit. You may have seen him a few weeks ago at the Ultimate Family Reunion, hosted by V103.5, where he opened up for headliner Curtis Blow.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Who were those guys on the BET Awards Show?

You know something? Each year the BET Awards make me feel more and more out of touch with mainstream music. I mean I really try my best to keep up, but it seems like someone has broken the knob on the new rapper machine and it's just churning out new rappers all willy-nilly.

I mean the show kicked off with three guys that I have to admit I knew nothing about until my son told me they were Big Sean, Pusha T and some guy named 2 Chainz. It's really funny how I have to depend on my two teenage kids to tell me who some of these people are year after year. There's always somebody new performing.

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