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Gladys Knight to today’s artists: ‘You don’t need to sell sex to sell music’

Gladys Knight to today’s artists: ‘You don’t need to sell sex to sell music’

Legendary soul singer Gladys Knight is back with her newly released Gospelalbum, Where My Heart Belongs, a collection of songs that showcases faith, soul, and unmatched vocal ability.

The seven-time Grammy Award winner has a career spanning several decades and has no plans of slowing down.

In an interview with Chris Witherspoon for MSNBC.com, the “Empress of Soul” opened up about having “new album jitters” and also discussed the current state of the music industry.

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  • Written by Chris Witherspoon-theGrio

Reverential biopic revisits life of free-spirited Renaissance woman

Reverential biopic revisits life of free-spirited Renaissance woman
Altina Schinasi (1907-1999) was lucky enough to be born with the proverbial silver spoon in her mouth. The youngest of three girls, her parents were Sephardic Jews of humble origin who immigrated to the U.S. from Turkey in the late 19th Century.
 
Thanks to the tobacco fortune soon amassed by their industrious father, the sisters were raised in the lap of luxury on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Although headstrong Altina wanted for nothing, she proved to be something of a rebel, opting to study art in Paris after graduating from a prestigious prep school, rather than follow the conventional path of a pampered debutante.

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Rosie Perez, Nicole Wallace to join ‘The View’

Rosie Perez, Nicole Wallace to join ‘The View’
Nicole Wallace and Rosie Perez will be joining Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnel as hosts for the latest season of The View, which begins on September 15.
 
Wallace, a Republican political commentator, and Perez, an actress, will be the newest additions, replacing Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy — both of whom were dropped as co-hosts last summer.

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  • Written by theGrio

End of the ball: ‘Cinderella’ to close on Broadway January 2015

End of the ball: ‘Cinderella’ to close on Broadway January 2015
After a two-year run, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella on Broadway will come to a close in January 2015.
 
The show’s last performance will be on January 3 and by that time will have had a total of 41 previews and 770 regular performances.
 
Over the two years, the show has earned nine Tony Award nominations in different categories yet has only taken home one for best costume.

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  • Written by theGrio

Mayweather’s Ex Opens Up About Abuse

Mayweather’s Ex Opens Up About Abuse
Floyd Mayweather may have a charming smile and debonair appearance, but behind those pearly whites is one big freakin’ a**hole.
 
Shantel Jackson says she was humiliated and allegedly abused by Floyd, her former fiancé, and now she’s filed suit against the champion boxer for assault, battery, defamation, invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress, harassment and more.

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  • Written by Shamika Sanders-Hello Beautiful

Remember when black TV programs were angry and unapologetic?

Remember when black TV programs were angry and unapologetic?
When I was growing up in a northern-New Jersey ghetto in the early Afro-picked 1970s, my mom used to take me places in her car. Our radio dial was locked to 1430 WNJR, a soul AM station, and in the afternoons I would hear something at the top of the hour called “National Black Network News.” National black newscasters were talking about the condition of black people.
We don’t hear enough of that anymore.
 
I was reminded of that when I heard that William Greaves had passed away on Aug. 25 at the age of 87. Nearly 50 years ago, Greaves was fighting a war in the media world and we were all the beneficiaries. The skirmishes were over black public-affairs television programs – shows that presented undiluted African-American political, social and cultural views on white television during the height of the civil rights movement and black power eras. Greaves was a pioneer of one: “Black Journal.”

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  • Written by Todd Steven Burroughs-The Root

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