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Chef Coolio? It could happen

Coolio-600In the grand scheme of music, it's pretty safe to say that the average rapper has the career span of a housefly. That's not very long by the way.

Musical history screams out that anyone looking to get into the game of music in general should have a "Plan B" to fall back on. Those who are looking to get into the rap game should already be involved in their Plan B before they even get started. While some have a Plan B already in effect, others have sort of discovered their back-up plan in the process of carving out a career. And then there are those for whom it takes a little longer to bounce back.

Rapper Coolio has decided to take a different career route these days. He has chosen to auction off of the royalties of his music catalog to fund his new career. He released a cookbook in 2009 called "Cookin' With Coolio" and was featured on the Food Network series "Celebrity Chefs."

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365 Black Awards to air on BET

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HONOREES GLADYS KNIGHT and BEVERLY JOHNSON

McDonald’s, a sponsor of the Essence Festival in New Orleans for the past 10 years, chose the site of the annual event that brought nearly 500,000 to the crescent city Fourth of July weekend for the 10th time to present its 365 Black Awards. Honoring luminaries like R&B singer Gladys Knight and Supe

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Soulsville instructor gains Grammy attention

Merrick-600It started with a couple of emails that Soulsville Music Academy instructor Justin Merrick thought were spam. Man, was he wrong!

The emails actually conveyed the news that Merrick had been named one of nine finalists for a Grammy Award as Music Educator of the Year. Soulsville's Chief Creative Officer Kirk Whalum – a multiple Grammy Award winner – stepped in to bridge the information gap.

"Much later a letter had come for me in my mailbox at the office," said Merrick, a Maryland native. "Mr. Whalum brought it to my attention during a meeting and that's when it all definitely became real."

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‘Three Kings’ wow separately and one at a time

3kings-600Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank – now starring as the trio group TGT – are having fun and enjoying success while out on the road promoting their new album, "Three Kings."

Set to hit stores next Tuesday, August 20, R & B lovers can pre-order on iTunes.

Widely recognized as the R&B group of 2013, TGT delivered a highly-anticipated show at the Orpheum Theatre earlier this month. And they did so amid rumors that they had not been getting along; more about that later.

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New TLC Album, First in a Decade

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New TLC Album, First in a Decade

Good things, apparently, come to fans who wait.
TLC, the trio that shot to fame in the early '90s with the best-selling album "CrazySexyCool" and a string of hit singles including "Baby Baby Baby," "Creep" and "No Scrubs," decided to return to the recording studio.
The as yet untitled album is expected to be released in October. Two songs

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Takeisha Berry-Brooks: Moving forward naturally!

tberrybrooks-hair-400tDon't be surprised if Takeisha Berry-Brooks sheds a tear or two at some point during the 2nd Annual Naturals in the City Hair and Wellness Expo. They'll be expressions of joy.

Approximately 5,000 attendees are expected at the 2-day event that unfolds this weekend at the Cook Convention Center after debuting at the Esplanade last year. For Berry-Brooks, it's all a part of an ongoing labor of love on a natural journey that she travels which is powered by faith.

"I still trust Him! I'm still being tested. I'm not worried about the outcome," said Berry-Brooks, wiping away tears.

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Lauryn Hill, O.J. and tales from the cells

Myron-Mays-160WHAT'S HAPPENING MYRON If you were wondering how Lauryn Hill is holding up, I guess there is Internet access in the part of the Danbury, Conn. facility where she is serving out her three-month jail sentence for tax evasion. In a letter posted to her Tumblr page, she lets loose with some info on her experience and lets everyone know how she is doing.

While she lists some of the many people who have written her, Hill said there is no way to write back to all of them. Each of letters, however, has been received, read and appreciated, she said.

The 38-year-old singer, songwriter, rapper, producer and actress began serving her sentence on July for failing to pay about a million dollars in taxes over the past decade. She is due to be released in October.

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We remember Cool DJ Soni D

Sonny-D-600Nearly every DJ from nearly every radio station and the club scene in Memphis came out to the Hard Rock Café on Beale Street Monday night to pay homage to the late Cool DJ Soni D, who died in a traffic accident in California on July 1. It was kind of a "who's who" of Memphis radio.

From past to present, almost every station had a presence in the room. People meters weren't important and neither was competition.

In what had the feel of a historic night, more than music set the tone. Heartfelt sentiments filled the room as some of Soni's closest friends and colleagues shared stories of how they met, of how he gave them their names and how he influenced their careers. I looked at all of the legends in attendance and thought to myself, "This was Memphis."

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Seeking Maxwell: Landers Center crowd finds its man

Maxwell-5085-600"Where is he? Where is he?" The question bounced around the Landers Center in Southaven, Miss., as Maxwell seekers could hardly contain their desire to see the multi-talented singer-songwriter, record producer and instrumentalist in concert last week (July 3).

Thirty-minutes after a crowd-pleasing performance by Marsha Ambrosius, music blasted and then the lights dimmed as Maxell's slender silhouette pierced through a cloud of smoke. The crowd screamed.

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Marsha Ambrosius hitting the high notes with ease

Marsha-Ambrosius-4887-600Marsha Ambrosius – formerly of Floetry – has been a consistent figure at the top of the charts since she went solo. As the opening act for Maxwell (July 3), she stepped right into a warm welcome at the Landers Center in Southaven, Miss.

The image? Stilettos and a black short-set suit, with her natural hair pinned up in a bun unlike her normal over-the-top big hair frizzy look.

In full control of her falsetto skills, she crooned hits from her latest album, "Late Nights and Early Mornings." Halfway through her 45-minute live-band set, Ambrosis belted out high notes from her chart busters, the "Late Nights & Early Mornings" title track, "Say Yes" and "Hope She Cheats on You (With A Basketball Player," which drew cheers from a mostly-female audience.

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Traffic accident claims life of Memphis DJ icon, Soni D

Sonny-D-600Kevin Allen Sr. – widely known as legendary Memphis Disc Jockey and Radio Host DJ Soni D – was killed Monday afternoon in Hinkley, Calif., when his 2013 Nissan Rogue collided with another vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Attributing details to San Bernardino County coroner's officials, the San Bernardino Sun reported that Allen was driving west on Highway 58 near Harper Lake Road at 3:20 p.m. when he drove into eastbound lanes to pass a vehicle in front of him.

A native of Chicago, Allen was considered a pioneer in the Memphis club scene as well as the national radio industry. He is a three-time Billboard Magazine Award Winner for his work as production manager, producer and engineer for "Tom Joyner's On The Move" nationally syndicated countdown show.

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Rare ‘club’ show for Bar-Kays

3barkays2-500Here's one I'm proud to be talking about...the hometown legends are getting ready to bring it on home!

This Friday, July 5th, Memphis' own Bar-Kays will play a rare "club" performance at Minglewood Hall, 1555 Madison Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m. There will even be an after-party, so plan on hanging out for a while.

Tickets are on sale now at the Minglewood Hall box office, online at minglewoodhall.com, or you may call 901-312-6058. Stan Bell will be host and Comedian Prescott will kick off the show.

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BET Awards, Charlie Wilson a match that works for me

charliewilson1-400I caught the "BET Awards" this past Sunday and surprisingly – pleasantly so – I didn't feel so much like an old out-of-touch guy like I do during the "BET Hip Hop Awards." I didn't even have to keep asking my kids, "Who are these people?"

Usually I would have found something else to do for a couple hours and heard about the show the next morning. But I have to admit, it was time well spent this year. It was a really great show.

I actually had a favorite part. And that part had to be the Charlie Wilson tribute. I can't think of anyone as deserving as Wilson. This guy has had a heck of a career and one heck of a story!

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