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Judge Mathis taking it to the streets

Judge Mathis taking it to the streets

Judge Mathis has a new project – literally.

"The Mathis Project" premieres tonight (Nov. 8th) at 9 p.m. CST on BET.

"Thousands of African-American murders go unsolved each year. I'll be on the ground in the toughest neighborhoods seeking tips for cold cases," says Mathis.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Terry McMillan returns with ‘Who Asked You?’

Terry McMillan returns with ‘Who Asked You?’

Terry McMillan writes best-selling fiction, but it was real-life drama – a very public divorce – that garnered her some of her biggest headlines.

The nasty split with ex-husband Jonathan Plummer, the inspiration for the popular novel and movie "How Stella Got Her Groove Back," was dissected everywhere, from book blogs to "The Oprah Winfrey Show." A lawsuit, fraud allegations and public accusations all played out like plot points in one of her novels.

A lot has changed since then.

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  • Written by Alicia W. Stewart/CNN

‘Saturday Night Live’ addresses lack of diversity

‘Saturday Night Live’ addresses lack of diversity

"Saturday Night Live" wasted no time addressing a brewing controversy about the lack of black women in its cast this week when Scandal star Kerry Washington hosted the show.

In the opening sketch of the night, Washington was cast as first lady Michelle Obama opposite Jay Pharoah's President Barack Obama.

"It feels like it's been years since I've seen you," quipped Pharoah poking fun at the fact that the first lady only gets portrayed on the show when an African-American woman, like Maya Rudolph, hosts.

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  • Written by theGrio

‘12 Years A Slave’ a talker, if you let go of your fear

‘12 Years A Slave’ a talker, if you let go of your fear

I am no stranger to slavery. I literally stumbled into it while doing genealogy research in the early 1980's, finding a matriarch who showed up in the 1870 census, which listed her as 61 years old and having been born in Africa.

Much meandering later, and with some hard-learned lessons – many of which I did not want to learn – I decided to embrace what I considered a healthier attitude about slavery, changing my name, clothes, language, etc.

This commentary, however, is not about covering the finer aspects of my journey. I share that opening simply as a reference point for the attitude that I took with me to New Orleans for the Red-Carpet premiere there earlier this month of "12 Years A Slave." The movie debuts in Memphis Friday (Nov. 1) after an advance screening Wednesday at the Malco Majestic.

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  • Written by Dr. Karanja A. Ajanaku

The return of Paul Porter!

The return of Paul Porter!

Revered gospel recording artist Paul Porter stepped out of a rental car in front of Willie Mitchell's Royal Studios and exclaimed, "Wow! Can you believe this? Do you know where we are?"

The exclamation and questions were directed to his traveling mates, publicist Jason Hardy and new label executive Lonnie Deadwyler. Porter – in Memphis to attend the "Help Is On The Way" Family Membership and Showcase picnic (Oct. 26th) hosted by the non-profit For The People By The People at Audubon Park – added amplification.

"Man, this was one of my childhood dreams to cut here! This is soul music, baby!"

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  • Written by Tony Jones

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