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American Music Awards: The top 6 moments

American Music Awards: The top 6 moments

Sunday night's American Music Awards seemed much tamer than many of the other awards shows lately, despite having the promise of host rapper Pitbull to ABC that "I hope you got that delay button ready

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  • Written by Lisa Respers France/CNN

Old-school rules at pre-Thanksgiving concert

Old-school rules at pre-Thanksgiving concert

Music legends Maze, featuring Frankie Beverly, The Isley Brothers, featuring Ronald Isley, and Bobby Womack transformed the Landers Center in Southaven, Miss. into "Old-school Haven" on Saturday night.

Womack came out dressed in red – leather pants, jacket and a cap – and launched into his deep bag of hit songs, including "Across a 110th Street," "I Can Understand it," "That's The Way I Feel About You," "Harry Hippie" and many more. He also did a tribute to Sam Cooke, singing "A Change Is Going To Come," and introduced his daughter, who sings backup for him. He gave her an opening to sing a song and it's safe to say talent runs in the family.

Next up was the Isley Brothers and their presence triggered a surge toward the stage as they reeled off hits such as "Fight The Power," "It's Your thing," and "For the Love of You." As always, eye-grabbing dancers performing precision moves accented the performance that was punctuated by the distinctive voice of Ronald Isley and the lead-guitar prowess of Ernie Isley.

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  • Written by Warren Roseborough

This week’s DVD releases

This week’s DVD releases

Top Ten DVD List for Nov. 26, 2013

"Breaking Bad: The Complete Series"
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00EEDNA4M/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

"Samson & Delilah"
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obido

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Jay Z’s Barneys collection unveiled: Clothing for the 1 percent

Jay Z’s Barneys collection unveiled: Clothing for the 1 percent

Sometimes we collectively create the man, only to watch him become the thing he once rallied against. Hip-hop is funny that way. Artists use the story of their lives as the vehicle to drive a wedge between the man they have become and the person they once were.

In street terms: Once the money gets fluffy, they leave the hood.

In Disney terms: The pauper is now the prince.

 

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  • Written by Stephen A. Crockett Jr./The Root

‘If You Can See It, You Can Be It’

‘If You Can See It, You Can Be It’

Jeff Henderson turned his life around behind bars while serving time for drug dealing. In the penitentiary, he developed a passion for cooking which, upon being paroled, he parlayed into a career as a celebrated chef and host of his own TV series on the Food Network.

Now, he's published a collection of recipes not of his best dishes but of the secrets of his success. The dozen key ingredients include: self-discipline, delayed gratification, education, intuition, risk, persuasion, adaptation, collaboration, humility, selflessness, visionary leadership and getting the competitive edge.

Besides clarifying each of those concepts, the author augments his ideas with pearls of wisdom from fellow luminaries like Oprah Winfrey, who reveals, "The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you're willing to work."

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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Delivery Man" (PG-13 for profanity, sexuality, drug use, mature themes and brief violence) Vince Vaughn plays the title character in this baby-daddy comedy as a slacker who finds himself the subject of a class-action paternity suit filed by dozens of the children he fathered anonymously years earlier through a sperm bank. With Chris Pratt, Bobby Moynihan and Cobie Smulders.

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" (PG-13 for profanity, intense violence, frightening images, mature themes and a suggestive situation) Second installment in the series based on the Suzanne Collins trilogy finds triumphant survivors Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) enjoying a victory tour before being drafted to compete in another death match, this one comprised entirely of former Hunger Games winners. With Liam Hemsworth, Jack Quaid, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Lenny Kravitz and Donald Sutherland.

 

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‘The Best Man Holiday’ delivers against the odds

‘The Best Man Holiday’ delivers against the odds

It's not very often that the sequel to a great film can be greater than the original. Especially when there are so many things that can be considered obstacles. A few being that it's been 15 years since the original and sequels tend to only gross a fraction of the original film.

However, 'The Best Man Holiday' has managed to overcome those two challenges, plus some.

The film had some heavy competition on opening weekend as well. It was up against Marvel Comics' "Thor," which grossed about $38 million in its second week and also played on many more screens than "Holiday." With a little less than $31 million over the three-day weekend, "Holiday" came in second place. And also of note, 'Holiday' played to an entirely different audience, which was mostly African-American females.

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‘JT’ & Memphis – an experience with roots

‘JT’ & Memphis – an experience with roots

Justin Timberlake returned home to Memphis with his "20/20 Experience" tour on Monday night and it truly was an awesome experience – for him.

Here's a snippet of proof:

With a sold-out crowd at the Fe

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

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