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365 Black Awards to air on BET

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 c

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  • Written by The Michigan Chronicle

Soulsville instructor gains Grammy attention

Soulsville instructor gains Grammy attention

It 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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  • Written by Tony Jones

‘Three Kings’ wow separately and one at a time

‘Three Kings’ wow separately and one at a time

Tyrese, 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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  • Written by Angela Jackson/Special to The New Tri-State Defender

“Lee Daniels’ The Butler” to spice mind-expanding weekend

“Lee Daniels’ The Butler” to spice mind-expanding weekend

WHAT'S HAPPENING MYRON? I always enjoy watching previews of upcoming films when I'm in the movie theatre. One I've become intrigued with is "Lee Daniels' The Butler."

The film opens Friday (Aug. 16) at the box office, with a local non-profit – Comrades N Community Inc. – holding an advance screening at the Malco Stage Cinema in Bartlett (7930 Highway 64) on Thursday at 7 p.m.

The screening honors domestic service workers and is connected to the "Those Who Labor Among Us Awards" set for Sept. 28th. Recipients at the awards show will receive the Helen King Award. King was the first African American Housekeeping Supervisor at the Peabody Hotel in 1963. The Awards Ceremony will benefit the Church Health Center.

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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 08/15/2013

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 08/15/2013

For movies opening Aug. 16, 2013

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Jobs" (PG-13 for drug use and brief profanity) Ashton Kutcher portrays Steve Jobs in this reverential biopic revisiting the early years in the incomparable career of the visionary entrepreneur and Apple founder. Supporting cast includes J.K. Simmons, Matthew Modine, Lesley Ann Warren and Dermot Mulroney.

"Kick Ass-2" (R for sexuality, graphic violence, crude humor, pervasive profanity, and brief nudity) Two-fisted sequel finds the original's crime-fighting, pint-sized heroine (Chloe Moretz) forming a new team of masked vigilantes to take on an ally-turned-super villain (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). With Jim Carrey, Aaron Johnson, Clark Duke, Donald Faison and John Leguizamo.

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Stars Out and About: Star Gazing 8.14.13

Stars Out and About: Star Gazing 8.14.13

Girl About Town

Rihanna is seen arriving at her hotel in New York City.


 

Hot Stepper

Lala Anthony on the set of Good Morning America in New York City.


 

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President Bar

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  • Written by Essence

Kendrick Lamar takes over Twitter

Kendrick Lamar takes over Twitter

Big Sean gave the Internet a day's worth of conversation and debate fodder Monday night when he released "Control," a song featuring Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica.

At least, we think Jay Electronica and Big Sean are on the track. Kendrick Lamar did his very best to make sure that he'd be the only one remembered – and he did a pretty good job. In the song, Lamar basically said, "I respect you guys very much, but I'm better than you" and went on to demolish the very men he shared the track with.

Twitter has been talking about it nonstop because it's a good verse, yes, but also because it's refreshing to hear what many consider a return to real hip-hop. Some, like online mag Vulture, mistook Lamar's hard-hitting gauntlet throwing for legitimate beef or the beginnings of a real-life feud, which illustrates how far removed from this brand of rhyming we all are.

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  • Written by Tracy Clayton/The Root

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