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J-Lo sings happy birthday wishes to repressive Asian leader

J-Lo sings happy birthday wishes to repressive Asian leader

Jennifer Lopez sang "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" on Saturday to a leader who has been characterized as one of the most repressive in the world.

"We wish you the very, very, happiest birthday," Lopez said to Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, and then she sang to him at a huge celebration at a resort in the central Asian country.

The singer's spokesman told CNN Sunday that "had there been knowledge of human right issues of any kind, Jennifer would not have attended."

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  • Written by Alan Duke/CNN

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 06/27/2013

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 06/27/2013

For movies opening June 28, 2013

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"The Heat" (R for violence, crude humor and pervasive profanity) Good cop/bad cop comedy about a straitlaced FBI agent (Sandra Bullock) who grudgingly agrees to work with a foul-mouthed Boston police officer (Melissa McCarthy) with a short fuse in order to apprehend a ruthless Russian mobster. With Marlon Wayans, Michael Rapaport and Tony Hale.

"White House Down" (PG-13 for profanity, violence, brief sexuality and intense action) Action thriller about a cop (Channing Tatum) recently rejected by the Secret Service who comes to the rescue when the President (Jamie Foxx) is abducted by a paramilitary group. With Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods and Richard Jenkins.

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For Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland, there IS love in the heart of the city

For Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland, there IS love in the heart of the city

Services for Bobby 'Blue' Bland will be at First Baptist Church-Broad at 2835 Broad Ave. at noon Thursday, June 27. The family has asked that all memorials be sent to The Blues Foundation, which will assign them to the HART Fund.

Also, the family is allowing the blues community to share the celebration of Bland's life via this link: www.ustream.tv/channel/bobby-bland-memorial.

The blues and soul balladeer's signature hits include "Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City." He died beloved and revered last Sunday (June 23) at age 83.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

African-American Music Appreciation Month: That’s a wrap!

African-American Music Appreciation Month: That’s a wrap!

No one ever accuses Memphis of being short on talent. With a church seemingly on every other corner, the choirs are filled with voices worthy of placing on compact discs. Blessed with schools such as Overton and Stax to train and hone those tones, Memphis churns out the "Voices" regardless of genre.

But as we all know, only a few have the disposable income, relationships and the perseverance to make it. It is hard to say who among the "newbies" may wind up along side the Memphis-rooted greats that include The Bar-Kays, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Aretha Franklin, Kirk Whalum, BB King and Al Green.

We have watched as Eightball & MJG, Juicy J and DJ Paul, Three 6 Mafia and Yo Gotti have all risen to national acclaim. With television shows, Academy Awards, soundtrack placements, and the like, these guys are showing us how to do it modern day.

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Al Bell taps new PR firm to lead iconic brand

Al Bell taps new PR firm to lead iconic brand

Soul music pioneer and entertainment industry executive Al Bell has selected Courtney Marketing PR as the agency of record for his brand.

Courtney Marketing PR's work for Al Bell will draw on a network of resources and capabilities to include creative, public relations, social media communications and loyalty positioning.

"It has been my desire to share my personal and professional story in various platforms," Bell said. "The strategic alliance with Courtney Marketing PR gives me optimal declaration to exponentially reach more audiences and to share more about the evolution of my journey."

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  • Written by Real Times News Service

Chris Brown charged with hit-and-run

Chris Brown charged with hit-and-run

LOS ANGELES – Chris Brown's legal troubles got more serious Tuesday when a Los Angeles prosecutor charged him in a minor traffic crash.

Brown already faces a charge that he violated his probation in connection with his felony assault conviction in the beating of his girlfriend Rihanna.

Brown, 24, allegedly was driving a car that rear-ended another car in Los Angeles in May.

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  • Written by Alan Duke/CNN

Film review: ‘How to Make Money Selling Drugs’

Film review: ‘How to Make Money Selling Drugs’

"Are you unemployed or stuck in a dead-end job? Don't worry, we have an answer!" That is the dubious proposition made by How to Make Money Selling Drugs, a tongue-in-cheek (I pray) documentary about the art of dope dealing. The film arrives accompanied by proven provenance, as it features appearances by celebs with street cred like 50 Cent, Eminem, Rick Ross and Russell Simmons.

This fairly thorough training guide focuses on marijuana and cocaine, although its advice undoubtedly could be applied to heroin, ecstasy and numerous other narcotics as well. However, we learn that pot is probably the easiest way to get started, given that it's a weed that all you need is water, lamps and electricity to grow. In fact, it is now the most profitable farm product in the U.S., easily outstripping tobacco, cotton and even corn as the country's top cash crop.

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