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Amanda Berry hits stage with Nelly at concert

Amanda Berry hits stage with Nelly at concert

(CNN) – One of the three women held captive for nearly a decade in a Cleveland, Ohio, home, made a public appearance Saturday at a concert.

Amanda Berry, along with members of her family, got onstage,

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  • Written by Kamal Wallace/HLNtv.com

Kanye West starts music program in Chicago

Kanye West starts music program in Chicago

Kanye West is arguably the biggest music star to have ever come out of Chicago, but sometimes people forget about his roots in the Second City. West himself has made it no easier for fans to remember, rapping almost exclusively about trips to Paris and other worldwide travels, but recently he made a grand gesture toward his hometown, reminding all of us he hasn't forgotten where he comes from.

According to VIBE, West has started a music program called Got Bars. The program will be launched through West's nonprofit organization Donda House and teach music writing and production.

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  • Written by Jozen Cummings/The Root

Crouching Viper, Hidden Wolverine!

Crouching Viper, Hidden Wolverine!

("As the only film opening in wide release, James Mangold's dark take on the clawed mutant opened strong and walked away with about $21 million on Friday, which includes the $4 million it made in theaters that began showing the movie at 10 p.m. on Thursday night." EW.com via CNN)

Logan, aka Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), is a mutant with retractable claws and a self-healing, metal skeleton. As a member of Marvel Comics' X-Men, he has appeared in all five of the franchise's prior screen adaptations, most notably, the eponymous installment exploring his origin.

At this episode's point of departure, we find him in Alaska and awaking from the clever cinematic contrivance of a nightmare within a nightmare. In the haunting dream, he'd been confronted by Jean Grey, aka Phoenix (Famke Janssen), the lover/colleague gone bad he'd been forced to stab to death in "X-Men: The Last Stand."

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‘Fruitvale Station’ Opens in Theaters Nationwide Today

‘Fruitvale Station’ Opens in Theaters Nationwide Today

"Fruitvale Station" will not be one of the top 10 titles listed in the weekend's box office, but when looked at on its own, the independent film, which debuted in seven theaters nationwide, had a remarkable opening. Deadline reports that the film, about the 2009 killing of 22-year-old Oscar Grant III by a transit cop, is a bona fide hit if judged upon what it brought on a per-screen average. They also suggest the strong opening is due in part to this past weekend's Trayvon Martin news.

Deadline excerpt:

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  • Written by Jozen Cummings/The Root

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 07/25/2013

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 07/25/2013

For movies opening July 26, 2013

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"The Wolverine" (PG-13 for sexuality, profanity and intense violence) Sixth installment in Marvel Comics' X-Men franchise, set in Japan, finds Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) stripped of his invincibility and locked in a life or death battle with a mysterious figure from his past (Hiroyuki Sanada) whose daughter (Tao Okamoto) is his current love interest. With Famke Janssen, Will Yun Lee and Brian Tee.

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Takeisha Berry-Brooks: Moving forward naturally!

Takeisha Berry-Brooks: Moving forward naturally!

Don'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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  • Written by Angela Jackson/Special to The New Tri-State Defender

On the go with Essandoh!

On the go with Essandoh!

Hypnotizing audiences as D'Artagnan, the slave who was mauled to death by dogs in "Django Unchained," Ato Essandoh stars as Dr. Matthew Freeman in the 2nd season of BBC America's highest-rated series premiere ever, "Copper." Born in Schenectady, New York on July 29, 1972, Ato also returns as the fan-favorite former carjacker and Watson's (Lucy Liu) possible replacement, Alfredo Llamosa, in CBS' "Elementary."

Here, he talks about life, career and the good fortune of currently having two hit TV shows.

Kam Williams: Hi Ato, thanks for the interview.

Ato Essandoh: My pleasure, Kam.

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Summer list of best-selling African-American books

Summer list of best-selling African-American books

The Power List, the quarterly compilation of best-selling books written or read by African Americans, released its Summer 2013 list Tuesday (July 23).

Ashley & Jaquavis, the urban fiction duo whose Cartel series has collectively sold more than a million copies, continue to dominate the paperback fiction bestsellers list with four titles among the top ten: "Cartel 4," "Murderville 2," "The Prada Plan 2" and "Murderville." Urban fiction author Wahida Clark also had two titles among the paperback fiction bestsellers, "Payback Ain't Enough" and "Justify My Thug," as well as one, "Honor Thy Thug," among the hardcover fiction bestsellers.

A number of authors who have consistently released best-selling books for at least a decade also had one or more titles on the Summer 2013 list. Those authors include: Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Walter Mosley, Kimberla Lawson Roby, Eric Jerome Dickey, Carl Weber, Sister Souljah, Mary B. Morrison and Mary Monroe.

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