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20 Years of ‘janet.’

20 Years of ‘janet.’

Time really flies huh? Can you believe that Janet Jackson's 5th album "janet." is 20 years old? I can't, but it is!

Looking back on things, there's just so much that has happened since then. To name a few: the Superbowl incident, her relationship with Jermaine Dupri, the duet with her brother Michael, "Poetic Justice" as well as her other movies and – most recently – her marriage.

But who could forget one of the most definitive albums in popular music? That was the album that brought you such songs as "That's the Way Love Goes" and "Anytime Anyplace."

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The ‘X Factor’ close to signing Kelly Rowland

The ‘X Factor’ close to signing Kelly Rowland

Former Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland and Mexican superstar Paulina Rubio are in final talks to join The X Factor, sources connected to the show confirm to E! News.

The news comes just days before Fox needs to have all four judges firmly in place, as they are scheduled to begin work on the new season on Tuesday, in Charleston, N.C.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 05/16/2013

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 05/16/2013

For movies opening May 17, 2013

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Star Trek: Into Darkness" (PG-13 for intense violence) Twelfth installment in the futuristic, sci-fi franchise finds Captain Kirk (Chris Pinne) and the crew of the Starship Enterprise summoned back to Earth to confront a seemingly-unstoppable evil force which has left the planet on the brink of extinction. Ensemble cast includes Zachary Quinto as Spock, Zoe Saldana as Uhura, Simon Pegg as Scotty and Karl Urban as Bones.

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‘Mel Brooks: Make a Noise’

‘Mel Brooks: Make a Noise’

Mel Brooks, director, producer, writer and actor, is in an elite group as one of the few entertainers to earn all four major entertainment prizes – the Tony, Emmy, Grammy and Oscar. His career began in television writing for "Your Show of Shows" and together with Buck Henry creating the long-running TV series "Get Smart."

Many hit comedies followed, including "Blazing Saddles," "Young Frankenstein," "Silent Movie," "High Anxiety," "History of the World Part I," "Spaceballs," "Robin Hood: Men in Tights," and "Dracula: Dead and Loving It."

Here, he talks about "Mel Brooks: Make a Noise," an American Masters profile chronicling his illustrious career. The PBS special is set to premiere nationwide on Monday, May 20, at 9 pm (CDT). And in June, Brooks will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Film Institute (AFI) at a gala tribute airing on TNT.

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The 20 Most Well-Read Cities for African-Americans

The 20 Most Well-Read Cities for African-Americans

#1 – Durham, North Carolina

#2 – Manhattan, New York

#3 – Atlanta, Georgia

#4 – Washington, District Of Columbia

#5 – Miami, Florida (3rd on Amazon's List)

#6 – Saint Louis, Missouri (11th on Amazon's List)

#7 – Cleveland, Ohio

#8 – Baltimore, Maryland

#9 – New Orleans, Louisiana

#10 – Raleigh, North Carolina

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Where are the people for Tyler Perry’s ‘Peeples’

Where are the people for Tyler Perry’s ‘Peeples’

Over the weekend, I went to see "Tyler Perry Presents Peeples" – a film that Perry neither wrote nor directed. He is credited among the producers and apparently bankrolled the project. The movie was actually written and directed by Tina Gordon Chism, who wrote the screenplay for "Drumline."

I thoroughly enjoyed the film, however, it didn't create much of a buzz at the box office. It didn't help to be up against the second week of "Iron Man 3" and the opening weekend of "The Great Gatsby." Those two heavyweights dominated the top two positions bringing in $72 million and $51 million respectively.

"Peeples" came in at a distant fourth, with less than $5 million dollars for its opening weekend. "Pain and Gain" with Mark Walberg and Dwayne Johnson came in at No., with right at $5 million.

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