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Beyoncé was ready for her Super Bowl moment

beyonce-400By the time the clock ran out on Beyoncé's Super Bowl halftime performance on Sunday, the singer had put to rest doubts that she would give it her all.

The 31-year-old had been at the center of controversy leading up to her anticipated game day show thanks to her decision to use a recorded track when she performed at President Barack Obama's inauguration in January.

That left some questioning whether she'd do the same in New Orleans on Sunday, but Beyoncé clarified that she would "absolutely" sing live during the game, something that seemed evident as she soared through a decade-plus of hits.

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Frank Ocean letting fight with Chris Brown go

frank ocean remix-600Frank Ocean says he'll "choose sanity" and let his fight with Chris Brown go.

"No criminal charges. No civil lawsuit," Ocean said on his Tumblr page Saturday night.

"As a child, i thought if someone jumped me it would result in me murdering or mutilating a man," the post said.

"But as a man I am not a killer. I'm an artist and a modern person. I'll choose sanity."

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Beyoncé: Yes, it was prerecorded

1Beyonce2S018446522-600Yes, Beyoncé can sing – all by herself, thank you very much.

That much she showed Thursday, when she opened her appearance before reporters in New Orleans – where she's set to headline the Super Bowl XLVII halftime performance Sunday – with a stirring, a cappella rendition of the national anthem.

It was the same tune she sang just over a week ago at the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

But on that momentous occasion, Beyoncé admitted on Thursday, she had some help.

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Football: are you ready for some?

Myron-Mays-160OK, now that I have confirmed that the two teams I thought were playing really are the correct ones playing in the Superbowl this weekend, I can get on with my column.

Many of you have not missed a game on Sunday, Monday, Thursday or Saturday of the entire season. You have lived, breathed and consumed football. You've been there for every party and every disappointment. On game day or night you have been glued to your television, breaking away only for the commercials.

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If Dr. King were a man, oh, he was!

IMG 0055-600Servant. Leader. Activist. Saint. If one were to ask 1,000 different people how they would describe the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., it is certain that 1,000 different replies would be received.

The clergyman, known best for his nonviolent civil rights efforts, has been immortalized in the minds of many as a man who could do no wrong. Even so, Dr. King was human. Though a triumphant civil rights leader, King was a man. He was human; a side that many people did not see.

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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 01/29/2013

BulletToTheHead-600For movies opening Feb. 1, 2013

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Bullet to the Head" (R for profanity, nudity, drug use, graphic violence and bloody images) Grisly revenge thriller, set in New Orleans, about a hit man (Sly Stallone) and a detective (Sung Kang) who form an unlikely alliance to track down the killers of their respective partners. Featuring Christian Slater, Jason Momoa and Jon Seda.

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‘Blue Caprice’ star back on his own terms

blue-caprice-400Isaiah Washington wants everyone to know he's back – not just as a "hired hand," as he made clear to The Root, but as an executive producer. His new movie, "Blue Caprice" in which he also stars, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to a packed house and a round of applause.

The title refers to the car used by John Allen Muhammad and his young accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, who participated in a deadly shooting spree for three weeks in October 2002 that resulted in the killing of 10 people in the Washington, D.C., area. Washington expertly plays Muhammad, the man who took the impressionable teenager, played by rising star Tequan Richmond, under his wing and turned him into a killer.

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This week’s DVD releases: 01/28/2013

DVDcover-400"Stories about African-American Heritage (featuring March On!"

"Downton Abbey – Season Three"

"The Abolitionists"

"Hello, I Must Be Going"

"Amazing Ocean 3D"

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Isaac Hayes is ‘Unsung’

UnsungHayes-600A cold winter night in January, check!

One mid-calf long, burgundy, vintage-leather trench coat, check!

Two VIP, TV One "Unsung" Isaac Hayes private screening passes, check!

Viewing the private screening Tuesday night at the Stax Museum where it all began, priceless!

The only thing missing was the red carpet and paparazzi following me.

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Priceless reflections on female empowerment

journeytothewoman-cover-400"About 10 years ago, I was hanging out with some old high school classmates... drinking wine... and wondering what fresh hell lay ahead for us as we approached menopause and all the other absurdities that come along with aging... [Their] obsession with maintaining their youth made me sad.

Why couldn't they just accept themselves as the smart, wonderful and beautiful women that they are? A few wrinkles should not affect one's self-esteem. That conversation was the genesis for this book. I needed to know at what point did women fall in love with themselves."

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Did Beyoncé sing the National Anthem?

Beyonce-NatlAnthem-600WASHINGTON – Pop star Beyoncé opted to use a "pre-recording" of her rendition of the National Anthem during inaugural ceremonies in Washington Monday, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Marine Band told CNN Tuesday.

U.S. Marine Band spokeswoman Kristen DuBois said early Tuesday that "we know why the decision was made," adding that the pop star "did not actually sing," but instead lip-synched her own voice.

Later in the day, however, the Marine Corps said in a statement that no one in their organization "is in a position to assess whether (Beyoncé's vocal performance) was live or pre-recorded."

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DJ 007 – on the radio & more!

Ever listened to the radio and heard a song for the first time – one that didn't really reach out and grab you. dj007-400But then the radio station kept playing the song until it grew on you. Before you knew it, you were singing the words, humming the tune and had purchased it (hopefully) on Itunes, or at a record store if you could find one.

Such is the power of radio.

For true commercial success, radio is an almost "must have." For this week's On Our Way To Wealthy column, we sought out DJ 007 of K97 to get a handle on the importance of radio and of the club in introducing a song to the market.

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Stellar Awards shine amid business, music and praise

StellarAwards147-600The 2013 Annual Stellar Awards will be remembered as a zenith event in the growth of the gospel music industry. From inception to exit strategy, the show was terrifically executed in true glitterati style.

This year's 28th edition unfolded on Saturday (Jan. 19) and was broadcast live for the first time from Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, a fitting choice. In the same way that the country music industry has become its own arena-filling powerhouse genre, gospel has grown into a commercial powerhouse, with marketing rivaling the best of the R&B and hip-hop markets – sans the vulgarity.

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