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Jurnee Smollett-Bell and the ‘Temptation’ interview

Jurnee Smollett-Bell and the ‘Temptation’ interview

Born in New York City on October 1, 1986, Jurnee Smollett-Bell is an award-winning actress and activist. She recently starred in the Emmy Award-winning series "Friday Night Lights" and also has been seen on "The Defenders."

Jurnee starred in "The Great Debaters." She received rave reviews and won the NAACP's Best Lead Actress Image Award for her performance.

The versatile thespian landed her breakthrough role at the age of 11, when she starred in "Eve's Bayou" opposite Samuel L. Jackson. She began her television acting career at the age of 4 with a recurring role on "Full House," later reviving the character for a season of "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper." She followed that by starring on the ABC comedy "On Our Own" alongside her real life sister, Jazz, and her brothers, Jojo, Jussie, Jake and Jocqui.

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Style file – Fringe fest

Style file – Fringe fest

Forget clothes. The trend that is popping up everywhere is bangs.

After First Lady Michelle Obama stepped out with her blunt cut face-framing fringe, many celebrities seemed to take their style cues from our fashionable FLOTUS. From retro cuts to side bangs to full-on, blunt fringes, it is clear bangs are having a moment.

The best part about this trend is bangs are an easy and inexpensive way to update your look. But which style will best suit you? Worry not, we've hand-picked five of the best celebrity fringe hairstyles to inspire your next salon trip.

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  • Written by R.J. Barnhill/Real Times News Service

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 03/21/2013

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 03/21/2013

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Admission" (PG-13 for profanity and some sexuality) Tina Fey and Paul Rudd co-star in this adaptation of Jean Hanff Korelitz's best seller of the same name about a straitlaced Princeton admissions officer tempted to bend the rules for an applicant (Nat Wolff) after a friend she hasn't seen in years suggests that he might be the son she surrendered for adoption as a baby. With Michael Sheen, Lily Tomlin and Gloria Reuben.

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Celebrities, money problems & the human factor

Celebrities, money problems & the human factor

According to the Chicago Sun Times, R. Kelly is the latest celebrity to experience foreclosure as his Olympia Fields Illinois home was sold Monday to J.P. Morgan Chase Bank. The property was once valued at more than $5 million but was sold at an auction for $950,000, its only offer. He still owed about $3 million on the property.

We tend to hold our entertainers to the highest standards in the land. We feel that they are above a lot of the issues and problems that most normal people like us go through. We find ourselves surprised when we read news of them having marital issues, family issues or problems with their children. We're really shocked when we read news of them experiencing foreclosure or other financial difficulties. Often times we can't believe that the person who has made us feel so good for so many years is having the same problems we have. How is that?

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Elton John – still at home at the piano

Elton John – still at home at the piano

Downtown Memphis was the place to be on Saturday night. Patrons flooded Beale Street celebrating St. Patrick's Day. The Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. regional convention was going on and the weather was perfect for just hanging out.

And, oh yeah, over at the FedExForum, a music legend – Elton John – was in town to do his thing.

Hundreds crowded the FedExForum plaza before the show, drinking and having a pre-concert party of their own.

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  • Written by Christopher Hope/Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Spinners singer Bobbie Smith dead at 76

Spinners singer Bobbie Smith  dead at 76

Bobbie Smith, who as a member of the Spinners sang lead on such hits as "I'll Be Around" and "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love," has died. He was 76.

Smith died Saturday of complications of pneumonia and the H1N1 flu virus, according to a statement from Nat Burgess, the Spinners' manager.

The Spinners were one of the longest-lived bands in pop music, with the core of the group having formed in the 1950s. Three members of the group – Smith, Willy Henderson and Pervis Jackson – met in a Detroit-area high school, and were later joined by Henry Fambrough and C.P. Spencer.

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  • Written by CNN

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