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Catching up with Anthony Hamilton

Catching up with Anthony Hamilton

Contemporary soul and R&B star Anthony Hamilton recently gave me a message for Memphis and Mississippi.

"Memphis and Mississippi, I love you," said the ultra-cool Hamilton in an exclusive, backsta

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  • Written by Nyah Nile

‘American Idol’ ratings – don’t dump it all on Nicki Minaj

‘American Idol’ ratings – don’t dump it all on Nicki Minaj

"American Idol" is back in the news and this time it's not all Nicki Minaj...well, maybe just a little bit. Apparently ratings are at an all-time low, with reports that viewers are just not feeling Nicki.

Might be true, but I'll be fair. I don't think it's all Nicki. The show itself is partially at fault as well. It has stayed around too long and has been essentially forced upon us lately.

I'll put it this way, if "American Idol" is the houseguest who stayed too long, Nicki Minaj is like an extra houseguest the invitee brought along with getting an OK. They showed up in the same car.

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Around the globe with Logan Westbrooks

Around the globe with Logan Westbrooks

Logan H. Westbrooks kicked off Black History Month 2013 at Indiana University with his signature lecture titled "Bustin' Loose: Breaking Racial Barriers in the Music Industry." The subject matter was fitting because the Memphis native is a music industry pioneer.

"I decided to pursue a career in music while participating in a management training program at RCA Victor Distributing Corporation in Chicago in 1966," said Westbrooks, a Booker T. Washington High School graduate.

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  • Written by LaRita Shelby

A special delivery from Mary J. Blige

A special delivery from Mary J. Blige

So, by now you know if you were not at the Landers Center (formerly DeSoto Civic Center) in Southaven, Miss. Last Sunday night (Mar. 3) you missed a fabulous show!

The long-awaited return of Mary J. Blige to the Mid-South has been the talk all over locals' Facebook pages, Instagram, Twitter, the workplace, and even at my son's school.

For sure we proved our admiration for her with the sold-out show. Days before the concert, seats were even made available behind the stage for those who wanted in on the jammin'.

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  • Written by Nyah Nile

Terrence Howard: The ‘Dead Man Down’ interview

Terrence Howard: The ‘Dead Man Down’ interview

Terrence Howard talks about his latest film, "Dead Man Down," where he plays crime boss Alphonse Hoyt opposite Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace and F. Murray Abraham.

Kam Williams: Hi Terrence, thanks for the time. It's nice to have another opportunity to speak with you.

Terrence Howard: Thank you, Kam, for taking the time.

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FBI opens Whitney Houston’s ‘crazy’ fan files

FBI opens Whitney Houston’s ‘crazy’ fan files

LOS ANGELES – Obsessed fans can be a downside of stardom. It's why Whitney Houston's character hired Kevin Costner to protect her in the 1992 movie "The Bodyguard."

The real life Houston had the FBI helping to protect her more than two decades ago when a "loner" in Vermont warned in 1988 that he "might hurt someone with some crazy idea" if the singer did not acknowledge him.

Then there was the man in Holland who claimed to be the "President of Europe." An FBI agent based in Brussels paid him a visit in 1999 to talk about the cassette recordings and letters "of a threatening nature" that he sent to Houston.

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  • Written by Alan Duke/CNN

Halle Berry happy to be back for ‘X-Men’ sequel

Halle Berry happy to be  back for ‘X-Men’ sequel

Last week, director Bryan Singer hinted that Halle Berry could reprise her role as Storm in his upcoming "X-Men: Days of Future Past," and the Oscar-winning actress has since confirmed the news to CNN.

"I'm going to be there. I don't know how (much) of the old cast will be there, but I think we're pretty official," Berry said Saturday.

"I loved her and the people love Storm ... so I'm happy to come back," she continued. "And I love working with Hugh Jackman (who plays Wolverine). Bryan Singer is back directing ... so it'll be good. Ian McKellen is back and Patrick Stewart is back, so it's good."

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  • Written by CNN

Filmmaker: $100K for proof of aliens

Filmmaker: $100K for proof of aliens

James Fox, who co-stars in the National Geographic Channel's Chasing UFOs, is a filmmaker who has made two documentaries about UFOs – including "Out of the Blue" and "I Know What I Saw."

"People say to me, 'Aren't you the guy that does the UFO stuff?'" he said. "And I say yeah. (They say), 'Why do you do that?' I say, well if Earth were being visited, would you like to know about it? They're like, 'Damn right I would.' Well, I'm convinced it's happening."

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

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