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On day of appreciation, Stax students deliver!

On day of appreciation, Stax students deliver!

Astounding harmony and sweet melodies of the Holiday season were delivered Wednesday by the Stax Music Academy's "Street Harmony Group" during their day of appreciation.

Directed by Justin Merrick, operations manager, vocal/choreography director, the group of talented student singers and musicians went caroling to their major business donors and supporters. They arrived downtown at the offices of The New Tri-State Defender about 10 a.m., and boy, did they put on a show.

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  • Written by Deborah Powell Alexander

Simple steps to start an art collection

Simple steps to start an art collection

Art collecting is a profitable practice that few people embrace. Huge art and artifact collections like that of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey are filled with original works by key figures in the legacy of African-American culture.

Quite literally, the Kinsey's are the stewards of numerous important African-American works of art and artifacts. Though the bevy of artists in their collection is atypical, it is a testament to the importance of keeping your mind and your pocket open to art.

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  • Written by Aja Roache

10 Best Black Books of 2012

10 Best Black Books of 2012

1. "Tuskegee Love Letters"
by Kim Russell

2. "Iconic: Decoding Images of the Revolutionary Black Woman"
by Lakesia D. Johnson

3. "Help Me to Find My People: The African-American Search for Family Lost in Slavery"
by Heather Andrea Williams

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What’s Happening Myron?: Soul, comedy and ‘gifts’

As the holidays and 2012 come to a close, here are a few events to round out the rest of your year.

Spirit Magazine

Join Spirit Magazine for the "Spirit Making a Difference Awards" Banquet on Thursday (Dec. 20) at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis located at 3500 Central. Music will feature national recording artists James Fortune and Courtney Little. For more information, call 901-396-7957, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit their website at www.spiritmemphis.com.

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Gabby: Read all about her

Gabby: Read all about her

It's easy to see how Gabrielle Douglas, the charming teen gymnast and first African American to win the individual all-around Olympic gold, can be an inspiration for generations of young black girls and boys. As a 16-year-old African-American girl from Iowa, she gave performances at the London 2012 Games that showed remarkable spirit and determination.

But it wasn't necessarily an easy road to glory. In her charming new autobiography, "Grace, Gold & Glory: My Leap of Faith" – written with O, the Oprah Magazine founding editor Michelle Burford – Gabby reveals sacrifices her family made to get her ready for the Olympics. For example, some of her siblings had to give up a few hobbies to direct money toward her gymnastics training.

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  • Written by The Root

L.A. Reid leaving 'The X Factor'

L.A. Reid leaving 'The X Factor'

"The X Factor" fans may be looking forward to next week's finals, when a male country singer, a girl band and a female soloist battle it out for a $5 million record contract. But the end of season two will be another finale of sorts, as judge L.A. Reid announced Thursday he is leaving the show.

No, he didn't say he's mad at Simon Cowell.

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  • Written by Ben Brumfield CNN

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