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Free concert kicks off new era for Royal Studios

Free concert kicks off new era for Royal Studios

With President Obama reminding the world of the impact of Memphis music when his crooning of the opening lines of Al Green's signature hit "Let's Stay Together" went viral on the Internet, wouldn't it be great if First Lady Michelle Obama was to create a similar stir with a surprise visit to the Levitt Shell in Overton Park Thursday night?

Wishful thinking certainly, but the First Lady's visit here – a fundraising reception at the Memphis Cook Convention Center Thursday (June 28) morning – comes on the same day that Memphis' famed Royal Music Studios is producing a special musical performance as part of the Shell's free summer concert series.

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  • Written by Tony Jones

Down-to-earth Kurtis Blow anchors Ultimate Family Reunion

Down-to-earth Kurtis Blow anchors Ultimate Family Reunion

It's always great to hang out with family, even if it's a few thousand members.

This past Saturday (June 23) was absolutely wonderful at the 103.5 WRBO Ultimate Family Reunion. Although the sun was shining bright and working at full capacity, it was a fun-packed evening filled with music, dancing and fellowship. We enjoyed performances by local artists Devin Crutcher, Kevin Davidson, as well a seven year old, Eddie Starks Jr., whom you soon will be hearing more about.

Shouts out to my colleague, DJ Kevaunjay, who kept the crowd hyped with songs that personify what real family reunions are all about.

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Twitter buzz hints Tupac fandom alive, getting younger

Twitter buzz hints Tupac fandom alive, getting younger

by Karanja A. M. Ajanaku
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Rap-icon Tupac Shakur lives on as a legend in the eyes of millions, and this increasingly is true among a generation of younger fans.

This was surprising to me at first, with Tupac's career having thrived so many years ago. I didn't know how interested younger audiences were until the idea of a valid story recently blindsided me while checking my Twitter timeline. Twitter trending topics like #WhoshotPac and #Justice4Pac were all over the place.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Read, laugh and get into the (Robin) Thicke of it!

Do you love books? Well, so do I! That's why I created the What's Happening Myron Book Club. Our current selection is "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James.

Set largely in Seattle, it is the first of a trilogy that traces the relationship between a college graduate and a young business magnate, Christian Grey.

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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 06/28/2012

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 06/28/2012

For movies opening June 29, 2012

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Madea's Witness Protection Program" (PG-13 for crude sexual remarks and brief drug references) Tyler Perry's back in drag for another madcap adventure. This go-round, we find the pistol packin' granny hiding the family of a Wall St. whistleblower (Eugene Levy) who's on the run from mobsters after agreeing to testify in federal court about his company's Ponzi scheme. With Romeo, John Amos, Tom Arnold, Denise Richards and Marla Gibbs.

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Tyler Perry: The ‘Madea’s Witness Protection’ interview

Tyler Perry: The ‘Madea’s Witness Protection’ interview

Tyler Perry practices what he preaches, and what he preaches has endeared him to millions of fans drawn by that unique blend of spiritual hope and down-home humor that continues to shape his inspiring life story and extraordinary body of work.

Here, he talks about his latest film, "Madea's Witness Protection," which he not only wrote, directed and produced, but also stars in, playing three roles, including the sassy, straight-talking title character.

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‘El’ seems focused this time around

‘El’ seems focused this time around

by Nona Allen
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Listening to the title cut from El DeBarge's 2010 release, it is clear that the song is about a second chance at love. Scratch below the surface of "Second Chances" and a deeper meaning emerges for the R&B crooner.

I spoke with El on Saturday (June 16) before his Mud Island Amphitheater appearance at Funk Fest 2012 at the Mud Island Amphitheater. (Yes, I got a hug!)

With a widely-publicized history of drug abuse and a host of related concert cancellations, many fans were not confident that he would show for the Funk Fest.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

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