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In the mix: DeAngelo, Ledisi, blues, Maya Angelou, SportsBall

DeAngelo's performance at this year's BET Awards showed that for the most part the guy still has it musically. Looks like he is continuing on the comeback trail these days. He performed at the Essence Music Festival this past weekend and is gearing up for a major U.S. tour coming up in August.

On the "Liberation Tour," DeAngelo's teaming with Mary J. Blige, also performed on the BET Awards and at the Essence Festival.

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Narratives leave no doubt – slavery a never-ending nightmare

"This is a book about slavery and family and loss and longing... It is about the forced separations of African-American families, about their grief and their determined hope to someday see each other again... It takes courage to look at the humiliation they suffered...

It is worth saying that this is a book about separation, resilience and survival, and about the texture and contours of despair... In the end, it is a journey into their feelings... The stories I recount are raw, emotional and dramatic... That's what these people's lives were."

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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 07/12/2012

For movies opening July 13, 2012

BIG BUDGET FILMS

“Ice Age: Continental Drift” (PG for rude humor, action and scenes of peril) Woolly mammoth Manny (Ray Romano), saber-toothed tiger Diego (Denis Leary) and sloth Sid (John Leguizamo) embark on latest prehistoric, animated adventure in the wake of a continental cataclysm triggered by squirrelly Scrat’s (Chris Wedge) pursuit of that ever-elusive acorn. Voice cast includes Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez, Wanda Sykes, Seann William Scott, Keke Palmer and Drake.

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Big things and bigger dreams for 7-year-old Eddie Starks Jr.

Big things and bigger dreams for 7-year-old Eddie Starks Jr.

by Bria Brown
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

How many James-Brown singing, 7-year-old performers do you know? I know one! His name is Eddie Starks Jr. and he's living a life that most people can only dream about. I know what you're thinking; the kid is 7, how could he be living such a life?

When I tell you that Starks' resume is far beyond impressive, I'm not kidding one bit. You may have seen him a few weeks ago at the Ultimate Family Reunion, hosted by V103.5, where he opened up for headliner Curtis Blow.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Who were those guys on the BET Awards Show?

You know something? Each year the BET Awards make me feel more and more out of touch with mainstream music. I mean I really try my best to keep up, but it seems like someone has broken the knob on the new rapper machine and it's just churning out new rappers all willy-nilly.

I mean the show kicked off with three guys that I have to admit I knew nothing about until my son told me they were Big Sean, Pusha T and some guy named 2 Chainz. It's really funny how I have to depend on my two teenage kids to tell me who some of these people are year after year. There's always somebody new performing.

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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 07/05/2012

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 07/05/2012

For movies opening July 6, 2012

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"The Amazing Spider-Man" (PG-13 for violence and intense action) Andrew Garfield stars as Spider-Man in the title role of this origins adventure in which his alter ego, Peter Parker, falls for a high school classmate (Emma Stone) and solves the mystery surrounding his parents' (Campbell Scott and Embeth Davidtz) disappearance before morphing into your friendly neighborhood superhero en route to a showdown with the diabolical Lizard (Rhys Ifans). Featuring Denis Leary, Martin sheen and Sally Field.

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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

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