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Luther Vandross to receive star on Hollywood’s walk of fame

luther 600Luther Vandross will receive his star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame next week.

According to a press release from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the "Secret Lovers" singer will be honored posthumously outside Capitol Records in Los Angeles on Tuesday, June 3rd.

"Luther's unparalleled voice and forever romantic tunes such as, 'Never Too Much,' 'Power Of Love,' 'Here And Now,' 'House Is Not A Home,' 'So Amazing' and 'Dance With My Father' are known the world over," stated Leron Gubler, president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and emcee of the ceremonies. "We are honored to hold this dedication for a very special performer whose music will resonate for all time."

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RGIII helps special needs student get asked to prom

rg3prom 600Earlier this week, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (RGIII) helped one Virginia high school student ask a special needs friend to prom.

At a recent Centreville High School lacrosse game, 17-year-old Juwaan Espinal, who is non-verbal due to cerebral palsy, was asked to prom in an extraordinary way, reports WJLA.

Thanks to his group of friends, who enlisted the help of Espinal's favorite NFL player, classmate Morgan Assel asked the big question.

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* Memphis Italian Festival
4pm-11pm | Marquette Park
Downtown Trolley Night
5pm-10pm | Downtown Main St.
Tilmon M. Keaton “Change Your LIFE” Book Signing
6pm-9pm | Art Village Gallery

Fred Johnson – Memphis Training Camp for Dads Hall of Famer

(Every year, fathers – biological and non-biological – are honored for their impact on their families and the community and placed in the Memphis Training Camp for Dads Hall of Fame. The New Tri-State Defender will highlight past award recipients in the series, “Where Are They Now?”)
dadhalloffamer 600It’s been three years since father and community figure, Fred Johnson, received the Hall of Fame Award at the inaugural Memphis Training Camp for Dads. Then, he was raising his daughter, Jasmine, who was a bright and talented freshman at Wiley College. He’d raised her as a single dad after his wife passed away in 2011 when Jasmine was just a year old.
Despite challenges, Johnson continues to give and remains a father figure in the community. Today, he serves on the Community Advisory Board at St. Jude Children’s Hospital and is a coordinator for WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) at Rozelle Creative and Performing Arts Elementary School, his daughter’s former school. 

My Brother’s Keeper initiative release 90-day task force report

President Barack Obama‘s “Year Of Action” plans have been part of an aggressive push by the administration not to fall into lame-duck status. My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative aimed at promoting the success of young men of color, was launched in February. On Friday, the Presidential Task Force for My Brother’s Keeper unveiled a report compiled by suggestions and input from a variety of community leaders, government obamambrotherskeeper 600officials, and other individuals.

 The Task Force’s 60-page report is replete with facts, figures, and personal accounts of those who are the target area for My Brother’s Keeper. NewsOne was present for a media call held Thursday, regarding My Brother’s Keeper. Valerie Jarrett, White House senior adviser; Cecilia Muñoz, White House director of Domestic Policy; and Broderick Johnson, White House cabinet secretary and chair of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, presented the aims of the.

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