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Disney’s Zendaya Coleman to play late R&B singer Aaliyah in Lifetime biopic

Disney’s Zendaya Coleman to play late R&B singer Aaliyah in Lifetime biopic
The  Lifetime Network has tapped Disney star Zendaya Coleman to bring the story of late R&B singer Aaliyah Haughton to life.
 
The biopic, tentatively titled “Aaliyah: Princess of R&B,” will air in the fall.
 
According to Lifetime, the film “follows the beautiful and talented performer’s inspirational journey, from her debut on “Star Search” at the age of 10 to the challenges she faced during her rise to become the princess of R&B. 

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  • Written by NewsOne Staff

Independent artist Tyke T grows on

Independent artist Tyke T grows on
Tyke T, the current winner of K97’s next big thing and The Memphis Grizzlies Showcase champion, recently took to the national stage as a competitor in the VH1 “Make a Band Famous” competition.
 
Hundreds of bands entered the competition by submitting a 15-second Instagram performance clip. Fans then voted for their favorite bands and the top 24 were chosen to compete in New York for a shot at a record contract with Republic Records and a VH1 “you ought to Know” campaign.  The contestants then had to compete in a various challenges during a 24-hour live stream on VH1.com.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Black Music Month: Celebrating the Soulful ’70s

Black Music Month: Celebrating the Soulful ’70s
What makes the soul, funk and R&B music of the 1970s so unique and powerful? Beyond the fact that it creeps into, nourishes and elevates your mind, body and spirit, it’s the soundtrack of profound change embodying the most prolific and lush period of black cultural expression that we’ve ever experienced. Its beginning was like the clouds parting to bless the universe with radiant musical sunshine.
 
The penetrating artistic expression was ubiquitous and not simply confined to the radio airwaves. When tuning in to ABC’s detective drama “Baretta” from 1975 to 1978, we were treated to Sammy Davis Jr.’s haunting exhortations to keep our eyes on the sparrow.

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  • Written by The Shadow League

Take 10-plus with Rickey Smiley

Take 10-plus with Rickey Smiley
The sound of laughter will be bouncing off the walls, ceiling and floor of the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts when the Rickey Smiley & Friends Comedy Show takes center stage on June 20th.
 
Presented by Marcus Dorris of Mix and Mingle Entertainment, the show is set to kick off at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com.
 
In advance of the big evening, The New Tri-State Defender reached out to Smiley with a few questions to get a feel for Rickey Smiley’s thoughts on Rickey Smiley and more!

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  • Written by Tony Jones

Wendy Moten – right on time

 Wendy Moten – right on time
Grammy-nominated vocalist Wendy Moten recently returned to the studio to do what she does best. On June 6th, the Memphis-born vocalist, who has more than 20 years in the music industry, released her first solo album of jazz standards titled “TIMELESS: Wendy Moten Sings Richard Whiting.”
 
The CD release party was held at STAX Museum of American Soul Music and attracted Moten fans – including Grammy-winning saxaphonist Kirk Whalum, president and CEO of the Soulsville Foundation – who’ve grown up with her music or who’ve learned to appreciate one of the industry’s most powerful voices. 

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Halle Berry ordered to pay $16,000 a month in child support to ex-boyfriend

 Halle Berry ordered to pay $16,000 a month in child support to ex-boyfriend
Halle Berry has been ordered by the court to pay her ex a large monthly sum in child support fees.
 
According to court documents filed May 30, the Oscar-winning actress must pay her ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry $16,000/month to support their 6-year-old daughter Nahla.
 
The cost amounts to nearly $200,000 per year, and Berry must pay the monthly fee until Nahla turns 19 years old or graduates from high school, whichever comes first.

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  • Written by Lilly Workneh-theGrio

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