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by Harlan McCarthy, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Keyboardist Ken Booker and Vocalist Ken Gilliam are not just two men that share the same name. For the past year, the two have been rehearsing with their new music group, The Eight.0 Band. The Eight.0 Band (pronounced “eight point OH), based...
The U.S. Postal Service is releasing a stamp of soul music legend Marvin Gaye with a stamp on April 2, which would have been his 80th birthday. The stamp honoring Gaye, who died in a day before his 45th birthday in 1984, is part of its new Music Icon series and...
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By DON BABWIN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — The whispers about "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett started with reports that he had not fully cooperated with police after telling authorities he was attacked in Chicago by two men who hurled racist, anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck. Then detectives in...
Hip hop’s clocks were turned back in time when Ja Rule and Ashanti reunited for a special Valentine’s Day show at the Novo by Microsoft here in “L.A.” The dynamic duo took over the Novo for what I would consider one of the most romantic concerts I’ve ever attended. Together, the...
Cardi B, who recently became the first female to receive Best Rap Album honors at the Grammys, will be among the first-time headliners at the 2019 Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival. Fresh off of a record-setting 2018, the Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival announced its 2019...
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA), Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, and Representative Brenda Lawrence (all D-MI) on Tuesday introduced bicameral legislation to posthumously award the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of her outstanding artistic and cultural contributions. The legislation was originally introduced...
by Tonja Renée Stidhum --  Music’s biggest night came, saw, and conquered. For the first time since watching the Grammys all of my life, I had the pleasure of covering the event from the press room at the Staples Center—and it was quite the experience. “Music is what we cry to,...
by Harlan McCarthy, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Music visionary Al Bell – this year’s recipient of the Authur S. Holman Lifetime Achievement Award – still lives on words of inspiration embraced by renowned motivational speaker Zig Ziglar and passed along to Bell by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “It’s...
by Tracy Sow, Special to The New Tri-State Defender In a bold move, Barbara Newman, president of the Blues Foundation, added a keynote panel – The Race and Blues – to the 2019 International Blues Challenge, which recently unfolded on Beale Street and concluded at the Orpheum. There was a nationwide...
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Media outlets are reporting that legendary singer and songwriter James Ingram died at 66-years-old Tuesday. Debbie Allen shared the news on social media. I have lost my dearest friend and creative partner James Ingram to the Celestial Choir. He will always be cherished, loved and remembered for his genius, his love...