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Ja Rule-Ashanti pairing in Los Angeles was so right for Valentine’s Day

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...

Founders of After Life Mortuary Services breaking new ground

The funeral service industry has long been a male-dominated one, but times are changing as more women are entering into the profession and breaking down stereotypes. Madeline Lyles and Dana Taylor are staking their claim as the founders of the first mortuary service owned and...

Seminar/expo designed to boost entrepreneur evolution

Looking to turn your idea into a six-figure business? Akamai Enterprise wants to help. The coaching and consulting firm will host a seminar and expo workshop for new and aspiring business owners on Feb. 23 at Bass Pro Shops. “Starting a new business is always a...

I watched Taraji P. Henson take her place on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

HOLLYWOOD – “The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a journey through history and today my legacy will be forever etched in the history of Hollywood. I've worked so hard for this. It's surreal,” said Taraji P. Henson. I was on hand Monday (January 28) for...

#IAmAVoice: Your voice is vital!

“This year I can’t sleep on the vision,” exclaimed Carin Malone. Malone is a well-known poet who goes by the stage name Writeous Soul. She holds the title as Grand Slam Poetry Master, as she’s been doing spoken word for more than 10 years and...

KO & The Crew presents ‘The Rent Party’

For a night and for the culture, KO & The Crew is hosting an old school rent party at The Bluff on Highland. “Rent Party: A 90s Tribute” is set for Friday (Dec. 28), kicking off at The Bluff (535 Highland) at 8 p.m. A rent...

Alice Faye Duncan ‘sings’ about the life of Gwendolyn Brooks

Acclaimed writer Alice Faye Duncan tells the story of poet and author Gwendolyn Brooks with her latest book, “A Song for Gwendolyn Brooks.” Using a writer’s voice that is both wise and witty, Duncan introduces young readers to the early years and works of Brooks,...

WKND Hang Suite: ‘We are not the club, we are The WKND!’

“The WKND Experience is unapologetically our own. We don’t pattern ourselves after anyone. So expect to have a great time with great people. Expect great service and a great product. Expect an atmosphere that makes you want to return.” Take that from Joe Johnson, who...

Nadia Matthews presents relationship-themed stage play ‘Red Flags’

Stage and screen multi-hyphenate Nadia Matthews is showcasing her very own personal past relationship troubles, with her stage play “Red Flags.” Matthews is a writer, producer, director and founder of Lily Roze Acting Studio – a nonprofit dramatic arts organization located at 810 S. Main...

Jai Musiq rolls forward with ‘The Sap Junt’

After months of releasing singles, music videos, freestyles, radio appearances and personally funded tours across the South and beyond, Jai Musiq finally has released his long awaited project, “The Sap Junt.” At the heart of this new wave of Memphis talent is Joshua Jones, also...