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Singer James Ingram dead at age 66

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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...

OP-ED: How Cardi B. became a much-needed voice for the working class

by Che Watkins -- Full disclosure: I only listen to National Public Radio and old school radio. Anything new on the radio and I probably won’t find out about for at least six to eight months.  My friends can verify this. We can be out and a hear a song and they’ll...

Veteran journalist Ed Gordon revisits his 2002 interview with R. Kelly and explains why he believes we must stop supporting the music

by Ed Gordon -- It looks as though R.Kelly won’t survive the docu-series Surviving R.Kelly.  The long-time embattled singer who for years has been able to escape charges of physical and sexual abuse against women, rumors of keeping women in a “sex cult” and...

Cyntoia Brown speaks on clemency from Gov. Bill Haslam

Cyntoia Brown (Video still via PBS) Governor Bill Haslam has granted executive clemency to Cyntoia Brown by commuting her life sentence. The governor’s office announced the decision Monday morning sharing that she will be released to parole supervision on August 7, 2019, according to Nashville 5. By...

‘Black Panther’ goes home empty-handed at Golden Globes + full winner’s list

by Cortney Willis --  Even though we were rooting for Wakanda at the 76th annual Golden Globes on Sunday night, Black Panther didn’t take home any awards. The film directed by Ryan Coogler was nominated for Best Motion Picture (Drama) and Best Original Score but lost...

New poll shows Michelle Obama voted most admired woman by Americans

According to a Gallup poll, former first lady Michelle Obama has been named America’s most admired woman of 2018, knocking Hillary Clinton from the top spot for the first time in 17 years, CNN reports. Mrs. Obama released a memoir, “Becoming,” and is currently on a...

Alzheimer’s clinical research trials need more African-American participants – desperately!

by Chelsea-Lyn Rudder Q-Tip, celebrated hip-hop artist, producer and founding member of A Tribe Called Quest, took to Instagram recently to honor his mother, who is living with Alzheimer’s. Known for lyrics that touch fans with their eloquence while simultaneously educating them on timely issues, the...

NYC to rename streets to honor Notorious B.I.G. and Wu-Tang Clan

The New York City Council has voted  to honor three music legends in their home borough with streets named in them: the Notorious B.I.G. (a.k.a. Christopher Wallace), the Wu-Tang Clan and Woody Guthrie. Culture advocate LeRoy McCarthy spearheaded the street co-naming efforts and told Gothamist:...

Jordan Peele offers first look at his bone-chilling new movie with Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke

by Kia Morgan Smith Jordan Peele shocked audiences with his Oscar-winning movie Get Out and for his second act, Peele plans to up the creepy factor with his new feature-film Us, starring two of Black Panther’s breakout stars. “For my second feature, I wanted to create a monster...

Tennessee doctor charged in massive opioid fraud scheme

A Tennessee doctor faces a decades-long prison sentence after being charged in connection with “a massive opioid distribution and healthcare fraud scheme,” according to authorities. Dr. Samson Orusa was charged Thursday with “maintaining a drug-involved premises, 22 counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance outside...