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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 Dr. Earle J. Fisher --  On April 29, 2018, Jennifer Schulte called the police because she saw two African-American men using a public park charcoal grill in Oakland, Calif. Schulte, now referred to as “BBQ Becky,” saw black people in public – enjoying themselves – and projected suspicion upon...
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...
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Film Review by Kam Williams Grieving Dad Goes Vigilante in Remake of Gruesome, Norwegian Crime Thriller Nels Coxman (Liam Neeson) is Kehoe, Colorado's most reliable snowplow driver. He was recently named the popular ski resort area's “Citizen of the Year” for keeping its treacherous mountain roads clear during the blizzards which...
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...
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 the 11:30 a.m. ceremony that...
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PARK CITY, Utah — In an early scene in Chinonye Chukwu’s Clemency, the death row inmate whom Aldis Hodge expertly brings to life is allowed outside for some solo time. His hands are cuffed behind him as he slips them inside an opening in the door, and a prison...
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Horrifying news— Jussie Smollett is reportedly hospitalized in Chicago following a possible hate crime. The Chicago Police Department released a statement concerning “a cast member of the television show, Empire” regarding an assault and battery incident. According to TMZ, two white men in ski masks reportedly approached the 35-year-old actor late...
by Aisling Maki -- For nearly two decades, STAX Music Academy, located in the heart of Memphis’ storied Soulsville neighborhood, has been cultivating the city’s young musical talent. On January 18, the school hosted its first-ever fair focused on introducing aspiring young musicians to the business and technical aspects of the...