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R. Kelly’s defense team is going after the Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, accusing the prosecutor of colluding with celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti who they say manipulated her into charging the singer with sexual abuse, CBS News reports. Defense attorney Steve Greenberg is banking on email evidence that he...
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Ermias Davidson Asghedom — better known as rapper, businessman and philanthropist Nipsey Hussle — was killed Sunday, gunned down in front of his own Marathon Clothing Store in his hometown of Los Angeles. Two others were wounded. Hussle was 33 years old. Hussle’s acclaimed 2017 Victory Lap was nominated...
Every once in a while, music groups emerge and transcend beyond their time. In my era there was B2K (Boys of the New Millennium), the quintessential R&B boys group of the 2000s. The multi-platinum B2K featured the multi-talented Omarion, Boog, Fizz and Raz-B. They made magic on and off the...
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(Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for adidas) Pharrell Williams is drawing attention to the importance of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) fields through a children’s show that will be streamed on Netflix. Williams is the executive producer of Brainchild, a Netflix series and spinoff of National Geographic’s Brain Games,...
As rational, thinking adults, we kinda knew something was amiss with Michael. We subscribed to the Peter Pan and/or asexual fallacy ’cause we needed to. We knew “Aruh Smelly” was stinkin’ no doubt. Hello? Aaliyah. We just didn’t know how funky it was. For me, it took a sec to...
If the Chicago Police Department’s findings that Jussie Smollett fabricated a hate crime against himself are true — and the evidence has been damning — the talk around his actions should extend much further than jokes about his amateur plotting. The Undefeated discusses how Smollett’s case may have harmed...
Heritage Tours, which principal operator Elaine Turner describes as the state’s first African-American-owned tour company, no longer is overseeing the blue-and-white shotgun house that reflects the meager beginnings of W.C. Handy, renowned as the “Father of the Blues.” Situated on the east end of the Beale Street Entertainment District, the...
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...