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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...
For black cast films, including “BlacKkKlansman,” “Black Panther,” “Green Book” and “If Beale Street Could Talk,” 2018 was a banner year.  Might Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”) finally win the Best Director and Best Picture Oscars that have eluded him over the course of his 40-year career? Not likely, despite the Academy’s...
Challenged by a foot injury, Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard Dillon Brooks rolled into Staxtacular 2019 determined to fill his role as host. Brooks, who is out for the season following surgery to repair a ruptured ligament in his right big tow, had plenty of support, including teammates such as Jaren...
by Laruen Victoria Burke -- On the night of February 16, the Chicago Police Department announced that their investigation into the alleged hate attack on actor Jussie Smollett had “shifted.”  The actor was allegedly attacked by two men in the early morning hours of January 29 in Chicago.  Smollett has been...
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...
“Despite dramatic social transformations in the United States during the last 150 years, the South has remained staunchly conservative. Southerners are more likely to support Republican candidates, gun rights, and the death penalty, and southern whites harbor higher levels of racial resentment than whites in other parts of the...
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 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...