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Traditional values are popular in the Black community

Traditional values are popular in the Black community

What do these four people all have in common: Wardell Stephen “Steph” Curry, II, better known as Steph Curry; Ayesha Alexander Curry; Carvin Haggins; and BriaMarie? Yes, they are all involved in entertainment at the highest levels. Yes, they all have achieved some measure of success within the industry. Yes, they are all Black. Yes, […]

#BringBackOurGirls lost in public consciousness

#BringBackOurGirls lost in public consciousness

Last week marked the second anniversary of the kidnapping of nearly 300 schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria, by the Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram. This kidnapping incited universal outrage that manifested in people – most notably celebrities like Rihanna, Madonna, and Michelle Obama – posting #BringBackOurGirls on their social media pages. Yet you’d be hard-pressed to find […]

Payday lending is ‘an abomination  in plain sight’

Payday lending is ‘an abomination in plain sight’

Every once in a while, a congressional committee hearing can almost seem like a time to grab your popcorn and a seat to hear the exchanges and varying opinions. On April 5, a U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on consumer finance regulations became one such occasion. The session was convened to […]

Understanding the chase for delegates

Understanding the chase for delegates

Here’s a breakdown of the math and vocabulary of the presidential campaign. BY MELANIE MASON LOS ANGELES TIMES TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE As the presidential primary race slogs on for both major parties, one thing has become increasingly clear: It’s not (just) about the voters. Of course, candidates are chasing wins in the popular vote tallied […]

Florida’s Finest – April 29, 2016

Florida’s Finest – April 29, 2016

Above: Beyonce’s “Lemonade’’ is being called an ode to Black womanhood.  Featured are strong Black women, including tennis legend Serena Williams. The new album is billed as “a conceptual project based on every woman’s journey of self knowledge and healing.’’ (COURTESY OF BEYONCE/INSTAGRAM) Right: It was surely a grand finale for Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant […]

Party with a purpose

Party with a purpose

Diana Ross wows cruisers prior to Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage FROM STAFF REPORTS The Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage hadn’t set sail yet but the party had started almost as soon as the cruisers boarded the Carnival Breeze at the Port of Miami the afternoon of April 23. The annual “Party with a Purpose,’’ […]

Prince music flies off shelves in the days after his death

Prince music flies off shelves in the days after his death

BY ANGELA BRONNER HELM THE ROOT Days after the tragic death of Prince at age 57, the pop legend’s music is predictably swelling in sales. USA Today reported that on April 21, the day he was pronounced dead, Prince sold a total of 231,800 albums — a staggering jump from the 4,300 sold during the […]

Why the movie ‘Purple Rain’ matters

Why the movie ‘Purple Rain’ matters

BY STEVEN REA PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE Prince made one great rock movie, the semi-autobiographical star-is-born psychodrama “Purple Rain,” released in 1984 in tandem with the album. Sure, the plot is corny, and sure, Prince is not exactly Laurence Olivier. But in the same way that the Beatles (and director Richard Lester) made “A […]

At church, Prince was simply Brother Nelson

At church, Prince was simply Brother Nelson

The megastar embraced the Jehovah’s Witnesses faith and even proselytized his neighbors around his Paisley Park estate in the Minneapolis suburbs, who were sometimes shocked to find the star on their doorsteps. BY MATT PEARCE LOS ANGELES TIMES TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE MINNETONKA, Minn. — This may have been the plainest room Prince spent time in […]

‘Me and Mrs. Jones’  singer Billy Paul dies at 81

‘Me and Mrs. Jones’ singer Billy Paul dies at 81

FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Renowned singer Billy Paul, whose “Me and Mrs. Jones, was one of the classic songs of the 1970s, died April 24 at age 81. Paul’s manager Beverly Gay told NBC 10 Philadelphia that Paul, born Paul Williams, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and had been hospitalized last week at Temple […]