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Mathis says Nancy Reagan helped him kick drinking problem

Mathis says Nancy Reagan helped him kick drinking problem

BY NARDINE SAAD LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Legendary singer Johnny Mathis owes a debt of gratitude to former First Lady Nancy Reagan. The 81-year-old crooner credited Reagan with helping him kick his drinking habit after she saw him overindulging at a reception. “We were sitting around, you know. I was drinking, and she suggested I might […]

Plenty of Jazz in Jacksonville

Plenty of Jazz in Jacksonville

The City of Jacksonville Beach presented a Summer Jazz Series concert on May 21 at the Sea Walk Pavilion. The free concert included performances by headliner Alex Bugnon and opening acts Limitless (above) and Steve Cole. Jazz continues this weekend in Jacksonville with the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, which will be held downtown. Lineup: Jacksonvillejazzfest.com

Beyoncé and Solange to compete for BET awards

Beyoncé and Solange to compete for BET awards

Beyoncé may lead the pack of nominees this year for the BET Awards, but her sister Solange isn’t far behind. In fact, she’s nominated against her big sis in three of the categories, the network revealed Monday. Bey earned seven nods and will compete against Solange for best female R&B/pop artist, video of the year […]

Mo’Nique accuses Daniels, Perry and Winfrey of ‘whiteballing’ her

Mo’Nique accuses Daniels, Perry and Winfrey of ‘whiteballing’ her

BY NY MAGEE EURWEB.COM During a Mother’s Day comedy special at the Apollo in Harlem, actress and comedian Mo’Nique popped off about being blacklisted in Hollywood. It appears that she is still pissed about being thrown out to wolves from key Hollywood players, and she’s calling out Lee Daniels, Tyler Perry, and Oprah Winfrey. On […]

How Biles was eliminated from ‘DWTS’ with  perfect scores

How Biles was eliminated from ‘DWTS’ with perfect scores

BY LIBBY HILL LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS “Smiling doesn’t win you gold medals.” That’s what Simone Biles taught the world on last week’s episode of “Dancing with the Stars.” This week, the Olympic gold medalist learned that perfection doesn’t win you mirror-ball trophies. Biles was eliminated from Monday night’s episode of “DWTS,” failing to make it […]

FLORIDA COURIER / OUT AND ABOUT

FLORIDA COURIER / OUT AND ABOUT

Presenting Earth, Wind & Fire Florida Courier photojournalist Kim Gibson attended the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival held from April 27 and May 6, and had his camera with him as “the elements of the universe,” Earth, Wind & Fire took the stage there. Lead vocalist Philip Bailey celebrated his 66th birthday on May […]

Strong roles for women in ‘Guardians’

Strong roles for women in ‘Guardians’

BY RICK BENTLEY THE FRESNO BEE/TNS LOS ANGELES – Zoe Saldana, who reprises her role as Gamora in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” says it’s great that there are more strong roles for women in film. “Women are going to go to these movies because they are going to find themselves in these characters […]

Actor takes one-man study of King to Netflix audience

Actor takes one-man study of King to Netflix audience

BY STEVEN ZEITCHIK LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Roger Guenveur Smith recalled that he had a deeply emotion reaction when he heard Rodney King had died in 2012. And he couldn’t understand why. “Here is someone I didn’t even know, had never met,” the actor and monologuist said. “I kept asking, ‘Why did his death affect me […]

Lamar, Solange among winners of Webby Awards

Lamar, Solange among winners of Webby Awards

EURWEB.COM Kendrick Lamar and Lady Gaga are among the winners of the 21st annual Webby Awards, announced Tuesday morning. The event, which honors the best of the Internet, will award K.Dot the Webby for Best Video Remixes/Mashups for “Swimming Pools (Drank).” Lady Gaga will take home three Webbys –  one for Live Experiences (Branded) in the Film […]

Poets, authors participate in literary event in Orlando

Poets, authors participate in literary event in Orlando

Milton McCulloch, a poet and author, presented the second event in his Literary Series on April 22 at Three Masks Inc., an African gift store in Orlando. The evening featured Donna M. Gray-Banks, author of “Ila’s Diamonds’’ and poet Selina Sanchez. Also presenting poetry were Johnty Love, Eddie DTS Figures and Michael Brown. Klassy Kouture […]