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Soul legend Percy Sledge succumbs to cancer

Soul legend Percy Sledge succumbs to cancer

BY RANDY LEWIS LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS The way soul singer Percy Sledge often told the story, his unexpected entry into pop music immortality came out of a Christmas party performance gone south. Sledge, who had been working as a hospital orderly and was often asked by patients to sing for them, was invited to entertain […]

First lady sparks outrage over appearance on ‘Black Girls Rock!’

First lady sparks outrage over appearance on ‘Black Girls Rock!’

BLACKAMERICAWEB.COM First Lady Michelle Obama’s appearance on BET’s “Black Girls Rock!” show that aired on Easter Sunday was a definite plus for some, but for others, it was more of a downer. In a series of complaints left on Obama’s Instagram page, folks voiced their disappointment with the first lady for participating in an event […]

‘Too Darn Hot Party’ boosts OWN’s cable rating

‘Too Darn Hot Party’ boosts OWN’s cable rating

TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE OWN and Tyler Perry decided to celebrate their winning collaboration on “Love Thy Neighbor,” “For Better or Worse,” “The Haves and the Have Nots” and “If Loving You is Wrong” with the successful “Too Darn Hot Party” special. The show gave the network another winner in its lineup during the third […]

Latifah to star in HBO’s film ‘Bessie’

Latifah to star in HBO’s film ‘Bessie’

EURWEB.COM Queen Latifah is no longer gracing the airwaves with her daily talk show, but she will be back on the small screen shortly. If you haven’t heard, Lafifah is bringing blues pioneer Bessie Smith back to life in the HBO film, “Bessie.” The 45-year-old Oscar nominee plays the “Empress of the Blues” in a  […]

A surprise pick: South African comedian to replace Stewart on ‘Daily Show’

A surprise pick: South African comedian to replace Stewart on ‘Daily Show’

BY MEREDITH BLAKE AND JULIE WESTFALL LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old comedian who has been a contributor to Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” will be the program’s new host when current host Jon Stewart leaves later this year, the network announced Monday. “Trevor Noah is an enormous talent. He has an insightful and […]

Tasha Smith has to pay $7,000 a month in alimony

Tasha Smith has to pay $7,000 a month in alimony

FROM STAFF REPORTS The “Why Did I Get Married?’’ star probably has been asking that question a lot lately. According to court documents, Tasha Smith, the star of Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married?’’ movies and “For Better or Worse’’ TV show on OWN, has to pay nearly $7,000 a month in spousal support […]

JAZZ IN THE GARDENS 2015

JAZZ IN THE GARDENS 2015

Funkin’ in Miami Gardens Trumpeter Tom Browne was one of a stellar group of performers appearing at the 10th annual Jazz in the Gardens music festival March 21-22. Click here stories and pictures. (KIM GIBSON / FLORIDA COURER)

JAZZ IN THE GARDENS 2015

JAZZ IN THE GARDENS 2015

From R&B superstars to jazz greats Miami Gardens celebrates 10 years of great music with legendary artists BY LISA ROGERS-CHERRY FLORIDA COURIER Music lovers from around the world converged on South Florida for the 10th Annual Jazz in the Gardens March 21-22, a weekend packed with well-known jazz and R&B artists. The first day of […]

White House correspondent’s new book details experience covering presidents

White House correspondent’s new book details experience covering presidents

EURWEB.COM April D. Ryan is veteran journalist who has been a White House correspondent for the past 18 years. She also serves as the Washington bureau chief for the American Urban Radio Networks. Besides covering the Obama administration, Ryan’s responsibilities include hosting “The White House Report,” a syndicated show airing on about 300 radio stations […]

JAZZ IN THE GARDENS 2015

JAZZ IN THE GARDENS 2015

Miami Gardens marks 10 years of ‘Jazz’ Jazz in the Gardens has become one of Black Florida’s largest events and celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Florida Courier photojournalist Kim Gibson was there in 2011 when Ron “Mr. Biggs” Isley of the Isley Brothers took the stage. Tickets are still available at www.jazzinthegardens.com or via […]