Cynthia Bond’s ‘Ruby’ tells of woman’s trials in all-Black Texas town

BY ELIZABETH HAMILTON DALLAS MORNING NEWS/TNS Cynthia Bond had just finished teaching a writing class when her cell phone rang. “Hello, Cynthia,” said the voice on the...

PERCY TYRONE SLEDGE / 1940-2015

‘Baby, please don’t treat me bad’ In this file photo, singer Percy Sledge performed at the Rock’ N’ Roll Hall of Fame’s 20th anniversary induction...

Spike Lee’s ‘Chiraq’ sparks debate about the term

BY LOLLY BOWEAN CHICAGO TRIBUNE/TNS Reports that filmmaker Spike Lee is planning to shoot a feature movie in Chicago called “Chiraq” ruined Aaron Pierce’s mood last...

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...

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...

‘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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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