Black History

Mississippi’s B.B. King Museum Celebrates the Life and Legacy of the Global Music Icon

Global music icon B.B. King is buried at the museum that bears his name in Indianola, Miss. […read more]


Battered Wife’s Emotional Rollercoaster Proves Lovin’ Two Ain’t Nothing Healthy

by Kam Williams Special to the NNPA from The Call & Post Miserably-married Kalindra (Shanola Hampton) hasn’t yet found the strength to leave her abusive husband, Ronnie (Elimu Nelson), even though the last time the creep put his hands on her, she ended up in Read More


AEG exec: I didn’t know Michael Jackson abused drugs [CNN]

Los Angeles (CNN) — Michael Jackson traveled with what amounted to a mini-clinic and an anesthesiologist who used a surgical anesthetic to put the singer to sleep after shows during his “HIStory” tour, sources close to Jackson told CNN just days after his death. But Paul Gongaware Read More


‘The Butler’ Trailer: Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker Star in Lee Daniels Flick [HNGN]

[HNGN] Producer Lee Daniels is back with another film sure to rack up Oscar nominations. Daniels, best known for “Precious” and “The Paper Boy” has produced another movie “The Butler.” The movie is adapted from a 2008 Washington Post article by Wil Haygood. It’s based on the Read More


Music World Updates via LA Sentinel

Two lawsuits are in the works over music by the late R&B singer Aaliyah. According to TMZ, publishing company Reservoir Media Management is suing independent record label and film distributor Craze Productions for illegally selling tracks off Aaliyah’s self-titled 2001 album on iTunes. In the Read More


Porsha Stewart Blindsided by Divorce [STL American]

Former NFL star Kordell Stewart has filed for divorce against Real Housewives of Atlanta co-star Porsha Stewart. reports Kordell filed for divorce March 22 in Fulton County Superior Court in Georgia, claiming the marriage was “irretrievably broken,” and the pair had already separated. Porsha released a statement through a rep, Read More


Chris Brown Reveals ‘Sexy’ Rihanna Duet ‘Put It Up’ Coming Soon [MTV]

  There’s a fistful of male guest-stars on Rihanna‘s Unapologetic LP — from Future oozing Auto-Tuned game on “Loveeeeeee Song” to Eminem spitting Novocaine-fueled non sequiturs on “Numb” — but we bet none lit up your feed like Chris Brown did when his contribution to the chart-topping album landed on Read More


Ray Chew now musical director of ‘Idol’ [Philly Tribune]

Composer and producer Ray Chew, also an accomplished keyboardist, is in his third season as musical director of “American Idol.” — SUBMITTED PHOTO Having put his musical stamp on such major productions the 2008 Democratic National Convention, President Obama’s Inaugural Neighborhood Ball, the Grammy Awards Read More


Punch TV’s Joseph Collins Sets Sight on Airwave Domination [Wave Newspapers]

With the proliferation of Black TV networks — partly as a result of Com-cast/NBC Universal’s backing a number of minority start ups following diversity pressure from lawmakers like Rep. Maxine Waters — it’s shaping up to be a competitive fight for survival. The field includes Read More


Fantasia Fiasco Forces ‘Jet’ to Apologize

Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American Last week Fantasia Barrino raised a stink after Jet Magazine chose to use a 10 year old picture for her cover story. Things went from bad to worse when Jet editor-in-chief Mitzi Miller posted a disparaging Facebook Read More