Black History

COMMENTARY: Getting The Spirit in the Dark

BLACKVOICE NEWS — No one with any idea of the cultural importance of Black Music, American Music, can deny the impact of the Queen of Soul on the world. In recognition of her great gifts Aretha Franklin was, for most of her life, a touchstone of Black American culture and therefore world culture. Her catalog orchestrating, punctuating, and exclaiming the unique experience of a people. She sang the experience of survivors, the descendants of slaves.  […read more]

Entertainment

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

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Chris Brown and Karrueche Tran are dating again [UPI]

[UPI] Chris Brown has reconciled with his ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran and they are living together at the singer’s Hollywood Hills home, TMZ reported. Tran is keeping her own apartment, but has already moved most of her clothes and other personal belongings into Brown’s house, the report said. Read More

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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