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Film Review: Miss Sharon Jones!

By Dwight Brown (NNPA News Wire Film Critic) Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings is a Grammy-nominated R&B band from Brooklyn. Their groove is funky like James Brown’s. Jones’ gyrations are as wild and ferocious as Tina Tuner’s. The group’s soul shakes and their lead singer’s Read More

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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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Kanye West’s ‘New Slaves’ Screening Shut Down by Houston Police [Rolling Stone]

[Rolling Stone] A screening of Kanye West’s “New Slaves” video in Houston came to an early end last night when police arrived to shut down the projection. According to the Houston Chronicle, the Houston police broke up an “upbeat, respectful crowd” who had gathered to watch the display at Read More

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Candice Glover Named ‘American Idol’ for Season 12

American Idol Candice Glover was crowned the new “American Idol” on Thursday after defeating country singer Kree Harrison. The 23-year-old R&B vocalist from St. Helena Island, S.C., looked stunned when “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest announced she was victorious over 22-year-old country singer Harrison from Woodville, Read More

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Cee Lo Green announces plans for three albums [LA Times]

[LA Times] Who needs sleep when you’re Cee Lo Green? Fresh off a recently wrapped Las Vegas residency, the multi-hyphenate performer announced plans for a new album — three of them, actually. Green revealed in an interview with Billboard that the highly anticipated return of his crew Goodie Read More

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Rapper Drake Nominated for 12 BET Awards [UPI]

LOS ANGELES, May 14 (UPI) — Canadian rapper Drake was nominated Tuesday for 12 BET Awards, including Best Male Hip Hop Artist and Video of the Year. Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz followed close behind with eight nominations apiece. A$AP Rocky earned five nominations, while Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake and Read More

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HIP HOP CONNECTION: A Proud Citizen of Hip Hop

By Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist   I’ve often debated with myself over the obvious ramifications the Hip Hop lifestyle imposes on society.  Still, I proudly raise my flag and declare:  I Am a Citizen of Hip Hop.  But what does that mean?  Does it mean Read More

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FAMU names alum as new band director [USA Today]

1969 grad to lead school’s marching and pep bands in wake of drum major’s hazing death. (Photo: Karl Etters, The Tallahassee Democrat) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida A&M interim President Larry Robinson on Tuesday introduced Sylvester Young as the new director of the school’s marching and pep Read More

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Michael Jackson had skin disease at time of death [LA Times]

Personal details about Michael Jackson were revealed Monday during his family’s lawsuit against entertainment giant AEG. Christopher Rogers, the Los Angeles County deputy medical examiner, testified Monday that the 5-foot-9 Jackson weighed only 136 pounds at the time of his death and that X-rays showed he suffered from arthritis in Read More

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HIP HOP CONNECTION: The Hip Hop Dilemma

  By Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist   I call it The Hip Hop Dilemma. The symptoms are all around us. You hate the new direction Hip Hop is going in and you hate that the young boys are wearing tight jeans. Still, Hip Hop has Read More

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Hip Hop Controversy: Rap Music May be Facing New Challenges

by Charlene Muhammad Special to the NNPA from The Final Call The latest to feel public pressure is former prison guard-turned rapper Rick Ross, who also uses a former drug trafficker’s name. He recently apologized for controversial rape lyrics belted out as a featured rapper Read More

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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

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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

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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