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Soul Legend Al Green Needs New York Do Over

NNPA NEWSWIRE — One would be hard pressed to find a superstar with more memorable hits than the erstwhile Reverend Green. However, Green, who in in the midst of an abbreviated 8-city concert tour, might consider a redo of the sold out show he performed at New York’s Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, May 5. […read more]

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Crime

EXCLUSIVE: Experts Say, ‘Throw out Cosby Conviction’

“It is also a fact that Black men are more likely to be prosecuted and then given severe sentences than white men, even though rates of criminal activity are similar. This system bias is most evident in murder cases when offenders are black and victims are white but has been shown in other forms of violence. This is unjust, and it may be that victim impact statements are part of this problem…” […read more]

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Michael Jackson Judgment Day Nears as Final Arguments Begin

[Los Angeles Times] Final arguments in the nearly five-month Michael Jackson wrongful death trial began Tuesday in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom where jurors will be asked to decide whether one of the country’s most powerful entertainment firms is responsible for the pop star’s drug overdose death. Read More

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Michael Jackson’s Ex-Wife Says Doctors Took Advantage of Singer

(Reuters) – Michael Jackson’s doctors competed for his business and over-prescribed medications to help overcome his “incredible” fear of pain, the late pop singer’s ex-wife testified on Wednesday in a wrongful death trial. “His fear of pain was incredible. I think the doctors took advantage Read More

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Michael Jackson’s Handwritten Letters With His Children Reveal Caring Father, Says Lawyer

[New York Daily News] Touching handwritten notes that give an intimate glimpse of Michael Jackson’s relationship with his kids were shown to a jury Thursday after a bitter legal battle. The King of Pop scrawled one of the notes on a scrap of paper to 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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Michael Jackson lawyer calls new sex abuse claim ‘outrageous’ [Reuters]

[Reuters] The attorney for Michael Jackson’s estate on Wednesday described as “outrageous and pathetic” a fresh claim of child molestation against the dead pop star, made by one of his close friends. Choreographer Wade Robson, who testified in defense of the “Thriller” singer in a 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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Wrongful Death Trial to Revisit Michael Jackson’s Checkered Life [Reuters]

[Reuters] – Jury selection began on Tuesday in a Los Angeles civil trial that will revisit the checkered life and sudden death of superstar Michael Jackson before a planned comeback that he had hoped would revive his tattered personal and musical reputation. Jackson’s elderly mother Read More

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Motown Musical Searches for Young Michael Jackson

[BET] Motown Records founder Berry Gordy has launched a nationwide video search for the Broadway-bound Motown: The Musical. Using YouTube, the legendary record producer is looking for performers to play multiple roles, including a pre-teen Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Gordy himself. Producing powerhouses Kevin McCollum, chairman of Sony Music Entertainment, and Read More