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June 2012

CJ Custom Clothiers Brings Style to NBA Draft

Posted: 28 June, 2012 at 9:30 pm   /   A Chat With..., NBA, NFL

When it comes to the big stage of the NBA Draft, it’s all about the threads. The clothes matter. Outside of the NBA Finals, draft day is the league’s biggest party. That party starts with the wardrobe the players are wearing. The 2012 NBA Draft is no exception. People want to tune in to the […]

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August Wilson’s “Jitney” a Masterpiece

Posted: 26 June, 2012 at 4:34 pm   /   Headline, Showbiz!, Stage

It’s time to get “Jitney.” If you have never sat down in a live theatre to catch an August Wilson play, you’re missing a theatrical treat.  Not finding a way to see any one of Wilson’s artful masterpieces is like eating pancakes without buttermilk syrup or chugging down some of mamma’s hot cornbread without a […]

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No More Demons to Chase for Rodney King

Posted: 21 June, 2012 at 5:15 pm   /   Headline

Rodney King is probably now at peace. There are no more demons left to fight for King. There are no more adversities and challenges to overcome. There are no more rehabilitation centers to attend to get cleaned up and figure out what life’s purpose is all about. There will be no more days of having […]

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Robin Thicke Shines at Playboy Jazz Festival

Posted: 19 June, 2012 at 6:25 pm   /   Headline, Music, Showbiz!

Performing for the first time at the Playboy Jazz Festival can be intimidating for some musical acts. That wasn’t the case with soulful crooner Robin Thicke, who made his debut at one of the most recognizable jazz festivals in the world a memorable one.  A great songwriter and composer, Thicke has burst on the national […]

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Ramsey Lewis Delivers All That Jazz

Posted: 17 June, 2012 at 2:55 pm   /   A Chat With...

There is nothing new or different that jazz great Ramsey Lewis hasn’t seen throughout his brilliant and legendary career. When you have recorded music 80 albums as Lewis has it would be a stretch to think that there might be a thing or two to slip by the jazz maestro. Embellished by the gospel music […]

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Old School Shine at Summer Soul Jam

Posted: 15 June, 2012 at 6:00 pm   /   Music, Showbiz!

Old School is still in style. Thanks to show-stopping performances from some of the biggest names in R&B during the 1970s and 1980s, the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles rocked with oldies and swayed with nostalgia as the Chi-Lites, Stylistics, The Emotions and other chart-topping groups invaded the Southland for a night of reminiscing. Sponsored […]

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Sheila E. Finds Healing in Music and Her Faith

Posted: 13 June, 2012 at 7:26 pm   /   A Chat With...

The healing power of God is still very real. Sheila Escovedo is a living witness to this testament. Better known to music fans worldwide as the wondrously beautiful Grammy and Emmy-nominated percussionist and composer Sheila E., the supremely talented Escovedo can vouch first-hand how the Higher Power saved her life in more ways than one. […]

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Terri Lyne Carrington Drums to a Different Beat

Posted: 12 June, 2012 at 12:40 am   /   Headline, Music, Showbiz!

You know you’re a power player in the music industry when you’re able to pull in heavyweights like Dianne Reeves, Sheila E., Dee Dee Bridgewater, Geri Allen and Cassandra Wilson to believe in what you do and collaborate on a particular project you’ve had your eyes set on for a long time. These are not […]

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Hip-Hop and Honesty Powers Disney’s “Let It Shine”

Posted: 11 June, 2012 at 1:19 am   /   Showbiz!

The latest Disney Channel Original Movie Let It Shineencourages authenticity in an increasingly fake industry. It is director Paul Hoen’s modern take on the play Cyrano de Bergerac, about a man who ghostwrites love poems to the woman of his dreams. The musical update follows Cyrus DeBarge (Tyler James Williams, Everybody Hates Chris) and his […]

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OKC’s Thunder Are Young and Marvelous

Posted: 7 June, 2012 at 5:43 pm   /   NBA, Sports

The members of the Oklahoma City Thunder team are a bunch of young, quiet, unassuming and extremely confident young guns.  That is when they step off the basketball court. When they are on the court the Thunder go through a massive transformation into a group of young men that defy gravity and conventional wisdom with […]

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Boney James Makes “Contact” With His Purpose

Posted: 5 June, 2012 at 11:11 pm   /   A Chat With...

Listening to the melodic smooth sounds of Grammy-nominated saxophonist Boney James is like picking up a vintage bottle of wine: It gets better with time. James is without doubt one of the finest jazz artists of this generation. Eight of the twelve albums James has put out have gone on to hit No.1 on Billboard’s […]

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Ogwumike Gives Sparks Winning Boost

Posted: 4 June, 2012 at 4:40 pm   /   NBA, Sports

Los Angeles-When the Los Angeles Sparks selected Nnemkadi Ogwumike as the first overall draft pick in this year’s WNBA Draft, they knew they were getting a big-time player. In just one of playing professionally after a standout All-American career at Stanford University, Ogwumike has proven just how much of a big-time player she is and […]

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band is Big Easy Delight

Posted: 2 June, 2012 at 9:36 pm   /   Music, Showbiz!

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been around for over a half a century. Band members has come and gone. But the music and its mission remain the same. Much like the city of New Orleans where the band was founded and first came alive, resiliency has been the key to its survival. Incorporating the […]

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Senior Citizen Enjoys “Meal of a Lifetime”

Posted: 1 June, 2012 at 9:49 pm   /   Uncategorized

CANON CITY, Colo — Dorothy Flood, a 75-year-old African-American from Houston, briefly lost her composure as she entered the train’s dining car in Canon City, Colorado. As a child when she traveled by train with her grandmother in the 1940s, she had been denied access due to segregation. After wiping her eyes, she purposefully made her way […]

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