Aretha Franklin reaches a higher calling in ‘Amazing Grace’

HOLLYWOOD, CA-Sometimes simplicity is best. For the late great Aretha Franklin, all she had to do was walk up to a microphone, tilt her head back and sing. Aretha didn’t need too much help. And the help she received usually came in the form of something higher and mightier than both you and me. That’s […]

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NAMM’s She Rocks Awards celebrates women in music

Anaheim, CA –– The seventh annual She Rocks Awards rocked the House of Blues Anaheim on Jan. 25, 2019. Hosted by the Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN), the gala celebration featured a star-studded array of honorees that include Terri Nunn of Berlin, Lisa Loeb and Nita Strauss, as well many other women from all corners of the music and audio industry. The […]

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New study shows Walking While Black has deadly consequences

The deadliest metro areas and states for pedestrians have been identified in a new report entitled Dangerous by Design issued by Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition. http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/dangerous-by-design Over the past decade (2008-2017), the number of people struck and killed by drivers nationwide while walking increased 35 percent, even as overall traffic […]

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What would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. say to today’s children?

DALLAS and HOUSTON-On Friday, Jan. 18, 20 Texas elementary school students honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by channeling his passion and charisma during the final rounds of the Annual Foley Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competitions in Dallas and Houston. For the competitions, the students answered the question, “What would Dr. King say to the children of today’s world?” Winners included Jasira […]

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The strike in photos: United Teachers Los Angeles protest

LOS ANGELES, CA-Members of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) officially walked off the job at their respective schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and hit the streets on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, braving the rain and dreary weather conditions as they seek remedies to classroom overcrowding, a need for an upgrade in […]

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Jeffrey Osborne and old school music sound as good as ever

MALIBU, CA-Jeffrey Osborne is unapologetic about his love for old school music. In some ways, Osborne is the definition of old school. His professional musical journey started off with a short stint with the O’ Jays. He then blossomed into a singing force as the lead singer for a decade with L.T.D., one of soul […]

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Keeping the faith: KhaDarel Hodge lives NFL dream with Rams

Like thousands in college football and millions across the country, KhaDarel Hodge was determined to play in the National Football League. That dream is being realized as the Prairie View A&M graduate is a rookie wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams. After having a strong preseason, and beginning the first two weeks of the […]

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College Football Playoff

Clemson off to national championship after routing Notre Dame

ARLINGTON, TX-Before taking on No. 1 Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game in Santa Clara, California, the No. 2 Clemson Tigers met up with No. 3 Notre Dame in a semifinal game played at the Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas. The contest turned out to be a lopsided mismatch as the Tigers […]

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Humble roots lifts American Ballet Theatre’s Stella Abrera

Misty Copeland is not the only principal dancer to make history with the American Ballet Theatre (ABT). While the world has swooned for several years over Copeland, the first African American ABT performer to make the principal dancer list, Stella Abrera created some history herself by becoming the first Filipino American principal dancer a couple […]

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The appeal of ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ is joyous magic

If you want your holiday blues to go away then you should go see Mary Poppins Returns, the signature Disney creation. There are a lot of people dealing with personal loss, depression and isolation during the holidays. And without the ones they love in their lives, the feeling of enigmatic loneliness can creep right in […]

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Howard University Ooh La La! Dancers

Living the life as a Howard University Ooh La La! Dancer

Dennis J. Freeman/News4usonline: What does it mean to you to be part of the HU Showtime Marching Band? Mia Morris: “To march with Showtime is an honor. It means that I am representing a legacy and it is my obligation to uphold the excellence that the band has been achieving for years. Showtime happens to […]

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Finding her voice: Amy Keys is in the spotlight

You can just call Amy Keys the Renaissance Woman. There’s not too much Keys have not done in her lifetime already, and she believe she’s just getting started on her journey. Keys is a prolific songwriter. She’s got acting credits under her belt. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Maryland. […]

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