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2014 Soul Train Awards

The 2014 Soul Train Music Awards was quite the spectacule this year. The show aired Sunday and consisted of old school reunions and moments that gave social media users quite the inspiration for chatter. Talk show host Wendy Williams served as the MC for the event, which also included an exciting performance from singer Chris Brown. The Soul train Awards were entertaining but it appears that there is a shor ...

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Horrible Bosses 2: Principal Cast Reconvenes for Raunchy, Irreverent Sequel

By: Kam Williams Entertainment Columnist                 Timing is everything, when it comes to comedy, and this sequel suffers from an acute case of terrible timing. First of all, with the Bill Cosby rape allegations figuring so prominently in the news nowadays, the last thing anybody wants to laugh at is a premise predicated upon secretly slipping a knockout pill in ...

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25 to Life – Out-of-the-Closet Documentary Chronicles Clandestine Life of Brother Hiding His HIV Status

By: Kam Williams When William Brawner was 18 months-old, his single-mom Linda left him in the care of a suspicious male babysitter against her better judgment while she went off to class at Howard University. Upon returning home, she found her baby so scalded by hot water that he needed numerous skin grafts and blood transfusions. Doctor’s didn’t buy the babysitter’s story that it was all the result of an a ...

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Beyond the Walls of Morehouse: The Redland

By: Mary L. Datcher Staff Writer When the parents of hip hop group, The Redland sent their kids off to Morehouse College; little did they know that the institution’s rich history would invoke the passion to pursue a musical career as hip hop artists. Both Earvin Rodney (Earv) and Robert Nkosi Evans aka Kose  –members of The Redland became steadfast friends in college because of their love for music. Being b ...

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Entering Stage Wright!

Entering Stage Wright!                                 Critically-acclaimed Jeffrey Wright continually pushes the boundaries of his craft with inspiring and celebrated performances in an illustrious career that has spanned the worlds of theatre, film and television. On the big screen, Wright was most recently seen in Jim Jarmusc ...

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The Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards

The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service is accepting nominations for the sixth annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards.  These awards recognize individual volunteers to highlight the importance of volunteerism and community service in the State of Illinois. For profit businesses that support service will also be recognized. Individual awards will be presented to one youth (18 ...

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Who We Be The Colorization of America

“Race. A four-letter word. The greatest social divide in American life, a half-century ago and today. During that time, the United States has seen the most dramatic demographic and cultural shift in its history, what can be called the colorization of America… How do Americans see race now? After eras framed by words like ‘multicultural’ and ‘post-racial,’ do we see each other any more clearly? From the drea ...

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Mr. Fletcher: The Passing of a Retail Pioneer

By: Mary L. Datcher Staff Writer   The music world has lost another major pioneer in the music and entertainment business; this time a man who has helped shaped the retail business in Chicago and influence how music is sold today. Ester Fletcher, known to many in the industry as ‘Mr. Fletcher’ or ‘Fletch’, the owner of the longest running Black owned One Stop music business in the country has died. Bas ...

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Cosby: His Life and Times – by Mark Whitaker

By: Kam Williams Entertainment Columnist           “[Bill] Cosby grew up in a Philadelphia housing project, the son of an alcoholic, largely absent father and a loving but overworked mother… After dropping out of high school, Cosby turned his life around by joining the navy, talking his way into college, and seizing his first break as a stand-up comedian. Published on the 30th anniv ...

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Mr. Fletcher: The Passing of a Retail Pioneer

By: Mary L. Datcher Staff Writer Mr. Fletcher: The Passing of a Retail Pioneer                 Mr. Fletcher: Cake to Fletchers One Stop for 10 years of support to Rap a Lot Records. (courtesy of Kelly Robinson) The music world has lost another major pioneer in the music and entertainment business; this time a man who has helped shaped the retail business in Chicago an ...

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