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Diddy Arrested After Fight with UCLA Football Coach, 50 Cent to the Rescue

By Chelsea Lenora White Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times Rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs was released from a Los Angeles jail late Monday, hours after he was arrested following a fight with a football coach at UCLA, where his son, Justin Combs, plays as a defensive back. Jail records showed that Combs was released after posting bail. The records showed that Combs’ bail was $160,000, but sheriff’ ...

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Shawn Prez, Former Bad Boy Exec, Succeeding Solo

by Stacy M. Brown Special to the NNPA from the Washington Informer Shawn Prez isn’t your typical CEO. He also isn’t the average business owner. Prez got his start working to help legendary rap mogul P. Diddy build Bad Boy Entertainment Group. Prez is now the head of his own company, Power Moves Inc., a promotions-oriented enterprise whose clients include EA Sports, And 1, MGM Studios and others. “I’m an ent ...

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Film Review: ‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’

By Dwight Brown, NNPA Film Critic Sometimes artistry and insanity are so intertwined you can’t distinguish between them. That was the challenge for singer Nina Simone; dealing with worldwide fame and a madness she couldn’t shake. As you look back at her life, from a child prodigy, to a dinner theater piano crooner, to renown recording artist and a sufferer of mental illness, the mystique of Nina Simone wane ...

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Janet Jackson Drops “No Sleeep”: Listen to the Song!

  (Eonline) It's the moment we've all been waiting for! Janet Jackson debuted her highly anticipated new single "No Sleeep" to much fanfare Monday morning. The 49-year-old singer, who is recording her first album in seven years and will kick off a world tour later this year, worked with veteran producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis on the laid-back track. "I dedicate this to My Love," she tweeted, referr ...

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American Idol Star Tyanna Jones Gives Back to Her Hometown Youth

by K. Brooks The young and talented, top five American Idol contestant Tyanna Jones recently visited the Children’s Building at the I.M Sulzbacher Center. Her visit was welcomed with open arms as she brought donated food and drinks to children living with homelessness. Jones was fresh off the road from doing a guest appearance with American Idol Judge Harry Connick Jr. in New Jersey. Tyanna gave the childre ...

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Firebirds Enthuses Audiences with Hot Performances

Jacksonville Centre of the Arts (JCA) recently presented a modern-day version of the Russian Ballet, “The Firebird” – with a twist. The production was loosely based on a ballet written a century ago, but the May 31st show had a contemporary spin that included jazz, tap and even West African performances. Seven choreographers, who also serve as instructors at JCA, modernized it. “We wanted to have a full-cal ...

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Jacksonville Enjoys All That Jazz

Thousands of music lovers from across the country converged downtown for the annual Jacksonville Jazz Festival. Fan favorites ranging from soul crooner Peabo Bryson and Spyro Gyra to local favorites and the talented Tito Puente, Jr. Shown above is Ms. Senior Jacksonville Debra Thompson and Yuleen Broome enjoying the festivities. ...

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​Percy Sledge, Voice Behind “When a Man Loves a Woman,” Dies

Percy Sledge, who soared from part-time singer and hospital orderly to lasting fame with his aching, forlorn performance on the classic "When a Man Loves a Woman," died this week in Louisiana. He was 73. Sledge's longtime manager Mark Lyman confirmed his death to CBS News. Sledge died early Tuesday morning, about an hour after midnight of natural causes in hospice care. A No. 1 hit in 1966, "When a Man Love ...

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Documentary on Jordan Davis Coming to HBO

A documentary detailing the life and controversial death of Jordan Davis will soon be available on HBO. "When we started this journey, our aim was to make sure that Jordan's story was not going to be forgotten, that he would not become a statistic in an increasingly violent world," 3 1/2 Minutes' filmmaker, Marc Silver, said in a statement. "We are now certain that Jordan's story will reach the widest, most ...

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Whitney Houston’s daughter ‘fighting for her life’

KATE BRUMBACK and TAMARA LUSH ROSWELL, Ga. (AP) - Bobbi Kristina Houston wanted to sing, act and dance like her megastar parents, Whitney Houston and R&B artist Bobby Brown. Instead, she has mostly made tabloid headlines for drug use and family disputes - the same perils that derailed their careers. Just like her mother three years ago, Bobbi Kristina was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub as ...

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