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Friends of Hemming Park Announces Free Prince Tribute Concert

On April 21, 2016 the world lost another cultural icon. Prince was an unparalleled musician and artist who blurred the lines of sound and identity in way that inspired many and will not be forgotten. On Thursday, June 2 local bands will perform Prince classics in Hemming Park from 5 – 9 p.m. “We hosted a similar event for David Bowie after his passing and found that people embraced the opportunity to pay th ...

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Russell Simmons Repays Rushcard holders, Pushes for Credit Reform

By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA News Wire Contributing Writer) Russell Simmons is just starting to regain a little normalcy in his life. He’s back at yoga and the hip-hop and business mogul is even able to run some errands without worrying about whether a disgruntled RushCard holder might verbally attack him or worse. Simmons never hung his head despite mounting – if unfair – criticism that rocked the music impresa ...

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“R” Buffet Tour in Jax!

By Free Press staff writer Lynn Jones - The legendary American recording artist, songwriter, record producer R. Kelly will be performing this Thursday, May 26, at 8 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium. As a fan of R. Kelly, it was an honor to speak with him over the phone earlier this week. Kelley has been a hit maker for over 30 years, his vocals, his music and his gift of writing songs for many of today’s a ...

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Tony Awards Marks Historic Year for Diversity on Broadway

By Joan H. Allen Two Black productions, “Hamilton” with 16 nominations and “Shuffle Along” with 10 nominations, lead the pack for the prestigious Tony awards for 2016. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” has not only been the hottest ticket on Broadway it has topped the most nominations for any production, breaking all records in Broadway history. Fresh off “Hamilton’s” Grammy and Pulitzer Award wins, Tony and ...

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Rihanna Launches a Scholarship Program

(Time) Get ready to work, work, work, work, work. Bad Gal Ri Ri is doing some serious good with her latest project — a scholarship program that will award international and U.S. students attending college in the U.S. The eight-time Grammy winner announced on Monday that she would be starting a global scholarship program through her organization, the Clara Lionel Foundation. The singer told USA Today College ...

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Jay-Z and Beyonce Making Millions From the Cheating Rumors

Did Jay-Z really cheat? Or is the whole thing a big money-making scheme? Well, according to some reports, the superstar couple made a joint decision to make up rumors about their marriage to sell more copies of Beyonce’s most recent album, “Lemonade”. And its working! According to Billboard.com, the album will soon be taking the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart, and has already sold more than 500, ...

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Ballerina Misty Copeland to ‘inspire the next generation’ With Her Own Barbie Doll

Prima ballerina Misty Copeland is being honored with a Barbie doll in her likeness.Copeland, 33, made history last year when she became the first African-American woman to be named principal dancer at the world-renowned American Ballet Theatre. She unveiled the doll on "Good Morning America". The fashions for the doll were inspired by her Firebird costume from her first ABT principal role, which she’ll repr ...

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2016 Fantastic Voyage Sails Along with Music Legends

By Tammy T. Reed - Has anyone ever described for you what a Bon Voyage party on the Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage is like? No? Well that’s probably because you don’t describe a Fantastic Voyage party, you experience it. That’s exactly what thousands of first-time and veteran cruise-goers from every corner of the map did as the 2016 Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage prepared to sail the Atlantic Ocean for an 8-day u ...

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Motown the Musical Star Delights in Performing for Family in Jax

by L. Jones For one week, Motown The Musical held center stage at the Times Union Moran Center, where Motown music lovers enthusiastically sang in unison hits of the Temptations, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Stevie Wonder and the entire Motown roster. Motown fans were able to take a peek inside the life of Berry Gordy’s empire, his family and his heartbreaking relationship with singer, songwriter, actre ...

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The Battle is Over; Kathleen Battle Returns to the Metropolitan Opera

By Frederick H. Lowe World-renown soprano Kathleen Battle will return to the Metropolitan Opera later this year after the  company fired her in 1994 for being too difficult to work with. Battle will perform the recital “Kathleen Battle: Underground Railroad—A Spiritual Journey” at 4:00 p.m. November 13. She will sing a recital of spirituals inspired by the journey to freedom along the Underground Railroad, ...

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