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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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Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly Coming to Jax!

Maze hits the Florida Theater in Jacksonville, Florida, Friday, January 30th.  The Jacksonville Free Press had a chance to speak to longtime Maze featuring Frankie Beverly group member, conga and background vocalist Roame Lowry; and he had lots to say about the history of the band. “Before Maze we were called Raw Soul. And in 1972 we moved to California from Philly. Then we signed with Capital Records in 19 ...

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2015 Steve Harvey/ Coca-Cola Pay It Forward Scholarship Program Now Open

Nationwide — The Coca-Cola Pay It Forward Scholarship Program offers scholarship awards and once-in-a-lifetime apprenticeship experiences to African American youth looking to pave the way for their futures. The program is under the umbrella of the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation, and since 2012, the popular talk show host and best-selling author has been providing this opportunity. Partnering with the ...

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TLC Creating Final Album With Funds Raised Off the Internet

After 25 years, T-Boz and Chilli, will release a final album as TLC. The two remaining members of the hip-hop group created a Kickstarter campaign on January 19th to fund the upcoming project. Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas asked fans for $150,000 to back a fifth and final studio album. "We want to do one last TLC album," T-Boz, 44, said in a video to fans. "We want to do an album but we ...

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Nina Simone Documentary a Powerful Portrait of the Artist

by Sandy Cohen PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Through archival footage and interviews with her family, closest confidants and collaborators, Nina Simone comes to life again — still enigmatic but more easily understood — in the new documentary “What Happened, Miss Simone?” which premiered Thursday night at the Sundance Film Festival. A classically trained pianist, accidental singer, passionate activist and often-los ...

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New Documentary Revisits Live Oak 50’s Shooting by Ruby McCollum

The 1952 fatal shooting of a prominent white doctor by a wealthy Black woman in rural north Florida still puzzles many to this day. The documentary You Belong to Me is the latest exploration into the decades-old case that centered on one particular question: Why did Ruby McCollum shoot Clifford Leroy Adams? Prosecutors claimed that McCollum shot Adams over a $116 bill, but others have challenged that charge ...

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Taraji P. Henson as Cookie at Heart of TV’s ‘Empire’

By Sandy Cohen (AP) ‘Taraji P. Henson is driving down an LA street, chatting on her cellphone, when a billboard catches her eye. “Hi, me! Hiiii!” she says, smiling at her latest on-screen incarnation: glamorous ex-con Cookie in “Empire,” which premieres on Fox this week at 9 p.m. EST Wednesday. Draped in fabulous furs and drenched in attitude, Henson’s Cookie is the heart of the Fox drama, a fiercely devote ...

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Broadway’s Smokey Joe’s Cafe is Coming to Town

Smokey Joe’s Café – directed by Tony award nominee Chet Walker – is coming to Jacksonville as part of the 20th Anniversary national tour of ‘Broadway’s longest running musical revue!’ The show, billed as ‘the hottest joint in town,’ features the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame group, The Coasters. Smokey Joe’s Café is a superb tribute to legendary songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who ushered in the era ...

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