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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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Pop Superstar Prince Dies at his Minnesota Home

  In this Feb. 27, 2005 file photo, singer Prince arrives with his wife Manuela Testolini for the 77th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Prince, widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive and influential musicians of his era with hits including "Little Red Corvette," ''Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves Cry," was found dead at his home on Thursday, April 21, 2016, in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publ ...

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Syndicated Radio Host Doug Banks Passes

Doug Banks, who was a radio host at several stations, including Chicago’s V103, and appeared on ABC7’s ”190 North,” has died. Banks was in his late 50s and had suffered from kidney failure. Banks was a “190 North” contributor for over a decade. Banks hosted radio shows at stations in L.A., San Francisco, Las Vegas, Detroit and finally V103, his website says, before signing on to do a nationally syndicated s ...

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Oprah Closing Harpo Studios for Good

By Marijim D., Oprah Winfrey will finally be closing down Harpo Studios. The Chicago studio was where her talk show was filmed for more than 20 years. Mail Online reported that the daytime talk show queen recently took to Twitter and Instagram to share photos of Harpo Studios and its final 37 employees. The studio’s employees will have their last day on Friday. “The final 37 of the greatest te ...

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Alhambra Provides Theater Lovers a Professional Musical Rendition of Broadway’s “The Wiz”

by Lynn Jones Appearing at the Alhambra through April 24th is “The Wiz: The Super Soul Musical,” a glorious musical retelling of Frank Baum’s “Wonderful Wizard of Oz” set in the context of African-American culture. With an infectious, funky-soul score and lyrics by Charlie Smalls, The locally produced Wiz brings renewed relevance to a timeless classic. The 1975 Broadway production was like nothing Broadway ...

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Sean ‘Puff Daddy’ Combs is opening a school in Harlem

Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs is putting his money where his rhymes are and investing in a new charter school in Harlem. The Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School is set to open in Fall 2016. The father of six spent the last five years meeting with education experts and community leaders looking for ways to improve educational opportunities in the area and ultimately teamed with Renowned Capital Preparatory S ...

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Sony Agrees to Buy Michael Jackson’s Music Estate for $750 Million

By Frederick H. Lowe Sony Corporation of America has signed a binding memorandum of understanding with the estate of Michael Jackson to pay $750 million to buy the remaining 50 percent of Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, an international music publishing powerhouse, Sony doesn’t own. $733 million lump sum payment The memorandum of understanding, disclosed Monday by the company’s investor relations, also requi ...

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