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HOT SHOTS: Common, Fantasia, Soulja Boy, The O’Jays, Xavier Woods, Ruben Studdard, Case & more

Posted June 16, 2016 by jmurray

Oscar and Grammy Award winning superstar Common was in his hometown of Chicago to celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service at Chicago’s Washington Park. The event was part of the National Park Foundation’s Find Your Park movement. During the event, held in the South Side community of Chicago, the prolific hip-hop star […]

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Muhammad Ali: My Two Unforgettable Encounters With “The Greatest of All Time”

Posted June 4, 2016 by jmurray

More than a decade ago, I was driving down Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles, California in a red Cadillac on loan from General Motors. I had the windows down, as it was a beautiful sunny day in L.A., and I was blasting my Syleena Johnson CD, “Chapter 2: The Voice.”  I was on my way […]

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Rickey Smith: “American Idol” Favorite Dead At 36

Posted May 6, 2016 by jmurray

Former “American Idol” finalist Rickey Smith has died in a car accident. The singer was 36 and would have turned 37 on his birthday May 10. Smith, who appeared on season two of the long-running Fox competition series, was killed when an alleged drunk driver was headed the wrong way on a freeway outside of […]

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HOT SHOTS: KiKi Shepard, Naturi Naughton, Gayle King, Carolyn Malachi, MAJOR, Jennifer Holliday, Damien Wayans & more

Posted May 3, 2016 by jmurray

Former “It’s Showtime at the Apollo” co-host KiKi Shepard attended this week’s live show of “Dancing with the Stars.” The Tyler, Texas-bred personality is a trained dancer and would actually be a great contestant on the ABC competition series. Shepard was invited to visit “Dancing with the Stars” by the show’s musical director Ray Chew […]

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Pastors’ Panel: Four Preachers Land Summer Talk Show Run

Posted May 2, 2016 by jmurray

Dr. E. Dewey Smith, Jr., Associate Pastor John Gray, Dr. Jamal Bryant and Pastor Orrick Quick will join forces for a new daytime talk show called “The Preachers.” Produced by Warner Bros. Television/Telepictures Productions and airing on Fox-owned television stations, “The Preachers” will get a three-week summer airing starting July 11. In an announcement by […]

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Brandy Norwood: Suing Record Label & Returning To “Chicago”

Posted April 5, 2016 by jmurray

R&B singer Brandy Norwood has filed suit against her record company and its president for blocking her from releasing new music and attempting to force her into signing a new contract. In legal documents filed last week in Los Angeles Superior Court and first reported by Entertainment Weekly, Brandy alleged that Chameleon Entertainment and company […]

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All At Once: Showtime Developing Whitney Houston Documentary

Posted March 21, 2016 by jmurray

The life of Whitney Houston will be chronicled in a new documentary for Showtime. The cable channel has started production on a documentary film about the life of the late Grammy winner, who died a tragic death in 2012 at age 48. The not-yet-titled documentary is being produced, directed and narrated by Nick Broomfield. His […]

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Model Moves: Sandhurst Miggins Talks Posing Nude, Travel Tips & Hosting Bravo’s New Show “Tour Group”

Posted March 1, 2016 by jmurray

Sandhurst Miggins first made an impact in the entertainment industry in 2009 as the runner-up on season two of Bravo’s competition series, “Make Me A Supermodel,” which was hosted by Tyson Beckford. The now the 30-year-old talent, who became a travel aficionado jet-setting as an international model, is putting his newfound expertise to use on […]

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