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Back In Stride Again: Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly Returning To Essence Festival

Posted May 5, 2015 by jmurray

After a five-year hiatus, the iconic Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly returns to the 2015 Essence Festival where they will headline the Friday, July 3 tribute to New Orleans. As a celebration of The Big Easy for the 10th anniversary since Hurricane Katrina, Essence’s July 3 concert will feature special moments of tribute to the city […]

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Whitney Houston: Where Is The All-Star Tribute CD?

Posted September 16, 2014 by jmurray

After Luther Vandross suffered a severe stroke on April 16, 2003, jazz label Verve Music also released a tribute album to Vandross. The CD was mixed by Ray Bardani, who recorded and mixed most of Luther’s music over the years. Their collection, “Forever, For Always, For Luther” included the late crooner’s hits performed by Kirk […]

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Lil John Roberts: Remembering George Duke, Co-Parenting With Jill Scott & Making Music On His Own Terms

Posted September 5, 2014 by jmurray

He’s one of the industry’s most sought-after drummers, having worked with the likes of Janet Jackson, Elton John, Mary J. Blige and Snoop Dogg to name a few.  Now, after 20-years of supporting the who’s who of music’s finest, Lil John Roberts is ready step out on his own. This Philadelphia-bred preacher’s kid has released […]

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Mary J. Blige: Father Stabbed In The Neck

Posted January 23, 2014 by jmurray

The father of R&B superstar Mary J. Blige is in critical condition after being stabbed Thursday morning allegedly by his former girlfriend. Thomas Blige, who is 63, was stabbed three times – including one to the neck – during a domestic dispute in an apartment in Battle Creek, Mich. According to the Battle Creek Enquirer, […]

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Movies

Jacob Latimore: Teenage Star Turns Leading Man In “Black Nativity”

Posted November 27, 2013 by jmurray

He’s an R&B superstar in the making and just may be a household name after audiences see him in the film adaptation of Langston Hughes’ “Black Nativity.” Jacob Latimore is only 17-years-old, but on screen he possesses the skill and delivery of an industry pro. In the Kasi Lemmons-directed film, Latimore plays Langston, a troubled […]

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Jennifer Hudson: Back To Her Beginnings In “Black Nativity”

Posted November 25, 2013 by jmurray

Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson hits the big screen again on November 27 in the holiday musical, “Black Nativity.” A contemporary film adaptation of Langston Hughes’ celebrated Christmas play, Hudson stars as Naima in the film, the young mother of Langston (played by Jacob Latimore). Directed by Kasi Lemmons, “Black Nativity” also stars Forest Whitaker, […]

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Gospel

Donald Lawrence: One Magical Night Creates Two Volumes Of Music

Posted July 23, 2013 by jmurray

In June, Grammy Award winning Gospel superstar Donald Lawrence culminated 20 years in the recording industry with live concert and DVD taping in Chicago that flowed like a master’s class in music. Held at his church, Living Word Christian Center, Lawrence reinterpreted signature hits, recorded new material and was joined by Gospel and R&B all-stars […]

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Theater

“Kinky Boots” On Broadway: Far From A Drag

Posted June 5, 2013 by jmurray

If I had Cyndi Lauper pen a bonus track for the hit Broadway production “Kinky Boots,” it would be called, “Everyone Has Their Moment!” The tune would embody the story of stage veteran Billy Porter, who is certainly having his moment leading the cast in this musical extravaganza. “Kinky Boots” is all about Porter, who […]

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