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Aug 30th

Book review: “In the Studio with Michael Jackson” by Bruce Swedien

Book review: “In the Studio with Michael Jackson” by Bruce SwedienYou know it by the first five notes. Within three seconds of hearing that beat, you know you’re listening to “Billy Jean” or “Thriller”. There’s no doubt “Off the Wall” has started or “Beat It” will make you want to dance.

And there’s no doubt that Michael Jackson had talent. But while he sang those songs and made up those moves, he didn’t do those million-selling albums by himself. In the new book “In the Studio with Michael Jackson” by Bruce Swedien, you’ll find out how those blockbusters happened and who was involved.

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Will Smith’s son set to begin acting career in “Kung Fu Kid”

Will Smith’s son set to begin acting career in “Kung Fu Kid”(Taylor Media Services) Jaden Smith, son of Hollywood stars Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith, will soon hit the big screen opposite martial arts master Jackie Chan in “Kung Fu Kid.” The film is a spin-off of the 1984 hit “The Karate Kid.” It is being produced by the Will Smith production company Overbrook Entertainment.
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Jasmine Guy directs Robin Givens in “For Colored Girls …”

Jasmine Guy directs Robin Givens in “For Colored Girls …”(Taylor Media Services) Actress Jasmine Guy has taken on the role of director in a True Colors Theatre production of Ntozake Shange’s play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf.” Guy is directing Robin Givens and Nicole Ari Parker. The production began July 15 at Atlanta’s Southwest Arts Center and runs through August 9.
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Chris Rock takes the number two spot on Top Earning Comedians list

(Taylor Media Services) The leading financial publication Forbes was out last week with another one of those “top earners” list. This one focused on the nation’s richest comedians. Standing way atop the list was Jerry Seinfeld whose “Seinfeld” show re-runs, stand-up comedy performances and a lucrative deal with Microsoft brought him in $85 million during the last 12 months.
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Rapper Lil Wayne battles $432,000 lawsuit from Bahamian concert promoter

Rapper Lil Wayne battles $432,000 lawsuit from Bahamian concert promoter(Taylor Media Services) U.S. rapper Lil Wayne (real name Dwayne Carter) is battling back against a $432,000 claim from Red City Entertainment. Via his manager Lil Wayne is denying that he was a no-show for an agreed upon concert in the Bahamas on September 27th of last year. Red City maintains that on the night of the concert, the much-tattooed, 26-year-old rapper was found unconscious in his hotel room by the police.
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Soledad O’Brien hosts second annual special about African-Americans

Black in America 2 premieres on CNN on Wednesday, July 22 and Thursday July 23.

A year ago, “Black in America” debuted on CNN to a lot of fanfare, but the 2-part special failed to live up to the hype basically because it bit off more than it could chew. After all, there is tremendous diversity among African Americans, and the show did its best to cover as many sectors of the Black community as possible. Unfortunately, the upshot of that overambitious endeavor was that the program introduced more storylines than it was capable of addressing satisfactorily, and ended up looking less like a documentary than a string of unrelated news stories.

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Jazz for a change: Music for a brave new world

Jazz for a change: Music for a brave new worldThis year, 2009 is witness to the monumental changes that have taken place in America; the changes in our economy, our political leadership, and our society.  These historic moments were the inspiration for the theme of the 10th Annual Freedom Jazz Festival.  This year we present “Jazz for a Change – Music for a Brave New World!”
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