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Steve at ease

Steve at ease

Steve Harvey
The Think Like a Man Interview

Born in Welch, West Virginia on January 17, 1956, Steve Harvey is a media conglomerate personified whose career began doing stand-up in the mid-1980s. His success as a comedian eventually led to a long stint as host of It’s Showtime at the Apollo, multiple TV shows and movies, assorted acting roles, and to hosting, writing and producing.

Steve starred on the big screen in such movies as Love Don’t Cost a Thing, You Got Served, Johnson Family Vacation and Madea Goes to Jail. This year, he’s celebrating his 12th year as longtime host of BET’s Celebration of Gospel.

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Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Foundation's National Spokesperson wins awards

 Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Foundation's National Spokesperson wins awards

La Trycee Fowler, National Spokesperson for the Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Foundation (TASF), won two awards for her entry at the 2012 LAWebFestival held on April 6-8, 2012 in Los Angeles, CA.

La Trycee’s web series entitled “Hope” focuses on a family's struggles to maintain their individual lives, while trying to learn how to love each other.  It is told through the eyes of a young girl “Hope”.

The web series was created, directed, and executive produced by La Trycee.  The web drama won in two categories – Outstanding Ensemble Cast and Outstanding Drama Series. The web series is available for viewing at: www.youtube.com/TruelyDrivenT.

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Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil show at Target Center

Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil show at Target Center

The acrobatic masterpiece, Cirque du Soleil, touched down in Minnesota with a tribute show to the late great Michael Jackson, in a tour titled The Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour which was showcased at the Target Center last month March 27 – 28.

Unlike other Cirque shows this was truly one of the most unique presentations to. If you get a chance to catch this wave either in its Las Vegas run or in one of the many cities it touches down in across the United States, expect the unexpected; you’re looking at a whole new kind of Cirque.  And if you go in thinking that way, well then you’re sure to like it, especially if you’re a Michael Jackson fan.

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The Sounds Of Blackness releases new video “Testify”

The Sounds Of Blackness, Twin Cities-based winners of a 2012 NAACP Award in the category of Outstanding World Music Album for their current self-titled CD project, this week released a brand new video, “Testify” on YouTube.

The Sounds of Blackness have been bringing hope and inspiration to people through its music globally for the past four decades. The group has awed audiences on five continents with the depth and breadth of its artistry, covering all forms of African-American music from gospel and soul to jazz, R&B, reggae, hip-hop, rock and blues, to ragtime, field hollers, work songs and traditional spirituals. As Sounds of Blackness celebrates 40 years of music and inspiration, the group offers a superb self-titled 15-track CD that is a dazzling showcase for its all-encompassing musicality.

Watch the new video “Testify”

River's Edge Music Festival lacks diversity

With the Taste of Minnesota gone from Harriet Island in St. Paul, the site will now play host to the two-day River’s Edge Music Festival, but do not expect to see much in the way of R&B or hip hop.

The June 23 and June 24 festival, expected to attract more than 40,000 daily, will feature prominent acts the Dave Mathews Band and Tool with several other established and local artists. And though the Dave Mathews Band is diverse in its make-up, the current line-up lacks the same diversity. But officials from Live Nation, the company responsible for bringing the new festival, said additional acts will be named and it is quite possible these acts could be of the soul/R&B or hip hop genres.

“There’s no question we’re missing a couple of genres of music,” said Mark Campana, president of Live Nation. “There are more acts to come and we’d love to see a great hip hop act to fill the bill.”

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American Family at Park Square Theatre: Play explores the other side of racism

American Family at Park Square Theatre: Play explores the other side of racism

Playwright Carlyle Brown knows how to stir some echoes. His latest piece, American Family, closing April 7th at Park Square Theatre in St. Paul, charts the story of a young Caucasian woman named Mary Ellen (Tracey Maloney), and her journey to mentally and emotionally find her way back to a family she was ripped from as a child due to the racially charged South.

The play sees Mary Ellen in two different lights. One as the 10-year-old who struggles to understand life apart from her dolls and youthful innocence, while the older Mary Ellen is layered in hate and confusion towards a mother and family who let her be drug from their home by an emotionless and racist father (John Middleton). Her father couldn’t fathom her growing up in a home with a Black man. No matter what Mary Ellen’s mother and stepfather do, they never are able to get her back.

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L.A. teens come of age in millennial generation morality play

L.A. teens come of age in millennial generation morality play

We the Party

Whether by design or merely by coincidence, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that We the Party is being released the same day as American Reunion, the 4th installment in the American Pie series. After all, the original American Pie revolved around a quartet of horny, high school students competing to lose their virginity before graduation, and we find the testosterone-driven quintet at the center of We the Party in pursuit of the same rite of passage shortly before their senior prom.

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