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The real ‘King of R&B’

The real ‘King of R&B’

Take U.S. 78 South about 90 miles from Memphis and you come to Tupelo, Mississippi and BancorpSouth Arena, where Robert Sylvester Kelly – widely known as the “King of R&B” put on a show that will have people talking…at least until he returns.

At first, I was a little skeptical about the show. I mean, when I arrived and took my seat, the only thing I saw on stage was a tall thin curtain and the blue lights. There did not appear to be any instruments behind it. Not a drum set. No keyboards. Not even so much as a guitar.

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In defense of Tiny Harris’ new eye color

In defense of Tiny Harris’ new eye color

Was I the only one who had absolutely no idea that people could permanently change their eye color with surgery? Apparently I was stuck in the ’90s, thinking that colored contacts, which never look real, were the only option. Who knew?

Apparently Tameka “Tiny” Harris—celeb mom, wife of rapper Clifford “T.I.” Harris and reality-TV star—did. During promotional rounds for her latest reality show, Tiny & Shekinah’s Weave Trip, fans noticed that Harris had a new enhancement: a new color she would eventually call “ice gray.” Harris turned to BrightOcular to permanently lighten her dark-brown eyes by having an implant of “thin, flexible, biocompatible, colored, medical-grade silicone” applied to her eyes. The procedure costs around $8,000.

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  • Written by Demetria L. Lucas-The Root

Film review: ‘Plot for Peace’

Film review: ‘Plot for Peace’

In 2009, I reviewed a movie called “Endgame,” a political potboiler which divulged, for the first time, the pivotal role a British professor named Will Esterhuyse played in the end of apartheid. I remember feeling a little skeptical about the veracity of the alleged well-kept secret.

But here it is five years later, and we now have a “Plot for Peace,” a documentary staking a similar claim on behalf of another supposed critical figure who also ostensibly operated under the radar. This picture purportedly recounts how Jean-Yves Ollivier, a French businessman surreptitiously referred to as “Monsieur Jacques” in classified correspondence, orchestrated the dismantling of South Africa’s racist regime as well as the release of Nelson Mandela from prison.

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Actress Daniele Watts charged with lewd conduct

Actress Daniele Watts charged with lewd conduct

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Daniele Watts, who suggested she was detained by police because of racial profiling after she was found in a parked car with her boyfriend, was charged Tuesday with lewd conduct.

Watts, 28, and her boyfriend Brian Lucas, 43, were each charged with a single misdemeanor count that carries a potential sentence of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine, said Frank Mateljan, spokesman for the city attorney's office.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Dee from ‘What’s Happening’ reveals cancer diagnosis and Smithsonian honor

Dee from ‘What’s Happening’ reveals cancer diagnosis and Smithsonian honor

One of the most memorable lines from the ’70s sitcom “What’s Happening” came from Raj’s bratty little sister, Dee. In at least every episode, Dee, played by Danielle Spencer, had her “Ooh, I’m gonna tell Momma” moment. “What’s Happening” had a successful run and even a spinoff called “What’s Happening Now,” but Spencer stepped away from the spotlight to focus on her education and career. She attended Tuskeegee University, where she majored in veterinary science and then became a veterinarian. Her career had her focusing on the health of animals, but now she’s focusing on her own.

In an interview with Black America Web, Spencer discussed her recent breast cancer diagnosis, which took her by surprise.

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  • Written by Yesha Callahan-The Root

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