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What’s happening? UniverSoul Circus, Delta Fair & Stone Soul

Myron-Mays-160If you haven't gotten out with the family in a while here's your chance to turn that around!

It's BIG family fun under the big top as the UniverSoul Circus returns Memphis, next Tuesday (Aug. 27) through Monday (Sept. 2) at the Hickory Ridge Mall. If you haven't gotten a chance to check out this circus, you have missed a really fun experience. Put it on your calendar and make plans to take the family. Tickets are available through all Ticketmaster outlets and online at Ticketmaster.com.

Family fun continues with the Delta Fair Friday Aug. 30 through Sept. 8. Fun games, rides and a lot of fair food, that's always good, right? They even have special discount rates for students as well as wristbands. It's taking place at the Agricenter located at 7777 Walnut Grove. For more information, visit www.deltafest.com.

Valerie June’s star lights up Letterman & ‘The Late Show’

23valeriejune-500She did it – and well!

Valerie June made her network television debut as a solo act on "The Late Show with David Letterman" on Wednesday (Aug. 21). She nailed "Workin' Woman Blues" from her breakthrough album – "Pushin' Against A Stone."

After the set up by Letterman – "...And I think she used to be married to Johnnie Cash," Letterman said, joking with his sidekick. – the former Memphis singer-songwriter flashed her signature smile and let it rip.

  • Written by Dr. Karanja A. Ajanaku

Valerie June: From Memphis to ‘Letterman’ and beyond

Valerie June-in-2011-600Before she was Valerie June set to perform on "The Late Show with David Letterman she was Valerie June subject to be seen honing her talent in the Bluff City.

June, who is fresh off the release of her debut album – "Pushin' Against a Stone" (Concord Records) – takes to the stage on "The Late Show" on Wednesday (Aug. 21). The show airs at 10:35 p.m. on WREG-TV Channel 3.

For the Humboldt, Tenn. native, who now calls The Big Apple home, "The Late Show" will serve as her debut as a solo act on network television in the U.S.

  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Chef Coolio? It could happen

Coolio-600In the grand scheme of music, it's pretty safe to say that the average rapper has the career span of a housefly. That's not very long by the way.

Musical history screams out that anyone looking to get into the game of music in general should have a "Plan B" to fall back on. Those who are looking to get into the rap game should already be involved in their Plan B before they even get started. While some have a Plan B already in effect, others have sort of discovered their back-up plan in the process of carving out a career. And then there are those for whom it takes a little longer to bounce back.

Rapper Coolio has decided to take a different career route these days. He has chosen to auction off of the royalties of his music catalog to fund his new career. He released a cookbook in 2009 called "Cookin' With Coolio" and was featured on the Food Network series "Celebrity Chefs."

365 Black Awards to air on BET

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HONOREES GLADYS KNIGHT and BEVERLY JOHNSON

McDonald’s, a sponsor of the Essence Festival in New Orleans for the past 10 years, chose the site of the annual event that brought nearly 500,000 to the crescent city Fourth of July weekend for the 10th time to present its 365 Black Awards. Honoring luminaries like R&B singer Gladys Knight and Supe

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  • Written by The Michigan Chronicle

Soulsville instructor gains Grammy attention

Merrick-600It started with a couple of emails that Soulsville Music Academy instructor Justin Merrick thought were spam. Man, was he wrong!

The emails actually conveyed the news that Merrick had been named one of nine finalists for a Grammy Award as Music Educator of the Year. Soulsville's Chief Creative Officer Kirk Whalum – a multiple Grammy Award winner – stepped in to bridge the information gap.

"Much later a letter had come for me in my mailbox at the office," said Merrick, a Maryland native. "Mr. Whalum brought it to my attention during a meeting and that's when it all definitely became real."

  • Written by Tony Jones

‘Three Kings’ wow separately and one at a time

3kings-600Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank – now starring as the trio group TGT – are having fun and enjoying success while out on the road promoting their new album, "Three Kings."

Set to hit stores next Tuesday, August 20, R & B lovers can pre-order on iTunes.

Widely recognized as the R&B group of 2013, TGT delivered a highly-anticipated show at the Orpheum Theatre earlier this month. And they did so amid rumors that they had not been getting along; more about that later.

  • Written by Angela Jackson/Special to The New Tri-State Defender

New TLC Album, First in a Decade

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New TLC Album, First in a Decade

Good things, apparently, come to fans who wait.
TLC, the trio that shot to fame in the early '90s with the best-selling album "CrazySexyCool" and a string of hit singles including "Baby Baby Baby," "Creep" and "No Scrubs," decided to return to the recording studio.
The as yet untitled album is expected to be released in October. Two songs

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  • Written by The Michigan Chronicle