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The ‘introduction’ of Kameron Whalum

The ‘introduction’ of Kameron Whalum

Memphis' Kameron Whalum – fresh off of a critically acclaimed performance alongside Bruno Mars during the Super Bowl 48 halftime show – kept that momentum rolling at the Hard Rock Café on Beale Street Friday night.

With his signature trombone ever-ready and his backup role to Mars giving way to front-man status, Whalum stepped right into what he earlier acknowledge would be "my first show."

In an interview with the TSD's Kelvin Cowans prior to the Super Bowl performance, Whalum had said, "I just want to introduce myself to people that may just know me from Bruno Mars or the church." He is the youngest son of Sheila Whalum and the Rev. Dr. Kenneth T. Whalum Jr., the pastor and first lady of The New Olivet Baptist Church.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Ledisi headed to Memphis with ‘The Truth’

Ledisi headed to Memphis with ‘The Truth’

Grammy-nominated powerhouse Ledisi will be at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis on April 18th – two days after she kicks off a 30-city tour titled after her upcoming new album, "The Truth," which is in stores March 11.

The tour, which has partnered with ESSENCE as a media partner, will stop in major markets across the US and Canada starting in Jacksonville, Fla. on April 16th and concluding in Sacramento, Calif. on May 25th.

Opening up for Ledisi will be The Robert Glasper Experience. For every pair of tickets purchased, fans will receive free download of the album to redeem on release day. Those who purchase tickets also will receive a one-year subscription to ESSENCE.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Macy’s salutes culture-defining eras of black style

Macy’s salutes culture-defining eras of black style

This February, culture-defining trends take center stage as Macy's examines the influence of black style in celebration of Black History Month 2014.

From the Harlem Renaissance to urban wear and high-fashion glamour, black style has influenced popular culture for decades. Through special events and panel discussions at select Macy's stores across the country, style experts and thought leaders, such as famed fashion editor Constance White, supermodel Beverly Johnson and actress Tracee Ellis Ross, will highlight the uniqueness of black fashion and how many of these styles have been adopted, reinterpreted and reinvigorated by new generations, inspiring countless fashion-savvy ladies and gentlemen of today.

"As a retailer with more than 150 years of fashion history, Macy's has seen the evolution of black style firsthand and we are thrilled to examine and celebrate the style icons and trends that have defined generations, in honor of Black History Month," said Martine Reardon, chief marketing officer for Macy's.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

The realities of being the other woman

The realities of being the other woman

Television viewers turn on their flat screens and computers in an effort to escape the realities of life. However, current dramas and reality shows may force us to confront conflict in our own homes.

After watching the movie and the first three episodes of "Being Mary Jane," the memories of my own adulterous affair have resurfaced. Like the main character, I was a single, young professional woman involved with a married man. I was also a media producer.

Of course, he was unhappy at home. You know, he was just hanging in there for the sake of the children. Cue the Sunshine Anderson track, because many of us have heard it all before.

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  • Written by Arlecia D. Simmons/The Root

Rutgers University offers course on Beyoncé

Rutgers University offers course on Beyoncé

The Department of Women's and Gender Studies will offer a course called "Politicizing Beyoncé," focusing on the singer's lyrics and videos.

Looks like Jay Z isn't the only the only one in the family who can brag on having a university course devoted to him, now that Rutgers University is offering "Politicizing Beyoncé."

The Department of Women's and Gender Studies will offer the course taught by doctoral student Kevin Allred, who told the university's online news site that he is using Beyoncé's career as a launch point to dive into a broader look at American race, gender and sexual politics, the Associated Press reports.

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  • Written by Stephen A. Crockett Jr./The Root

Super Bowl halftime, a Hooligan and hardwork

Super Bowl halftime, a Hooligan and hardwork

When Bruno Mars performs live at the Super Bowl halftime before 100-plus million television viewers on Sunday, Kameron T. Whalum, a super-talented trombone player with deep Memphis roots, will be in his familiar spot amid Mar's onstage backers, aka the Hooligans.

I'll be in front of a television – super-proud of the man who grew out of the youngster that I once made the starting point guard and captain of the basketball team that I coached and mentored at New Olivet Baptist Church, where Kameron's dad, the Rev. Dr. Kenneth T. Whalum Jr., is pastor. Kameron made all the difference in the season we had that summer, as we blew some teams out by halftime. When the games were tight, rather than going off – as I sometimes have – I'd leave the locker room (after knocking over some paper cups) and allowed Kameron to motivate them.

I detected leadership in Kameron; he carried an aura of winning, an essential trait shared by many successful people. He absolutely had it as a child, not at all surprising considering the ample supply of role models in the Whalum family tree. With the big game looming, Kameron and I shared this conversation.

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  • Written by Kelvin Cowans/Special to The New Tri-State Defender

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