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Launch day for the new JET Magazine Digital App

Launch day for the new JET Magazine Digital App
 
Today, Johnson Publishing Company (JPC) launched its new JET magazine app. The app replaces the printed edition of the magazine.
 
The new digital magazine app will add fresh content on a

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

R&B legend Bobby Womack reported dead

R&B legend Bobby Womack reported dead
You could hear the life and the living in Bobby Womack’s voice. He was the gospel-trained son of a preacher man, who climbed back from the depths of addiction, had career highs and lows and was a most cherished protege of the great Sam Cooke. The soulful singer was back in the studio this year recording a new album alongside the likes of Snoop Dogg and Ron Isley. It’s apt title, “The Best is Yet To Come.”
 
According to Rolling Stone magazine, Womack passed away Friday at the age of 70. He had been known to suffer from a variety of ailments, including colon cancer, but the exact cause of his death is still unknown.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Kam's Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam's Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK
BIG BUDGET FILMS    
 
“Begin Again” (R for profanity) Musical tale of female empowerment about a struggling singer/songwriter (Keira Knightley) who dumps her philandering, pop star boyfriend (Adam Levine) in order to pursue her own career with the help of an alcoholic, disgraced record exec (Mark Ruffalo). Supporting cast includes Catherine Keener, Hailee Steinfeld, Mos Def, CeeLo Green and James Corden.    
 
“Transformers: Age of Extinction” (PG-13 for profanity, intense violence and brief sexual innuendo) Fourth installment of the sci-fi franchise finds a mechanic (Mark Wahlberg) and his daughter (Nicola Peltz) attracting the attention of scientists, transformers, a power-hungry businessman (Stanley Tucci) and a paranoid government bureaucrat (Kelsey Grammer) after they discover the deactivated leader (Peter Cullen) of the Autobots. With John Goodman, T.J. Miller, Sophia Myles and Ken Watanabe. 

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Nikki Giovanni had this to say

Nikki Giovanni had this to say
During her appearance at the National Civil Rights Museum on Sunday,
world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist and educator Nikki Giovanni recited her iconic poem “Ego-Tripping” to a standing-room only crowd in the 350-seat auditorium. After her performance, Giovanni told The New Tri-State Defender of her hopes for the museum and her hope that young people take an active part in the “international world.”
 
Said Giovanni:

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  • Written by Brittney Gathen-Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Blind Boys of Alabama and Taj Majal

Blind Boys of Alabama and Taj Majal
The Blind Boys of Alabama opened for Taj Majal on June 18th at the New Jersey State Theatre, where they easily managed to eclipse the headliner in terms of intensity and audience appeal. “Boys” is a bit of misnomer for the six-time Grammy-winning gospel group formed way back in the 1930s by 9-year-old students attending the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind, located in Talledega.
 
Sadly, only a couple of the founding members are still alive, Jimmy Carter and Clarence Fountain, and the latter’s participation in concerts is limited to the extent his failing health allows. But in the early decades, the talented ensemble crisscrossed the country, often going on tour with The Blind Boys of Mississippi, with whom they would share the stage in a friendly battle of the bands. 

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11 compelling hip-hop lyrics that give props to Africa

11 compelling hip-hop lyrics that give props to Africa
Middle America caught whiff of the tension brewing between the police and low-income black communities in the early 1990s because of the lyrics on N.W.A’s “Straight Outta Compton” album and Public Enemy’s call to “fight the power that be.”
 
People didn’t need to hear statistics about women entering the workforce in droves because Queen Latifah said so in “Ladies First.” She was no journalist, but she was reporting about a new generation of women who were taking charge at home and work. When Jay Z told folks to “change clothes” and to “throw on a suit [and] get it tapered up,” we knew hip-hop was growing up right before our very eyes.

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  • Written by Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele-The Root

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