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Stax-UK connection featured at B.B. King’s on June 20th

Stax-UK connection featured at B.B. King’s on June 20th
The Stax Music Academy Alumni Band will perform with United Kingdom (UK) star Beverley Knight of the upcoming London premiere of “Memphis The Musical” at B.B. King’s on Beale Street on Friday (June 20th)
 
The performance, which will be taped for “Memphis” promotions for UK, is set for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
 
The Tony Award-winning musical debuted on Broadway in 2009, with the London run beginning in October with Knight as the lead singer/actress. One of the UK’s most popular soul singers, Knight will film several promotional videos while in Memphis.

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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    
 
“Jersey Boys” (R for pervasive profanity) Clint Eastwood directs this adaptation of the rags-to-riches, jukebox musical featuring Tony Award-winner John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli in the role he originated on Broadway, as well as Erich Bergen, Vincent Piazza and Michael Lomenda as the other members of the Four Seasons. Cast includes Christopher Walken, Freya Tingley and Francesca Eastwood (daughter of Clint and Frances Farmer).   
 
“Think Like a Man Too” (PG-13 for profanity, drug use, crude humor, sexual references and partial nudity) The principal cast returns for an eventful sequel, set in Vegas, where the couples convene for bawdy bachelor and bachelorette parties which almost derail Candace (Regina Hall) and Michael’s (Terrence J) wedding plans. Ensemble includes Kevin Hart, Gabriel Union, Michael Ealy, Dennis Haysbert, Meagan Good, Taraji P. Henson, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Kelsey Grammer.     

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‘Yoga, Meditation and Spiritual Growth for the African-American Community’

‘Yoga, Meditation and Spiritual Growth for the African-American Community’
Yoga has exploded in popularity around the country in recent years, as proven by the profusion of women you see walking down the street everyday with a rolled-up rubber mat under their arms. The fad appears poised to take the black community by storm, with even hip-hop mogul-turned-yoga practitioner Russell Simmons becoming a vocal proponent of adopting a meditative Eastern path.  
 
Another very dedicated advocate is Daya Devi-Doolin, co-founder with her husband, Chris, of the Doolin Healing Sanctuary located in Deltona, Fla. There, she not only teaches private and group yoga classes, but offers free sessions for abused women and military veterans.

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Disney’s Zendaya Coleman to play late R&B singer Aaliyah in Lifetime biopic

Disney’s Zendaya Coleman to play late R&B singer Aaliyah in Lifetime biopic
The  Lifetime Network has tapped Disney star Zendaya Coleman to bring the story of late R&B singer Aaliyah Haughton to life.
 
The biopic, tentatively titled “Aaliyah: Princess of R&B,” will air in the fall.
 
According to Lifetime, the film “follows the beautiful and talented performer’s inspirational journey, from her debut on “Star Search” at the age of 10 to the challenges she faced during her rise to become the princess of R&B. 

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  • Written by NewsOne Staff

Independent artist Tyke T grows on

Independent artist Tyke T grows on
Tyke T, the current winner of K97’s next big thing and The Memphis Grizzlies Showcase champion, recently took to the national stage as a competitor in the VH1 “Make a Band Famous” competition.
 
Hundreds of bands entered the competition by submitting a 15-second Instagram performance clip. Fans then voted for their favorite bands and the top 24 were chosen to compete in New York for a shot at a record contract with Republic Records and a VH1 “you ought to Know” campaign.  The contestants then had to compete in a various challenges during a 24-hour live stream on VH1.com.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Black Music Month: Celebrating the Soulful ’70s

Black Music Month: Celebrating the Soulful ’70s
What makes the soul, funk and R&B music of the 1970s so unique and powerful? Beyond the fact that it creeps into, nourishes and elevates your mind, body and spirit, it’s the soundtrack of profound change embodying the most prolific and lush period of black cultural expression that we’ve ever experienced. Its beginning was like the clouds parting to bless the universe with radiant musical sunshine.
 
The penetrating artistic expression was ubiquitous and not simply confined to the radio airwaves. When tuning in to ABC’s detective drama “Baretta” from 1975 to 1978, we were treated to Sammy Davis Jr.’s haunting exhortations to keep our eyes on the sparrow.

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  • Written by The Shadow League

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