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Twitter buzz hints Tupac fandom alive, getting younger

Twitter buzz hints Tupac fandom alive, getting younger

by Karanja A. M. Ajanaku
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Rap-icon Tupac Shakur lives on as a legend in the eyes of millions, and this increasingly is true among a generation of younger fans.

This was surprising to me at first, with Tupac's career having thrived so many years ago. I didn't know how interested younger audiences were until the idea of a valid story recently blindsided me while checking my Twitter timeline. Twitter trending topics like #WhoshotPac and #Justice4Pac were all over the place.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Read, laugh and get into the (Robin) Thicke of it!

Do you love books? Well, so do I! That's why I created the What's Happening Myron Book Club. Our current selection is "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James.

Set largely in Seattle, it is the first of a trilogy that traces the relationship between a college graduate and a young business magnate, Christian Grey.

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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 06/28/2012

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 06/28/2012

For movies opening June 29, 2012

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Madea's Witness Protection Program" (PG-13 for crude sexual remarks and brief drug references) Tyler Perry's back in drag for another madcap adventure. This go-round, we find the pistol packin' granny hiding the family of a Wall St. whistleblower (Eugene Levy) who's on the run from mobsters after agreeing to testify in federal court about his company's Ponzi scheme. With Romeo, John Amos, Tom Arnold, Denise Richards and Marla Gibbs.

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Tyler Perry: The ‘Madea’s Witness Protection’ interview

Tyler Perry: The ‘Madea’s Witness Protection’ interview

Tyler Perry practices what he preaches, and what he preaches has endeared him to millions of fans drawn by that unique blend of spiritual hope and down-home humor that continues to shape his inspiring life story and extraordinary body of work.

Here, he talks about his latest film, "Madea's Witness Protection," which he not only wrote, directed and produced, but also stars in, playing three roles, including the sassy, straight-talking title character.

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‘El’ seems focused this time around

‘El’ seems focused this time around

by Nona Allen
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Listening to the title cut from El DeBarge's 2010 release, it is clear that the song is about a second chance at love. Scratch below the surface of "Second Chances" and a deeper meaning emerges for the R&B crooner.

I spoke with El on Saturday (June 16) before his Mud Island Amphitheater appearance at Funk Fest 2012 at the Mud Island Amphitheater. (Yes, I got a hug!)

With a widely-publicized history of drug abuse and a host of related concert cancellations, many fans were not confident that he would show for the Funk Fest.

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Make mine F-U-N-K-Y, and leave room to dance!

Make mine F-U-N-K-Y, and leave room to dance!

I left my house knowing that funk was in my near future, fully expecting it to fill my camera lenses to overflow.

Yes it was Funky in Memphis on Saturday (June 16), particularly at the Mud Island Amphitheatre, where a capacity crowd gathered to get funked up at Funk Fest 2012.

It was a show of stars, from hip hop to R&B crooners to some nasty funk. You want names? OK, try these: Frankie Beverly & Maze, Charlie Wilson, El DeBarge and Slick Rick.

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  • Written by Warren Roseborough

Farewell to another ‘Moesha’ show star

If I didn't have to write about the death of actress and comedian Yvette Wilson, I would never have to admit that "Moesha" was one of my favorite TV shows. Not because I really loved Brandy, but because I liked the entire cast.

One of my cast favorites was Wilson's character, Andell, the role she was best known for not only on "Moesha," but also on it's spin off, "The Parkers." Wilson died of cervical cancer last week. She was 48 years old.

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