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GAP Band icon passionate about health education

GAP Band icon passionate about health education

A prostate cancer survivor, Charlie Wilson has teamed with Janssen Biotech to launch their Making Awareness A Priority (M.A.P.) program, which brings together leading voices in advocacy and health education through live events in select cities across the country. (Photos by Warren Roseborough)by Bobbi Booker
NNPA News Service

These days, Charlie Wilson talks to men and women about different life-uplifting things. He tries to sing the "right kinds of music" and make people feel happy and good.

"That's what I'm here for: I'm a messenger," said Wilson, a musical icon who broke out as a member of the Gap Band ("You Dropped A Bomb On Me," "Outstanding") in the '80s.

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  • Written by NNPA News Service

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 05/18/2012

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 05/18/2012

For movies opening May 18, 2012

BIG BUDGET FILMS

Rihanna (right) makes her acting debut as Petty Officer Cora Raikes in “Battleship.” (Courtesy photo)"Battleship" (PG-13 for profanity and intense violence) Screen adaptation of the Hasbro board game features an international fleet of ships which comes to the defense of the planet in the wake of an invasion by an alien armada. Starring Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Brooklyn Decker and Rihanna.

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Beastie Boy MCA helped prove power of music

The Beastie Boys were deservingly inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame just weeks ago and now the trio is without one, Adam “MCA” Yauch, who died a cancer victim last Friday (May 3).

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  • Written by Myron Mays

‘Rhythm, Reading & the Runway’

Memphis-based author Megan Mottley (“Glamour Girl”) presented her book and self-publishing business model. (Courtesy photos)

The National Association of Black Female Executives in Music & Entertainment, Inc. hosted a champagne-filled business networking Soirée at the boutique.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Beale Street Music Festival: A first-timer’s view

I was really impressed – or I should say sort of surprised (with me growing up most of my life in the North) – by how diverse the crowd was at my first time attending a Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

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