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Kanye, Common launch effort to bring jobs to Chicago
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Megastar hip-hop entertainers Kanye West and Common are showing love to their home city of Chicago by collaborating with local organizations in an effort to bring 20,000 jobs to inner-city youths. West’s Donda’s House and Common’s Common Ground Foundation have teamed up with the Chicago Urban League to create the Chicago Youth Jobs
Cool Project full of national acts
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
DURAM – Bilal, Christian Scott, Gizmo and King have been added to the first Art of Cool Festival this month in Durham. Scott, also known as Christian aTunde Adjuah, is a Grammy-nominated, two-time Edison Award winning jazz trumpeter. Bilal is a musician, songwriter and producer. His music crosses genres, including neo soul, R&B, funk, jazz and
Ask Alma
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Dear Alma, I met a woman online about six months ago, and we’ve been emailing ever since. We live in different states. She’s been very caring, and we seem to have the start to a wonderful friendship. I have one conflict, though: She has dreads down to her waist. This woman is in her 40s, is educated and not a musician. She is the perfect height
Jarreau’s music is as timeless as his audience
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Al Jarreau has little interest in boundaries or preconceived limitations. Since the mid-1970s, this versatile singer has applied his distinctive and instantly recognizable vocal style to a broad spectrum of musical genres. With this eclectic approach, he has earned much success along the way – enough to position him as the only vocalist in history to
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
THE MORTIS By Jonathan R. Miller Smith Publicity The Mortis opens with a seemingly normal husband and wife visiting a hotel on a remote island. Then, without warning, “the sickness” comes. In a matter of days, the resort is flooded with death while sufferers are lost in a psychosis brought on by the disease. The only safe haven seems to be Calo,
The Original Big Mama
Monday, April 14, 2014
“One finger pointing the blame don’t make no impact. But you ball up all them fingers into a fist, and you can strike a mighty blow. This family got to be that fist.” – Big Mama in Soul Food When people spot her in public, she’s immediately recognized as Big Mama from the film (1997), or Mrs. Marva Munson from The Ladykillers
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Looking to add some color to your dinner table? Decorate your plate with canned fruits and vegetables, which are packed with nutrition and provide garden quality all year long. For your next family gathering, impress your guests with this Grilled Chicken & Peach Kabobs recipe. Perfect for indoor or outdoor entertaining, it's a tasty main dish that's
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Living Safely, Aging Well By Dorothy A. Drago Johns Hopkins University Press, $16.95 PB The third step from the bottom squeaks when you tread on it, which is something you tried to remember when you snuck in after curfew. There’s a light switch near the door that does nothing, and never did. One of the kitchen drawers has a tendency to stick. And
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