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September 14, 2014

At 9 Years Old, Grace Has Already Beaten Cancer. Now She's Taking On Child Homelessness

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Everything You Need To Know About Michael Brown's Record

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Adrian Peterson Turns Himself In To Police

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The Worst Jobs For Your Health

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Tavis Smiley: 'Black Americans Have Lost Ground Under Obama'

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How Obamacare Could Be A Huge Boon To 'Alt-Labor' Groups

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‘Why Didn't You Just Leave?’

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New Details Emerge In Zimmerman Road Rage Incident

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4 Things You Should Buy In Bulk -- And 3 You Shouldn't

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School Hallway Monitor Who Strangled Prostitutes Is Dead

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Rarely-Seen Photos Spotlight The 1970s Social Scene Of South Side Chicago

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Report: Death Toll In Central African Republic Tops 5,000

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WATCH: NFL Broadcaster's Impassioned Plea For The NFL To Address Domestic Violence

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Illinois GOP Senator Fundraising Off Possibility Michelle Obama Could Challenge Him

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Hawks GM Takes Indefinite Leave Of Absence After Racist Remarks Revealed

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The Week That Was: T-Boz Opens Up About Brain Tumor, More to Mo'Nique's Movie Drama

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TLC singer T-Boz's brain tumor brain cancer People magazine
News is spreading like wildfire about TLC singer T-Boz's revelation that she battled a brain tumor.

The 39-year-old Grammy Award winner told People magazine that she waged that battle in secret for three years.

In the Oct. 12 edition of the magazine, she revealed having a seven-hour surgical procedure back in 2006 during which doctors peeled the tumor away from the brain stem.

The divorced single mother of one said she was battling the tumor during her stint on Donald Trump's popular reality competition 'Celebrity Apprentice' but didn't want to make it known to the public. "I didn't want pity. I was there to help sick children."

On the most recent season of the series, which was won by comedienne Joan Rivers, T-Boz (born Tionne Watkins) competed to help raise funds for the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia. As a child, she was diagnosed with the lifelong blood disorder.

Named one of the "50 Most Beautiful People" by the magazine in 1994 and 2000, T-Boz said that people are "shocked" when she tells them the news, but added "I won't let you feel sorry for me."

So there may be more to the hype of Mo'Nique sabotaging her big chance at being nominated for an Academy Award for her much-buzzed about role in the Oprah Winfrey/Tyler Perry-produced movie, 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire.' There may actually be a smear campaign in place so that another one of the film's co-stars can capitalize on any negative press that the former 'Showtime at the Apollo' hostess endures. Yes, Mo'Nique hasn't been available at glitzy film festivals touting the film, but sources tell us that the married mother of three has been prioritizing getting her new late-night show – which debuts Oct. 5 on BET – off the ground. We don't know the promises that were made to her by the filmmakers of 'Precious,' but there may be some validity to her high demands. As for the Hollywood Reporter story about publicist Tresa Sanders resigning due to Mo'Nique's difficulty, that's not true. Sanders, who has help launch the careers of Jay-Z, Jermaine Dupri, Keyshia Cole, and handled publicity for Da Brat, Mary J. Blige, Pretty Ricky and Nelly Furtado, said Roger Friedman 's report is not accurate. "Contrary to the rumors, I did not quit," she said. "Mo'Nique is one of the most talented actors in Hollywood. It was an honor to work with her and to get to know her as a human being. She's at a point in her life where her achievements should be heralded."

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If renowned civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton is the new lover in actress LisaRaye McCoy Misick's life, no one seems to be talking. Well, at least not anyone from their respective camps. Queries made to McCoy Misick's off-and-on publicist Lynn Allen Jeter have gone unanswered. Meanwhile, Sharpton's longtime rep, Rachel Noerdlinger, told us: "Since Rev. Sharpton publicly announced the end of his marriage in 2004, he has chosen not to comment on personal matters."
But insiders have seen the "couple" painting the town since the 42-year-old former first Lady of Turks and Caicos accompanied Sharpton to Michael Jackson's September memorial service. Tongues have wagged. Natasha Eubanks of the black celebrity gossip Web site Young, Black Fabulous put the alleged affair on blast earlier this week, saying that "Lisa knows she's not getting onto any of these 'society and political' events without a man who could bring her along. She's also starved for attention from the media--surprise, surprise--so Al is her 'in' into that world." Wowza.

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Looks like people are loving 'The Cleveland Show.' The African American-oriented spin-off of FOX's animated romp 'The Family Guy' drew the best numbers among adults between the ages of 18-49 during its Sunday night debut. According to Nielsen, the animated series – featuring the voice of Tony Award and Emmy Award-nominated actress Sanaa Lathan -- was the second-best overall behind the premieres of the much-hyped 'Jay Leno Show' two weeks ago. And rapper Kanye West didn't even have to shed a tear.

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Late, great author E. Lynn Harris' latest book, 'Mama Dearest,' has debuted on the New York Times Best Seller List. According to the tome's publisher, Karen Hunter, the book will land at number 15 on the prestigious list next week. 'Mama Dearest' follows the scandal and drama of a singer/actress and her recently imprisoned mother. Harris died unexpectedly on July 23. The new novel is his 11th book to chart on the best-sellers list, and there may be more where that comes from. According to unconfirmed reports, seven unpublished manuscripts written by the groundbreaking author have been recovered from his computer's hard drive. Computer forensic experts reportedly were able to locate and open password-protected files that were found on Harris's personal laptop.

Black Music Notes June 1

    6/1/09: Minnie Riperton
    A very fitting homage will be paid to late, great songbird Minnie Riperton when a new batch of the acclaimed TV One docu-series 'Unsung' hits the small screen this month. Best known for her signature ballad 'Lovin' You,' the Chicago-born singer/songwriter's career and life were cut short after a three-year battle with breast cancer in the late 1970s. After Riperton's cancer diagnosis, she went public instead of retreating, serving as a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society. . She was only 31 years old when she died at the prime of her career. 'Unsung' premieres June 7 at 8 PM ET, repeating at 11 PM, as well as Thursday, June 11 at 10 PM and Friday, June 12 at noon and midnight.

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    6/1/09: Grace Jones
    The one and only Grace Jones has been tapped to perform live at the 'We Love' festival in Ibiza on Aug. 9. For the first time ever, the 'Pull Up To The Bumper' singer will grace the Spanish island's celebrated summer concert series, as part of the Wall Of Sound recording company's 15th anniversary. Last year, festival organizers bought The Chemical Brothers back to the Ibiza after a ten-year hiatus. This year, they are ready for Amazing Grace, who recently released a new music project titled 'Hurricane' on the United Kingdom based label. "We are putting on a line-up to inspire and one that will take all lucky enough to be there on a journey they will never ever forget," Wall of Sound founder Mark Jones said.

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    5/28/09: Chaka Khan
    Fresh from a headlining gig at the 2009 St Lucia Jazz Festival, Chaka Khan is ready to take on the nation's capital. The 10-time Grammy Award winning diva will fill in for previously announce headliner Natalie Cole, who is recovering from a live saving kidney transplant surgery, at 'The 18th Annual Capital Jazz Fest' running June 5 - June 7. The 'I Feel For You' chanteuse will join a slew of noted musical acts at the lovely wooded setting of Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. According to a spokesperson for the event, the line-up includes performances by Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten, George Duke, Al Jarreau, Lalah Hathaway, Fourplay, Norman Brown, Roy Ayers, Will Downing, Kirk Whalum, Pieces of a Dream with special guest Phil Perry, Guitars & Saxes (f/ Jeff Lorber, Euge Groove, Jeff Golub and lady saxophone newcomer Jessy J) , Regina Belle, Marion Meadows and trumpeter Joey Sommerville.

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    5/28/09: Grandmaster Flash
    Grandmaster Flash will be honored with the Living Legend award at the Urban Music Awards USA 2009, set to be held at New York City's Highline Ballroom on July 17. According to a spokesperson for the event, more than 175,000 music fans across the world have voted online for the hip hop veteran to receive the honor. "Flash is an absolute legend and he remains an inspiration to the hip hop culture all together by flying the flag from its inception to the success it has become today," said Jordan Kensington, who is the C.E.O of Invincible Group & Founder of the Urban Music Awards. Nominees for the inaugural awards show include Amy Winehouse, Rihanna, Bobby Valentino, M.I.A, Day 26, The Dream, Estelle, Kat de Luna, Akon, Kanye West, Keri Hilson, Ne-Yo and Eminem.

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    5/21/09: Jay-Z
    Despite stepping down from his Def Jam presidency in late 2007, hip hop mogul Jay-Z has finally left the label as an artist. Rumors started surfacing online that the platinum-selling lyricist, who owed the label one last album, brought himself out of his contract for $5 million. "I can honestly say, working with Doug Morris and LA Reid has been a unique and fulfilling experience and I respect them immensely," he revealed to hip hop site Rap Radar. "I've been in the family for almost my entire career. Doug and I spoke directly and had one of the most unique 'negotiations' ever...I thank him for allowing me to be a completely independent artist. Not every artist can say they own or are given the opportunity to own all of their music."

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    5/19/09: Mary J. Blige
    Mary J. Blige recently expanded her brand by signing with The William Morris Agency. According to Variety, the diversified entertainment agency, which also represents Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Kanye West, and Prince (to name a few), will assist the Queen of Hip Hop Soul in all areas of her career including the expansion of her entertainment company, Matriarch Entertainment. This fall the Queen of Hip Hop Soul will make her feature film debut in Tyler Perry's 'I Can Do Bad All by Myself,' scheduled to hit theaters September 11. She can be heard in the trailers for the Oprah Winfrey-presented drama 'Precious,' due out in November.

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    5/19/09: The Dream
    Following in the veins of fellow hip hop stars DMX and Tupac Shakur, singer-songwriter The Dream is planning on releasing his second album of 2009 entitled, 'Love King.' The R&B crooner, who recently released his certified gold album 'Love vs. Money' in March, revealed to Billboard magazine that he already has seven songs in the can and expects the album to hit stores in December. "I have to pace myself 'cause there's so much time between here and then," he said, "but the seven records I do have are timeless records. Whether they come out now or later it's not really going to matter what kind of records they are." In between recording sessions for 'Love King,' fans can now catch The Dream on tour with Keyshia Cole.

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    5/19/09: The Whispers
    After releasing classic hits such as 'In The Mood' and 'Rock Steady,'R&B stalwarts The Whispers are set to release their first gospel album on Kingdom Records. Grammy Award-winning gospel star Fred Hammond is expected to produce a bulk of the tracks. "We've been wanting to do this for ten years," explained founding member Nick Caldwell. "God has been really, really good to the Whispers. He was looking out for us even when we were ignoring Him. He allowed us to live long enough to do this inspirational CD that we want to use to inspire people to get closer to God." The as-yet-untitled anticipated album is tentatively scheduled for release later this year.

    5/19/09: Mariah Carey
    On May 23, Mariah Carey is set to perform a one-hour set at the opening of the most expensive resort in Europe, The Mardan. Carey alongside legendary British soul singer Tom Jones will reportedly be paid £1 million each to perform at the exclusive £926 million Turkey development, which features five acres of fresh water swimming pools and a sunken aquarium. Actress Sharon Stone and Paul McCartney are among the many guests invited to the 560 room hotel opening.

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    5/19/09: Will Downing
    Overcoming his bout with the muscle disorder Polymyositis, Will Downing has set the stage to release is latest musical offering, 'Classique.' The balladeer's 14th album and second Peak Records project features his signature baritone vocals over 10 smooth-sensual tracks. Vocalist Phil Perry joins the 'After Tonight' singer for Marvin Gaye penned 'Baby I'm for Real.' Other album highlights include 'Love Suggestions,' 'More Time,' 'Something Special' and Barry White's classic hit 'I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby.' 'Classique' hit stores June 16.

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