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    Most artists would dream of touring with iconic singer Sade. Luckily for Grammy Award-winner John Legend there's no need to dream.

    The Nigerian-born Brit selected Legend as her opening act on her first North American tour in almost a decade. Following their Tuesday evening tour stop in Uniondale, New York Legend celebrated by teaming up with premium vodka brand Grey Goose as they partied the night away at Manhattan hotspot, Club SL.

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    Long before he was nabbing sexual offenders as a detective on NBC's popular crime drama series, 'Law & Order: SVU,' Ice-T was one of the original gangsta rap stars. Born Tracy Morrow in New Jersey in 1958, the rap icon grew up mainly in South Central Los Angeles during the area's notorious gang heyday.

    Affiliating himself with the Crips, young Tracy did petty thefts and sold weed as a student at Crenshaw High School. He also became interested in reading Iceberg Slim novels and would recite passages from the books to his friends so much that they named him Ice-T. He had an obvious charisma that led him to landing a bit part in the 1984 hip-hop film, 'Breakin.'

    But it wasn't until after serving four years in the Army that Ice-T decide on pursuing a rap career. Inspired by Sugar Hill Gang's 'Rapper's Delight,' he recorded 'The Coldest Rap,' a song that was popular on underground rap circles. Still, it took a drug bust in which a friend wound up doing 25 years in prison, and a near-fatal car accident that Ice-T suffered for him make a career shift.

    His next single, '6 in the Mornin',' recalled the slow cadence and menacing sound of Schooly D's 'P.S.K. What Does It Mean,' and eventually led to Ice getting a record deal with Sire Records. Subsequently, he released the title track to the Dennis Hopper film 'Colors' and a series of solid albums - Rhymes Pays (1987), Power (1988) and Freedom of Speech...Just Watch What You Say (1989). However, he hit his creative high point with 1991's 'O.G.: Original Gangster' and a starring role in urban drama, 'New Jack City.'

    Energized by his rising profile, Ice-T took a break from rap to form the hard rock band, Body Count. The group released the controversial 'Cop Killer,' a revenge fantasy song about a criminal exacting revenge on a brutal police officer. The tune created huge problems for the rapper. His solo rap album, Home Invasion, was shelved. Political groups like the NRA denounced it.

    He described the situation to Fab 5 Freddy in an interview for 2005 VH1 Hip-Hop Honors site: "I'm sitting at home playing Tecmo Super Bowl - that's a timeline right there if you know about video games. Somebody say, 'Yo, Ice-T turn on Channel 4. The president is on talking about you,'" Ice-T recalled. "We put the TV on, and I'm like, Oh sh*t! The president does not yell normal people's names in anger. When they do that, that's war, y'dig? I'm like, Why are they after me? It was just a record. It was no call to arms. It was a protest record which said cops is out of check and people are mad. It wasn't like me telling people to go out in the streets and kill some cops."

    Though Ice-T's music career sputtered after the controversy, his acting career took off. He landed plum gigs on shows including 'New York Undercover' and 'Law & Order: SVU'. By 2006, he starred in his own reality show called 'Ice-T's Rap School' and now fans can catch him with his voluptuous wife, Coco, in 'Ice Loves Coco.'

    Influenced...Snoop Dogg, Scarface, 50 Cent, Jay-Z, T.I., Young Jeezy, among others.





     

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    From Variety:

    After a monthlong casting search, Quentin Tarantino has found his next leading man, tapping Jamie Foxx to star in 'Django Unchained,' sources close to the production tell Variety.

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    From the Seattle Times
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    Three concepts for Jimi Hendrix Park in Seattle will be unveiled at a workshop Thursday evening at the Northwest African American Museum.

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    From Thinq:

    According to the new data published by the FBI, those figures have seen an even sharper drop in the last two years which can be attributed to a number of factors according to the BBC. Top of the list is the so-called 'Obama Effect' which posits that African American youngsters have been so inspired by the USA's first black leader that they're turning away from the crimes with which they were disproportionately involved and getting educated instead.

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    From the Los Angeles Times:

    Declaring that the "tide of war is receding," President Obama ordered a rapid withdrawal of the 33,000 "surge" troops he sent to Afghanistan and charted a path toward ending large-scale U.S. combat operations in Central Asia. In a nationally televised address Wednesday evening, Obama took care to emphasize what he sees as the successes of the last two years in Afghanistan, saying he was beginning to draw down the number of U.S. troops "from a position of strength" after an intensive counterinsurgency effort.

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    From the Los Angeles Times:

    Former USC football player Lonnie White has admitted to accepting $14,000 in illegal payments during his four years at the school in the 1980s. White, who worked as a sportswriter at the Los Angeles Times from 1987 to 2008, made the confession Wednesday in a first-person story for the Daily, saying most of the money came from selling the four season tickets provided to every scholarship player. Those tickets are not to be sold.

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    From Daily Finance:

    J.C. Penney (JCP) is banking on a key architect of Apple's (AAPL) winning retail formula to work his magic on the department store chain. The investment community has cheered the appointment of Ron Johnson, who has been credited with the success of the Apple Store -- a darling of the retail sector -- as CEO of the $17.8 billion chain come November.

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    Actress Rutina Wesley of HBO's 'True Blood' dressed up to celebrate the fourth season premiere of the sexy vampire show. She stepped on the red carpet in Los Angeles wearing an intricately detailed black and creme mini dress with quarter-length sleeves and matching clutch. Her lightly curled hair, creme heels and oversized earrings completed the outfit.





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    Once upon a time advertisers saw the African-American consumer market as a unique audience, one requiring special messaging, perhaps a feel-good slogan or ads splashed with black faces or voices.

    There were cool jingles on urban radio stations and major companies put their money behind black-centric ad campaigns in mainstream and traditional African-American print publications.

    But today notions of a post-racial society are killing African-American niche industries. As more black folks have gained entry into mainstream society and some believe the lines between race and buying habits are fading, there is, as Zondra Hughes wrote in a recent blog on The Huffington Post, "a retreat from blackness" when it comes to these niche markets.

    Casualties of racial progress?

    "Nobody wants to talk about race today," leading African-American market researcher Pepper Miller said during a panel discussion at the 40th annual Rainbow Push Convention. "People believe it's forward-thinking to not look at race and to not talk about race. 'So why do we need a Black agency? Why do we need Black media -- because people are people,' is what people say."

    Hughes wrote:

    Assaults on the Black niche can be found everywhere. For example, why buy that Black women's publication, Essence, to read about Beyoncé, when Beyoncé is on the cover of the mainstream publication, Vogue, as well? Why hire a Black-owned advertising firm to craft a culturally sensitive message for Black teens, when, thanks to popular culture, Black, White, Hispanic and Asian teens hang together, party together and consume the same messages anyway?

    This "systematic retreat from Blackness has placed Black-owned advertising agencies and media outlets that create and disseminate cultural-specific messages and entertainment for the Black audience, in peril," Hughes wrote.

    Some of it is good old-fashioned racism, the melting pot theory used as an excuse to withhold precious dollars.

    There continues to also be a lack of diversity within the advertising and creative industries. Black people just aren't being hired, said Munson Steed, another panelist at the convention.

    "When we talk about advertising we should really be talking about jobs," Steed said. "The reality of such discrimination right now is that most advertising agencies don't have a best practice to include your children. So when you look at these big holding companies that are doing the advertising for Delta Airlines, or American Family Insurance, and they don't have African-American agencies, you're literally saying that your child will probably not even get an entry-level job at these corporations."

     

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    Hip-hop star Missy Elliott has revealed that she has been suffering from Graves' disease, an incurable autoimmune disorder that affects the thyroid.

    After keeping her condition private for years, the 'Work It' singer has disclosed that she was diagnosed with the disease in 2008. However, when she experienced a sudden loss of muscle control recently, Elliott admitted that she's been undergoing treatment.

    "I was [driving and] trying to put my foot on the brake, but my leg was jumping. I couldn't keep the brake down and almost crashed," the Virginia rapper-producer reportedly told 'People' magazine. "I couldn't write because my nervous system was so bad -- I couldn't even use a pen."

    Elliott said she has endured several other debilitating hyperthyroid symptoms, including mood swings and hair loss, and has revealed that she turned to radiation treatment. The solution improved her condition, but cannot cure her of the disease.

    "I'm 30 pounds (13.6 kilograms) lighter because I've been exercising," she continued. "My thyroid is functioning, so I haven't had to take medication in about nine months. (But) you live with it for the rest of your life."

    While Graves' disease is rarely life-threatening, it is five to 10 times more likely to affect women. Though almost 2 percent of the female population are known to have the disease, its causes are not known.

    Elliott, who turns 40 on July 1, has been on the comeback since her diagnosis. She is working on new music with longtime collaborator Timbaland, and will be featured on the June 29 season premiere of VH1's 'Behind the Music,' where she will reportedly further discuss her condition, as well as the sexual abuse she suffered as a child.



     

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    Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas's "blackness" has long been questioned, but revelations of his off the bench relationships have now called into question his ethics.

    A scandal is heating up over his friendships with big-moneyed conservatives who have lavished him with favors, including helping to finance a library project in his honor, and gifts that include a Bible that belonged to Frederic Douglass and reportedly $500,000 for Thomas's wife, Virginia, to start a Tea Party-related group, according to a recently published story in The New York Times.

    A wealthy friend even financed the multimillion-dollar purchase and restoration of the seafood cannery where Thomas' mother once worked as a crab picker, which now features a museum about the culture and history of the small town it's in.

    The dealings have further fueled debate about Supreme Court ethics. The kicker here is that according to law, Supreme Court Justices are not beholden by the same code of conduct for federal judges.

    The museum project has drawn much of the ire. While the nonprofit Pin Point museum is not intended to honor Justice Thomas, people involved in the project said his role in the community's history would inevitably be part of it, and he participated in a documentary film that is to accompany the exhibits, the Times reported.

    Deborah L. Rhode, a Stanford University law professor who has called for stricter ethics rules for Supreme Court justices, told the newspaper that Justice Thomas "should not be directly involved in fund-raising activities, no matter how worthy they are or whether he's being centrally honored by the museum."

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    Lord Glenconner and his manservant, Kent Adonai From Clutch Magazine: Lord Glennconner was a multimillionaire aristocrat who transformed the West Indian island of Mustique into a haven for other rich White folks. By all counts, he was a good hearted man who treated the St. Lucian people well, including his loyal manservant Kent Adonai, who waited on him hand and foot for thirty years. It was Adonai who slept at the foot of his employer's bed and Adonai who tried to revive him after he suffered a fatal heart attack, driving him to the hospital to find that he was already gone.

    And it was Adonai who was named the recipient of Lord Glenconner's estate in his will.

    Find out what his widow had to say about that and what St. Lucian law says.

    Should Kent give some of the money to his former employer's family?


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    In the hundreds of cover songs that have ever been made, only a few can be regarded as doing justice to the original recordings. Here, we've listed our five favorite remakes that are so memorable that you probably thought they weren't cover songs at all.




    5. Alicia Keys, "If I Was Your Woman' (Gladys Knight & the Pips)
    Legend has it that Gladys Knight didn't even like this tune when producers from Berry Gordy's Motown Records label approached her to sing it. Thankfully, she relented and the song shot up the charts in 1971. Here, Alicia Keys makes the song about devout love her own in this 'Unplugged' performance, combining power, grace and heartfelt emotion in a way that could only make Gladys proud.




    4. Chaka Khan, 'I Feel For You' (Prince)
    After Chaka left Rufus to embark set out on her own, she released this title track to her 1984 solo debut, which was actually a cover of a 1979 tune by Prince. (The Purple One would write many songs for her in subsequent years.) Chaka added heavy doses of rap (that's Melle Mel on the intro saying "Ch-Ch-Ch-Chaka Khan-Chaka Khan"), Steve Wonder on harmonica and dancing from b-boy Shabba-Do from the hip-hop drama 'Breakin' in accompanying music video.





    3. Lenny Kravitz, 'American Woman' (The Guess Who)
    An early knock against Lenny was that he was bent on sounding retro but lacked that special oomph in this own music to make him a truly great rocker. With this cover of this vintage 1970 track by Canada's The Guess Who, Lenny showed that he could tackle the classics and not lose himself in the process. He actually looks pretty badass in this video too.





    2. Maxwell, 'This Woman's Work' (Kate Bush)
    R&B heartthrob Maxwell's falsetto nails the somber valleys and peaks that British songstress Kate Bush touched on in the 1989 original song from her album, 'The Sensual World.' Unlike many of today's soul men, Maxwell's interpretive skills show that he understands how to express melancholy and longing without coming off like a schlockmeister. He's pure class.





    1. Fugees, 'Killing Me Softly' (Roberta Flack)
    Though this song is credited to the Fugees and appears on the trio's second album, 'The Score,' Lauryn Hill deserves every accolade she's received for her 1995 take on Flack's 1973 hit which was originally titled, "Killing Me Softly With His Song.' The hip-hop backing beat and her soaring vocals do the exact thing that every successful cover song should do: It makes you almost forget that the original existed. And that says a lot given that Flack's version won three Grammy awards during its chart-topping heyday.

     

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    In the hundreds of cover songs that have ever been made, only a few can be regarded as doing justice to the original recordings. Here, we've listed our 10 favorite remakes that are so memorable that they've eclipsed the popularity of their source material.




    10. Marvin Gaye,'Heard it Through the Grapevine' (Gladys Knight & the Pips)
    Though Gladys and her Pips had a huge hit with song in 1967, Marvin's cover a year later is known as the definitive version and one of the late soul man's most enduring classics. Here, he's performs it live in all his ruffled-shirt, red-tux wearing brilliance.





    9.Ray Charles,'Night Time is the Right Time' (Nappy Brown)

    Charles' classic 1958 remake had a resurgence in interest when the Huxtable kids performed it on 'The Cosby Show' in this episode of the popular sitcom. But the original version was recorded by Nappy Brown who recorded the hit song in 1955.





    8. Boyz II Men, 'It's So Hard To Say Goodbye' (GC Cameron)
    The Philadelphia R&B boy band showed they could really blow with this 1991 a capella remake of '70s soul singer G.C. Cameron's original tune. Cameron's version can be heard in 1975 coming of age film, 'Cooley High,' but the Boyz rendition is the current R&B standard heard often at funerals, after a break-up and during other sad occasions.





    7. Whitney Houston, 'All The Man That I Need' (Linda Clifford)

    When this R&B diva was near the top of her wailing powers in 1991, she released this remake of Clifford's 1980s slow jam, which Sister Sledge also had covered in 1982. But here, Whitney gives the song an elegant upgrade, not just a surface shine and buff.





    6. Mary J. Blige, 'I'm Going Down' (Rose Royce)

    The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul has covered a few R&B artists including Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan but here she really stands out, adding her own sad-girl touches to this song which was originally recorded by R&B band Rose Royce in 1977. Sean 'P.Diddy' Combs shows his early producing chops on this remake, which appeared on Blige's 1994 album, 'My Life.'





    5. Alicia Keys, "If I Was Your Woman' (Gladys Knight & the Pips)
    Legend has it that Gladys Knight didn't even like this tune when producers from Berry Gordy's Motown Records label approached her to sing it. Thankfully, she relented and the song shot up the charts in 1971. Here, Alicia Keys makes the song about devout love her own in this 'Unplugged' performance, combining power, grace and heartfelt emotion in a way that could only make Gladys proud.




    4. Chaka Khan, 'I Feel For You' (Prince)
    After Chaka left Rufus to embark set out on her own, she released this title track to her 1984 solo debut, which was actually a cover of a 1979 tune by Prince. (The Purple One would write many songs for her in subsequent years.) Chaka added heavy doses of rap (that's Melle Mel on the intro saying "Ch-Ch-Ch-Chaka Khan-Chaka Khan"), Steve Wonder on harmonica and dancing from b-boy Shabba-Do from the hip-hop drama 'Breakin' in accompanying music video.






    3. Lenny Kravitz, 'American Woman' (The Guess Who)

    An early knock against Lenny was that he was bent on sounding retro but lacked that special oomph in this own music to make him a truly great rocker. With this cover of this vintage 1970 track by Canada's The Guess Who, Lenny showed that he could tackle the classics and not lose himself in the process. He actually looks pretty badass in this video too.






    2. Maxwell, 'This Woman's Work' (Kate Bush)

    R&B heartthrob Maxwell's falsetto nails the somber valleys and peaks that British songstress Kate Bush touched on in the 1989 original song from her album, 'The Sensual World.' Unlike many of today's soul men, Maxwell's interpretive skills show that he understands how to express melancholy and longing without coming off like a schlockmeister. He's pure class.





    1. Fugees, 'Killing Me Softly' (Roberta Flack)
    Though this song is credited to the Fugees and appears on the trio's second album, 'The Score,' Lauryn Hill deserves every accolade she's received for her 1995 take on Flack's 1973 hit which was originally titled, "Killing Me Softly With His Song.' The hip-hop backing beat and her soaring vocals do the exact thing that every successful cover song should do: It makes you almost forget that the original existed. And that says a lot given that Flack's version won three Grammy awards during its chart-topping heyday.

     

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    From the Los Angeles Times:

    Herman Cain may have found the perfect way to get media attention Wednesday: call the real journalists "stupid" for believing the words that come out of his mouth, and deem the most popular faux journalist a racist for ... being a comedian. Yesterday in a firehouse in Iowa City, Iowa, the deep-dish pizza eater began burning bridges with the press by using the curiously familiar technique (recently mastered by Newt "Any ad which quotes what I said Sunday is a falsehood" Gingrich) of denouncing journalists for actually writing down what the GOP presidential hopeful said.

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    Venus Williams is getting hit with a lot of criticism for her latest fashion choice, despite playing an excellent game at Wimbeldon earlier this week, winning a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan in just 59 minutes. But with all the shocking outfits, Venus and younger, more risque sister Serena have worn, you'd think critics would be desensitized to their revealing outfits.




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    "It's a jumper," Venus told the San Francisco Chronicle of her outfit." Jumpers are very now, kind of trendy right. The back is kind of, I don't know, like a cutout or a peek-a-boo. I'm always trying to do something different and fun."

    The front of the jumper is rather plain, it's white with a gold zipper down the front and cutout bat-wing sleeves. It's not a polo shirt and pleated skirt, but it complied with All England Club's all-white requirement.

    Perhaps the back of the outfit is what elicited the snide remarks. She's certainly showing a lot of her back, but where is the overt offense? Compared to her sister's infamous black catsuit in 2008 and recent hot pink jumpsuit, she looks practically angelic.

     

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    As teachers across America wrap up another year of lecturing, the time has come for students to enroll into another semester of Funk University. The online bass guitar academy, which was founded last year by funk pioneer Bootsy Collins, announced today that on July 1 producer-singer Larry Graham will share his wealth of industry knowledge during a special session.

    Graham, who crafted a string of hits for Sly & The Family Stone before heading up his own band Graham Central Station, is also known for inventing the technique of slapping and plucking bass strings to create a sound that lends almost as much to a song's percussive end as its low end.
    In addition to Graham, Funk U has also featured other guest professors such as Meshell Ndegeocello, Beyonce bassist Divinity Roxx, and Public Enemy bassist Brian Hardgroove among others.

    Exercises, lectures and tutorials are conducted on the institute's 'virtual campus' and features instructional content to engage beginners, intermediate and advanced players alike.

    For more info head over to Funk University.

     

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    From indieWire:

    From Artemus Jenkins and acclaimed tattoo artist Miya Bailey comes the documentary film, Color Outside the Lines: A Tattoo Documentary. Ah, a topic close to my heart! From their kickstarter page: The film is the brainchild of one of the world's most widely recognized black tattoo artists; Miya Bailey. For over 5 years the idea has always been in his head to create a film that not only sheds light on the artform, but also allows the artform to be represented in the right way. There are a lot of stigmas attached to black tattoo artists and their side of the culture; ranging from a lack of creativity to overall poor quality of work. This in turn has lead to artists from other backgrounds and those in the black community choosing to take their business elsewhere in search of quality work.

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    From the Guardian:

    The Cleveland Cavaliers selected the Duke point guard Kyrie Irving with the first overall pick in the NBA draft, as they set about rebuilding a team that set new standards for sporting failure last season. A slick ball handler with size and speed, the Australia-born Irving is expected to be an immediate contributor when he joins a Cavaliers team that crumbled last season after LeBron James spurned them to sign with the Miami Heat.

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