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Tonysha Nelson and Patavian Lewis could be considered P-Funk royalty. The granddaughters of P-Funk superstar George Clinton are known as Kandy Apple Redd. Nelson spent her formative and teen years in the Washington, D.C.-Maryland area. Lewis was born in Los Angeles and spent her youth on the family farm in Brooklyn, Michigan. It wasn’t until later in life that they truly…

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What do you get when you blend Common’s conscious sound, with George Clinton’s funk, and hip-hop god Rakim performing to a live band? You get Durham’s ultra-slick Art of Cool Festival (AOC), a medley of dope music acts ranging from hip-hop and funk to neo-soul, jazz and R&B. A mainstay of Durham’s rich music culture, AOC…

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The year of transcendent black directors and breakthrough films with black casts continues along with the 17th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival presented by BET Networks in New York. Actually, black directors are producing quality films every year. But a confluence of agreeable circumstances produced the meteoric successes of Lee Daniels The Butler, while Steve McQueen’s…

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Erykah Badu is a performer known for switching up her fashion and hairstyles. She recently performed on stage at the BET Awards in Los Angeles with her hair in an Afro. Badu sported braids and beads (a tribute to George Clinton), a black top hat, red top, black blazer, yellow capris, black tights and black booties.…

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Harlem Arts Alliance Presents: On the “A” w/Souleo To pay tribute to Chaka Khan you don’t just call on any vocalist, you call on some of the best: Patti LaBelle, Jennifer Holliday, Mary J. Blige and Deborah Cox. These divas united on stage to honor Chaka Khan as part of the Apollo’s 8thAnnual Spring Gala Concert.…

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Ekundayo Artist What keeps you inspired? I am inspired by everything I go through, by all my experiences good or bad. How did you determine your career path? I came up playing African drums and going to dance rehearsal with my mother for as far back as I can remember. Seeing my mother perform and…

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“Gold all on my chain, gold all in my rang,” the relatively exclusive use of precious metals and gem stones to describe living life hip-hop style, sits in perfect juxtaposition to  the lyrical content of contemporary artists who haven’t reached their respective station’s in life. Trey Songz’ mixtape Trigga, represents what is 100. The fact…

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No one likes to smile for this camera … bad lighting, terrible angles, and no second chance to get your “good side.” Jailhouse mugshots are photos guaranteed to haunt you worse than your drivers license. This top ten list of some of the worst-ever celebrity mugshots should jog your memory of crazy past times and…

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