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Kanye, Common Launch Collaborative Effort to Bring Jobs to Chicago
Originally published April 17, 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.more More Arrow
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Arts & Entertainment

Scene of scared newlyweds(Essence Atkins and Marlon Wayans)in the movie 'A Haunted House ‘2.
- A Haunted House, an irreverent spoof of Paranormal Activity, co-starred Marlon Wayans and Essence Atkins as Malcolm and Kisha, a couple whose home was invaded by demonic forces. Along the way, she became possessed by the devil and turned on her man, despite the best efforts of an exasperated exorcist (Cedric the Entertainer).more More Arrow

In this undated photo released by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, Porsha Williams poses for a mug shot in Atlanta. Williams of TV's
- ATLANTA (AP) — Porsha Williams of the Bravo network's "Real Housewives of Atlanta" is facing a charge of battery after fellow cast member Kenya Moore told police she was attacked during filming of the show.more More Arrow

Marlan Wayans' latest film is called A Haunted House 2.
- Born in New York City on July 23, 1972, Marlon Wayans graduated from the High School of Performing Arts before matriculating at Howard University's Film School. He started out in Hollywood on TV as a cast member of the Emmy Award-winning variety series, In Living Color. Next, Marlon created and starred in the hit sitcom The Wayans Bros.more More Arrow

Rapper Flavor Fav is seen with his attorney Kristina Wildveld in Clark County District Court on Monday, April 14, 2014, in Las Vegas. Flavor Flav has pleaded guilty to reduced charges in a Las Vegas domestic violence case in a move that will avoid a trial and possible jail time. He acknowledged Monday in court that he wielded a kitchen knife during an October 2012 argument at home with his longtime girlfriend's 17-year-old son. Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal
- LAS VEGAS (AP) — Entertainer Flavor Flav pleaded guilty Monday to reduced charges and was sentenced to probation and more counseling in a Las Vegas domestic violence case involving the teenage son of his longtime girlfriend.more More Arrow

Jay-Z Carter, also known as Shawn carter, announces the Made in America Festival during a news conference at City Hall on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 in Los Angeles. The music mogul was joined by the city’s mayor Wednesday at Los Angeles City Hall to announce the two-day concert, which is planned for Labor Day weekend. Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision
- LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Budweiser Made in America music festival is coming to Los Angeles, but who is performing and how the city will manage the two-day concert are still mysteries.more More Arrow
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Movie Reviews

May (Nia Long, left), Jan (Wendi McLendon-Covey, left center), Esperanza (Zulay Henao, right center), and Lytia (Cocoa Brown, right) in Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club. Photo by K.C. Bailey
- Fast-food waitress Lytia (Cocoa Brown) survives paycheck to paycheck and has to rely on public transportation to get around.more More Arrow

The Anonymous People.
- Once an addict always an addict? Or is substance abuse an affliction one can kick completely? That’s the subject tackled by The Anonymous People, a groundbreaking documentary which seeks to radically revise the way we view the over 23 million folks in recovery.more More Arrow

Air marshal Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) takes on a mid-air threat in the film, Non-Stop.
- Bill Marks' (Liam Neeson) life went into a tailspin after his young daughter lost her battle with leukemia. The inconsolable police officer sought solace in a bottle of alcohol, an addiction that cost him his marriage and career.more More Arrow

Scene from the movie
- Released in 1986, the original version of “About Last Night” revolved around the year-long efforts of a couple of Chicago yuppies (played by Rob Lowe and Demi Moore) to forge a solid relationship on the shaky ground of a one-night stand. more More Arrow

“About Last Night”.
- “All’s fair in love and war”—but these two couples are taking that too far. They can’t stop loving, and can’t stop bickering. Will they ever learn how to be content? Watching their journey of self-discovery may make you chuckle.more More Arrow
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Music Reviews

 Singer Mosno al-Moseeki
- Refusing to be placed in any category, Mosno Al-Moseeki is a master of effortlessly commanding the stage and the mind. more More Arrow

Carl Thomas
- With timeless ballads such as “Emotional” and “Summer Rain,” R&B crooner Carl Thomas can easily be classified as a staple in modern R&B. His 1999 debut album on Bad Boy Records spawned a bevy of chart-topping singles and was later certified platinum.more More Arrow

R&B singer and American Idol finalist Ruben Studdard
- R&B’s teddy bear Ruben Studdard, is gunning to be the next Luther Vandross with his fifth album dropping this January.more More Arrow

The music duo Roc Stea'D
- It looks like music is getting a new R&B and Hip-Hop duo. Detroit’s own “Roc” lyricist Brittany Elliott and “Stea’D” vocalist Jessica Lamarre are LIVE Record Label’s debut duo, Roc Stea’D.more More Arrow

R&B singer Syleena Johnson
- With her signature raspy powerful vocals, Syleena Johnson has been R&B's best kept secret for over a decade.more More Arrow
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Book Reviews

- “It was Thursday, June 16, 1966… Less than a year before, President Lyndon Johnson had signed the Voting Rights Act… Stokely Carmichael was now in Mississippi to ensure that the federal laws… would apply to black sharecroppers living in plantation communities…more More Arrow

Why Every Black Woman Should Marry a Jewish Man: A Book For All Women Looking For the Perfect
- “How many times have we heard successful African-American women complain they can’t find a good man? Everyone has an opinion on the black man shortage, but none of the so-called relationship experts offer real solutions…more More Arrow

Speed: Facing Our Addiction to Fast and Faster-- 	and Overcoming Our Fear of Slowing Down.
- “This is a book about a new kind of addiction that I believe has taken hold in our culture… I call it the addiction to speed… I’m talking about a culture-wide phenomenon that is snatching people up and carrying them along, convincing them that doing ‘more, better, and faster’ is the path to happiness. more More Arrow

White House East Room
- What a paradox. The first Black president, loved by people around the world, yet struggling for approval for his policies at home—whether it be the healthcare initiative, the stimulus to bail out the economy, or his ‘leading from behind’ on foreign policies.more More Arrow

(1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race
- (1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Racemore More Arrow