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Elvis Presley: A White Man With A Black Soul

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Elvis Presley is known as “the King of Rock and Roll.”  His music made him one of the most prolific cultural icons of the 20th century.  His unique musical style was deeply influenced by his Southern roots.  Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi and later moved to Memphis, Tennessee with his family where he began his music career in 1954. Some of Presley’s early experiences with black music and culture…

Judge Joe Brown Explains Why He Was Arrested

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by Barry Burch Jr. Judge Joe Brown is still very upset about the five days he was sentenced to serve in a Memphis jail for contempt of court.  He claimed in a recent interview that his legal troubles have a lot less to do with his behavior, and a great deal more to do with his bid for District Attorney.  Brown is running for the office in the same town…

Judge Joe Brown Arrested after Courtroom Tirade

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Judge Joe Brown has had a tough run at things lately, finding himself on the wrong side of the law this week.  According to TMZ, the judge was arrested after losing his cool in a courtroom in Memphis. Judge Brown was reportedly in court to represent someone in a child support case.  That’s when the court staff sent Judge Brown away, stating that they had no recollection of the case…

Twins Claim American Idol Ruined Their Music Career

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By Daphne R A set of twin brothers who appeared on American Idol 7 years ago told a reporter at Memphis’ WREG News that appearing on the show has cost them a career in music and they want to warn other American Idol hopefuls of what to watch for. Brothers Terrell and Derrell Brittenum allege that the show misleads people with the promise of going to Hollywood. They say that…

Homeless Mom of Six Charged For Refusing to Leave Vacant Mansion

Homeless Mom of Six Charged For Refusing to Leave Vacant Mansion

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A judge in Memphis has sent charges against a woman in a house squatting case to a grand jury. Tabitha Gentry, who calls herself Abka Re Bey, represented herself Wednesday before Criminal Court Judge Loyce Lambert-Ryan. The judge complimented Gentry on her court presentation, but told her state law doesn’t recognize her belief that she had claim to the $3 million home, which had been foreclosed by a bank. “Even…

Obama Hosts Performance of Memphis Soul at White House

Obama Hosts Performance of Memphis Soul at White House

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President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcomed music legends and contemporary artists to the White House Tuesday for a celebration of Memphis soul music. Memphis music creates ”harmony with harmony,” Obama said. The new sound out of Memphis in the 1960s and 70s wasn’t just catchy, the president noted, soul music was a way to unite people through common human emotions — love, heartbreak and tenderness. Speaking at a White…

Two Men Believed to be the Youngest Black Gay Married Couple in America

Two Men Believed to be the Youngest Black Gay Married Couple in America

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The Scoop Entertainment believes that David Harris and Tre’Darrius Anderson of Memphis, Tenn. are the youngest black gay married couple in America.  The two men are 19-years old, according to the site, which would make them pretty young to tie the knot. The black community is coming to terms with a broad gay population, with many of the community’s attitudes toward homos*xuality being called into question.  Spurred by the strong support for…

Rap group Three Six Mafia Will Be inducted Into The Memphis Music Hall Of Fame In November

Three Six Mafia Makes History Again

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The controversial hip-hop group Three Six Mafia has reached another historical milestone. They will be among 25 legendary artists to be inducted into the Smithsonian’s new Memphis Music Hall of Fame. The artists are all from Memphis, Tennessee. Other inductees include Otis Redding, Elvis Presley, Al Green, The Staple Singers, Jerry Lee Lewis and Isaac Hayes. The induction ceremony will take place at the Cannon Center for Performing Arts in Memphis…

Former DC Mayor Marion Barry In Hospital

Former DC Mayor Marion Barry In Hospital

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D.C. Council member Marion Barry has been hospitalized in Las Vegas. Barry is part of a D.C. delegation attending RECon, an international shopping center convention, in Vegas. He was taken to Summerlin Hospital Medical Center. Sherwood briefly spoke with Barry Monday morning.  He said he was eating dinner at a hotel in Vegas when he felt pain in his leg. Barry’s Twitter account included a post on Sunday saying he…

Finally Memphis Steps Up,Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street

Finally Memphis Steps Up,Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street

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  Forty-four years ago civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated as he stood on the balcony of  the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.  Now nearly half a century later, the city of Memphis will finally rename the one-mile stretch of Linden Avenue to Dr. M.L. King Jr. on the anniversary, April 4, of his brutal murder, reports CNN. Streets named after the slain leader can be found across the…

Documentary About A Memphis City High School Wins Feature Documentary at the 84th Academy Award [VIDEO]

Documentary About A Memphis City High School Wins Feature Documentary at the 84th Academy Award [VIDEO]

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    “Undefeated” won the Oscar for documentary feature at the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday. The film by directors Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martins follows an inner-city football team struggling to survive high school and their crime-ridden neighborhood in Memphis, Tenn. Lead by their volunteer coach, Bill Courtney, the Manassas Tigers must fight stereotypes and their own demons to win the game and the respect of their teammates Source.

Bobby Brown “Struggling” Following News of Ex-wife’s Death

Bobby Brown “Struggling” Following News of Ex-wife’s Death

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Whitney Houston’s ex-husband Bobby Brown is said to be struggling following the news that the iconic singer has died. Houston was found dead in a hotel room at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon (local time). She was 48. A CNN reporter has spoken to singer Johnny Gill who is in Memphis with Brown, as their group New Edition is currently on tour. “Bobby is struggling…

Report: Quote on MLK Memorial Will Be Changed

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A quote carved in stone on the new Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington will be changed after the inscription was criticized for not accurately reflecting the civil rights leaders words. The Washington Post first reported on Friday the decision to change the inscription, which currently reads: “I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness.” The phrase is chiseled into one side of a massive block of…

Brawling For The Lord: Fight Breaks Out In Memphis Church Between Pastor’s Wife and His Mistress

Brawling For The Lord: Fight Breaks Out In Memphis Church Between Pastor’s Wife and His Mistress

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  Talk about getting it poppin’ in the pulpit. BlackmediaSCOOP.com reports that a brawl worthy of an Atlanta strip club on Saturday night broke out at New Salem Missionary Baptist Church in Memphis last Sunday.

Is Rev. Al Sharpton Swimming in Debt?

Is Rev. Al Sharpton Swimming in Debt?

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    Black Like Moi reports. The New York Post is reporting that Rev. Al Sharpton is deep in debt.   According to public records, Sharpton’s non-profit organization, The National Action Network, paid him $242,000, even as it stands on $1.6 million in debt.  Public records also show, according to the Post, that Sharpton and his organization have a combined debt level of $5.3 million. The post is also reporting that…