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Music Legends Quincy Jones and Sonny Rollins receive 2010 National Medal of Arts Award during White House Ceremony


Music Legends Quincy Jones and Sonny Rollins receive 2010 National Medal of Arts Award during White House Ceremony
(NNPA) – The ceremony was brief.  But, that was no reflection on the significance of the event or the remarkable contributions of the award recipients.

When introducing the 2010 National Medal of Arts recipients, President Barrack Obama said the artists “helped inspire me, or get me through a tough day or take risk that I might not otherwise have taken.”

This year’s list of 10 poets, authors, and musicians, who received this country’s highest award for their individual contribution to the creation and production of the arts, included producer Quincy Jones and jazz musician Sonny Rollins. 
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Taboo Interview/Book Review

Taboo Interview/Book ReviewIn order to walk upright in the sunshine, you have to be willing to let go of the storm.

Taboo, one of the founding members of the super group the Black Eyed Peas knows all too well the struggle of breaking out of one’s own personal rain cloud. Unbeknownst to many, while we were all dangling at the ear candy of hits like Where Is the Love, Don’t Phunk with My Heart, My Humps, and Pump It, the kid who’d once survived the mean streets of Los Angeles, was now an adult dealing with an even bigger battle; his personal struggle to overcome a reckless addiction to drugs and alcohol.

“Fallin’ Up”, his new autobiography, written with the help of ghostwriter Steve Dennis, illustrates how the Black Eyed Peas were formed, how they rose to superstardom, as well as Taboo’s parallel journey to overcome his addictions, adhere to the roles of fatherhood, and capture serendipity with a love named Jaymie Dizon.
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Chrishan the Prince

Chrishan the PrinceDetermination is the name of the game for singer/songwriter, Chrishan the Prince, a St. Paul, Minnesota native, whose spent years successfully maneuvering through the music industry’s independent neck, with hit tracks like Do It To It, Gucci Swag, and Somethin’ Like It.

In December 2010, his newest LP Night And Day: Platinum Vol I, sent his career into new heights when it went number one on the charts in one of the most unlikeliest places—Japan. But this presence in Tokyo, all over Europe, Australia and Asia have helped to make this Midwest superstar an international great.

Chrishan is also the winner of this year’s Twin Cities Hip Hop Award for Best R&B Male Artist, and he sat down with Insight News to tell us about his international success, his music, and what it’s like to be in control of his own musical destiny. Take a look.
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A chat between a journalist and a gentleman

A chat between a journalist and a gentlemanLouis Cameron Gossett, Jr. was born in Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY on May 27, 1936, to Helen Rebecca Wray, a nurse, and Lou, Sr. a Pullman porter. Lou’s stellar career started in 1953 while he was still in high school, when he landed a role in the Broadway production of Take a Giant Step.

One of a select group of actors to win both an Academy and Emmy Award, he is best known for his Oscar-winning performance as a gunnery sergeant in the film classic, An Officer and a Gentleman and for his Emmy-winning portrayal of the character Fiddler in the historic TV-miniseries "Roots."
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The Grace Card: Faith-based tale of reconciliation and redemption

The Grace Card: Faith-based tale of reconciliation and redemptionSeventeen years ago, Mac (Michael Joiner) and Sara McDonald (Joy Parmer Moore) were left devastated by the loss of a child who died while a crime was being committed. But where Sara’s grief led her to focus on the needs of their surviving son (Robert Erickson), her embittered husband lost his faith and gradually grew emotionally estranged from his family.

Furthermore, because the man who killed their little boy was Black, Mac developed some prejudices about minorities, attitudes which only ended up sabotaging his career as a member of the Memphis Police Department. Recently, the veteran cop’s resentment turned to rage when he was passed over for a promotion in favor of an African American with less seniority.
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Book review: True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself

Book review: True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself“Writing my first book was an adventure [which] comes from my heart with love… This is not an autobiography. It’s a journey that I am still taking to love and accept myself just as I am. I want you to walk this road with me. You can never be happy until you understand why you’re doing what you’re doing. If this book helps people find those answers, it has succeeded.” - Excerpted from the Acknowledgements (pgs. v-vi)

Whenever I’ve interviewed Janet Jackson, I’ve always had the sense that I was speaking with a very grounded individual for someone who was born inside the bubble of celebrity and who has lived her whole life in the limelight. Thus, I am not surprised to discover that she would seem as real and equally accessible in her autobiography.
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Martin Lawrence back in drag for cross-dressing crime comedy

Martin Lawrence back in drag for cross-dressing crime comedy  Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son

It’s been said that there comes a critical moment in every African American comedian’s career when he's asked to put on a dress. Among those who’ve succumbed to that subtle pressure over the years are Flip Wilson (TV’s Geraldine), Jaime Foxx (TV’s Wanda), Marlon and Shawn Wayans (“White Chicks”), Eddie Murphy (“Norbit” and “The Nutty Professor” 1 & 2), Tyler Perry (Madea), and of course, Martin Lawrence (The Big Momma trilogy).

Paradoxically, this controversial sub-genre has frequently been the subject of debate, with pundits disagreeing on whether or not the films are politically-incorrect. On the one hand, you hear blowback from naysayers complaining about the stereotypical portrayal of Black women as overweight and obnoxious. On the other, the proponents point out the fact that many of these mistaken identity adventures feature Black-on-Black romance, a rarity in Hollywood, even if between a chocolate chubby chaser and a terrified transvestite trying to fend off advances while keeping up appearances.
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