By THOMAS WATKINS and LYNN ELBER Associated Press Writers
A year ago, the world watched as Michael Jackson balanced on the edge of a precipice. Behind the once-proclaimed King of Pop was a bleak stretch of pain and artistic decline. Ahead lay a series of 50 London concerts, a high-rolling bid to reassert his musical brilliance and re-establish control of his life.
He was ready. The audience was ready. Then he was gone. Less than three weeks before his new life may have started on a stage filled with special effects and song, the old one ended in a cloud of drugs and unfulfilled dreams.
Memorialized: A section of Interstate 40 in Tennessee is a step closer to being named after legendary soul musician Isaac Hayes. The state senate unanimously passed a measure Thursday to rename the stretch of road “Isaac Hayes Memorial Highway.” The House approved it without opposition in April, and Gov. Phil Bredesen is expected to sign the bill without objection. Isaac Hayes Memorial Highway would be near Memphis, where Hayes had a home until he died of a stroke in 2008 at the age of 65. He was raised in TiptonCounty, north of Memphis. Hayes won Academy and Grammy awards for his “Theme from Shaft.” He was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. He also acted in movies and provided the voice of Chef on the animated TV show “SouthPark.”
Tony Award winners Denzel Washington, right, and Viola Davis appear onstage during the 61st Tony Awards, Sunday, June 13, in New York. Washington won the Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play and Davis won the actress award for their work in "Fences."
J.B. Smoove whisks past on a golf cart, a video camera crew trailing him in another cart, as people nearby cheer and give him high-fives.
After years of working his way up in the comedy world, Smoove has become a sensation thanks to his breakout performance on Larry David's HBO show ``Curb Your Enthusiasm.'' For the last two seasons, he has played Leon Black, who first comes to live with David after Hurricane Katrina uproots his family from New Orleans.
By Antracia Moorings Designed for Success: Beyonce is gearing up to launch her own bedroom furnishing line. The former Destiny’ Child front-woman already has a very successful cosmetic fragrance, a L’real beauty deal, and her own fashion line, House of Deréon, which is named after her grandmother. The upcoming collection will be designed in partnership with Arrow Home Furnishings and includes a design aesthetic of the House of Deréon and Deréon apparel lines, which Knowles helms with her fashion designer mother, Tina Knowles. It will include bohemian patchwork pieces, metallic threads, diamond quilt stitching and feminine dressmaking details in black, gray and purple hues. In addition to bedding, there are also plans to release bath accessories, towels, table linens and more.
CSULB Theatre Arts By Richard Manly
A group of Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) students traveled to Tanzania with Theatre Arts Department Chair Anne D’Zmura over the summer in a collaborative effort with the Karimu Inte...Thursday, 26 September 2013 By - Precinct Reporter Group - Hits: 576
BEHIND-THE-SCENES By Antracia Moorings
Being Robin Hood: The Game has come up with a plan to give away $1 million of his own money by Christmas to help those in need. The rapper came up with the plan ...Thursday, 26 September 2013 By - Precinct Reporter Group - Hits: 694
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Haile Thomas inspiring kids to eat healthier on Rachel vs. Guy: Kids Cook Off
Haile Thomas is twelve years old. She was selected as one of the eight talented children fo...Thursday, 26 September 2013 By - Precinct Reporter Group - Hits: 665
BEHIND-THE-SCENES By Antracia Moorings
In His Honor: An effort is underway to get the Brooklyn street corner where the Notorious B.I.G. grew up renamed in his honor. If the petition is successful, the inter...Saturday, 14 September 2013 By - Precinct Reporter Group - Hits: 715
BBJAZZ Festival: a Concert with a Cause. By Michelle Carrier- Davis
On an unseasonably hot weekend at the normally ocean breeze cooled Huntington Beach Library Theatre the eagerly anticipated 11th annual BBJAZZ Festival began. The September...Saturday, 14 September 2013 By - Precinct Reporter Group - Hits: 752
James Brown biopic filming in Mississippi By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) _ Tate Taylor, the Mississippi native who directed ``The Help,'' said Monday that he'll make a biographical feature film about James Bro...Wednesday, 04 September 2013 By - Precinct Reporter Group - Hits: 777
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Bowing Out: A medical emergency has forced D’Angelo to cancel a handful of concert dates, including an appearance at San Francisco’s Outside Lands festival earlier ...Wednesday, 04 September 2013 By - Precinct Reporter Group - Hits: 507
Washington, Carroll 'thrilled' for 'Raisin' return
By MARK KENNEDY
AP Drama Writer
NEW YORK (AP) _ Tony Award winners Diahann Carroll and Denzel Washington will play mother and son on Broadway in a spring revival of the classic American play ``A Ra...Wednesday, 14 August 2013 By - Precinct Reporter Group - Hits: 2883