Review: Tamar Braxton brings more than good vocals to album
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Review: Tamar Braxton brings more than good vocals to album

Tamar Braxton, “Calling All Lovers” (Epic/Streamline) Tamar Braxton is not playing around. The three-time Grammy nominee’s third studio album, “Calling All Lovers,” is seriously good — a reminder that while her outsized personality might bring the laughs to television (“The Real,” ”Braxton Family Values,” ”Vince & Tamar”), the multi-talented Braxton is a true music artist, … Continue reading

Will Smith is getting jiggy with music again with Latin band
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Will Smith is getting jiggy with music again with Latin band

NEW YORK (AP) — Will Smith is getting jiggy with music again. The Grammy-winning rapper and Oscar-nominated actor appears on a remix of Colombian band Bomba Estereo’s song, “Fiesta.” The remix was released digitally on Friday. The collaboration marks Smith’s return to music since his 2005 album, “Lost and Found.” Smith discovered Bomba Estereo, known … Continue reading

Rapper Pitbull lends celebrity to charter school near Vegas
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Rapper Pitbull lends celebrity to charter school near Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Rapper Pitbull is lending his celebrity image opening a second SLAM! charter school, this time near Las Vegas. Armando Christian Perez who goes by the stage name Pitbull attended a groundbreaking ceremony Friday morning in Henderson, Nevada, for the Sports Leadership and Management Academy. The school for students seeking careers in … Continue reading

T.I. sets record straight: He still works with Iggy Azalea
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T.I. sets record straight: He still works with Iggy Azalea

ATLANTA (AP) — T.I. is setting the record straight: The rapper says he’s still working with Iggy Azalea, despite reports claiming their business partnership was over after his recent radio interview. In an interview with The Associated Press, T.I. said Thursday night that he still considers the Australian rapper his “little sister.” He said his … Continue reading

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Celebrity birthdays for the week of Sept. 27-Oct. 3

Sept. 27: Actress Kathleen Nolan is 82. Actor Wilford Brimley is 81. Singer-guitarist Randy Bachman of Bachman-Turner Overdrive is 72. Singer-actor Meat Loaf is 68. Actress Liz Torres is 68. Actor A. Martinez (“L.A. Law,” ”Santa Barbara”) is 67. Singer-actor-director Shaun Cassidy is 57. Comedian Marc Maron (“Maron”) is 52. Singer-guitarist Stephan Jenkins of Third … Continue reading

ABC’s ‘black-ish’ tackles the ‘N-word’; felt, not heard
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ABC’s ‘black-ish’ tackles the ‘N-word’; felt, not heard

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When “black-ish” creator Kenya Barris confiscated his daughter’s phone for a teenage misstep, he was taken aback by one message string he read. “‘Hold on, why is this kid saying the N-word?’” Barris recalled asking his 16-year-old. “And she said, ‘All my friends say it.’” Barris realized that it’s “become for … Continue reading