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Posted on 25 January 2016 by The Florida Star Online

jada-pinkett-smithBy Arthia Nixon
Florida/Georgia Star

With #OscarsSoWhite trending on social media and many up in arms about the lack of diversity at this year’s Academy Awards, actress/singer/producer Jada Pinkett Smith is giving “nothing but love” and challenging people of color TContinue Reading

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Matthew Knowles Reveals “The DNA Of Achievers: 10 Traits Of Highly Successful Professionals”

Posted on 05 October 2015 by The Florida Star Online

m.knowlesBy ARTHIA NIXON
Florida/Georgia Star

Award-winning producer and music mogul is about to add best-selling author to his title. Matthew Knowles, the man who formed super girl group Destiny’s Child fronted by his daughter Beyonce`, is now sharing the secret of his success. TContinue Reading

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Black Actresses Make History at 2015 Emmy Awards on Sunday

Posted on 26 September 2015 by The Florida Star Online

Florida/Georgia Star

Black women dominated the prestigious Emmy Awards last week when their names were called as nominees in some of the most coveted categories.
Three out of six women up for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie were well respected names in the Black community. Among
them, Angela Bassett for American Horror Story: Freak Show and Mo’Nique for Bessie. TContinue Reading

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‘King of the Blues’ Legend B.B. King, Dead at Age 89

Posted on 23 May 2015 by The Florida Star Online

US blues legend BB King performs on theBlues legend B.B. King died, May 14, 2015 in Las Vegas at age 89. TContinue Reading

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Jacksonville Symphony “Bares its Soul”

Posted on 07 May 2015 by The Florida Star Online

symphony_5.8This weekend, the greatest hits from the kings and queens of soul will be played like never before. TContinue Reading

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Percy Sledge, Soul Legend dies at 74

Posted on 19 April 2015 by The Florida Star Online

sledge Percy Sledge, the R&B singer whose golden voice powered the 1966 classic “When a Man Loves a Woman,” died April 14 at his home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was 74. Sledge had a handful of other hits between 1966 and 1968, including “Warm and Tender Love,” “It Tears Me Up,” “Out of Left Field” and “Take Time to Know Her.” He returned to the charts in 1974 with “I’ll Be Your Everything.”

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America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes with J. Anthony Brown

Posted on 30 November 2014 by The Florida Star Web Editor

J. Anthony Brown, Muti-talented comedian, actor, writer, creative artist, entrepreneur and co-host of The Tom Joyner Morning Show, TContinue Reading

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NBC’s Tina Lifford to Star in The Circle at the Alhambra Theatre & Dining in Jacksonville

Posted on 23 August 2014 by The Florida Star Web Editor

liffordJACKSONVILLE, FL – Generation W is proud to present the Jacksonville premiere and benefi ts performance of THE CIRCLE. THE CIRCLE is written by and stars nationally known actress,
Tina Lifford TContinue Reading

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‘Designing Women’ star Meshach Taylor dies at 67

Posted on 29 June 2014 by The Florida Star Web Editor

meshach-taylor-deadMeshach Taylor, who played a lovable ex-convict surrounded by boisterous Southern belles on the sitcom “Designing Women” and appeared in numerous other TV and film roles, died of cancer at age 67, his agent said Sunday. TContinue Reading

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Posted on 20 June 2014 by The Florida Star Web Editor

summerworkMalia Obama officially has her first job. The eldest daughter of President Barack Obama has aspirations of making it in the film industry. She landed a gig as a production assistant on the set of a Halle Berry summer series set to air on CBS.
Malia will turn 16 on the 4th of July.

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Posted on 27 April 2014 by Admin Arthia

lupita-nyongo-435She may have won an Oscar for her role as the slave Patsey in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave and recently landed a contract with Lancôme Paris, TContinue Reading

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Black Internet Stars Dead in Seperate Incidents

Posted on 21 April 2014 by Admin Arthia

Karyn Domineque-Banks-Longhairdontcare2011The Black community has lost two prominent voices. Youtube stars TContinue Reading

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Columbus Short in ‘Scandal’ After Arrest and Death Threats Against Wife

Posted on 16 April 2014 by Admin Arthia

article-2419656-1BC9CA19000005DC-538_634x948Even though his character Harrison is a cool, calm and in controlled ‘gladiator’ on tv’s top rated show, Columbus Short may need Olivia Pope on his team after being involved in a real-life scandal of his own.
The Scandal star’s wife claims he threatened to kill her and himself with a knife last week. In addition to filing for divorce from her husband of nine years, Tanee Short is also seeking a restraining order to keep him TContinue Reading

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VIDEO BOMBSHELL: Oprah learns who introduced Whitney Houston to drugs

Posted on 02 February 2013 by Admin Arthia

Cissy Houston tears up as her son Michael admits to Oprah that he feels responsible for the iconic singer’s death.

By Arthia Nixon
Florida/Georgia Star

Viewers of Oprah’s Next Chapter on OWN who expected to get a glimpse of Cissy Houston’s book chronicling her life with her late daughter were floored when her son Michael joined the interview and confessed to being the one who introduced his sister to drugs back in the 80’s.
After giving Oprah Winfrey a tour of her New Jersey home, discussing Whitney’s childhood and what getting the call that she died was like and even touching on her estranged relationship with Whitney’s daughter, Houston’s smiles turned to tears when Michael came on the set and stated that

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DRUMLine Live at Moran Theater Stage

Posted on 16 January 2011 by The Florida Star Online

DRUMLine Live, the show-stopping attraction created by the music team behind 20th Century Fox’s hit movie Drumline, will parade on to the Times-Union Center Moran Theater stage on January 22 at 8 p.m.

Complete with dazzling choreography and explosive percussion, DRUMLine Live is a thrilling spectacle that pays homage to the show-style marching popularized at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). With riveting rhythms, bold beats and ear-grabbing energy, the staged show is a synchronized musical showcase of the HBCU experience.

“We’ve taken the excitement of an HBCU football game halftime show, increased the intensity by a thousand watts, and created a musical journey that will touch every emotion,” says Don P. Roberts, DRUMLine Live’s creator and director. “DRUMLine Live is a highoctane musical roller coaster ride that will keep the entire family cheering for more.”

The legendary HBCU band experience comes alive with DRUMLine Live’s world-class cast of percussionists, musicians and dancers. The 39-member cast of performers honed its unrivaled talent with years of training in marching band programs across the United States such as Florida A&M, Tennessee State, and Clark Atlanta University, just to name a few.

Incorporating original compositions and soul-infused interpretations of top 40 hits, DRUMLine’s musical journey infuses colorful, choreographed routines with vibrant costumes and heavy doses of drum riffs and cadences. Audiences across the globe have been brought to their feet by the stirring sound of trumpets and incredible feats of athleticism; and have been astonished by the precision, creativity, and pulsing force in the climatic percussion battle. With musical highlights from hip-hop, American soul, gospel, jazz and other music genres, DRUMLine Live brings a unique style of drumming, mesmerizing musicianship, and lively choreography never seen on stage before.

Roberts was inspired to create DRUMLine Live after serving as executive band consultant for the 2002 movie Drumline starring Nick Cannon. Drumline was one of the first major motion pictures to capture the electricity of the black college marching band experience. DRUMLine Live had a successful 70-performance international tour in 2008-2009 with sold-out shows throughout Asia.

For those who attended HBCUs, and for those who have never had a chance to catch black college football games, the energy and the talent in DRUMLine Live are simply going to blow you away.”

DRUMLine Live is co-produced by Halftime Live, LLC, and Columbia Artists Management, Inc (CAMI). CAMI is an internationally producer of live entertainment including many award winning Broadway and Off- Broadway productions such as FELA, Chicago and Blue Man Group.

Tickets for DRUMLine Live at the Times-Union Center Moran Theater are on sale now and can be purchased online at or

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WATCH NIGHT – At the Church Without Walls

Posted on 10 January 2011 by The Florida Star Online

Story by Clara McLaughlin

December 31, 2010 ended the decade that started with fear. Many were worried about what 2000 would bring, the changes in life as well as scientific changes. When 2000 arrived, the clocks and the computer systems all continued to work. Some were surprised but there were changes – good and bad. So, the best way to end and start another decade is rejoicing in music and love.

Brookhollow Baptist Church, affectionately known as the Church Without Walls, offered their members and the public an open door with the church’s mass choir and world renowned Kirk Franklin performing and their pastor, Dr. Ralph D. West, providing a sermon focusing on the First Psalms, explaining the tree and the roots. The Berry Center had standing room only with more than three fourth of the audience being members of the church that has three Houston locations, and two services every Sunday at two locations and one at the other.

The music and the sermon left everyone feeling very positive about the next decade. In fact, more than 100 came forward, as the pastor opened the doors of the church, making a pledge to join the 21,625 members (14,778 families) already a part of The Church Without Walls.

Dr. West is the founder and pastor of Brookhollow Baptist Church which started with 32 members at their first service on November 8, 1987 in a ballroom at the Brookhollow Marriott Hotel, Houston.

Jacksonville residents will have the opportunity to meet and hear Dr. West on January 19-21, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 2803 W. Edgewood Avenue as he leads East Florida and Bethany Baptist Association Convention Revival Service.

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Little Richard Recovers

Posted on 16 December 2009 by The Florida Star Online

FStar-121209-a-01kRock and Roll Hall of Famer, Little Richard, who was 77 S a t u r d a y , December 12, is recovering following hip surgery. Even while in pain, it is told that he continued his tour until surgery last week. His plan is to get back to his rigorous performing schedule ‘very soon.’

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Tyler Perry Loses Mother

Posted on 16 December 2009 by The Florida Star Online

Tyler Perry’s mother, Willie Maxine Perry, died Tuesday. She was 64 years of age.

Perry said that his mother was very loving and provided the inspiration for his famous character, Madea. Ms. Perry was a pre-school teacher and worked at the New Orleans Jewish Community Center.

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Rapper Plies Sued by Five

Posted on 16 December 2009 by The Florida Star Online

FStar-121209-a-01cRapper Plies, has been sued by five men from Gainesville, along with his record label, Sli-N-Slide
Records, Inc. and the night club where Plies was performing, 238 West on West University Avenue.
The attorney handling the suit, is Christopher Chestnut who has offices in Gainesville, Jacksonville
and other Florida cities. Mr. Chestnut is handling the suit on behalf of Billy Dee Williams, Michael L. Daymon, Edwin D. Faircloth, Steve Jean-Jacquesss and Dorian S. Johnson, who were shot during the concert in 2006.

According to reports, Plies was performing when his microphone was cut off at the club. He
became angry and a fistfight started. His bodyguards, Troy D. Carnegie and Ronnell L. Lavatte, as well as his security guard, all pulled out guns and began firing. The victims were all shot in different parts of their body.

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