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Black stars shine in new shows for 2012-2013 TV season

nine major television networks including NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox presented their programming plans for the 2012-13 TV season to advertisers ...

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Hip-hop legend YoYo shares craft with metro Detroit youths

Sabrina Shellman has spent her whole life dreaming about becoming an actress. So when she heard Grammy-nominated rapper Yolanda (YoYo) Whitaker was bringing her School of Hip Hop to Highland Park, Shellman could not wait to attend. "It's in me and I want to bring it out and show the world," Shellman said about acting. "YoYo taught me so much about acting and life so I know this is something I'm going to do. ...

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No alcohol, drugs in Seau’s system

The full autopsy results were released by the San Diego County medical examiner's office in a 16-page report for the former NFL linebacker who was found by his girlfriend with a single gunshot wound to his chest. Seau did have Zolpidem, often found in the sleeping aid Ambien, and traces of the anti-inflammatory drug naproxen in his system when he died that were ''consistent with therapeutic use,'' wrote Dep ...

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Breezy, tuneful ‘Sparkle’

The 1976 version of the movie “Sparkle” is often connected to an Aretha Franklin album featuring Curtis Mayfield songs — even though the Queen of Soul isn’t in the film. The new “Sparkle” greatly improves on its source material: screenwriter Mara Brock Akil keeps and adds depth to the characters, while director Salim Akil gives the movie visual flair while letting the songs propel the story forward. While “ ...

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Powerball rises to $320 million, fourth-largest jackpot ever

Get your tickets — the Powerball jackpot has grown to $320 million for Wednesday’s drawing, the fourth-largest prize in the lottery's history. If taken as a lump sum, the cash value of the jackpot is $213.3 million, according to powerball.com. The prize grew after no one matched all six numbers in the multistate lottery drawing on Saturday. Although no one hit all six winning numbers — 4, 13, 39, 46, 51 and ...

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Miley Cyrus cuts her hair … and gets a new gig?

Aside from NBC's decision to cut away from the Olympics' closing ceremony in order to air the pilot for its new fall show, "Animal Practice," the Internet has also been in a frenzy over Miley Cyrus' new 'do. ...

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Jeffersons’ star Sherman Hemsley dies at 74

Sherman Hemsley, who played the brash George Jefferson on “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons,” died Tuesday at 74, his booking agent said. ...

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Mariah Carey Joins American Idol as A New Judge

Mariah Carey will join American Idol as a new judge, it was announced today in a statement distributed at the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Los Angeles. ...

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Barack Obama’s campaign spending and the Black Press

In 2008, the presidential elections cost a record- setting $2.8 billion. To win that election, Barack Obama spent $740.6 million, eclipsing the combined $646.7 that George W. Bush and John Kerry spent four years earlier ...

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Zimmerman set free after ‘manipulating the system Shooter had planned to flee country

Although the judge said he had been “manipulating the system to his own benefit,” George Zimmerman, the killer of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, was released on bond in Sanford, Fla. on Friday (July 6, 2012) for a second time and driven to an undisclosed location. ...

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