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Legendary Philadelphia R&B/Soul label Sound Gems Records relaunching this winter [video]

October 22, 2014
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Legendary Philadelphia R&B/Soul label Sound Gems Records relaunching this winter [video]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Philadelphia, PA – Legendary Philadelphia record label Sound Gems Records is setting the stage for a relaunch, exactly 40 years after taking William DeVaughn all the way to the top of Billboard Hot Soul Singles with “Be Thankful For What You Got.” Sound Gems Records has compiled 11 of the greatest soul…

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New Music: Ashley Martinez – “180″ [audio]

October 22, 2014
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New Music: Ashley Martinez – “180″ [audio]

Check out the latest single from singer/songwriter Ashley Martinez. Her single “180” is available on iTunes now. “180″ Single Social Media Twitter: @AshleyM2889

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Joanne Borgella: Plus Size Model, Former ‘American Idol’ Contestant Dead At 32 [video]

October 19, 2014
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Joanne Borgella: Plus Size Model, Former ‘American Idol’ Contestant Dead At 32 [video]

Joanne Borgella, of Hoboken, N.J, died early Saturday morning about a year after announcing her battle with cancer of the womb, which then spread to her chest, according to a statement released by Borgella’s family. The 32-year-old, who appeared on ‘American Idol’ in 2008, ‘was…

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Thousands Kick Off Avon Breast Cancer Walk

October 18, 2014
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Thousands Kick Off Avon Breast Cancer Walk

NEW YORK – A two-day journey for those on a mission to raise money for breast cancer research began Saturday. Thousands took on the challenge to walk from Pier 84 to Randall’s Island and back again. Some will cover 13 miles while others will walk…

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Officials fear Ebola’s on AIDS path; some disagree

October 18, 2014
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Officials fear Ebola’s on AIDS path; some disagree

NEW YORK (AP) — Is Ebola the world’s worst infectious disease threat since AIDS? Comparisons between the two deadly diseases surfaced in the last few months as the Ebola outbreak escalated. Both emerged from Africa and erupted into an international health crisis. And both have…

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Officer Darren Wilson Says He Feared For His Life: Report

October 18, 2014
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Officer Darren Wilson Says He Feared For His Life: Report

WASHINGTON (AP) — The police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old in a St. Louis suburb last summer has told investigators that he was pinned in his vehicle and in fear for his life as they struggled over his gun, The New York Times…

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Nigerian government and Boko Haram reach cease-fire deal [video]

October 17, 2014
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Nigerian government and Boko Haram reach cease-fire deal [video]

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria‘s government said Islamic extremists from Boko Haram have agreed to an immediate cease-fire, but many people expressed doubts Friday about a development that could end an insurgency that has killed thousands and left hundreds of thousands homeless in Africa’s most…

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How Ebola was discovered [video]

October 17, 2014
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How Ebola was discovered [video]

With health officials around the world scrambling to stop the Ebola outbreak, it’s worth taking a look back at how the deadly virus was first discovered. In 1976, Peter Piot, then a 27-year-old microbiology student in Belgium, was studying infectious diseases when the lab he…

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Tim Hauser Manhattan Transfer singer, founder dies at 72 [video]

October 17, 2014
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Tim Hauser Manhattan Transfer singer, founder dies at 72 [video]

NEW YORK (AP) — Tim Hauser, the founder and singer of the Grammy-winning vocal troupe The Manhattan Transfer, died Thursday from cardiac arrest, band representative JoAnn Geffen said Friday. He was 72. Hauser founded Manhattan Transfer, who released their debut album in the early 1970s…

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Oscar Pistorius Should Get at Least 10 Years, Prosecutor Argues

October 17, 2014
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Oscar Pistorius Should Get at Least 10 Years, Prosecutor Argues

(PRETORIA, South Africa) — Oscar Pistorius should be sent to prison for at least 10 years for shooting his girlfriend, a prosecutor said Friday while Pistorius’ lawyer invoked the spirit of Ubuntu, an African term that includes compassion. Judge Thokozile Masipa told the court she…

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Michael Dunn Sentenced To Life In Prison Without Parole For ‘Loud Music’ Killing Of Jordan Davis [video]

October 17, 2014
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Michael Dunn Sentenced To Life In Prison Without Parole For ‘Loud Music’ Killing Of Jordan Davis [video]

A Florida man convicted of first-degree murder for shooting a teenager to death over loud music was sentenced to life without parole Friday. The verdict was reached after less than six hours of deliberations. Michael Dunn, 47, was convicted of killing Jordan Davis, 17, in…

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WHO congratulates Senegal on ending Ebola transmission

October 17, 2014
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WHO congratulates Senegal on ending Ebola transmission

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. health agency officially declared an end Friday to the Ebola outbreak in Senegal, a rare bit of good news amid the public outcry and fear over the deadly disease that remains out of control in three West African countries. The…

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US steps up domestic response to Ebola crisis

October 16, 2014
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US steps up domestic response to Ebola crisis

WASHINGTON — The revelation that a second Dallas nurse who is ill with Ebola was cleared to fly the day before her diagnosis raised new alarms as leaders of the nation’s public health system prepared to defend their efforts to contain the deadly virus before…

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U.S. Olympic Fencer Kamara James Dies At Age 29

October 16, 2014
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U.S. Olympic Fencer Kamara James Dies At Age 29

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – USA Fencing lost a member of its Olympic family recently when Kamara James (Queens, N.Y.) passed away in Modesto, Calif., from causes that are still unknown, according to USA Fencing. At just 19-years-old, James represented Team USA as one of the…

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EBOLA NIGHTMARE: Fighting Ebola, Street by Street [video]

October 16, 2014
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EBOLA NIGHTMARE: Fighting Ebola, Street by Street [video]

MONROVIA, Liberia — Racing along cracked and bumpy roads here, Gordon Kamara shouted into his cellphone over the shrieking sirens of his ambulance. The phone had been ringing nonstop since 5 a.m. “Not today! Not today!” Mr. Kamara, an ambulance nurse, yelled later in the…

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HBO Announces New Streaming Service [video]

October 16, 2014
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HBO Announces New Streaming Service [video]

(Reuters) – Time Warner Inc‘s HBO will launch a standalone online streaming service next year to make hit shows such as “Game of Thrones” available to people who do not subscribe to cable television. The move to take HBO “over-the-top” – media jargon that means…

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Controversial Novel ‘The Book Of Negroes’ Gets Greenlight For Miniseries

October 16, 2014
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Controversial Novel ‘The Book Of Negroes’ Gets Greenlight For Miniseries

The highly controversial novel, “The Book of Negroes,” a book written by Lawrence Hill, was just green-lighted to be adapted into a miniseries that will be produced by BET in the U.S. and the CBC in Canada, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The novel, which…

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K. Michelle Bares ‘Her Assets’ In New Trailer For Reality Show “My Life” [video]

October 16, 2014
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K. Michelle Bares ‘Her Assets’ In New Trailer For Reality Show “My Life” [video]

K. Michelle and her booty are doing what they want to in her new VH1 television series titled “My Life“. Looks like K. Michelle is opening up more to her fans on her new show by allowing them to see her as a mother. She has…

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Michael Jackson is the Highest Paid Dead Celebrity; See Entire List

October 16, 2014
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Michael Jackson is the Highest Paid Dead Celebrity; See Entire List

For the second year in a row, Michael Jackson tops Forbes’ list of the highest earning celebrities who have passed away. The King of Pop – who died of acute Propofol intoxication in June 2009 – brought in an estimated $140 million in the past…

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Erykah Badu Sings for Money in Times Square; Earns Only $3.60 [video]

October 16, 2014
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Erykah Badu Sings for Money in Times Square; Earns Only $3.60 [video]

Erykah Badu teamed up with OkayPlayer to release a video in which she tries to sing for money in Manhattan’s Times Square. “I just kind always wanted to see what it would be like to sing for money on the streets,” she explains in a…

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Judge Rules Teddy Pendergrass’ Widow To Retain Control Over His Estate

October 16, 2014
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Judge Rules Teddy Pendergrass’ Widow To Retain Control Over His Estate

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A suburban Philadelphia judge has decided that the widow of R&B singer Teddy Pendergrass will retain control over his estate after rejecting a will submitted by the singer’s son. Montgomery County Orphans’ Court Judge Stanley Ott said a will dated in…

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