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Damon Williams to speak at NSU Sept. 23

  The Division of Student Affairs will kick-off its LEAD (Leadership, Education and Development) Speaker Series on September 23, 2014 with NSU alumnus Damon Williams. Damon is the Vice President of Programming for Music Choice, the multi-platform video and music network that reaches millions of consumers nationwide. Damon’s keynote address will be held at 7:00 [...]

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Cosimo Matassa, recorded New Orleans R&B, dead, 88

  NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Cosimo Matassa, who recorded New Orleans rock and rhythm and blues from the 1950s to the 1970s, has died. He was 88. Matassa, who had been ailing since suffering a stroke in 2009, died on Thursday, granddaughter Mia Matassa told The Associated Press. [...]

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Black leather, gold, and lots of celebs at Versace

  New York (AP) — Talk about your one-stop shopping. If you liked the sexy numbers on the Versus Versace runway Sunday night — many of them tight, short, black, and embellished with gold hardware — you could purchase them the moment the show ended. All the outfits were on sale at VersusVersace.com. Such immediate [...]

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Death of singer Simone Battle is ruled suicide

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — The death of girl group singer Simone Battle was ruled a suicide by hanging, authorities said Sunday. The cause of death was determined two days after the 25-year-old Battle was found dead in her West Hollywood home, Los Angeles County Coroner’s Lt. Fred Corral said. Battle became known through her [...]

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Seductive Nahuatl opera to premiere in Mexico City

  MEXICO CITY (AP) — Three young women surround a muscular, shirtless man, laughing, hugging and caressing his neck as he rocks his head back in pleasure. A dozen musicians pound out a furious rhythm with pre-Columbian traditional wooden drums, rattles and flutes. Above the stage, a screen translates their flirtatious song into Spanish from [...]

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Argentina says good-bye to rock star Cerati

  BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Hundreds of tearful fans crowded outside a Buenos Aires cemetery on Friday as close friends and relatives of Gustavo Cerati said their final good-bye to the Argentine rock star. Cerati, among Latin America’s most influential musicians, was buried at a private ceremony his family organized at La Chacarita cemetery, [...]

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Drake earns 8 nominations for BET Hip-Hop Awards

  ATLANTA (AP) — For the first time, Drake tops nominees for the BET Hip-Hop Awards. In a statement to The Associated Press, BET said Thursday that Drake received the most nominations with eight for the ninth annual awards show. It airs Oct. 14. Last year, the Canadian rapper and singer took home four awards, including the [...]

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Alicia Keys ready for December release: baby No.2

  NEW YORK (AP) — Alicia Keys, who often releases albums in November and December, says she is preparing for another delivery at the end of the year: her second baby. “December album? Well, I know one thing. I’m having a December baby,” the singer said with a laugh in an interview Tuesday. The Grammy [...]

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Michael Minix named Tom Joyner Foundation Hercules Scholar

  On Thursday, Sept. 4, Tom Joyner, national radio personality and founder of the Tom Joyner Foundation, announced the selection of Michael Minix by the staff at Norfolk State University (NSU) as a Tom Joyner Foundation Hercules Scholar. Each Thursday morning in September, a young male student will be announced and receive a $1500 scholarship [...]

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Maya Angelou’s work mixed with hip-hop for album

  NEW YORK (AP) — Maya Angelou’s iconic words and lyrics will blend with hip-hop beats for a new album called “Caged Bird Songs.” Shawn Rivera, the lead singer of R&B group Az Yet, and RoccStarr, who co-wrote Chris Brown’s “Fine China,” produced the 13-song set, to be released through Smooch Music on Nov. 4. [...]

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TBS confirms CeeLo’s show canceled after 1 season

  NEW YORK (AP) — CeeLo Green’s reality show won’t have a second season. TBS spokeswoman Karen Cassell said Wednesday the network isn’t renewing “The Good Life.” She did not give a reason but said the decision was made earlier this summer. The series, which premiered in June, averaged 650,000 viewers, considerably fewer than the [...]

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