Category Archives: News

Saturday Open Thread | Chaka Khan

Chaka Khan (born Yvette Marie Stevens, March 23, 1953) is an American singer-songwriter whose career has spanned four decades, beginning in the 1970s as the frontwoman and focal point of the funk band Rufus. Often dubbed the “Queen of Funk”, … Continue reading

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Friday Open Thread | Teena Marie

Mary Christine Brockert (March 5, 1956 – December 26, 2010), better known by her stage name Teena Marie, was an American singer, songwriter, and producer. She was known by her childhood nickname Tina[1] before taking the stage name Teena Marie; … Continue reading

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Thursday Open Thread | Jill Scott

Jill Scott (born April 4, 1972) is an American singer, model and actress. Her 2000 debut, Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1, went platinum, and the followups Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2 (2004) and The … Continue reading

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Baltimore Prosecutors: Freddie Gray Arrest Was Illegal Before Finding Knife

Baltimore prosecutors say Freddie Gray’s arrest was illegal before police officers found a knife on him, challenging claims by the officers’ lawyers that the arrest was proper because it was illegal for Mr. Gray to possess the knife. The statements … Continue reading

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Wednesday Open Thread | Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey (born March 27, 1969 or 1970)[1] is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and occasional actress. She rose to prominence after releasing her self-titled debut studio album Mariah Carey in 1990; it went multiplatinum and spawned four consecutive … Continue reading

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Media Calling Baltimore Rioters ‘Thugs,’ But Not Waco Bikers

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Tuesday Open Thread | Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill (born May 26, 1975) is an American singer–songwriter, rapper, producer, and actress. She is best known for being a member of the Fugees and for her solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Raised in South Orange, New … Continue reading

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