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Actress Taraji P. Henson as Coach Catana Starks in a scene from the movie
Actress Taraji P. Henson as Coach Catana Starks in a scene from the movie "From the Rough". (Courtesy Photo)
You Gotta See Taraji!
Originally published April 23, 2014

Taraji P. Henson earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress opposite Brad Pitt in David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. She is a 2011 Emmy-nominee for Best Actress in a Movie or Miniseries for Lifetime’s Taken From Me. Taraji also starred as Detective Joss Carter in the highly-rated CBS crime drama Person of Interest. She was a series regular on Boston Legal and enjoyed a recurring role on Eli Stone.more More Arrow
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Arts & Entertainment

- Catana Starks was serving as the female swim coach at Tennessee State University (TSU), when she learned that the school’s Athletic Director, Kendrick Paulsen, Jr. (Henry Simmons), was planning to form a golf team. Since golf had always been her first love, she approached him about becoming the new squad’s head coach.more More Arrow

Venance Ndibalema and Kristen Kenney at Mount Kilimanjaro. Photos courtesy of DolGer Films
- After finishing high school, Venance Ndibalema made the most of an opportunity to leave Tanzania to study physics and philosophy at the University of Miami. Now, he's ready to visit his homeland for the first time in years, a trip likely to prove traumatic, given the changes both he and the country have undergone during the interim.more More Arrow

Singer Chris Brown.
- WASHINGTON (AP) — Singer Chris Brown's trial on an assault charge was put on hold for months Wednesday after prosecutors declined to grant immunity to his bodyguard, who would be a key witness in the case.more More Arrow

This June 30, 2013 file photo shows TV personality Kenya Moore at the BET Awards in Los Angeles. Moore says she’s seriously considering leaving “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” after her televised brawl with co-star Porsha Williams. Williams surrendered last week to authorities and was charged with a misdemeanor charge of battery for the fight, which was televised as part of the Bravo show’s reunion special on Sunday, April 20. Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision
- ATLANTA (AP) — Kenya Moore says she's seriously considering leaving "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" after her televised brawl with co-star Porsha Williams.more More Arrow

This April 19, 2014 file photo shows Pharrell Williams performing at the 2014 Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. Pharrell, Drake and Blake Shelton are among the A-Listers set to perform at the first ever iHeartRadio Music Awards. Clear Channel announced Monday, April 21, that Kendrick Lamar, Shakira, Ed Sheeran and Arcade Fire will also take the stage at the May 1 awards show in Los Angeles. Photo by Zach Cordner/Invision
- NEW YORK (AP) — Pharrell, Drake and Blake Shelton are among the A-listers set to perform at the first iHeartRadio Music Awards.more More Arrow
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Movie Reviews

May (Nia Long, left), Jan (Wendi McLendon-Covey, left center), Esperanza (Zulay Henao, right center), and Lytia (Cocoa Brown, right) in Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club. Photo by K.C. Bailey
- Fast-food waitress Lytia (Cocoa Brown) survives paycheck to paycheck and has to rely on public transportation to get around.more More Arrow

The Anonymous People.
- Once an addict always an addict? Or is substance abuse an affliction one can kick completely? That’s the subject tackled by The Anonymous People, a groundbreaking documentary which seeks to radically revise the way we view the over 23 million folks in recovery.more More Arrow

Air marshal Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) takes on a mid-air threat in the film, Non-Stop.
- Bill Marks' (Liam Neeson) life went into a tailspin after his young daughter lost her battle with leukemia. The inconsolable police officer sought solace in a bottle of alcohol, an addiction that cost him his marriage and career.more More Arrow

Scene from the movie
- Released in 1986, the original version of “About Last Night” revolved around the year-long efforts of a couple of Chicago yuppies (played by Rob Lowe and Demi Moore) to forge a solid relationship on the shaky ground of a one-night stand. more More Arrow

“About Last Night”.
- “All’s fair in love and war”—but these two couples are taking that too far. They can’t stop loving, and can’t stop bickering. Will they ever learn how to be content? Watching their journey of self-discovery may make you chuckle.more More Arrow
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Music Reviews

 Singer Mosno al-Moseeki
- Refusing to be placed in any category, Mosno Al-Moseeki is a master of effortlessly commanding the stage and the mind. more More Arrow

Carl Thomas
- With timeless ballads such as “Emotional” and “Summer Rain,” R&B crooner Carl Thomas can easily be classified as a staple in modern R&B. His 1999 debut album on Bad Boy Records spawned a bevy of chart-topping singles and was later certified platinum.more More Arrow

R&B singer and American Idol finalist Ruben Studdard
- R&B’s teddy bear Ruben Studdard, is gunning to be the next Luther Vandross with his fifth album dropping this January.more More Arrow

The music duo Roc Stea'D
- It looks like music is getting a new R&B and Hip-Hop duo. Detroit’s own “Roc” lyricist Brittany Elliott and “Stea’D” vocalist Jessica Lamarre are LIVE Record Label’s debut duo, Roc Stea’D.more More Arrow

R&B singer Syleena Johnson
- With her signature raspy powerful vocals, Syleena Johnson has been R&B's best kept secret for over a decade.more More Arrow
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Book Reviews

- “It was Thursday, June 16, 1966… Less than a year before, President Lyndon Johnson had signed the Voting Rights Act… Stokely Carmichael was now in Mississippi to ensure that the federal laws… would apply to black sharecroppers living in plantation communities…more More Arrow

Why Every Black Woman Should Marry a Jewish Man: A Book For All Women Looking For the Perfect
- “How many times have we heard successful African-American women complain they can’t find a good man? Everyone has an opinion on the black man shortage, but none of the so-called relationship experts offer real solutions…more More Arrow

Speed: Facing Our Addiction to Fast and Faster-- 	and Overcoming Our Fear of Slowing Down.
- “This is a book about a new kind of addiction that I believe has taken hold in our culture… I call it the addiction to speed… I’m talking about a culture-wide phenomenon that is snatching people up and carrying them along, convincing them that doing ‘more, better, and faster’ is the path to happiness. more More Arrow

White House East Room
- What a paradox. The first Black president, loved by people around the world, yet struggling for approval for his policies at home—whether it be the healthcare initiative, the stimulus to bail out the economy, or his ‘leading from behind’ on foreign policies.more More Arrow

(1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race
- (1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Racemore More Arrow