04-23-2017  2:32 pm      •     
The Wake of Vanport
McMenamins

It's not a good sign when the author of a book is already making apologies in the preface for what you're about to read. That's what we have in the case of "Barack Like Me" by David Alan Grier, a disjointed rise of Obama memoir which might have sounded like a good idea a year ago, but which amounts to little more than the unfocused ramblings by a guy who probably didn't have any reason to sound so giddy about Barack Obama or even about his own life.


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Taylor Swift says she is "absolutely walking on a cloud" over her six nominations for the American Music Awards.


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A young man punched singer Leona Lewis in the head as she signed autographs and posed for photographs at a book signing session in central London on Wednesday, her spokesman said.


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ATLANTA (AP) -- T.I. didn't need to attend the BET Hip-Hop Awards to win two trophies on Saturday.


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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The doctor at the center of an investigation into Michael Jackson's death may face arrest and could lose his medical license after missing a hearing to explain late child support payments, the Las Vegas district attorney said Thursday.


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There was once a time that Cool Nutz thought POH Hop – Portland's only festival of hip hop -- was dead. The fans weren't behind him; the local hip hop scene seemed stagnant. So he called it off. But the scene has evolved over the past few years and Scott has been right in the middle of it all, slowly building the annual hip hop festival up from the dead...


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NEW YORK (AP) -- Hurricane Katrina gave Ned Sublette a dramatic coda for his memoir "The Year Before the Flood." The book documents the last year that New Orleans and its thriving music scene were still fully intact before the city was nearly washed off the face of the Earth...


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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Michael Jackson's three children seem to be adjusting well to being raised by their grandmother, a judge said.


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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentine folk singer Mercedes Sosa, the "voice of Latin America" whose music inspired opponents of South America's brutal military regimes and led to her forced exile in Europe, died Sunday, her family said. She was 74.


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