(AP) -- Economic development officials, legislators and others believe Mississippi's next cash crop is its musical heritage. The state's contributions to music stretch across genres -- from the blues of B.B. King, Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters to the rock 'n' roll of Elvis Presley and the country twang of "Singing Brakeman" Jimmie Rodgers.
Wardell Quezergue, who turned 80 last week, is the producer/arranger/band leader and composer behind The Dixie Cups' "Chapel of Love" to "Groove Me" by King Floyd and "Barefootin'" by Robert Parker – and the man Allen Toussaint dubbed "The Creole Beethoven."
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The man who spearheaded the record-breaking deal in which Michael Jackson's estate will get up to $250 million in the next seven years said Tuesday that Sony Music Entertainment bought a treasure trove of new Jackson music, some of it recorded "quite recently," some in collaboration with other artists.
Thousands of African artifacts were exhibited and auctioned last weekend in Seattle's Pioneer Square. The exhibition included a breathtaking variety of artifacts from many diverse cultures, and benefited the Friends of the Orphans in Haiti and nine other countries.
In 1980s Portland, the Alberta neighborhood was nothing what it was today. Author Heidi Durrow just called it "dangerous." Now living in Los Angeles and New York, the former Portlander recently published her debut novel, "The Girl Who Fell From the Sky" about a mixed-race girl growing up in none other than the Rose City of the 1980s.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Want to be the first one on your block with a 3-D television? It will cost you about $3,000.
Samsung and Panasonic will start selling 3-D TVs in U.S. stores this week, inaugurating what manufacturers hope is the era of 3-D viewing in the living room. But because the sets require bulky glasses, and there is for now little to watch in the enhanced format, it will take at least a few years for the technology to become mainstream, if that happens at all.
During a big televised event such as the Grammys, it is almost impossible to be on Twitter or Facebook and not be aware that the event is happening. At the water cooler that is social networks, big shows like the Grammys and Oscars can dominate the conversation and galvanize an audience.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An attorney for Michael Jackson's mother confirms that child services workers are investigating the presence of a stun gun at the Jackson family home, but he says the late singer's children were never exposed to the weapon. Attorney Adam Streisand confirmed the investigation Tuesday but said the mail-order stun gun delivered to the home was confiscated before any harm was done.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Jazz legend Herbie Hancock will be feted at a belated 70th birthday bash at Carnegie Hall that will highlight the revival of a major summer jazz festival in the Big Apple.