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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.


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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.


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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.


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The legendary Wailers will be playing at Portland's Roseland Theater on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Bob Marley's former bandmates will be donating proceeds from their rider to the "I Went Hungry (… to save a life) charity for the World Food Program...


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Diversity Speaker Series brings in a mentor of Tupac Shakur

From the styles we wear and the words we use, hip-hop culture affects our communities, our kids and our lives. For better or for worse, it is here to stay. That was the message at the second annual Northwest Hip-Hop Leadership Conference at the Seattle Vocational Institute


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WASHINGTON (NNPA) -- Ky-Mani Marley, a son of the legendary Jamaican music artist Bob Marley, regrets ever putting his life on paper. His recently released memoir has become a brewing source of an increasingly ugly controversy between himself, his famous family and the book's publisher, Dr. Farrah Gray.


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(NNPA) - There is much speculation in the news that retired NBA star and businessman extraordinaire, Earvin "Magic" Johnson is negotiating to purchase Johnson Publishing Company, the parent company of Ebony and Jet magazines. Sources close to the possible purchase said that the company's Chicago headquarters, a beacon of Black pride, on Chicago's South Michigan Avenue, would be included if the deal is consummated. Nothing was mentioned about the Ebony Fashion Show and the radio station that are also a part of the Johnson Empire.


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NEW YORK (AP) -- Naomi Campbell called together her model, designer and celebrity friends to put on a fundraiser Friday night for the relief effort in Haiti, but the most poignant moments of this event, held as part of New York Fashion Week, was the finale tribute to Alexander McQueen.


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MIAMI BEACH, Florida (AP) -- The contrasts are stark: As Haiti grapples with chaos, death and despair after last month's earthquake, celebrities party in luxurious fashion in preparation for a football game.  Wyclef Jean -- who has been an advocate for his native Haiti since the disaster -- was in Miami for those celebrations this week, and understands that the festivities won't stop because of Haiti's pain. But he said he's partying with a purpose.


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The 4th Annual Youth Summit is all day on Feb. 6, starting at 11 a.m. at Portland State University Smith Memorial Union, with pizza social at 6 p.m. and talent showcase kicking off at 6:30 p.m.


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