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Prince siblings in probate court in 1st hearing on estate

Five of Prince's six surviving siblings appeared in court Monday for the first hearing to start sorting out an estate certain to be worth millions, a task complicated because the star musician isn't known to have left a will.
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Can musicians make Washington a jazz mecca again?

Contemporary artists are realizing the city’s rich history isn’t enough to sustain jazz in a 21st-century Washington. They’re scrambling to save what has been called America’s original art form in a city where it’s fading from the culture.

A note to Blacks on voting from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

We have known for many years – and learn anew every day – that dignity and freedom come only to those who not only dream of it and yearn for it, but who will act and sacrifice for it.
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King of Blues: Musical legacy of B.B. King

B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, maintained a legendary career spanning nearly 70 years.
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Relentless: A historic documentary about a Fort Worth coach

High school boys basketball coach Robert Hughes, 86, achieved career milestones that might make any coach envious.
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Family and creativity fuel Marlon Wayans’ success

Following the advice of his brother, Keenen, to not sit around and wait for Hollywood, Marlon Wayans has firmly established his own identity as an actor, writer, producer, director and stand-up comedian.
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Dancer Misty Copeland inspires new generation of ballerinas

“This is for the little brown girls,” writes Misty Copeland in the prologue of her New York Times bestselling memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina,
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Remembering Maya Angelou

The day before she died, Maya Angelou telephoned Ebony magazine headquarters in Chicago to tell new Editor-in-Chief Mitzi Miller that she was proud of her.
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Tony Dungy

Anthony Kevin "Tony" Dungy is a former professional American football player and coach in the National Football League. Dungy became the first African American head coach to win the Super Bowl when his Colts defeated the Chicago Bears in Super ...
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Grandmaster Flash

There are lots of stories about the birth of jazz and the beginning of rock n’ roll, but hip-hop has founding fathers: one of them is DJ Grandmaster Flash. In the early 70’s Joseph Saddler was living in the South ...
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Louis Gossett Jr

Born May 27, 1936 in Brooklyn, NY, Lou has a flair for projecting quiet authority and has scored well personally in a string of diverse and occasionally challenging roles. The aspiring actor caught a break at his first Broadway audition ...
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Beverly Johnson

The first African American supermodel on the cover of American Vogue was Ms. Beverly Johnson. Beverly was attending college Northeastern University in Boston, MA when she tried her hand at modeling.
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President Barack Obama

His story is the American story — values from the heartland, a middle-class upbringing in a strong family, hard work and education as the means of getting ahead, and the conviction that a life so blessed should be lived in ...
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Sanya Richards-Ross

4x Olympic Gold Medalist, Entrepreneur, Reality Show Star
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Hank Willis Thomas

Hank Willis Thomas, a prominent photo conceptual artist, grew up surrounded by art and culture.
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