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30 Quick Interesting Facts About African Americans In Entertainment

February 15th, 2011 12:00pm EST
Ray Charles
In celebration of Black History Month, we compiled a list of quick facts that consists of record-breaking moments, first accomplishments, and obscure facts that relate to African Americans in Entertainment.

The quick facts were taken from the 366 Fast Facts list that was created by Biography.com. Some of the facts include information about Aretha Franklin, Halle Berry, Harry Belafonte and Beyonce, just to name a few.

Here are the 30 quick facts about African Americans in Entertainment. Be sure to take a look at the list and let me know what you think.

Fact #1
Comedian Bill Cosb...
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Steve Winwood Celebrates The New Year With String Of East Coast Concerts

December 3rd, 2008 6:00pm EST
Steve Winwood
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Steve Winwood, recently named one of Rolling Stone magazine's "100 Greatest Singers of All Time," will ring in the New Year with a series of East Coast concert performances in January. Winwood's upcoming East Coast concert dates mark the first U.S. headline tour since 2007 for the legendary rock superstar, who last toured the states with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers in the summer of 2008.

Winwood is currently enjoying the success of his most recent album, Nine Lives, which entered the Billboard 200 at #12 last May, bringing the artist his highest chart debut...
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Opening December 5: Cadillac Records

December 3rd, 2008 9:59am EST
Cadillac Records
The story of the blues in 1950s Chicago is told in Sony BMG Film's Cadillac Records, a musical drama written and directed by TV veteran Darnell Martin. The film stars Adrien Brody as Chess Records founder Leonard Chess, with Jeffrey Wright portraying R&B legend Muddy Waters, Cedric the Entertainer as Willie Dixon, Beyoncé Knowles as Etta James, and Mos Def doing his best Chuck Berry.

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Velvet Revolver's Matt Sorum Pays Tribute To Jimi Hendrix Drummer

November 16th, 2008 9:30am EST
Velvet Revolver
Velvet Revolver star Matt Sorum has become the first star to pay tribute to legendary Jimi Hendrix drummer Mitch Mitchell, who was found dead in a Portland, Oregon hotel room on Wednesday morning.

The former Guns N Roses star has released a statement after hearing the sad news, calling Mitchell "an exceptional drummer" who "helped shape the sound of Hendrix."

Sorum writes, "I had the pleasure of meeting him a few times. I asked him once what he was thinking when he played the groove to "Manic Depression" - a jazzy, almost Latin-type feel… a circular, moving piece of music. He told...
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Where Do Bands Get Their Names?

November 11th, 2008 11:01am EST
The Band
Sometimes the music doesn't matter. A band that channels the combined genius of John Lennon, Strauss and The Spice Girls can still fall flat with the wrong name. After all, who wants to tell people that their favorite band is called "Truck" or "Lug Nut?" A bad name can kill the potential of any group of musicians. It took more than a few tries to get it right for many of the most popular groups of all time. A few young gents from Britain started off their career calling themselves The Detours and then The High Numbers before ultimately settling on The Who.

Rock history is rife with lor...
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Ted Nugent To Play 6,000th Show In Detroit

June 21st, 2008 11:00am EDT
Ted Nugent
Rock legend Ted Nugent will celebrate America's Independence Day in style by performing his 6,000th concert. Nugent will head home to Detroit, Michigan for the landmark show - part of his 50th tour.

The rocker says, "I was born and raised in Detroit in the shadow of the mighty Funk Brothers and I was taught the ropes of Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Mose Allison, John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry by Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels. I started playing back there under the guidance of Joe Podorsek, my guitar teacher from the Capitol School of Music on Grand River Avenue, in 1957....
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Keith Richards Gave Buddy Guy His Favorite Guitar

April 7th, 2008 10:49am EDT
Keith Richards
Keith Richards gave away one of his favorite guitars during the filming of new Rolling Stones rockumentary Shine A Light - as a mark of respect to Buddy Guy.

The guitar great joined the Stones onstage at New York's Beacon Theater to perform Muddy Waters' Champagne & Reefer for the Martin Scorsese-directed concert film. And always cool Richards was so taken by the magical moment, he handed over his guitar.

He says, "It's one of my favorites, too. That was straight off the top of my head: 'It's yours, baby.' With everything going on that night, with this movie, I thought, 'This is...
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Legendary Superstar Steve Winwood To Release 'Nine Lives' April 29

April 3rd, 2008 3:58pm EDT
Steve Winwood
The legendary singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Steve Winwood has signed a new deal with Columbia Records who will release the artist's highly-anticipated new major label album, "Nine Lives," on Tuesday, April 29.

The eagerly-awaited "Nine Lives" is Winwood's first full-length studio album since About Time, released on Winwood's own independent label, Wincraft, in 2003; and it opens an important new chapter in Steve's extraordinary career. The musician also recently announced that he will head out on a national tour with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers this summer for shows acro...
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Kenny Wayne Shepherd's 'Ten Days Out: Blues From The Backroads' Nominated For Two Grammys

January 15th, 2008 7:00pm EST
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Kenny Wayne Shepherd's critically acclaimed CD/DVD Ten Days Out: Blues From The Backroads (Warner Bros./Reprise Records) has been nominated for two 2008 Grammy Awards—"Best Traditional Blues Album" and "Best Long Form Music Video." The awards will be telecast from Los Angeles February 10 on CBS. In addition to the Recording Academy's recognition, The Blues Foundation will honor Shepherd's album and accompanying documentary with the prestigious "Keeping the Blues Alive" award for Film, Television or Video. The ceremony will take place on February 2, 2008 in Memphis, TN. The documentary is al...
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Harmonica Player Carey Bell Dies

May 9th, 2007 3:59pm EDT
Veteran blues harmonica player Carey Bell has died of heart failure. He was 70. Bell passed away on Sunday in Chicago, Illinois. Born in Macon, Mississippi, Bell wanted to play the saxophone as a child, but ended up mastering the harmonica because that was all his family could afford.

He went on to play with legendary bluesmen Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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Celebrity Birthdays, April 4

April 4th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Heath Ledger
Happy Birthday to Britney's little sis Jamie Lynn Spears (1991), actress Natasha Lyonne (1979), "Brokeback Mountain" star Heath Ledger (1979), biker Dave Mirra (1974), illusionist David Blaine (1973), "Battlefield Earth" actor Barry Pepper (1970), actor/rehab frequenter Robert Downey Jr. (1965), "The Matrix" trilogy actor Hugo Weaving (1960), TV producer David E. Kelley (1956), actress Christine Lahti (1950), "Poltergeist" star Craig T. Nelson (1944), "Psycho" star Anthony Perkins (1932; d. 1992), prolific writer Maya Angelou (1928), composer Elmer Bernstein (1922; d. 2004), and blues legen...
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Bob Dylan Makes His DJ Debut

May 4th, 2006 9:42am EDT
Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan made his debut as a radio DJ yesterday. The legendary musician hosted an hour-long program on US satellite radio station XM Deep Tracks and treated listeners to a selection of his favorite hits about the weather. He opened his show with the line: "Into each life some rain must fall. Trouble may be waiting along the way."

Among the tracks Dylan - who is known for his reluctance to give interviews and for being a recluse - played were Blow Wind Blow by Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix classic The Wind Cries Mary and Stevie Wonder song A Place In The Sun. Hits from Frank Sinatra, Dean...
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Celebrity Birthdays, April 4

April 4th, 2006 3:06am EDT
Heath Ledger
Happy Birthday to Britney's little sis Jamie Lynn Spears (1991), actress Natasha Lyonne (1979), "Brokeback Mountain" star Heath Ledger (1979), biker Dave Mirra (1974), illusionist David Blaine (1973), "Battlefield Earth" actor Barry Pepper (1970), actor/rehab frequenter Robert Downey Jr. (1965), "The Matrix" trilogy actor Hugo Weaving (1960), TV producer David E. Kelley (1956), actress Christine Lahti (1950), "Poltergeist" star Craig T. Nelson (1944), "Psycho" star Anthony Perkins (1932; d. 1992), prolific writer Maya Angelou (1928), composer Elmer Bernstein (1922; d. 2004), and blues legen...
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The Legacy of Chris Whitley

November 23rd, 2005 3:37pm EST
Chris Whitley
As we reported here yesterday, singer/songwriter Chris Whitley passed away this past Sunday after losing a battle with lung cancer. Bradley Bambarger over at Chris' record label Messenger Records posted this message that we thought was worth sharing:

We are deeply saddened to confirm the passing of singer-songwriter, guitarist, and recording artist Chris Whitley. Chris was a kind man and immensely talented artist whose music has become an intimate part of many of our lives. We are pained to acknowledge this loss and we grieve along with those who knew and loved him and his music.

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