Category: Arts & Culture

Ray Charles Jr. Pays Tribute To His Father And Those Impacted By 9/11 

By Percy Lovell Crawford CHARLOTTE, N.C. — “Ray! Salute For America,” a tribute to the late great Ray Charles, also honored those affected by the events of 9/11. Held in Los Angeles on Sept. 11 at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill, Jazz, Ray Charles Jr. who produced the biopic “Ray,” connected with key musicians for the event.

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Blockchain Music App ‘Single’ Announces Collaboration With Shopify, Normalizing NFTs For Creators

By Christos Andreas Makridis Creatives, ranging from artists to musicians to podcasters, have enjoyed a renaissance over the past decade with the rise of social media and other digital tools. But apart from those who go viral, making a living wage as a creative is not easy— until now. Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have provided a

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The Ultimate Wedding Playlist Revealed, With ‘Dancing Queen’ By Abba At The Very Top

By James King The ultimate wedding playlist has been revealed with ‘Dancing Queen’ by Abba taking the top spot – 46 years after it was first released. A poll of 2,000 wedding guests saw ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’, by Queen and Neil Diamond’s ‘Sweet Caroline’, complete the top three. The ‘big day’ top 40 playlist

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Coaches, Wrestlers Grapple With Life After Parkland Massacre

By Lem Satterfield Kenny Gendason has never forgotten the horrific shooting. When Nicholas Cruz, 19, opened fire with an AK-47 at Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School on Valentine’s Day in 2018, Eagles’ wrestling coaches Aaron Feis and Chris Hixon were among the three staff members and 14 students murdered. Gendason was among the

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Smaller Things: LA Artist Creates Mini Stranger Things House

By Simona Kitanovska An artist has created a lifelike miniature Stranger Things house ahead of next week’s much anticipated season finale. Bridget McCarty, 37, creates miniature film sets so detailed you wouldn’t even know they were fake. In the past, she has covered everything from Friends to Harry Potter – and she has now depicted

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Imagine That: Young John Lennon Once Told A Reporter The Beatles Weren’t Good Musicians

By Simona Kitanovska John Lennon revealed he didn’t think the Beatles were good musicians to a student journalist – who’d blagged his way into a press conference before a gig. In a remarkable recording, the legendary lyricist let slip the Fab Four counted themselves more as entertainers than musicians. And he said they had to

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It’s About Time: Famed Magazine Engages In A Metaverse Project

By Michelle D. Madsen Time Magazine has formed a partnership with The Sandbox, an Ethereum-based metaverse, to create a digital setting that is modeled after New York City. Kieran Warwick, co-founder of Illuvium, which is partly billed as an NTF creature collector game, told The Defiant that the company’s intention to collaborate with The Sandbox

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That’s Fine: A Library Has Waived Fines After An Overdue Library Book Was Returned – 76 Years Later

By Simona Kitanovska A library has waived fines of more than $3,600 after an overdue library book was returned – a whopping 76 years late. Charlie Studdy came across ‘This Way To The Tomb’ – a play by Ronald Duncan – when tidying up a bookcase at his house and discovered it was due back

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Mykal Manswell Manages To Maintain As Mental Health Advocate

By Lem Satterfield Mykal Manswell speaks with maturity beyond his years, especially when addressing mental health concerns among African Americans related to racism and the pandemic. The 25-year-old former college football player referenced racial suffering having affected blacks since the birth of America and beyond during an interview with Zenger. “The African-American community has unfortunately

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