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Radio station bans Kanye West after slavery remarks

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A radio station in Detroit has placed a ban on all things Kanye West. According to the Detroit Free Press, msn.com and others, 105.1, a hip-hop station, has begun using the hashtag "mute Kanye" because of his recent comments about slavery, in which he claimed that black Americans chose to be enslaved. West has stated that because slavery had...

A conversation about music with blues musician, John Minton

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John Minton is a legend in Fort Wayne, Indiana, but he would never describe himself that way.  Music- and culture-minded students at Indiana University-Purdue University, now Purdue University, Fort Wayne have flocked to his graduate and undergraduate classes on folklore, rock ‘n’ roll history and master classes on popular culture, music and society. The popularity of those classes coupled...

Michael Sweet of Stryper talks God, music, and Wal-Mart

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Michael Sweet is the lead singer of Christian metal band, Stryper. Recently I had the opportunity to interview the singer via email just as the band was embarking on a tour that will take them around the world. I first learned of Stryper upon the release of “In God We Trust.” I was a child, and naively thought that it...

Influential gospel singer and arranger, Edwin Hawkins dies

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Edwin Hawkins, gospel singer, and arranger died Tuesday, Jan. 15. Hawkins is best-known for his contemporary arrangement of "Oh, Happy Day." Hawkins' version of the song influenced performers across racial and genre boundaries. The beauty of "Oh, Happy Day" For decades, I thought that the late Andrae Crouch was the originator of "Oh, Happy Day." The gospel singer's version was popular...

Boya by Mumbai Music Artists Ria and Ashish

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Ashish Palanna reflects, “The song Boya is all about bringing out the inner child in you.” The song tries to bring people out of their corporate jobs to go back to childhood and to relearn to enjoy life. The song was composed by Ria D’Souza and Ashish. The lyrics were written by Mohammad Muneem. Asked who usually...

Battle lines harden as Trump impeachment goes public

WASHINGTON (AP) - With historic impeachment hearings underway, Democrats and Republicans are hardening their arguments over the actions of President Donald Trump as they set out to win over a deeply polarized American public.Democrats say Wednesday’s extraordinary public session in the House revealed a striking account of Trump abusing his office by pressing the newly elected president of Ukraine...

Hong Kong endures more transit disruptions, campus violence

HONG KONG (AP) - Hong Kong residents endured a fourth day of traffic snarls and mass transit disruptions Thursday as protesters closed some main roads and rail networks while police skirmished with militant students at major universities.Police said protesters shot several arrows at them near Hong Kong Polytechnic University. None of the officers were injured, and six arrows were...

Islamic Jihad says cease-fire reached to end Gaza fighting

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Gaza’s militant Islamic Jihad group announced a cease-fire with Israel early on Thursday, ending two days of heavy fighting that left at least 32 Palestinians dead.Spokesman Musab al-Berim said the Egyptian-brokered deal went into effect at 5:30 a.m. But there was no immediate confirmation from Israel, and shortly after his announcement, two rockets...

China tests Mars lander in international cooperation push

HUAILAI, China (AP) - China invited international observers to a Thursday test of its Mars lander as it pushes for inclusion in more global space projects.The demonstration of hovering, obstacle avoidance and deceleration capabilities was conducted at a site outside Beijing simulating conditions on the Red Planet, where the pull of gravity is about one-third that of Earth.China plans...

Despite female push, Garth Brooks bests Underwood at CMAs

The Country Music Association Awards almost fully honored and highlighted the women of country music - whose songs have been heavily dismissed on country radio over the years - until two words were uttered when they named its entertainer of the year: Garth Brooks.Wednesday night’s show kicked off with a performance featuring country female acts across generations, included three...

Harden scores 47 points, Rockets beat Clippers 102-93

HOUSTON (AP) - James Harden was pestered and harassed on defense by Patrick Beverley for most of Houston’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.Despite all of Beverley’s antics Harden still scored 47 points and the Rockets outlasted the Clippers 102-93 in a wild game that saw Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers ejected in the fourth quarter.Afterward,...

Motorola flips for its futuristic foldable phone

NEW YORK (AP) - Motorola is bracing for the future by returning to the past. The company is adapting its historical flip-phone design for a smartphone with a foldable screen.Samsung, Huawei and others have phones that fold like a book and offer a double-sized display when unfolded.Motorola’s new Razr phone, on the other hand, will be smaller than a...

Georgia executes man for store clerk’s killing in 1994

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) - A man convicted of killing a Georgia convenience store clerk 25 years ago was put to death late Wednesday night, authorities said.Inmate Ray Jefferson Cromartie, 52, was pronounced dead at 10:59 p.m. Wednesday after an injection of pentobarbital at the state prison in Jackson, authorities said in an emailed statement. He made no last statement...

Islamic Jihad says cease-fire reached to fighting in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - The Islamic Jihad militant group early Thursday announced a cease-fire ending two days of heavy fighting with Israel.Spokesman Musab al-Berim said the Egyptian-brokered deal went into effect at 530 a.m. (0330 GMT).He said the cease-fire was based on a list of demands presented by his group late Wednesday, including a halt to Israeli...