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The Queen Latifah movie "Bessie" is filming in downtown Marietta today. The HBO project also starring Oscar winner Mo'Nique as Ma Rainey features Latifah in the title role. The movie, about the life of legendary singer Bessie Smith, is at the historic Strand Theatre in Marietta, a perfect place for a period film. It also was the site of some filming for period piece "The Watsons Go To Birmingham" last year.  ...Continue reading here

Queen Latifah, Beyonce and Jay Z heading to HBO

Beyonce and Jay Z will co-star in an HBO concert special, and Queen Latifah will play legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in a movie for the network. The music special will feature the married couple on their "On the Run Tour" performing in Paris. It will tape Sept. 12 and ...

FILE - This Aug. 1, 2013 file photo shows R&B singer-songwriter Robin Thicke in New York. The crooner’s new album, “Paula,” only sold 24,000 units in its debut week in the United States. It’s a far cry from his “Blurred Lines” album, which sold 177,000 units when it debuted last July. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP, File)

Get them back: Where are Robin Thicke's fans?

Robin Thicke may be pleading to get his wife back, but he needs to work on getting his fans back, too. The crooner's new album, "Paula," sold only 24,000 units in its debut week in the United States. That's a far cry from the "Blurred Lines" album, which sold 177,000 ...

Tevin Campbell performs at the Essence Festival in New Orleans, Saturday, July 5, 2014. R&B singer Campbell, who thrilled fans as a teenager when he asked “Can We Talk,” is performing for the first time at the Essence Festival as he seeks to re-ignite his career. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

R&B singer Tevin Campbell performs at Essence fest

R&B singer Tevin Campbell, who thrilled fans as a teenager when he asked "Can We Talk," has performed for the first time at the Essence Festival as he seeks to re-ignite his career. Campbell said he's 37 now, but the voice that started him on his journey at age 11 ...

This Fall 2012 publicity photo provided by Rogers and Cowan shows musician Prince performing in concert in Chicago. Prince turns off the lights at South by Southwest on Saturday, March 16, 2013, with an unexpected and intimate showcase that ranks among the biggest surprises in years at the star-studded music festival and conference. (AP Photo/Rogers and Cowan)

Prince returns for Essence's 20th celebration

Uttering his signature, "We are gathered here today to get through this thing called life," Prince opened his set for the 20th celebration of the Essence Festival and showed thousands Friday why a 10-year wait isn't a bad thing. As the first licks of "Let's Go Crazy," rang throughout the ...

Ex-member of R&B group Hi-Five arrested in death

A former member of the 1990s R&B group Hi-Five has been arrested in the stabbing death of his wife in Houston. Police say 40-year-old Russell Neal walked into a Harris County sheriff's office on Wednesday and told authorities his wife was dead at their home. Police say he was arrested ...

This undated image released by Nonesuch shows members of Nickel Creek, from left, Chris Thile, Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins. The trio of musicians from Nickel Creek grew up performing together, but ultimately it was the nearly seven years spent concentrating on their own separate musical interests that made returning to the stage together all the more exciting. They reunited last year in Los Angeles with the modest goal of a small 25-city tour to mark 25 years since the band formed and an EP of new songs. That quickly blossomed into a full-length album and they are starting on the expanded second leg of that tour in July, including stops at Forecastle Festival in Louisville, Kentucky, and the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island.  (AP Photo/Nonesuch)

Time apart strengthens bluegrass trio Nickel Creek

The trio of musicians in Nickel Creek grew up performing together, but ultimately it was the nearly seven years spent concentrating on their own separate musical interests that made returning the stage together all the more exciting. Fiddler Sara Watkins, her brother and guitarist Sean Watkins and mandolin player Chris ...

Nicki Minaj accepts the award for best female hip hop artist at the BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, June 29, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The 6 most memorable moments from the BET Awards

After nearly four hours of prizes, performances and the occasional bleeped expletive, the 2014 BET Awards came to a close. When it was all over, Pharrell Williams had two trophies, as did newcomer August Alsina, and Lil Wayne dropped the mike, apparently breaking it. Here's a look at some of ...

Minaj at BET Awards: I was recently near death

Nicki Minaj told the crowd at the BET Awards that she was close to death recently — an experience that has helped her be herself. The rapper rambled onstage when accepting her fifth consecutive win for best female hip-hop artist, where she thanked Lil Wayne for his support, talked about ...

FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, file photo, Zendaya arrives at the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, in Los Angeles. A representative for Zendaya confirmed Sunday, June 29, 2014, that the Disney Channel star won’t portray R&B sensation Aaliyah in a TV film currently in the works. Lifetime announced Zendaya’s participation two weeks ago. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Zendaya no longer playing Aaliyah in TV film

Dust yourself off and try again Lifetime Network: Zendaya will no longer play Aaliyah in an upcoming film. The 17-year-old Disney Channel star said Sunday that she pulled out of the project because "production-wise, (it) wasn't all the way there." "Because it's someone that I honor and I respect so ...

FILE - In this June 22, 2012 file photo, musician Bobby Womack poses for a portrait to promote a new album, "The Bravest Man in the Universe." Womack, 70, a colorful and highly influential R&B singer-songwriter who impacted artists from the Rolling Stones to Damon Albarn, has died. Womack's publicist Sonya Kolowrat confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday, June 27, 2014, that the singer died but had no other details to provide. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, file)

Bobby Womack, R&B singer-songwriter, dies at 70

Bobby Womack, a colorful and highly influential R&B singer-songwriter who influenced artists from the Rolling Stones to Damon Albarn, has died. He was 70. Womack's publicist Sonya Kolowrat said Friday that the singer had died, but she could provide no other details. With an incomparable voice few could match, Womack ...

Singer Chris Brown arrives at the D.C. Superior Court, in Washington,Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Brown arrived for a hearing on the assault charge he faces.  Brown was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault in October, accused of hitting a man outside the W hotel. That man says Brown hit him after he tried to get in a photograph that the singer was taking with two women. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Plea deal talks fall apart in Chris Brown case

Singer Chris Brown was close to resolving his assault case in a deal that would have kept him out of jail, but talks fell apart Wednesday when attorneys couldn't agree on what Brown would acknowledge happened during a scuffle that led to his arrest. Brown was arrested in October and ...

Teenie Hodges, genre-defining Memphis player, dies

Teenie Hodges, the diminutive guitarist and "Take Me to the River" songwriter who became a towering figure in the Memphis music scene, has died. He was 68. Longtime friend and Royal Studio owner Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell said Tuesday that Hodges died Sunday night from complications of emphysema at a Dallas ...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2014, file photo, singer Chris Brown, right, arrives at the District of Columbia Superior Court in Washington, for a status hearing in a case in which he's accused of hitting a man outside a Washington hotel. He didn't fly first class and his hotels weren't five-star. Still, when Brown was moved from a Los Angeles jail to Washington for what was to have been the start of his trial on an assault charge, the cost to taxpayers was more than $4,000. The breakdown of the April trip was provided to The Associated Press as a result of a Freedom of Information Act request.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Getting Chris Brown to DC trial cost more than $4K

He didn't fly first class and his hotels weren't five-star. Still, when singer Chris Brown was moved from a Los Angeles jail to Washington for what was to have been the start of his trial on an assault charge, the cost to taxpayers was more than $4,000. The breakdown of ...

This undated image released by The O and M Company shows lyricist Gerry Goffin with his wife Michelle at the opening night of "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical," in New York. Goffin, ex-husband of Carole King, died Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at his home in Los Angeles. He was 75. Goffin, who married King in 1959 while both were in their teens, penned more than 50 top 40 hits, including "Pleasant Valley Sunday" for the Monkees, "Crying in the Rain" by the Everly Brothers, “Some King of Wonderful” for the Drifters and "Take Good Care of My Baby" by Bobby Vee. The couple divorced in 1968 but Goffin kept writing hits, including "Savin' All My Love for You" for Whitney Houston. (AP Photo/The O and M Company, Bruce Glikas)

Gerry Goffin, Carole King's ex-husband, dies at 75

Gerry Goffin, a prolific and multi-dimensional lyricist who with his then-wife and songwriting partner Carole King wrote such hits as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," ''(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," ''Up on the Roof" and "The Loco-Motion," died early Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He ...

A look at Gerry Goffin's key songs

Gerry Goffin might have been a chemist, but when it came to music, he was a scientist of songwriting. Goffin began his songwriting career with ex-wife Carole King, who he met at Queens College, where he studied chemistry. The duo went on to craft songs that have become American classics, ...

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