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Russell Simmons Featured Speaker for Minority Entrepreneurs

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Los Angeles

Global Diversity Group will be hosting free interactive workshops from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. focusing no key business issues and trends. Luncheon speaker Kelvin Boston, host of the PBS series “Moneywise,” will be speaking at the 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. luncheon on wealth creation.

Monterey’s Musical Moods Stylistically Connected -- Again

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Monterey

By Taylor Jordan

The roots of the music called jazz run deep into the heart and history of ancient Africa.
It journeyed through he souls of Black folks, transformed itself into a variety of stylistic expressions, infused energy into others’ music and cultures with its electrifying efforts and evolved into America’s most significant art form.

Dorian Gregory Takes the Controls as New Soul Train Host

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Los Angles

Versatile and talented actor Dorian Gregory has been installed as the new, regular host of the Soul Train Weekly Series, replacing Shemar Moore, who helmed the show, with, considerable, ratings success, for five seasons, ending as of Soul Train's Fall 2003 season, it was announced recently by Executive Producer Don Cornelius.

Mara Brok Akil, Just One of the Girls

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By Tonica Lucas

Mara Brok Akil, the creator of the hit show, “Girlfriends” is one of Hollywood’s few Black female executive producers. The show is now in its fourth season and seasons one and two will being appearing on BET. It might just seem like this 33-year old just exploded onto the scene out of nowhere but that’s not the case.

Monterey Jazz Festival Spotlights Vocal Versatility

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By Taylor Jordan

Vocalese virtuoso Jon Hendricks will top the list of vocally diverse artists performing at the 46th annual Monterey Jazz Festival at the Monterey County Fairgrounds Sept. 19, 20 and 21. Jazz vocalists representing styles from straight-ahead to modern, blues to bebop and Afro-Cuban to zydeco will mix and mingle musical expressions to provide pleasing palates to suit everyone’s tastes at the world’s oldest continuous jazz festival.

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