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Entertainment

Appeals court upholds dismissal of ‘Soul Man’ suit

by Brett BarrouquereAssociated Press Writer Sam Moore may be “The Legendary Soul Man,” but a federal appeals court says he doesn’t have sole use of the title. The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld the dismissal of Moore’s suit against the Weinstein Company and MGM studios over the 2008 film “Soul Men” and its soundtrack and promotions.

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Business

Memphis Tri-State Defender gets new ownership

Publisher and President Bernal E. Smith II has engineered a deal that brings local ownership to the TSD. (Photo: Warren Roseborough) For the first time in its storied 62-year history, the Memphis Tri-State Defender will be both locally owned and operated. Following an extended period of discussion and negotiations, Real Times Media, Inc. (RTM) has agreed to sell the assets of Tri-State Defender, Inc. (TSD) to BEST Media Properties, Inc., a Tennessee Corporation established by current TSD President and Publisher, Bernal E. Smith II.

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National

Harry Belafonte takes Martin Luther King’s heirs to court over documents

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Harry Belafonte (Courier File Photo) by Rose Arce NEW YORK (CNN) — Harry Belafonte, one of the nation’s most prominent African-American performers and social activists, is suing the children of the nation’s pre-eminent civil rights leader, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The battle between the families of civil rights titans, over three documents, is detailed in a federal court lawsuit Belafonte filed against Bernice King, Dexter King and Martin Luther King III.

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National

Four ways to beat ‘The Man’

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gestures during his “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963. (AP Photo/File) by John Blake (CNN) — Nan Grogan Orrock defied her family’s wishes by sneaking away to join the 1963 March on Washington. But don’t ask her about Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. She doesn’t remember it.

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Entertainment

Bluesman Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland remembered by friends

In this Jan. 15, 1992, file photo, Bobby “Blue” Bland, left, receives his award for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame from B.B. King during induction ceremonies in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) by Adrian Sainz MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Full, sweet and melodious at one moment, powerful and primal in another, the iconic singing voice of the late Bobby “Blue” Bland was remembered by fans, friends and colleagues on Monday. The Rev. Jesse Jackson told The Associated Press on Monday that he and his wife went to a Bland concert on the day they were married in 1962. Jackson called Bland a dear friend who was a “legendary, smooth balladeer.”