Tag:  Occasions

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National

From solemn to spectacular, July 4th celebrated

Visitors to fhe Statue of Liberty take photos as they arrive on the first tourist ferry to leave Manhattan, July 4, in New York. The Statue of Liberty finally reopened on the Fourth of July months after Superstorm Sandy swamped its island in New York Harbor as Americans across the country marked the holiday with fireworks and barbecues. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) by Jake Pearson Associated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — From solemn to spectacular, the nation marked its independence with the reopening of the Statue of Liberty for the first time since Superstorm Sandy, extravagant fireworks that included a 19-burst salute to Arizona’s fallen firefighters and a musical tribute in Washington to those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing.

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Entertainment

19 years later, Essence Fest still holding strong

In this Feb. 3 photo, Beyonce performs during the halftime show of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens, in New Orleans. The singer headlines at the 2013 Essence Music Festival, with other nightly concerts held in the Superdome to include, Maxwell, Jill Scott, Charlie Wilson, LL Cool J, New Edition, Emile Sande, Trey Songz, Janelle Monae and several others. The festival dates are July 4-7, 2013, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File) by Chevel Johnson NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Nearly two decades after Essence magazine launched a festival here to “party with a purpose” and celebrate Black culture, music and people, the Essence Fest may be facing some new competition. Like Essence this weekend, last weekend’s BET Experience, held in Los Angeles, had Beyonce as a headliner. It also had panels discussing topics important to the community and spanned a three-day weekend — a format Essence until recently had used for years. But Michelle Ebanks, president of Essence Communications Inc., said the similarities end there.

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International

‘Africa Day': In Ethiopia, African Union celebrates 50 years

US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Saturday May 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Jim Young, pool) by Kirubel TadesseADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The African Union on Saturday marked 50 years since the founding of a continentwide organization that helped liberate Africa from colonial masters and which now is trying to stay relevant on a continent regularly troubled by conflict.

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Generation Y

Obama dares Ohio State graduates to reject cynical voices

President Barack Obama speaks at Ohio State University’s spring commencement ceremony May 5, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan) by Josh Lederman Associated Press Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A year to the day after kicking off his victorious re-election campaign on this college campus, President Barack Obama returned to Ohio State University and told graduates that only through vigorous participation in their democracy can they right an ill-functioning government and break through relentless cynicism about the nation’s future.

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Generation Y

Prom fashion turns into red carpet moment

TREND SETTER–Singer Rihanna during the 2012 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, file) by Samantha Crtichell NEW YORK (AP) — You might as well roll out the red carpet in front of the school gymnasium or hotel ballroom and line it with parental paparazzi: Prom season provides many girls a chance to have their moment in the spotlight.

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International

Beyonce, Jay-Z turn heads in Havana

CELEBRATING ANNIVERSARY–Beyonce and her husband, rapper Jay-Z, are surrounded by body guards as they tour Old Havana in Cuba, April 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) by Andrea Rodriguez HAVANA (AP) — Beyonce and Jay-Z caused a big stir in Havana as they marked their fifth wedding anniversary Thursday.

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Generation Y

Obamas welcome children to annual Easter Egg Roll

FATHER-IN-CHIEF–President Barack Obama, accompanied by first dog Bo, reads “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” during the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) by Stacey Anderson WASHINGTON (AP) — An amused President Barack Obama read a children’s book to a gathering of boys and girls at the White House, then peppered them with questions: Had any of them lost a tooth? Had any climbed trees? Had any fallen after climbing?