Gospel duo Mary Mary to perform in south suburbs

 

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Since breaking on to the gospel scene more than a decade ago, the duo Mary Mary has charted their own path with a contemporary sound that appeals to more than the church going crowd.
 
The Grammy-award wining pair, comprised of sisters Erica Campbell and Tina Campbell, will perform Friday at Country Clubs Hill Theater at 4116 W. 183rd St. in south suburban Country Club Hills.
 
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Author Alice Walker wants you to wake up

 

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It’s been 30 years since Alice Walker wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning book “The Color Purple,” but its impact lives on through a hit movie and a Broadway musical, which is now set to hit the stage in London this fall. But Walker is not one to rest on her laurels. She continues to write novels — two of which feature characters from “The Color Purple” — children’s books, poetry and essays.
 
With the release of her two latest books, “The Cushion in the Road” (New Press, $26.95), a collection of essays on politics and spirituality, and “The World Will Follow Joy” (New Press, $21.95), a book of poetry, Walker wants her readers to do one thing: “Wake up” to what’s going on around them.
 
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Paula Patton stars alongside ensemble cast in ‘Baggage Claim’

 
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Paula Patton will star in an ensemble cast, which includes Taye Diggs and Boris Kodjoe, in the upcoming David Talbert movie,”Baggage Claim.”
 
Patton plays a flight attendant spurred by her younger sister’s upcoming wedding to find a husband in 30 days. Lauren London plays the younger sister and Jennifer Lewis is cast as her mother.
 
The film features a ton of celebrities including: Jill Scott, Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Derek Luke, Adam Brody, Djimon Hounsou, Christina Milian, LaLa Anthony, Affion Crockett and Trey Songz.
 
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Kem overcomes drug addiction to become Grammy nominated artist

 
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Kem is a survivor.

 

The R&B singer battled back from years of drug addiction and homelessness to become a two-time Grammy nominated artist.

 

Kem, who begin playing the keyboard at five years old and writing songs in middle school, credits his faith in God for his success.

 

“Music has always been a part of my life throughout my addiction,” the singer said.  “My faith is my foundation and I look at my music as a ministry.”

 

“People hear about my struggle and what they are witnessing is a miracle,” he said.  “I don’t take it lightly and I speak about it on stage where ever I go.”

 

Kem will be performing along with Chrisette Michele at the Valentine’s Love Affair concert Saturday at the Arie Crown Theater.

 

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Tony, Toni, Tone bring the swing to ‘Valentine Jam’

 
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Couples can celebrate the holiday by dancing up a sweat at the New Jack Swing Valentine Jam Thursday night at the Arie Crown Theater.
 
The concert includes R&B performers from the ‘80s and ‘90s Guy; Tony, Toni, Tone; SWV; Dru Hill; and Al B. Sure.
 
Dwayne Wiggins of Tony, Toni, Tone said he is looking forward to performing on his birthday, which falls on Valentine’s Day.
 
This year also marks the group’s 25th anniversary in the music business, Wiggins said.
 
“Expect us to celebrate like it‘s our anniversary, no pun intended,” said Wiggins, alluding to the group’s 1993 hit single “Anniversary.”
 
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