Hitmaker Barrett Strong has died

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Barrett Strong was tinkering with Ray Charles’s song on the piano when he wrote “Money (That’s What I Want),†which sold a million copies and helped ignite the Motown fortune. Strong died at 81 on January 29, a week before his 82nd birthday. Mr. Strong was an artist and songwriter who was present for the…

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Pharrell Williams is named Louis Vuitton’s creative director

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Louis Vuitton has hired Grammy award-winning music producer, songwriter, and Oscar-nominated Pharrell Williams as creative director, succeeding Virgil Abloh. Abloh, who died November 28, 2021, of cancer, grew up in Rockford, Illinois, to Ghanaian immigrant parents. Williams’s return to Louis Vuitton is being called a homecoming.  “I am glad to welcome Pharrell back home, after…

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LeBron James breaks Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s scoring record

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Kareem Abdul -Jabbar walked out to center court Tuesday to pass the basketball and scoring torch to LaBron James. Jabbar congratulated and embraced James for breaking his all-time scoring record in the Lakers’ game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Lakers lost the game. LeBron needed 38 points, or 38,390 points, to pass Jabber’s longstanding…

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Earthquake kills more than 33,000 in Turkey and Syria

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More than 34,179 people have been killed so far by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria on Monday. The quake also rocked parts of Lebanon. The death toll in Turkey has climbed to 29,605, the Turkish Emergency Coordination Center said Sunday. The total number of deaths in Syria stands at 4,574, including…

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This Super Bowl was really Super

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The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in an exciting Super Bowl game in which two Black quarterbacks played against each other. No one was disappointed, especially up to the last second when the Chiefs sealed the win. The Chiefs defeated the Eagles 38 to 35. Their win constituted the Chiefs’ second consecutive Super…

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Powerful earthquakes destroy Turkey and Syria

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Powerful earthquakes destroyed parts of Turkey and Syria, killing more than 5,000 people in both countries amid the snow and freezing temperatures. The first quake had a 7.8 magnitude and destroyed large parts of Syria and Turkey Monday, trapping people in the rubble. There also was a 7.5 magnitude second earthquake separate from the first,…

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McCarthy pushes Rep. Omar out the door

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Kevin McCarthy, speaker of the House of Representatives, and House Republicans have gotten rid of Rep. Ilhan Omar on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Still, Omar didn’t leave without a fight. McCarthy and Republicans voted 218 to 211 to remove Omar from the committee, leading Democrats to accuse Republicans of racism. House members voted along…

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