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Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, dies at 76

According to a family statement released through publicist Gwendolyn Quinn, Franklin died Thursday at her Detroit home at 9:50 a.m.

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WEAA PRESENTS: For The Culture with Farajii

For the Culture with Farajii airs daily from 5 Pm - 7 Pm only on WEAA 88.9 FM WEAA introduces a new fast-paced talk show from various perspectives throughout the Baltimore community, discussing politics, education, money, health and more with Farajii Muhammad.

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#TBT WEAA on Assignment: Episode 6

Korey Matthews is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, and is currently a senior multimedia journalism major at Morgan State University, set to graduate in May of 2018. His career goal is to one day become an on-air radio host and a media mogul. The WEAA on Assignment series has helped him to tell better, clearer stories, and he has learned through the series how to connect with a diverse audience through the art of oral storytelling. He is extremely appreciative to PNC and WEAA for the...

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More Than Keeping Time: A Melodic Drumming Demo

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What would you say if I told you that drums can sing? The best jazz drummers have always understood this as fact. Allison Miller has even made it a core part of her artistic mission — as drummer, a composer and a bandleader, notably with her ensemble Boom Tic Boom.

Sarah Hirshland will take over as CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee starting Aug. 20. Her predecessor, Scott Blackmun, resigned earlier this year in part because of several sexual abuse scandals that have plagued Olympic sports, particularly in gymnastics.

As California's enormous wildfires continue to set records for the second year in a row, state lawmakers are scrambling to close gaps in state law that could help curb future fires, or make the difference between life and death once a blaze breaks out.

Former Trump White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman released excerpts of a recording Thursday she said corroborated her claim of being offered a job paying $15,000 a month in exchange for staying quiet about her time in the administration.

Excerpts of a secret phone recording between Manigault Newman and President Trump's daughter-in-law Lara Trump aired on MSNBC Thursday.

Ready For A Linguistic Controversy? Say 'Mhmm'

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Pop quiz: What's a word you use a hundred times a day — that doesn't show up in the dictionary?

Give up? Mhmm.

You got it! Mhmm is a small word that's often used unconsciously. But it can actually tell us a lot about language, bias and the transatlantic slave trade.

Once upon a time, English speakers didn't say "mhmm." But Africans did, according to Robert Thompson, an art history professor at Yale University who studies Africa's influence on the Americas.

When the seminal martial arts film Enter the Dragon premiered in August 1973 — 45 years ago this weekend — it was exactly what Bruce Lee had been waiting for: A starring role in a Hollywood production.

As the 2018 midterms draw closer, President Trump continues to claim there's a "Red Wave!" brewing.

The problem is, concrete voting data shows a very different type of wave forming — one that's poised to give Democrats a comfortable majority in the House.

Well, it's safe to say Netflix giveth and Netflix taketh away.

Only a week after the Grand Takething that was Insatiable, the streamer brings along To All The Boys I've Loved Before, a fizzy and endlessly charming adaptation of Jenny Han's YA romantic comedy novel.

Why did Laurence Olivier return so often to Shakespeare's Othello? Why did Ansel Adams keep photographing the Grand Canyon? Obsessed or awestruck, artists revisit great inspirations because they believe there is yet another story to tell – about life, about themselves.

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