Another Music Legend Leaves Us: Maurice White of Earth Wind and Fire. #RIP AM1150WTMP

NETHERLANDS - FEBRUARY 28:  AHOY  Photo of EARTH WIND & FIRE and Maurice WHITE, Maurice White performing on stage  (Photo by Rob Verhorst/Redferns)

NETHERLANDS – FEBRUARY 28: AHOY Photo of EARTH WIND & FIRE and Maurice WHITE, Maurice White performing on stage (Photo by Rob Verhorst/Redferns)

NEW YORK (AP) — Maurice White, the founder and leader of Earth, Wind & Fire, has died.

White died at home in Los Angeles on Wednesday, said his brother, Verdine White. He was 74.

“My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep,” his brother Verdine White, told the Associated Press. “While the world has lost another great musician and legend, our family asks that our privacy is respected as we start what will be a very difficult and life-changing transition in our lives. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes.”

A former session drummer, White founded Earth, Wind & Fire in the late 1960s. The group went on to sell more than 90 million albums worldwide, displaying a flashy and eclectic musical style that incorporated his influences from growing up in Memphis, Tennessee, and working at the influential Chicago music labels Chess and Okeh. See photos here.


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Listen to Win Tickets to See Patti LaBelle at the Straz Center! AM 1150 WTMP

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The inimitable soul songstress Patti LaBelle defined the diva generation with her string of radio hits including “Lady Marmalade,” “New Attitude,” and “Stir It Up.” A living legend, LaBelle has been inducted into the Grammy® Hall of Fame, won a Lifetime Achievement Award from BET and earned NAACP’s Entertainer of the Year honor twice. This solo concert marks her return to the stage so old and new fans may experience the magic of Patti LaBelle live – her signature voice wrapped up in her spectacular flair. Listen to AM 1150 WTMP to win tickets!


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Michael Sweeney, Aspiring Journalist, about to begin “Dream Job at CNN”, Dies Suddenly AM1150WTMP


Michael J. Feeney, a former New York Daily News reporter, has died suddenly at 32 of complications from a staph infection. He was about to begin “his dream job as an entertainment reporter” at

Feeney served as president of the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ) for four years. He “was a dedicated leader of the organization and an outstanding journalist,” the organization said in a statement.

Feeney “worked tirelessly furthering our goals and revitalizing the chapter. He was a mentor to so many just starting out as journalists and a constant voice for those working tirelessly in media,” the NYABJ said.

Scores of colleagues and fans took to Twitter to remember Feeney, including Rev. Al Sharpton and NYC Mayor Bill deBlasio. Read more here.
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Celebrating Frederick Douglas Today! AM 1150 WTMP

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Children’s Magazine Publishes 11-Year Old Sean Scott’s Poem AM 1150 WTMP

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Sean Scott, an eleven-year-old of Tampa, can call himself a published author.

A poem he wrote in school is featured in Highlights magazine.

The school assignment was to answer the question, what would it be like if it snowed in Florida?

Scott was inspired by his memories of growing up in Washington, D.C. He said he loved playing in the snow, and wrote that “If it snowed in Florida it would be awesome. The first thing I would do is go outside to play.”

“Since it doesn’t snow in Florida we can make sand angels at the beach,” Scott read.

When Scott’s mom came across the poem, she decided to send it to Highlights Magazine. Read more here.


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Really? Did ‘RHOA’ Star Peter Thomas Assault A Man In North Carolina? AM 1150 wtmp

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Peter Thomas has been accused of assaulting a man in his Charlotte, North Carolina bar.

The husband of Real Housewives of Atlanta co-star Cynthia Bailey is said to have attacked Brandon Patrick Link, 45, at his Sports One venue early on Jan. 24, according to local station WBTV.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg police report, obtained, indicates Link was hospitalized for minor injuries after he claimed he was “assaulted” by Thomas.

According to Radar Online, police at the scene determined that “no assault occurred,” however, officials are attempting to serve Peter with a criminal summons for simple assault, a Mecklenburg District Court spokesperson confirmed told the website.

According to reports, Peter claimed Link was so drunk, he was tossed out of the bar by security, and then hurt himself by slipping on ice. Read more here.

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Family Fun Fest was a Blast on Saturday at the Tropicana! AM 1150 WTMP

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Thanks to everyone who came to the Family Fun Fest on Monday at the Tropicana in St. Petersburg! It was great to see our friends, family, clients, volunteers and supporters! We’re looking forward to next year!

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Identical Twin Sisters Serve Together On Alabama Bench


These sister judges are making waves as they take the bench for justice.

Looking at Shanta Owens and Shera Grant, it’s not hard to tell they share similar qualities on the outside. After all, they are twin sisters.

But the siblings’ similarities don’t stop at first sight. Thanks to Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, Grant joined her sister as a district court judge for the state of Alabama on Friday (Jan. 8), the day she was appointed to the position . Owens has served as a district court judge in the state’s 10th judicial circuit since being elected to the position in 2008.

“I’m just overwhelmed, overjoyed. … I think this is a wonderful opportunity to serve the citizens of this county,” Grant, who’ll be handling civil cases, told regarding her new job.

Grant’s new job is the latest thing she shares with her sister. The Birmingham natives both attended Alabama State University as well as received their law degrees from Louisiana State University. In addition, Grant and Owens have six-year-old daughters and three-year-old sons, in addition to the fact that both of their husbands are childhood best friends.

“I’m really elated … I’m excited for her,” a proud Owens told AL. com while expressing how excited she is for her sister. “We’re grateful to God and grateful to the Governor.”

Read more here.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Festivities in Full Effect Across Tampa Bay! See what’s happening AM 1150 WTMP


The celebration is happening across the Tampa Bay area today! Get the times and locations of EVENTS here. See you there!

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Jonathan Butler and Angie Stone Featured Music Fest Headliners this Weekend at TBBHF 2016!!

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The Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival kicks the ultimate regional destination leading up to the Martin Luther King Holiday Weekend. The ten-day celebration includes live entertainment, exciting cultural events, relevant health tutorials, business advising seminars, renowned speakers, food vendors, craft vendors, a music fest with national recording artists and more. Tampa Bay’s annual family-friendly festival commemorates the many contributions and influences African Americans and the African Diaspora have made in our society. Click here for schedule of events.

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