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v7_people-don-cornelius_mervcDon Cornelius, who with the creation of “Soul Train” helped break down racial barriers and broaden the reach of black culture with funky music, groovy dance steps and cutting edge style, died at 75.

Aretha Franklin, an early “Soul Train” performer, called the producer “an American treasure. God bless him for the solid good and wholesome foundation he provided for young adults worldwide,” she said Wednesday, “and the unity and brotherhood he singlehandedly brought about with his most memorable creation of Soul Train.”

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v2_soledad_obrien_cnnCNN has announced the names of its new morning shows. Beginning Jan. 2, Soledad O’Brien’s 7-9 a.m. program will be titled “Starting Point.” The broadcast will be, in CNN’s words, a “conversational ensemble” show, with O’Brien at the center.

Former MSNBC anchor Ashleigh Banfield will host the 5-7 a.m. program titled “Early Start,” along with former local Chicago newscaster, Zoraida Sambolin.


As previously reported, CNN announced in November that it had decided to dismantle its current morning show “American Morning,” and divide the program into two separate shows: one from 5-7 a.m. and the other from 7-9 a.m.

v2_will_jada_divorce_meDespite denying divorce rumors back in August, it appears that Will and Jada Pinkett Smith may be finally going their separate ways -- at least according to In Touch Weekly.

The magazine is reporting that Jada Smith recently met with celebrity divorce lawyer Laura Wasser, who has represented the likes of Britney Spears, Maria Shriver, and Kim Kardashian.

121311_Lakers-Odom-trade-Basketball-Kobe-Bryant - CopyLakers Trade Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks

Two days after getting squashed by the NBA in an apparent deal for Chris Paul, the Los Angeles Lakers traded forward Lamar Odom to Dallas for the Mavericks‘ first-round pick in the 2012 amateur draft.

“It’s a done deal,” said a person familiar with the situation who was not authorized to speak publicly.

121111_entertainment_obamasPresident Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were on hand to salute the 2011 class of Kennedy Center Honorees on Sunday at the Kennedy Center in Washington. CBS will broadcast the show on Dec. 27.

Actress Meryl Streep, pop singer Neil Diamond, Broadway singer Barbara Cook, famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins were all celebrated for receiving the nation’s top award for those who have influenced American culture through the arts.


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