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HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 17:  Reality TV stars (L-R) Khloe Kardasian,  Kylie Jenner, Kris Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, and Kendall Jenner arrive on the red carpet of the Kardashian Kollection Launch Party on August 17, 2011 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

We all know that the Kardashians are more famous for “being famous” than for noteworthy talent. But their “thing” for marriages and liaisons with black people is interesting.

Kim Kardashian is married to Kanye West and was formerly married to music producer Damon Thomas, and in between there was an affair with Ray J.

Khloé Kardashian married ex-NBA star Lamar Odom in 2009. Rob Kardashian, who is not nearly as “obsessed with fame” (to quote Damon Thomas) as his sisters, is engaged to model Blac Chyna (her real name is Angela White). And half-sister Kylie Jenner goes with rapper Tyga.

Coincidences? Not likely. But, of course, in the greater scheme of things, it’s their business.

The Kardashians are massively overpublicized…and I just gave them more!


IT COMES as no surprise that the No. 1 album in the United States at the time of

this writing is “The Very Best of Prince,” followed by “Purple Rain” by Prince and the Revolution.

It’s kind of strange that people run out and purchase music when an artist has left us. If most of these people were true Prince fans, they would already have the albums from the glory years.

The Obamas are so cool. I love them! First Lady Michelle Obama wore a purple dress to a formal event in the U.K. in honor of Prince. Queen Elizabeth was in attendance.

BILLY PAUL was one of the all-time greats and fortunately he lived a long life.

Although best known for his No. 1 classic, “Me and Mrs. Jones,” he had actually been active in the music industry since the 1950s.

Interestingly, he hit his commercial stride after signing with Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff’s Philadelphia International Records in the city of his birth.

There, the jazzy soul stylist enjoyed a string of hits, including “Thanks for Saving My Life,” “Let’s Make a Baby” and such great albums as “War of the Gods” and “Going East.”

Unique singers like Billy Paul — no one sounded even a little bit like him —

only come around occasionally. It was a blessing that he shared his gift.

KEKE PALMER is a talented and ambitious young lady. She’s been seen on many TV shows and in such movies as “Akeelah and the Bee,” “Joyful Noise,” “Barbershop 2: Back in Business,” “Shrink” and “Madea’s Family Reunion.” She also sings.

But since she’s only been in the business since 2004, it seems too early to write about her life and career, but she is doing just that. She says the book will be “sometimes serious, often hilarious and always an inspiring guide that encourages

young women to live a life full of ownership and confidence.”

That’s nice, but she is only 22 years old. An autobiography should be preceded by more living.

The Grammy Museum, located in Los Angeles, has announced that its next exhibit, opening May 13, will honor the Miracles…Smokey Robinson, Bobby Rogers, Claudette Robinson, Pete Moore, Ronnie White, Billy Griffin.

Speaking of the Miracles, the classics are constantly heard — “The Tracks of My Tears,” “Ooo Baby Baby,” “The Tears of a Clown,” etc. — but there are so many that

I love that are seldom heard today, such as “I’ll Try Something New,” “I Gotta Dance to Keep From Crying,” “The Love I Saw in You was Just a Mirage” and “My Girl Has Gone.”

BETCHA DIDN’T KNOW…that former mayor Dennis Archer is a very big fan of John Legend. If Legend is performing here, chances are Archer will be there.

MEMORIES: “Shame” (Evelyn “Champagne” King), “Just Got Paid” (Johnny Kemp), “When She Was My Girl” (the Four Tops), “Outstanding” (the Gap Band), “Whispers (Gettin’ Louder)” (Jackie Wilson), “Theme Song From ‘Which Way

is Up’” (Stargard), “If You Let Me Stay” (Terence Trent D’Arby), “You Should be Dancing” (the Bee Gees), “It Seems to Hang On” (Ashford & Simpson), “Stop Your Weeping” (the Dramatics).

WORDS OF THE WEEK, from Will Rogers: “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”

Let the music play!

Steve Holsey can be reached at svh517@aol.com and PO Box 02843,

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