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14 People Who Broke Barriers to Make Black History

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In honor of Black History Month, here’s a look at 14 people who broke color barriers to become the first Black Americans to achieve historic accomplishments in politics, academics, aviation, entertainment and more

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Image: Gordon Parks, a professional photographer, author, poet and composer, is seen in Hollywood, California on April 4, 1968. Gordon Parks in Hollywood on April 4, 1968. Associated Press

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Actor Bill Paxton Dead at 61 Due to Complications from Surgery

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Bill Paxton, the actor known for starring in films such as “Twister” and “Apollo 13,” died on Saturday due to complications from surgery, according to a family statement. He was 61.

“It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery,” a representative for the family told NBC News. “A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker.”

Paxton first got a start in the 1970s playing minor roles, but he won over audiences in the following two decades. The journeyman actor played notable characters in “The Terminator,” “Weird Science” and “Aliens” in the 1980s, and he grew to have a larger profile in the 1990s in films such as “Tombstone,” “Apollo 13,” “Twister” and “Titanic.”

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Image: Actor Bill Paxton poses at the premiere of "She's Funny That Way" in Los Angeles, California, Aug. 19, 2015. Actor Bill Paxton poses at the premiere of “She’s Funny That Way” in Los Angeles, California, Aug. 19, 2015. Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

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A few words on the genius of Larry Coryell

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Larry Coryell was such a distinguished and distinctive guitarist to call him underrated seems ludicrous.

But scrolling through about a dozen “best jazz guitarist” lists, I found the same legendary names over and over: Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Jim Hall, Pat Metheny, Kenny Burrell, Pat Martino, Charlie Christian, Grant Green, Bill Frisell, John Scofield, John McLaughlin and so on.

Perhaps his omission is because he directed his jazz fusion further toward rock ‘n’ roll than others, or perhaps because his style reflected a broad base of study with detours into blues, country, classical and other forms over a prolific recording career. But Coryell, who died Sunday at 73, belongs in such venerable company.

 His connection to Texas is thin. He’s a Galveston native, born there  in 1943. But Coryell’s family headed to the northwest and he was raised in Seattle. By 1965 he was in New York, and soon after working with the great drummer and bandleader Chico Hamilton. In 1968 he began recording as a leader and a year later issued “Coryell” and “Lady Coryell.” Both testify to a formidable rising talent.

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15 Science fiction movies you need to watch at least once

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The real world is pretty strange right now, and escaping from it, at least temporarily, is absolutely necessary. So why not pay a visit to an even stranger world with a good science fiction movie? Time travel, aliens, robots and more will take people away from politics, international relations and Russian intrigue — at least for a few hours

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15 Science fiction movies you need to watch at least once

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This movie never gets old, and no one is ever too old to watch it. Steven Spielberg’s film manages to be simultaneously heartwarming and just a little eerie as it tells the story of an alien who befriends a young boy.

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30 Amazing Images Before And After Photoshop

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Grammys 2017: Adele and Beyoncé’s big moments

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Adele swept the top honors at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, but the night was shared with Beyoncé.

Adele went home with five total awards, including album of the year for “25.”
Beyoncé won two, including best music video for “Formation” and best urban contemporary album for “Lemonade.”
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The two superstars each provided stellar performances.
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Beyoncé, who recently announced she’s expecting twins, reminded everyone why her nickname is Queen Bey with a powerful medley of “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles.” The nine-minute set was a celebration of women and motherhood.
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Adele opened the show with her hit “Hello.” She later performed a slowed arrangement of George Michael’s “Fastlove” in tribute to the singer, who died on Christmas Day.

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Al Jarreau, Grammy-winning jazz singer, dead at 76

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Al Jarreau, the jazz-pop musician best known for the hits “Breakin’ Away,” “We’re in This Love Together” and the theme song to the popular 1980’s TV show, “Moonlighting,” died Sunday, according to posts on his verified social media accounts. He was 76.

Jarreau died about 9 a.m. ET in Los Angeles surrounded by his wife, son and a few friends, according to posts on his Facebook page and Twitter account.
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Nicknamed the “Acrobat of Scat” for his innovative vocal stylings, Jarreau was one of the few performers of his day who successfully bridged pop, jazz and R&B. He released more than 20 albums over his storied career, won seven Grammy Awards and remained a tireless performer right up until his death.
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He had only retired from touring last week. A February 8 statement on Jarreau’s Twitter account announced his retirement from touring after being hospitalized in Los Angeles for exhaustion.

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