*TMZ is reporting that Loleini Tonga, fiancee of the late Chris Henry, will not face any charges stemming from the incident that led to his death. After completing an investigation, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Homicide Unit “determined that there was no evidence of reckless driving or excessive speed by Ms. Tonga.” Cops said Tonga was cooperative throughout their investigation.
*The Roots are bringing back their annual pre-Grammy Jam Session this year in Los Angeles after skipping 2009 to focus on their new gig as house band for “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” The sixth annual Roots Jam Session is scheduled for Jan. 30. The event is closed to the public and invite-only, reports Allhiphop.com.
*A school attended by jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson received a marker along the Mississippi Blues Trail on Thursday. The marker is the 100th on the trail, created as part of a project designed to bolster the state’s blues tourism industry. Wilson chose her old stomping grounds, Brinkley Middle School, for the marker. It’s located in what is now an economically depressed area of Jackson, but Wilson said it’s where she got her start. “It’s where I learned about music. It’s where I played and went to school and it’s such a wonderful neighborhood,” she told the AP. The Mississippi Blues Trail will stretch from Memphis Minnie’s grave in Walls, near the Tennessee border, to Farish Street in downtown Jackson, a historic black business district and home of the Alamo Theatre where many famous black entertainers have performed.