Entertainment

Interview with Narada Michael Walden

Interview with Narada Michael Walden

| February 25, 2015

Multi Platinum Grammy, Emmy winning producer, musician, recording artist   By Eric D. Hackley Narada Michael Walden is my fourth Cousin, once removed. Narada’s great, great grandfather Calvin Hackley {b.1836} and my great, great grandfather Jerome Hackley {b.1849} were brothers. Calvin was the last Virginia born Hackley and Jerome was the first Michigan born Hackley. […]

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Five flicks (not chick flicks) I thoroughly enjoyed are up for some award

Five flicks (not chick flicks) I thoroughly enjoyed are up for some award

| February 20, 2015

By Madeline Marcelia Garvin Deep within the dark cavernous confines of many a movie house is where one could find me during the frigid months of December and January. This was a pleasurable form of escapism after being confined for weeks due to fever, hacking and coughing. Excuse the descriptors; but, it was quite a […]

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Heartland’s Jazz Q and ArtWorks combine for a one of a kind evening

| February 17, 2015

It’s so hot it’s cool… Fort Wayne—Cool and colorful art blends with hot and spicy jazz on Friday, February 20 at 7:00 pm. “Jazz at the Galleria” promises to be an outstanding evening with Heartland’s Jazz Q and Combo in a cabaret-style concert surrounded by the luscious visuals of ArtWorks the Galleria of Fine Art, […]

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Pilgrim Baptist – Immeasurable concert Feb. 15

| February 12, 2015

National gospel recording group Immeasurable set to perform at Pilgrim Baptist   FORT WAYNE—Award-winning trio Immeasurable is scheduled to perform at Pilgrim Baptist Church, 1331 Gay St. during their Sunday Morning Songs of Praise Service, 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Feb. 15. The group recently completed tour stops with Donnie McClurkin, Detrick Haddon and Fred Hammond. […]

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Time to reform the ‘thug’ image of Hip Hop

Time to reform the ‘thug’ image of Hip Hop

| February 10, 2015

By Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist One of my mentors asked me why I was so quiet and not making my voice heard in the streets protesting for justice. First, because, “I Can’t Breathe.” I am still in mourning over all these babies being gunned down by the people who are supposed to protect us. It […]

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How Dick Gregory got his Hollywood star

How Dick Gregory got his Hollywood star

| February 7, 2015

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist Activist/SiriusXm satellite radio host Joe Madison was helping on a campaign to get the Four Tops a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame when he noticed another serious omission from the world-famous tribute to entertainers. “You go to Hollywood and Gene Autry had five (one in each category). […]

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Film Review: ‘American Sniper’

Film Review: ‘American Sniper’

| January 31, 2015

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic “American Sniper,” a well-produced but flawed bio/war/drama follows the armed forces career and subsequent malaise of ex-Navy Seal Chris Kyle. He was a legendary sniper who did four tours of duty in Iraq. His steely, icy demeanor gave him a steady aim, but didn’t protect him from the fragile aftermath […]

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Movie Review: ‘The Wedding Ringer’

Movie Review: ‘The Wedding Ringer’

| January 28, 2015

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic In a now infamously leaked email, Screen Gems President Clint Culpepper called comedian Kevin Hart a “whore” because he wanted him to use his huge social media following to promote “Think Like A Man Too,” and Hart wouldn’t do it without being paid more money. Kevin politely responded in […]

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‘The Mountaintop’ play brings dramatization of MLK’s final hours to USF campus

‘The Mountaintop’ play brings dramatization of MLK’s final hours to USF campus

| January 14, 2015

FORT WAYNE—The University of Saint Francis School of Creative Arts presents “The Mountaintop,” a play by American playwright Katori Hall. Directed by Brad Beauchamp, “The Mountaintop” is a gripping reimagination of events the night before the assassination of the civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The local production stars Fatima Washington and Ennis […]

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Movie Review: ‘Selma’

Movie Review: ‘Selma’

| January 13, 2015

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic R.I.P. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Your story has been told. Your legacy passed on. Your strategies for non-violent demonstrations shared. Your ability to change hearts, minds, and laws has been well-documented.  “Selma,” in the most inspiring way, relays MLK’s state of grace. It is a worthy homage befitting […]

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