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‘We Are Family’ singer Joni Sledge dies of natural causes

‘We Are Family’ singer Joni Sledge dies of natural causes

| March 23, 2017

By Stacy M. Brown (The Washington Informer/NNPA Member) Joni Sledge, the second eldest sister in the hit pop group Sister Sledge, died of a preexisting medical condition, according to TMZ. Sledge passed away at home in Phoenix, Arizona, on Friday, March 11. She was 60 years old. On March 14, the gossip website reported that […]

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Opera in jazz: Terence Blanchard’s ‘Champion’

Opera in jazz: Terence Blanchard’s ‘Champion’

| March 18, 2017

By K.P. Williams Pop, rock, jazz and classical. These are all separate genres of music. But what happens when you put two of them together? You get “opera in jazz” rather than “jazz opera,” according to jazz musician and opera composer Terence Blanchard, who is the former Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance artistic director. […]

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Black Press played vital role in ‘Hiddn Figures’

Black Press played vital role in ‘Hiddn Figures’

| March 16, 2017

By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor) In her book, “Hidden Figures,” author Margot Lee Shetterly pays homage to the African-American women who worked as human computers in the space program. It’s a book that’s spawned an Academy Award-nominated movie and has brought to the fore the accomplishments of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary […]

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‘God’s Drummer’ Jamont Simmons crosses over at 29

‘God’s Drummer’ Jamont Simmons crosses over at 29

| February 22, 2017

FORT WAYNE—The city’s arts community was shocked with the recent and unexpected passing of one of the Summit City’s brightest young musical stars. Jamont T. Simmons, went to his heavenly home on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. Born on April 8, 1987, Simmons accepted Christ at Faith Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of his grandfather, […]

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Chuck, Lisa Surack, Sweetwater give funds to renovate Embassy Theatre dressing rooms

Chuck, Lisa Surack, Sweetwater give funds to renovate Embassy Theatre dressing rooms

| February 22, 2017

FORT WAYNE—The Embassy Theatre received a gift from Chuck and Lisa Surack and Sweetwater to renovate the historic theater’s backstage dressing rooms. The gift was announced at the opening of Down the Line, an Embassy concert on Feb. 11. The renovation project will commence later in 2017. “The Embassy welcomes world-class artists year-round. This generous […]

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We-Funk All Stars to host ‘Tribute To Funk Music’ March 3

We-Funk All Stars to host ‘Tribute To Funk Music’ March 3

| February 14, 2017

“Yeah, We-Funk, y’all know this is what I want you all to do: If you got faults, defects or shortcomings you know like arthritis, rheumatism or migraines, whatever part of your body it is, I want you to lay it on your radio. Let the vibes flow through, funk not only moves, it can remove, […]

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Fort Wayne Ballet continues Family Series with ‘The Little Prince’

Fort Wayne Ballet continues Family Series with ‘The Little Prince’

| February 14, 2017

FORT WAYNE—Fort Wayne Ballet is scheduled to continue its Family Series Season on Feb. 18, 2017 by presenting “The Little Prince”, a story full of friendship and adventure. It tells the story of a young prince who has fallen to Earth from a tiny asteroid and meets the most curious people in this strange world. […]

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Film review: ‘100 Streets’

Film review: ‘100 Streets’

| February 11, 2017

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) The mark of a brilliant actor is that he or she can give a compelling performance even in a film that doesn’t shine. That’s the case with Idris Elba, as he nearly saves “100 Streets, a light, interwoven contemporary London drama from mediocrity. The concept for the film […]

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Brave souls braved elements to view African-American brave souls in ‘Hidden Figures

Brave souls braved elements to view African-American brave souls in ‘Hidden Figures

| February 9, 2017

By Madeline Marcelia Garvin Like many brave souls, I braved the cold January elements to see the Academy Award nominated film “Hidden Figures that starred “Empire” sultriest, famed Taraji P. Henson, who portrayed Presidential Freedom Award recipient Katherine Johnson. And, I am glad I was able to do so. Just as St. Francis University accounting […]

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Q&A with ‘Hidden Figures’ director Theodore Melfi

Q&A with ‘Hidden Figures’ director Theodore Melfi

| January 31, 2017

By Edward Henderson (San Diego Voice and Viewpoint/NNPA Member) Imagine being in the running to direct the newest Spider-Man film. What kind of script would have to cross your desk to make you drop out of consideration? For me, it would have to be something that moved my soul, told a story that has never […]

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