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‘2104’ set to host blues revue with national guitar wiz Hamilton Loomis, blues queen Carol Lockridge

‘2104’ set to host blues revue with national guitar wiz Hamilton Loomis, blues queen Carol Lockridge

| March 28, 2017

FORT WAYNE—Lovers of the blues have an opportunity to enjoy one of the nation’s rising music stars this coming weekend. “2104” entertainment lounge, 2104 Calhoun St., is scheduled to present nationally renowned blues guitarist Hamilton Loomis and Indiana Queen of the Blues Carol Lockridge at 9 p.m., April 1. The Texas-based virtuoso Hamilton Loomis has […]

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Film review: ‘I Call Him Morgan’

Film review: ‘I Call Him Morgan’

| March 28, 2017

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) Bee Bop. Jazz. The 1950s and 1960s were a hotbed for cool music, and the hip musicians, who played those genres on records and in smoky, dimly lit nightclubs, were a special breed. Years later, most people still revere legendary trumpeters like Miles Davis and Chet Baker and […]

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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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