Entertainment

Best films of 2014

Best films of 2014

| December 24, 2014

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic As 2104 draws to a close it’s a perfect time to reflect on noteworthy films, strong performances and the strides that black artists made this past year. It’s also a good time to spotlight the top-quality movies that will vie for Oscars and be released in theaters and on […]

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Take a pause with a black Santa Claus

Take a pause with a black Santa Claus

| December 24, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. While growing up, the only Santa Claus that I believed in was a fat, cheery, robust, white Santa. He was the one that I waited for to climb down the chimney and put a favorite toy under my tree. In fact, I was conditioned by the media that Christmas was […]

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Film Review: ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’

Film Review: ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’

| December 18, 2014

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic “Exodus: Movement of Jah people! Oh-oh-oh, yea-eah!” chants Bob Marley. In his rousing three-minute song “Exodus,” he presents a more strong and spiritual feel for Moses than Ridley Scott’s 154-minute, whitewashed sword-and-sandals epic. Travel from the north to the south of Egypt and there is a variance of skin […]

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Spotlight on the ‘Dynamic Duo:’ Twins Janet and Lenet to perform at American Legion Post 148

Spotlight on the ‘Dynamic Duo:’ Twins Janet and Lenet to perform at American Legion Post 148

| December 11, 2014

By Jeanie Summerville What’s up, babies? As always, I hope all is well with you and yours and that, you’re still taking the time out of your days to bring yourselves and others some well deserved joy, happiness, beauty and some form of peace of mind as we travel, on our journey of love to get […]

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Southern Heights Baptist to present instructive, inspirational play

| December 11, 2014

FORT WAYNE—The Christian Education Department of Southern Heights Baptist Church, 4001 S. Anthony Blvd., is scheduled to present the play, “CHRISTMAS IN NOVEMBER,” at 4 p.m., Dec.14. The public is invited to come out to this event. The play will focus on 5 Acts: Act I: The period of the Judges Act II: The establishment […]

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Youtheatre celebrates the holiday with ‘The Steadfast Tin Soldier’

| December 11, 2014

FORT WAYNE—Fort Wayne Youtheatre is scheduled to present “The Steadfast Tin Soldier,” an original adaptation by Harvey Cocks, as part of organization’s continuing 80th Anniversary Celebration. The stage presentation is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s heartwarming story of a toy soldier’s struggle to win the heart of his ballerina true love. The Auer Black Box […]

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Movie Review: ‘Top Five’

Movie Review: ‘Top Five’

| December 10, 2014

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic Chris Rock recently hosted “Saturday Night Live.” During the show’s normal intro section, he did around 10 minutes of standup. One of the targets of his wicked humor was the new World Trade Center. He said he would never go in it. There were audible gasps, and a bit […]

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Nene Leakes makes Cinderella debut in banner year for black stars on Broadway

Nene Leakes makes Cinderella debut in banner year for black stars on Broadway

| December 10, 2014

By Karu F. Daniels Special to the NNPA from the Chicago Defender (NNPA)—2014 will go down as a landmark year for blacks on The Great White Way. In May, musical theater veteran Norm Lewis (who gained television notoriety as Olivia Pope’s only brown-skinned love interest on Scandal) made history as the first African American to […]

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Stevie Wonder surprises audience during Auburn Hills performance

Stevie Wonder surprises audience during Auburn Hills performance

| November 27, 2014

By Anastasia Melton Special to Frost Illustrated AUBURN HILLS, Mich.—Legendary singer, songwriter and performer Stevie Wonder treated the audience to a number of surprises during his recent performance, Nov. 20, at The Palace in Auburn Hills. First of all, heavy snowfall that struck Michigan in the wake of the crippling storm that concurrently hit the […]

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‘Friends’ desert Bill Cosby when he needs them most

‘Friends’ desert Bill Cosby when he needs them most

| November 26, 2014

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist “Hey, hey, hey (in my best Fat Albert’s voice), please listen to what I have to say. My friend Bill Cosby is in trouble today.” Even Fat Albert knows Bill Cosby is getting a raw deal. As a public relations/crisis management professional, I have worked with some of the biggest […]

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