Entertainment

Tributes pour in for pioneer of popular ‘soukous’ sound Papa Wemba

Tributes pour in for pioneer of popular ‘soukous’ sound Papa Wemba

| April 26, 2016

(GIN)—To some, he was the King of Congolese rumba—a sound that layered luscious Cuban rumba with African instruments and beats. Papa Wemba, or Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba, was rebellious, prolific, a style icon, at times notorious and always innovative. “The world of popular music has lost a giant—a consummate musician, a shape-shifter who challenged […]

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Michigan’s The Soul Syndicate keeping ‘classic soul’ alive and well

Michigan’s The Soul Syndicate keeping ‘classic soul’ alive and well

| April 26, 2016

Frost Staff Review Let’s just be straight up and raw: It’s nice to hear love songs that come from the heart and soul rather than the groin. That distinction is what separates classic soul and R&B group The Soul Syndicate from much of today’s crowd. Formed in 2014, The Soul Syndicate made its debut to […]

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Special ‘Blaxploitation’ Blu-ray/DVD series launches with Rudy Ray Moore’s ‘Dolemite’

Special ‘Blaxploitation’ Blu-ray/DVD series launches with Rudy Ray Moore’s ‘Dolemite’

| April 26, 2016

BRIDGEPORT, Conn.—As the premiere release in a special series of six fully restored “Blaxploitation” cult classics, “Dolemite” hustles onto a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, April 26 from Vinegar Syndrome (VS). Emerging in the U.S. in the early 1970s, Blaxploitation films—the first to regularly feature soundtracks of funk and soul music and primarily African American casts—were originally […]

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Music  superstar Prince dead at 57

Music  superstar Prince dead at 57

| April 25, 2016

From various reports MINNEAPOLIS—In a year that has seen the deaths of a number of superstars in the entertainment world—Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire, Glenn the Eagles and the iconic David Bowie to name a few—this was by far the most shocking and, perhaps, unexpected. At approximately 12:50 p.m. EST, April 21, TMZ, […]

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Soulful sounds of classic Central High musicians still ear pleasing

Soulful sounds of classic Central High musicians still ear pleasing

| April 19, 2016

By William Bryant Rozier Special to Frost Illustrated It’s ON again. The Central High All-Year Blowout of 2016 jumps off on April 23 at the McMillen Park Community Center, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., followed by a banquet dinner from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For all festival inquires, visit www.centralhighschoolfest.com or call the […]

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Comedy show set for Embassy

Comedy show set for Embassy

| April 4, 2016

FORT WAYNE—G Productions is scheduled to present its 2016 All Star Comedy Jam at 8:30 p.m., April 9 at the Embassy Theatre. The show is scheduled to include some of the nation’s top young comedians. For more information, call (813) 990-840.

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Open Sign Productions set to shift film focus from Hollywood to Fort Wayne

Open Sign Productions set to shift film focus from Hollywood to Fort Wayne

| March 4, 2016

By Marquita Ricketts Staff Writer If you wanted to make a successful film, where would be the best place to go? While the consensus response may have been Hollywood, Fort Wayne is actually a correct response as well. I am sure some of you are wondering where I am going with this. If you want […]

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Interview with Dean of Students Gralan Early, Music Instructor Bradford Smith

Interview with Dean of Students Gralan Early, Music Instructor Bradford Smith

| March 1, 2016

By Eric Hackley The following is an interview with Dean of Students Gralan Early and Music Instructor Bradford Smith at a local Fort Wayne school. These gentlemen are both education innovators and music activists. HACKLEY: Mr. Early, tell me about your job. What do you oversee? GRALAN EARLY: I am the dean of students. I […]

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WELT FM—‘We Encourage Local Talent’

WELT FM—‘We Encourage Local Talent’

| February 11, 2016

A conversation with visionary Erik Möllberg We must accept that this creative pulse within us is—God’s creative pulse itself.—(Author unknown) By Genevieve “Gena” Epps Frost Illustrated Special Correspondent FORT WAYNE—There is something exciting and new coming to Fort Wayne. It’s community radio, which is non-commercial, listener-sponsored and member controlled. This idea, envisioned 16 years ago […]

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Travel to Washington, D.C., with Moore, Locke family

Travel to Washington, D.C., with Moore, Locke family

| February 3, 2016

If you are looking for a place to get away for a few days, then come ride with us on a bus trip to Washington, D.C., as we share with family and friends at the Moore, Locke Family Reunion. We will be leaving Fort Wayne, at 2 p.m., Friday, July 8, 2016 and are scheduled […]

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