Entertainment

‘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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Justin Jordan, wife Charity provide local connections to historic movie ‘Selma’

Justin Jordan, wife Charity provide local connections to historic movie ‘Selma’

| January 8, 2015

Special to Frost Illustrated FORT WAYNE—Fort Wayne’s very own Justin Jordan contributed to the newly released feature film “Selma,” starring David Oyelowo and produced by Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt. The South Side High School graduate (’99) provided graphic design and art direction support as a graphics production assistant on the film under production designer Mark […]

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Voices of Unity featured in Praise Celebration 2015

Voices of Unity featured in Praise Celebration 2015

| December 31, 2014

Unity Performing Arts Foundation and Brotherhood Mutual Insurance are scheduled to present Praise Celebration 2015 at 6 p.m., Jan. 11, 2015 at Rhinehart Music Center, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., on the IPFW campus.

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Jill Scott to be honored at Essence Grammy celebration

Jill Scott to be honored at Essence Grammy celebration

| December 30, 2014

Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer Essence will kick off a yearlong commemoration of the 45th anniversary of its magazine in 2015 with a Black Women in Music Grammy Awards Week celebration that will honor recording artist Jill Scott. Now in its sixth year, Black Women in Music will honor the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter […]

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Film Review: ‘Annie’

Film Review: ‘Annie’

| December 30, 2014

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic On the surface, there is absolutely no reason to update the classic Broadway show ‘Annie,’ which was already adapted for the screen in 1982.  But, this multicultural cast redux adds a hip swag to the classic kid’s story. This ‘Annie’ is urban, emotional and fun.  But, far from perfect. […]

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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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