Entertainment

Film Review: ‘Hell or High Water’

Film Review: ‘Hell or High Water’

| September 9, 2016

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) “I been poor my whole life. It’s like a disease.” And with that thought in mind, two brothers, Toby (Chris Pine, Star Trek’s Captain Kirk) a divorced dad and Tanner Howard (Ben Foster, “Lone Survivor”) an ex-con, go on a bank-robbing spree in rural, arid West Texas where […]

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Film review: ‘Southside With You’

Film review: ‘Southside With You’

| September 9, 2016

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) “Thought he was just another smooth talking brother?” says an inquisitive Chicago mom. She’s repeating the words her daughter used to describe a colleague she’s meeting for a first date. Never have eight words been so inaccurate. That “he,” is a twenty-something Barack Obama. The daughter is Michelle […]

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Movie review: ‘Suicide Squad’

Movie review: ‘Suicide Squad’

| September 5, 2016

By Dwight Brown NNPA News Wire Film Critic “Deadpool” may have raised the bar far too high for the comic-book-turned-film genre. It was fresh, innovative, irreverent, demented, unpredictable, visually alluring, well-acted, written, directed and produced. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” flew in its shadow. And now the much-hyped “Suicide Squad” falls short, too. The […]

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Gifted guitarist, spiritual warrior W.R. Sanders crosses over at 57

Gifted guitarist, spiritual warrior W.R. Sanders crosses over at 57

| September 5, 2016

FORT WAYNE—The Summit City lost one of its treasured artist recently with the passage of one of the area’s most revered musicians. Guitarist W.R. Sanders, a longtime collaborator with renowned R&B singer, musician and songwriter Ty Causey passed away at home Aug. 23 in Fort Wayne. Born Dec. 25, 1958 to the union of Bishop […]

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Public invited to four upcoming performances at Tech

Public invited to four upcoming performances at Tech

| August 31, 2016

FORT WAYNE—Indiana Tech, with the support of the Auer Foundation, is presenting four free upcoming performances that are open to the public. The performances are scheduled to be held in the Multi-Flex Theater of the university’s Academic Center at 1600 E. Washington Blvd. The Edward D. and Ione Auer Foundation is a private charitable foundation […]

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ilm Review: ‘Miss Sharon Jones!

ilm Review: ‘Miss Sharon Jones!

| August 16, 2016

By Dwight Brown (NNPA News Wire Film Critic) Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings is a Grammy-nominated R&B band from Brooklyn. Their groove is funky like James Brown’s. Jones’ gyrations are as wild and ferocious as Tina Tuner’s. The group’s soul shakes and their lead singer’s indomitable spirit blend into something very special, heartfelt and familial. […]

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South Side Session to present best in R&B, soul, blues

South Side Session to present best in R&B, soul, blues

| August 2, 2016

FORT WAYNE—Thanks to a grant from the Knight Foundation via the Community Foundation the Fort Wayne Urban League has partnered with the Allen County Pontiac Public Library to present: “SOUTH SIDE SESSIONS,” a series of free weekly concerts scheduled take place Thursdays on the campus of the Urban League during the summer. Music, fun and […]

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Hollywood next: Jeff Friday’s American Black Film Festival fuels the future

Hollywood next: Jeff Friday’s American Black Film Festival fuels the future

| July 27, 2016

By Ronda Racha Penrice, Urban News Service When Jeff Friday traveled to his first Sundance Film Festival to catch Love Jones in 1997, what struck him most is what he didn’t see. “I returned from Sundance very inspired by what I saw there, but what I did not see was filmmakers of color,” said Friday. “So […]

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Film review: ‘Star Trek Beyond’

Film review: ‘Star Trek Beyond’

| July 26, 2016

By Dwight Brown (NNPA News Wire Film Critic) The big debate shouldn’t be if this is the best Star Trek film ever. The more interesting conversation is about whether “Star Trek Beyond” is a better sci-fi space adventure film than 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” On most levels, the answer is, “yes.” J.J. Abrams […]

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Dr. Malinda Wade to hold local book signing July 12

Dr. Malinda Wade to hold local book signing July 12

| June 30, 2016

FORT WAYNE—Acclaimed author Dr. Malinda F. Wade has announced the release of her latest work: “Naomi’s Pearls,” billed as “wisdom for the new millennium.” Wade, the author of other books including “New Stuff, Old Times” (1982) a poetry collection and two other custom works for McGraw Hill—“A synopsis of American Government,” (1999)  and  “Women of […]

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