Entertainment

Two faces of racism

Two faces of racism

| October 8, 2014

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist What was Alessandra Stanley, the longtime television critic of the New York Times, thinking that caused her in that now-infamous article to mis-label Shonda Rhimes, the television hit maker, as the paragon of the “Angry Black Woman” and traffick in the most misguided attitudes about black artists, black women […]

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Free student tickets available for A Lesson Before Dying

Free student tickets available for A Lesson Before Dying

| October 7, 2014

FORT WAYNE—First Presbyterian Theater, 300 W. Wayne St., is now accepting reservations for free student tickets to its upcoming performance, A Lesson Before Dying. Written by Romulus Linney and directed by Thom Hofrichter, the play is based on the Oprah Book Club novel by Ernest J. Gaines, author of The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. […]

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Bishop T.D. Jakes suing Young Jeezy, Kendrick Lamar

Bishop T.D. Jakes suing Young Jeezy, Kendrick Lamar

| October 7, 2014

By Terry Shropshire Special to the NNPA from the Atlanta Daily World Internationally-renowned and universally-beloved Bishop T.D. Jakes is vowing to file a lawsuit against popular rapper Young Jeezy and singer Kendrick Lamar for sampling portions of his sermon without his consent. Jakes, the highly influential televangelist who transformed a tiny West Virginia-based congregation into […]

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Movie Review: ‘The Equalizer’

Movie Review: ‘The Equalizer’

| September 28, 2014

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic The last time they worked together, Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua conjured up “Training Day.” That collaboration won Washington an Academy Award for Best Actor, and it was the only time in Oscar history that a black man won Best Actor in a film by a black director. […]

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Fort Wayne Youtheatre to celebrate 80th anniversary

| September 17, 2014

FORT WAYNE—The Fort Wayne Youtheatre is scheduled to kick off its 80th Anniversary Season in October with a presentation of the new stage adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ classic “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe”—accompanied by a special Family Reunion/Birthday party after a Saturday morning performance. “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” is a […]

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Master violinist John Blake Jr. dies at 67

Master violinist John Blake Jr. dies at 67

| September 11, 2014

By Ron Scott Special to the NNPA from the New York Amsterdam News John Blake Jr., who continued the early tradition of bringing the violin into the jazz arena and making its voice heard with the music of Africa to avant-garde, R&B, blues and spirituals, died Aug. 15 in Philadelphia. The cause of death was […]

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J Dilla’s legacy preserved in the Smithsonian

J Dilla’s legacy preserved in the Smithsonian

| September 11, 2014

Special to the NNPA to The Michigan Citizen James “J Dilla” Yancey, the late Detroit music producer whose stardom has grown globally since his passing in 2006, is headed toward enshrinement in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. , announced the news at the ninth annual “D.C. Loves Dilla” event on July 17. The legendary […]

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Expressions Studio Gallery presents first  Artists’ Showcase

Expressions Studio Gallery presents first  Artists’ Showcase

| September 9, 2014

Special to Frost Illustrated Expressions Studio Gallery, located at 1415 Directors Row, is scheduled to present its first Artists’ Showcase from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 20. Teresa Ridley Yarbrough, a gifted and accomplished artist who has been developing her artistic skills since childhood, opened Expressions Studio Gallery (ESG) in May to […]

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Hip Hop Corner: The Godfather of Hip Hop

Hip Hop Corner: The Godfather of Hip Hop

| September 2, 2014

By Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist Hip Hop has always had a fetish with gangster movies and characters. We often see artists referring to themselves in lyrics or using popular characters as their stage name: “Public Enemy, “ “Scarface” and “Little Caesar” were all popular gangster films of the 1930s. The Notorious B.I.G. lost a court […]

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Hip hop corner: LL hasn’t lost his street cred

Hip hop corner: LL hasn’t lost his street cred

| August 21, 2014

By Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist I had the honor of sitting in on LL Cool Jay’s private listening session in New York City.  He was previewing excerpts from his upcoming release of the G.O.A.T II.  When super producer Alize Jones from Beatbrokerz Ent. invited me to the session, I was thinking, what’s he trying to […]

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