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Gina the Dreamer – Gina Prince-Bythewood Interview: The “Beyond the Lights”

By: Kam Williams Columnist   Born on June 10, 1969, Gina Maria Prince-Bythewood studied film at UCLA before beginning her career as a writer for the TV sitcom, “A Different World.” In 2000, she made a noteworthy directorial debut with the critically-acclaimed Love & Basketball, which netted a dozen accolades during awards season, including a couple of NAACP Image Awards, a BET Award and several Bla ...

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President Obama Visits Chicago: Encourages Early Voting

By: Mary L. Datcher Staff Writer   The arrival of the United States President has become a regular routine for many South Side residents as expressway entrance and exits are blocked with the flashing lights of the CPD vehicles.  His official caravan is familiar as it rides through the Chicago neighborhoods. Once again, President Barack Obama was in his hometown on Sunday to assist Governor Pat Quinn in ...

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Death of a Renaissance Man: Geoffrey Holder

  Baron Samedi played by Geoffrey Holder in 1973 007’s Live and Let Die. His voice arrived first, deep and sonorous, prefiguring a man of enormous life and vitality, and such was the often imposing but impressive visage and physique of Geoffrey Holder, who many remember mostly from his promotion of Seven-Up “Uncola” commercials.  But the multitalented Holder was much more than a pitchman.  This artist ...

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Kodjoe Aglow!

  From his big screen and television roles to his theater and entrepreneurial skills, Boris Kodjoe has proven to be one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents. He is probably best known for his role as Damon Carter on the TV series “Soul Food.” He can currently be seen opposite Kevin Hart, Nick Cannon and JB Smoove on another hit sitcom, “The Real Husbands of Hollywood,” and will soon be starring in ...

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Fishburne Baby Fishburne!

By: Kam Williams ENTERTAINMENT COLUMNIST   Laurence J. Fishburne, III has achieved an impressive body of work as an actor, producer and director. Starting at the age of 10, Laurence starred on the soap opera “One Life to Live.” He made his feature film debut at age 12 in “Cornbread, Earl and Me” and followed that up a few years later with “Apocalypse Now.” His television performances include “The Box” ...

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Real Talk: The Ladies of THE REAL

By: Mary L. Datcher Staff Writer THE REAL is a new one-hour, daily talk show hosted by the dynamic team of Tamar Braxton, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai and Adrienne Bailon, that debuted Monday, September 15, 2014, on Fox Television Stations and in national syndication (check local listings), with a rebroadcast in primetime on BET. Led by five bold, diverse and outspoken hosts, these women ref ...

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Denzel Does Vigilante in Adaptation of Eighties TV Series – The Equalizer

By Kam Williams Entertainment Columnist The Equalizer On the surface, Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) is a perfectly-pleasant, hail fellow well met. By day, the affable widower who is employed as a sales associate at a hardware superstore where he jokes with co-workers who call him “Pops.” Evenings, he retires to a modest apartment in a working-class, Boston community, although bouts of insomnia often hav ...

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Common’s AAHH Fest: Brings the City -Together in – Celebration of HIP HOP

By: Mary L. Datcher Staff Writer Brings the City -Together in - Celebration of HIP HOP                                                                                             ...

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Avery Sunshine – Lights up the Music Experience

by: Mary L. Datcher Staff Writer                     The Music Experience continued their 25th Anniversary series with R&B singer and musician, Avery Sunshine. In Chicago, to promote the new CD, “The Sun Room”, Bronzeville’s Room 43 was packed with loyal fans and music lovers. Sharing the stage with The Music Experience’s founder and host, Dedry Jones th ...

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Little Black Pearl Celebrates 20 Years:

                        Little Black Pearl Celebrates 20 Years: Lalah Hathaway, Rahsaan Patterson, Rachelle Ferrell, Nona Hendryx, Leela James, Liz Wright Performs at Pearl Fest Chicago Little Black Pearl celebrated their 20th Anniversary with the organization’s annual outdoor Pearl Fest which was held this past weekend at 31st Street Beach.  Featuring ...

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