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Rap Duo Mobb Deep Makes a Stunning Return

Special to the NNPA from the New York Amsterdam News Almost 20 years after the New York City-based, dark, underground hip-hop duo Mobb Deep released their sophomore full-length album, “The Infamous,” the group is taking a full circle approach to their 2014 album, “The Infamous Mobb Deep.” Although Mobb Deep did not receive as much mainstream attention as Nas, the gritty, poetic nature of “The Infamous” is c ...

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Lupita Nyong’o is the New Face for Lancome

By Walter Greene Special to the NNPA from the New York Carib News Actress Lupita Nyong’o, who rose to fame after winning the Oscar Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Patsey in the award winning “12 Years a Slave” has also risen to the top of the fashion ladder, as she has in the world of film. The much sought after actress was just named the new Face of Lancome Cosmetics, joining a select gro ...

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’12 Years a Slave’ Wins Oscar for Best Film; Lupita Nyong’o Nabs Best Supporting Actress Award

Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer Lupita Nyong’o won the Academy Award for best supporting actress on March 2 for her performance in “12 Years a Slave,” her first role in a feature film. The captivating 2013 drama “12 Years a Slave,” a harrowing tale of a freed Black man kidnapped into slavery in the 1800s, won the Academy Award for best picture on Sunday night in Los Angeles, capping an even ...

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Whitaker’s Wonderful Wit and Wisdom

by Kam Williams Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper Forest Whitaker, in a scene from his new film Repentance, portrays the grief of his character, Angel Sanchez. Photo by Patti Perrett (Courtesy Photo/Rottentomatoes.com) Forest Whitaker is a distinguished artist and humanist. He is the founder of PeaceEarth Foundation, co-founder and chair of the International Institute for Peace and since ...

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New Academy President Pushes For More Diverse Voting Members

This year’s nominees are diverse, but the people who vote for the Oscars are not. Cheryl Boone In fact, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences continues to be an exclusive club that is 93 percent white, 76 percent male, with an average age of 63, “I think people assumed the Academy was pretty homogeneous, and it turned out it was even more so than the worst assumptions,” says journalist John Horn. ...

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The Grammys: Were We (Africans Americans) Really There or Covered Fairly?

by Brandon I. Brooks Special to the NNPA from the Los Angeles Sentinel As the 2014, 56th Annual Grammy Awards came to a close in downtown Los Angeles last Sunday the night, it left me with mixed reactions – some great moments, some snubs of legends and the public’s gasping reaction to the multiple same sex marriage ceremony that seemed to overshadow the ultimate purpose of the awards. Twitter feeds and soci ...

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Jennifer Hudson: “People Are Different Toward Me Because I’m Smaller”

Jennifer Hudson is one of the brightest stars in Hollywood and living proof that you can do anything you set your mind to. Last year, Hudson was back in front of the camera with a trio of challenging roles: Winnie Mandela in the eponymous biopic of the South African leader, a single mother in Black Nativity and a drug-addicted absentee mom in The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete, which is on DVD today ...

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Should Celebrities be Held Accountable?

By Charlene Muhammad Special to the NNPA from the Final Call WASHINGTON – Star power, social responsibility and controversy surfaced again over a partnership between hip hop entrepreneur Jay Z a/k/a Shawn Carter and a high-end store accused of racially profiling customers and rapper-businessman Kanye West’s appropriation of the Confederate Stars and Bars flag for a clothing line. Jay Z issued a statement No ...

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Black Nativity

Forest Whitaker, playing a no-nonsense reverend, is joined by Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige and other leading stars in a modern adaptation of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes’ classic Off-Broadway production. Presented by Fox Searchlight Pictures, the holiday musical drama follows a Baltimore teen named Langston (Jacob Latimore) sent by his single mother, Naima (Jennifer Hudson) to N ...

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NO SCANDAL HERE. Kerry Washington is Pregnant!

No scandal here, Kerry Washington is expecting her first child. The actress surprised everyone when she married San Francisco 49ers cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, whom no one knew she was even dating. They were married in a private ceremony in Blaine County, Idaho, on June 24.   ...

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