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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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8th Global Mixx Music & Film Forum: A Gathering of the Minds in Chicago

  BY MARY L. DATCHER STAFF WRITER   The 8th Annual Global Mixx Music & Film Forum was held over the weekend targeting people in film, music, marketing and production within the urban entertainment community in Chicago. Kicking off on Saturday, aspiring filmmakers got to experience a day of panel discussions by key industry leaders from around the country and Chicago based filmmakers. Cinespace ...

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Brownstone, 112, Teresa Griffin heats up the stage at Westside Music Fest

R&B group Brownstone performing                 Teresa Griffin                 Carolyn Lee-Interscope Records / And V103'S Consuella hosts Chicago Westside Music Festival R&B group 112     BY MARY DATCHER STAFF WRITER The Westside had a special treat this past weekend as it celebrated Congressman Danny K. Davis ...

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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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