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Triumphs and Tragedies of 2012

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist “I miss you baby girl. Sweet caramel princess. African American, Puerto Rican Canadian with a wee bit of Irish…We will honor your classmates you loved so dearly too. As well as the teachers and staff. Love wins.” — Nelba Marquez-Greene, the mother of 6-year-old Sandy Hook victim, Ana Grace Marquez-Greene As we begin 2013, I want to take a moment to reflect on some of the maj ...

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Byron Cage: Ministering God’s Word through Music

by Teria Rogers Special to the NNPA from theAfro-American Newspaper On a recent Thursday, evening at Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church in Fort Washington, music minister Byron Cage counted down the tasks he needed to complete in preparation for an evening service. On this particular night, he readied for a special men’s worship service featuring Bishop Walter Scott Thomas and his men’s choir from ...

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Bobby Womack Diagnosed With Alzheimer’s Disease

After sparking widespread rumors of a comeback after the release of  “The Bravest Man in the Universe,”  album soul singer Bobby Womack has announced that he’s experiencing early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. “The doctor says, ‘You have signs of Alzheimer’s, “it’s not bad yet, but it’s gonna get worse” Womack revealed. Womack, 68, admitted that he’s having trouble remembering things, including the name o ...

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Russell Simmons to Host Hip-Hop Ball Again

Russell Simmons will throw a second hip-hop ball to celebrate the genre’s influence in the re-election of U.S. President Barack Obama. The music mogul organized the Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball after President Obama became the first African-American to be voted into the White House in 2008. The event took place following Obama’s official inauguration ceremony in January, 2009, and it honored rappers T.I., LL Cool ...

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Brandy says Whitney probably went insane

Special to the NNPA from the Los Angeles Sentinel Brandy Norwood was a huge fan of Whitney Houston and one year after her death, the singer is still in shock. Looking back on how the late Whitney’s life transformed before the world’s eyes, Brandy supposes it was the loss of her voice that eventually drove Whitney over the edge. “I understand what that [losing your voice] feels like,” Brandy told The Boom Bo ...

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007 Skyfall 3.5 stars

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic Fifty years and 23 films later, the James Bond 007 franchise is alive, well and kicking. This latest installment, which firmly cements Daniel Craig as one of the best Bonds ever, feels more serious, less gimmicky, more geared towards mature adults. The action, eventful though not spectacular, is thoughtfully interspersed among engaging thrills, suspense and solid drama. The ...

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Months After Death “The Jeffersons” Star Sherman Hemsley Still Unburied

by Alexis Taylor Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper Months after his death from lung cancer on July 25 at age 74, the body of sitcom actor Sherman Hemsley has yet to be buried. The popular sitcom icon’s remains are currently locked away inside the San Jose Funeral Home in El Paso, Texas, where a refrigerator is keeping the actor’s body cold until a court settles disputes over who truly has ...

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J. Anthony Brown Shines on ‘Rickey Smiley Show’

by Kimberly C. Roberts Special to the NNPA from The Philadelphia Tribune Comedian J. Anthony Brown co-stars on “The Rickey Smiley Show,” which airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on TV One.— “The Rickey Smiley Show,” which premiered on Sept. 18, had an auspicious beginning, giving TV One its “biggest debut in its history.” Airing Tuesdays at 9 p.m., the sitcom, “loosely based on his own life,” stars radio host Rickey S ...

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Mike Epps Tapped to Play Richard Pryer in Upcoming Nina Simone Biopic

by Gregory Dale Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper Actor Mike Epps is set to portray legendary comedian Richard Pryor in an upcoming film about jazz singer Nina Simone. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cynthia Mort wrote the script for the biopic, and the title character will be played by actress Zoe Saldana. In the film, Epps will play Pryor, who opened for Simone during their rise to ...

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Movie Review: Flight

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic Grass. Booze. Cocaine. Veteran pilot Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) hits the drug-abuse trifecta.  And that’s just hours before he straps himself into the cockpit of a 50-ton jet, with 96 passengers and six flight crew members aboard. On the plane’s ascent from the Orlando, Fla. airport, he battles treacherous weather with blinding storm clouds and hurricane-like winds; h ...

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