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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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Oprah Winfrey Network Strikes Exclusive Multi-Year Partnership with Tyler Perry

The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) announced on Oct 1, an exclusive partnership with Tyler Perry, the award winning actor, director, screenwriter, playwright and producer, to become his singular destination for all new television series and projects, including two new scripted series for the network to premiere in mid 2013. These will be the first original scripted series for OWN, and Perry will executive prod ...

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Rap Legend MC Lyte Unstoppable

by Starla Muhammad Special to the NNPA from The Final Call Lana Michele “MC Lyte” Moorer burst on the rap scene in the late 1980s, and immediately established herself as one of the best female emcees in the game and one of the most popular. She was the first female rap artist to release a full length solo album, be nominated for a Grammy award and to be inducted into VH-1’s Hip Hop Honors. Never one to be o ...

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Film Review: The Paperboy

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic Director Lee Daniels (Precious) has enlisted and army of A-list actors in his screen adaptation of The Paperboy, Pete Dexter’s Deep South Florida bayou crime novel. Daniels should personally thank David Oyelowo, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey and Zac Efron. Their performances give this crude, misguided and deranged Cat on a Hot Tin Roof-wannabe a few redeeming qualities. ...

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Chris Lighty 1968-2012

The entertainment world is at a loss for words right now as we mourn the tragic death of HipHop Mogul Chris Lighty. ...

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Global Mixx 2012 Music Forum

  GLOBAL MIXX HOSTED ITS 6TH ANNUAL MUSIC FORUM Global Mixx Music Forum 2012 – “The Business of Creation” featured panels, artist showcases, Master Classes and more with top industry professionals CHICAGO, IL (Aug 30) – After a 2-year hiatus, the 6th Annual Global Mixx Music Forum hosted the ‘Business of Creation’ on Sunday August 19th, 2012 at the Zhou B Art Center, the premier venue for international ...

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New Miss Black USA ‘Ready’ for the Future

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) –Thirty young, Black women shimmering platinum and white evening gowns, silver, sapphires and dandelion yellows, rubies lit the Theater of Performing Arts at the University of the District of Columbia. They prayed through perfect pageant smiles thinking: “Please don’t call my name.” It was an exciting moment that each one of them had dreamed o ...

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