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Celebrating Black Music

Spirit has many ways of expressing itself. One of those channels of expression occurs through music; the melodic, harmonic, rhythmic voice of our soul, reflecting years of feelings and experiences. From early times it has been known as a healing force. We used it to record family histories and communicate between communities. Work songs were used to lessen the harsh conditions of a prison chain gang. Chants ...

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Wanda Sykes is Laughing at Life

Special to the NNPA from the Houston Style Magazine The usual outspoken, controversial comedian Wanda Sykes has been a lot quieter. She has been not so opinionated on the issues and not so vocal in the public eye. What gives? Her twin daughters. Sykes is becoming a family woman, happily spending her time catching up on the happenings on Sesame Street versus being glue to contributors on CNN. “I use to be re ...

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Terrence J & Rocsi Leaving Bet’s 106th and Park

Two of BET’s Brightest Stars are Moving on to New Adventures. Terrence J and Rocsi, the popular hosts of 106 & Park for the past seven years, will be leaving the show. Stephen G. Hill, President of Music Programming & Specials for BET Networks, confirms the news in a statement: “Today, after seven exciting years, 106 & Park hosts Terrence J and Rocsi announced that they will be leaving the show. ...

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Queen of Disco Donna Summer Dies at Age 63

Queen of Disco Donna Summer Dies by Bobbi Booker
 Special to the NNPA from the Philadelphia Tribune In this May 21, 2008 photo, Donna Summer performs during the finale of “American Idol” at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Summer, the Queen of Disco who ruled the dance floors with anthems like “Last Dance,” “Love to Love You Baby” and “Bad Girl,” has died. Her family announced her death in a statement Thur ...

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Men In Black 3

Men In Black 3 By Dwight Brown
 NNPA Film Critic Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in Men In Black 3 It’s been ten years since Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones donned their black suits, cool sunglasses and glib hipness to play Agent J and Agent—the good guys who try to save the world from weird looking aliens. Should they have left well enough alone?  Have they harmed their legacy?  Yes and maybe. Boris the Anim ...

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Eddie Levert’s New Solo Project A Metamorhosis

By Kimberly Roberts Special to the NNPA from the Philadelphia Tribune Eddie Levert’s recently released “Eddie Levert: I Still Have It,” is his first solo album in a career that spans more than 50 years.—SUBMITTED PHOTO One of the defining voices of the Golden Age of R&B is the O’Jays’ Eddie Levert and the iconic soul singer recently released “Eddie Levert: I Still Have It,” his first solo album in a car ...

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The ‘Think Like a Man’ Interview: Michael Ealy

By Kam Williams Special to the NNPA from the Call & Post Actor Michael Ealy (The Dreamer) After finding his breakout screen role as Ricky Nash in Barbershop and Barbershop 2, Michael rapidly rose through the ranks as one of Hollywood’s emerging young actors Born in Silver Spring, Maryland on August 3, 1973, Michael Ealy majored in English at the University of Maryland before heading to New York City whe ...

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Two Great Legendary Journalists Die Just Days Apart

By Linda Tarrant-Reid Special to the NNPA from The Westchester County Press Two giants of journalism died recently, days apart, leaving a deep void in the coverage of significant stories that speak to the history of a people and the corruption of the system. Gil Noble was the producer/host of the iconic, long-running, award-winning public affairs program “Like It Is,” which aired on the ABC affiliate, WABC- ...

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Tyler Perry Studios Burns In Four Alarm Fire

Firefighters were called to battle a four-alarm fire at the Tyler Perry studios in Atlanta on Tuesday night. Nearly 100 firefighters came to the scene, according to officials. There is no word on what caused the fire, and no reported injuries. The studios are over 200,000 square feet in size, containing five sound stages, a post production facility, a back lot, a 400-seat theater and much more. President Ba ...

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Bob Marley Movie

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic   When we think of music icons that died tragically and way too early, Michael Jackson, John Lennon and, more recently, Whitney Houston, come to mind. But let’s not forget Bob Marley. He brought reggae music to the world, was a social activist and lived a controversial life that rivals any of the aforementioned. His legacy is on view in this thoroughly revealing documen ...

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