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36 Years Later, New ‘Sparkle’ Shines

With funky music splashed with soulful harmonies, glamorous fashion that revealed independence and the distinctive, yet ambitious dreams of three sisters trying to break away from their Detroit life in 1968, this new version of “Sparkle” is a refreshing take on the 1976 original. Although there are numerous and obvious differences from the Joel Schumacher and Howard Rosenman project, the cast successfully d ...

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Buddy Guy Traces His Career in New Book! “When I Left Home”

by Bobbi Booker Special to the NNPA from the Philadelphia Tribune When I Left Home: My Story by Buddy Guy” (with David Ritz; Da Capo, $26) tells the epic life story of one of the greatest players at the absolute nexus of modern blues. Guy recounts his journey from the “middle of nowhere” Louisiana to blues central Chicago and stages all over the world, playing with the likes of Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaug ...

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Why White People Are Hating On Chris

by Richard B. Muhammad Special to the NNPA from The Final Call Jokes about niggras, pimps, hoes, Bebe’s kids, baby mammas and baby daddies are fine but any jokes that hint at Black suffering are strictly off limits. Chris Rock is the latest Black comedian to discover that denigrating your own people brings riches, critical acclaim and praise for cutting edge and no holds barred work. Jokes about race and Am ...

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Rest in Peace Sherman Hemsley

Sherman Hemsley played characters known to be wise-cracking, “Weezy” loving, “honky” calling, boisterous fools which America and the entire world laughed with kindheartedly. Sherman Alexander Hemsley, Air Force veteran and actor, was born on Feb. 1, 1938 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His father, William Hemsley, worked at a printing press while his mother worked at various factories during the war. As a ch ...

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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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