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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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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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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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