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Former first lady writes college letters of recommendation for ‘Black-ish star’

Former first lady writes college letters of recommendation for ‘Black-ish star’

EURWEB.COM When “Black-ish” star Yari Shahidi says she counts Michelle Obama among her supporters, the girl has receipts. The 17-year-old is currently applying for colleges and has revealed to W Magazine that the former first lady has written her a recommendation letter. The two first met when they shared the stage at Glamour’s “International Day of […]

Banks to host ‘America’s  Got Talent’

Banks to host ‘America’s Got Talent’

BY LIBBY HILL LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS NBC announced on March 12 that Tyra Banks, creator and executive producer of “America’s Next Top Model,” will be replacing Nick Cannon as host when ‘America’s Got Talent’ returns for Season 12. “Tyra is the complete package: Out-of-this-world talented, funny, brilliant and all heart. In whatever she has done, […]

New documentary explores history of Black hockey players

New documentary explores history of Black hockey players

BY SAMUEL JOHNSON SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER A new Canadian documentary looks at the history of Black athletes in ice hockey. The film, “Soul on Ice: Past, Present and Future,’’ by Kwame Mason, made its Tampa premiere last week at the Gasparilla International Film Festival. Mason explores a unique, almost hidden, history that Black […]

Jazz in the Gardens adds conference

Jazz in the Gardens adds conference

Popular Miami Gardens event expands to include film, music, arts and culture component BY JUANA BETHEL SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER The Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival is quickly growing beyond the borders of the City of Miami Gardens, boasting an annual attendance of more than 70,000 music lovers from all over the United […]

Haiti song about ‘sugar babies’ and ‘papas’ becomes social commentary

Haiti song about ‘sugar babies’ and ‘papas’ becomes social commentary

BY JACQUELINE CHARLES MIAMI HERALD/TNS PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The catchy song with the frenetic beat airs the dirty secret that everyone knows but no one talks about: “The brother is shacking up with mademoiselle but mademoiselle leaves him and takes an old man.” Born in Haiti’s most notorious slum, the wildly popular hit song “Madan […]

Film students weigh in on industry’s diversity

Film students weigh in on industry’s diversity

BY MAKEDA EASTER LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS LOS ANGELES — “Moonlight,” a film about the journey of a gay Black man, won Oscars for best picture, adapted screenplay and supporting actor. “Fences,” the story of a Black family in 1950s Pittsburgh, won for supporting actress. “Hidden Figures,” based on the true story of Black female mathematicians […]

Black actors make history at the Academy Awards

Black actors make history at the Academy Awards

BY YESHA CALLAHAN THEROOT.COM Mahershala Ali literally set the tone for the evening as he walked onstage to accept the first award of the night. Ali, who won for best supporting actor in “Moonlight,’’ made history as he became the first Muslim actor to ever win an Academy Award. “I want to thank my teachers, […]

Actors discuss interracial love story that shook nations

Actors discuss interracial love story that shook nations

BY TIRDAD DERAKHSHANI PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER/TNS Nelson Mandela said he was inspired by their love story, calling the nation they led “a shining beacon of light and inspiration to the rest of us in southern Africa.” Mandela was speaking of Seretse Khama and his wife, Ruth Williams Khama, who helped Botswana make a smooth, peaceful transition […]

Grammys’ Prince tribute took months of planning

Grammys’ Prince tribute took months of planning

BY JON BREAM STAR TRIBUNE/TNS LOS ANGELES – Bruno Mars couldn’t decide which song to perform for the Feb. 12 Grammy Awards tribute to Prince. “He agonized over this for two weeks,” Grammy Awards executive producer Ken Ehrlich told the Star Tribune. “‘When Doves Cry,’ ‘1999,’ ‘I Would Die 4 U,’ ‘Kiss’ – I said […]

Remembering Al Jarreau, ‘Acrobat of Scat’

Remembering Al Jarreau, ‘Acrobat of Scat’

BY YVONNE VILLARREAL LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Al Jarreau, the legendary jazz artist and seven-time Grammy winner, died on Feb. 12 at age 76. His death came two days after he announced his retirement from touring and was admitted to the hospital for exhaustion. Known as the “Acrobat of Scat” for his vocal delivery and admired […]

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