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Central Florida’s Streeter frames struggles in album

Central Florida’s Streeter frames struggles in album

BY GERRICK D. KENNEDY LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Sevyn Streeter felt defeated. She was nearly 15 years into a career that included stints in two (albeit short-lived) singing groups and writing credits for Ariana Grande, Chris Brown, Brandy, Kelly Rowland, Alicia Keys, Tamar Braxton, Fantasia Barrino and Chris Brown. She had the backing of a major […]

Jenkins to adapt Baldwin book for big screen

Jenkins to adapt Baldwin book for big screen

EURWEB.COM Barry Jenkins has chosen his follow up to “Moonlight.’’ The director is set to direct an adaptation of the James Baldwin novel “If Beale Street Could Talk” for Annapurna Pictures, reports Variety. Based on the Baldwin novel, the story follows Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her […]

‘Gary from Chicago’ has experienced ups and downs since Oscars cameo

‘Gary from Chicago’ has experienced ups and downs since Oscars cameo

BY TRACY SWARTZ CHICAGO TRIBUNE/TNS In the four months since his star turn at the Academy Awards, former Chicago resident Gary Alan Coe has undergone ups and downs fit for a Hollywood drama. Coe, who was released from prison just days before his unwitting cameo at the Oscars, said he continues to search for a […]

‘Death Certificate’ still hits home

‘Death Certificate’ still hits home

Ice Cube’s album is as relevant now as it was in 1991 BY GERRICK D. KENNEDY LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS LOS ANGELES – When George Holliday was awakened by commotion outside his home shortly after midnight on March 2, 1991, he jumped from his bed, grabbed his Sony camcorder and pointed it toward the chaos happening […]

Jay-Z confesses, educates on ‘4:44’

Jay-Z confesses, educates on ‘4:44’

BY MIKAEL WOOD LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS He didn’t tweet. He didn’t post on Instagram. And he certainly didn’t spill his guts to a dude with a camera from TMZ. So where did Jay-Z turn when the fiercely private but closely watched rapper was finally ready to make some announcements? Get this: This music. On “4:44,” […]

Keyboardist  shares stories behind ‘Purple  Rain’ soundtrack

Keyboardist shares stories behind ‘Purple Rain’ soundtrack

BY JON BREAM STAR TRIBUNE/TNS The songs from “Purple Rain” are familiar. The stories behind them are not. Prince and the Revolution never really talked about them. Until now. With remastered and deluxe versions of the blockbuster 1984 soundtrack “Purple Rain” being released this week, the Star Tribune spoke to Lisa Coleman, keyboardist for Prince […]

BET honors for Beyoncé, Chance the Rapper

BET honors for Beyoncé, Chance the Rapper

FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Beyoncé, who had twins this month, won five more awards at the 2017 BET Awards, including Album of the Year and Best Female R&B/Pop Artist. Chance the Rapper took home three trophies, including Best New Artist and the Humanitarian Award. He was introduced and praised via video for his humanitarian […]

Winfrey talks about her new films, her insecurities

Winfrey talks about her new films, her insecurities

BY GLENN WHIPP LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS LOS ANGELES — Oprah Winfrey guides you into her office and, after a welcoming hug (Winfrey’s a hugger, but you probably already knew that), she immediately anticipates where your eye is going to land first. Over in the corner, overlooking her Oprah Winfrey Network studio lot, there’s artist Whitfield […]

DENEE BENTON / TONY AWARD NOMINEE

DENEE BENTON / TONY AWARD NOMINEE

Dreams can come true Orlando’s Denee Benton and her parents, Derryl and Jackie Benton, celebrated Denee’s nomination for 2017’s Best Actress in a Broadway show at the Tony Awards show in New York City on June 11. Benton stars as a 19th-century Russian aristocrat with singer Josh Groban in “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of […]

Biopic about Tupac debuts June 16

Biopic about Tupac debuts June 16

BY FLORIDA COURIER STAFF “All Eyez on Me’’ tells the story of the life and legacy of Tupac Shakur, including his rise to superstardom as a hip-hop artist, actor, poet and activist. It also chronicles his imprisonment and controversial time at Death Row Records. Shakur rose to become a cultural icon whose career and persona […]

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