Getting ‘Creed’ made was a real underdog story for director

BY JOSH ROTTENBERG LOS ANGELES TIMES (TNS) Ryan Coogler, the director of the new “Rocky” spinoff film “Creed,” wasn’t even born when “Rocky” came out in...

Storm didn’t stop Party with a Purpose

Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion draws thousands from around the country for concerts, seminars and activities for all ages FLORIDA COURIER STAFF The stormy weather last weekend...

GETTING LOOSE AT CARNIVAL 2015

The energy of thousands of masqueraders moving to the beat of bone-rattling soca music makes Miami Broward One Carnival one of Florida’s most distinctive...

Sheila E makes strong political statement with ‘Iconic’ album

BY KEVIN C. JOHNSON ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH/TNS The last couple of years, while working on two different albums, singer-percussionist Sheila E. realized she had to shift...

Tom Joyner Family Reunion to highlight famous Black TV families

BY PENNY DICKERSON FLORIDA COURIER The positive contributions of the Black family as viable entertainment was unequivocally proven when the iconic sitcom “Good Times” aired on...

‘A Moment of Silence’ for Sister Souljah

Author, activist, rapper releases third novel in ‘Midnight’ series BY AMY REYES MIAMI HERALD (TNS) As national outrage about police brutality and bias in the criminal justice...

Jazz In The Gardens

Najee among top artists at 11th annual music festival in Miami Gardens BY PENNY DICKERSON FLORIDA COURIER Three days of soulful and sultry music returns to the...

Why the movie ‘Purple Rain’ matters

BY STEVEN REA PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE Prince made one great rock movie, the semi-autobiographical star-is-born psychodrama “Purple Rain,” released in 1984 in tandem with the...

‘Falcon’ in flight at Disney World

Actor Anthony Mackie, who portrays “Falcon’’ in the new “Ant-Man’’ movie, takes flight on July 20 on the Astro Orbiter at the Magic Kingdom...

New Black-themed comedies offer edgy, honest perspectives

BY GREG BRAXTON LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS An African-American woman from a community outreach nonprofit group is addressing a grade-school class when one student interrupts: “Why you...

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