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PRINCE ROGERS NELSON, 1958-2016

PRINCE ROGERS NELSON, 1958-2016

One year ago this week In this file photo, Prince performs “Purple Rain” as the opening act during the 46th Annual Grammy Awards show on Feb. 8, 2004 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Prince died on April 21, 2016. He was 57.  (RICHARD HARTOG/LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS)

Family theme helps fuel ‘Fate & Furious’ films

Family theme helps fuel ‘Fate & Furious’ films

BY JEN YAMATO LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS “The Fate of the Furious,” the eighth installment in Universal’s “Fast & Furious” series, sped to more than $100 million domestically and $532.5 million internationally — notching the biggest global opening of all time — thanks to its muscular star power, fast cars, furious action and the kind of […]

‘Black-ish’ star Deon Cole has lots of irons in the comedy fire

‘Black-ish’ star Deon Cole has lots of irons in the comedy fire

BY NINA METZ CHICAGO TRIBUNE/TNS When I caught up with comedian and “Black-ish” co-star Deon Cole recently, he was in Arlington, Texas, for a stand-up gig. I couldn’t hear him clearly at first. “Oh, I’m sorry,” he explained, “I got you on speaker because I’m trying to iron my clothes.” Multitasking is what drives his […]

New York choreographer taking ‘Citizen’ to Miami

New York choreographer taking ‘Citizen’ to Miami

Reggie Wilson’s “Citizen,’’ by his Fist & Heel Performance Group, will be presented in Miami on April 21 and 22. The dance group, founded in 1989 by the noted New York City-based choreographer, draws from the cultures of Africans in the Americas and combines them with post-modern elements and his own personal movement style to […]

Greene, Mann rack up Stellar Awards

Greene, Mann rack up Stellar Awards

Artists pick up six honors each during gospel awards show SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER Some of the biggest names in gospel received high honors at the 32nd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards at the Las Vegas Orleans Arena on March 25. However, the night belonged to one of the genre’s fastest-rising stars, Travis Greene, and gospel music superstar, Tamela Mann.   Greene […]

Ballerina discusses food and shyness in new book

Ballerina discusses food and shyness in new book

BY MOIRA MACDONALD SEATTLE TIMES/TNS Misty Copeland’s remarkable story is the sort you can imagine depicted by a skilled novelist; her life, in the words of a 2015 “60 Minutes” report, is “the embodiment of the American dream.” Growing up as one of six children in an often-struggling Southern California family, she lived for some […]

CHARLES EDWARD ANDERSON BERRY / 1926-2017

CHARLES EDWARD ANDERSON BERRY / 1926-2017

Hail, hail rock ’n’ roll! In 2011, a statue of rock music legend Chuck Berry was dedicated during ceremony in University City, Mo., that Berry attended. Berry died March 18 at age 90. Click here to read his obituary. (DAVID CARSON/ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH/MCT)

Jazz in the Gardens

Jazz in the Gardens

Not just another music festival BY LISA ROGERS CHERRY FLORIDA COURIER When asked why they came to the 12th Annual Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival, attendees of the Miami Gardens event had many different responses. As in past years, some were there for the incredible lineup of artists. Whether it was Will Downing, Robin […]

Remembering Chuck Berry, ‘Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll’

Remembering Chuck Berry, ‘Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll’

BY FREDERICK H. LOWE TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE Chuck Berry, who died on March 18, was held in such high esteem as the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll” that rock royalty often played backup in his bands. At Berry’s 60th birthday celebration in St. Louis, Missouri, Eric Clapton, and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, […]

‘Love Jones’ showcased different side of Black life

‘Love Jones’ showcased different side of Black life

BY TRE’VELL ANDERSON LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Before “Love Jones,” Black romance on the big screen was hard to come by. Sure, “Mahogany,” starring Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams, paved the way in 1975. Since then, most of the movies featuring Black people were about ‘hood life: poverty, gangs, drugs and guns. Someone was always […]