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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 […]

STEPPING OUT IN STYLE

STEPPING OUT IN STYLE

COMPILED BY FLORIDA COURIER STAFF When Michelle Obama stepped out with the president over the past eight years, her fashion choices elicited plenty of oohs and aahs. From sleeveless numbers to floral prints, the first lady showed that she could rock a variety of styles. In a 2009 interview with Vogue, she had this to […]

From FAMU to fictional GAMU

From FAMU to fictional GAMU

Anika Noni Rose talks about career, role as college president in new BET series BY MAKEDA EASTER LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Anika Noni Rose is ready for more. Her career began in theater, and in 2004 she received a Tony Award for her performance in “Caroline, or Change.” From there, she seamlessly transitioned to film and […]

OWN’s church drama returns in March

OWN’s church drama returns in March

BY TONYA PENDLETON BLACKAMERICAWEB.COM OWN Network’s megachurch drama “Greenleaf’’ is returning for its second season. In the first season, megachurch pastor Bishop James Greenleaf (Keith David) welcomed his estranged daughter Grace “Gigi’ Greenleaf (Merle Dandridge) back into the family fold after the death of her sister. The second season is scheduled to debut on March […]

No #OscarsSoWhite this year

No #OscarsSoWhite this year

6 Blacks receive nominations for Academy Awards EURWEB.COM Academy Award nominations were announced Tuesday morning with Best Drama Golden Globe winner “Moonlight” facing “Fences” and “Hidden Figures” for Best Picture. All three films also have actors receiving nominations: “Moonlight’s” Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris for supporting actor and actress; Denzel Washington for best actor and his “Fences” co-star Viola Davis for supporting […]

ESPN commentator removed after ‘gorilla’ remark about tennis star

ESPN commentator removed after ‘gorilla’ remark about tennis star

EURWEB.COM An ESPN tennis commentator learned the hard way that you don’t use the word “gorilla” or even “guerilla” when you’re trying to be cute in describing tennis superstar Venus Williams. According to ESPN, it has pulled Doug Adler from its broadcast booth. It happened last week. Here’s network’s reason for the decision: “During an […]

The Obamas’ best pop-culture hits

The Obamas’ best pop-culture hits

From ‘Mom Dancing’ to cameo with Boehner, the first couple gave America some funny TV moments. BY NEAL JUSTIN STAR TRIBUNE/TNS Donald Trump hosted “Saturday Night Live” early in his campaign, but no sitting or former commander-in-chief has ever taken that gig. Maybe Barack Obama should put it on his to-do list. He’d kill. The […]

TV finally shows us daily trials of successful Black man

TV finally shows us daily trials of successful Black man

BY MARC BERNARDIN LOS ANGELES TIMES TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE When Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, the responses — especially from those who voted for Hillary Clinton, double-especially from those white men who voted Democrat — ran the gamut, from shock to awe to fear before landing on anger. They began railing about injustice […]

Nine days of arts, culture, heritage in Eatonville

Nine days of arts, culture, heritage in Eatonville

Highlights of the annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival will include a national conference on communities of color in 21st-century America as well as performances by legendary artists. COMPILED BY FLORIDA COURIER STAFF The 28th Annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities convenes this month and a highlight will be a first-ever national […]