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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 […]

Beyoncé, Springsteen post top-grossing tours of 2016

Beyoncé, Springsteen post top-grossing tours of 2016

BY RANDY LEWIS LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band navigated “The River” 35th anniversary tour all the way to the bank in 2016, pulling in $268.3 million globally to score the top-grossing concert trek of the year worldwide, according to Pollstar, the concert industry-tracking publication. Beyoncé nipped close at the E […]

Edmonds to host ‘Queen Boss’ on Centric

Edmonds to host ‘Queen Boss’ on Centric

BY NY MAGEE EURWEB.COM Tracey Edmonds  is teaming with Centric for a new eight-episode series called “Queen Boss,” which aims to find the sharpest African-American female entrepreneurs and have them compete for the business opportunity of a lifetime. Black women represent the fasting-growing group of entrepreneurs in America, and “Queen Boss” will field contestants to […]

‘Hidden Figures’ a crowd-pleaser in the best way

‘Hidden Figures’ a crowd-pleaser in the best way

BY KENNETH TURAN LOS ANGELES TIMES TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE LOS ANGELES – Like the calculating women whose lives it celebrates, “Hidden Figures” knows what it’s doing. A Grade-A Hollywood crowd-pleaser that happily celebrates its shameless moments, “Hidden Figures” can be teased, but it can’t be ignored. The film may not be restrained, but stars Taraji […]

Professor delivers smart book about sci-fi writer

Professor delivers smart book about sci-fi writer

BY JIM HIGGINS MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE Reading Gerry Canavan’s “Octavia E. Butler” is like opening up a second screen on this great American writer. Not only does Canavan explicate the sources, patterns and preoccupations of Butler’s speculative fiction, he also explores her early drafts, false starts and unpublished fiction — and her […]

Book on Mary J. Blige was more than 20 years in the making

Book on Mary J. Blige was more than 20 years in the making

BY TIMOTHY FINN KANSAS CITY STAR/TNS Danny Alexander has been writing about music for decades for various print and online media. He spent three years exploring the music of one of his favorite artists, Mary J. Blige. In March, the University of Texas Press published the Kansas City writer’s book, “Real Love, No Drama: The […]

Golden Globe nods for ‘Moonlight,’ and ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’

Golden Globe nods for ‘Moonlight,’ and ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’

BY JOSH ROTTENBERG LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS LOS ANGELES — Early awards season front-runners “La La Land,” “Moonlight” and “Manchester by the Sea” made strong showings in the Golden Globes nominations, while potential contenders such as “20th Century Women,” “Hacksaw Ridge” and “Lion” also received boosts. But it wouldn’t be the Golden Globes without some curve […]

International fashion design success did not come easy for Tracy Reese

International fashion design success did not come easy for Tracy Reese

BY PATRICE GAINES URBAN NEWS SERVICE No one knew what First Lady Michelle Obama would choose to wear on stage at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. That decision is generally a secret kept from the public – and designers – until she appears under the spotlights. And when she stepped out onto the stage that […]

Miami Funk Fest a weekend of R&B, hip hop and soul

Miami Funk Fest a weekend of R&B, hip hop and soul

Variety Entertainment will present the http://funkfesttour.com/ Miami Funk Fest Dec. 9-10 at the Miramar Regional Park. Scheduled performers are Bell Biv Devoe, Dru Hill, H-Town, Jodeci, Mystikal, SWV, TLC and Guy featuring Teddy Riley. Hosted by Luke “Uncle Luke” Campbell, the Friday show starts at 6 p.m. and Saturday concert begins at 4 p.m. Funk […]