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20 Jul. 2014

Kendrick Lamar judges Celebrity Basketball Event

The Entertainers Basketball Classic Inc., (EBC), touted as the most recognizable street ball tournament in the world along with LineRocket Entertainment present the EBC America Celebrity Basketball Challenge, from Rucker Park in Harlem to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, Sunday, July 27th, 2014. “The Entertainers Basketball Classic at Rucker Park has been a breeding ground for some […]

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13 Jul. 2014

Global United Fellowship Forges Ahead – International Gathering in Winston Salem, North Carolina Clergy and congregants from around the world gather in Winston Salem, North Carolina this week to carry on and expand the organization’s mission of worldwide evangelism and global ministry led by Bishop Neil C. Ellis. The gathering runs July 15-18, opening with […]

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13 Jul. 2014

Saul’s Conversion is Tupac’s Redemption

HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME ( is the arresting new Broadway musical set to the music of the late rap icon Tupac Shakur.  The story is one of urban street challenges and neighborhood pathologies, at its core, a heartbeat of redemption with wrenching reconciliation and a love triangle reminiscent of the Shakespearean tragedy. And, it’s […]

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29 Jun. 2014

Meshach Taylor of TV’s “Designing Women” dead at 67

According to industry publication, The Hollywood Reporter– Meshach Taylor, who played the lovable assistant Anthony Bouvier, who worked at the Sugarbaker interior design firm in the CBS hit sitcom Designing Women, has died.  He was 67. Taylor, who immediately segued to another CBS comedy, Dave’s World, when Designing Women was canceled, died Saturday night at his […]

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25 Jun. 2014

Dear White People

Acclaimed independent film producer, Effie T. Brown, known for working magic in Hollywood, brings a new film to theatres this fall—DEAR WHITE PEOPLE—a riff on how to fake that you’ve watched the BET Awards. The comedy stars Tyler James Williams (“Everybody Hates Chris”), Tessa Thompson (Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls”) with Dennis Haysbert (“Think Like […]

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23 Jun. 2014

Tupac Shakur penetrated culture, race and religion

There is much ado about the new Broadway musical, HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME. The story set in “Anywhere Urban, USA” meets the powerful rhyme, verse and beat of the late Tupac Shakur, a global icon of hip hop legend. Not unlike the roll call of storied celebrities whose legacy beyond the grave eclipsed their […]

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16 Jun. 2014

Hip Hop on Broadway, Kenny Leon breaks new ground

Monday, June 16, marked the 43rd birthday of the late hip hop, improvisational street poet, inner city legend and international icon, Tupac Shakur. When describing 2Pac, it is convenient to reach for words from contemporary jargon, held beliefs by distant observers; but to know him was to explore his lyrics, his rhymes and poetry, his […]

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09 Jun. 2014

Broadway’s new heyday: McDonald, Leon, Pinkins, Williams & more

There’s no mistaking Audra McDonald for anything but a superstar and this year’s TONY Awards underscore the assertion.  The 43-year old mother, newlywed and perennial Broadway favorite was bestowed her sixth award, a record-breaker. For this momentous distinction, McDonald portrays a snapshot in the life of legendary blues singer, Billie Holiday. The musical’s official title, […]

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01 May. 2014

FADING GIGOLO leaves lasting impression

John Turturro–Do the Right Thing, Quiz Show, Transformers–mention the actor’s name and a wide smile appears on the faces of those engaged in discussion about him; honestly, I think the man has no enemies, at least none apparent. In FADING GIGOLO, Turturro (the film’s writer and director) casts himself as Fioravante, a connoisseur of the […]

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