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By Lauren Victoria Burke, NNPA Newswire Contributor The painful true stories of five falsely accused young men, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, and Korey Wise, has been brought to light in excruciatingly vivid detail by director Ava DuVernay. The group known as the Central Park Five would...
By Lapacazo Sandoval Jasmin Brown is pretty. Jasmin Brown is determined.  Jasmin Brown is fascinating enough to garner one million followers on Instagram (@watchjazzy), but the really cool thing about Ms. Brown is that she’s funny enough to be employed by comedy impresario, Kevin Hart which means that sis is...
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Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity & Zeta Phi Beta Sorority chapters in Memphis and throughout the country are encouraging the “blue and white family” to support the new movie “Emanuel” during special showings June 17 and June 19. “Emanuel” is a recount of the June 17, 2015 story of churchgoers who...
Jamey Hatley is from Walker Homes and while debates still rage over whether that’s in Whitehaven or Westwood, there is no question that Hatley’s writing career is on an upward trajectory. Hatley is the recipient of the inaugural Indie Memphis Black Filmmaker Fellowship in Screenwriting. Funded by Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”...
When history and culture converge at the historic Robert R. Church Park in downtown Memphis June 14-16, revelers on the grounds will experience the best that the Juneteenth Urban Music Festival has to offer. “We’re working hard to bring Memphis the best in music, food and entertainment,” said Telisa Franklin,...
Spike Lee attends The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences and BAMcinematek 25th anniversary screening of “Do The Right Thing” on June 29, 2014 in Brooklyn, New York. Photo: Craig Barritt (Getty Images for Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) If you can believe it, it’s edging on 30...
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A new Lifetime television series premiering tonight (June 6) will have a Memphis flair. “Ms. T’s Music Factory” is one of two new reality shows set to run on the Lifetime summer schedule. The star of the show is Memphis singer and independent music mini-mogul Temmora Levy, and was filmed...
Film critic and literary writer Kam Williams died Thursday, May 30 from prostate cancer. He was 66 years old. A resident of Princeton, NJ, Williams published nearly 10,000 articles and reviews. Throughout his nearly 22-year career as a writer, he was most known for his film reviews and celebrity interviews...
If you want to see the wizard, bypass the yellow brick road and head down to The Halloran Centre for the Performing Arts this weekend. For their season-ending show, Ballet on Wheels will do two performances of "The Wiz," the 1975 classic urban version of Frank L. Baum's "The Wizard...
How rich is Jay-Z? He’s a business, man. Nine years after Jay-Z sat down with billionaire Warren Buffet over strawberry malts to discuss wealth and the art of giving for the Forbes 400, the iconic rapper has amassed a billion-dollar fortune – becoming the first rapper to achieve this milestone,...