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Coming to America Again: Eddie Murphy to Star Again in Blockbuster Hit

by Lauren Victoria Burke -- Eddie Murphy will once again play crown prince Akeem Joffer in a sequel to the 1988 hit movie, Coming to America. The film’s plot centered around a Prince who travels to New York to find an independent woman who loves him...

New documentary threatens to expose Michael Jackson as child predator

by Stacy M. Brown -- First R. Kelly. Now it’s the late King of Pop. After the scathing and gut-wrenching Lifetime Television documentary, “Surviving R. Kelly,” shed more light on the alleged crimes of the R&B crooner, a new film about Michael Jackson threatens to do...

FILM REVIEW: The Upside

by Dwight Brown -- NNPA News Wire Film Critic -- On paper, a story about a low-income black health-care aid who’s befriended by a rich white male quadriplegicsounds suspect. Patronizing films like Driving Miss Daisy come to mind, and potential filmgoers upon hearing the plotline...

FILM REVIEW: ‘Vice’

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by Dwight Brown, NNPA News Wire Film Critic It was an historic power grab. Not the Republicans taking back the White House after a controversial, razor-thin win by George W. Bush over Al Gore. It was the vice president-elect, Dick Cheney, out-maneuvering George Jr. and...

Congressman Booker thankful for support in the passage of historic anti-lynching bill

by Stacy M. Brown Cory Booker was so moved by the unanimous passage of a historic – and long overdue – bill to make lynching a federal crime that he was stirred to quote Maya Angelou. “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if...

OP-ED: Because of the CBC, the Farm Bill Includes Millions for HBCUs, Black Farmers, and Rural Communities of Color

By Congressman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus In 1986, on her award-winning “Control” album, singer-songwriter Janet Jackson asked: “What have you done for me lately?” This is a question the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) is asked a lot. Well, here’s...

From slavery to civil rights to environmental racism

The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) earlier this year launched a global news feature series on the history, contemporary realities and implications of the transatlantic slave trade. This is the latest segment in the series. by Stacy M. Brown WASHINGTON, DC – Decades ago, Civil Rights...

COMMENTARY: Open Letter from Michelle Obama–Exclusively for The Chicago Defender

By Michelle Obama In the summer of 1975, Dr. Joseph A. Lavizzo, Jr., the principal at Bryn Mawr Elementary School in South Shore at the time, wrote a letter to this newspaper. In it, he defended his school from a vitriolic opinion piece that had...

From Foster Care to Miss D.C.

By Micha Green Cordelia Cranshaw was crowned Miss District of Columbia USA on Dec. 8, yet her road to queen was not easy. Having already worked to empower young people through her own story and growth, Cranshaw is now using her platform to further inspire...

AARP Poll: Majority of caregivers with family suffering from dementia, spend less time with friends

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia For family caregivers, the holidays can be a joyful time when spirits are lighter and it feels good to care for loved ones and enjoy time together, celebrating with family traditions. But for most family caregivers, the holidays also...