Entertainment

The real-life drama that culminated with the removal of Confederate-era statues from what had been two Memphis-owned parks will be the subject of a play being developed by Ekundayo Bandele, founder and CEO of the Hattiloo Theatre. With Bandele and an associate, Johnny Jones, forming the creative team, the Hattiloo...
Well-renowned rapper/actor Antwon “Big Boi” Patton has secured the role of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy in the upcoming film, “The Bobby DeBarge Story.” Big Boi works alongside actor Roshon Fegan, who plays the lead role of Bobby DeBarge. The two recently joined other cast members and the director and...
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Local filmmaker George W. Tillman Jr. will host a one-time screening of his documentary, “The Lucky 11,” at the Guest House at Graceland on June 29, beginning at 7 p.m. “The Lucky 11” pays tribute to an elite group of Fisk University football players. It weaves together the true stories...
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TSD Editor's Note: Bryan Stevenson was a 2016 recipient of the Freedom Award, presented by the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. Bryan Stevenson may well be the nation’s most consequential civil rights lawyer since Thurgood Marshall. While Marshall stared down unrepentant racists in Southern courtrooms at a time when inequality...
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By DON BABWIN and SOPHIA TAREEN,  Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police on Monday released more than 1,000 files from the investigation into Jussie Smollett's claim he was attacked by two men, including video footage that for the first time shows the "Empire" actor with a thin, white rope...
Tyler Perry accepts the Ultimate Icon Award onstage at the 2019 BET Awards on June 23, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Kevin Winter (Getty Images)Tyler Perry is building his empire and his next venture is coming with a little help from his friends at BET.During his Ultimate...
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVjjSxpqbOo A list of winners at the 2019 BET Awards, which aired live Sunday from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. ____ — Video of the year: Childish Gambino, “This Is America” — Best female R&B/pop artist: Beyoncé — Best male R&B/pop artist: Bruno Mars — Best female hip-hop artist: Cardi B — Best male hip-hop...
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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...