“…During the 2015 election for District Attorney, Steele campaigned on a promise to prosecute Bill Cosby. That promise purposely converted Bill’s case into a political issue for Steele’s own gain.”
Commentary

EXCLUSIVE: Camille Cosby says, “Vote for Justice, Equality and Democracy”

NNPA NEWSWIRE EXCLUSIVE — “On the eve of this very important election day, these examples remind me of the dangers we faced during Mr. Nixon’s presidency. Both then and now, the American people have been dangerously close to being governed by a dictatorship…a dictatorship intent on serving its own greedy interests even when it results in eradicating the laws that protect humanity. […read more]

Rosamund Pike in “A Private War”
Dwight Brown

FILM REVIEW: A Private War

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Rosamund Pike has the difficult task of making a stalwart tough-as-nails writer an empathetic character. She does so gracefully by displaying an underlying sense of vulnerability that hides under a callous surface that protects Colvin from an onslaught of the kind of grave danger that would scare a hardened war vet. […read more]

Entertainment

“Who Made the Potato Salad?” Stage Play Kicks-Off Holiday Season With Laughter and Drama

MICHIGAN CHRONICLE — “Simply put, ‘Who Made the Potato Salad?’ is about family,” mentions writer, director and founder of LJEG, Learical Jonez. “No matter your race, everyone will be able to relate to this story because it’s about a family that is harboring secrets; so much so, some of the siblings have not spoken to each other in years. That is a very real scenario within many family units around the world and that’s the very reason why people should come see this play… for healing purposes.” […read more]

Bill Cosby / File Photo
Commentary

COMMENTARY: Bill Cosby, White Women and American History

JACKSONVILLE FREE PRESS — “In the years of Cosby’s foolishness it’s hard to believe he would believe he could do the same things as the big time White boys, but it is impossible for me to believe that those women couldn’t find anyone in the country who would listen to or believe them if they had accused Cosby of sexual assault. Most press organizations would have jumped all over such charges with wall-to-wall coverage. I will not speculate as to why they didn’t go public with their accusations against Cosby…” […read more]

Photo: Bill Cosby with publicists Andrew Wyatt and Ebonee Benson (Photo: Ebonee Benson / Facebook)
Crime

VIDEO: Bill Cosby’s Life in Prison – Comedian Gets First Visit

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Mr. Cosby said Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Nelson Mandela helped him prepare for this chapter of his life. He said they told him that if he was going to continue to fight for civil rights, something like this was bound to happen and he’s been prepared for it and he knows he’s in prison not for rape, but for infidelity. He knows he’s innocent and he’s kept his head up.” […read more]

Entertainment

Impress BAE for Sweetest Day with a Personal Chef

MICHIGAN CHRONICLE — It’s that time again, “Sweetest Day!” This Saturday, October 20th instead of the traditional dinner and movie, impress your BAE with a personal chef experience. Not convinced that a personal chef is the move? Chef Shanel Dewalt of Divine Indulgence PCS shares the top five reasons why a personal chef will have your sweetie ready to return the favor (insert wink)! […read more]

“Saturday Night Live,” the NBC comedy institution took aim at the Baltimore Police Department with a skit called, “Thirsty Cops.” (Screengrab)
Afro

SNL Spoofs Baltimore Police

THE AFRO — A series of Baltimore Police Department (BPD) scandals since the death of Freddie Gray in police custody and the subsequent uprising, have garnered national headlines. But, over the weekend the negative national commentary on Baltimore police misconduct reached a new level. […read more]

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Art Films Dominate the 2018 New York Film Festival

If Beale Street Could Talk is a lushly created, gorgeously crafted work of art. At times the style outweighs the storyline, but most people looking for art films won’t care. The same can be said about a lot of the slate at the 56th annual New York Film Festival: Visually transporting but lacking in the consistently engaging storytelling that can add pep and momentum to what’s on view. […read more]

(Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
Community

Jazz, Fall Festival and Red River Showdown in DFW this week

NORTH DALLAS GAZETTE — With temperatures north of 90 degrees, it may not feel like Fall in Dallas yet, but this week’s entertainment calendar is filled with plenty of fall traditions for DFW. Few are more anticipated than the Red River Showdown between the University of Texas vs. Oklahoma game at the State Fair of Texas. But rest assured there are plenty of options for the non-sports families. […read more]

Art

PRESS ROOM: The Wilds Of The Jungle Book Will Visit Cincinnati This Fall

CINCINNATI HERALD — The new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s beloved story features a rambunctious, curious and silly Mowgli who is lost in the wilds of the jungle, where he is adopted by Baloo the bear, Bagheera the panther and all the beasts who call the mysterious wilderness home. […read more]

Jermain Dupri
Entertainment

BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: Grammy Museum salutes Jermaine Dupri’s music career

WAVE NEWSPAPERS — Award-winning producer, Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, recording artist and TV star Jermaine Dupri has been writing and producing platinum records for more than 25 years. The Grammy Museum is recognizing his success with a new exhibit exploring his legacy and the rise and influence of Atlanta’s hip-hop and R&B scene. […read more]

Buddy Guy (photo by Paul Natkin)
Entertainment

Americana Music Festival returns September 11-16

NASHVILLE PRIDE — The 19th annual AMERICANAFEST®: The Americana Music Festival & Conference will take place September 11-16, 2018 in Nashville. For the 19th consecutive year, the six-day festival and conference will once again fill the Music City with legends, newcomers, award-winners, and buzz-worthy artists, showcasing the breadth of Americana’s influence on a global scale. […read more]

Bill Cosby speaks at Frederick Douglas High School in Atlanta/ United States Navy Photo by Mr. Scott King/Wiki commons
Crime

EXCLUSIVE: Experts Say, ‘Throw out Cosby Conviction’

“It is also a fact that Black men are more likely to be prosecuted and then given severe sentences than white men, even though rates of criminal activity are similar. This system bias is most evident in murder cases when offenders are black and victims are white but has been shown in other forms of violence. This is unjust, and it may be that victim impact statements are part of this problem…” […read more]

FUNKADESI’S MULTICULTURAL MUSICAL style will be featured at the free Quantum Englewood South Side musical history event to be held on Saturday, September 15, at the Lindblom Academy Auditorium.
Chicago Crusader

‘Quantum Englewood’ looks back at 100 years of South Side music

CHICAGO CRUSADER — The Old Town School of Folk Music (Old Town School) proudly presents “Quantum Englewood: A Journey Through 100 Years of South Side Musical History.” This presentation, composed by Ernest Dawkins  and Rahul Sharma, is a massive World Premiere performance that features hundreds of Chicago musicians and vocalists on stage. This is a free event to be held at the Lindblom Academy Auditorium, 6130 S. Wolcott Ave., on Saturday, September 15, at 8 p.m. […read more]

Twitter Photo courtesy Miss America Pageant
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Nia Franklin Wins Miss America

“I grew up at a predominately Caucasian school and there was only five percent minority, and I felt out of place so much because of the color of my skin,” Franklin said. “But growing up, I found my love of arts, and through music that helped me to feel positive about myself and about who I was.” […read more]

Black History

COMMENTARY: Getting The Spirit in the Dark

BLACKVOICE NEWS — No one with any idea of the cultural importance of Black Music, American Music, can deny the impact of the Queen of Soul on the world. In recognition of her great gifts Aretha Franklin was, for most of her life, a touchstone of Black American culture and therefore world culture. Her catalog orchestrating, punctuating, and exclaiming the unique experience of a people. She sang the experience of survivors, the descendants of slaves.  […read more]