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Chicago Crusader

Native Chatham resident’s work spans Davis, Wayans and now Spencer

CHICAGO CRUSADER — Dante Brown, 19, was born and raised in Chicago, and his most recent past television credit includes playing the son of Damon Wayans’ character Roger Murtaugh on the hit Fox series “Lethal Weapon.” Brown, who is also a rapper and a dancer, is now embarking on another big screen acting gig, playing alongside Oscar winner Octavia Spencer in the upcoming feature film “MA,” which starts in theaters everywhere on Friday, May 31. […read more]

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COMMENTARY: Spoiler Culture; What is Wrong with You?

HOUSTON FORWARD TIMES — It varies between movies, television series, and even surprises on musical projects. It appears that no one is safe from spoilers. Stay off social media, they said. Fine. Cool. Then, of course, I innocently turn on a podcast to distract myself from the heinous traffic situation in Houston only to have one of the hosts casually throw in a major spoiler to a film I’d yet to see in a segment UNRELATED TO THE TOPIC AT HAND […read more]

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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]

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

South Side celebrates neighborhood pride, healthy aging

MINNESOTA SPOKESMAN-RECORDER — South Minneapolis’ unofficial annual community reunion kicked off Saturday, September 1 with an afternoon of family, free food and fun at Phelps Park. The ninth annual Southside Back in the Day Community Celebration was an old (and new) school jam of residents from Phelps, King, Bryant and Central neighborhoods showing off their Southside pride. […read more]

Entertainment

Film Review: Roman J. Israel, Esq.

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars Denzel Washington may be the most accomplished actor of our generation. Like a chameleon, he’s morphed from the stern father in “Fences” to a dorky, introverted attorney in this meandering crime-drama/thriller. His Read More

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NNPA Newswire Film Review: Marshall

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) Considering all of his major accomplishments, why hasn’t someone made a film about Thurgood Marshall’s life that was comprehensive? He was the lawyer who won the Brown v. Board of Education United States Supreme Court case, the founder Read More

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Film Review: Detroit

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) “Detroit” tells a story of racial injustice and police brutality, based on fact, which is easy enough to believe and has parallels with today’s problems with police criminality and impunity. But since this important subject is not new, Read More

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Film Review: Girls Trip

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) This hilarious and relentlessly bawdy take on a girls’ weekend reunion in New Orleans is following in the footsteps of some very popular female-appeal movies like “Sex In the City” and “Bridesmaids.” But “Girls Trip” is not a Read More

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Film Review: Lowriders

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) Rarely do urban tales balance authenticity with solid drama elements and strong emotion. “Boyz n the Hood” and “Straight Outta Compton” are perfect examples. “Lowriders” is in their league; it checks all the boxes: acting, direction, writing and Read More

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Film Review: T2 Trainspotting

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) “Trainspotting” was a breakthrough film back in 1996. An edgy, eccentric blend of debauchery and rebellion set to one of the best British rock soundtracks ever made. Twenty years later, the original director Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire,” “28 Read More

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NBC Snubs Cosby During TV Special

By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor) He’s back. At least on social media. Perhaps buoyed by several recent – and scarcely reported court victories and even a measure of improving health – legendary comedian Bill Cosby has returned to Twitter to celebrate Black History Read More

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Film Review: 100 Streets

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) The mark of a brilliant actor is that he or she can give a compelling performance even in a film that doesn’t shine. That’s the case with Idris Elba, as he nearly saves this light, interwoven contemporary London Read More