Prince playing at Coachella 2008. (Photo by penner via Wikimedia Commons)
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Prince: Three Years Later Fans say their ‘Guitar still Weeps’

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Standing at just 5 feet 2 inches, the legendary Purple Rain singer was proof that physical stature is no indication of the impact an individual can have on the entire world. “No other single album influenced me as a teenager and into my adult years more than Purple Rain,” said Michael Stover, president of MTS Management Group and MTS Records. […read more]

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Bill Fletcher, Jr. is the former president of TransAfrica Forum. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and www.billfletcherjr.com. He is the author of the new mystery The Man Who Fell From the Sky.
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COMMENTARY: The Tax Surprise

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “…when it comes to taxes, much of the public hears what it wants to hear. If someone says that there will be a cut and they can provide minimal evidence to that effect, such an argument can be a winner. Even when one demonstrates that it is a lie, the possibility of tax relief serves as a seductive song that softens the brain.” […read more]

The 2019 Academy Award Oscar® Nominations have been announced.
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Oscars 2019: The Burton Wire Crib Sheet

THE BURTON WIRE — We’ll be looking to see if seminal filmmaker Spike Lee will finally take home an Oscar in a competitive category. Spike Lee’s longtime costume designer Ruth E. Carter is nominated in the Best Costume Design category for her amazing work on Marvel’s and Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther. Hannah Beachler could also make #BlackGirlMagic if she wins the best set design award, also for Black Panther. Black Panther isn’t the only superhero film nominated. Peter Ramsey may be the first black person to win the Best Animated Feature for Spider-man: Into the Spiderverse. If that doesn’t float your boat, then RaMell Ross could very well win best documentary feature for Hale County: This Morning, This Evening. […read more]

The 2019 Academy Award Oscar® Nominations have been announced.
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2019 Oscar Nominees: #OscarsSoBlack?

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Fans familiar with the history of the Oscars and racial inclusion know by now that the Oscars aren’t the NAACP Image Awards and aren’t trying to recreate that experience for black fans. However, it is evident –at least this year– Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs’ A2020 mandate for more diversity and representation has been heard and is working. […read more]

Commentary

BEST FILMS OF 2018

NNPA NEWSWIRE — In 2018, the stories told, talent on view, compelling characters, emotions expressed, and genres stretched were just amazing. It was more than enough to make viewers track films from the theaters to streaming services. Or vice versa. Check out the year in movies. Enjoy. […read more]

Entertainment

Spike Lee to Receive Honorary Oscar

(USA Today) – Director Spike Lee and actress Gena Rowlands will receive honorary Oscar awards, while the coveted Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award will go to Singin’ in the Rain star Debbie Reynolds. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made the announcement of the honorary awards on Thursday after Read More

Entertainment

Ray Allen Mulling ‘He Got Game’ Sequel

TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — Jesus Shuttlesworth returns to the court this week. Jesus Shuttlesworth may return to the big screen in the future. Miami Heat guard Ray Allen, who played the Shuttlesworth role in the 1998 movie “He Got Game,” says Read More

Entertainment

Spike Lee Sued Over George Zimmerman Tweet

[ABC News] An elderly Florida couple who found themselves caught in the center of the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case last year has filed a lawsuit against film director Spike Lee for retweeting information that mistook their home for Zimmerman’s. Lee sent a Twitter message last year Read More

Op-Ed

Blacks Schooled to Stay in a Daze

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   I was flipping through the TV channels last week and came across one of Spike Lee’s best movies, School Daze.  This was a 1988 film written and directed by Lee.  The movie took an inside look at some of the Read More

Entertainment

Dick Gregory: Spike Lee is a Punk and a Thug

Special to the NNPA from the Tri-State Defender DICK GREGORY (LEFT) AND SPIKE LEE Legendary social activist, comedian and author, Dick Gregory, has weighed in on the controversial Quentin Tarantino film, “Django Unchained,” and he did so in explosive fashion. In an interview posted to Read More

Op-Ed

The ‘D’ is Silent – Django Unchained

By Linda Tarrant-Reid Special to the NNPA from The Westchester County Press   I went to see Quentin Tarantino’s latest film Django Unchained with some trepidation.  I had no idea what kind of movie-going experience I was in for.  I heard about the slavery – the Read More