Ben Vereen promotes Wellness Through the Arts on Sacramento Film Works

Craig DeLuz & Amy Henry sit down with legendary entertainer Ben Vereen

SACRAMENTO – Legendary Actor, Entertainer and Tony Award Winner Ben Vereen made a very special visit to Sacramento recently to share his wealth of experience with local film makers and promote the Sacramento launch of his program, Wellness Through the Arts (WTA). Vereen sat down with Sacramento Film Works hosts Craig DeLuz and Amy Henry […]

TV academy, actors union toast diversity at pre-Emmy party

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — With hit shows like “Empire,” ”black-ish” and “How to Get Away With Murder,” diversity is the new normal in TV. That was the message at a pre-Emmy party celebrating the industry’s diverse talent on both sides of the camera. “Diversity no longer means niche,” said Jason George, head of diversity […]

Peanuts Celebrates Its First African American Character

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(NNPA) – Following the death of Dr. Martin Luther King in 1968, a school teacher named Harriet Glickman, and a few of her friends, took it upon themselves to petition comic writer and creator of the popular Peanuts comic strip Charles M. Schultz for more characters of color, a bold move that resulted in the inclusion […]

Miss Black USA 2015 Reigns

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ATLANTA (NNPA) – On August 9th, 2015 Miss Black USA made its return back to the Nation’s Capitol to crown Miss Black USA 2015. The big night was held at the Theatre for Performing Arts at the University of the District of Columbia. The pageant was hosted by Kalilah Allen-Harris, M.D. an actress, physician and a […]

Mayweather-Pacquiao lawsuits sent to California court

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Plaintiffs who say the May 2 Las Vegas fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. was a fraud and they deserve their pay-per-view money back will argue their cases in front of a federal judge in California. Judge R. Gary Klausner, the same judge hearing arguments in cases filed against […]

Ruling to allow college athletes to unionize is thrown out

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CHICAGO (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board on Monday threw out a historic ruling that gave Northwestern University football players the go-ahead to form the nation’s first college athletes’ union, saying the prospect of union and nonunion teams could throw off the competitive balance in college football. The decision dismissed a March 2014 decision […]

Sacramento residents drop Kings arena lawsuit against city

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SACRAMENTO (AP) – Three Sacramento residents who sued the city alleging Sacramento gave the Kings an illegal “secret subsidy” have agreed to dismiss their lawsuit, enabling the city to secure financing for the downtown project. The plaintiffs gave up their-two year legal crusade Wednesday, two weeks after a Sacramento Superior Court judge rejected their claims, […]

Should the NBA Move to Top 8 Playoff Format?

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(NNPA) The NBA is discussing eliminating the guaranteed playoff spot that accompanies division winners, and moving to a new structure that would award playoff berths to the eight teams in the Eastern and Western conferences with the best records. That potential move would remove the automatic bump that division winners receive in playoff seeding; currently, […]

Warriors acquire Jason Thompson from 76ers for Wallace

OAKLAND (AP) — The Golden State Warriors have acquired forward/center Jason Thompson from the Philadelphia 76ers for forward Gerald Wallace, the player they had just received from Boston in the David Lee deal. NBA champion Golden State announced the trade Friday, a deal that also gives Philadelphia cash and draft considerations. Warriors general manager Bob […]

Trevor Noah takes on racism, skips politics in standup gig

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SANTA MONICA (AP) — In an hour-long comedy set, Trevor Noah hit the kind of social satire notes to be expected of Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” heir. Noah riffed at length Tuesday night about black fear of police violence. He called out pundits who make snap judgments linking Muslims and terrorism. And the native of […]