David Oyelowo creates a tortured soul in HBO’s ‘Nightingale’

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — HBO’s “Nightingale” is a small film with an indelibly big performance by David Oyelowo, who plays an emotionally damaged man losing himself further after a spasm of off-camera violence. The demands of the one-character drama gave him pause, the British actor said. But he doesn’t shy away from a challenge, as […]

‘King of the Blues’ blues legend B.B. King dead at age 89

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las Vegas. He was 89. His attorney, Brent Bryson, told The Associated Press that King died peacefully […]

Best of Enemies Play Forges An Alliance

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EAST SACRAMENTO — Entertainer, singer and Elly Award Best Supporting Actress, Voress Franklin, could not hold back her tears after she finished a Saturday evening show of the stage play, “Best of Enemies” at Celebration Arts Theatre. Franklin and her castmates Maszaba Carter, Chris Lamb, and Amy Williams provided a hostile, and at times, endearing […]

Arik Armstead and Shaq Thompson Picked In the 1st Round of NFL Draft

Elk Grove's Pleasant Grove High School standout and University of Oregon football star Arik Armstead, left, was picked No. 17 in the first round of the NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers on April 30. Armstead is shown here with his father Guss Armstead, right, at a fitness complex in Rancho Cordova, Calif., a day before the draft.
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ELK GROVE — There were numerous speculations that the San Francisco 49ers would draft Arik Armstead in the first round if he was available. The 6-foot-7, 292-pounds defensive player was there for the taking and the Carolina sneaked Grant High’s Shaq Thompson in eight spots after Armstead. The 49ers picked Armstead, who played for Pleasant […]

BET Enters The Boxing Arena With Roc Nation Sports Alliance

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NEW YORK (AP) — BET is storming out of its corner with its first-ever rounds of professional boxing. The network, which has traditionally programmed entertainment, music, news and public affairs for the African-American audience, , told The Associated Press it has partnered with Roc Nation Sports to air up to nine live, two-hour telecasts of […]

‘Black Panther Party’ Film Seeks Wider Audience

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, the first feature-length film to focus on the origin and downfall of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense is making waves in the film community. It’s been a breakout entry at the Sundance Film Festival, and has already won an award at the Pan African […]

BREAKING NEWS ~ LET’S VOTE IDOL

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MEDIA MUSCLE AFRICAN AMERICAN FINALISTS NEED MILLIONS OF VOTES Message from Executive Publisher of the LA Sentinel & Chairman Emeritus of NNPA, Danny J. Bakewell, Sr.: Message from Executive Publisher of the LA Sentinel &; Chairman Emeritus of NNPA, Danny J. Bakewell, Sr.: “The Black Press (represented by the LA Sentinel) is alive and well […]

Kings Tumultuous Season Finally Comes to an End

Jason Thompson pulls down a rebound against Los Angeles' Jordan Hill at Sleep Train Arena on April 13. The Kings beat the Lakers 102-92 at home, and then beat Los Angeles again on its floor 122-99 on April 15.
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LOS ANGELES — The Sacramento Kings end their regular season on a good note by beating the Los Angeles Lakers 122-99 at the Staple Center on April 15. Ben McLemore lead the Kings with 24 points, seven assists, and five rebounds for the Kings. Derrick Williams had 22 points and six rebounds and Ray McCallum […]

75 Percent of ‘Furious 7′ Audience Was Non-White

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HOLLYWOOD (NNPA) – Hollywood, are you paying attention? Ethnically diverse casts produce record-breaking monster hits. Take exhibit A, the just-released Furious 7, which set or neared records for the studio as well as the national and international box offices.  The Universal film opened to a franchise-best $384 million over the weekend at the global box office, including $143.6 million domestically […]

State of Affairs’ Christopher Michael Holley to Help Produce Crime Thriller “RELLIK” in Sacramento

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SACRAMENTO – Christopher Michael Holley, known for his recurring role on NBC’s State of Affairs and for his role as ‘Beanie’ in Smokin Aces, has joined the production team for the pilot of Rellik, a revolutionary new crime thriller being filmed in Sacramento at the end of April 2015. Holley’s star is definitely on the rise. […]