Local Actress Making Waves

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SACRAMENTO – Most every actor realizes that talent will take them far in their careers but, they will also tell you that a little luck doesn’t hurt either. No one knows this better than Christina Elmore. After landing a small part in director Ryan Coogler’s critically acclaimed debut film, “Fruitvale Station,” the up and coming […]

Actress-Novelist Victoria Rowell Tells On TV Industry

Actress and author Victoria Rowell, here speaking at the Brickhouse Art Gallery in Sacramento's Oak Park neighborhood, had a lot to say about the television soap opera industry.

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OAK PARK — Popular television actress and author Victoria Rowell  was among the celebrities who appeared at the Sacramento Black Book Fair last weeked to discuss her best selling books, “The Women Who Raised Me,” “Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva:  A Novel,” and “The Young and the Ruthless: Back in the Bubbles.” Ms. Rowell […]

Tony Gwynn, Sweet-Swinging “Mr. Padre”, Dies at 54

SAN DIEGO — Tony Gwynn, the Hall of Famer with a sweet left-handed swing who spent his entire 20-year career with the Padres and was one of San Diego’s most beloved athletes, died of cancer Monday. He was 54. Gwynn, nicknamed “Mr. Padre,” had been on a medical leave since late March from his job […]

ACTRESS RUBY DEE DEAD AT 91

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NEW YORK — Ruby Dee, an acclaimed actress and civil rights activist whose versatile career spanned stage, radio television and film, has died at age 91, according to her daughter. Nora Davis Day told The Associated Press on Thursday that her mother died at home in New Rochelle on Wednesday night of “natural causes.” Dee, […]

Comedian Tracy Morgan Injured in Fatal Crash

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NEW BRUNSWICK – Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was critically injured Saturday after a tractor-trailer rammed into his chauffeured limousine bus, setting off a chain-reaction crash that left a fellow comedian dead and two others seriously hurt, authorities said. A truck driver from Georgia was charged with death by auto in the crash that killed […]

JET Magazine to Release Final Print Issue

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CHICAGO — JET magazine will release its final print issue, hitting newsstands on June 9. The cover of the last issue salutes JET magazine’s iconic history by featuring images of previous covers throughout the past 63 years. Inside, readers will find a retrospective of the news covered in the magazine dating from 1951 to the […]

Celebrate Father’s Day with a Free Audio Download of “Go the F**K to Sleep” Featuring Samuel L. Jackson

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NEWARK –  Audible is celebrating Father’s Day, offering a FREE download of Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson’s performance of the mock children’s book, Go the F**k to Sleep Monday 6/9/14 through Father’s Day, 6/15/14 at www.audible.com/sleep. Go the F**ck to Sleep, written by Adam Mansbach, is a hysterically funny adult storybook that captures an exhausted parent’s attempt to put their kid to […]

The Art of Hip Hop: Celebrating the 5 Elements

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SACRAMENTO – The Art of Hip Hop: Celebrating the 5 Elements, an art exhibition and hip hop festival that seeks to empower and educate the community is set to run June 5-29. Organizers desire for it it to become a cultural resource to promote the development, rich history and legacy of hip-hop culture. The Art […]

Celebration Arts’ Cast Masters Morrison’s ‘The Bluest Eye’

The story is melancholy, though the cast members of Toni Morrison's 'The Bluest Eye' are magnificent. Shown in the front row, left to right, Eliza Hendrix, Brooklynn Solomon, Carol Jefferson, Debbie Reeves, and Zarati Depaz. Back row, L-R, Madres Story, Tarig Elsiddig, Jannette McCoy, Marivel Palone, Betty Cummings, Andrea Covington, and KT Masala.

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EAST SACRAMENTO — During a Sunday matinee performance, the cast members of Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye were ultra-compelling in bringing the characters alive on stage. An adaption by Lydia Diamond of Morrison’s first novel, that was published in 1970, director James Wheatley was able to find an ensemble of talented actors to pull off […]

Screenwriter Misan Sagay Discusses The Moving Story Behind “Belle”

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NEW YORK CITY — Screenwriter Misan Sagay is perhaps best known for writing Oprah Winfrey’s 2005, made-for-TV movie “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” which starred Halle Berry. However, it is Sagay’s big-screen, period-piece drama, “Belle” that is currently garnering critical acclaim since recently becoming the darling of movie festivals in cities such as Toronto, New […]