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 […]

Kevin Johnson Calls for Clippers Owner Donald Sterling To Be Suspended, Fined

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SACRAMENTO – Former NBA star and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has called for the NBA to suspend Donald Sterling indefinitely, appoint an executive or family member to run the team, and levy “the maximum fine possible” as punishment for the racist remarks purportedly made by the Los Angeles Clippers’ owner. Johnson is advising the National […]

PBS’s “Where Poetry Lives” to Commemorate 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

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NATIONWIDE – The Civil Rights movement was about brave deeds and bold words. Both are explored by US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey and PBS NewsHour Correspondent Jeffrey Brown in the latest of their reports on “Where Poetry Lives.” Their story airs Friday, April 11. To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the passage of the Civil […]

Sacramento’ Community Center Theater Presents: Sister Act

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SACRAMENTO – When wannabe diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a crime, the police hide her in the most unlikely place, a convent. Deloris reluctantly transforms into Sister Mary Clarence and soon teaches the real nuns how to find their voices. The story is familiar, but its been given a whole new life. Sister Act, Broadway’s […]

At Last, It Is Tournament Time!

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NATIONWIDE – Now that the conference tournaments are over, and now that the NCAA Selection Committee has done its job, and now that the selections made have provided the talk show “experts” with ample fodder to voice their opinions and complaints about ”seeding” to anyone who will listen, the reason for the term “March Madness” […]