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” […]

Terry Crews Knows A Thing or Two About SINGLE MOMS

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NATIONWIDE – When five single moms from varying circumstances find common ground in their children’s’ problems at school, they forge an unlikely alliance, THE SINGLE MOMS CLUB. The new dramedy from filmmaker/producer Tyler Perry stars Nia Long (Best Man Holiday, Showtime’s House of Lies), Wendi McClendon-Covey (TV’s The Goldbergs, Reno 911), Zulay Henao (Takers, Fighting), […]

Acting Legend, Billy Dee Williams on Dancing With The Stars

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SACRAMENTO – Legendary actor Billy Dee Williams admits that although he’s 76-years old and not quite as nimble as he used to be, he’s confident he’ll surprise a lot of people when he makes his debut on “Dancing with the Stars.” The reality dance show returns March 17 at 8 p.m. (EST) on ABC TV.  “I still have a little […]

Afrofunk Experience Comes to Sacramento’s Torch Club

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SACRAMENTO – The award-winning Afrofunk Experience band brings its unique style to Sacramento’s Torch Club on Friday, February 21 at 9 p.m. The Afrofunk Experience won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding World Music Album for “Black President” and an SF Weekly Music Award for Best International Act. Members were the band behind Sila and […]

LA Newscaster Apologizes for Black Actor Mix-Up

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LOS ANGELES – A Los Angeles newscaster apologized to Samuel L. Jackson on Monday for confusing him with fellow actor Laurence Fishburne during a live TV interview. KTLA entertainment reporter Sam Rubin was interviewing Jackson on Monday morning about the film “RoboCop” when he asked the actor if he’d gotten a lot of reaction to […]

Essence to Honor African-American Men in Cinema

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LOS ANGELES – Essence is known for honoring Black women, but during Oscar week, it’ll also be lauding the accomplishments of African-American men in film. The magazine is launching its first “Black Men in Hollywood” dinner, an intimate affair that will salute the work of Spike Lee, Lee Daniels, Malcolm Lee, and filmmaker Tyler Perry, […]