Terry McMillan Visits Sacramento State University

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SACRAMENTO – She encouraged sistas to exhale and get their groove back. Locals are invited to share An Evening With Terry McMillan, the bestselling author at Sacramento State University on Thursday, February 6. The lecture, being held in celebration of Black History Month, is scheduled to run 7:30-9:00 p.m. in the University Union Ballroom. McMillan […]

Famous Negro Athletes: An Exhibition of Artwork by Milton 510 Bowens

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SACRAMENTO – The impending Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics have put sports on the forefront and a local gallery is continuing with that “frame” of mind. Framed by Frankie and Bridge the Art present “Famous Negro Athletes: An Exhibition of Artwork by Milton 510 Bowens” from February 1 to February 28. The exhibition will […]

“Wee Pals” Cartoonist Morrie Turner Passes

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SACRAMENTO – Morris “Morrie” Turner, the creator of the Wee Pals comic strip and the first African American artist to have a column syndicated nationally passed away Saturday, Jan. 25 in the presence of family members. Turner, who is also a military veteran, was 90. A spokesman for Turner said the Oakland-born artist died peacefully […]

Kings Release First Round of Renderings For New Downtown Arena

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SACRAMENTO – Today, the Sacramento Kings, the city of Sacramento and AECOM released the first round of renderings for the downtown Entertainment and Sports Center (ESC). The announcement was first made via an email to season ticket holders. The first set of renderings comes after six months of workshops, open houses, town halls, and focus […]

Raiders Fall To Blazing Broncos, Manning Sets Two NFL Milestones

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OAKLAND — The Oakland Raiders organization honored their Super Bowl 18 champions at O.co Coliseum on Dec. 29. But it was basically Peyton Manning Day as he and the Denver Broncos routed the inept Raiders 34-14 to end the regular season. With the victory, Denver (13-3) advances to the playoffs with a bye and the […]

Tika Sumpter in Tyler Perry’s A MADEA’S CHRISTMAS

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HOLLYWOOD – Tyler Perry’s latest film offering, A MADEA’S CHRISTMAS, features Tika Sumpter, in this holiday comedy, set in a struggling Midwest community hit by hard economic times yet bound together by dedication and faith. The synopsis describes the fast-paced, 90-minute romp thusly; Madea accompanies her niece, Eileen (inveterate funny lady Anna Maria Horsford), to […]

JONATHAN BUTLER—Christmas Tour Interview

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NATIONWIDE – Two-time Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter/guitarist, Jonathan Butler has been making jazz, pop and gospel music for years. So it seems only fitting that the multi-talented, South African born musician would mesh these styles together in his debut Christmas CD, “Merry Christmas to You.” Just when you thought you had heard every possible rendition of “This […]

Stars Return for ‘Best Man’ Sequel

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NATIONWIDE – Writer and director Malcolm D. Lee’s latest film doesn’t enjoy the Oscar buzz that accompanied several other African-American movies this year, nor should it. While the big screen premieres of “12 Years a Slave,” “Fruitvale Station” and “The Butler” have helped to make 2013 one of the most memorable for black filmmakers, Lee’s […]

Atlanta Christian Rapper LeCrae Claims No. 1 Spot on iTunes With ‘Church Clothes Vol. 2′

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ATLANTA – If the iTunes charts are to be believed, Atlanta-based holy hip hop MC LeCrae’s “ChurchClothes Vol. 2” mixtape is the best selling digital album in the US. The sequel to 2012’s “Church Clothes” was released this week and is available for free on download sites like Datpiff.com. But supporters of LeCrae’s mission and […]

New Bartlett’s Compiles Black Quotations

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NEW YORK – For the debut Bartlett’s anthology of Black quotations, editor Retha Powers wanted to capture the personal, the political and the artistic. “When you think about Black history, you think about touch points like slavery, colonialism, apartheid,” Powers says. “Those are heavy and difficult topics. But there also lives being led and poetry […]