Winfrey’s Harpo Studios in Chicago to close in December

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CHICAGO (AP) — Oprah Winfrey will close Harpo Studios in Chicago, where she filmed “The Oprah Winfrey Show” for more than 20 years, this December, and will transition production for her cable network to a studio in California. Harpo Studios and the Oprah Winfrey Network made the announcement Tuesday. OWN recently moved into a new […]

Film Review: Focus

Will Smith and Margot Robbie co-star in the con artist movie Focus.

OPINION (NNPA) – After Earth, Men in Black 3, Seven Pounds… It’s been a while since Will Smith lived up to his star status in a film worth having his name above the marquee. As Nicky, a con artist’s con artist in Focus, he redeems himself somewhat in a generic but often entertaining game of […]

Rising Hollywood Star Christopher Michael Holley Shares His Story

Great advice on acting and perseverance from Sacramento actor Christopher Michael Holley (State of Affairs) on "Sacramento Film Works," a project of the Northern California Filmmakers Coalition. Also pictured are hosts Craig DeLuz and Amy Henry. (Photo Courtesy of Access Sacramento)

SACRAMENTO – Northern California’s own Christopher Michael Holley sat down with the hosts of Sacramento Film Works to talk about his journey from struggling local actor to rising Hollywood star. Holley used entertaining stories from his own life to share valuable advice with those seeking to make a career in the film industry. “It’s not […]

Earl Lloyd, first Black player in National Basketball Association, dies at 86

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NATIONWIDE (AP) – Earl Lloyd, the first Black player in NBA history, died Thursday. He was 86. Lloyd’s alma mater, West Virginia State, confirmed the death. It did not provide details. Lloyd made his NBA debut in 1950 for the Washington Capitals, just before fellow Black players Sweetwater Clifton and Chuck Cooper played their first […]

Kevin Hart Readies Biggest Comedy Tour In History With The WHAT NOW? TOUR

Kevin Hart Announces WHAT NOW TOUR

LOS ANGELES (PRNewswire) – Superstar entertainer, actor and comedian Kevin Hartannounced today a massive North American arena tour. The WHAT NOW? TOUR will take the award-winning comedian to 45 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. Promoted by Live Nation, the biggest comedy tour in history kicks off on April 9, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas […]

TV networks make unequal progress toward on-screen diversity

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HOLLYWOOD (AP) – Kenya Barris, creator of ABC’s “Black-ish,” was motivated to write the comedy about an African-American family’s efforts to honor its heritage in part by the unreality of what he grew up watching on television. “I saw ‘Friends’ and ‘Seinfeld’ and thought, ‘What part of New York is this?’” recalled Barris, who is […]

Former Pleasant Grove Star Arik Armstead to leave Oregon for the NFL

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EUGENE (AP) – Oregon defensive lineman Arik Armstead has declared his eligibility for the NFL draft. The school’s website announced that Armstead filed paperwork to make in official Tuesday. The 6-foot-8, 290-pound junior said in a statement that he’s ready to test himself at the next level. Armstead started all 13 games he appeared in […]

NFL To Hold Combine For Veteran Players

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – NFL combines will take on an “older” look when the league adds one for veteran players to go with the massive event it holds for potential draftees. The veterans’ combine will take place March 22 at the Arizona Cardinals’ training facility in Phoenix. That is about one month after the regular combine […]

Former Grant Pacers star Shaq Thompson headed to NFL

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SEATTLE (AP) – Washington linebacker, and Sacramento native, Shaq Thompson is forgoing his senior season and will declare for the NFL draft. The school announced Thompson’s decision Monday. Thompson’s final game was the Huskies’ loss to Oklahoma State in the Cactus Bowl last Friday. Thompson was one of three Huskies on the AP’s All-America first […]

Cosby Not Finding Support in Black Community

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WASHINGTON – Bill Cosby hasn’t been “America’s dad” for years. For some blacks, he is the cranky uncle complaining about young African Americans who, in his view, dress and behave in a way that drags down their race. The shift in perceptions of Cosby, from revered comedian to more of a public scold, may be […]