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Gladys Knight to Sing National Anthem at the Super Bowl
January 17, 2019
NEW YORK (AP) — Gladys Knight will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at this year’s Super Bowl. The  ...  says she’s proud to use her voice to “unite and represent our country” in her hometown of Atlanta. ... read more »
Award-Winning Actress Regina King Opens Up About Sleeper Hit “If Beale Street Could Talk”
January 17, 2019
At 7 p.m. Central time last Wednesday, I was in full-listen mode as King – fresh from her Golden-Globe winning evening – talked about her role in “If Beale Street Could Talk” with more than a thousand faith leaders, community activists, sororities and fraternities and African-American news outlets on the line. ... read more »
Attorneys Prepare Uphill Battle to Win Freedom for Bill Cosby Next Step in Appeals Begins Jan. 18
January 17, 2019
Still, Cosby faces an uphill battle in his bid for freedom, according to several experts who told NNPA Newswire this week that as many as 90 percent of the myriad of appeals heard are normally rejected. ... read more »
Shanola Hampton Executive Produces New TV ONE Comedy Film
January 17, 2019
TV ONE kicked off 2019 with a brand new original comedy. “Three’s Complicated” shares the hilarious adventure of a mother who is trapped in a love triangle after a night of partying. The one night fling turns complicated when the mother finds out her college-aged daughter knows the man.  ... read more »
Regina Hall, Jenifer Lewis, KiKi Layne, Amandla Stenberg Are Named Essence Honorees
January 17, 2019
Essence has named four actresses as its annual Black Women in Hollywood honorees. They are Regina Hall and Amandla Stenberg, who both starred in “The Hate U Give,”  ... read more »
27th Annual Pan-African Film and Arts Festival To Screen Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace Concert
January 17, 2019
The Pan African Film & Arts Festival announced that it will celebrate its 27th Annual Opening Night with a screening of Aretha Franklin’s cherished Amazing Grace concert documentary at the Directors Guild of America. The festival, which presents an impressive slate of over 170 new Black films from the US and around the world and exhibits more than 100 fine artists and unique craftspeople, starts on Thursday, February 7 through Monday, February 18 at the Cinemark Rave 15 Theatres (3650 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd) and the adjacent Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza    in Los Angeles, California. Aretha Franklin’s spine-tingling and uplifting Amazing Grace, produced by Alan Elliott, was originally directed by Sydney Pollack in 1972 at New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, California. The film, a rare gem in the crown of the late musical genius, has not been seen before now due to technical and rights issues.  ... read more »
Colorism Reveals Many Shades of Prejudice in Hollywood
January 16, 2019
Courtesy Photo The breakthrough representation of minorities in Hollywood blockbusters has ignited a frequently overlooked discussion about whether prejudice isn’t just about the color of a person’s skin, ... read more »
Rihanna Sues Father Over Use of their Last Name for Business
January 15, 2019
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rihanna is suing her father over his use of their last name for a business. In the lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Los Angeles, ... read more »
Alicia Keys to Host Grammy Awards Next Month
January 15, 2019
NEW YORK (AP) — Alicia Keys usually attends the Grammys, but this year she’ll be there as a host. The Recording Academy announced Tuesday that the R&B star will host the Feb. ... read more »
Kevin Hart’s ‘The Upside’ unseats ‘Aquaman’ in $19.6M debut
January 13, 2019
Courtesy Photo NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Hart isn’t hosting the Oscars, but he’s got a number one movie. Hart’s “The Upside” surpassed expectations to open with $19.6 million in ticket sales according to studio estimates Sunday. ... read more »
Lawyer: R. Kelly Denies all Sexual Misconduct Allegations
January 13, 2019
Courtesy Photo CHICAGO (AP) — An attorney for R. Kelly said Friday that the R&B star denies all allegations of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls, ... read more »
Illinois Refuses Permit for Concert to be Hosted by R. Kelly
January 13, 2019
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials say a concert in Springfield that was to be hosted by R. Kelly cannot take place in the wake of new sexual misconduct allegations against the R&B star. ... read more »
Michael Jackson Allegations and Fight Over them Return with New Film
January 11, 2019
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An attorney representing two Michael Jackson accusers who appear in an upcoming documentary says their sexual-abuse allegations have not been discredited as the Jackson estate says, ... read more »
‘50th NAACP Image Awards’ to Air Live on TV One March 30, 2019 From the Dolby Theater In Hollywood
January 10, 2019
The 50th NAACP Image Awards will air LIVE on TV One, a division of Urban One, Inc., on March 30, 2019.  For the first time ever, the telecast will take place from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California. ... read more »
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