Black Panther movie causing excitement around country
1/12/2018 5:30:38 PM

By Jesse J. Holland There's a Black Panther party going on all around the country. Superhero fans, movie fans and especially connoisseurs of black culture—American and African—are eagerly awaiting the debut of Marvel's “Black Panther” movie starring comic books' first black superhero with an enthusiasm not often seen in American cinema. “Black Panther” viewing parties are being scheduled around the country for its February release, smack dab in the middle of Black History Month. Clothing lines are being designed around the bright...

What makes Will Smith's world ‘Bright'—money, he jokes
12/27/2017 7:50:59 PM

By Nicole Evatt “Just money. Lots of money.” So goes Will Smith's tongue-in-cheek summation of why he took on what has turned into one of the worst reviewed films of the season, the big-budget Netflix release “Bright.” The seasoned film cop and science fiction star does it all over again, playing a police officer with racist feelings against his otherworldly partner who happens to be an Orc in a land also occupied by Elves, Fairies and at least one Centaur. Smith's Officer Ward has just returned to the job after being shot and is assigned to...

John Legend on fatherhood: 'You want people to have justice'
12/17/2017 9:55:39 PM

By Mark Kennedy The Nobel Peace Prize winners will be serenaded by John Legend on Monday and for that they can thank Legend's infant daughter—and a second baby on the way. The Grammy winner will take the stage at the Telenor Arena in Oslo, Norway, on Dec. 11 for Nobel Peace Prize Concert, a gig he takes mindful of the world he'd like to leave for his children. “Having kids puts in context for me the kinds of things kids need to be successful and healthy and happy. And realizing that far too many kids don't have that,” the singer-songwriter said by...

‘Touched by an Angel’ star Della Reese dies at 86
12/2/2017 4:21:45 AM

By Stacy M. Brown Della Reese, the legendary actress and star of the classic movie “Harlem Nights” and the long-running CBS drama “Touched by an Angel,” died on Sunday, November 19. She was 86. From Reese’s memorable appearances in movies like “A Thin Line between Love and Hate” to television shows like “Chico and the Man,” “Sanford & Son” and “227,” fans and friends celebrated her storied career on social media. “Saddened to hear of the passing of Della Reese,” the Rev. Al Sharpton...

Film Review: Roman J. Israel, Esq.
12/2/2017 4:15:00 AM

By Dwight Brown Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars Denzel Washington may be the most accomplished actor of our generation. Like a chameleon, he’s morphed from the stern father in “Fences” to a dorky, introverted attorney in this meandering crime-drama/thriller. His talent is more than enough reason to sit through the two hours and nine minutes of misguided, anticlimactic storytelling. Writer/director Dan Gilroy’s feature film debut “Nightcrawler,” about a sleazy paparazzo, hinted at a bright future. His second piece of direction—and tenth...

Commodores Legend Thomas McClary wrote a new book about his time with the iconic band and his activism during the Civil Rights Movement.
12/2/2017 4:11:59 AM

Commodores legend talks reunion, new book By Stacy M. Brown Thomas McClary, the legendary founder of the super group, the Commodores, has a new book that takes readers on a journey through Motown, the Civil Rights Movement and a backstage war for the ages. McClary, who co-founded the group with Lionel Richie, recently released “Rock and Soul,” a stirring autobiography where readers also learn about his activism. “I kept getting questions as to when are the original Commodores going to do reunion and, after hearing that for the ‘umpteenth’ time I...

Legal experts split on if NFL can punish for anthem protests
11/2/2017 11:12:43 AM

WASHINGTON—Jerry Jones may want to bench Dallas Cowboy players who don't stand for the national anthem, but NFL owners could find themselves facing a First Amendment lawsuit if they punish football players or coaches for their protests after taking government money into the private business of professional football. The NFL is a private business—and the First Amendment only protects Americans from free speech abuses from the government. But legal experts differ on whether pro teams who play in publicly-funded stadiums or who accepted government money in exchange for...