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Review: The Archives pay inspired tribute to Gil Scott-Heron

June 5, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: This cover imagereleased by Montserrat House shows “Carry Me Home. A Reggae Tribute To Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson” by The Archives.  (Montserrat House via AP) By Pablo Gorondi ASSOCIATED PRESS The Archives, a reggae band from Washington, D.C., pay an inspired tribute to the late, groundbreaking soul and jazz poet and musician…

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In prison, producer finds new voice for inmates, and himself

May 29, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Music producer David Jassy poses for a portrait in Stockholm, Sweden. Jassy, whose prison sentence was commuted by California Gov. Gavin Newsom this year, produced an album “San Quentin Mixtape, Vol. 1,” featuring work from 17 incarcerated rappers.  (Hamed Bahremandi via AP) By Mesfin Fekadu ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — David Jassy was…

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ABC renews 19 shows, adds David E. Kelley drama ‘Big Sky’

May 29, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: In this April 28, 2018 file photo, the cast of “black-ish” attends a For Your Consideration event in Burbank, Calif. Pictured from left are Nelson Franklin, Peter Mackenzie, Jenifer Lewis, Miles Brown, Anna Deavere Smith, Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Marcus Scribner, Yara Shahidi, Marsai Martin and Jeff Meacham. ABC is bringing back…

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Omar describes life as a fearless fighter in new memoir

May 29, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: In this Feb. 29, 2020 file photo, U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., speaks at a rally in Springfield, Mass. At a young age, Rep. Omar earned a reputation as a fighter — a bit of a misfit who saw fighting as a way to survive and earn respect. In her new memoir being…

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‘The High Note’ : a review

May 29, 2020

By Kharisma McIlwaine Focus Features’ romantic comedy “The High Note”  tells the story of international singer Grace Davis, who is played by Tracee Ellis Ross.  In the film — after years of success and globetrotting —Grace finds herself at a crossroads in her career as she attempts to navigate superstardom in her 40’s. Grace’s personal…

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Daveed Diggs lets out his inner sci-fi fan in ‘Snowpiercer’

May 22, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Daveed Diggs, left, and Jennifer Connelly from the sci-fi series “Snowpiercer.” It debuts 9 p.m. EDT Sunday.  (Justina Mintz/TNT via AP) By Lynn Elber ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES — Daveed Diggs was sorting through the many TV offers coming his way a few years ago when, as the Tony Award-winning actor puts it,…

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ABC’S American Idol winner Just Sam signs exclusive record deal with Hollywood Records/Industrial Media’s 19 recordings

May 22, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Just Sam (Photo courtesy:Hollywood_Records) PRNewswire BURBANK, Calif. — Reigning “American Idol” winner Just Sam, who was crowned America’s newest “Idol” during the epic grand finale event culminating the all-new innovative and critically celebrated season on ABC, signed an exclusive record deal with Hollywood  Records/Industrial Media’s 19 Recordings, it was announced recently. Hailing from…

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Little Richard to be buried at historically Black college

May 22, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Little Richard  (Photo:  Shutterstock) By Kristin M. Hall   ASSOCIATED PRESS NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Little Richard will be buried at Oakwood University, a historically black university in Huntsville, Alabama. Gerald Kibble, director of Oakwood Memorial Gardens, said the private funeral will be held Wednesday and will not be open…

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Phyllis George, female sportscasting pioneer, dies at 70

May 22, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Phyllis George in attendance for Rita Hayworth Gala 2006 Alzheimer’s Association Benefit, Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York, NY, November 14, 2006.  (Photo: Shutterstock) By Bruce Schreiner and John Raby associated press Phyllis George, the former Miss America who became a female sportscasting pioneer on CBS’s “The NFL Today” and served as the first lady…

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Ken Osmond, Eddie Haskell on ‘Leave It to Beaver,’ dies at 76

May 22, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Members of the original cast of the “Leave It To Beaver” television series pause during filming of an upcoming TV special, “Still The Beaver,” in Los Angeles on Dec. 10, 1982. From left to right are Ken Osmond, Tony Dow, Babara Billingsley and Jerry Mathers. Osmond died Monday in Los Angeles. He was…

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