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This Rose is a rose is a rose

This Rose is a rose is a rose

Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose stars alongside Denzel Washington in the Broadway revival of "A Raisin in the Sun." Her outstanding performance has not only earned her critical acclaim but also a Tony award nomination.

She recently starred as Whoopi Goldberg's daughter in the made-for-TV movie, "A Day Late and a Dollar Short." On the big screen, Anika starred as Lorell Robinson in "Dreamgirls," which went on to receive an AFI ensemble award, as well as SAG award nomination for outstanding cast.

Anika won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role in "Caroline, or Change." She also tarred in Deborah Allen's Broadway revival of "Cat on A Hot Tin Roof," opposite James Earl Jones and Phylicia Rashad.

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‘The Book of Jeremiah: The Life and Ministry of Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.’

‘The Book of Jeremiah: The Life and Ministry of Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.’

Susan Williams Smith, an author, ordained minister and former mentee of Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., presents an honorable and comprehensive picture of Wright as a man, an African-American, a patriot, scholar, and pastor in her new book – "The Book of Jeremiah: The Life and Ministry of Jeremiah A. Wright Jr."

Smith first met Wright when she was a student at Yale Divinity School. She had heard him preach a stirring sermon, but it was at a dinner with him and the president of Yale that evening that she "became fascinated with this man and his work, and knew his ministry was something of which I wanted to be a part." She asked Wright then and there if she could become an intern at his church, Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ.

With some help from the United Church of Christ denomination, Smith was able to serve at Trinity, first as an intern, then as associate pastor upon her graduation from Yale. After Trinity, Smith went on to pastor a church in Ohio for 22 years. When Wright and Trinity were maligned during the debacle of the 2008 election, Smith recalled, "I felt in my spirit a need to at least try to tell the story and to embrace those who had embraced me, by writing this book."

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

'Diddy' wows crowd in emotional commencement speech at Howard University graduation

'Diddy' wows crowd in emotional commencement speech at Howard University graduation

Chants roared from the crowd as attendees of Howard University's 146th commencement waited to hear from one of the entertainment industry's most notable figures, Sean "Diddy" Combs.

After weeks of controversy surrounding the university's decision to award Diddy with an honorary doctorate of humanities, the media mogul took the stage to address more than a thousand graduates, even those who disagreed with Howard choosing him as the commencement speaker.

"There were some graduates who thought him receiving an honorary degree when they earned theirs is contradictory to what they went through," said Cameron Terry, a junior business management major. "But if you had the same opportunity you would do the same thing."

 

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  • Written by Kenya Downs/theGrio

'The Daily Show’s' Larry Wilmore to replace Stephen Colbert

'The Daily Show’s' Larry Wilmore to replace Stephen Colbert

Larry Wilmore, known for his role as the "Senior Black Correspondent" on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," is scheduled to replace Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central's hit show, "The Colbert Report," according to the Los Angeles Times.

Wilmore will become Comedy Central's first African-American late night host in January as host of "The Minority Report With Larry Wilmore." The show will take a comedic look at politics and current events weeknights at 11:30 p.m. for a half-hour beginning in January, the report says. It will be produced by Jon Stewart's Busboy Productions. Colbert leaves at the end of the year to replace David Letterman as host of "Late Show."

For years, Wilmore, 52, has played a major role in Hollywood, serving as an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer for shows, including "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air," "In Living Color" and "The Jamie Foxx Show," the report says. He also co-created the animated series "The PJs" and "The Bernie Mac Show."

 

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  • Written by Lynette Holloway/The Root

‘Dutchman’: Black men and white women, controversial onstage – and, still, in real life?

‘Dutchman’: Black men and white women, controversial onstage – and, still, in real life?

When Amiri Baraka's best-known play, "Dutchman," opened in 1964, it was critically acclaimed and quite controversial. At the height of the civil rights movement, while black Americans were struggling for the right to vote and attend the same schools as white Americans, here was a play depicting a sexually aggressive white woman attempting to seduce and ruin a black man.

With lynching and other forms of race-related violence in America often inspired by an obsessive fear of black men exploiting white women sexually, it was as though "Dutchman" tossed a grenade right at the very ideology that has long fueled American racism.

In honor of the play's 50th anniversary, the National Black Theatre and Classical Theatre of Harlem co-produced a revival that opened last week. Its star, TV veteran Sharif Atkins, talked to The Root about the play's significance and why the subject of a black man and white woman sexually entangled is still a turbulent topic.

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  • Written by Keli Goff/The Root

Oprah & Bishop Jakes – raising the roof, again!

Oprah & Bishop Jakes – raising the roof, again!

CHICAGO – Oprah and Bishop T.D. Jakes come together for a follow up, "roof-raising" conversation in an all-new episode of "Oprah Lifeclass" on how to unleash the power of your natural instinct

The episode airs on Sunday (May 11th) at 8 p.m. CT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

Throughout the conversation, Oprah and Jakes "raise the roof" with inspirational messages on how to become the highest vision of yourself and never settle for status quo; plus, Jakes shows viewers that their natural instincts are really "the treasure map to their souls' satisfaction."

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

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