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Who will save our missing children of color?

Who will save our missing children of color?
 
A few weeks ago while attending the American Black Film Festival in New York City, I witnessed the short film “Muted.” Written by Brandi Ford, featuring “Grey’s Anatomy” star Chandra Wilson an

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  • Written by The Shadow League

Shock jock fired over ‘racially charged’ posts

Shock jock fired over ‘racially charged’ posts
 
SiriusXM spokesman Friday announced the firing of a co-host of the “Opie & Anthony” radio show, citing “racially charged” and incendiary tweets about a confrontation in New York City earlier in the week, the Associated Press reports.
 
Shock jock Anthony Cumia was fired late Thursday, SiriusXM spokesman Patrick Reilly told the AP. He described Cumia’s Twitter rant as “abhorrent” to SiriusXM, the news site reports.

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  • Written by Lynette Holloway-The Root

McLemore & College: ‘Where do we go from here?’

McLemore & College: ‘Where do we go from here?’
The music industry ebbs and flows affecting – directly and indirectly – the lives of succeeding generations through an eclectic mix of genres, including R&B, blues, hip-hop, jazz, gospel, country and more. Memphis’ contributions to the industry’s evolution reflect a noteworthy flow via hometown record labels such as Sun, Ardent, Hi, and Stax, just to name a few. 
 
During my childhood in the late fifties, I grew up listening to Otis Redding and the Bar-Kays of the Stax era. When Otis and nearly all of the Bar-Kays – with the exception of Ben Cauley – perished in a plane crash over Madison, Wis., I was tremendously impacted. It was a sad time in the music industry.

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  • Written by George Tillman Jr.-Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Kam's Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam's Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK
BIG BUDGET FILMS    
 
“Deliver Us from Evil” (R for graphic violence, grisly images, profanity and pervasive terror) Screen adaptation of Beware the Night, Ralph Sarchie and Lisa Collier Cool’s supernatural thriller about an NYPD street cop (Eric Bana) who joins forces with a renegade exorcist (Edgar Ramirez) in response to the alarming increase in cases of demonic possession occurring around the city. With Olivia Munn, Dorian Missick and Joel McHale.   
 
“Earth to Echo” (PG for action, peril and mild epithets) Kid-friendly sci-fi, reminiscent of E.T. (1982), about a trio of adolescents (Astro, Teo Halm and Reese Hartwig) who surreptitiously come to the aid of a homesick alien stranded on Earth. Supporting cast includes Ella Wahlestedt, Cassius Willis, Jason Gray-Stanford and Drake Kemper.

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Why we need more black female rappers

Why we need more black female rappers
 
I swear, this is not another “I miss Lauryn Hill” article, even though, yes, I do miss her output. “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” (and, to a lesser degree, the “Unplugged” double album) changed my life for the better. But as often as Hill is cited for being the greatest female rapper of all time (I agree) and, in some circles, the greatest rapper, period (I also agree), she wasn’t the only. There were several, and as an ’80s baby, I grew up watching them and sneaking to order their videos off Video Jukebox and playing dumb like I didn’t know where the charges came from when my parents got the bill. 
 
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  • Written by Demetria L. Lucas-The Root

Justin Robinson: On his latest album ‘Alana’s Fantasy’

 Justin Robinson: On his latest album ‘Alana’s Fantasy’
 
Justin Robinson is a jazz saxophonist and flutist. Robinson established himself as a child prodigy when, while still a teenager, he began running after-hours jam sessions at the renowned Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City in the late 1980’s. He released his debut album “Justin Time” in 1991, which featured saxophone legends such as Bobby Watson and Gary Bartz. Robinson has shared the stage with greats like Diana Ross, Abbey Lincoln, the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band, and currently tours with trumpeter Roy Hargrove. His newest album, ‘Alana’s Fantasy,’ comes out today (July 1) under the Criss Cross Jazz label.
 
What was the artistic vision for “Alana’s Fantasy?”

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

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