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Movie review: ‘Beyond the Lights’

Movie review: ‘Beyond the Lights’

Quick Rihanna, check to see if someone stole your diary. This ode to young Black chanteuses fighting personal demons feels like the story of her life. But in fact, it’s the brainchild of writer/direc

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  • Written by Dwight Brown-NNPA News Service

Cosby’s art paired with African art at Smithsonian

Cosby’s art paired with African art at Smithsonian

WASHINGTON (AP) — Everybody knows Bill Cosby's humor, but the comedian has kept his artistic tastes close at home. Now the extensive art collection of Bill and Camille Cosby is opening to the public for the first time Sunday at the Smithsonian Institution, revealing some works by African-American artists that until now have been seen only by family and friends.

The exhibition not only celebrates African-American heritage, it also provides a glimpse at works the Cosbys have enjoyed intimately, with pieces ranging from a masterwork that had remained hidden for a half-century before Camille Cosby recognized its value, to a quilt made from their slain son's clothes. More than 60 artworks from the Cosby collection are being displayed through early 2016 alongside 100 pieces of African works at the National Museum of African Art in Washington.

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  • Written by BRETT ZONGKER-Associated Press

Benefit gala to cap Bar-Kays 50th anniversary

Benefit gala to cap Bar-Kays 50th anniversary

The Bar-Kays will celebrate five decades in the music industry with a 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts on Dec. 4th.

The black tie gala will be hosted by Elise Neal of TV One’s “Hollywood Divas” and actor Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs ,who starred in “The Jacksons: An American Dream.”

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Kam's Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam's Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun   

BIG BUDGET FILMS    

“Big Hero 6” (PG for action, peril, crude humor and mature themes) Animated family comedy inspired by the Marvel Comics series about a 14-year-old inventor (Ryan Potter) who teams with his inflatable robot (Scott Adsit) and his close friends to solve a string of crimes. Voice cast includes Jamie Chung, T.J. Miller, Genesis Rodriguez, Damon Wayans Jr., Maya Rudolph and James Crowell.   

“Interstellar” (PG-13 for intense action and brief profanity) Post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller about an outer space expedition undertaken through a wormhole by scientists searching for a habitable planet in the wake of climate change that has left Earth devastated by drought and famine. Ensemble cast includes Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck, David Oyelowo, Topher Grace, Bill Irwin and William Devane.  

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Marlon Wayans to host Memphis Music Hall of Fame ceremony

Marlon Wayans to host Memphis Music Hall of Fame ceremony

Comedian and television and big screen star Marlon Wayans will host the Memphis Music Hall of Fame 2014 induction ceremony at The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Memphis on Nov. 6.

 “This is gonna be a blast. Sharing a stage with legends like Ann Peebles and Al Bell will be outrageous,” said Wayans.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

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