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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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Election Night: The view from abroad


JERUSALEM – On Election Night, I usually stay awake as long as my eyelids are willing to cooperate. But this year was different. Instead of alternating between watching CNN and tracking results on the Internet, I was in the Holy Land, nearly 6,000 miles from my office in Washington, D.C.

With Daylight Savings Time going into effect last Sunday, I was in a time zone Tuesday seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. That meant that instead of hearing the TV network projections trickle in as polls closed in different regions of the U.S., I had to go to bed not knowing if Democrats had lost control of the Senate, as predicted, and how well African Americans had turned out in the pivotal states of North Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana and Arkansas.

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If you did not vote, get ready for some pain


With the mid-term elections over and the Republicans solidly in control of the House and Senate, get ready to feel the pain.

I’m not talking to just the minority communities that will be hurt the most. I’m talking about all of America. If you think you haven’t seen anything done yet, you will now see that scenario broadened to include both houses.

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Wilberforce University – a rally for support


Wilberforce University – the first college owned and operated by African Americans – is a historical gem that’s stood the test of time, weathering many storms since its founding in Wilberforce, Ohio in 1856.

Today is no different, with Wilberforce one of many historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) confronted with financial hardships, low student enrollment and administrative challenges. At present, the university is methodically working its way through a challenging accreditation procedure during the Higher Learning Commission’s review process.

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Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun   


“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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