Venus & Mars … the difference between men and women

As act one opens, Venus (Sheran Keyton) and Mars (Robert Rouse) – the hottest male and female artists of the Motown Era – get the call of their life. Bretheren Smith (Jage Bothmann) wants to manage both of them and ...

War Room filmmakers build on previous successes

Faith-based movies that succeed at the box office shouldn’t be a surprise anymore, but War Room, a Christian family drama about marriage, has proved to be somewhat miraculous.

I'm No Fool: Introducing young minds to African culture, history

I’m No Fool! is an original play based on African folklore. Presented by the Roots for Youth African Children’s Theater, the play presented the Yoruba culture of Africa in the English and Yoruba language and took place from Aug. 14 ...

Straight Outta Compton

Warning: This isn’t some chump change Sundance indie movie about the rap group NWA. Nor is it a should-have-gone-straight-to-DVD afterthought about hip-hop culture. This is a full-fledged, big-budget looking homage to the Los Angeles rap scene that smartly, emotionally and ...

Music, Magic and Memories of Motown

Motown: The Musical is a hit-filled festival of song and dance where performers convincingly take on the personas of recording legends such as The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Temptations, The Contours, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5, ...

Empire star Jussie Smollett talks about HIV/AIDS and activism in the Black community

Before he was Jamal Lyon, the sensitive, talented gay son of drug dealer turned music mogul on the hit television show, Empire, Jussie Smollett, was a social activist.

Ringmaster: From child to man in the circus

Dressed sharply in a dazzling gold blazer and armed with a microphone and an infectious smile, Ringmaster Lucky Malatsi’s job is to keep audiences of the UniverSoul Circus excited, engaged and enthusiastic between the numerous acts – and it is ...

Right and Wrong Goes Deeper than Black & White

If the past is always present, a good example may have been the presentation on race and interracial conflicts in two dramatic one-act plays performed by a local theater company last month.

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Sometimes artistry and insanity are so intertwined you can’t distinguish between them.

Taraji P. Henson on Empire, its success

Taraji P. Henson is on a mission: To take her brand global following the success of Fox’s hit show Empire – and her breakout character Cookie Lyon.

Movie Review: 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets

Jordan Davis was born Feb. 16, 1995. Contrary to his belief, he was not named after the basketball legend Michael Jordan. His mom, Lucia McBath, insists she named him after the crossing over of the Jordan River, symbolizing a new ...

American Denial documents nation’s hidden biases

“Race is like a nerve, we hit it and everything explodes.” – Vince Brown, Harvard University

Walmart settles with Tracy Morgan after lawsuit regarding New Jersey Turnpike accident

Walmart and Benedict P. Morelli, attorney for Tracy Morgan, Ardley Fuqua, and Jeffrey Millea, today announced a settlement agreement, ending a lawsuit against Walmart arising out of a multi-vehicle accident on the New Jersey Turnpike that killed one man and ...

The Past is always Present: A theatrical review of The Shine Plays

Alba is also alone and trapped by bitterness, its prisoner since her rape at the age of 13. She is a reverent, self-sufficient elderly woman who lives on her own in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. As she looks back at ...

This Little Light: Hezekiah Walker honored with Torch Award

Grammy Award-winning artist Bishop Hezekiah Walker can add the 2015 Torch Award for religion to his list of accomplishments as a gospel music artist and pastor of Love Fellowship Tabernacle, a mega church in Brooklyn, New York.