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Iyanla, Sharpton, others recognized by McDonald’s

From inspirational motivators and community activists to business owners and a former athlete, this year’s recipients of the McDonald’s 365 Black Awards cover the spectrum of altruism.

Saving Michael

In a tiny theater where the front seats and the edge of the stage are only one foot apart, a new playwright, Georgiana Anwuzia, added her voice to the Metroplex’s artistic conversation.

The Road to Essence Festival 2014

“Dallas, make some noise,” Sevyn Streeter urged the crowd gathered before her in front of The Road to Essence Festival performance stage. As the audience roared in response, the beat dropped and Streeter began to dance, then sing, giving everyone ...

Remembering a phenomenal woman, Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou, a modern Renaissance woman who survived the harshest of childhoods to become a force on stage, screen, the printed page and the inaugural dais, has died. She was 86.

The Front Lines of the longest war in American History

It’s not just a movie, its real life. And it’s not what you thought it would be, it’s much more. The scenes in The Hornet’s Nest are taken from actual moments during the war. It shows the daily life of ...

‘The Greatest Mix’ celebrates Core DJ’s 10th anniversary

The NNPA, a federation of approximately 200 Black newspapers, and the Hip-Hop Union, a governing body of businesses and entrepreneurs and the largest DJ coalition in the world, join forces to eliminate the communication barriers that have plagued Black America ...

Bright Lights on Dark Days

Movie lovers viewed and critiqued more than 170 independent films and attended a series of panel discussions, filmmaker Q&As, galas and more at the 2014 Dallas International Film Festival, held April 3 through April 13.

Reality bites: Animated films dig deep

The Dallas International Film Festival presented a roster of emerging talent during the Animated Shorts Competition at the Angelika Film Center April 7 and April 8.

The Original Big Mama: Actress Irma P. Hall reflects on 40+ years in drama

“One finger pointing the blame don’t make no impact. But you ball up all them fingers into a fist, and you can strike a mighty blow. This family got to be that fist.” – Big Mama in Soul Food

A new chapter at TBAAL

“You know, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be,” Jiles King remarked as he discussed his return to Texas in October to accept the position of chief executive director of The Black Academy of Arts and Letters ...

Tamela Mann rocks music charts

Tamela Mann, acclaimed gospel singer and actress, ended 2013 with a bang by securing top spots on Billboard’s 2013 Year-End Charts with her fourth and bestselling album, Best Days. Dominating the gospel genre, she received four number one positions including ...

Mandela Movie Mania

Last month, iconic figure Nelson Mandela was laid to rest at the age of 95 and was remembered as a champion for human rights. After being imprisoned for 27 years

Black Nativity celebrates the birth of Christ

Going on its 20th season, Black Nativity by Langston Hughes was directed by Ed Smith. It was a confluence of a Broadway musical, a church service, a spoken-word lounge, a modern Christmas party and a depiction of difficult times for ...

Jerrika Hinton sizzles in Grey’s Anatomy

Jerrika Delayne Hinton, who plays Stephanie Edwards on Grey’s Anatomy, has made her family and friends in Dallas proud.

Minorities still underrepresented in Hollywood?

Hollywood continues to be a bastion of homogeneity where people of color are underrepresented, according to a new study from the University of Southern California at Annenberg.

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