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Picking Up the Pieces: Tracy Morgan: Back from the edge, returning to stand-up

A gruesome highway accident followed by months of pain and rehab. That’s no laughing matter.

The Oscars Blackout - Black Hollywood reacts to lack of diversity among Oscar nominations

A year after host Neil Patrick Harris quipped that the Oscars were honoring Hollywood’s “best and Whitest,” the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled yet another all-White slate of acting nominees on Jan. 14, prompting a dismayed revival ...

Naughty but Nice: There’s no holiday like Christmas at a South Dallas juke joint

In the musical Naughty but Nice, The Soul Rep Theater Company – and “Ms. D,” the fictitious proprietor of equally fictional The Yellow Rose Lounge and Grill – offered audiences the flavor of a South Dallas juke joint last week ...

Spike Lee uses classic to reveal cycle of violence in Chi-Town

In his latest film, Chi-Raq, which draws from the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, director Spike Lee has managed to successfully capture a similar innovation for the big screen as the sensation West Side Story created on Broadway in ...

A Man Called Jon

Faith is an important part of many people’s lives. Every weekend, millions of people practice their faith by attending church to worship and praise God with their fellow parishioners.

Creed: The story continues 40 years later

“Why would you pick a fighter’s life if you didn’t have to,” asks the old, retired ex-boxer Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone). He would know. The life, it ain’t easy. Yet as he stares into the eyes of Apollo Creed’s son ...

Spike Lee accepts honorary Oscar

Spike Lee told an audience of entertainment luminaries that it’s easier for a Black person to become president of the United States than head of a Hollywood studio or network.

Diversifying drama on DFW stages

Theater is perhaps Dallas’ most undervalued cultural expression. It is one of the oldest forms of entertainment. Yet, in a city with districts lined with a number of galleries, museums and dance companies, theaters struggle to maintain their relevance. The ...

Carter High, the movie, sheds light on true story

High school football is king in Texas. The passion, joy and popularity of the game can be felt Friday nights during the fall at high school venues and stadiums around the state as fans support their teams during the games.

Jay Z testifies in dispute over his hit song Big Pimpin’

Jay Z told a jury Oct. 14 that he believes he has a valid license to use Arabic music featured on his 1999 hit Big Pimpin’ that is now the subject of a copyright infringement trial.

Erykah Badu to perform Live Nudity

“I think that art is a vessel that creates dialogue, and I hope it inspires the youth to move,” said Erykah Badu about the potential impact of her upcoming stage work, Live Nudity.

Eddie Murphy earns top U.S. prize for comedy at Kennedy Center

A star-studded lineup of comedians including Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, George Lopez, Kathy Griffin and Arsenio Hall honored Eddie Murphy as an “American icon.”

Black artists: Making waves at the Toronto International Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival has aged gracefully into its 40th year anniversary.

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.