Arts & Entertainment

Jay-Z, Beyoncé Awarding $1M in Scholarships to ‘Exceptional’ High School Students

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Contributor Popular music’s most powerful couple continue to make power moves. Musical superstars Jay-Z and his wife, Beyoncé, have announced a new scholarship program that will award 10 scholarships worth $100,000 each to “exceptional” high school seniors who demonstrate financial needs. The award will serve as a dedicated university-based fund…

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The 5th Annual Charleston Jazz Festival to Feature Bobby McFerrin with Ranky Tanky

The 5th Annual Charleston Jazz Festival announced this week an extraordinary upcoming collaboration showcasing the great musical explorer Bobby McFerrin with Charleston’s Ranky Tanky. With 10 Grammy Awards and his #1 global hit Don’t Worry, Be Happy, Bobby McFerrin’s greatest gift to his audience is transforming a concert hall into a playground. Get ready to sing-a-long and…

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September at Saul Alexander Gallery: Voices on Fiber Cloth

Local quiltmaker Peggie Hartwell has worked with Stratford and Summerville High School students to create the Voices on Cloth Fiber Art group exhibition, which introduces viewers to the creative relationship between artists and their stories as told on cloth. This visual dialogue of color and form examines the inner connection of images and designs within…

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Acclaimed ‘Funk Brother’ Eddie Willis Dead at 82

  By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Contributor A GoFundMe page has been established* to help pay for the funeral of one of Motown’s unsung legends. Eddie “Chank” Willis, a member of the famed Motown session group known as “The Funk Brothers,” died at his home in Gore Springs, Mississippi. The 82-year-old was part of…

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Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” Still Reigns

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Contributor Recent sales numbers have erroneously suggested that the late Michael Jackson is no longer the King of Pop. Specifically, Jackson’s “Thriller” album has been displaced by the Eagles’ greatest hit compilation, as the biggest selling record of all-time. However, several pieces of telling information is lost in mainstream…

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