Arts & Entertainment

Charleston Selected for U.S. Navy Band Tour

WASHINGTON — America’s Navy is coming to Charleston, South Carolina, one of 20 cities in six states to host a performance by the United States Navy Band during its 2020 tour — one of the signature outreach programs of the U.S. Navy. The United States Navy Band, featuring the Concert Band, Sea Chanters chorus and…

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Black Press Screens Two Films Headed for Major Festivals

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Any studio would rarely provide media access to films that it plans to enter into several prestigious film festivals, like the New Orleans Film Festival and the American Black Film Festival. Char’Actors and 25th Frame Films granted the Black Press that access. Both companies are helmed…

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Strayer University and The Blackhouse Foundation Name Donald Dankwa Brooks Winner of Scriptwriter Competition to Bring Real Perspectives on Criminal Justice to the Classroom

  During the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, Strayer University, in partnership with The Blackhouse Foundation — a leading voice working to elevate and increase the number of diverse voices in filmmaking — announced the winner of ScriptED, a nationwide competition to discover a talented, up-and-coming scriptwriter who can help bring real perspectives to Strayer’s Criminal Justice…

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Spike Lee to receive the Toronto Black Film Festival’s 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award

The Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) presented by TD Bank in collaboration with Global News, is set to present Academy Award Winning director and Cannes Film Festival’s first Black Jury President, Spike Lee, with the TBFF 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday, February 13, 7PM at Queen Elizabeth Theatre. #TBFF20 is thrilled to grant him this prestigious award in recognition of his body of work which revolutionized the role of black talent in Hollywood, tearing away decades…

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Film Review: Bull

By Dwight Brown NNPA News Wire Film Critic Lost souls. Parallel lives going nowhere in a low-income, west of Houston neighborhood. That’s the setting of this richly drawn character study about an aimless 14-year-old poor white girl, Kris (Amber Havard), and a middle-aged black ex-bull rider turned down-on-his-luck rodeo clown Abe (Rob Morgan, Mudbound). The…

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SC Archives to Host Community Screening of WILLIE: How the Descendant of Escaped Slaves Changed Hockey Forever

Registration is now open for the South Carolina debut of WILLIE, an award-winning feature length documentary about Willie O’Ree, the first black player in the National Hockey League. The film will be shown Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 1:00 pm at the SC Archives and History Center, 8301 Parklane Road in Columbia, SC. While there…

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National Book Award Finalists Jericho Brown and Akwaeke Emezi to speak at Charleston County Public Library Main Branch

Join National Book Award finalists Jericho Brown (“The Tradition”) and Akwaeke Emezi (“Pet”) at Charleston County Public Library’s Main Branch Thursday, Jan. 30 from 6-7:30 p.m. for a discussion on the art of invention. This event, part of the National Book Foundation’s “NBF Presents” series, will feature brief readings, a moderated conversation and a Q&A session, followed by a…

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Adidas Collaborates with Run-DMC for Commemorative Sneaker

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia It’s been nearly 34 years since legendary hip-hop pioneers Run-DMC “walked through concert doors, and roamed all over coliseum floors,” as they performed their groundbreaking single, “My Adidas.” Now, the famed sneaker company that inspired the 1986 hit song is honoring Run (Joseph Simmons), DMC (Darryl…

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