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Jazz and blues singer to perform at library

Jazz and blues singer to perform at library

Jazz and blues vocalist Sybil Gage will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway. Her performance will include pre-war blues, vaudeville, traditional jazz and original compositions. Born and raised in New Orleans, Gage had front-row schooling in jazz and blues. She has released two […]

WPUL-AM 1590 goes silent

WPUL-AM 1590 goes silent

Technical problems cause shutdown FROM STAFF REPORTS After 25 years, five months, 18 days, 21 hours, three minutes and 21 seconds of continuous radio broadcasting, WPUL-AM 1590, Volusia County’s only Black-owned radio station, signed off for the foreseeable future on Monday morning, Feb. 17, at 3:03 a.m. The reason for the shutdown: Technical problems. Covered […]

Traditional radio still popular as streaming grows, study says

Traditional radio still popular as streaming grows, study says

BY RYAN FAUGHNDER LOS ANGELES TIMES/MCT Streaming music apps may be hot these days, but it will be a long time before they top the old-fashioned radio dial. Traditional AM / FM radio is still the most popular way for people to listen to music, news and talk, even as digital music offers more control […]

Shaq and Shaunie head to court over family reality show

Shaq and Shaunie head to court over family reality show

FROM WIRE REPORTS Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal is saying “no way” to his ex-wife Shaunie’s plans for a new reality TV show. Shaunie, who is currently the executive producer of VH1’s “Basketball Wives,” has received a deal from the network for a new reality bit, titled “The Shaunie Project.” The show is to follow […]

Competition By Cable Networks for Black Viewers Grows With Popularity of OWN

Competition By Cable Networks for Black Viewers Grows With Popularity of OWN

Competition by Cable Networks for Black Viewers Grows With Popularity of OWN Cable viewing for the first week of June climbed significantly after the Memorial Day holiday, and competition for viewers’ attention was strong. Black households were locked in on new and old favorites: The NBA for the men, Disney for the kids and OWN’s […]

Al Jazeera America to Air Current Affairs Show With Kim Bondy

Al Jazeera America to Air Current Affairs Show With Kim Bondy

Al Jazeera America, the new American news channel that will launch later this year, announced Thursday that a one-hour current affairs magazine program called “America Tonight” will be at the heart of its daily schedule. Former CNN executive producer Kim Bondy will be America Tonight’s senior executive producer. Adam May, Lori Jane Gliha and Christof […]

Alice Walker Writings Draw Fresh Attack from Anti-Defamation League

Alice Walker Writings Draw Fresh Attack from Anti-Defamation League

Alice Walker (Courtesy Photo/Facebook) The Anti-Defamation League on June 18 derided Pulitzer Prize-winning author and essayist Alice Walker over the “fervently anti-Jewish ideas” that they say permeates her latest book. Walker’s The Cushion in the Road, a series of essays on varying topics, contains an 80-page “screed” on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that uses “extremely vitriolic and hateful […]

Black Writer Named to Second Term as the Nation’s Poet Laureate

Black Writer Named to Second Term as the Nation’s Poet Laureate

African-American poet Natasha Trethewey has been reappointed to another term as Poet Laureate of the United States, “the nation’s official lightning rod for the poetic impulse of Americans,” according to the Library of Congress. Trethewey, the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University in Atlanta, is also serving a four-year […]

Black Filmmakers to Carve Niche in South Florida’s Film Industry

Black Filmmakers to Carve Niche in South Florida’s Film Industry

FEC to meet minds on fostering Black movie presence Black filmmakers and TV producers will meet during a power packed session to discuss making their mark in the booming television and film industry in South Florida. On the heels of one of the largest Black film festivals, members of the Florida Entertainment Connection [FEC] will […]

Craig Robinson Feature —“This Is the End”

Craig Robinson Feature —“This Is the End”

SAN FRANCISCO – Comedian Craig Robinson, who audiences may best remember as Darryl Philbin, the warehouse manager on the long-running hit NBC TV show, “The Office,” is now enjoying even more success on the big screen. Robinson, 41, most recently starred with Kerry Washington (TV’s “Scandal”) in the family comedy, “Peeples” and in the end […]

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