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Halloween celebrations are longer, bigger at Central Florida attractions

Halloween celebrations are longer, bigger at Central Florida attractions

BY DEWAYNE BEVIL ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS Halloween celebrations at Central Florida’s major attractions are gearing up earlier and becoming more elaborate to scare up a share of the $7 billion spent for the holiday nationwide. “Halloween has become the single biggest promotional event in our industry,” said Dennis Speigel, president of International Theme Park Services. At […]

From South Africa to ‘The Daily Show’

From South Africa to ‘The Daily Show’

How Trevor Noah began his journey as host of popular late-night program BY MEREDITH BLAKE LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS NEW YORK — There wasn’t much in Trevor Noah’s childhood in Johannesburg to suggest that he would one day host America’s preeminent satirical program, starting with apartheid-era South Africa having virtually no tradition of professional comedy — […]

Zoe Saldana to create digital content for mom network

Zoe Saldana to create digital content for mom network

BY SABA HAMEDY LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Actress Zoe Saldana is teaming up with new millennial mom-geared network Awestruck to create digital content. Awestruck, a lifestyle network created by teen YouTube network Awesomneness TV, is scheduled to debut later this fall on YouTube, Facebook video and Verizon’s upcoming Go90 video service. AwesomenessTV, which is owned by […]

Winfrey will be part of cast in OWN’s new ‘Greenleaf’

Winfrey will be part of cast in OWN’s new ‘Greenleaf’

EURWEB.COM Oprah Winfrey is set to recur on her network’s forthcoming drama “Greenleaf.’’ The series follows the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful. Emmy winner Keith David will play Bishop James Greenleaf, the charming but manipulative leader of Greenleaf […]

Standout football player stars in Christian film ‘War Room’

Standout football player stars in Christian film ‘War Room’

BY RICH HELDENFELS AKRON BEACON JOURNAL/TNS If you happen to see the new movie “War Room,” leading man T.C. Stallings may look familiar. When called Tony Stallings, he was a standout football player at Bedford High School near Cleveland and later made some impressive moves on the field for the University of Louisville — the […]

Boz Scaggs to perform Nov. 7 at Peabody

Boz Scaggs to perform Nov. 7 at Peabody

Singer and guitarist Boz Scaggs will perform at The Peabody Saturday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. The blue-eyed soul singer Boz Scaggs is a singer, songwriter and guitarist. He gained fame in the 1960s as a guitarist and one-time lead singer with the Steve Miller Band, and in the 1970s with several solo Top 20 […]

‘Best Class Reunion Ever’ brings together grads from four high schools

‘Best Class Reunion Ever’ brings together grads from four high schools

BY PENNY DICKERSON DAYTONA TIMES Summer under Florida’s sun welcomes a host of holiday fun and barbecues, but 15 years ago, Vonda Kimble, a 1981 graduate of Seabreeze High School ventured something extraordinaire and the results are evident in the “Best Class Reunion Ever” (BCRE). The three-day event was held July 31-Aug. 2 at the […]

Backstage with Playwright Andre Darby

Backstage with Playwright Andre Darby

DeLand resident brings theatrical, musical talent to local audience BY PENNY DICKERSON         DAYTONA TIMES DeLand playwright and gospel recording artist Andre Darby returned to his high school alma mater last week for the production of his original, comedy-drama stage play, “My Prodigal Child.” Held in the DeLand High School auditorium, the community production […]

Does one Black ballet superstar signify real change?

Does one Black ballet superstar signify real change?

BY ELLEN DUNKEL PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER/TNS Misty Copeland was showered with love and attention when she became the first African-American principal ballerina at American Ballet Theatre last month. She received thousands of congratulatory tweets. Her promotion was big news in media nationwide. Ballet fans rejoiced, and so did many who had never heard of her. Would […]

Buddy Guy: Doing what he can to keep the blues alive

Buddy Guy: Doing what he can to keep the blues alive

BY SCOTT MERVIS PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE/TNS Muddy Waters, BB. King, Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker … Run down the list of blues legends and just about all of them are gone. Most of them long gone. Except for Buddy Guy. “He’s bigger than life,” says Ron “Moondog” Esser, the owner of Moondog’s Rock Blues Bar near […]