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Sidney Poitier – Hollywood’s first Black leading man reflected the civil rights movement on screen

By Aram Goudsouzian, University of Memphis In the summer of 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. introduced the keynote speaker for the 10th-anniversary convention banquet of...

Dolly Parton Uses Royalties from Whitney Houston Classic to Help Strip Mall in Black...

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent More than nine years ago, Whitney Houston tragically died in the bathroom of a California hotel. With...

Count Basie Orchestra Director Talks Jazz and Welcomes Back Live Performances

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent   The legendary William James “Count” Basie enjoyed a keen eye for talent and greatness. Over the years,...

Five Years After His Death, New Music Arrives from Prince

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent Five years after his sudden death, the icon Prince’s estate is releasing brand new music that...

IN MEMORIAM: Civil Rights Icon Vernon Jordan Dies at 85

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent Vernon Jordan, the former National Urban League president and civil rights leader, has died at 85. Vickee...