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Music and Film Star Jerome Benton Talks Purple Rain Sequel During NNPA Convention

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent Many know Jerome Benton as co-leader of the legendary music group, The Time. Others recall his work...

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,...

Rafer Johnson, 1960 Olympic Decathlon Champion, Dies at 86

BETH HARRIS | AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) - Rafer Johnson, who won the decathlon at the 1960 Rome Olympics and helped subdue Robert...

FILM REVIEW: The 2020 American Black Film Festival – Goes Virtual

In the age of COVID, film festival directors are finding creative ways to screen movies for audiences without gathering large groups at indoor venues....

Africa: The Premiere of Black Panther Was Testimony to Black Excellence

By Kylie Kiunguyu The much-anticipated film Black Panther had its global premiere in Los Angeles last week. The red carpet (which in this case was...