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PHOTOS | First Family lights up President’s Park

Washington, D.C. —On December 3, 2015, the First Family joined hundreds of people to officially light the National Christmas Tree on the White House Ellipse. | ©2015 Photo by Cheriss May, www.cherissmay.com

 

(Above, see photos of the National Christmas Tree lighting and White House Christmas decorations. All photos by Cheriss May). WASHINGTON – On a brisk December night, the First Family joined hundreds of people to officially light the 2015 National Christmas Tree Thursday on the White House Ellipse. The ceremony was hosted by Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon and featured performances from musical trio David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash; Fall Out Boy, Andra Day, Aloe Blacc, Scandal’s Bellamy Young, Kelsea Ballerini, Tori Kelly, Trombone Shorty, the Joyous String Ensemble and the United States Coast Guard Band. There was also a special appearance by Miss Piggy. Continue Reading →

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PHOTOS | Rhymesayers celebrates 20 years of enduring hip hop legacy

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“If you came here to have a good time, say yes, I did,” Brother Ali shouted to the packed crowd at the Target Center December 4. “Yes I did!” was the thunderous response of roughly 10,000 hip hop enthusiasts, summing up the celebratory mood of those gathered for the Rhymesayers’ 20th anniversary.

Emceed by Ali, the mega concert featured over 30 acts that addressed three elements of hip hop — break dancing, DJing, and of course, emceeing. Continue Reading →

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Spike Lee offers timely morality play in ‘Chi-Raq’

'Chi-Raq' opens Dec 4.

 

Just when we were ready to give up on Spike Lee, wouldn’t you know he’d reassert his relevance with a decent inner-city drama decrying the gang violence in Chicago? Ironically, this timely tale is based on Lysistrata, an ancient play staged by Aristophanes way back in 411 BC. Set in Athens during the Peloponnesian War, that farcical adventure revolved around a headstrong female who brought an end to the hostilities by persuading the women of Greece to withhold sexual favors from their mates until peace was declared. Spike’s version unfolds in present-day Chicago where we find a gun moll named Lysistrata (Teyonah Parris) growing frustrated by the escalating body count in the Windy City war between a couple of rival street gangs. Her boyfriend, Chi-Raq (Nick Cannon), is the leader of the purple-sporting Spartans, the sworn adversaries of the orange-clad Trojans. Continue Reading →

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