Two Grammy Award-winning groups — one delivering four-part harmonies as the quartet Manhattan Transfer, and the other being one of the most versatile a cappella groups in the music business as sextet Take 6 — performed live to a sold-out auditorium at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul on Feb. 15. According to both groups, who shared the stage for the … [Read more...]
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On Broadway (1959), in movie houses (1961), and afterward on television, Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun increasingly held Black audiences — as well as White — rapturously spellbound. As hasn't been done since, the American landmark helped usher this nation into the civilized world. The August Wilson of her day, Hansberry's phenomenally unprecedented … [Read more...]
Looking back on history, there's an aspect of slavery to celebrate: the legendary underground railroad, which is done justice by short-lived but nonetheless noteworthy television series Underground (Sony DVD). Set on the fictitious Macon plantation in Georgia, this compelling drama is propelled by the cunning courage of seven souls making a desperate 600-mile run for freedom in … [Read more...]
The Black Panther character was first introduced into the Marvel Studios pantheon back in 1966. The launch took place in the comic book “Fantastic Four Vol.1” issue 52. So why did it take 52 years for that character to make its solo debut on the silver screen? Well, apparently it takes five decades to make a near perfect Black Marvel film. And it is worth the … [Read more...]
Chadwick Boseman has already made quite a career out of portraying a variety of prominent African Americans, from football star Floyd Little (The Express) to baseball great Jackie Robinson (42), to Godfather of Soul James Brown (Get on Up) to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall (Marshall). The versatile actor's efforts have been appreciated by the NAACP which has seen … [Read more...]