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Rainbow in the Cloud: The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou

Rainbow in the Cloud: The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou

Nov. 27 | New book provides a sampling of icon’s wonderful words   “‘Words mean more than what is set down on paper,’ Maya Angelou wrote in her groundbreaking memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Indeed, Angelou’s words have traveled the world...

A Madea Christmas mixes mirth and message in modern holiday parable

A Madea Christmas mixes mirth and message in modern holiday parable

Nov. 26 |   Mabel “Madea” Simmons is the moralizing, motor-mouthed senior citizen created and first introduced on stage by the incomparable Tyler Perry. The compulsive granny is a self-righteous vigilante who can’t help but intervene on the spot...

Now Keith can’t wait to jump the broom

Now Keith can’t wait to jump the broom

Nov. 26 | Keith didn’t like the idea of contradicting anyone  as powerful as Alaina Sheridan, but he had to stand his ground. “Nope. The deal was I don’t have to open my mouth in front of the camera. Just play guitar. No singing.” “How about this,”...

Beyond the Lights

Beyond the Lights

Nov. 21 | Movie Review By Raymond Jackson Contributing Writer It has been a while since I’ve seen and heard a Hollywood production with excellent and spectacular appeal. Beyond the Lights is bound to appeal to the young and the old, Black and White. It’s...

Kiana Marie: Hometown songstress has big-time talent

Kiana Marie: Hometown songstress has big-time talent

Nov. 21 |   Brilliantly gifted vocalist Kiana Marie (www.kianamarie.biz) is fast-tracked for success and comes by it honestly. You could say she was born and bred to the craft, as her family has been part of Twin Cities music for generations. Sitting...

Monk Trumpet Competition brings out the stars

Monk Trumpet Competition brings out the stars

Nov. 20 |             Marquis Hill beat 13 trumpeters to win the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Trumpet Competition last Sunday, November 9, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The 27-year-old Hill, of the south side of Chicago,...

Keith a singing movie star?

Keith a singing movie star?

Nov. 19 | He’d caught a catnap on the flight from the Twin Cities. Middle of the afternoon, filming in Chicago at Rosa’s Lounge, Keith sat at the bar wondering just how much longer it’d take. He’d never quite got used to the hurry-up-and-wait of making...

Dear White People: Satire takes sophisticated look at Ivy League race relations

Dear White People: Satire takes sophisticated look at Ivy League race relations

Nov. 15 | The academics are tough enough at Winchester University, a mythical Ivy League institution. It’s too bad that Black students there also have to worry about making themselves comfortable socially. That’s precisely the predicament we find a quartet...

Freddie Bell back on morning local radio

Freddie Bell back on morning local radio

Nov. 14 | Longtime broadcaster joins comedian and singer for his return to KMOJ   A legend returns: Freddie Bell, a favorite for years with Twin Cities listeners, is back in the Twin Cities at KMOJ-FM’s The Morning Show. AM drive time with the quintessential...

If Lesli’d just make up her mind…

If Lesli’d just make up her mind…

Nov. 12 | First there was the show in St. Paul. Then Helen had hit him up at the last minute. Talked him into sticking around long enough for a quick trip to Chicago. She was killing two birds with one stone, a splashy gig at Rosa’s, which would also serve...