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PlayMakers’ Summer Youth Conservatory showcases students in musical
Sunday, July 24, 2016
CHAPEL HILL – A cast of student actors from 14 Triangle-area schools are performing the award-winning Broadway musical “Violet” through July 31 for the PlayMakers Summer Youth Conservatory. PlayMakers Repertory Company, the professional theater in residence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is presenting the musical as
Harriet Tubman’s Underground Railroad offers living history
Friday, July 22, 2016
“I never ran my train off the track, and I never lost a passenger.” - Harriet Tubman CAMBRIDGE, Md. — Joe Manokey stood along a stretch of the Underground Railroad and spoke proudly about his legendary distant cousin, Harriet Tubman. “Our family has always pushed to get Harriet Tubman more recognition,” said Manokey, 45, who
Black artists, fans return to country music
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Best buddies Jackie Trantham and Gwen Kerrick have shared thousands of laughs and interests over the course of a 35-year friendship that has included traveling to Amsterdam and listening to the sounds of Dutch opera houses. Music enthusiasts by all measure, Trantham and Kerrick are also country music fans, who happen to be black. In what music blogger
BOOK: McMillan talks latest novel, ‘Empire’ and inspiring readers
Thursday, July 21, 2016
I Almost Forgot About You By Terry McMillan Best-selling author Terry McMillan is back with a new novel, “I Almost Forgot About You.” McMillan recently spoke about the novel, how she hopes to empower her readers, and even gave her thoughts on the TV show Empire’s portrayal of unhealthy relationships. “I Almost Forgot About
BOOK: Preserving the work of black feminists
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Spill Scenes of black feminist fugitivity By Alexis Pauline Gumbs Duke University, $17.99 PB Black women’s poetry is having a moment. From Claudia Rankine’s “Citizen” garnering multiple awards and many reviews to Warsan Shire’s poetry rocketing up the best-seller lists after being featured in Beyoncé’s Lemonade,
Russell Simmons repays RushCard holders
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Russell Simmons is just starting to regain a little normalcy in his life. He’s back at yoga, and the hip-hop and business mogul is even able to run some errands without worrying about whether a disgruntled RushCard holder might verbally attack him or worse. Simmons never hung his head despite mounting – if unfair – criticism that rocked
Video streaming service offers black web series
Saturday, July 9, 2016
ColoredContent.com is the first online video-streaming platform dedicated to black web series. The site launched last year and now has a variety of web series available for viewers to watch. Unlike other streaming services, ColoredContent.com does not have a monthly subscription or sign-up fee. A key feature of the platform provides users with easy access
BOOK: Ike Turner’s widow pens memoir
Thursday, July 7, 2016
Love Had Everything to Do with It By Audrey Madison Turner Audrey Madison Turner is familiar with the spotlight. A former background singer and choreographer for well-known acts like Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan, Turner’s career seemed a natural path from child performer in the family music group Madison Avenue. What appeared at
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PlayMakers’ Summer Youth Conservatory showcases students in musical

CHAPEL HILL – A cast of student actors from 14 Triangle-area schools are performing the