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The Help

The Help

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic “The Help,”a best-selling book about a white woman who helps Black maids rebel in the 1960s segregated south, was probably a better read than it is a cinematic experience. On the big screen, the white “savior” liberating Black people storyline seems dated and almost offensive. Skeeter (Emma Stone) is an awkward, outspoken young … Read entire article »

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Pam Hawkins, the south bay powerhouse soul singer retains her diva crown

Pam Hawkins, the south bay powerhouse soul singer retains her diva crown

By Big Cat Tolefree It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a female soul singer with Pam’s energy and commitment to performing songs, not just singing them. Every song, every shimmy each and every show has the same power and passion, a raw emotion in a bottle of seductively infectious sincerity that comes across naturally. I appreciate Pam Hawkins and big sound she’s mastered over the years, no other female … Read entire article »

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Romare Bearden exhibition draws celebs and artists among hundreds to Museum of the African Diaspora

Romare Bearden exhibition draws celebs and artists among hundreds to Museum of the African Diaspora

Jazz-infused opening reception jammed with art lovers and admirers “From Process to Print” exhibition on view until July 3, 2011 SAN FRANCISCO – The Museum of the African Diaspora’s latest exhibition, a celebration of the work of Romare Bearden — one of the most talented and original visual artists of the twentieth century — drew nearly 400 guests to a jam-packed opening night reception Friday, May 6, where art … Read entire article »

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Ronnie Stewart, outraged blues and gospel musicians protest Grammy’s decision to cut Blues, Gospel and R&B from award categories

Ronnie Stewart, outraged blues and gospel musicians protest Grammy’s decision to cut Blues, Gospel and R&B from award categories

By Big Cat Tolefree Tempers flared at a press conference held at Yoshi’s in Oakland Monday, to oppose the decisions by NARAS and the Grammy’s to remove 31 ethnic genres of music from future categories at the annual award shows. Hundreds of bay area musicians, students and super star entertainers took the streets in downtown Oakland, citing the San Francisco based foundation sponsors will be contacted and boycotted if the action … Read entire article »

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Stacy Carter, a radiant source of light and fresh new look for today’s soulful jazz

Stacy Carter, a radiant source of light and fresh new look for today’s soulful jazz

It’s always fun and gratifying every time when I find a precious diamond in the rough or flower growing in the middle of masonry. Stacy Carter, a radiant source of light and a fresh new look for today’s soulful jazz music, her incredible new sound and passion for the music is apparent each time I see her live on stage. She’s been traveling the globe unleashing her unique style of … Read entire article »

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Assemblymember Nancy Skinner Announces Transportation Fuel Diversity

From the Globe News Desk(SACRAMENTO, CA)– Assemblymember NancySkinner (D–Berkeley) announcedtoday that she isauthoring legislation to diversifythe fuel mix Californiansrely on for theirtransportation needs. Havingaccess to a range of fuels willgreatly reduce California’sreliance on imported oil.Assembly Bill 638, theTransportation Fuel DiversityAct, will increase California’s self-reliance by reducingpetroleum consumptionto 15% below the 2003 level fuel usage to 26% by 2022. “Californians overwhelminglyrely on a single fuelsource, petroleum, for 93%of our transportation energyneeds,” said Skinner. “Relianceon petroleum for transportationleaves businessesand consumers vulnerable toprice spikes, like we’ve seenat the pumps over the lastfew weeks. AB 638 createsa diverse transportation fuelportfolio to cushion Californiansagainst this.” Skinnernotes that the TransportationFuel Diversity Act toucheson national security, economic,and environmental issues.According to the CaliforniaEnergy Commission(CEC), imports account forhalf of California’s oil consumption.With the unrestand instability in foreignoil-supplying nations, California’sreliance on … Read entire article »

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Multi-Platinum Music Producer “Gives Back” with “Positive Rap”

From the Globe News Desk Richmond, CA – Richmond, California is alleged to be the 6th most violent city in the U.S. But a hard working group of at-risk youth and young adults hope to change such dire statistics and enhance Richmond’s image by utilizing “positive” rap music as a vehicle for positive change in their communities.The Richmond Academy for Positive Production (RAPP) is offered by the Richmond Community Based Employment Collaborative (CBEC) in collaboration with the City of Richmond’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Ken Franklin of K-Lou Recording Studios. RAPP is a pilot program that utilizes music to give at-risk youth and young adults tangible options to violent street life. The program will release a ompilation CD of their efforts sometime after March 31, 2011. The instructor for the … Read entire article »

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