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BY STACY M. BROWN NNPA NEWSWIRE Five years after his sudden death, the icon Prince’s estate is releasing new music that is sure to excite his still loyal fanbase. The new “Welcome 2 America” CD marks the first time Prince’s estate is releasing never-before heard music from the megastar’s fam…

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BY JONATHAN LANDRUM JR AND JENNIFER PELTZ ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — DMX, the raspy-voiced hip-hop artist who produced the songs “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” and “Party Up (Up in Here)” and who rapped with a trademark delivery that was often paired with growls, barks and “What!” as an ad-lib, has …

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Three years ago, A Dante Production, LLC came alive in Florida. On Saturday, March 27, it celebrated its three-year anniversary at the exclusive Hunt House in Daytona Beach.  Chauncey Dunham, the COO, gave his guests an afternoon to remember with food, fun, R&B and jazz, featuring The Gr…

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The City of Miami Gardens has announced Jazz in the Gardens (JITG), its popular two-day jazz and R&B music festival, will return in March 2022 to the Hard Rock Stadium to celebrate its 15th anniversary. The exact dates of Jazz in the Gardens in 2022 have not been announced. In 2020, Miam…

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BY STACY M. BROWN NNPA NEWSWIRE In observing Black History Month, National Newspaper Publishers Association President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., has always maintained a poetic theory: “The best way to observe Black History Month is to make more Black history,” Dr. Chavis, one of Am…

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BY ELLEN GRAY THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER/TNS Philadelphia’s Will Smith will be playing history teacher on Netflix this month as host and executive producer of “Amend: The Fight for America,” a six-episode documentary series about the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. Ratified in 1868, the a…

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BY MIKAEL WOOD LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS The Weeknd says his new compilation, “The Highlights,” is not a greatest-hits set, but the only reason anyone should take that claim seriously is because the album doesn’t include his ecstatic 2015 single “In the Night.” Issued just a couple of days befor…

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ASSOCIATED PRESS LAS VEGAS— Mary Wilson, the longest-reigning original Supreme, has died at 76 years old. Wilson died Monday night at her home in Las Vegas and the cause was not immediately clear, said publicist Jay Schwartz. Wilson, Diana Ross and Florence Ballard made up the first successf…

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BY STACY M. BROWN NNPA NEWSWIRE National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr, is among the inaugural CORE Multimedia Group’s 100 Most Influential Blacks. The CORE 100 honorees, which include changemakers like Stacey Abrams, Attorney Ben Crump,…

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BY MICHAEL ORDONA LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS “Soul” isn’t what most might expect from a big-studio, animated movie for kids, but Pixar’s success affords it the freedom to try new things — including exploring the oldest of questions. “I think a lot of us have fallen into that idea of ‘Just find yo…

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BY JULIA BARAJAS LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS LOS ANGELES — Shelly Fredman, a third-grade teacher at New Roads School in Santa Monica, spent a good chunk of Inauguration Day in tears. From her home in View Park-Windsor Hills, she watched National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman take the stage at …

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BY THE DAYTONA TIMES STAFF A locally-produced movie shot almost exclusively in Black Daytona Beach and uploaded to YouTube is about to make waves throughout Volusia County, and possibly worldwide. “Daytona Beach: The Other Side of the Bridge” was produced by 100,000 Arts production company a…

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BY THE DAYTONA TIMES STAFF A locally-produced movie shot almost exclusively in Black Daytona Beach and uploaded to YouTube is about to make waves throughout Volusia County, and possibly worldwide. “Daytona Beach: The Other Side of the Bridge” was produced by 100,000 Arts production company a…

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‘I LEAVE YOU LOVE’ Executive Producer Dwayne Taylor, center, interviews Julia T. Cherry as “I Leave You Love,” a first-run feature film of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune’s life in Daytona Beach, starts production. Mrs. Cherry, Harold V. Lucas, Jr., and Norma Lewis were among those providing local h…

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SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER Aquino Cole, professionally known as “Kino Ink,” is releasing his debut single, “Write A Way” to launch his career as a rap musician. The single is a PSA wake-up encouraging young people to not only register to vote but cast their ballot in the upcoming Nov. 3 …

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BY MURI ASSUNCAO NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/TNS The unexpected death of actor Chadwick Boseman is sending shockwaves through social media platforms as fans and stars pay tribute to the “Black Panther” star. The 43-year-old actor died Friday (Aug. 28) after a four-year battle with colon cancer. Acco…

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Editor’s note: This is one in a series of spotlights on books by Donna M. Gray Banks, author of the “Ila’s Diamonds’’ books and host of “Zoom In On A F.R.E.S.H. Conversation every Monday night at 8 p.m. BY DONNA M. GRAY-BANKS SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES As we continue to live safely and slowly […]

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BY SONAIYA KELLEY LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS A scripted drama about Colin Kaepernick’s formative years is in the works, Netflix announced Monday. “Colin in Black & White,” a six-episode scripted drama series, will explore the high school years of the former quarterback and activist, with the …

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The Friday night summer concert series at the Daytona Beach Bandshell has been postponed until July 10 due to the restrictions in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The shows were scheduled to start Memorial Day weekend. The postponement includes the fireworks shows for Memorial Day we…

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BY DONNA M. GRAY-BANKS SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES As we continue to live safe and stay in place, here are more authors and their books you might want to consider reading during your COVID 19 experience. One of the books I read while I waited: Author Brian W. Smith – Missing. “This novel is […]

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SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES WPUL-AM 1590 La Jefa (“The Boss”), Volusia County’s only Black-owned radio station, can now also be heard at 100.7 FM. WPUL’s first day on local airwaves was Sept. 1, 1988. A group of investors, including Daytona Times founder Charles W. Cherry, Sr., put up the i…

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Authors share their thoughts on literacy and the importance of the annual event. BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES  The 2020 F.R.E.S.H. Book & Film Festival ran from Jan. 9-11 and brought 25 authors and filmmakers from Daytona Beach, DeLand, Orlando, Jacksonville, Tampa, South Florida, New…

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The “Jazz Passion” photography exhibit by the late Roger Kallins has been extended through Dec. 2 at the Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Cultural and Education Center, 1000 Vine St., Daytona Beach.  This exhibit commemorates Kallins’ passion for both jazz and photography, highlighting some of his bes…

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BY RICK BENTLEYTRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE/TNS LOS ANGELES – Regina King has played strong characters throughout her career, including a role as a police officer in “Southland.” Her role on the new HBO series “Watchmen,” which debuts Sunday, has her again portraying a member of law enforcement, but…

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Elaine Welteroth discusses leading Teen Vogue and challenging biases  PASCAL LE SEGRETAIN/ GETTY IMAGES/TNS Elaine Welteroth, former Teen Vogue editor and the first Black beauty editor at Conde Nast, is the author of “More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say)…

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BY DWIGHT BROWN NNPA NEWS WIRE FILM CRITIC  Nearly 500,000 film lovers flocked to the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), screening hundreds of films from all over the world. Artistry and diversity, the hallmarks of TIFF, were on view.  Black artists, filmmakers and films were a…

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On Oct. 12 at 8 p.m., the Bethune-Cookman University Doris McClaney School of Performing Arts and Communication in partnership with Tri Destined Studios, Little Brown Girl, Sabrina Russ Entertainment, Hard Rock Hotel, and Team Volusia will host a special movie screening and talk-back convers…

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BY DESTINY ROYSTONSPECIAL TO THE NEW TRI-STATE DEFENDER /NNPA NEWSWIRE The gaming industry is expanding and millennials are the driving force. What used to be considered a waste of time and quarters is now a full-blown industry. There is a such a thing as a professional gamer now. Some of th…

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Enjoy some smooth and stylish jazz music from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.  The TRio will be joined by Gordon Russell on trumpet. Howard Post will play guitar with Ron Gilotti on bass and Tyler Rosenke on drums.  They will perfor…

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The Blues Brothers Soul Band, a Blues Brothers tribute will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, as part of the Daytona Beach Midtown Motown Concert Series.  The free concert is at Cypress Park at the Midtown Cultural and Educational Center located at 981 George W. Engram Blvd., Dayt…

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BY RICK BENTLEY TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE/TNS LOS ANGELES – John Lennon and Yoko Ono had a lot to do with Tamron Hall landing the job as the host of a new daytime talk show. Muhammad Ali and Sly Stone were also instrumental in making “Tamron Hall” become a reality.  Hall used clips of those big […]

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Misty Copeland will receive Trailblazer Award this month from Black members of Congress. BY LAUREN POTEAT NNPA NEWSWIRE  Misty Copeland had the world of ballet standing still when she made history as the first Black female principal dancer to the prestigious American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in …

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“Calling All Divas’’ will be coming to Daytona Beach on Friday, Nov. 8, at the Peabody Auditorium, 600 Auditorium Blvd. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.  Ticket prices are $25, $35 and $45 plus surcharges. “Calling All Divas’’ is a pop, rock, soul and country hit show about music, friendship and the po…

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Deltona Parks & Recreation will present the Caribbean Crew Steel Drum Band at The Center at Deltona for a free concert. The band will perform from 7 to 9 p.m., Aug. 17 at The Center, 1640 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.  Caribbean Crew performs a variety of steel drum music, reggae, cal…

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“Get Ready,” a Temptations and Four Tops tribute show, is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, as part of the Daytona Beach Midtown Motown Concert Series.  The free concert will be at Cypress Park at the Midtown Cultural and Educational Center, located at 981 George W. Engram Blvd. i…

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FROM FAMILY FEATURES  If you rely on an antenna for your TV viewing, changes may affect the reception of some of your local channels.  As part of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) effort to make more airwaves available for new, high-speed wireless services, some TV stations in ci…

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BY LEONARD E. COLVIN, NEW JOURNAL AND GUIDENNPA NEWSWIRE In 1919 when the Treaty of Versailles ended World War I, two years after the U.S. entered the fight with France and Great Britain against Germany, 44 Black colleges existed. Today, 100 years later, there are 101 public and private HBCU…

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Many know them as the Central Park Five, but filmmaker Ava DuVernay forces to us see the five wrongfully convicted men as individuals. Their names are names we must remember, as individual, courageous, principled Black and Brown men. They are Korey Wise, Raymond Santana, Yusef Salaam, Antron…

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SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES The University of Central Florida’s Center for Emerging Media in downtown Orlando will serve as host to the sixth annual Orlando Urban Film Festival (OUFF) scheduled for May 24-25. Known for its gathering of award-winning directors, producers, and filmmakers from…

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I live in one of the most talented towns in Florida, a community of skilled lyricists, dancers, hair stylists, chefs and poets. Artists and creators who love to give back to their communities in more ways than one. A group of art-creatures who naturally ooze passion from every pore and folli…

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BY STACY M. BROWNNNPA NEWSWIRE CORRESPONDENT Famed African American movie producer John Singleton has died. Singleton, best known for the hit 1991 movie, “Boyz N the Hood’’ starring Ice Cube, had been on life support after reportedly suffering a stroke. He was 51. Singleton was reportedly tr…

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The Ritz Voices of Jacksonville, a community choir, will perform on Sunday, April 28, at United Presbyterian Church in Daytona Beach for the seventh annual “Afternoon of Music with Casey’s Friends & Family.’’ The program starts at 4 p.m. The Ritz Voices is known for its repertoire of son…

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BY GABRIELLE RUSSON ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS ORLANDO – Disney is banning smoking and vaping inside its theme parks starting May 1, the company announced on March 28. The smoking areas are disappearing inside Walt Disney World and Disneyland theme parks, including the water parks and the ESPN Wid…

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The award-winning “Maestra,” a documentary that took eight years to make, featured a national campaign of bridging a divide over literacy. Fifty-eight years ago, Cuba made the attempt of mending its educational fences to become fully literate. A recent screening of “Maestra,” based on a nati…

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The latest Academy Awards ceremony marked a paradigm shift for an industry that has struggled with diversity. Of the four acting awards, three were won by people of color: Mahershala Ali, Regina King and Rami Malek; Ruth Carter of “Black Panther”  was the first African-American to win an Osc…

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The Volusia County Alumni Chapter of the Florida A&M University/National Alumni Association will host its sixth annual Scholarship & Recognition Gala on March 30 in Daytona Beach. The keynote speaker will be actress Angela Robinson, best known as Veronica Harrington of Tyler Perry’s …

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I worked really hard to elect Barack Obama. Friends joked that I was supporting him before Michelle was. You can imagine my shock when I looked at his favorite song list and saw Cardi B! (Please look up her lyrics.) I found a song called “Twerk.” When you read the lyrics and see the women, […]

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Daytona Bike Week officially kicks off on March 8 and runs through March 17. This year marks the 78th anniversary of Bike Week. The event includes high-octane street festivals, concerts, motorcycle races, bike shows, rallies, manufacturer showcases and more. For more information, visit  offi…

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