Arts & Entertainment

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Robey Theatre Company celebrates with Paul Robeson Theatre Festival

The two-day Festival celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Robey Theatre Company, dedicated to developing "innovative new plays written about the Black experience."

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"Get On Up" says it loud: He's Brown and he's proud!

Tate Taylor's well-directed Get On Up is the latest movie about tortured artiste who acts in self-destructive ways, a biopic about "The Godfather of Soul," James Brown.

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Public intimacy in the new South Africa

"Public Intimacy" is not outwardly political, but it raises questions about the legacy not only of apartheid but of the freedom struggle itself.

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Ruby Dee, 91: Iconic actress, civil rights activist

Ruby Dee, an acclaimed actress and civil rights activist whose versatile career spanned stage, radio television and film, has died at age 91.

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Hugh Masekela: 75th birthday celebration tour

South African trumpeter and activist Hugh Masekela has entertained audiences with his special blend of jazz and world music for over 50 years.

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A dramatic meditation on freedom: "The Whipping Man"

It's1865. Slaves are being freed, soldiers are returning home, and in Jewish homes the freedom festival of Passover is being celebrated. Into war-torn Richmond comes a young, severely wounded Jewish Confederate officer.

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Go see Duke Ellington’s sweet, tangy “Queenie Pie”

Ellington was one of the most versatile figures in music of the 20th century, but most people do not know that from the 1930s on,  Ellington worked intermittently, all the way up to his death in 1974, on an opera.

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We Shall Be Free!: Black Communist Protest in Seven Voices

In his preface, Walter T. Howard writes that, he hopes to "break new ground in the scholarship of the African American left."

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Pan African Film Festival opens Feb. 6 in L.A.

One of L.A.'s leading annual cinema showcases and the biggest and most prestigious Black-themed film festivals, will take place February 6-17.

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Hollywood doesn't recognize complexity of black life

This should have been the year that black directors dominated the Oscars.

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