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Mclean, Belgrave, Jazzmobile, Saxton and Dr. Lonnie

When you attend a concert of the multireed player and flutist Rene McLean, his music will ascend the boundaries of the hard bop American tradition.

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‘Bella,’ a bootylicious musical at Playwrights Horizons

“Bella: An American Tall Tale” had a recent world premiere run at Playwrights Horizons.

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‘Me the People,’ a hilarious musical comedy at The Triad

Are you concerned about the future of this country? Do you wonder how we got to where we are with our new inexperienced president? Do you wonder how a man with countless character flaws got into the White House and is still there? The hilarious answers to these and many other questions are waiting for you at The Triad Theater

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Trina announces new solo album after seven years

Miami rapper Trina has announced the release of her sixth studio album, “The One,” which is due out Sept. 8.

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José Limón’s legacy

Today, in the dance world, when companies led by dance pioneers are fast disappearing, and works from some of these iconic pioneers are sometimes second on the list of must-sees, it is refreshing to know that in some instances, the old is still being renewed.

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Tom Holland is the best Spider-Man

“Please, can’t you just be the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man?” It was a request made to Tom Holland, now suiting up as the young web slinger, a key member of the new generation of superheroes. This is Spider-Man at it’s very best. Applaud the future that’s coming to the Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.

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‘Baby Driver’ is a reason to go the movies this summer

In “Baby Driver,” director Edgar Wright knows how to show an audience a good time! Best known for his comical work, including the zombie flick “Shaun of the Dead” and the cop caper “Hot Fuzz,” in this new film he’s bringing us speed and cool attitude.

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2 Live Crew rapper 'Fresh Kid Ice' dies

Christopher "Fresh Kid Ice" Wong Won, a founding member of rap group 2 Live Crew, died Thursday, according to his agent. He was 53.

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Florida state attorney pulled over in traffic stop that goes nowhere fast

A Florida state attorney who was pulled over in a traffic stop said she intends to use the incident as a teachable moment for police.

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Martha Rivera Chavis, wife of civil rights leader Dr. Benjamin Chavis, dies at 53

While we welcome the arrival of Black Press Month, we mourn the passing of Martha Rivera Chavis, the wife and first lady of the NNPA, of which her husband, Dr. Benjamin Chavis Jr., is the president and CEO.

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Noted former Detroit native Geri Allen remembered in words and music

Pianist, composer, educator Geri Allen was born in Pontiac, Mich., June 12, 1957; raised in Detroit; was a graduate of Howard University; earned a degree in ethnomusicology at the University of Pittsburgh; played all over the world;

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Chokwe Antar Lumumba sworn in as Jackson’s new mayor

Chokwe Antar Lumumba was sworn in as mayor of Jackson, Miss., July 3, 2017.

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Touro College awards top honor to Payal Aggarwal for service, leadership, research and dedication

When Payal Aggarwal was just 6 years old, she visited her grandfather in India in the hospital.

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Civilian Complaint Review Board plans to give presentation focused on police interactions

The city board that reviews complaints levied against NYPD officers plans to give a Friday, July 14, 2017, presentation that focuses on how the public should interact with police.

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Lillian Hardin Armstrong, pianist, composer and tailor

There was, as expected, a flurry of renewed interest in the life and musical legacy of jazz great Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong over the last week or so because his birthday was on or somewhere around the Fourth of July.

South Sudan in the grip of ethnic cleansing

South Sudan, the world’s newest nation, did not celebrate its sixth anniversary July 9.

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Community Calendar: July 13 - July 20

Our July 2017 GBE Black Media Month highlights the Motor City, beginning with our own Herb Boyd, whose new book “Black Detroit: A People’s History of Self-Determination” is drawing critical raves.

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Conviction of former NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver overturned

A federal appeals court has overturned the corruption conviction of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

De Blasio signs on to expand charter schools

After Albany granted him a two-year extension on mayoral control of public schools, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio decided to repay with a favor to the charter schools.

Pleasure Chest workers vote to join RWDSU

Fast food workers aren’t the only ones who’ve wanted to organize.

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