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Dance Calendar July 2014

For their 14th season, Roberto Villanueva, executive artistic director and founder of BalaSole Dance Company, presents 10 dancer-choreographers in “Melange” at Ailey Citigroup Theater. This new program will feature “a broad range of dance styles, music choices and artistic voices,” ...

Zendaya relinquishes lead role as Aaliyah

Actress and singer Zendaya announced on June 30th that she will no longer play Aaliyah in the late-singer's Lifetime biopic.

On The Verge: Zaraah Abrahams, the Next Hale Berry

The programming of HBO’s American Black Film Festival (ABFF) concluded with the screening of Spike Lee’s “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus,” along with Art Shirian and I meeting the leading lady of the film, the “next star in Hollywood.”

Celebrating 20 years of Essence Fest

The Essence Music Festival will open on Friday, July 4 with iconic award-winning music megastar Prince headlining the first night of its three days of concerts at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. This will be His Purple Highness’ second ...

Sleek, stylish, safe, mobile and protective travel products for near and far

Itinerary? Check. Clothing and accessories? Check. Travel documents? Check. Now all that’s left is the accompanying gear to make your sojourns—whether far from home or in your own backyard—easier, safer, more functional and stylish as well.

Talking SCHOP! Independence with charcoal

Happy Independence Day, everyone! I hope you are either en route to your long weekend or settled on your plan to watch the fireworks display. Both promise to give you a reprieve from your everyday and hopefully surprise you with ...

Singer and dancer Florence Mills was the ‘Queen of Happiness’

A few weeks ago while doing a profile on the great pianist and composer Eubie Blake, I was reacquainted with the short but brilliant life of Florence Mills, who starred in Blake and Noble Sissle’s musical “Shuffle Along” in 1921.

Larenze Tate stars in a new film

Larenze Tate stars in a new film called Gun Hill, premiering on BET tomorrow night (July 2) at 9pm

New Short Film to bolster the Education Children Learn at School

A familiar starlet plans to make a film aimed to inspire children with exceptional African American stories. Karyn Parsons, of Fresh Prince fame, intends to tell the story of the first Black Soloist ballerina for New York's Metropolitan Opera House. ...

About speaking in public

“Standing Ovations” (Motivated Press) by Robyn Hatcher provides an important formula for the art of public speaking. Their actor type is something most folks never think about when they are going for a job interview or making a presentation. All ...

Aguaclara swimwear

Aguaclara swimwear designer Liliana Villalobos was born in Lima, Peru. She was the youngest of six siblings. After graduating from high school, she studied art courses at the University of Lima. Her family also lived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, ...

Brooklyn to celebrate 'Do The Right Thing Day'

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams honored filmmaker Spike Lee and his award-winning film “Do the Right Thing,” proclaiming June 28 as “Do the Right Thing Day” in Brooklyn to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the film’s release date.

Imhotep's Guide to Black events: June 26 - July 2, 2014

Join the Radio GBE tristate community for “Thank You For Your Kindness,” a life celebration for late Radio GBE producer and activist J.D. Livingston

Talking SCHOP! A midyear start

Happy midyear! I wouldn’t believe it myself if I didn’t write a weekly column and know that this is my 26th piece this year. Where does the time go?!

Philly: More than meets the eye

It’s hard to capture the true essence of a city in one article, and even with this, the last of a three-part series on Philadelphia, there’s so much more to tell about the city’s fascinating early history, sites and attractions, ...