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2015 Steve Harvey/ Coca-Cola Pay It Forward Scholarship Program Now Open

Nationwide — The Coca-Cola Pay It Forward Scholarship Program offers scholarship awards and once-in-a-lifetime apprenticeship experiences to African American youth looking to pave the way for their futures. The program is under the umbrella of the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation, and since 2012, the popular talk show host and best-selling author has been providing this opportunity. Partnering with the ...

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TLC Creating Final Album With Funds Raised Off the Internet

After 25 years, T-Boz and Chilli, will release a final album as TLC. The two remaining members of the hip-hop group created a Kickstarter campaign on January 19th to fund the upcoming project. Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas asked fans for $150,000 to back a fifth and final studio album. "We want to do one last TLC album," T-Boz, 44, said in a video to fans. "We want to do an album but we ...

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Nina Simone Documentary a Powerful Portrait of the Artist

by Sandy Cohen PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Through archival footage and interviews with her family, closest confidants and collaborators, Nina Simone comes to life again — still enigmatic but more easily understood — in the new documentary “What Happened, Miss Simone?” which premiered Thursday night at the Sundance Film Festival. A classically trained pianist, accidental singer, passionate activist and often-los ...

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New Documentary Revisits Live Oak 50’s Shooting by Ruby McCollum

The 1952 fatal shooting of a prominent white doctor by a wealthy Black woman in rural north Florida still puzzles many to this day. The documentary You Belong to Me is the latest exploration into the decades-old case that centered on one particular question: Why did Ruby McCollum shoot Clifford Leroy Adams? Prosecutors claimed that McCollum shot Adams over a $116 bill, but others have challenged that charge ...

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Taraji P. Henson as Cookie at Heart of TV’s ‘Empire’

By Sandy Cohen (AP) ‘Taraji P. Henson is driving down an LA street, chatting on her cellphone, when a billboard catches her eye. “Hi, me! Hiiii!” she says, smiling at her latest on-screen incarnation: glamorous ex-con Cookie in “Empire,” which premieres on Fox this week at 9 p.m. EST Wednesday. Draped in fabulous furs and drenched in attitude, Henson’s Cookie is the heart of the Fox drama, a fiercely devote ...

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Broadway’s Smokey Joe’s Cafe is Coming to Town

Smokey Joe’s Café – directed by Tony award nominee Chet Walker – is coming to Jacksonville as part of the 20th Anniversary national tour of ‘Broadway’s longest running musical revue!’ The show, billed as ‘the hottest joint in town,’ features the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame group, The Coasters. Smokey Joe’s Café is a superb tribute to legendary songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who ushered in the era ...

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Hollywood Comes Home for Intensive Acting Class

Top acting Coach Scott Whitehurst and The Haves and The Have Nots' Angela Robinson along with Darryl Reuben Hall hosted a weekend-long acting intensive at Stage Aurora Theatrical Company this past weekend, November 14-16. The ten participants were paired together in teams of two to study scene work. Robinson, a Jacksonville native, joined Scott in founding the WhiteRobin Group to guide and develop budding a ...

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Star Sightings Spotted All Over Town Courtesy of Mrs. Independent Theatrical Production

Over the weekend, the highly anticipated production of the stage play “Mrs. Independent” was in Jacksonville for two shows at the Times-Union Moran Theater. The star studded cast could be seen all over Jacksonville as they enjoyed the NBA game in addition to visits to EWC, Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church and Abyssinia Baptist Church.  The play highlights the struggle a couple experiences when the wife is t ...

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