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Review: "Fruitvale Station" Oscar Grant A Familiar Story of a Young Life Cut Short Too Soon

  The independent film Fruitvale Station was privately screened at the BET Experience Film Festival held on June 30th at the Regal Cinemas in Los Angeles, California. I sat in the audience with my daughter, who intensely followed the 2009 incident  through friends of hers who live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and through watching viral …

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Tony Nominated "In the Heights" Coming to San Diego REPertory

”In the Heights,” Directed by Sam Woodhouse, and starring Jai RodriguezIn partnership with The San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts will be playing in San Diego at the REPertory Theatre July 30th-August 25th 2013. “In the Heights” is set in Washington Heights, the vibrant New York neighborhood on the cusp of change. It’s an exuberant universal story …

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Seeing More Black Women on Television and in Main Stream Print is Refreshing

The sudden crop of black women on television is refreshing, but as writer Ramou Starr points out, all representations of women of color on television aren’t positive. It’s great that women of color have the opportunity to star in a television show that boasts great ratings, ratings that prove that viewers aren’t anti-women of color characters …

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The 3-Day BET Experience: The Premiere Black Culture Music Festival of the West Coast

  The Chocolate Voice was on the scene soaking up the smoldering hot sun enjoying what promises to be one of the hottest, cultural music festival events of the summer. Serving as the pre-show weekend right before the annual 2013 BET Award show, over 100k  gathered at L.A,’s Nokia Live to attend concerts, celebrity panels, …

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Dawn Robinson Formerly of En Vogue: Tells Her Truth on R&B Divas: L.A.

Labeled as a trouble maker throughout the music industry, former En Vogue member Dawn Robinson, is back on the scene and taking her truth to reality TV in her role on the upcoming show, R&B Divas: L.A., a spin-off  from R&B Divas Atlanta. During the 1990s, the popular seven-time GRAMMY-nominated R&B group En Vogue took the music industry by …

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Paula Deen Enlists Judy Smith: Inspiration Behind the Hit TV Series Scandal

Paula Deen has enlisted Judy Smith, the crisis-management expert who inspired ABC’s hit drama Scandal. The show features Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, a Washington, D.C., publicist who specializes in media and crisis management for high profile clients and high-ranking officials. Her firm has advised such notable people as actor, Wesley Snipes, Monica Lewinsky, NFL …

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