‘Hidden Figures,’ Henson among top NAACP Image Award winners
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‘Hidden Figures,’ Henson among top NAACP Image Award winners

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Hidden Figures” and Taraji P. Henson had a big night at the NAACP Image Awards, where Hollywood glamour shared the stage with somber remarks from the director of Washington’s new African-American museum. “Hidden Figures,” the fact-based drama about the contributions of black female mathematicians to the U.S. space program, won the … Continue reading

Take a peek inside the new Brown Hall
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Take a peek inside the new Brown Hall

Faculty from the mass communications and journalism department at Norfolk State University toured the new Brown Hall on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, to learn more about the facilities that will be available to them and their students next fall. This video is provided through the courtesy of the Spartan Echo and the NSU chapter of … Continue reading

Controversy in Russia over Holocaust ice dance routine
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Controversy in Russia over Holocaust ice dance routine

MOSCOW (AP) — An Olympic ice-dancing gold medalist and her dancing partner have caused controversy by dressing up in concentration camp uniforms for a routine on a popular television show. Tatiana Navka, who is the wife of Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, and partner Andrei Burkovsky appeared in Saturday’s episode of “Ice Age” dressed in … Continue reading

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Strong, sometimes foul political language marks the AMAs

Coming on the heels of a divisive political election, the American Music Awards on Sunday night in Los Angeles became a platform for strong, and sometimes foul, political language. Here’s a look at some of the top moments from the American Music Awards show: NOT TRUMP’S NIGHT Less than two weeks after the presidential election, … Continue reading

British farce ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ heading to Broadway
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British farce ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ heading to Broadway

NEW YORK (AP) — A hit comedy from London that’s been called “‘Fawlty Towers’ meets ‘Noises Off’” is heading to Broadway. “The Play That Goes Wrong” will begin performances in March at the Lyceum Theatre in New York City. It stars the original West End cast of Matthew Cavendish, Bryony Corrigan, Rob Falconer, Dave Hearn, … Continue reading

Box office top 20: ‘Doctor Strange,’ ‘Trolls’ stay on top
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Box office top 20: ‘Doctor Strange,’ ‘Trolls’ stay on top

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marvel’s mystical superhero adventure “Doctor Strange” and the musical animated release “Trolls” remained No. 1 and No. 2 at the box office for the second straight weekend, while new releases “Arrival” and “Almost Christmas” opened strongly. Disney’s “Doctor Strange” took in $43 million over the weekend, according to final ticket sales … Continue reading

China’s Wanda buys Dick Clark Productions for $1 billion
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China’s Wanda buys Dick Clark Productions for $1 billion

BEIJING (AP) — China’s Dalian Wanda Group has added another entertainment trophy to its stable of overseas acquisitions, paying $1 billion for Dick Clark Productions, the TV company that produces the Golden Globes and the “Miss America” pageant. Wanda is one of China’s most important conglomerates and China’s largest property developer. Its chairman, Wang Jianlin, … Continue reading

Powder sprinkled into opera pit may have been human ashes
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Powder sprinkled into opera pit may have been human ashes

NEW YORK (AP) — A powdery substance a man sprinkled into the orchestra pit at New York’s Metropolitan Opera may have been an opera lover’s ashes, police say. The freakish incident during a Saturday afternoon performance of Rossini’s “Guillaume Tell” forced Met officials to cancel the rest of the show as well as an evening … Continue reading

Tyler Perry’s ‘Madea’ tops Cruise’s ‘Jack Reacher’ sequel
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Tyler Perry’s ‘Madea’ tops Cruise’s ‘Jack Reacher’ sequel

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tyler Perry bested Tom Cruise at the box office this weekend. Perry’s “Boo! A Madea Halloween” opened in the top spot with an estimated $27.6 million, edging Cruise’s “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” into second place, according to studio estimates Sunday. It’s the third best opening for a “Madea” movie, behind … Continue reading

Broadway concert for Hillary Clinton draws huge stars
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Broadway concert for Hillary Clinton draws huge stars

NEW YORK (AP) — Stars of Hollywood and Broadway — including Julia Roberts, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Hugh Jackman, Emily Blunt, Neil Patrick Harris and Helen Mirren — put on a splashy fundraiser for Hillary Clinton. The Democratic candidate could only address the group via a video message Monday evening. But daughter … Continue reading

Early editions of Shakespeare’s plays get rare public view
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Early editions of Shakespeare’s plays get rare public view

BOSTON (AP) — The public is getting a rare peek at first and early editions of some of William Shakespeare’s most beloved plays. The Boston Public Library is commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death with “Shakespeare Unauthorized,” a free exhibition that opens Friday. The library famously holds a copy of the “First Folio,” … Continue reading

Mass Communications and Journalism faces re-accreditation
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Mass Communications and Journalism faces re-accreditation

by Daniel Smallwood According to the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC), “accreditation in higher education is…public accountability and improvement of academic quality.” ACEJMC is the agency responsible for the evaluation of professional journalism and mass communications programs at colleges and universities. Norfolk State University’s Department of Mass Communications and Journalism … Continue reading

Review: ‘Birth of a Nation’ bluntly tells tale of Nat Turner
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Review: ‘Birth of a Nation’ bluntly tells tale of Nat Turner

“The Birth of a Nation ” has had more expectations placed on it than any movie could reasonably bear. When the film about Nat Turner and his 1831 slave rebellion premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, it was held up, unfairly or not, as everyone’s great hope to save us from another year of #OscarsSoWhite. … Continue reading