‘Beauty and the Beast’ dances off with top box-office spot
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‘Beauty and the Beast’ dances off with top box-office spot

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Not all reboots are created equal. This weekend at the box office, nostalgia-driven fare was everywhere, from “Beauty and the Beast” to “Power Rangers” and “CHIPS,” producing both successful and underwhelming results. On the high end, Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” continued enchanting audiences in its second weekend in theaters, … Continue reading

Marion Cotillard, partner welcome 2nd child, a baby girl
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Marion Cotillard, partner welcome 2nd child, a baby girl

Marion Cotillard is now a mother of two. The French actress’ representative has confirmed a People magazine report that she and partner Guillaume Canet (gee-YOOM’ KAN’-ay) have welcomed a daughter. The couple also has a 5-year-old son. The 41-year-old Cotillard hasn’t revealed the baby’s name. Cotillard starred alongside Canet in the French-Belgian film “Love Me … Continue reading

Ellen, Wal-Mart give scholarships to school’s senior class
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Ellen, Wal-Mart give scholarships to school’s senior class

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ellen DeGeneres has handed out college scholarships to the entire senior class of a New York City charter school. DeGeneres surprised the 41 students from Brooklyn’s Summit Academy this week at her California studio during the taping of Thursday’s episode of her chat show.  The four-year scholarships paid for by Wal-Mart … Continue reading

‘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

Spartan Report for the week of Feb. 13
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Spartan Report for the week of Feb. 13

Marisa Grey from the Norfolk State University Office of Communications and Marketing offers this Feb. 13 installment of the Spartan Report. In this week’s report, the university tells about the appearance of the Spartan Legion marching band in a Super Bowl commercial, NSU’s own connection to one of NASA’s “Hidden Figures,” and a UNCF grant. Continue reading

Epic ‘Planet Earth II’ offers creatures’-eye view of nature
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Epic ‘Planet Earth II’ offers creatures’-eye view of nature

LONDON (AP) — From jungles to deserts to mountains, the BBC’s epic nature series “Planet Earth II” takes viewers around the world — and around many genres of television. The fortitude of a penguin family tugs heartstrings like a love story. The snail’s-pace courtship of a three-toed sloth is soothing comfort TV. And a life-or-death … 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

Rapper DMX inspires homeless group in surprise visit
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Rapper DMX inspires homeless group in surprise visit

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports (http://bit.ly/2lmLQfr ) the rapper, whose given name is Earl Simmons, stopped by to speak to members of the nonprofit Ready, Willing & Able Philadelphia Wednesday night. RWA provides men with housing and full-time jobs to help combat homelessness and addiction. DMX reached out to Councilman Kenyatta Johnson Wednesday morning to arrange … Continue reading