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Film review: ‘War Witch’

Film review: ‘War Witch’

Komona's (Rachel Mwanza) life was irreversibly altered at the tender age of 12 when rebel forces led by the Great Tiger (Mizinga Mwinga) rampaged through her tiny African village. The unfortunate girl

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Late to ‘Scandal’ & hooked already

Late to ‘Scandal’ & hooked already

I'm willing to bet that I know what the majority of you will be doing on this Thursday night. It's probably the same thing I will be doing now. Watching "Scandal" on ABC, right?

For the life of me, I don't know how I have managed to go all this time without watching this show. I mean, it feels like I have been keeping up with the show already just be being on Facebook each Thursday. You can actually get a full play-by-play update as the show is going...but only during commercial breaks.

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Janet Jackson, Wissam Al Mana are married

Janet Jackson,  Wissam Al Mana are married

Janet Jackson's a pro at keeping a secret.

According to a rep, the 46-year-old entertainer is married to Wissam Al Mana, and she has been for a while.

As "Entertainment Tonight" reports, their wedding happened months ago.

"Last year we were married in a quiet, private, and beautiful ceremony," the married pair said to "ET" in a statement regarding speculation that they were planning an "extravagant wedding."

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Where Did Our Love Go?

Where Did Our Love Go?

"SBF. Single Black Female. Walk through any major city in the U.S. on a Friday or Saturday night and you will find her. She'll either be alone or with her girlfriends, but almost never, EVER with a mate...

The how and why of relationship status among African-Americans is a touchy subject... The black marriage gap has become such an open secret that it is now a source of endless bad jokes and fodder for prime-time reality shows such as "Basketball Wives" and "The Real Housewives of Atlanta."

So, what's going on? "Where Did Our Love Go?" explores the substantial issues surrounding relationships and marital status in the African-American community, from the Baby Mama Syndrome to the more serious implications of what single-parent households will mean for future generations."

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Cleotha Staples of the Staples Singers dies

Cleotha Staples of the Staples Singers dies

Cleotha Staples of the soul group the Staples Singers passed away on Thursday at her home in Chicago, reports Billboard. She was 78.

Staple was the eldest sister and member of the group her father Roebuck "Pops" Staples started in the 1940s. She had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for the past decade, said family friend and music publicist Bill Carpenter.

The group included sisters Pervis, Yvonne, Mavis and Cynthia, but Cleotha was the backbone, defining herself by being the "strong, silent type," said Carpenter, author of "Uncloudy Day: The Gospel Music Encyclopedia."

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  • Written by Hillary Crosley/The Root

Jet’s aged Fantasia cover: A bad choice?

Jet’s aged Fantasia cover: A bad choice?

Relying on public relations photos for your cover shots can be messy, as Jet magazine is finding out.

Jet editor-in-chief Mitzi Miller on Friday issued a defense of the magazine's use of a 10-year-old photo of cover subject Fantasia.

"JET magazine is honored to have Fantasia grace the cover of its March issue," her statement began. "It is unfortunate that Fantasia is displeased with the cover selection, however JET stands by its decision," Miller wrote.

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  • Written by Richard Prince

Oscar’s biggest surprise goes to Michelle Obama

Oscar’s biggest surprise goes to Michelle Obama

When actor Jack Nicholson stepped on the Oscar stage Sunday night to announce the nominees for best picture, few expected him to toss to a co-presenter.

"Tonight, it is my great pleasure to introduce live from the White House, the first lady of the United States: Michelle Obama," he said.

Suddenly, the first lady could be seen standing on screen, appearing from the nation's capital in a glamorous silver and black gown. Standing in the background of her cameo, which came about seven minutes before midnight on Eastern Standard Time, was a group of military aides in formal attire.

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  • Written by Ashley Killough/CNN

'Argo' all the way

'Argo' all the way
By Todd Leopold, CNN
updated 12:09 AM EST, Mon February 25, 2013
 Oscar host Seth MacFarlane opens the show with a few jokes: "The quest to make Tommy Lee Jones laugh begins now" and "It's an honor that everyone else said no (to hosting). From Whoopi Goldberg to Ron Jeremy."
 
 
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: "Argo" wins best picture
  • NEW: Jennifer Lawrence, Daniel Day-Lewis win best acting honors
  • Ang Lee wins best director for "Life of Pi"
  • Adele's "Skyfall" wins best song; first James Bond theme to do so

(CNN) -- "Argo," which was an Oscar also-ran before it caught fire and won practically every guild and organization award available, took home the big prize at the 85th Academy Awards Sunday night: best picture.

 

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  • Written by Roz Edward, National Content Director

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