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33 weddings, robots, a goofy hat and major snubs: Must be the Grammys

33 weddings, robots, a goofy hat and major snubs: Must be the Grammys

This year's 56th annual Grammy awards were filled with head-scratchers from Pharrell's hat to a mass wedding officiated by Queen Latifiah to robots winning best album and song and then being unable to deliver an acceptance speech because they are non-verbal futuristic machines. To the biggest head-scratcher of them all, a Compton-raised rapper who had arguably one of the best rap albums in the last decade being completely shut out of the awards show.

While Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons killed on stage with a mashup of their songs, "m.A.A.d. city" and "Radioactive" it was another rapper who would clean house in the rap category.

Macklemore & Lewis would sweep virtually all rap categories wining four Grammys and beating out a who's-who of top rappers. Jay Z, Drake, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West proved to be light work for the Seattle based indie-rap duo as they won best rap album ("The Heist"), best rap song ("Thrift Shop"), and best rap performance ("Thrift Shop").

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  • Written by Stephen A. Crockett Jr./The Root

E-BRIEFS: MJG at Stax, All-Star Jazz-A-F!RE Benefit Concert, Unique Steppers, & ‘RISE’

E-BRIEFS: MJG at Stax, All-Star Jazz-A-F!RE Benefit Concert, Unique Steppers, & ‘RISE’

MJG to share the real deal at Stax Fresh Trax

Record Deal or Record Steal? Super Star or Mega Scar? The wheels, deals and power appeal of the music industry are as attractive as ever, Everybody wants to be down! In an era of beats, rhymes, auto-tuned vocalists and music makin' machines...what's a "real" artist to do?

On Feb. 5th, MJG of the world-famous rap duo 8-Ball & MJG will stop by Stax Fresh Trax and spill the beans at the Stax Museum of American Soul at 926 East McLemore. Listen to MJG's journey and learn how to develop your own career path.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

OPENING THIS WEEK Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

OPENING THIS WEEK  Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"I, Frankenstein" (PG-13 for intense fantasy and pervasive violence) Adaptation of Mary Shelley's monster classic re-imagined as a dystopian tale revolving around a reanimated corpse (Aaron Eckhart) caught up in a clash between demons and gargoyles. Cast includes Bill Nighy, Miranda Otto and Yvonne Strahovski.

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

"Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys" (Unrated) Lapland documentary chronicling a year-in-the-life of a family of reindeer herders. (In Finnish with subtitles)

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The Taboo to pursue!

The Taboo to pursue!

Born in L.A. on July 14, 1975, Jimmy "Taboo" Gomez began dreaming about show business at an early age. The versatile fourple threat is a multilingual rapper, singer, dancer and emcee who got his big break in 1995 when approached by will.i.am to form the Black Eyed Peas.

Among the popular hip-hop group's hits are the Grammy-winning "I Gotta Feeling," "Let's Get It Started," "Boom Boom Pow" and "My Humps," to name a few. Besides music, Taboo is also the designer of his own line of footwear, Taboo Deltah, and has added acting to his bag of tricks.

Here, he talks about his latest outing as Guillermo in "Jamesy Boy," a fact-based tale of redemption co-starring Ving Rhames, James Woods and Spencer Lofranco. Although he wants to make more movies in the future, he is currently focused on his own solo album releasing later in the year, as well as on an upcoming tour with the Black Eyed Peas.

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Vanity Fair slammed for making Lupita Nyong’o appear lighter

Vanity Fair slammed for making Lupita Nyong’o appear lighter

Face it. Lupita Nyong'o is the new "it" girl, and one can only imagine how many magazines are dying to feature her.

However, those who do get the opportunity should use Vanity Fair as an example of what not to do. The magazine included Nyong'o in a tweet on Wednesday about its upcoming issue's Vanities section and is now under fire for what some people say is a case of making the star's deep-chocolate skin tone appear lighter.

Nocciola Nazgul @deluxvivens
did vanity fair seriously lighten lupita's picture? really? did this happen?

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  • Written by Breanna Edwards/The Root

Meet Augusta Savage’s ‘Gamin’

Meet Augusta Savage’s ‘Gamin’

The Dixon Gallery and Gardens welcomes Augusta Savage's 'Gamin' on January 19 through March 23. Celebrating the Dixon's recent acquisition of the landmark sculpture, the exhibition looks at Savage and 'Gamin' and their place in the larger context of early twentieth century African-American art.

Surrounded by works from notable artists in The Horseman Collection, including Elizabeth Catlett, Aaron Douglas, and Bob Thompson, Savage's 'Gamin' reveals the emotions, history, and politics that informed Savage's work and that of her contemporaries.

The exhibition presents the work of African-American artists from the twentieth century who experimented with a range of subjects and styles in ways that express the diversity and vitality of African American art and identity. Although centered in Harlem, the spirit of the cultural movement found expression in cities and art centers across America from the 1920s onward. Figures such as Savage inspired African-American artists to find their artistic voice in ways that often celebrated the African American experience.

 

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Breakthrough year for black-themed films get mixed reception from Oscars

Breakthrough year for black-themed films get mixed reception from Oscars

Hollywood honored black performers that lit up the silver screen in 2013 with this morning's Academy Award nominations, although some beloved African-American themed films were largely overlooked.

"12 Years a Slave," the acclaimed drama which retells the story of Solomon Northup, an educated, Northern black man kidnapped and sold into slavery, had the strongest showing of any "black" film scoring 9 nominations including the top categories of best picture, director (Steve McQueen), actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and supporting actress (Lupita Nyong'o).

African-American writer John Ridley, who hasn't received as much publicity as he deserves for his stellar screenplay adapted from Northup's memoir, was also nominated. If he were to win on Oscar night he'd only be the second black writer to take home an award. If McQueen were to be victorious he would be the first black director to ever take home an Academy Award (outside of the documentary category).

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  • Written by theGrio

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