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Langston Hughes

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  • Amiri Baraka, controversial author and activist, dies at 79

    Amiri Baraka, controversial author and activist, dies at 79
    Amiri Baraka died Thursday after weeks of failing health, a family spokeperson confirmed. He was 79. A playwright, poet, critic and activist, Baraka was one of the most prominent and controversial African American voices in the world of American...
  • Killings mount with Northwest Baltimore shooting

    Killings mount with Northwest Baltimore shooting
    A 19-year-old man was found fatally shot inside a car in an alley in Northwest Baltimore early Wednesday morning, continuing a violent stretch that has seen nearly a killing per day for the past month. The victim, identified as Delonta Harrison, was...
  • Jennifer Hudson to Receive Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

    By her own admission, Jennifer Hudson is having a "fantastic and surreal year." The Oscar and Grammy winner, who will receive a star Wednesday, Nov. 13, on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her music work, kicked off 2013 with a trifecta of high-profile...
  • 'Best Man Holiday' Over-Performing with Possible $35 Million Weekend

    Christmas is coming early for Universal's "The Best Man Holiday." Malcolm D. Lee's comedy sequel, made for only $17 million, should take in over $30 million at the box office this weekend, wildly exceeding expectations for the Universal film, which...
  • Jennifer Hudson Singing Again for 'Black Nativity'

    Filmed on location in Harlem and timed for the holidays, Fox Searchlight's "Black Nativity" premiered Nov. 18 at Harlem's historic Apollo Theater. The musical's major coup was getting Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson back onscreen singing for the first...
  • 'Mr. Banks,' 'Walter Mitty' Aim for Family Cred at Box Office

    This holiday season, Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks" and Fox's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" are testing the boundaries of what it means to be an all-audience film, as studios strive to strike the right balance between adult drama and family...
  • 'Black Nativity' review: Preach somewhere else

    'Black Nativity' review: Preach somewhere else
    ** (out of four) Around the holidays, you could go to church or you could go to “Black Nativity,” a 90-minute sermon posing as a movie. There’s nothing wrong with a film advocating gratitude and forgiveness, of course. But written...
  • Film Review: 'Black Nativity'

    A child is born, a family is healed, and a sermon on forgiveness is delivered with sledgehammer subtlety in "Black Nativity," a bold but clumsy attempt to bring Langston Hughes' popular musical to life onscreen. You have to admire the earnest, nakedly...
  • 'Black Nativity': Good deeds, good songs ★★ 1/2

    'Black Nativity': Good deeds, good songs ★&#9733 1/2
    Writer-director Kasi Lemmons hasn't had a feature in theaters since 2007's "Talk to Me," a vibrant and unjustly little-seen biopic that starred Don Cheadle and Chiwetel Ejiofor and told the story of D.C. deejay Petey Greene. That film was all about the...
  • No silent night

    No silent night
    Writer-director Kasi Lemmons hasn't had a feature in theaters since 2007's "Talk to Me," a vibrant biopic that told the story of radio DJ Petey Greene. That film was all about the power of words. Lemmons' new film, "Black Nativity," concerns good deeds...
  • Review: 'Black Nativity' is stage-bound but musically gifted

    Review: 'Black Nativity' is stage-bound but musically gifted
    "Black Nativity" — the movie — seems like such a good idea. Start with poet and playwright Langston Hughes' powerful telling of the Christmas story — the spoken word, the gospel choir, the staging spare, the story timeless. Wrap a...