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November 14, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye
***1/2 (out of four) The joke's on anyone who assumes “Community” funnyman Donald Glover can't rap. Under the Wu-Tang Clan Name Generator-created rap tag Childish Gambino, Glover has followed a handful of promising free albums/mixtapes and dropped one of the year's most bracing hip-hop records with his official debut, “Camp.” Wit and insight marry like reality show stars - wait, the opposite of that - as Glover reflects throughout...
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May 15, 2014 | By Lenox Magee
Recently, rapper/singer/songwriter/multimillionaire superstar Pharrell Williams told Oprah Winfrey that being successful is not about skin color, but a state of mind. Enter the "new black. " "The 'new black' doesn't blame other races for our issues," he said on "Oprah's Next Chapter. " "The 'new black' dreams and realizes that it's not pigmentation, it's a mentality, and it's either going to work for you or it's going to work against you. And you've got to pick the side you're going to be on. " I admire Pharrell's optimism about where black culture is headed, and agree that a "new black" culture is indeed...
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February 7, 2012 | By Grant Yanney, For RedEye
February always has marked a special time for me on the calendar. Not because my mom celebrates her birthday this month. And no, I'm not talking about Valentine's Day, even though we all have to give Cupid props from time to time. February is Black History Month. When I was in college, I used to get really into it. One year I changed my Facebook profile picture to a different black leader every day. Why the excitement? It's something about history that gets me charged up. All history, really.
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May 13, 2014 | By Matt Pais and RedEye music editor
***= Recommended shows On sale noon Thursday Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion, Monday, June 23 ($40-$55, all ages) at City Winery. On sale 10 a.m. Friday ***Lily Allen, Tuesday, Sept. 30 ($28.50, all ages) at Riviera Theatre. Jeff Daniels, The Ben Daniels Band, Friday, Aug. 22 ($25-$45, all ages) at Space. Kasabian, Wednesday, Oct. 1 ($25, 18+) at Metro. ***Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Thursday, June 26 ($25, 18+) at Park West. Us the Duo, Friday, July 11 ($15-$18, all ages)
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May 25, 2012 | By Miki Turner and For RedEye
In the four years since Will Smith last appeared on the big screen, the two-time Oscar nominee has been producing movies with his son, developing scripts and cringing every time his daughter cuts her hair. He's also dyed his own hair to hide those distinguished specks of gray. But the same old outgoing and engaging Smith bounced into a conference room full of reporters recently to chat about "Men in Black 3," which opens Friday. The latest installment of the popular franchise reunites Smith (Agent J)
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February 20, 2013 | By Zach Stafford, @zachstafford and For RedEye
The Super Bowl, the Grammys, Valentine's Day, the Oscars. Yep, February is a busy month, but for me it's most notable as Black History Month. With only a week left, this seems to be the perfect time to reflect on some highlights - or lowlights? - from 2013. Here are three stories that caught my eye. Chicken and waffles became chips Yes, it's true: You can now eat the famous dish as a Lay's potato chip - at least for now. The Do Us a Flavor contest pits the soul food staple against Siracha and Cheesy Garlic Bread flavors in a battle to determine which flavor will remain...
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December 6, 2011 | By Jessica Galliart, RedEye
***1/2 (out of four)   “You mean the new album from the not-weird-enough version of The White Stripes?”   Look, I'm not a Black Keys disciple. It's one of those indie groups making beautiful things happen from not much at all, but it's also one of those groups that doesn't taste quite right without a bottle of whiskey.   Whether or not you agree that The Black Keys are better appreciated after a few rounds at a bluesy bar, you'd be hard-pressed to argue that “El Camino” isn't a big contender for best rock album of...
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May 16, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) The hunted-in-the-woods thriller “Black Rock” would excite a lot more fans if Mark Duplass had finished writing the script. Instead, Duplass (the weak “Jeff, Who Lives At Home,” the fantastic “The Puffy Chair”) gives his director/star/"The League" co-star/wife Katie Aselton only bare bones to work with, leading to a 75-minute movie with characters who haven't been thought through at all. For no particular reason, Sarah (Kate Bosworth) invites both Lou (Lake Bell)
SPORTS
June 13, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
On the first day of Bears's minicamp, I watched Jay Cutler rear back and fire a pass to a monstrous, sleek, big-handed receiver wearing the jersey No. 83. "Holy god!" I thought to myself. "Who the hell is THAT?" I scanned the player guide the team had given the media and spotted No. 83: Martellus Bennett. I knew his numbers from Dallas and the Giants, and I knew he was a big dude, but seeing him in person weaving between much smaller linebackers and DBs and snatching passes with hands like Trapper Keepers gave me another perspective altogether.
NEWS
September 11, 2013 | By Yusef Williams, @lovefromthbrain and For RedEye
Can I get a black movie NOT about the struggle? I mean, I love movies as much as the next guy. I am a believer in the idea that all movies are good if you give them a chance. The fact that I will still watch anything made by Adam Sandler is a testament to this belief. Every year, I look forward to the massive amount of movies that will be released. And every year I look for one movie in particular: the black movie that is not about the struggle. I don't go to the movies to be educated.
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May 1, 2014 | By Dana Moran, @redeyedana and RedEye
Like the rest of the world, Chicago has four seasons. However, that thing they call "spring" is a total myth, and we'd all love for "winter," aka Helm's Deep, to stick it where the sun don't shine. (Which is itself, so never mind.) But then there's fest season, those glorious months from June through September when cocktails are best drunk from a pineapple, the best music comes from a cover band and anything eaten off a stick is revered. It's why we Chicagoans spent the past for-ev-er clawing our eyes out in the manner of Edvard Munch's "The Scream.
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April 17, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
The official trailer for Season 2 of "Orange is the New Black" is out, and it looks like the latest Litchfield inmate will have Red seeing red. All 13 Season 2 episodes of the acclaimed will be available June 6 on Netflix. The trailer introduces Vee (Lorraine Toussaint), a drug queenpin who has a past with Red (Kate Mulgrew). "A woman I knew a looong time ago came back in yesterday," Red says before the trailer cuts away to the two women meeting face to face. We also see Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Consider me a loyal member of the Clone Club - the name "Orphan Black" ( 8 p.m. Saturday, BBC America; 3.5 stars out of four ) fans gave themselves last year as their passion turned this sci-fi thriller into a cult hit. The BBC America series about a woman who discovers she is one of several clones was more than just a genre show. It remains one of TV's most compelling series, period. Creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett - watch for an Easter egg from them in the Season 2 premiere - have created an intricately plotted, intelligent...
NEWS
February 28, 2014 | RedEye staff report
If you watched the Miami Heat battle the New York Knicks Thursday night, you probably saw the Heat's LeBron James sporting a Batman-like mask. And then you probably immediately wondered, "What the???" The mask, made of black-carbon fiber, is intended to protect James' nose, which he broke during a Feb. 20 game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to ESPN . "[The mask] went with the uniform," James told ESPN . "I knew we were wearing throwback uniforms. I was able to get a carbon-fiber one, which is actually lighter...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
"Black Sails" returned to the high seas last week, and the once adrift Starz pirate drama finally got some wind in its sails. In "V.," Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) and his Walrus crew set sail to chase the merchantman Andromache and take its big guns. Once Flint attacked the ship, viewers were treated to exactly what they thought they'd be getting - a pirate adventure. It can't be said enough that any TV series needs to know exactly what it is and embrace that the best way it can. A pirate story has to have pirates pirating, not just landlocked...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
"Orange is the New Black" will return for a second season on June 6, Netflix onfirmed Saturday. Fans who binged on all 13 Season 2 episodes of "House of Cards" got a little treat at the end of the finale: a card that revealed the "OITNB" Season 2 premiere date. The network followed up the surprise announcement with a 17-second teaser on the OITNB Twitter account . The brief teaser doesn't reveal many details about the new season, but we do see Taylor Schilling's Piper Chapman looking like she's ready to cut someone at the end. ...
NEWS
May 15, 2014 | By Lenox Magee
Recently, rapper/singer/songwriter/multimillionaire superstar Pharrell Williams told Oprah Winfrey that being successful is not about skin color, but a state of mind. Enter the "new black. " "The 'new black' doesn't blame other races for our issues," he said on "Oprah's Next Chapter. " "The 'new black' dreams and realizes that it's not pigmentation, it's a mentality, and it's either going to work for you or it's going to work against you. And you've got to pick the side you're going to be on. " I admire Pharrell's optimism about where black culture is headed, and agree that a "new black" culture is indeed...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2012 | By Erin Brereton and For RedEye
'Twas the night before Thanksgiving, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring - because they were all out at a bar, getting drunk. That's the story of Thanksgiving Eve, more commonly known as Black Wednesday. Maybe it's the impending four-day weekend, the influx of out-of-town friends or just the desire to kick off the holiday season with a big, boozy bang, but Nov. 21 is one of the biggest going-out nights of the year. Whether you're looking to throw down - or avoid throwing up like last year - we've put together three party plans to help you do this unofficial...
NEWS
January 27, 2014 | By Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
Step back into the age of dapper flappers and kings of swing: In celebration of Black History Month, Porchlight Music Theatre transports audiences to the 1920s and '30s Harlem Renaissance with “Ain't Misbehavin'.” The 1978 Tony Award-winning musical features sassy, sultry and humorous songs made famous by 1920s composer-performer Fats Waller, reflecting the emotions and experiences of African-American artists during this era of exploding creativity, social...
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