The opening scenes of the filmed version of the Broadway musical “Hamilton,” which started streaming on Disney+ this Independence Day weekend, pull you back in time to two distinct periods. The people onstage, in their breeches and brass-buttoned coats, belong to the New York of 1776. That i…

First Jimmy Fallon and now Jimmy Kimmel offers his apology for past blackface performances. Kimmel released a statement that began saying he was reluctant to apologize because it’s to the advantage of those who see apologies as weakness and root for racial division. Nonetheless, the ABC-TV l…

Tyler Perry is stepping up in these turbulent times. The filmmaker and studio mogul is paying for the funeral of Rayshard Brooks. Brooks, a 27-year-old husband and father of four, was killed by Atlanta police after their interaction over a suspected drinking and driving violation. Brooks was…

The death of George Floyd at the hands of police has inspired renewed action against racism worldwide, but it has also resulted in some celebrities not quite getting the words right on social media. Actors Terry Crews and Mark Wahlberg are catching it on social media. First, Crews warned abo…

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A few weeks after “A Raisin in the Sun” opened in New York in March 1959, making 29-year-old Lorraine Hansberry the first Black woman with a play produced on Broadway, a reporter for The New York Post asked what other projects she had in the works. For “Raisin,” she had drawn on her family’s…

There are more coronavirus shutdowns for our local entertainment scene. The Dell Music Center has officially canceled its Summer 2020 concert series, and the Odunde Festival 2020 will not take place this year. Pennsylvania is slowly relaxing the stay-at-home orders but only for certain areas…