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Stanley Crouch, contentious man of letters, dead at 74

Sep. 16, 2020 8:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stanley Crouch, a contentious and influential critic, columnist and self-taught Renaissance man who in fiction and nonfiction was inspired by his knowledge and love of blues and jazz and his impulse to step over the line, died Wednesday at age 74. His wife, Gloria Nixon-Crouch, told The...

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Q&A: David Byrne on his festival hit 'American Utopia'

Sep. 11, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In a film festival season that’s been turned largely virtual, Spike Lee’s “American Utopia,” a documentary of David Byrne’s concert musical and the opening-night film of the Toronto International Film Festival, has nevertheless supplied the giddy rush of...

FILE - Jury President Cate Blanchett, center, is seated at the start of the opening ceremony of the 77th edition of the Venice Film Festival at the Venice Lido, Italy, on Sept. 2, 2020. This year, three of the four major fall film festivals, including Venice, are going forward despite the pandemic. Those in Venice acknowledge it hasn’t been anywhere near the same. Masked moviegoers in set-apart seats. A barrier walls off the red carpet to discourage crowds of onlookers. Greetings are kiss-less. A little bit of the romance of movies has gone out. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis, File)

Digital and drive-in, film festivals try to salvage a season

Sep. 8, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — This is normally the time of year when flashy premieres march down red carpets and proclamations of Oscar buzz circle the globe. An avalanche of new films topples onto screens. The movie houses of Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York shake with applause. The movies, more than ever, feel...

Mason Wilkes, 4, of South Carolina, poses for his father in a Black Panther costume, in front of a painting during a Chadwick Boseman Tribute on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, in Anderson, S.C. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Boseman honored as hometown hero in native South Carolina

Sep. 4, 2020 7:48 AM EDT

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — Chadwick Boseman was remembered as a hometown hero who brought a sense of pride to his native Anderson, South Carolina. The city paid tribute to Boseman in a public memorial on Thursday evening. The actor, who became widely popular through “Black Panther,” was honored...

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2018 photo, actor John David Washington poses for a portrait at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. Washington stars in the Christopher Nolan film

John David Washington cements his stardom in ‘Tenet’

Sep. 2, 2020 1:24 PM EDT

Christopher Nolan only casts movie stars as his leading men. From Leonardo DiCaprio and Hugh Jackman to Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey, Nolan’s actors are larger-than-life, capital “S” stars. So it was more than a little exciting for John David Washington when Nolan hand-picked him...

FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2020, file photo, Jacob Blake's sister Letetra Widman, center, and uncle Justin Blake, left, march at a rally for Jacob Blake Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Kenosha, Wis. Authorities have been reluctant to release even the most basic information about the incident or details about the white officer who shot Blake seven times in the back. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

Absent details, police shooting narratives seek to distract

Aug. 31, 2020 11:49 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A familiar narrative emerged in the days that followed Jacob Blake’s shooting by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, one seen many times after a Black man or woman is killed or grievously wounded by police: That somehow Blake's actions or his past can explain why an officer fired...

FILE - In this March 4, 2018 file photo, Chadwick Boseman arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.   Actor Chadwick Boseman, who played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as the regal Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe, has died of cancer. His representative says Boseman died Friday, Aug. 28, 2020 in Los Angeles after a four-year battle with colon cancer. He was 43.  (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Chadwick Boseman, who embodied Black icons, dies of cancer

Aug. 29, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — First Chadwick Boseman slipped on the cleats of Jackie Robinson, then the Godfather of Soul’s dancing shoes, portraying both Black American icons with a searing intensity that commanded respect. When the former playwright suited up as Black Panther, he brought cool intellectual...

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2018 file photo, Chadwick Boseman, a cast member in

'Black Panther' star Chadwick Boseman dies of cancer at 43

Aug. 29, 2020 2:21 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chadwick Boseman, who played Black American icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown with searing intensity before inspiring audiences worldwide as the regal Black Panther in Marvel's blockbuster movie franchise, died Friday of cancer. He was 43. Boseman died at his home in the Los Angeles...

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Review: ‘The 24th’ is a sobering history lesson for today

Aug. 19, 2020 12:16 PM EDT

On Aug. 23, 1917, four months after the U.S. had entered World War I, the all-Black 3rd battalion of the U.S. Army’s 24th Infantry Regiment mutinied in Houston. That night’s two hours of violence left nine civilians, four policemen and two soldiers dead. It resulted in the largest murder trial in...

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In 'The 24th,' police brutality and unrest, 103 years ago

Aug. 17, 2020 1:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The sole photograph related to the Houston Riot of 1917 shows 64 Black soldiers sitting with arms folded and legs crossed behind a rope. Their sheer number, in a courtroom otherwise populated by white men, suggests they’re part of the audience but they’re not. They’re...