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Theatre Review: ‘A Boy and His Soul’

This is the 50th anniversary year for Philadelphia International Records, the outfit founded by Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff that gave us, among many other things, “TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia), the ebullient instrumental by MFSB, given life as the theme of “Soul Train” and used to great effect once more in the Round House […]

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Thursday TV: Extreme ‘Justice League’

One things streaming services can provide are super-expanded versions of Hollywood films for specialized audiences. Case in point is “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” (HBO Max, streaming), which is essentially the 2017 superhero movie the way the original director wanted it done, before he left the project after his daughter’s death and the resulting “Justice League” […]

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Saturday TV: Slime Forecast at Kids Choice

Kenan Thompson hosts the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2021 (Nickelodeon, 7:30 p.m.) which will include special messages from Vice President Kamala Harris and SpongeBob SquarePants. Justin Bieber leads nominations with four, and will perform his latest single, “Anyone.” Ariana Grande has three nominations..  “Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet” (Nat Geo Wild, streaming) begins a new season […]

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Thursday TV: A More Fluid ‘Genera+ion’

Independent film producer Ben Barnz once wrote a book about how difficult it was to adopt a daughter with his husband. That baby has since grown up to be a screenwriter as well — likely the youngest to have a new series. And “Genera+ion” (HBO Max, streaming), which she created with her other dad Daniel […]

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Tuesday TV: Covid Era Told by NY Youth

The tragedy of the pandemic that reaches its one year mark in the U.S. this week, is that it has had its affect on everybody — including a handful of filmmakers age 17 to 21 who chronicle their own lives in a very different New York City, where they’re forced to stay in side with […]

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Tuesday TV: ABC News’ ‘Soul of a Nation’

The news department comes up with a six-episode newsmagazine about the Black experience in America with “Soul of a Nation” (ABC, 10 p.m.) that will feature reports, interviews and some performances. Hosts will include Sterling K. Brown, Jemele Hill and Marsai Martin.  Similarly, Oge Egbuonu looks at struggles of Black women in “OWN Spotlight: (In)Visible […]

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Sunday TV: Tarnished Golden Globes

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will try to bring some life to another social distanced awards show, but The 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards (NBC, 8 p.m.), already postponed from January, has further problems this year. The shadowy Hollywood Foreign Press Association (whose 87 members includes no blacks) has been accused of corruption in recent […]

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Friday TV: The Killing of Fred Hampton

Daniel Kaluuya stars as assassinated Black Panther party chairman Fred Hampton in the new bio pic “Judas and the Black Messiah” (HBO Max, streaming). Shaka King directs a cast that also includes LaKeith Stansfield, Dominique Fishback and Jesse Plemons. Jermaine Fowler, Lil Rel Howery and Martin Sheen as J. Edgar Hoover.  A polyester fashion mogul […]

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Tuesday: The Crimes of Early ’60s Perth

It seems at first another true crime story. But the four-part “The Night Caller” (Sundance Now, streaming) is unusual because it takes place in Perth, Australia, and occurred nearly 60 years ago. Those who remember the reign of a serial killer (and inveterate hit and run driver) are asked to read headlines about it to […]

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Saturday TV: Football Playoffs Kick Off

NFL’s Wildcard Weekend begins with three games today — Indianapolis at Buffalo (CBS, 1:05 p.m.), Rams at Seattle (Fox, 4:40 p.m.) and Tampa Bay at Washington (NBC, 8:15 p.m.). Yet another instant marriage series is on in “All or Nothing” (OWN, 8 p.m.) and followed by a couple more episodes.  No new “Saturday Night Live” […]

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