The U.S. Virgin Islands — 3 Unique Isles, 3 Unique Experiences

Arawak, Taino, Carib and Ciboney tribes inhabited the three main U.S. Virgin Islands–St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix. Then in 1493, Christopher Columbus explored the isles and named them for Saint Ursula and her virgins. Spain, the U.K, Netherlands, France and Denmark ruled the archipelago for 400 years until the U.S. purchased it for […]

Montreal Jazz Festival 2010 — Bigger is Better

For three decades the Guinness World Records has ranked the 11-day Montreal Jazz Festival as the largest in the world. But does size matter? Yes, if you have an impressive roster, conveniently located venues, international music lovers on a good vibe and a vibrant host city. Musicians Galore Ray Charles opened the first Montreal Jazz […]

This is it

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic By the time he died, the media and his antics had obscured the most obvious. Michael Jackson was the greatest singer/entertainer/performing artist of his generation. Many could argue that point. But as you watch this work-in-progress documentary, with footage that was never necessarily meant to become a theatrical feature-length […]

Cannes’ African Heritage History

By Dwight Brown As the prestigious, international Cannes Film Festival approaches, May 17th – 28th, the question arises: Who will follow in the footsteps of actor Samuels L. Jackson of Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith and S. Pierre Yameogo, the legendary Burkina Faso director of Delwende? Which black actors, directors and […]

Fever Pitch

Fever Pitch **1/2 Twentieth Century Fox By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic Shortly after Eve tempted Adam in the Garden of Eden, they argued about his fanatical love of sports and his neglect of her emotional needs. It’s an old war story in the battle of the sexes. Old but alive today. Gamely, screenwriters Lowell […]