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Music Critic Allan Raible’s 50 Best Albums of 2015

Article from ABCNews.com Anyone who tells you that 2015 didn’t offer up a wide variety of excellent music wasn’t paying attention. This year was actually tremendous. You may have had to do a little digging to find the best records, but like many recent years, 2015 offered up an embarrassment of riches. I liked a lot more albums than I could include on this list, but what you have here is the best of the best of what the year had to offer. 50. ALABAMA SHAKES – “Sound & Color” With their second full-length album, Alabama Shakes really came into
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Producer J.J. Abrams Would Pick Ava DuVernay to Direct a “Star Wars Film

Don’t tell the Star Wars fans that think black people are ruining their science fiction BUT, if J.J. Abrams had his way, a female would be directing a future Star Wars installation. And it would be an African American female! The producer of “The Force Awakens” was interviewed by Nerdist’s Dan Casey, and when asked who he would like to see direct a future episode, Abrams had this to say: “The knee-jerk reaction, if I had to, is Ava DuVernay, who I think would just kill it. She is as much a fan of genre movies, and hearing her talk
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Wait, What?! T.I. & Mekhi Phifer Cast in A&E’s “Roots” Remake

There’s a Roots remake on the horizon and the cast is made up of a rapper (T.I.), a couple of British Black actors (Rege-Jean Page & Malachi Kirby), and Mekhi Phifer! Wait, why is there a Roots remake? Was the first one not good enough? Well, A&E is already in production with the 4-part series based on Alex Haley’s book about his family’s journey from enslavement to freedom in America. This new iteration promises to be as good as 12 Years a Slave if you ignore the fact that there’s a rapper in it and just focus on the Black
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Anthony Mackie is “2 Legit” & Joseph Gordon-Levitt Has “Rhythm”

Lip Sync Battle has to be the most original concept show in a long time, because who doesn’t love to see celebrities pantomime other celebrities songs, especially when they nail it. The Night Before co-stars Anthony Mackie and Joseph Gordon-Levitt turned their lip-sync battle into a dance-off when Mackie nailed a performance of MC Hammer’s “2 Legit 2 Quit,” right down to the “Hammer Time” wiggle across the stage and the spandex biker shorts and Joseph Gordon-Levitt donned lipstick and a ponytail for Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation.” Is this how actors promote their movies nowadays? If so, then more please.
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Beyonce as X-Men’s Storm Better Than Halle Berry!

Beyonce jumped into the wet dreams of comic geeks everywhere when she attended Ciara’s birthday party dressed as X-Men’s premiere black character – Storm! The internet and Bey followers are all a dither complimenting Bey Bey on her costume – well, of course they are, we all know what happens when you hate on Beyonce. But seriously, Beyonce’s Storm costume is actually quite good, especially when you compare it to Hollywood’s version of the DC comic heroine – Halle Berry in a bad wig with bangs. Actually, that describes a lot of Halle Berry movies – Monster’s Ball: Halle Berry
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VIDEO: What if One of the Black Characters went Back To The Future?

While everyone celebrated 10/21/15, the date that Michael J. Fox’s character, Marty McFly, in Back to the Future II (1989), traveled forward in time to help his future children, black people thought about how things haven’t changed that much in this so-called future. Youtube parody channel F-Comedy rebooted the blockbuster to illustrate this scathing reality. In the short “What if One of the Black Characters went Back To The Future?” Goldie Wilson, the cook at the 1950s diner replaces Marty McFly in the driver’s seat of the Delorean and travels to 2015.
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The Weekend ‘Can’t Feel His Face’…But Taylor Swift Is Feeling His Hair

Canadian singer Abel Tesfaye, who goes by the moniker The Weekend, and sings the hit song “Can’t Feel My Face,” was apparently petted like a puppy when he met singer Taylor Swift at a Grammy after-party this year. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the dreadlocked musician tells of how Swift did not abide by that unspoken golden rule that black people have – don’t touch our hair, at least not without asking first. Tesafye says, “the whole time she was talking, she was kind of, like, petting my hair?” he said of the 15-minute encounter. “I think she was
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Music Critic Allan Raible’s 50 Best Albums of 2015

Article from ABCNews.com Anyone who tells you that 2015 didn’t offer up a wide variety of excellent music wasn’t paying attention. This year was actually tremendous. You may have had to do a little digging to find the best records, but like many recent years, 2015 offered up an embarrassment of riches. I liked a lot more albums than I could include on this list, but what you have here is the best of the best of what the year had to offer. 50. ALABAMA SHAKES – “Sound & Color” With their second full-length album, Alabama Shakes really came into
Read More

Producer J.J. Abrams Would Pick Ava DuVernay to Direct a “Star Wars Film

Don’t tell the Star Wars fans that think black people are ruining their science fiction BUT, if J.J. Abrams had his way, a female would be directing a future Star Wars installation. And it would be an African American female! The producer of “The Force Awakens” was interviewed by Nerdist’s Dan Casey, and when asked who he would like to see direct a future episode, Abrams had this to say: “The knee-jerk reaction, if I had to, is Ava DuVernay, who I think would just kill it. She is as much a fan of genre movies, and hearing her talk
Read More

Wait, What?! T.I. & Mekhi Phifer Cast in A&E’s “Roots” Remake

There’s a Roots remake on the horizon and the cast is made up of a rapper (T.I.), a couple of British Black actors (Rege-Jean Page & Malachi Kirby), and Mekhi Phifer! Wait, why is there a Roots remake? Was the first one not good enough? Well, A&E is already in production with the 4-part series based on Alex Haley’s book about his family’s journey from enslavement to freedom in America. This new iteration promises to be as good as 12 Years a Slave if you ignore the fact that there’s a rapper in it and just focus on the Black
Read More

Anthony Mackie is “2 Legit” & Joseph Gordon-Levitt Has “Rhythm”

Lip Sync Battle has to be the most original concept show in a long time, because who doesn’t love to see celebrities pantomime other celebrities songs, especially when they nail it. The Night Before co-stars Anthony Mackie and Joseph Gordon-Levitt turned their lip-sync battle into a dance-off when Mackie nailed a performance of MC Hammer’s “2 Legit 2 Quit,” right down to the “Hammer Time” wiggle across the stage and the spandex biker shorts and Joseph Gordon-Levitt donned lipstick and a ponytail for Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation.” Is this how actors promote their movies nowadays? If so, then more please.
Read More

Beyonce as X-Men’s Storm Better Than Halle Berry!

Beyonce jumped into the wet dreams of comic geeks everywhere when she attended Ciara’s birthday party dressed as X-Men’s premiere black character – Storm! The internet and Bey followers are all a dither complimenting Bey Bey on her costume – well, of course they are, we all know what happens when you hate on Beyonce. But seriously, Beyonce’s Storm costume is actually quite good, especially when you compare it to Hollywood’s version of the DC comic heroine – Halle Berry in a bad wig with bangs. Actually, that describes a lot of Halle Berry movies – Monster’s Ball: Halle Berry
Read More

VIDEO: What if One of the Black Characters went Back To The Future?

While everyone celebrated 10/21/15, the date that Michael J. Fox’s character, Marty McFly, in Back to the Future II (1989), traveled forward in time to help his future children, black people thought about how things haven’t changed that much in this so-called future. Youtube parody channel F-Comedy rebooted the blockbuster to illustrate this scathing reality. In the short “What if One of the Black Characters went Back To The Future?” Goldie Wilson, the cook at the 1950s diner replaces Marty McFly in the driver’s seat of the Delorean and travels to 2015.
Read More

The Weekend ‘Can’t Feel His Face’…But Taylor Swift Is Feeling His Hair

Canadian singer Abel Tesfaye, who goes by the moniker The Weekend, and sings the hit song “Can’t Feel My Face,” was apparently petted like a puppy when he met singer Taylor Swift at a Grammy after-party this year. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the dreadlocked musician tells of how Swift did not abide by that unspoken golden rule that black people have – don’t touch our hair, at least not without asking first. Tesafye says, “the whole time she was talking, she was kind of, like, petting my hair?” he said of the 15-minute encounter. “I think she was
Read More