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2/13/2019 9:50:56 AM

Twenty years after its premiere, this great American musical returns to Los Angeles. Nominated for 13 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Ragtime tells the story of three families at the turn of the 20th Century in pursuit of the American dream. The award-winning score uses ragtime rhythms to paint a portrait of the people who built this country with the hopes for a brighter tomorrow. Director David Lee says, “The themes of the show are more relevant than ever. Set in the first years of the 20th Century, it deals with immigration, racism, white privilege, women’s’ rights,...

Amoako Boafo Art Exhibition “I SEE ME”
2/13/2019 9:48:32 AM

Roberts Projects is pleased to present its first solo exhibition by painter Amoako Boafo. Representing individuals from the surrounding countries of his native Ghana, Boafo attributes to his portraits a natural grace, poise and elegance. Artists who are able to achieve this palpable sense of tenderness within the scope of their working process are few and far between, yet Boafo does exactly this, communicating both warmth and vulnerability in his intimate portrayals of what he terms the “Black Diaspora.” As with other contemporary portrait artists, including Alice Neel, Jordan...

Skid Row Sista Productions Presents a One-Woman Show—Project 216
2/13/2019 9:46:08 AM

By Staff Reports ANGELa Harris’s performance highlights her experiences on the streets and beyond Los Angeles, CA: On February 16, 2019 at 12:16 p.m. (doors open at 11:00 a.m.) ANGELa Harris will be performing her one-woman show at the Miracle Theater. This performance piece brings an intimate look at one woman’s struggle with poverty, mental health issues, homelessness, despair, survival and renewal. Combining poetry, music and an insight into the life of Skid Row, ANGELa will bring attention to the plight of women and children who are homeless in Los Angeles. According...

Derrick Johnson and Strategist Donna Brazile Issue ‘State of Black America’ Address
2/13/2019 9:41:49 AM

By Lauren Poteat   Following the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, NAACP President Derrick Johnson and Political Strategist Donna Brazile took part in a special “State of Black America” forum in search of the answer to, “Where do we go from here?” Held at the Howard University Interdisciplinary Building, Johnson utilized the event as an opportunity to give his rebuttal to what some deemed a “contentious presidential address” and issued a call to action. “It’s unfortunate that [Trump’s...

At 94, The Legendary Cicely Tyson Remains an ‘Optimist’
2/13/2019 9:39:57 AM

By Stacy M. Brown   At 94, the legendary actress and freedom fighter, Cicely Tyson, absolutely stuns on the cover of TIME. Clad in an elegant Michael Couture dress and stylish Taffin earrings by James de Givenchy with hair and makeup by Armond Hambrick, Tyson graces Time’s cover this month in celebrate of the magazine’s second annual “Optimists Issue.” In the issue, Tyson talks openly about her more than six-decade acting career, from her film debut in “Carib Gold” in 1956, to her most recent role as Annalise Keating’s mother in...

IN MEMORIAM: Baseball Trailblazer, Civil Rights Icon Frank Robinson Dead at 83
2/13/2019 9:38:24 AM

By Stacy M. Brown Frank Robinson, a trailblazing figure who was Major League Baseball’s first African American manager and one of its greatest players during a career that spanned 21 seasons, died Thursday after a prolonged illness, according to pro baseball’s premiere website, MLB.com. Robinson was 83. The Hall of Famer hit 586 home runs and appeared in 14 All-Star games over the course of his illustrious career, starring with the Cincinnati Reds and the Baltimore Orioles. Robinson is the only player to win MVP honors in both the National and American league—in...

Largest Independent Reggae Label Celebrates 40th Anniversary
2/13/2019 9:37:00 AM

By Stacy M. Brown   VP Records, the world’s largest reggae music company, has announced a year-long calendar of activities in celebration of its 40 years in the United States. For two generations, the Queens, N.Y.-based company has marketed Caribbean culture and island lifestyle through music, events and merchandise, and has been at the heart of reggae, dancehall and soca. The year of celebrations will feature a variety of music and cultural events, products, historical exhibits and experiences, in Jamaica, across the U.S., Toronto, Canada and London,...

Potential for Pea-Sized Pill to Deliver Insulin Shot from Inside Stomach
2/13/2019 9:35:03 AM

By Lauran Neergaard   WASHINGTON (AP)—Scientists figured out how to hide a shot inside a pea-sized pill—creating a swallowable gadget, inspired by a tortoise shell, that can inject medicines like insulin from inside the stomach. Patients usually prefer oral treatment, and comply with it better, but many compounds, including insulin for diabetes, can't survive the harsh trip through the digestive system. The new invention, reported Thursday by a Massachusetts Institute of Technology-led research team, has been tested only in animals so far. But if it pans out,...

Johnson & Johnson to List Drug Prices in TV Commercials
2/13/2019 9:33:36 AM

By Linda A. Johnson   TRENTON, N.J. (AP)—Johnson & Johnson said last week it will start giving the list price of its prescription drugs in television ads. The company would be the first drugmaker to take that step. The health care giant will begin with its popular blood thinner, Xarelto, said Scott White, head of J&J's North American pharmaceutical marketing. By late March, commercials will give the pill's list price plus typical out-of-pocket costs. The information will appear on screen at the end of the commercial and include a website where people can...

Tests Suggest Scientists Achieved 1st 'In-Body' Gene Editing with Potential to Cure Disease
2/13/2019 9:21:04 AM

By Marilynn Marchione   Scientists think they have achieved the first gene editing inside the body, altering DNA in adults to try to treat a disease, although it's too soon to know if this will help. Preliminary results suggest that two men with a rare disorder now have a corrective gene at very low levels, which may not be enough to make the therapy a success. Still, it's a scientific milestone toward one day doctoring DNA to treat many diseases caused by faulty genes. “This is a first step,” said Dr. Joseph Muenzer of the University of North Carolina...