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THE HUTCHINSON REPORT: Smiley’s woes have nothing to do with race

To his credit, disgraced former talk show host Tavis Smiley hasn’t publicly screamed race to battle back against the sexual abuse charges being leveled against him. The damage to his reputation has been swift and brutal. The charges got him bounced for the moment from PBS, dropped like a hot potato by Walmart, and his Read More…

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BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: ‘Girls Trip’ makes big splash in opening week

Looks like everyone associated with the hit film “Girls Trip” is making out big time. The crowd-pleasing movie starring Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall and breakout comic actress Tiffany Haddish grossed $31.3 million in its opening weekend with a sequel surely on the horizon. Meanwhile, its director Malcolm D. Lee and his Blackmaled Read More…

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Russell Simmons brings arts program to Compton school

COMPTON —Entrepreneur, activist, author and philanthropist Russell Simmons visited Whaley Middle School here Sept. 16 as part of the national Turnaround Arts program. Simmons spent his day with Whaley students listening to poetry and band performances and a question and answer sessions followed by a meeting with PrincipalCandice Waters to discuss the program and how best Read More…