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Sacramento music festival

Sacramento music festival

Courtesy of McClatchy Tribune

May 10, 2014

For 41 years, the streets of Old Sacramento and nearby downtown venues have played host to one of the area’s largest celebrations of music and its storied culture with a 4-day party that spans the entire Memorial Day weekend. It was originally called the Dixieland Jazz Jubilee, but changed its name to...

Johnny Depp emulates creature in “Transcendence”

Johnny Depp emulates creature in “Transcendence”

Elizabeth DeCicco

April 22, 2014

Other than portraying a relentless, hilarious pirate, an eccentric barber with shears for hands, or the wonderful Mad Hatter, when will Johnny Depp play the role of a cyber-intelligent god?In the new motion picture, “Transcendence,” Depp evolves from a well-known artificial scientist to an unstoppa...

Hip-hop artist Mila J steps out of shadow

Hip-hop artist Mila J steps out of shadow

McClatchy Tribune

April 8, 2014

In most cases, it is the younger sibling who has to worry about breaking from their older sibling’s shadow of achievements.In Los Angeles native, singer, songwriter, rapper and dancer Jamila’s case’s, younger sister, Jhene Aiko, is the one to beat.Jhene Aiko is gaining a ton of recognition in hip...

Inspiring imagination to escape everyday struggles

Inspiring imagination to escape everyday struggles

McClatchy Tribune

February 26, 2014

With a movie title like “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” it’s not easy to guess what to expect, but it turned out pleasantly surprising, and even inspirational.Walter Mitty, played by Ben Stiller, is a negative assets manager for Life magazine whose life is safe and comfortable. When Mitty lo...

Throwback Valentine’s Day Playlist

Throwback Valentine’s Day Playlist

McClatchy Tribune

February 12, 2014

Throwback Valentine’s Day PlaylistArtist: Faith HillSong: “The Way You Love Me”Released: 2000Artist: Lauryn HillSong: “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You”Released: 1998Artist: SelenaSong: “I Could Fall In Love”Released: 1995Artist: Michael JacksonSong: “The Way You Make Me Feel”Released: 1987Artist: Goo...

Terry McMillian shares stories and inspiration

Terry McMillian shares stories and inspiration

McClatchy Tribune

February 9, 2014

“Happy Black History Month, even though I’m black all year long.”And with that, noted author Terry McMillan set the tone for a night full of laughter, wisdom, and insight.On February 6th, the New York Times author of such works as “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” as well as “Waiting to Ex...

Soap operas in South Korea reflect passion and drama

Soap operas in South Korea reflect passion and drama

McClatchy Tribune

February 5, 2014

South Korean dramas can be filled with as much comedy or drama as Latin telenovelas or  American soap operas, but without the time commitment. American soap operas such as “Days of Our Lives” can be on the air for over 40 yearswhereas South Korean dramas usually run about 16 to 20 episodes in the sp...

MOVIE REVIEW: Emotions run wild in bold truth of ‘12 Years a Slave’

MOVIE REVIEW: Emotions run wild in bold truth of ‘12 Years a Slave’

State Hornet Staff

November 13, 2013

Director Steven McQueen’s film “12 Years a Slave” illustrates a rarely told truth about slavery in the United States.Unlike the recently released movie “Django Unchained,” there is not really any forced humor throughout this film. Instead “12 Years a Slave” delivers a more intense image ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Robert Glasper blends jazz with blues, soul, R&B and hip-hop

ALBUM REVIEW: Robert Glasper blends jazz with blues, soul, R&B and hip-hop

State Hornet Staff

November 13, 2013

The sound of old jazz successfully blended with pop, blues, soul, R&B and hip-hop is a rare thing to hear among current artists in the music industry.But pianist and producer Robert Glasper – often called the next generation of jazz – pulled it off in 2012 when he won a Grammy Award for best R&B al...

Staff Picks: Start November off with good tunes

Staff Picks: Start November off with good tunes

Reporting by Anisca Miles

November 6, 2013

Song: “Landscapes”Artist: Johnny PolygonAlbum: “The Nothing”Briana says: John Armour, known as Johnny Polygon on stage, is an independent artist from Tulsa, Oklahoma. He’s worked with artists such as Nas and Kid Cudi and made a cameo appearance in Kid Cudi’s music video “The Pursuit of Happin...

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