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Sacramento music festival

Sacramento music festival

Courtesy of McClatchy Tribune

May 11, 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

Elizabeth DeCicco

April 23, 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 9, 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

Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) runs to a promising future. (Courtesy Wilson Webb/MCT)

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...

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...

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

Chiwetel Ejiofor as

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

Jazz pianist-bandleader Robert Glasper personifies what excites young people about jazz. (Courtesy Jessica Chornesky via PopMatters.com/MCT)

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...

South American trio add a cool factor in this review

South American trio add a cool factor in this review

McClatchy Tribune

October 2, 2013

Listening to MATANZA elicits a desire to move to some incredibly sweaty place, eat only from farmer’s markets and adopt a shoulder monkey named Tom Bomberdash to feed banana slices to with your newfound machete skills.This genius meld of street house and South American folk is the result of two Chil...

Today’s young popstars have no talent

Miley Cyrus at a concert::McClatchy Tribune

KIMBERLY P. MITCHELL

November 10, 2010

Cole Mayer What hath the normally good music world wrought? Young stars with little to no talent, such as Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and Taylor Momsen. These stars are near-ubiquitous in today's society, when they really should just go away. There once was a man who performed on stage, his mullet sway...

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