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Cedric “The Entertainer” The Royal Comedy Tour Wanda Sykes Diamond District Photography 2011 CI Weekend Info. 2011 Women Empowerment Expo


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Senior Writer/Photographer - SIERRA JACKSON

The Best of Multiple Wo

A P.R. professional with a B.A. in

exciting people. Taking negative re

herself caught in a real life love aff

out thriving. Shooting for her scho

and no longer having the school’s ne

no, she still acknowledged photogra cation).

“Interviewing and writing have alway the opportunity to interview/write

multiple fascinations of mine. I foun

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Senior Writer/Photographer - SIERRA JACKSON

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n Mass Communication, Sierra Jackson gets pleasure from meeting new and

ealities and spinning them to be positive is what she does. In 2006 she found

fair-a love affair with photography. Like most relationships, this one started

ool’s award winning news paper even became top priority. After graduating

ews paper to submit to, Jackson’s active shooting became less and less. No-

aphy as a true love but had a desire to “play the field” (with Mass Communi-

ys been interests of mine.” shares Jackson. In undergrad I would often have about the subject I was shooting. During this time, I realized I was feeding

nd this to be much easier than being faithful to one topic.” Born in New Jer-

his “Jersey-Carolina” lady has a blend of talents, a variety of interests, and is

he newest member of Black Opps Entertainment!

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(Cover Story) CEDRIC “THE ENTERTAINER”

Who’s got funny? We do! We do! It’s been about four years s

funny bone tickled. Blackopps recently caught up with funny-m Performing Arts Center December 18th. In this issue, Cedric div taken to make him a household name for so many of us. From the ly Vacation, this Original King of Comedy shares where his come greats like Richard Pryor, and Eddie Murphy.” Cedric reveals. “ performed like someone you knew already; he wasn’t all “Hollyw Harris’ ability to make you feel like a famili

When asked to perform his favorite impersonation, you would’ve you were on set with Ice Cube and Eve. Amazingly, he created a Barbershop who seems like an uncle from everyone’s family. “Tha pretation of the words in a script.” Cedric explains. “Some charac in different ways, I get to paint my own picture. It’s an art.” It a our bodies, starting to dig the opposite sex, and finding our talents. Well “Ceddy Ced” is no different. For him, th room.” Cedric reminiscently chuckles. “Yeah, I was the go-to dude for all of my friends getting jonesed on, aint nob wrote jokes for a friend who encouraged him to enter a comedy competition. This is when he landed his first paid g They were all crisp

With so many celebrities crossing into differen Cedric’s take on the future of comedy. “Stan sides, like Jamie Foxx-he’s so versatile. I’m book…let it out!” Cedric enthusiastically e let it out!” Some of his favorite contempor Original Kings of comed

He also touched on how the business isn’t al striving to be better. He describes a weird some success with being a household name realized he didn’t have a presence with a m was. Within a year from then, I had a show Execs, and my “knife” was so sharp from w shocked that I really was funny!” Cedric ex felt that going through hardships as a

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“A lot of comedy comes from pain. Fortunately I came from a very hap mother. I get joy out of looking at life, I’m blessed.” says Cedric. A rea and how his wife “is uniquely funny.” Thinking back on some of C “never really curled” makes us impatient for the onslaug

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(Cover Story) CEDRIC “THE ENTERTAIMENT”

since North Carolina, (specifically the Triangle) has truly had its man Cedric the Entertainer who is set to perform at the Durham vulges some experiences which make him so funny, and the path Steve Harvey show, to Barbershop 1 and 2, to the Johnson Famiedic style and delivery originates. “I’m definitely a fan of all the “But Robin Harris is my role model. When Robin performed, he wood” wearing the leather suits that make you feel all guarded.” iar friend must have rubbed off on Cedric.

e thought a director called for lights, camera, and action and that and brought “Eddie” to life, an elderly character from the movie at’s what’s great about the acting side, you can do your own intercters I dream up. When I read scripts, I imagine myself saying it all started in Jr. High. A time for most where we’re growing into his is the time period he first realized he had a gift for making people laugh. “Yeah, we did the dozens in the lunch body want it with me.” His journey to stand-up was a few more years in the making. Fast forward to 1988, Cedric gig of $500 and the confidence to continue to do what comes so naturally to him. “It didn’t hurt that I won either! “20’s too.” Cedric jokes.

nt genres of entertainment, it was only right to get nd-up lends to itself creative people who have other m even starting to play with music, I wrote a explains. “Don’t let nobody put you in a box, raries happen to be, who but the rest of the dy, Kevin Hart, and Mike Epps.

lways fun and jokes especially when you’re d period in his life where he’s experienced in African-American homes, but then mainstream audience. “Nobody knew who I w in Hollywood where I performed for some working with audiences, the Execs were xplains this moment in his career when he an up and coming comedian were worth it.

ppy household where both me and my sister were provided for well by my al family man, The Entertainer also talks about his household as an adult Cedric’s jokes, specifically the one he describes how Luther’s curl ght of new jokes he’ll perform on December 18th at the DPAC.

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Emmy winning standup comedian Wanda Sykes makes her debut at DPAC on Tuesday, March 22, 2011. Standup comedian, actress and writer, Wanda Sykes is arguably one of the funniest stand up comics today. Sykes recently wrapped the first season of her own late night talker on FOX; The Wanda Sykes Show aired on Saturday nights. In October of 2009 she was seen in her second HBO stand up special I’ma Be Me. Sykes also returned as ’Barb” in the CBS comedy The New Adventures of Old Christine, in its 5th season. In the fall of 2003 she was seen on Fox’s Wanda at Large in which she wrote, produced and starred. She also has a one hour Comedy Central special called Wanda Sykes: Tongue Untied. In addition, she can be seen on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm & heard on Comedy Central’s Crank Yankers as the voice of Gladys Murphy. Her television resume is vast, and includes the Wanda Sykes: Sick & Tired comedy special and the critically acclaimed Chris Rock Show on HBO in which she was nominated for three Primetime Emmy’s. In 1999 she won the Emmy for "Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special". In 2001, she won the American Comedy Award for "Outstanding Female Stand Up Comic." She won three more Emmy’s, in 2002, 2004 and 2005, for her work on Inside the NFL. Please visit www.wandasykes.com for more information

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In The Booth with Amanda

Amanda Pollard

Rising singer and songwriter Amanda Pollard is no stranger to music. Singing since she lear formally introduced to music as a child. She attended Northwest School of the Arts in Char she majored in vocal music becoming a classically trained first soprano. Amanda combines training with jazz and musical theater experience to create a dynamic range of vocal abiliti sume includes National Anthem performances for the Carolina Panthers, the former Charlo Knights, and the 2009 North Carolina Underground Music Awards where Amanda was nom Artist. With countless performances in the Charlotte area where she receives high accolad da was awarded the 2010 Carolina Music Award for Best Female R&B Artist. Having evolve home state of North Carolina, Amanda is most recently nominated for a 2011 Southern En award ceremony that honors the best in entertainment throughout 12 Southern states. “It nominated for an award that has been won by platinum selling artists like T.I., Drake and N hear my name mentioned in the same awards ceremony as these artists is amazing.”

Since embarking on her musical journey, Amanda’s life has revolved around her music. Ble writing, Amanda began songwriting as a teen and hopes to capture the essence of human “People get sad, get their hearts broken, and fall in love. But people also wonder what life spire others, they get happy, get hype, dance and go out,” she said. “I want to capture all o inspired by everyone and everything around me.”

With hopes of becoming a major recording artist, Amanda is an active member of ASCAP a and talent to stop at nothing to make it to the top.

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rned to speak, Amanda was rlotte, North Carolina where s her impressive classical ties. Her performance reotte Hornets, the Charlotte minated for Best Female R&B des for her live shows, Amaned beyond the borders of her ntertainment Award , an t is such an honor to be Nicki Minaj”, she said. “To

essed with a natural gift of experience in her songs. is all about, they want to inof that in my music and I’m

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