After COVID put her young career on hold, Dallas’ Skye Turner is returning to the spotlight

Skye Turner knew the stage was where she was meant to be, but the events of the past year and a half changed everything. The Dallas-born actor had been cast as the childhood version of the rock queen Tina Turner (no relation) in Tina: The Tina Turner Musical and was doing eight shows a week on Broadway while being home-schooled. Skye was fully aware of the stakes at hand. “It felt like it was such a huge weight, not a bad weight, though. This is a great weight to have. I mean, if I had any pro

Post Malone is bringing Posty Fest back to AT&T Stadium in Arlington

Following Post Malone’s latest release, “Motley Crew,” the Grapevine native this week announced the return of Posty Fest. Post Malone’s annual music festival will return to AT&T Stadium in Arlington for a third installment this year on Oct. 30 and 31. This year’s festival will be held entirely outdoors. Posty Fest 2021 marks the return of the local extravaganza, which had its last iteration in 2019. Because of the high demand, Post Malone has added a second day for 2021. The festival was cancel

Bookstore spotlighting diverse authors opens at Music City Mall Lewisville

Music City Mall Lewisville is home to a new Black-owned bookstore, Kindred Creatives Art and Literary Press, with shelves reserved for authors and creatives who are BIPOC — Black, indigenous and people of color. The bookstore has a mission to promote literacy, creativity and entrepreneurship for children and hopes to launch creative workshops for people of all ages. The owner, Cicely Carr, resigned from her job as an English teacher in West Dallas to pursue what she says was her dream of openin

Artist Jeremy Biggers tackles insecurities, burdens that Black men face in new exhibition

Artist Jeremy Biggers, a South Dallas native, has a new solo exhibition, “Unspoken Burdens,” on view through Aug. 14 at the South Dallas Cultural Center. The exhibition is composed of a series of paintings and drawings that broach the conversation around male identity, social constructs and unspoken burdens that men face, as well as one video segment to showcase instances of cultural appropriation that affect Black communities, such as long acrylic nails, do-rags and box braids. “Whether you’r

Oak Cliff starlet to join Jennifer Hudson in new Aretha Franklin biopic, ‘Respect’

Respect, the upcoming musical biopic about the Queen of Soul, has a rising Oak Cliff star in its cast. Twelve-year-old Skye Turner will play a young Aretha Franklin in the film, due out Aug. 13. The movie follows Franklin’s journey to find her voice in the turbulent social and political landscape of 1960s America. Jennifer Hudson picks up where Turner leaves off, taking over the screen as Franklin grows up. Turner is not new to the spotlight. She started getting noticed after a video of her si

‘That was perfection’: North Texan Breez Carver advances in ‘America’s Got Talent’

North Texas dancer Breez Carver has moved on to the next round of America’s Got Talent. The 13-year-old contestant received a standing ovation Tuesday after her lyrical dance performance to Kelly Clarkson’s song “Piece by Piece,” which pulled at the judges’ and audience’s heartstrings. “When I was little, I was adopted. So I was really young, and I was really shy, and I’d always hide behind my mom. And then my parents that I love so much, they thought that dancing would be really good for my co

North Texas teen to compete on ‘America’s Got Talent’

A 13-year-old North Texan, dancer Breez Carver, is set to be a contestant on America’s Got Talent on July 6 at 7 p.m. on NBC. The Lantana resident will perform a lyrical dance, a style that combines ballet and jazz dancing techniques, to the Kelly Clarkson song “Piece by Piece.” “I always feel a passion on stage, wanting to dance for others and show them what I can do and show them what it means to me,” Carver says. “I think I just like telling stories through dance.” The AGT contestant has be

Tyler, the Creator’s pop up show in Deep Ellum leaves fans starstruck

“Honestly, this is just so I can practice for the festivals I have next year, If I’m keeping it a buck,” Tyler, the Creator told fans at Trees in Deep Ellum on Wednesday night. He was there for what was billed as a “secret” show. It was the second in his pop-up series following his concert last week at Hollywood venue The Roxy. On the setlist were tracks from his new album Call Me If You Get Lost. Only a lucky few made it in. After Tyler tweeted a signup link to fans on Sunday night, guests g

Lights All Night reveals headliners for 2021 festival

Lights All Night, the yearly electronic dance music festival, is returning to Dallas this New Year’s Eve after being canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic. And it’s now out with its lineup. The two-day event, which runs Dec. 30-31 at Dallas Market Hall, will feature more than 30 festival alumni like Above & Beyond, DJ Snake, Illenium, Madeon and Subtronic. New acts will include SLANDER, Loud Luxury, SVDDEN DEATH, and JOYRYDE. Tickets go on sale online Tuesday. Two-day general admission tickets

Pop-up shop brings Black designers to Galleria Dallas

The Galleria Dallas is hosting a stylish pop-up shop through Sunday that showcases more than a dozen designers who are BIPOC — Black, indigenous and people of color. The pop-up features menswear, women’s apparel, jewelry, beauty and home decor. And the designers will be on hand so visitors can hear about the inspiration behind every piece. Among the designers are Kendall Miles, Robin Harris, Norman Scales and Salone Monet, whose nude shoes come in shades to match various skin tones. Dallas des

D-FW musicians team up on an album to boost Black-led causes

A Dallas-based endeavor called the Truth to Power Project is honoring Record Store Day by dropping a new vinyl album featuring local artists, with proceeds going to Black-led advocacy groups. Truth To Power hit record stores across the country on Saturday, June 12, as music fans celebrated the culture of the independently owned record stores with special events. “If you listen to this record straight through, hopefully you are getting engaged. It’s meant to promote listeners to get more involv

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