Beyoncé’s visual album, Alan Parker’s passing and Regis Philbin’s burial

Credit to Author: Associated Press| Date: Sat, 01 Aug 2020 07:24:32 +0000

Review: Beyoncé’s ‘Black Is King’ is supreme Black art

Beyoncé’s new film or visual album takes you on a journey of Black art, music, history and fashion. The superstar transports you to Africa to tell the story of a young man in search of his crown, matched to songs she created inspired by “The Lion King.”

In “Black Is King,” on Disney+, Beyoncé continues to dig deep into her roots and share her discovery. Black pride is the center of the film, with African artists strongly represented, as Beyoncé shares her stage with Tiwa Savage, Wizkid, Mr Eazi, Busiswa, Salatiel, Yemi Alade, Moonchild Sanelly and more. AP

Beyoncé in a scene from her visual album ‘Black is King,’ on Disney Plus. AP PHOTO

Alan Parker, director of “Midnight Express,” dies at 76

LONDON: Alan Parker, a successful and sometimes surprising filmmaker whose diverse output includes “Bugsy Malone,” “Midnight Express,” and “Evita,” has died at 76 after a long illness, his family said.

Parker also directed “Fame,” “The Commitments” and “Mississippi Burning.” Together his movies won 10 Academy Awards and 19 British Academy Film Awards.

In 1975, he wrote and directed his first feature, “Bugsy Malone,” an unusual pastiche of gangster films with a cast of children, including a young Jodie Foster.

Parker ranged widely across subjects and genres. He was also a notable director of musicals, a genre he both embraced and expanded. AP

Alan Parker AP PHOTO

TV host Regis Philbin buried at Notre Dame, his alma mater

SOUTH BEND, Ind.: Television host Regis Philbin, who died at 88, was buried at the University of Notre Dame. Philbin was buried at Cedar Grove Cemetery on the school’s campus after a private service at the school’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

“The Philbin family wanted to bring Regis back to the place he loved so much for a private funeral and burial,” school spokesman Dennis Brown said.

The television personality graduated from Notre Dame in 1953 and was an enthusiastic alum, often returning to the campus for football games, pep rallies, banquets, concerts and other events. AP

Regis Philbin, a Notre Dame graduate, waves to the crowd after receiving an honorary degree during Notre Dame’s 154th commencement exercises in 1999. AP PHOTO

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