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Jul 24th

African-American classic tale adapted to screen by emmy-winning director

African-American classic tale adapted to screen by emmy-winning director

By Kam Williams

The Doll has just been adapted to the screen by Duke University Artist-in-Residence Dante James, who won an Emmy in 2006 for his writing, producing and directorial work on the critically-acclaimed PBS series Slavery and the Making of America. Just under 20 minutes in length, the picture relates the internal angst of a Black barber struggling to maintain both his equilibrium and his dignity in the face of overtly racist behavior intent on getting a rise out of him.
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Spike Lees first feature film finally arrives on DVD

Spike Lees first feature film finally arrives on DVD

By Kam Williams

After 22 years, Spike Lee's feature film debut still more than holds up for a bare bones production made on a shoestring budget in a dozen days. Shot on locations scattered around the Brooklyn native's neighborhood, this inner city romantic comedy chronicles the amorous misadventures of Nola Darling (Tracy Camila Johns), a sex-starved sister who, well, who has just gotta have it.
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Book Review: The Disilgold Way

Book Review: The Disilgold Way

Although I've attained a certain stature as a syndicated journalist, I must confess to being unable to interest a publisher in either of the two books I've completed. Despite dutifully following the suggestions delineated in Writer's Market, widely accepted as the bible of struggling authors, all I have to show for my efforts to date is a big pile of rejection letters from publishers and agents.
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Top 10 museums to visit for Black History Month

Top 10 museums to visit for Black History Month

The top 10 museums whose artifacts, memorabilia and collections bring Black History to life brim with items as varied as audio recordings of slave narratives in Cincinnati, cutting-edge art that woos collectors in Harlem, life-sized historical wax figures in Baltimore and a wreath marking the spot where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.
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Mos Def narrates true tale of abduction and enslavement

Mos Def narrates true tale of abduction and enslavement

By Kam Williams

Prince Among Slaves is recommended because it resurrects the tale of survival of a remarkable hero who overcame incredible odds. Though shedding light on a little know chapter of African-American history, the production suffers from unconvincing acting efforts, and the subtle suggestion that Blacks who weren't kings or queens might have somehow deserved their lot.
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Book review: Something On the Side by Carl Weber

Book review: Something On the Side by Carl Weber

By Terri Schlichenmeyer

Tammy loves her life. As president of BGBC (that's Big Girl's Book Club, where the only requirement for membership is to be a size 14 or over), she presides over the once-a-month meetings where she and several other women discuss a new book, as well as one another's lives.
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Profoundly accomplished Terry Bellamy portrays Malcolm X in latest performance

Profoundly accomplished Terry Bellamy portrays Malcolm X in latest performance

By Dwight Hobbes

Terry Bellamy is one of the strongest actors to tread a Twin Cities stage and, for that matter, burns the shoes off in more than a few national names. Currently, he stars as Malcolm X in The Meeting at the History Theater. Terry Bellamy spoke on his craft and was candid about, among other things, his departure from Penumbra.
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