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Sep 21st

The End of Anger: A New Generation’s Take on Race and Rage

The End of Anger: A New Generation’s Take on Race and Rage“The End of Anger is an exploration of why it is that many Black are feeling optimistic these days… [This] is a book about success—about a particularly privileged, even indulged, group of African-Americans whose experiences in many respects are far from the norm… In January 2009, on the eve of President Barack Obama’s inauguration, a CNN poll found that 69% of Black agreed that Martin Luther King’s vision had been fulfilled… The election of an African-American president was a Rubicon to be crossed… No longer are there any excuses for denying Black anything or for Black denying themselves the opportunity to aim as high as they wish.” -- Excerpted from the Introduction (pgs. 1-10)
   
What a difference a generation makes! When Ellis Cose first conducted a study of Black graduates of elite academic institutions back in 1994, he encountered a set of relatively-prospering folks who were nonetheless frustrated about the obstacles they encountered as they endeavored to ascend the corporate ladder.
   
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Kam's Kapsules: Movie previews that make choosing a film fun

For movies opening July 1, 2011

BIG BUDGET FILMS

Larry Crowne (PG-13 for brief profanity and sexuality) Tom Hanks stars in the title role of this romantic romp as a victim of downsizing who develops a crush on his jaded speech professor (Julia Roberts) when he enrolls at a community college to brush up on his job skills. Supporting cast includes Pam Grier, Wilmer Valderrama, Taraji P. Henson, Cedric the Entertainer, George Takei and Nia Vardalos. 

Monte Carlo (PG for mild epithets) Road comedy about three young tourists (Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester and Katie Cassidy) who are disappointed during their vacation in Paris until they are suddenly whisked away for a glamorous international adventure when one of them is mistaken for a British heiress. With Andie MacDowell, Cory Monteith, Pierre Boulanger and Catherin Tate.
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Kinshasa serves as setting for Congo gangsta flick

Kinshasa serves as setting for Congo gangsta flick Drugs may be the contraband of choice in most modern, American crime capers, but this African adventure revolves around a present-day black market in petroleum. The picture’s protagonist is Riva (Patsha Bay), a petty thief who has commandeered a truckload of gasoline across the Angolan border into the Congo with plans to resell it in his hometown of Kinshasa where the populace is in the grips of an oil shortage.
   
The trouble is that he isn’t quite ready to rise to his calling as a crook, for he soon becomes beguiled by Nora (Manie Malone), the red-headed, gun moll of a local mobster (Diplome Amekindra). And while he allows himself to be led around by the loins, he soon lands on the radar of her jealous boyfriend as well as a policewoman (Marlene Longange) and an angry Angolan crime boss (Hoji Fortuna) determined to recover his pilfered petrol.
     
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Faith and the environment

Faith and the environmentIn his book Green Deen, author Ibrahim Abdul-Matin combines his unique background as an environmental advocate and as a Muslim. Congressman Keith Ellison wrote the foreword and describes cross paths with Abdul-Matin at a conference and reflects on the importance of the environment in his own career.

Abdul-Matin draws on the Arabic work for way or path—deen—highlighting the books focus on Islamic inspirations to address green issues. He proposes that the environmental movement has room for the spiritually-inclined and that all communities will benefit from some of the ideas proposed from an Islamic perspective.

It is important to note that Abdul-Matin does not aim to proselytize non-Muslim readers. The intended audience of the book is the budding environmental activist, fitting into categories of the seasoned, out-of-practice, or home-based. His writing speaks to the benefit of Muslim and non-Muslim audiences. His book brings a siloed conversation into the mainstream. He references important articles of the Muslim faith as a foundation for protecting the environment.
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Concert brings hope & inspiration

Concert brings hope & inspiration A modest crowd filled Sabathani’s Auditorium Sunday afternoon on June 12 to hear some of the Twin Cities finest performers all while supporting Sabathani in a fund raising effort to help North Minneapolis families in recovery following the May 22 tornado that ripped homes and lives apart in a single afternoon.

Shiloh Temple International Ministries Choir opened the show with some powerful gospels numbers that set the tone for the entire evening. Most, Ray Covington and Ava Brown and an a cappella selection by Thomasina Petrus. Spoken word artist KimberLove and words of inspiration from Bishop Richard Howell, Shiloh Temple International Ministries, reminded everyone to keep their heads toward heaven and move on by faith.  Dance groups Mexica Yolotl and Folklorico dazzled the audience adorned in bright colors, shells, tall feathers and bells. The show wrapped up with Terry Ann Nash, director of Diversity Alive! Kevin Nash, Terry Ann Nash’s son, brought the house to their feet in thunderous applause as he closed with Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror.”
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The “HawthoRNe” Interview: The latest data on Jada

The “HawthoRNe” Interview: The latest data on JadaJada Pinkett Smith stars as Christina Hawthorne in TNT’s medical drama Hawthorne. In the role of Chief Nursing Officer at James River Hospital, Christina is forced to juggle the roles and subsequent relationships that are demanded of her as a professional, mother, friend and love interest. Jada notably serves as Executive Producer on the show through Overbrook Entertainment following her initial foray into the role of Executive Producer of the The Secret Life of Bees starring Alicia Keys, Queen Latifah and Dakota Fanning.
   
The film captured hearts and went on to win two NAACP Image Awards along with two People’s Choice Awards. More recently, Jada produced the global blockbuster The Karate Kid starring her son Jaden. Beyond the medium of film and TV, Jada together with her husband Will Smith and record industry mogul Jay-Z, produced the three-time Tony Award-winning musical Fela which went on to enjoy a run in London at the National Theatre.
   
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“The Injustice Files” Interview: Brother Beauchamp on still investigating unsolved lynchings

“The Injustice Files” Interview: Brother Beauchamp on still investigating unsolved lynchingsAward-winning filmmaker, Keith Beauchamp found his calling while making his first documentary about Emmett Louis Till, the 14-year-old Black boy who was abducted and tortured to death in August of 1955 for allegedly whistling at a white woman. The suspects subsequently arrested for the lynching were all acquitted by an all white jury.
   
That heart-wrenching story of a young boy, beaten, shot, and thrown in a river, ignited the early civil rights movement. Decades later, the case was re-opened by the FBI because Keith Beauchamp uncovered new information in the course of his research for The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till.
   
Bolstered by his ability to connect with potential witnesses who otherwise might not come forward in communities where such Civil Rights crimes have occurred, Beauchamp has become a passionate advocate for survivors seeking justice for victims and has assisted the FBI by developing new leads for some of the still unsolved cases from this shameful troubled chapter in American history.
   
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