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Eye of the Hurricane: My Path from Darkness to Freedom

Eye of the Hurricane: My Path from Darkness to Freedom“You may have heard of me, Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, as having been a professional prizefighter. That, along with having been a wrongly convicted person who had to spend twenty years behind bars for a crime he did not commit, is a fact... I am not angry or bitter about my past or present circumstances. I do not worry about money or about not being able to pay my bills... I KNOW that I will be all right because I am connected to the source from which all life arises... Whatever is taken from you by those who abandon principle, you will ultimately win back through your priceless understanding that life has meaning. You will understand that nothing is more valuable than the love of the Spirit, and that each individual possesses that Spirit.” (Excerpts from the Introduction. pgs. 1, 22 & 23)
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Going from the ghetto to Governor’s office

Going from the ghetto to Governor’s officeDeval Laurdine Patrick was born on July 31, 1956 in Chicago where he and his elder sister, Rhonda, were raised by their mother, Emily “Mae” Wintersmith, in the home of their maternal grandparents after she was abandoned by her husband. Their absentee father, the late Pat Patrick, was a legendary jazz saxophonist who recorded and performed with everybody from Duke Ellington to Miles Davis to Thelonious Monk to Sun Ra.

Deval exhibited enough promise in junior high to land a scholarship to Milton Academy, a prestigious boarding school located in Massachusetts outside Boston. From there, he went on to earn both undergraduate and law degrees at Harvard University.
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Sizzling Pam Grier still shining bright

Sizzling Pam Grier still shining brightLegendary actress Pam Grier’s, artistic wick has never flickered through the changing of seasons.  Today she is still as hot a star as she was when her career began in the late 1960s.

When Grier began her journey to become one of the most well known African American actresses in the world, seeing brown faces on the small and big screens, truly meant you had to be a distinguished talent; integrating color in entertainment was still a slow moving bullet.
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Casting Call for Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man based on the Bestseller Begins

Casting Call for Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man based on the Bestseller BeginsThink you've got what it takes to be part of the new Screen Gems' film based on the NYT best-seller, Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man? The book provides no-nonsense advice about men and love from the comedian, author and syndicated talk-show host Steve Harvey.

If you're a fan of Steve Harvey or the book, and can play an age between 18 and 50, you just might be considered for a walk-on part in the upcoming movie through Sony Pictures Entertainment's Face of the Fan® program, which has launched a casting call for the film. The film will be produced by Rainforest Films' Will Packer, who also collaborated with Screen Gems on such hits as Stomp the Yard, This Christmas, and Takers.
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A Reason to Believe: Lessons from an Improbable Life

A Reason to Believe: Lessons from an Improbable Life“My life is often described as ‘improbable’ because I grew up in a broken home and in poverty… Of course, I acknowledge the unlikelihood of my good fortune. I also recognize the hard work and discipline that have made it possible.

But above all, I cherish and celebrate the many people who have taken moments to enlighten me, to renew my ideals, and to spur me to action. There have been teachers and preachers, supervisors and colleagues, friends and family… who through their words or deeds have delivered transcendent messages about life, faith and friendship… They have made all the difference. This book is a tribute to them.” (Excerpts from the Preface, pgs. 3-4)
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Bobby McFerrin crosses musical genres

Bobby McFerrin crosses musical genresNo one can categorize Bobby McFerrin. His music is a universal expression of rhythm, tone, timbre, genre, spirit, and soul. 10 Grammy Awards gives an idea of his musical genius, but history, longevity, and unique composition are the true essence of a man embracing world cultures musically. McFerrin, a native of Brooklyn, New York, was born to classically trained singers. His father Robert McFerrin, Sr. was the first African-American male to perform a solo at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, and he sung the vocals for Sidney Poitier in the 1959 Samuel Goldwyn movie production of Porgy and Bess.
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The Whiz: Moneyapolis

The Whiz: MoneyapolisNorthrop Dance presents: The Whiz: Moneyapolis

by Nicholas Leichter Dance with Monstah Black

Performances held at Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis. Wed, May 4- Sat, May 7, 8:00 pm, Sun, May 8, 7:00 pm. Tickets: $27 through the Northrop website or the U of M Tickets and Events Offi ce only at 612-624-2345.
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