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Black Feminist Classic Refreshed Courtesy of Tyler Perry

Black Feminist Classic Refreshed Courtesy of Tyler Perry For Colored Girls

Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf made a big splash when it debuted on Broadway back in the Seventies. The emotionally-draining “choreopoem” was essentially a series of soul-baring monologues plumbing the depths of the African-American female psyche on sensitive subjects ranging from sexuality to spirituality. Performed by a nameless cast of seven troubled women, this hybrid of drama and poetry met with critical acclaim, although it particularly resonated with sisters.

Shange subsequently wrote the screenplay for a made-for-TV version of her opus which aired on PBS’ American Playhouse in 1982. And she also appeared in the movie version opposite Alfre Woodard, Sophie Okenedo and Lynn Whitfield.
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Is It Just Me? Or Is It Nuts Out There?

Is It Just Me? Or Is It Nuts Out There?“Thoughtlessness is the new manners, and I’ve got to say I don’t like it… Somehow, so many little pieces of courtesy have gone by the wayside. People in your face, in your business, not caring if they are being disrespectfully loud…

So over the last year there were days when I remembered to write things down that struck me. Many are written here. They cover the map of my mind, unleashed on you the way they appear in my head.
Little things, the way I can comment on them in a book but not on TV. In no particular order—oh, and I don’t necessarily have any answers guaranteed to work for anyone.
-- Excerpted from The Foreword (pgs. xiii-xiv)

All over the country nowadays, we’re witnessing a frightening decline in civility, whether it’s teens being bullied to the point of suicide, tourists being subjected to searches at airports that look more like foreplay than pat downs, or simply people talking loudly on cell phones in places where it’s rude or illegal to do so. In the political realm, we’ve heard mudslinging candidates refer to opponents as a “witch,” “whore” or “degenerate idiot,” a Republican interrupt the President’s State of the Union speech to call him a liar, and even a fellow Democrat tell Obama to “shove it.”
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Hail to the Chief!

Hail to the Chief!Jimmy Carter - The “White House Diary” Interview

Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002. He and his wife of 64 years, Rosalynn, still make their home in their birthplace, Plains, Georgia, a predominantly African-American town with a population of just 637. However, the inseparable, peripatetic couple continues to travel around the world together on behalf causes advancing peace, healthcare and a number of other humanitarian concerns.

President Carter is also a very prolific writer, and the author of over two dozen books. Here, he discusses his latest best-seller, White House Diary, an annotated version of the private journal he kept during his tenure in office.
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Ready… Set… Action! Ms. Jackson

Ready… Set… Action! Ms. JacksonJanet Jackson The “For Colored Girls” Interview

Global icon, trendsetter, businesswoman, and multi-talented entertainer, Janet Damita Jo Jackson is a woman who needs no introduction. Her resume reveals an impressive combination of professional achievements and philanthropic endeavors, and she is currently ranked as one of the top ten best-selling solo artists in the history of contemporary music.

Through words and deeds, Janet has set an example of generosity, of empowerment, of tolerance, while leading an array of efforts addressing some of society's greatest challenges. She has raised money for such charities such as the Cities in Schools and America's Promise. She has supported the Watts Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club of America, the Starlight Foundation, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, A Place Called Home (providing after school programs in South Central, Los Angeles), the American Foundation for AIDS Research, S.O.S. Children's Villages in South Africa, Cartier's Love Bracelet Program benefiting OCNA and sponsored an Airlift of Food and Medical supplies to famine-stricken Rwanda.
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Brilliant debut by Damien Chazelle deconstructs failed romance

Brilliant debut by Damien Chazelle deconstructs failed romanceGuy and Madeline on a Park Bench

Melancholy Madeline (Desiree Garcia) sits alone freezing on a park bench in Boston contemplating what just happened after being dumped by her boyfriend on a chilly, wintry day. Meanwhile, her equally-wistful ex (Jason Palmer) trudges home through the snow with his trumpet slung lazily over his shoulder. Upon arriving at his apartment, in utter resignation Guy removes a picture from the wall taken of the two of them during much happier times.

This is the poignant point of departure of Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, an intriguing flashback flick deconstructing the demise of a young couple’s troubled relationship. The picture is finally finding its way into theaters after receiving rave reviews a year ago on the festival circuit. The delay might be explained by the colorblind casting featuring an African-American opposite a Latina in the title roles, both of whom by the way display an enviable versatility while turning in a pair of powerful performances.
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My Black Is Beautiful TV Series returns to BET Networks

My Black Is Beautiful TV Series returns to BET Networks My Black is Beautiful television series will return to BET Networks for a third season Sunday, November 7, 2010 at  12:30P.M EST. The show is an extension of Procter & Gamble's My Black is Beautiful campaign, which celebrates the diversity of African-American women and encourages Black women to promote their own beauty standard.

Hosted by actress/comedienne Kim Coles and TV personality Alesha Renee, the six-episode show is excited to welcome its newest cast member, actress Vanessa Williams. This dynamic trio will use their varying life experiences to deliver energetic, relevant and informative half-hour series that will present a national forum for Black women to talk about their most important beauty, health and quality-of-life matters.
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The Hill House Chamber Players in concert

The Hill House Chamber Players is the resident ensemble of the historic James J. Hill House.  Now in their 25th season at the mansion, they perform a regular series in the art gallery of the Hill House, co-sponsored by The Schubert Club and Minnesota Historical Society.  The unique instrumentation of the group includes classical guitar along with violin, viola, cello and piano. Each concert in the series is planned with a unique keyboard from the Schubert Club Museum's historic collection.
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