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Aug 22nd

Penumbra Theatre: Sleep Deprivation Chamber Review

Penumbra Theatre: Sleep Deprivation Chamber Review The perils of being reawakened to our society; that’s the central theme surrounding Penumbra Theatre’s new production entitled “The Sleep Deprivation Chamber.” A piece written by mother and son team, Adam P and Adrienne Kennedy, who from a real life incident of being intertwined with the unjust judicial system, birthed a story that resonates a pain that many African American’s know all too well, as we continue to maneuver through an openly broken society.

Lucas Bellamy, stars as Teddy, an enterprising young man, with a promising future ahead of him, who when on his way home from an afternoon jaunt, is met at the end of his driveway by an angry white policeman, a night stick, and a brutal beating.
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She’s So Raven!

She’s So Raven! Raven-Symone’ - The “Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue” Interview

Born in Atlanta, Georgia on December 10, 1985, Raven-Symone' Christina Pearman got an early start in showbiz when she was signed by the Ford Modeling Agency while she was still in diapers. After appearing in TV ads for everything from Cool Whip to Jello, she was invited to join the cast of “The Cosby Show.” She’s best known for the Emmy-nominated comedy series “That's So Raven” on the Disney Channel where she played the title character Raven Baxter, a teenager who periodically has psychic visions of the future.

On the big screen, she was last seen starring in College Road Trip opposite Martin Lawrence where she played an overachieving high school student who decides to travel around the country to choose the perfect university to attend. Raven’s other film credits include The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, Dr. Dolittle and Dr. Dolittle 2.
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Catwalk Documentary Exposes Ugly Underbelly of the Fashion World

Catwalk Documentary Exposes Ugly Underbelly of the Fashion WorldPicture Me: A Model’s Diary

If you follow your gorgeous girlfriend around with a video camera for a few years, and her status as a supermodel affords you backstage access to her colleagues and leading designers in the fashion world, then guess what, your home movies might actually amount to a compelling feature film. Just such fortune has fallen at the feet of Ole Schell, boyfriend of cover girl Sara Ziff.

Sara was just a teenager when she was spotted on the streets of New York City by a talent scout who pegged her potential as the next “It” girl. With the permission of her skeptical parents, Susan, an attorney, and Ed, a microbiologist, she was allowed to forego her college education and sign with an agency. Their very naïve daughter was subsequently whisked off to Paris where she soon became all too familiar with the seamy underbelly of the fashion world.
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Miss Black Minnesota Pageant

Miss Black Minnesota Pageant In this unfounded time, where the plates appear to be shifting, the ones slipping through the proverbial cracks are no longer those individuals on the fast track headed to no-where. Nowadays it’s the “good kids,” that we’ve seemingly forgotten. And in some instances, fail to identify, celebrate and reward them for their accomplishments.

Through the efforts of three distinguished companies, all of that will change this December upon the arrival of the “new kid” in town; an ageless institution with a knack for celebrating academic merit and exulting those who’ve made exceptional lifestyle choices.

X-CEL Entertainment, PR3 Enterprises, and NexLevel Entertainment, are hoping that together they can reignite this well-known brand. The Miss Black Minnesota-USA Scholarship Pageant (MBMP) is finally back, and ready to remind women of color everywhere, that educational excellence still breeds great and promising rewards.
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DC Documentary Examines Escalating AIDS Epidemic in Nation’s Capital

DC Documentary Examines Escalating AIDS Epidemic in Nation’s CapitalThe Other City

Which of these countries’ capitals has the highest AIDS rate, Haiti, Senegal or the United States of America? You might be surprised to learn that the answer is Washington, DC, where over 3% of the population is HIV-positive. In fact, DC is the city with the highest infection rate in the U.S. where the disease is now also the leading cause of death among young black women.

Sadly, as AIDS has become increasingly thought of as primarily affecting African-American females, it has slowly slipped under the radar, no longer enjoying widespread attention as an urgent cause célèbre deserving of charity benefits, public service announcements and the like. For this reason, billionaire Sheila Johnson decided to produce The Other City, a documentary directed by Susan Koch which not only cites the scary statistics but puts a face on the epidemic, a few faces, actually.
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Chaste Coed Gets Bad Reputation in Cautionary Comedy

Chaste Coed Gets Bad Reputation in Cautionary Comedy Easy A

Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) was a social zero who barely registered a blip on the radar at Ojai North High until the fateful Monday morning she inadvertently started a rumor about herself. Too embarrassed to admit to her best friend, Rhiannon (Aly Michalka), that she’d just spent another entire weekend home alone, she impulsively makes up a story about losing her virginity to a college boy.

What Olive didn’t know, as she shared the lurid details of her imaginary deflowering, was that eavesdropping in a bathroom stall was Marianne Bryant (Amanda Bynes), the school prude. The “stuck-up Jesus freak,” who’s proud of her pledge to remain chaste until marriage, began circulating the lie all over campus, leaving Olive saddled with a bad reputation.
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Kickin’ Back with K’Naan

Kickin’ Back with K’NaanK'Naan - The “Wavin’ Flag” Interview

Somalia. The name alone conjures up images of unbridled destruction, merciless warlords and ruthless terror. A place where nobody is safe from the atrocities of war, and where 8-year olds handle AK-47s like toys. When Forbes magazine recently unveiled their “Most Dangerous Destinations,” Somalia, above Iraq and Afghanistan, topped the list. But it’s also “The Nation of Poets,” where a poem can both inspire peace and end wars.
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