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Documentary chronicles rise of California Beat Era art scene

Documentary chronicles rise of California Beat Era art scene Back in the Fifties, in the days before TV had hopelessly homogenized America into a place where you could find the same merchandise in the same chain stores in every mall all across the country, the East and West Coast had distinctly different cultures, even different counter-cultures. For instance, while New York was the home of beatniks and a frenetic style of jazz known as hard bop, Los Angeles gave birth to a much mellower alternative called Cool.
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1st Disney cartoon to feature African-American princess arrives on DVD

1st Disney cartoon to feature African-American princess arrives on DVD All Tiana (Anika Noni Rose) ever dreamed about as a child was of one day opening her own restaurant where she could make gumbo alongside her father (Terrence Howard), an aspiring chef. But he passed away while serving in the military during World War I, leaving it to his widow (Oprah Winfrey) to raise their daughter alone in New Orleans on a meager seamstress’ salary. Consequently, Tiana ended up having to work as a waitress in order to save enough money to purchase the abandoned warehouse she wants to convert into an eatery.
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Damon dowses desert for WMDs in predictable Iraq War drama

Damon dowses desert for WMDs in predictable Iraq War drama  President Bush’s pretext for declaring War on Iraq in 2003 was that Saddam Hussein was supposedly in possession of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) which posed an imminent threat to the United States. Ultimately, however, neither the military nor the CIA was able to find any evidence of biological, chemical or nuclear stockpiles. Furthermore, the official report issued by the Iraq Survey Group concluded that none probably even existed at the time of the invasion.
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DVD drama divines what's really on guys' minds

DVD drama divines what's really on guys' mindsAnthropology Ph.D. student Sara Quinn (Julianne Nicholson) was heartbroken after being inexplicably dumped by her boyfriend. In fact, she’s so upset she’s decided to shift the focus of her doctoral dissertation from the Feminist Movement to the male mind.
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Jazz saxophonist Donald Harrison blesses Berklee Africana Studies Center

Jazz saxophonist Donald Harrison blesses Berklee Africana Studies CenterFamed New Orleans jazz saxophonist and Berklee alum Donald Harrison (left), featured in When the Levees Broke, who has played with Miles Davis and mentored the Notorious B.I.G., among others, gave a special N'Olens style blessing to Berklee's new Africana Studies center. This room is a space on campus for students to be actively involved with the Africana Studies curriculum initiative.  He was accompanied by percussionists Thimba Mkhatshwa and Berklee Presidential scholar from New Orleans Joseph C. Dyson (right).

Book review: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Book review: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks“Henrietta died in 1951 from a vicious case of cervical cancer… But before she died, a surgeon took samples of her tumor and put them in a Petri dish. Scientists had been trying to keep human cells alive in culture for decades, but they all eventually died. Henrietta’s were different: they reproduced an entire generation ever 24 hours, and they never stopped. They became the first immortal human cells ever grown in a laboratory.
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Script and supporting actress oscar-winner arrives on DVD

Precious deservedly landed a couple of Oscars at this year’s Academy Awards, in the Best Supporting Actress (Mo’Nique) and Adapted Screenplay (Geoffrey Fletcher) categories. Based on Sapphire’s relentlessly-raw, best seller “Push,” the book was faithfully adapted into a cinematic masterpiece by Lee Daniels. The Oscar-nominated director coaxed a career performance out of comedienne-turned-actress Mo’Nique, who is riveting here as one of the most monstrous screen villains in memory.
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