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A Game of Character

A Game of CharacterA Game of Character: A Family Journey from Chicago’s Southside to the Ivy League and Beyond - Book Review

“A fundamental teaching my parents always emphasized [was] that life happens to you, putting choices in your path that offer an abundance of opportunities as well as challenges, and that the best choices are usually the ones that require courage… Really, that’s what inspired me to write A Game of Character—not only to share what I’ve learned, but also to help reclaim the value of character that I believe is as intrinsic to basketball as it is to life. What’s more, as the pages ahead will elaborate, true character is a quality that can be found everywhere and anywhere, in some of the least likely places—including the Southside of Chicago.
-- Excerpted from the Preface (pg. xxvi)
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America’s oldest incorporated Black town the scene of a NC mystery

America’s oldest incorporated Black town the scene of a NC mysteryIn 1999 when Hurricane Floyd washed caskets from the ground in eastern North Carolina, many people saw horror. M.E.B. Smith saw a mystery. “Watching those boxes float through a town that I know made the devastation of Princeville real for those of us seeing it on TV,” she says. “I love mysteries, and those caskets began to play like a movie in my head. From that, The Scent of Gardenia: A Killing in Princeville took form.”

The premise of her novel is this: In the aftermath of Hurricane Floyd, the bones of a white woman are discovered in one of the caskets that floated through town. She’s been murdered and secretly buried in a black cemetery over 30 years before. Her death becomes the intersection for a ritual killer who thinks himself sent by God, the death of a bisexual who knew her identity, and the downfall of the accomplice who unknowingly put her in the grave. Finding the truth becomes a matter of death and consequences for everyone in the killer’s path.
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DVD features Morgan Freeman in Oscar-nominated performance as Nelson Mandela

DVD features Morgan Freeman in Oscar-nominated performance as Nelson Mandela Invictus - DVD Review

When Nelson “Madiba” Mandela (Morgan Freeman) became President of South Africa, part of his mission was to cultivate a collective consciousness among the populace in the wake of Apartheid. This proved to be no mean feat, for the nation had just finished a bloody civil war which left Blacks and whites very suspicious of each other.

Although Mandela himself had endured extreme hardships at the hands of the Apartheid regime, including 27 years of brutal incarceration as a political prisoner, he was determined to govern impartially, seeking to balance Black aspirations against white fears. Then, in 1995, with the country set to host the Rugby World Cup Championship, he seized on the idea of using the event to unite the people by encouraging everyone to rally around the Springboks, the South Africa national team. So, ignoring the skepticism of his closest advisors, Mandela announced that, “Reconciliation starts here!”
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Students express personal insights through theater

Students express personal insights through theaterA note from the students at Central HS:
The news today is full of school closings, students struggling with achievements, students dealing with deaths, or being judged for who they are but the news isn’t all bad. Central Touring Theater has created a play that covers these issues and presents them to students across Minnesota providing healing and support. We use theater to begin a discussion with our peers about things important to us.


Saint Paul Central Touring Theater presents “There is No Box for Me” and “Seeds of Change,” two original plays created by youth ensembles at Macalester College in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, 1600 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul on Friday May 21 and Saturday May 22 at 7:30 pm each night.

Tickets are $5.00 with special rates available for families and groups.
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Zany Sample Night offers smorgasbord of area artistry

Zany Sample Night offers smorgasbord of area artistrySample Night Live presents its next monthly show Wednesday, June 2, 2010, at History Theatre in downtown St. Paul. A dozen arts organizations will offer ten-minute previews of upcoming or ongoing works. The first act, at 7 pm, is G-rated and family friendly. The second act, at 8:15 pm, is unrated and uncensored. Tickets to the show range from $5-$20, and can be purchased online at www.SampleNightLive.com or by calling the box office at (651) 788-5992. All performances are ASL interpreted.

Now in its third season, Sample Night Live connects high-quality local arts organizations to new audiences with a fun rock-and-roll-style show the first Wednesday of every month. Since its inception in 2008, Sample Night Live has connected more than 300 high-quality arts organizations with more than 4,000 new fans.

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Reverential documentary pays homage to Black pioneers of comedy

Reverential documentary pays homage to Black pioneers of comedyWhy We Laugh - DVD Review

This alternately hilarious and enlightening documentary is designed to pay homage to the trailblazing pioneers of Black comedians while simultaneously recounting the evolution of the art form in light of the prevailing African-American political and cultural experience. The film was directed by Robert Townsend who compiled a most impressive cast to contribute to the project via a combination of present-day interviews and archival footage, including the posthumous performances and reflections of such late great entertainers as Redd Foxx, Moms Mabley, Richard Pryor, Flip Wilson, Mantan Moreland, Stepin’ Fetchit, Bernie Mac and Robin Harris.

The film winds its way to the present in chronological fashion, so it opens with a discussion of minstrel performers like Bert Williams, a Black man who darkened his face with cork to work in blackface. Former Congressman Walter Fauntroy says that during the ugly days of Jim Crow segregation, humor was relied upon as “tools of the spirit through which we cut a path through the wilderness of our despair.”
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