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Jul 25th

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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Bigelow stashes six Oscars in The Hurt Locker makes history as first female director winner

Kathryn Bigelow and The Hurt Locker emerged victorious in what had been touted as a David vs. Goliath showdown with her ex-husband James Cameron and Avatar, the biggest moneymaker in box-office history. Each entered the competition with 9 nominations, with Bigelow’s Iraq War saga netting 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director and Original Screenplay, as well as a trio in technical categories. Meanwhile, Avatar had to settle for just 3 Oscars, in Cinematography, Visual Effects and Art Direction.
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Oscar-Worthy!

Mo’Nique Imes was born on December 11, 1967 in Baltimore which is where she started her showbiz career as a stand-up comedienne on a dare a couple of decades ago. From there, she gained visibility and immense popularity with performances on “Showtime at the Apollo,” HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam,” “Apollo Comedy Hour” HBO’s “Snaps,” BET’s “Comic View,” The Montreal Comedy Festival and Uptown Comedy Club.
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Opera serves as fulcrum for unfunny, unlikely-buddy comedy

Opera serves as fulcrum for unfunny, unlikely-buddy comedyAnton (Gabriel Casseus) is a mildly-retarded 28-year-old reminiscent of that title character Cuba Gooding played in Radio. The difference here is that this idiot savant is blessed with a love of opera and a great singing voice.
Unfortunately, the prospects aren’t exactly brilliant for Anton, given that he’s stuck working in a dead-end job at a laundromat. Plus, he lives with his overprotective aunt (Eyde Byrde) because his gullibility and generosity make him easy prey for the unsavory vultures prowling around his Harlem neighborhood.
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Book review: The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House by Roland S. Martin

Book review: The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House by Roland S. Martin “On February 10, 2007, Barack Hussein Obama stood before thousands waiting in the cold in front of the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois and made his intentions known: he was running for president. This book traces tracks this journey through my eyes as I covered the improbable road to the presidency of Obama...
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The Envelope Please: Who will win, who deserves to win, who was snubbed

The Envelope Please: Who will win, who deserves to win, who was snubbedAlthough Avatar and The Hurt Locker landed 9 Academy Award nominations each, I foresee the former and director James Cameron enjoying a clean sweep. Breaking all box-office records, Avatar is a juggernaut that nobody will be able to stop on Oscar night. This means that The Hurt Locker, which was directed by Cameron’s ex-wife, Kathryn Bigelow, might very well be shut out entirely, unless the Academy decides to split their votes between the two in the Best Director and Best Picture categories.
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