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Jul 22nd

Maxwell and BLACKsummers'night are the music winners of the year

Maxwell and his now-Platinum album BLACKsummers'night (Columbia) have emerged as the big winners this year in the music world, with across-the-board critical acclaim, major sales, and six GRAMMY® nominations plus a confirmed slot on the Awards Ceremony January 31. BLACKsummers'night was just named Number 1 Album of the Year in USA Today and NY Daily News, joining the New York Times (Jon Pareles) and the Washington Post, with more Best of the Year nods in the Associated Press, LA Times (Ann Powers), Boston Globe (Sarah Rodman); Philadelphia Inquirer (Dan Deluca), People Magazine (Comeback of the Year) and many more.
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The Spirit of Fela Kuti Lives!

One of the most exhilarating and fulfilling experiences I have had recently was attending the Broadway Musical Fela, which depicts the life of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, the flamboyant, defiant, multitalented, artistic phenom who challenged corruption and dictatorial rule in his native Nigeria and Africa. In a word, the Play is Phenomenal!
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Book review: Scroogenomics: Why You Shouldn’t Buy Presents for the Holidays

“Christmas provides the occasion for a large amount of spending… In the U.S., retail sales during the month of December tower visibly over the volume in adjacent months. What’s distinctive about all this spending… is that the choices are not made by the ultimate consumers… As a result, the massive holiday spending [does] a terrible job matching products with users... To make matters worse, we do much of this spending with credit, going into hock using money we don’t yet have to buy things that recipients don’t really want.”
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Face time with the man behind the famous voice

Keith David Williams was born in Harlem on June 4, 1956, but raised in East Elmhurst, Queens, where he developed an interest in acting after playing the Cowardly Lion in a grade school production of The Wizard of Oz. He later attended New York City’s High School for the Performing Arts before studying drama at Juilliard.
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James Cameron’s long-awaited sci-fi thriller beats expectations

James Cameron wrote the script for Avatar back in 1994, but was unable to turn his vision into a movie until now because he had to wait for technological innovations to catch up to his expectations of the 3-D spectacular. As it turns out, the delay was well worth the wait, for this intergalactic sci-fi flick more than measures up to the hype, and not merely in terms of its introduction of the next generation of special effects.
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Remember Rochelle

Remember RochelleRochelle Aytes is quickly establishing herself as one of Hollywood’s brightest, young starlets on the rise. In 2004, she made her big screen debut playing Shawn Wayans’ love interest in the genderbending comedy White Chicks, directed by Keenan Ivory Wayans. She can currently be seen in the ABC drama series “The Forgotten.” 
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On the QT with Quentin Tarantino

On the QT with Quentin TarantinoBorn in Knoxville, Tennessee on March 27, 1963 to an Italian father and a mother of Irish and Cherokee extraction, Quentin Jerome Tarantino took a most unorthodox approach to showbiz. He dropped out of high school at 15 to pursue moviemaking but it would take some time to realize that dream. The closest he got to Hollywood for years was a minimum-wage gig as a clerk at a video rental store in L.A. where he became known for making recommendations to appreciative customers.
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