Book review: SistahFaith: Real Stories of Pain, Truth and Triumph
“The women in this book have come a long way to meet you. Some of them write under a new name to protect their families. Others speak in their own name to save their lives... As you read these stories, be comforted if you are afflicted. Be clothed with the robe of many colors, the garment of praise. Walk with us on a journey past hurt, past shame, past rejection. A journey straight to the heart of God.”
Grieving father’s bitterness softened by posthumous visit to Japan
Daniel Holder’s (Ben Guillory) dad perished during World War II while serving in the U.S. military on the Pacific Front. This makes it easy to understand why he might have had misgivings about his own son Mickey’s (Victor Grant) taking a job teaching English in Kochi Prefecture, a rural section of Japan. Between Mickey’s hurtful decision to relocate to the Land of the Rising Sun and the physical distance from the father he left behind in San Francisco that necessitated, this sorry state of eventually led to their estrangement.
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.
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.
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.
Anthropology 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.
Jazz saxophonist Donald Harrison blesses Berklee Africana Studies Center
Famed 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).