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Jul 25th

Elba is impressive in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Elba is impressive in Mandela: Long Walk to FreedomNelson “Mandiba” Mandela (Idris Elba) secretly started writing his autobiography “Long Walk to Freedom” while still serving what he had every reason to believe might very well be a life sentence on Robben Island. The lawyer-turned-spokesman for the outlawed African National Congress had been convicted of treason for trying to dismantle South Africa’s racist regime.
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Traci Allen connects with Can-do Girls Club, Wayman Praise Dancers following Cinderella performance

Traci Allen connects with Can-do Girls Club, Wayman Praise Dancers following Cinderella performanceCTC’s newest Company Actor Traci Allen is currently enchanting Twin Cities’ audiences with her portrayal of Cinderella in Children’s Theatre Company’s holiday production Cinderella. Her performance has garnered praise from audiences and critics alike. According to City Pages, “Allen is magnetic as Cinderella, merging weary innocence with grace. It's a performance that carries plenty of dramatic weight, which adds a real heart to all the frantic comedy.” Allen’s performance was most appreciated by girls and young women from North Minneapolis who belong to local groups dedicated to their empowerment: the Can Do Girls Club and the Wayman African Methodist Episcopal Church Praise Dancers. Both groups attended the performance on Sunday, November 17 followed by an exclusive post-show discussion with Allen.
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R. Kelly & IFC reunite for more chapters of "Trapped In The Closet"

R. Kelly & IFC reunite for more chapters of New York, N.Y. – December 4, 2013 – The cultural phenomenon Trapped in the Closet is coming back to IFC with more chapters filled with intense drama, crazy situations and tumultuous relationships. The ultimate hip hopera returns in 2014 exclusively on IFC with brand new chapters featuring entertainment icon and multi-platinum recording artist R. Kelly.
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SNAPSHOTS

SNAPSHOTSThis past Friday (Nov. 22) Aesthetically Speaking was on hand at the Dakota Jazz Club for the American Roots Revue featuring local icons Michael Bland, J.D. Steele, Robert Robinson, Larry Long and Tonia Hughes. Our photographers caught a bit of the action and a few faces in the crowd.
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Soul Sounds: An open mic for nurturing arts, building community

Soul Sounds: An open mic for nurturing arts, building communityI recently had the opportunity to attend Soul Sounds Open Mic where the featured artist was Danez Smith, who is a spoken word artist, slam poet, and author. It was an intimate crowd of about 40 people, with some attendees even dressed in Halloween costumes.
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Samantha Rei empowers women through fashion

Samantha Rei empowers women through fashionWith 13 years working in fashion under her belt, Samantha Rei is beginning a new chapter—one that will show an even wider audience that femininity and strength go hand and hand. After a fruitful career under the title Blasphemina's Closet Samantha is branching out into new territory; crafting designs that extend beyond the gothic Lolita style she's known for. Her garments are inspired by the stories of heroines whose soft charms are combined with power and intelligence. Who says you can't look cute and save the world at the same time?
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Idris Elba? Or Alfre Woodard? They all look alike, says Armani

Idris Elba? Or Alfre Woodard? They all look alike, says ArmaniDuring the fifth annual Governors Awards in Hollywood recently the Giorgio Armani team—known for their sleek and unusual fashions—couldn't tell the difference between a well-known female actress—and a male actor in a "they-all-look-alike" gaffe.
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