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The Artist dominates Oscars

The Artist dominates Oscars

Black and white throwback silences the competition

The Artist
, a black& white silent film evocative of a bygone era, won the hearts of the Academy Award voters, netting Oscars in the Best Picture, Director, Actor, Costume Design and Score categories. Hugo won five times, too, but only for technical achievements.

   
After The Artist’s Jean Dujardin beat George Clooney for Best Actor, the foul-mouthed Frenchman not only broke his silence, but tricked the censors by saying the F-word in his native language during his exuberant acceptance speech. Maybe there’s a reason why silent film is his medium.

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Tyler Perry morality play finds groom-to-be torn between shallow fiancée and homeless widow

Tyler Perry morality play finds groom-to-be torn between shallow fiancée and homeless widow

Good Deeds

Wesley Deeds (Tyler Perry) has it all, or so it seems, between serving as CEO of a thriving computer software company and his impending marriage to a successful, if shallow, San Francisco realtor (Gabrielle Union). The dedicated, driven executive was handpicked by his mother (Phylicia Rashad) over his hot-headed brother, Walter (Brian White), to replace their late father to run Deeds Corporation.

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Sounds of Blackness album receives NAACP Image Award

Sounds of Blackness album receives NAACP Image Award

Friday Feb 17, 2012 the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles was the site of The 43rd Annual NAACP Image Awards.

The Sounds of Blackness took home the honors for their self-titled CD, The Sounds of Blackness.

The NAACP Image Award-Winners' latest album focuses on the themes of reconciliation and healing. "Music can be our primary method, mode and means of avoiding annihilation and achieving peace," explains group's Director, Gary Hines. "Music is God's perfect form of communication, because what comes from the heart reaches the heart. What comes from the soul reaches the soul and what comes from the spirit reaches the spirit."
 

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Spirit and Soul: Art by Donald Walker at The Basilica of Saint Mary

Spirit and Soul: Art by Donald Walker at The Basilica of Saint Mary

An exhibit of work by Donald Walker runs through February 26 in the Pope John XXIII gallery at The Basilica of Saint Mary, 88 North 17th Street in Minneapolis.  Gallery hours are: Sundays 7:30 AM - 8:00 PM, Saturdays 10:00 am - 6:30 PM, and other times by appointment. 

Much of Walker’s work is bright, bold and colorful, drawing people to it.  Nationally known artist Donald Walker began his distinguished career as the first African-American artist to work at the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Walker has had the honor of painting portraits for Vidal Sassoon, Bill Cosby, the late Sammy Davis Jr., Sugar Ray Leonard, Dave Winfield, musician Prince, and Dennis Green. 

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A poets tribute

A poets tribute

There is a place in the universe
Diversity space for all of us
A time to live, A time to die

Celebrate the memories
We leave behind

A peace dove sits on Heaven's gates
She bows her head as she waits
For you to rest in peace

   

Almost to Freedom

Almost to Freedom

Almost to Freedom, Steppingstone Theater’s latest stage production is a period piece, charting the heroic journey of three siblings planning their escape to the Underground Railroad.  After having watched their parents and older siblings get sold off to other plantations, their desire to escape begins with a need to stay together as a family – something that seems impossible for every slave during this horrific era.  

At a closer angle on Freedom, we venture into the life of the youngest of the three siblings— a sweet girl, who dotes upon a rag doll given to her by her older sister- a doll, that comes to life in this young girls world to serve as a friend, a confident and an eternal witness to the tragedies going on around them. The play was written by Kim Hines, and is based on the book by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, and if my opinion means anything, it is one of the best productions I’ve seen in a while.

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PACER Center wins at the Grammy Awards

PACER Center wins at the Grammy Awards

 

“All About Bullies… Big and Small” named Best Children’s Album

When the Grammy Award for Best Children’s Album was presented last Sunday in Los Angeles, PACER Center was one of the winners. PACER Center, based in Minnesota, is a national parent center serving all youth, with a special emphasis on children with disabilities. The CD All About Bullies… Big and Small received music’s highest award, and all proceeds from its sale go to support the mission of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. All About Bullies… Big and Small features a unique mix of poems and songs about bullies on the bus, cyberbullies, children who don’t fit in, and children who are learning to stand up for themselves. “The CD creatively speaks to all children through music and poetry,” said Julie Hertzog, director of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. “It offers a beautiful way to educate children about the universal theme of treating one another with kindness.”

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