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The Help surpasses $100M at domestic box office

 The Help surpasses $100M at domestic box office

 

The inspiring film The Help has surpassed the $100 million mark at the domestic box office, announced DreamWorks Pictures. The Help stars Emma Stone (Easy A) as Skeeter, Academy Award®–nominated Viola Davis (Doubt) as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny—three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s, who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk.
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I Hate Muscular Dystrophy: Loving a Child with a Life-Altering Disease

I Hate Muscular Dystrophy: Loving a Child with a Life-Altering Disease“This is a personal story of a family’s ability to love and support each other through the unexpected challenges of a life-transforming condition. It speaks of the strength and resolve of a mother who believes that life is to be lived and celebrated, despite any real or perceived limitations…

It gives us poignant glimpses into the initial disillusionment of a parent’s dream for her child, while at the same time, openly embracing all of the gifs that this experience has to offer… I Hate Muscular Dystrophy shows us that life can be beautiful even during periods of despair and pain. It helps us know that miracle and wonder of life is found… in simple moments of mystery and grace.”
-- Excerpted from the Foreword by Dr. Julie vanPutten (pg. vii)
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Celebritize Yourself:

Celebritize Yourself:“To become a celebrity is no easy feat, but in today’s world, it is easier than ever… Anyone – in any business – can become a celebrity following my proven 3-Step Method… To celebritize oneself is not merely to gain fame or fortune. It’s to share one’s life experiences with others who may be in search of, and in need of, your wisdom. That’s the guiding philosophy for becoming a celebrity.” 
-  Excerpted from the Preface (pg. 1)

Andy Warhol once predicted that in the future everyone would be famous for 15 minutes. Today, Marsha Friedman is doing the pop icon one better by suggesting that not only can anyone become a celebrity but that “done smartly, fame can last a lifetime.”
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Madea’s Big Happy Family

Madea’s Big Happy FamilySixth Madea adventure makes its way to DVD

This flick is the sixth in the franchise featuring Tyler Perry in drag as America’s sassiest granny. At the point of departure we find Madea’s niece, Shirley (Loretta Devine), being informed by her physician (Philip Anthony-Rodriguez) about a resurgence of the cancer that she’s been fighting for the past seven years.
          
Despite the dire diagnosis, she declines further treatment, explaining that she’s simply too tired to do another round of chemotherapy. And with just weeks to live, the devoutly-religious Christian resigns herself to the will of the Lord.
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Gerald Albright headlines Selby Ave JazzFest

Gerald Albright headlines Selby Ave JazzFestOrganizers of the tenth annual Selby Avenue JazzFest recently announced this year’s entertainment line-up for the 10th Annual Selby Ave JazzFest.

“We’re really pleased with the diverse line-up of entertainers that will be gracing the JazzFest stage this year,” stated Mychael Wright, the “Father of the Fest” and noted Selby Avenue community leader.  “Our musical line-up this year certainly has something for everyone.  There will be plenty of other things to do including a kids’ play area and food & art vendors--all surrounded by a wonderful spirit of community.”
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Faith in the Fire: Wisdom for Life by Dr. Gardner C. Taylor

Faith in the Fire: Wisdom for Life by Dr. Gardner C. Taylor“Amazingly, many people of faith and members of the reading public have not heard of Gardner Taylor or his accomplishments. Publication of Faith in the Fire attempts to rectify this by providing an accessible introduction to Dr. Taylor’s enduring wisdom...

In 1948, Taylor became pastor of the Concord Baptist Church of Brooklyn, the church where he earned his reputation as a champion fighter for social justice and community uplift, and received acclaim as one of the great preachers in American history… Faith in the Fire: Wisdom for Life adds a unique contribution to Dr. Taylor’s legacy by attempting to gather his philosophical gems and present them in a fashion that readers can easily access.” -Excerpted from the Introduction (pgs xii-xxi)
 
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Motherless child yearns for reunion in inspirational family flick

Motherless child yearns for reunion in inspirational family flickTrinity Goodheart (Erica Gluck) is inconsolable from the moment her mother (Kellin Watson) vanishes into thin air through the fateful day she finds half of a heart-shaped pendant lying on her bed. Convincing herself that the precious keepsake was delivered by a guardian angel on behalf of her long-lost mother, the desperate 12 year-old seizes on the discovery as a promising sign of a possible impending reunion. After all, the saying inscribed on the back of the torn locket prophesies, “Every broken heart longs to be whole again.”
    
Such wistful thinking is understandable given how immature her father, Jeremy (Eric Benet), has been behaving lately. The aspiring musician has barely been able to keep a roof over their heads since quitting his steady job at a bank. Consequently, he’s currently been reduced to playing his saxophone for tips on the streets of Boston.
   
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