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The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto

The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto

“This book serves as a counterpoint to [those] who luxuriate in denying the reality of America’s poor… Poverty of all colors abounds unchecked in our cities, suburbs, and rural communities… Poverty is no longer confined by class or color; like an unrestrained deadly virus, it doesn’t discriminate… [And] we are dangerously close to cementing a permanent American catastrophe…Our intent with The Rich and the Rest of Us Is to make [people] think about the pervasiveness of poverty, its real causation, and the threat it poses to our democracy.  We want to raise awareness about poverty and discuss how best to end it—in our lifetime.”
-- Excerpted from the Introduction (pgs. 10-11)

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Harlem provides gritty backdrop for super-realistic survival saga

Harlem provides gritty backdrop for super-realistic survival saga

Restless City
Film Review by Kam Williams

When Djbril (Sy Alassane) left his native Senegal for the U.S., he harbored high hopes of making it as a musician. But while pursuing his version of the elusive American Dream, the 21 year-old immigrant pays the rent by hustling bootlegged CDs and other assorted contraband on the street of lower Manhattan.

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Really Ealy!

Really Ealy!

Michael Ealy: The “Think Like a Man” Interview

Born in Silver Spring, Maryland on August 3, 1973, Michael Ealy majored in English at the University of Maryland before heading to New York City where he performed in several stage productions, including the off-Broadway hits Joe Fearless and Whoa Jack. After finding his breakout screen role as Ricky Nash in Barbershop and Barbershop 2, Michael rapidly rose through the ranks as one of Hollywood’s emerging young actors.

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Black owned company helping major medical companies deliver positive transformative programming

WASHINGTON, DC (April 2012) – By now many may have seen PBS’s dynamic new program Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., which premiered in late March. But most may not know that African Ancestry, Inc. (www.africanancestry.com), a small, minority business enterprise based in Washington, D.C., is a force helping media powerhouses deliver ground-breaking genealogy programming.  Starting with African American Lives 1 and 2 nearly a decade ago, African Ancestry has played a major role on NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?; CNN’s Black in America series; Faces of America and most recently, Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

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Cuban music still thriving, still unheard in U.S.

New America Media, Question & Answer, Jacob Simas

Editor's Note:  From charanga to son to timba, Cuba has long been a country world-renowned for its distinct musical styles and traditions. Nevertheless, people inside the United States – even the most ardent music lovers -- aren’t likely to become aware of the newest Cuban artists or to hear the latest musical trends, short of paying an actual visit to the island. Greg Landau is a producer, musician and educator from the Bay Area who's traveled to Cuba more than 30 times. New America Media editor Jacob Simas sat down with Landau in his Alameda recording studio, where they spoke about Cuban music -- where it's been, where it is now, and what it can tell us about the psychology of the people and the state of affairs on the island today.

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The Capri Theater – Bringing up the Lights on Broadway

The Capri Theater – Bringing up the Lights on Broadway

North Minneapolis’ Capri Theater, located at 2027 W. Broadway has been in the spotlight recently with Mayor R.T. Rybak’s State of the City address and Minnesota Monthly naming the Capri, the “Best Jazz Venue” in the Twin Cities.  All the positive support for the Capri has left people wanting to know more about how they can be involved in this North Minneapolis destination.

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Getting Ziggy with it

 Getting Ziggy with it

The “Marley” Interview

David Nesta “Ziggy” Marley was born in Trenchtown, Jamaica on October 17, 1968 to Bob and Rita Marley. A five-time Grammy-winning musician, actor, artist, activist and humanitarian, Ziggy has enjoyed a prominent presence on the public stage for over a quarter-century.

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