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Catwalk Documentary Exposes Ugly Underbelly of the Fashion World

Catwalk Documentary Exposes Ugly Underbelly of the Fashion WorldPicture Me: A Model’s Diary

If you follow your gorgeous girlfriend around with a video camera for a few years, and her status as a supermodel affords you backstage access to her colleagues and leading designers in the fashion world, then guess what, your home movies might actually amount to a compelling feature film. Just such fortune has fallen at the feet of Ole Schell, boyfriend of cover girl Sara Ziff.

Sara was just a teenager when she was spotted on the streets of New York City by a talent scout who pegged her potential as the next “It” girl. With the permission of her skeptical parents, Susan, an attorney, and Ed, a microbiologist, she was allowed to forego her college education and sign with an agency. Their very naïve daughter was subsequently whisked off to Paris where she soon became all too familiar with the seamy underbelly of the fashion world.
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Miss Black Minnesota Pageant

Miss Black Minnesota Pageant In this unfounded time, where the plates appear to be shifting, the ones slipping through the proverbial cracks are no longer those individuals on the fast track headed to no-where. Nowadays it’s the “good kids,” that we’ve seemingly forgotten. And in some instances, fail to identify, celebrate and reward them for their accomplishments.

Through the efforts of three distinguished companies, all of that will change this December upon the arrival of the “new kid” in town; an ageless institution with a knack for celebrating academic merit and exulting those who’ve made exceptional lifestyle choices.

X-CEL Entertainment, PR3 Enterprises, and NexLevel Entertainment, are hoping that together they can reignite this well-known brand. The Miss Black Minnesota-USA Scholarship Pageant (MBMP) is finally back, and ready to remind women of color everywhere, that educational excellence still breeds great and promising rewards.
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DC Documentary Examines Escalating AIDS Epidemic in Nation’s Capital

DC Documentary Examines Escalating AIDS Epidemic in Nation’s CapitalThe Other City

Which of these countries’ capitals has the highest AIDS rate, Haiti, Senegal or the United States of America? You might be surprised to learn that the answer is Washington, DC, where over 3% of the population is HIV-positive. In fact, DC is the city with the highest infection rate in the U.S. where the disease is now also the leading cause of death among young black women.

Sadly, as AIDS has become increasingly thought of as primarily affecting African-American females, it has slowly slipped under the radar, no longer enjoying widespread attention as an urgent cause célèbre deserving of charity benefits, public service announcements and the like. For this reason, billionaire Sheila Johnson decided to produce The Other City, a documentary directed by Susan Koch which not only cites the scary statistics but puts a face on the epidemic, a few faces, actually.
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Chaste Coed Gets Bad Reputation in Cautionary Comedy

Chaste Coed Gets Bad Reputation in Cautionary Comedy Easy A

Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) was a social zero who barely registered a blip on the radar at Ojai North High until the fateful Monday morning she inadvertently started a rumor about herself. Too embarrassed to admit to her best friend, Rhiannon (Aly Michalka), that she’d just spent another entire weekend home alone, she impulsively makes up a story about losing her virginity to a college boy.

What Olive didn’t know, as she shared the lurid details of her imaginary deflowering, was that eavesdropping in a bathroom stall was Marianne Bryant (Amanda Bynes), the school prude. The “stuck-up Jesus freak,” who’s proud of her pledge to remain chaste until marriage, began circulating the lie all over campus, leaving Olive saddled with a bad reputation.
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Kickin’ Back with K’Naan

Kickin’ Back with K’NaanK'Naan - The “Wavin’ Flag” Interview

Somalia. The name alone conjures up images of unbridled destruction, merciless warlords and ruthless terror. A place where nobody is safe from the atrocities of war, and where 8-year olds handle AK-47s like toys. When Forbes magazine recently unveiled their “Most Dangerous Destinations,” Somalia, above Iraq and Afghanistan, topped the list. But it’s also “The Nation of Poets,” where a poem can both inspire peace and end wars.
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Calvin Richardson: Tried and true soul music

Calvin Richardson: Tried and true soul musicA single utterance of the name Calvin Richardson confronts an array of ear-gasms brought on by the memory of a genre in sound that remains tried and true to the heart: Soul Music.

Richardson, who is known world-wide for such hits as “More Than A Woman” and “Sang No More” is back with his fifth presentation entitled America’s Most Wanted, which hit stores August 31st to a unanimous applause.

If the title draws any conclusions, then after a listen you’ll quickly discern why this genius is branding himself as the head of a campaign to bring audible art back to our journey through music.
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Documentary Chronicles Historic Gathering of Black Men

Documentary Chronicles Historic Gathering of Black Men Long Live the Spirit of the Million Man March

On October 16, 1995, African-American males descended in droves on the District of Columbia for a historic gathering on the National Mall. Prophetically dubbed the Million Man March ahead of time, the gathering lived up to its billing, with anywhere between one and two million brothers attending, depending upon the news source relied upon.

Over the course of the day-long event, organized by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam, the audience listened to such luminaries as Reverend Al Sharpton, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Reverend Ben Chavis, Congressman Charles Rangel, Kwanzaa creator Ron Karenga, Stevie Wonder and Los Angeles Sentinel Publisher Danny Bakewell. They also heard from female leaders, too, including Attorney Faye Williams, Poet Maya Angelou, civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks, Dorothy Height and Dr. Betty Shabazz, the widow of the late Malcolm X, to name a few.
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