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Jan 31st

“Fierce Love” returns

“Fierce Love” returns
Last July, “a few good men” took the stage by storm at the Pillsbury House Theater with a play entitled “Fierce Love: Stories of Gay Black Life.” The production was put on by Twin Cities Black Pride (TCBP) and directed by Harry Waters Jr.

“Twin Cities Black Pride exists to create space for the Black LGBT community, because currently there is none. The production of Fierce Love was a way in which we could, for a limited time, bring the LGBT community to a space free of alcohol in order to meet each other and learn along the way,” TCBP committee member and Fierce Love cast member Jason Jackson shared.

Celebrating the work of J. California Cooper

Celebrating the work of J. California CooperThe Givens Foundation for African American Literature has launched Givens Black Books, a community reading campaign celebrating the work of acclaimed African American playwright and author, J. California Cooper. On Thursday, February 17, 2011 7:00pm, Givens Black Books, in partnership with The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, will host a Black History Month celebration at Rondo Community Outreach Library, 461 N. Dale Street, Saint Paul, MN 55103.

FASHION is ART/ART is FASHION @ Bloomingdale's Soho

FASHION is ART/ART is FASHION @ Bloomingdale's SohoStraight out of the Los Angeles Art Walk Scene, the FASHION is ART/ART is FASHION Gallery has landed in New York to set roots with a Bloomingdale's Soho collaboration.

FASHION is ART/ART is FASHION Gallery's Founder & Creative Director David F. Zambrana has partnered with the iconic retailer to exhibit the irreverent series "Packing List of a Jet-setter" by Austrian artist Fawni Pschill as part of their window campaign that coincides with Bloomingdale's Soho presentation of MARC BY MARC JACOBS Spring/Summer 2011 Collection.

Former Obama Green Czar Opines on the State of the “Carbon Nation”

Former Obama Green Czar Opines on the State of the “Carbon Nation”  Anthony “Van” Jones and his twin sister, Angela, were born on September 20, 1968 in Jackson, Tennessee to Loretta and the late Willie Jones, a teacher and principal, respectively. Van graduated from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in communications and political science, before earning a Juris Doctor at Yale Law School.

A clean energy pioneer and author of the eco-employment best-seller “The Green-Collar Economy,” he was invited by the Obama Administration to serve as Green Czar. But Van decided to resign from the post in the wake of a relentless, right-wing smear campaign which accused him of everything from being a Communist to signing a petition suggesting that the Bush Administration had knowingly permitted the terrorist attacks on 9/11 to transpire.

New Book Announcement

New Book Announcement‘WHEN THE PRODIGAL SON BECOMES THE FATHER: Recognizing the Past, Reclaiming the Future’ is a real- life, inspirational story written by Joseph Woodley. Unable to come to terms with the anger and resentment he held toward his absentee father, Woodley turned from his values, his faith in God and the Church, and onto a course of self- destruction that resulted in a broken marriage, womanizing and even jail.

At the most hopeless place in life he finds salvation, spiritual and psychological healing, deliverance and comfort through faith and in becoming a single- parent himself.

Feel-Bad Flashback Flick Deconstructs Failed Marriage

Feel-Bad Flashback Flick Deconstructs Failed MarriageFilm Review: Blue Valentine

The marriage of Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams) was doomed, almost from the start. When they met, she was a promising premed student, and he a high school dropout who had to take a dead-end job just to keep a roof over his head.

At that time, she was attending a college in rural Pennsylvania while he was eking out a living a world away in Brooklyn. Their paths crossed quite by coincidence when Dean was assigned by his moving company to help an elderly gentleman (Melvin Jurdem) relocate to a nursing home on the very same day Cindy was there visiting her ailing grandmother (Jenn Jones).

Young Muslim searches for identity in Mooz-Lum

Young Muslim searches for identity in Mooz-LumEver since 9/11, Muslims have become the N-word of the new millennium, being indiscriminately demonized in much the same way young African-Americans were vilified by the FBI during the rise of the Black Power Movement. In the wake of the civil unrest triggered by the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, just walking the streets with an afro was sufficient probable cause for a cop to stop and frisk anyone who resembled a radical figure like Huey Newton, Stokely Carmichael or H. Rap Brown.

Such state-sanctioned mistreatment inflicted great harm, unlikely ever to be undone, on impressionable young minds trying to figure out their place in the world. It made the U.S. feel more like an oppressive police state rather than the proverbial land of the free and home of the brave. And it is a similar sort of predicament which is sensitively explored in Mooz-Lum, a coming-of-age flick by Qasim “Q” Basir.
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