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Aug 28th

Cautionary Tale Uncovers Another Reason to Avoid Mexico

Cautionary Tale Uncovers Another Reason to Avoid Mexico  Daniel & Ana

I don’t know anybody who’s considering Mexico as a vacation destination anymore, given the kidnappings of the rich for ransom, the mass murders in resort areas like Acapulco, the ever-escalating body count in the drug wars and the recent employment of bombings as a terrorist tactic. If, in spite of all of the above, you’re still thinking of venturing South of the Border, you might want to check out Daniel & Ana, a cautionary tale blowing the covers off another problem plaguing the troubled region.
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Groom and Best Man Get Waylaid En Route to Wedding in South African Romantic Comedy

Groom and Best Man Get Waylaid En Route to Wedding in South African Romantic ComedyWhite Wedding

Ayanda (Zandile Msutwana) is frantically putting the finishing touches on her impending, dream wedding reception set to transpire in Cape Town in a couple of days. Unfortunately, the ravishing beauty just can’t help herself, as she acts out like your typical Bridezilla, much to the frustration of her miffed mother (Sylvia Mngxekeza) and her flamboyant event planner.

Meanwhile, the relatively-mellow groom, Elvis (Kenneth Nkosi), is 1,800 kilometers away in Durban, where he is set to embark on what he reasonably expects to be an unremarkable drive sitting astride his lifelong friend, Tumi (Rapulana Seiphemo). However, upon arriving to pick-up his best man, he discovers the bon vivant in bed with three naked women. And although Elvis keeps his promise to Ayanda by declining the offer to participate in the impromptu bachelor party, the tone for their wild sojourn along the seacoast is nonetheless set.
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Idris Elba: The only barriers are ones we create

Idris Elba: The only barriers are ones we createIt isn’t everyday that we run into a Black actor whose caliber as an artist and adeptness for creating unparalleled roles in a motion picture is exulted by a universal audience.

The idea of “getting in where you fit in,” has at times, been a silent tradition for many brown skinned thespians in the entertainment industry. But according to Idris Elba, the only barriers that exist are the ones created within our own minds.

Elba, who’s appearing in this summer’s Takers, is at a point in his career where his ascent to the top of Hollywood makes a trip up Mount Everest look like a stroll through Martha’s Vineyard; as easy as breathing.
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Mos Def Review

 Mos Def Review

I sat in a multi-colored cushioned theater seat at Guthrie Theater, anxiously waiting for what the night had in store. I came with familiarity of Mos Def as a conscious Hip Hop artist, but more familiar with his talent as an actor. It didn’t take long for me to realize I have been living in a black hole. However, prior to my long awaited introduction, the audience was treated to Hip-Hop, Indie artist Dessa of Doomtree, the show opener who performed with a four piece band that included electronic bass upright, drums, electric guitar, keyboards, and a background singer named Becca.

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On the Q.T. with T.I.

On the Q.T. with T.I.  Tip “T.I.” Harris - The “Takers” Interview

Tip “T.I.” Harris is one of his generation’s most captivating speakers and one of the biggest hip-hop artists of all time. Whether they see him conversing with a room full of young people about staying in school and following their dreams, or moving tens of thousands at one of his concerts, audiences are always engrossed by the words of the “King of the South.” In 2008, T.I. delivered his most potent and important LP to date, “Paper Trail,” and his highly-anticipated, seventh studio album, “King Uncaged,” is set to be released this Fall.

T.I.’s second professional love is acting in films, and in this arena he has taken major steps forward in recent years. He made his motion picture debut in 2006 in the Warner Bros. film A.T.L. He also appeared in the hit Universal film American Gangster opposite Denzel Washington, and guest-starred on HBO’s hit series “Entourage” in 2008. T.I. recently signed a three-picture deal with Screen Gems that will have him both acting in and producing movies.
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Pal Secretly Serves as Sperm Donor in Biological Clock Comedy

Pal Secretly Serves as Sperm Donor in Biological Clock Comedy The Switch

The well-saturated blurb for The Switch asserts that the film comes “From the people who brought you Juno and Little Miss Sunshine.” That’s a serious claim given that each of those hilarious hits landed an Academy Award in the Best Original Screenplay category. Regrettably, I found myself scratching my head asking what happened during this relatively-funereal flick’s closing credits.

As it turns out, however, Juno was written by Diablo Cody and directed by Jason Reitman, while Little Miss Sunshine was written by Michael Arndt and co-directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. And none of the above were on The Switch’s creative team. Comparing the casts, the only name that resurfaces is that of Jason Bateman, who enjoyed a supporting role in Juno. Therefore, excuse me for wondering what exactly The Switch’s marketing team meant with all the misleading hype?
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America I AM

America I AM “’Would America have been America without her Negro people?’ The question posed by W.E.B. Du Bois serves as the underlying theme for America I AM… It spurs us to consider how the original gifts of African culture were uniquely manifested in America, and helped to lay the foundation for the creation of this country. If we wrestle with this question, we will begin to see just how central black people have been in creating, sustaining, and contributing to America, both past and present. Such contemplation allows us to finally recognize African-Americans’ indisputable economic, socio-political, spiritual, and cultural.” - Excerpted from the Introduction

My son has repeatedly said to me that he thinks of African-Americans as
the only true Americans, because we not only shed so much of our blood, sweat and tears as slaves during the foundation of the nation, but have also contributed to the country’s unique cultural legacy in terms of music, dance, language and elsewhat. Affirming such wisdom coming from the mouth of babes is America I AM, a journal edited by Clarence V. Reynolds, a veteran journalist who has written for Discover, The Network Journal and the Black Issues Book Review.
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