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Sep 22nd

Laughs Galore as Lotto-Winner Tries to Keep Low Profile in the ‘Hood

Laughs Galore as Lotto-Winner Tries to Keep Low Profile in the ‘Hood                             Lottery Ticket

Kevin Carson (Bow Wow) wasn’t even thinking about buying a lottery ticket that fateful Friday the jackpot had reached $370 million, even though folks on the long line were already talking about how they planned to spend the money on everything from a Versace suit to a mail order bride. After all, he considered Lotto a diabolical scheme designed “to keep poor people poor by selling them false dreams.”

But then a couple of events transpire which you might call divine intervention. First, his grandmother (Loretta Devine) asks him to play the numbers that had come to her when Jesus appeared to her in a dream. Then, he’s fired on the spot when recently-paroled Lorenzo (Gbenga Akinnagbe) raises a ruckus at Foot Locker under the mistaken belief that Kevin was the snitch who put him behind bars.

Unexpectedly unemployed, Kevin impulsively decides to buy himself a lottery ticket, too, when he stops at the local bodega to get his grandma’s. And that evening he gets the shock of his life while watching the drawing on TV when all of his numbers pop up one after the other.

Revenge is a Dish Best Served with Pork

Revenge is a Dish Best Served with PorkLa Soga

Son of a butcher Luisito (Manny Perez) was orphaned at the age of ten when his doting dad (Miguel Angel Martinez) was senselessly slain by a thug employed by a Dominican drug cartel. Although the grieving lad grew up to follow in his father’s footsteps, he could never fully recover from the murder until he had kept a promise to himself to exact a measure of retribution from the cowardly perpetrator.

This mental state made it easy for the head of the secret police (Juan Fernandez) to recruit Luisito for his own purposes. So, after being trained by General Colon, as an adult he begins moonlighting as a deadly assassin who tracks down dealers deliberately deported back to the Dominican Republic by the FBI after being caught plying their trade on the streets of New York. The idea is that the dregs of society might simply be executed vigilante-style and thereby save the taxpayers the expense of a trial and imprisonment.

Stallone Assembles Cast of Fight Icons for Mother of All Buddy Flicks

Stallone Assembles Cast of Fight Icons for Mother of All Buddy Flicks The Expendables

As kids, my friends and I periodically engaged in debates about which of our favorite comic book superheroes was the mightiest. Could Batman beat Superman? Who would prevail in a battle between Spiderman and Wolverine? Or between Flash and the Hulk? And how would a clash of the Fantastic Four and the X-Men turn out? The possible permutations were endless, but the winners were always a matter of pure speculation, since no issue was ever published portraying all of these characters.

The Expendables is the closest cinema has come to staging such a fantasy showdown, though featuring famous Hollywood icons instead of beloved comic book characters. To his credit, writer/director Sylvester Stallone somehow signed a cast containing many of the greatest legends of the action genre. Consequently, this high-impact adventure is worth the investment just to see that assemblage of matinee idols sharing the same screen.

Divorcee Embarks on Spiritual Sojourn in Pat Adaptation of Best-Selling Memoir

Divorcee Embarks on Spiritual Sojourn in Pat Adaptation of Best-Selling MemoirEat, Pray, Love

Whenever possible, I studiously avoid reading any book upon which an upcoming movie is being based. This practice has added immeasurably to my enjoyment of screen adaptations, for it frees me to judge a film merely on its own merits instead of having to compare it to its invariably-superior source material. Thus, this positive assessment of Eat, Pray, Love comes from a critic who entered the theater blissfully-unaware of the contents of Elizabeth Gilbert’s globetrotting memoir.

I did know, however, that Ms. Gilbert was a successful writer whose GQ article about her brief stint as a bar dancer at Coyote Ugly, a freewheeling saloon in NYC, had provided the inspiration for the motion picture of the same name. And I was also a little skeptical about the supposedly-spiritual sojourn recounted in her runaway best-seller given that she had landed a six-figure advance from her publisher prior to departing.

Ms. Typed: Stop Sabotaging Your Relationships and Find Dating Success

Ms. Typed: Stop Sabotaging Your Relationships and Find Dating Success “If you can’t seem to figure out why you are always having problems with the men you’re dating, consider the possibility that you’ve been mistyped… When you have been mistyped, every man you date seems like Mr. Wrong. He’s married, he’s got a girlfriend, he’s a workaholic, he’s a deadbeat, he’s a player, he’s a mama’s boy. You keep running into the same type of man… over and over because you’ve taken on a counterproductive dating personality that attracts that type…

If you know in your heart that you’re one type of woman, but you somehow feel stuck acting like the wrong type of woman, I am here to help… This book provides the tools you need to transform yourself into the type of woman you want to be, and therefore discover your true personality.
-- Excerpted from the Introduction (pgs. 3-5)

Crews on Call

Crews on Call Terry Crews - “The Expendables” Interview

Hailing from Flint, MI, Terry Crews has not only one of the most recognizable faces around, but maybe one of the most recognizable physiques as well. The handsome hunk is currently one of the busiest actors in Hollywood, having a trio of flicks released in August alone, namely, The Expendables, Lottery Ticket and Middle Men. He’s also starring in “Are We There Yet,” the hit, new TV sitcom airing on the TBS Network.

Prior to entering showbiz, Crews attended Western Michigan University where he blossomed into a football phenom as a walk-on. Senior year, he was drafted by the San Diego Chargers, and then went on to enjoy a six-year career in the NFL.

DVD Chronicles Competition for Admission to Harlem Charter School

DVD Chronicles Competition for Admission to Harlem Charter School  The Lottery

For most young folks from the ‘hod, getting a good education has a lot to do with whether or not they ever make it in life. That’s why a kid’s name has to be picked out of a hat in order to gain entry to Harlem Success Academy, a charter school whose students are beating the odds. So many parents in the community have become painfully aware that their offspring’s prospects are likely to improve dramatically upon admission to this college-oriented institution that 5,000 of them pack a local armory annually to see who wins the lottery allocating the coveted spots opening up for the coming year.

The elementary school was founded by Dr. Eva Moskowitz on the guiding principle that “children are capable of achieving an incredible amount.” And those high expectations have paid off with 90% of her pupils performing at or above their grade level, as compared to the 35% average in the district, consequently the universal desire to matriculate there.
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