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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.
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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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Sisters Make Most of Opportunity to Reflect on Relationships in Latest Documentary from Janks Morton

Sisters Make Most of Opportunity to Reflect on Relationships in Latest Documentary from Janks MortonWe Need to Talk

Janks Morton is an award-winning documentary filmmaker known for poignant, tough-love documentaries about African-American males like What Black Men Think and Men to Boys. Now, as the father of an 11 year-old girl poised on the brink of blossoming into a beautiful, but possibly vulnerable young woman, he was inspired to make sisters the subject of his latest offering. So, this go-round, he traveled to the Southside of Chicago where he interviewed ten female survivors of the battle-of-the-sexes about their relationships with their dads during their formative years and also with their boyfriends when they first started dating.

Exhibiting an uncanny knack for both eliciting emotional responses and capturing African-American pulchritude on camera, Janks posed a series of probing questions in his trademark fashion. The telling, and frequently tearful responses of each, whether Kenisha Byrd, Stephanie Brewer, Anika Jackson, Trudy Martin, Carla O’Neil, Conchita Jamison, Jaime Gill, Soneika O’Neil, Rhonda Benson or Donna Watkins, generally revealed a wounded soul profoundly affected by a dysfunctional, early family life, often the product of an absentee father.
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Innaviews: Hip-hop theater featuring international hip-hop icons Rokafella and Kwikstep


 Innaviews: Hip-hop theater featuring international hip-hop icons Rokafella and Kwikstep
New York-bred hip-hop pioneers Rokafella and Kwikstep are celebrated for their high-impact dance style, signature bravura, and mentoring skills as educators and community leaders. In the early 90's, Rokafella and Kwikstep started investigating hip-hop as a proscenium performance art form. On Friday, August 27 - Sunday, August 29; 8:00 PM at Intermedia Arts, they are bringing their acclaimed hip-hop theater piece, Innaviews, from New York to Minneapolis as part of Intermedia Arts' annual B-Girl Be Festival.

Created by Intermedia Arts in 2005, B-Girl Be: A Celebration of Women in Hip-Hop was the first international female-focused hip-hop summit in history. Since its inception, this wildly successful multidisciplinary summit has brought over 200 international, national and local girls and women in hip-hop together in Minneapolis for dialogues, art-making, screenings, performances, workshops and networking opportunities.

For more information: http://intermediaarts.org/innaviews1

The Gospel at Colonus

The Gospel at Colonus In the third part of Sophocles' classical tragedy, “Oedipus at Colonus”, Oedipus is an old repentant man burdened by an ill-fated life. The unthinkable has occurred multiple times. As an infant, prophecy proclaimed he would be a killer of his father and husband of his mother. His parents abandoned him out of fear. Later in life he killed an unknown man on a road, who turned out to be his father and King of Thebes. Time passes he marries a woman, the Queen of Thebes, and has children. It was discovered that his wife was in fact his mother. She hung herself when she learned the devastating news. Oedipus gouged his eyes out at the sight of his dead mother, and roamed about aimlessly for years. From August 5 -11, 2010, at Minnesota Orchestra Hall, an all star cast including The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Legendary Soul Stirrers and The Steeles, will tell the story of Oedipus seeking forgiveness and redemption in his death in The Gospel at Colonus, by Lee Breuer and Bob Telson. Now imagine this intense drama as a gospel musical set in a Black Pentecostal church.
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Reverential Bio-Pic Successfully Recasts Smut Peddler as Humanitarian

Reverential Bio-Pic Successfully Recasts Smut Peddler as Humanitarian  Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel

Before seeing this film, I only thought of Hugh Hefner as a purveyor of smut who built an empire on the backs, or should I say breasts, of females by reducing them to sex objects whose sole purpose was to fuel the testosterone-fueled fantasies of teenage boys. While this reverential bio-pic did nothing to disabuse me of the notion that the hedonistic octogenarian remains an inveterate, exploitative male chauvinist, it did a great job of convincing me that he also happened to be an effective advocate of racial equality during the Civil Rights Era.

Thus, much in the way that the recent documentary about frozen-fazed, comedienne Joan Rivers managed to humanize a freak long since dismissed as a cosmetic surgery victim, here we have a notorious womanizer successfully recast as an altruistic humanitarian. Directed by Oscar-winner Brigitte Berman, the final cut of Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel was reportedly much longer before the German-born Oscar-winning filmmaker (for Artie Shaw: Time Is All You’ve Got), was forced to let five probably priceless hours of celluloid hit the cutting floor.
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Harvard Law Professor Weighs in on Everything from Profiling to Beergate to the Obamas

Harvard Law Professor Weighs in on Everything from Profiling to Beergate to the Obamas  Professor Charles Ogletree - “The Presumption of Guilt” Interview

Charles Ogletree, Jr. was born in Merced, CA, on December 31, 1952, the eldest of five children to bless the union of migrant farm workers Willie Mae and Charles Ogletree, Sr. A bright child who exhibited an intellectual curiosity from an early age, Charles credits his parents and grandparents for whetting that insatiable thirst for knowledge.

He would matriculate at Stanford University where he earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Political Science before heading to Harvard Law School. Since graduating, he’s enjoyed a storybook career as a public intellectual, between teaching at Harvard and moderating a host of television shows, perhaps most notably, “The State of the Black Union” and “The Fred Friendly Seminars.”
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