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Jul 22nd

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Just “La” Queen Latifah - The “Just Wright" Interview

Dana Elaine Owens was born in Newark, New Jersey on March 18, 1970, the second child of Lance and Rita Owens, a police officer and a schoolteacher, respectively. The versatile entertainer first found fame in the world of hip-hop upon the release of her debut album “All Hail the Queen” while still in her teens. As Queen Latifah, she has since enjoyed an enviable recording and concert career featuring seven solo CDs plus countless collaborations with colleagues across a spectrum of musical genres.

“La” added acting to her repertoire in 1991, when Spike Lee cast her in Jungle Fever. Next, she made House Party 2, following that up with critically-acclaimed appearances in The Bone Collector and Brown Sugar. But it was for her breakout role as Matron Mama Morton in Chicago that she became the first rapper to land an Oscar nomination.
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Prodigal daughter drama starring LeToya Luckett out on DVD

Prodigal daughter drama starring LeToya Luckett out on DVD Preacher's Kid

As the only child of an overprotective, widowed father, Angie King (Letoya Luckett) almost couldn’t help but feel smothered. But when you factor in her dad’s being both a preacher and a pillar of the community in their tight-knit Augusta, Georgia neighborhood, you’ve got a serious recipe for rebellion. Thus far, the 23 year-old virgin has devoted herself to the needs of her asthmatic father, between singing in the choir and ministering to the needy.

However, everything changes the day Angie decides to run away not to join the circus but a Tyler Perry type travelling troupe passing through town, a supposedly spiritually-oriented outfit putting on a faith-based fable featuring Aunt Bebe, a trash-talking character played by a big dude (Carlos Davis) in a dress. For she develops an instant crush on the show’s suave star, Devlin (Durrell Tank Babbs), a Romeo well versed in the art of seduction.
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Oprah: A Biography

Oprah: A Biography“I’ve tried to … penetrate the myth in order to answer the eternal question: What’s she really like? In the process, I found a remarkable woman, hugely complicated and contradictory. Sometimes generous, magnanimous, and deeply caring. Sometimes petty, small-minded, and self-centered.

She has done an extraordinary amount of good and also backed products and ideas that are not only controversial but considered by many to be harmful. There is a warm side to Oprah and a side that can only be called as cold as ice.” -Excerpted from the Foreword (pg. xiv)

It was recently suggested that I was anti-Semitic by a highly-respected, Jewish intellectual who disagreed with my review of a documentary about the Arab-Israeli conflict. Since the allegations were totally unfounded, I contacted my accuser who nonetheless refused to retract his remarks. Both embarrassed and hurt, I ended up frustrated by the fact that I had nowhere to turn to get my reputation back.
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Remake of classic splatterflick repeatedly relies on eroticized violence as entertainment

Remake of classic splatterflick repeatedly relies on eroticized violence as entertainmentI must have missed something, because I don’t exactly remember the Eighties being the Golden Age of Entertainment.? Nonetheless, in lieu of coming up with some original ideas, Hollywood has decided to revisit a number of mostly underwhelming offerings from the decade as a source of cinematic inspiration.

Consequently, 2010 is likely to be remembered as the year of the Eighties remakes, with Clash of the Titans already in theaters and new versions of The A-Team, The Karate Kid, Red Dawn, Tron and Wall Street all to follow.

Back in 1984, Wes Craven’s introduced the world to Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street, the grisly slasher flick which would spawn seven sequels before ostensibly petering out in 2003. Now, award-wining, music video director Samuel Bayer has revived the franchise, making a most-inauspicious feature film debut with this dreadful remake loosely based on the initial installment in the series.
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Misogynists meet their matches in Cape Cod costume dramedy

Misogynists  meet their matches in Cape Cod costume dramedy

The Lightkeepers

One of the best episodes of The Little Rascals was the He-Man Woman Haters Club in which Spanky and the gang promised each other they’d never associate with girls only to have Alfalfa break the pact by falling head over heels for adorable Darla. The Lightkeepers, directed by Daniel Adams (The Golden Boys), is an adult-oriented variation on the same basic theme, a character-driven dramedy with a point of departure of June of 1912.

The film stars Richard Dreyfuss as Seth Atkins, the lonely keeper of the Eastham lighthouse, located at the tip of a peninsula on Cape Cod. As the film unfolds, we find Seth living by himself, but it isn’t long before he has himself a male companion when John Brown’s body (Tom Wisdom) washes ashore.

Once revived, the almost-drowned, young stranger claims to have fallen off a passing steamship, which is a good enough explanation for the crusty curmudgeon who could use a little company, given the distance to town. Better yet, when the pair get to talking, they discover they share a distaste for the opposite sex, having both been decidedly unlucky at love.
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Damning DVD recalls rise and fall of legendary GOP Hatchet Man

Damning DVD recalls rise and fall of legendary GOP Hatchet Man Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story

Harvey Leroy ‘Lee’ Atwater (1951-1991) was barely out of his teens when he burst onto the political scene in South Carolina in the early Seventies. Back then, the guitar-playing wunderkind loved the blues almost as much as he did serving as a consultant to conservatives during election campaigns.

A protégé of Strom Thurmond, he learned the tricks of the trade at the feet of an inveterate racist who once swore that blood would run in the streets of his state before he would allow integration. Thurmond, in fact, was such a hypocrite that he remained a bigot even after fathering a child with a 15 year-old Black servant.

As for Atwater, he devoted most of his days to denying African-Americans equal rights. And while he might have repented shortly before succumbing to brain cancer, that 11th-hour confession did little to undo the damage he had inflicted on minorities as the architect of the Reagan revolution.
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Two Old Black Guys: Raw, gritty, humorous and real

Two Old Black Guys: Raw, gritty, humorous and realPenumbra does it again… but that’s a statement that assumes that there was ever any doubt in the world premiere of their new play, Two Old Black Guys Just Sitting Around Talking.

If the title is a mouthful, it only places second to the incredible tug of war story, sewn together between two elder Black men whose lifelong hate for one another, provides an unbreakable bond of necessity and brotherly love.

The story, written by Virgin Islands native and retired University of Arizona professor Gus Edwards, isn’t your typical tale spawn from a problem and met with a cliché resolve. Rather, it illustrates a truer depiction of life and the art of getting around its many challenges, by focusing more on a cloud’s silver lining without pretending that in the end there will never be another storm.
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