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Apr 25th

The 10 Worst Films of 2009

The 10 Worst Films of 2009To land on this 10 Worst List, a movie has to be more than merely disappointing. No, it must be walk-out bad, except that my job as a film critic is to sit there and watch it anyway, and simply be subjected to the torture. Sometimes, a film turns out to be so awful that it’s actually funny, but that doesn’t count as a miserable enough experience to warrant inclusion here. No, these flicks are the ones with no redeeming qualities which left me savoring this opportunity to get even.
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DVD features rebellious skinhead without a clue

Back In 1996, riots broke out in St. Petersburg, Florida following the fatal shooting of an 18 year-old black driver by cops who had incorrectly suspected him to have stolen his own vehicle. During the disturbances which ensued, a police officer was shot and 28 fires were set by rampaging hordes of African-American youths.
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Prince woos waitress in latest Disney animated adventure

All Tiana (Anika Noni Rose) ever dreamed about as a child was of one day having her own restaurant in New Orleans where she could make gumbo alongside her father (Terrence Howard), an aspiring chef. But he passed away while serving overseas in the military during World War I, leaving it to his widow, Eudora (Oprah Winfrey), to raise their daughter alone on a meager seamstress’ salary.
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Antonio “A&R” Richardson: Thank you hip hop 2009

Antonio “A&R” Richardson: Thank you hip hop 2009Antonio “A&R” Richardson wants the world to know his plans for success. His passion for the music, determined spirit, and ability to weave a tale within a track using the loom of his choosing; are the reasons why those that meet him believe it. The A&R imprint in 2009: a statement in the silence.

Richardson said, and these are his words “I’ve been blessed to have accomplished all of that I’ve been able to this year. I thank God, and everyone who has supported me. We’re nowhere near the end of the journey.  I invite each of you to join me in every step of the way.”
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Maxwell and BLACKsummers'night are the music winners of the year

Maxwell and his now-Platinum album BLACKsummers'night (Columbia) have emerged as the big winners this year in the music world, with across-the-board critical acclaim, major sales, and six GRAMMY® nominations plus a confirmed slot on the Awards Ceremony January 31. BLACKsummers'night was just named Number 1 Album of the Year in USA Today and NY Daily News, joining the New York Times (Jon Pareles) and the Washington Post, with more Best of the Year nods in the Associated Press, LA Times (Ann Powers), Boston Globe (Sarah Rodman); Philadelphia Inquirer (Dan Deluca), People Magazine (Comeback of the Year) and many more.
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The Spirit of Fela Kuti Lives!

One of the most exhilarating and fulfilling experiences I have had recently was attending the Broadway Musical Fela, which depicts the life of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, the flamboyant, defiant, multitalented, artistic phenom who challenged corruption and dictatorial rule in his native Nigeria and Africa. In a word, the Play is Phenomenal!
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Book review: Scroogenomics: Why You Shouldn’t Buy Presents for the Holidays

“Christmas provides the occasion for a large amount of spending… In the U.S., retail sales during the month of December tower visibly over the volume in adjacent months. What’s distinctive about all this spending… is that the choices are not made by the ultimate consumers… As a result, the massive holiday spending [does] a terrible job matching products with users... To make matters worse, we do much of this spending with credit, going into hock using money we don’t yet have to buy things that recipients don’t really want.”
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