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Just Right mix of love and basketball in sentimental sitcom

Just Right mix of love and basketball in sentimental sitcomJust Wright - Film Review

How do you make a movie that feels totally fresh despite the fact that it follows a fairly transparent blueprint for a romantic comedy formula? Ask Sanaa Hamri, for not only did she first achieve this same feat back in 2006 with her directorial debut, Something New, but she’s now done it again with Just Wright, a syrupy-sweet love story guaranteed to leave you in tears as the closing credits roll, even though there’s never a doubt about how it will all end.

The picture stars Queen Latifah as Leslie Wright, a physical therapist and lifelong New Jersey Nets fan. She’s obsessed with the team because she was taken to their basketball games as a child by her father (James Pickens, Jr.) who raised her like the son he never had. Consequently, today the 35-year-old tomboy still goes to see them play regularly, always wearing jeans and a Nets jersey.
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On “Common” ground

On “Common” groundCommon - The Just Wright interview with Kam Williams

Common was born Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. in Chicago on March 13, 1972 to Lonnie, Sr. a former pro basketball player, and Dr. Mahila Ann Hines, an educator. He started rapping while still in high school, forming a trio called C.D.R. which opened for acts like N.W.A. and Big Daddy Kane. He adopted the alias Common Sense by 1992 which is when he released his first CD, entitled “Can I Borrow a Dollar?” He shortened his name to just Common after a lawsuit by a band claiming to have the exclusive trademark for “Common Sense.”
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A Game of Character

A Game of CharacterA Game of Character: A Family Journey from Chicago’s Southside to the Ivy League and Beyond - Book Review

“A fundamental teaching my parents always emphasized [was] that life happens to you, putting choices in your path that offer an abundance of opportunities as well as challenges, and that the best choices are usually the ones that require courage… Really, that’s what inspired me to write A Game of Character—not only to share what I’ve learned, but also to help reclaim the value of character that I believe is as intrinsic to basketball as it is to life. What’s more, as the pages ahead will elaborate, true character is a quality that can be found everywhere and anywhere, in some of the least likely places—including the Southside of Chicago.
-- Excerpted from the Preface (pg. xxvi)
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America’s oldest incorporated Black town the scene of a NC mystery

America’s oldest incorporated Black town the scene of a NC mysteryIn 1999 when Hurricane Floyd washed caskets from the ground in eastern North Carolina, many people saw horror. M.E.B. Smith saw a mystery. “Watching those boxes float through a town that I know made the devastation of Princeville real for those of us seeing it on TV,” she says. “I love mysteries, and those caskets began to play like a movie in my head. From that, The Scent of Gardenia: A Killing in Princeville took form.”

The premise of her novel is this: In the aftermath of Hurricane Floyd, the bones of a white woman are discovered in one of the caskets that floated through town. She’s been murdered and secretly buried in a black cemetery over 30 years before. Her death becomes the intersection for a ritual killer who thinks himself sent by God, the death of a bisexual who knew her identity, and the downfall of the accomplice who unknowingly put her in the grave. Finding the truth becomes a matter of death and consequences for everyone in the killer’s path.
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DVD features Morgan Freeman in Oscar-nominated performance as Nelson Mandela

DVD features Morgan Freeman in Oscar-nominated performance as Nelson Mandela Invictus - DVD Review

When Nelson “Madiba” Mandela (Morgan Freeman) became President of South Africa, part of his mission was to cultivate a collective consciousness among the populace in the wake of Apartheid. This proved to be no mean feat, for the nation had just finished a bloody civil war which left Blacks and whites very suspicious of each other.

Although Mandela himself had endured extreme hardships at the hands of the Apartheid regime, including 27 years of brutal incarceration as a political prisoner, he was determined to govern impartially, seeking to balance Black aspirations against white fears. Then, in 1995, with the country set to host the Rugby World Cup Championship, he seized on the idea of using the event to unite the people by encouraging everyone to rally around the Springboks, the South Africa national team. So, ignoring the skepticism of his closest advisors, Mandela announced that, “Reconciliation starts here!”
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Students express personal insights through theater

Students express personal insights through theaterA note from the students at Central HS:
The news today is full of school closings, students struggling with achievements, students dealing with deaths, or being judged for who they are but the news isn’t all bad. Central Touring Theater has created a play that covers these issues and presents them to students across Minnesota providing healing and support. We use theater to begin a discussion with our peers about things important to us.


Saint Paul Central Touring Theater presents “There is No Box for Me” and “Seeds of Change,” two original plays created by youth ensembles at Macalester College in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, 1600 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul on Friday May 21 and Saturday May 22 at 7:30 pm each night.

Tickets are $5.00 with special rates available for families and groups.
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