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Jul 31st

Morgan Freeman stars as Nelson Mandela in inspirational historical saga

Morgan Freeman stars as Nelson Mandela in inspirational historical sagaWhen Nelson “Madiba” Mandela (Morgan Freeman) became President of South Africa, an important aspect of his mission was to help his fellow citizens develop a collective consciousness in the wake of the dismantling of Apartheid. This was to be no mean feat, for that de jure system of segregation had strictly enforced color lines which had kept Blacks and whites apart and at odds for decades.
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Streep’s inspired impersonation of Julia Child Arrives on DVD

Julia Child (1912-2004) is generally credited with introducing sophisticated cooking to the average American kitchen via her best-selling cookbook and her TV show, “The French Chef.” Between her towering, 6’2” tall physique and her distinctive, WASPy warble, the PBS series soon turned her into an international celebrity.
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Charlie Wilson nominated for two 2010 Grammy Awards

Los Angeles – Jive Recording artist Charlie Wilson has received two 2010 Grammy nominations for Best R&B Album for “Uncle Charlie” and Best Male R&B Vocalist for his single, “There Goes My Baby.”  This is the first time that Wilson, who has one of the most distinguished voices in R&B music, has been nominated for a Grammy Award.
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Street musicians collaborate trans-planet in the name of peace

Street musicians collaborate trans-planet in the name of peaceThe first time Mark Johnson heard Roger Ridley singing “Stand by Me,” he was so moved by the passion in the elderly black man’s voice, he wanted to share it with the world. However, that seemed like an improbable dream, because Roger was obscure even in their hometown of Santa Monica, California where he was just a street musician playing for tips in the public square.
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Book review: “Searching for Whitopia” by Rich Benjamin

Book review: “Searching for Whitopia” by Rich BenjaminThe invitation contained everything you needed to know to have fun. Well, almost everything… You knew the date and time and where to be. You knew who was throwing this shindig. But the invite didn’t say a word about what to wear. So, naturally, you showed up dressed to the nines, sporting shiny things on your fingers and ears. Unfortunately, everybody else was in shorts and T’s, and you stuck out like a sunflower in a parking lot.
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Fantasy sequel finds Bella torn between vampire and werewolf

Despite the fact that all of the principal cast members have returned for the sequel, New Moon pales in comparison (pardon the expression) to the scintillating original which landed on this critic’s Annual Top Ten List a year ago. Since the new production retains the services of the same scriptwriter, the obvious explanation for the difference in quality is the replacement of Catherine Hardwicke with Chris Weitz as director.    
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Book review: Three Wishes: An Intimate Look at Jazz Greats

“I didn’t know the Baroness Pannonica de Koenigswarter, other than to nod hello on those occasions when I saw her at jazz clubs… Mutual friends told me she was press shy… What little we know of her life tantalizes… I heard stories about the fabled Rothschild heiress and friend to such musical titans as Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey and Charlie Parker…
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