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Stacy Spikes: The Urbanworld Film Festival founder issues annual appeal for entries to aspiring filmmakers

Stacy Spikes: The Urbanworld Film Festival founder issues annual appeal for entries to aspiring filmmakersStacy Spikes is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Urbanworld Film Festival, the premiere showcase for urban and ethnic films. The festival, which premiered in August of 1997, was born out of an inspired idea that Mr. Spikes jotted down on a napkin while dining in a restaurant.
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Emotionally-barren sequel plagued by lack of character development

Emotionally-barren sequel plagued by lack of character development When you decide to shoot a Terminator sequel sans Schwarzenegger (sorry, a cameo of Arnold‘s head atop a body double doesn’t count), and with an entirely new cast, you might want to consider devoting some quality time to character development in order to give your audience a chance to become familiar with and, thus, reason to care about the protagonists. Otherwise you’ll probably end up with a superficial, sci-fi saga like Terminator Salvation (T-4), a special effects indulgence in fight sequences, chase scenes, pyrotechnics and techno wizardry at the expense of emotional depth.
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Book review: “First Dog”

Book review: “First Dog”What do you do when you’ve lost something and you need to find it quick?

The first thing you probably do is holler for your Mom. She usually knows where everything is.

Then you start looking in your room, beneath your bed, in your closet, in your toybox, under the table, between the sofa cushions and anywhere you think you might have lost whatever it is you’re looking for. Eventually, you find it in the perfect hiding place for things like that.

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African-American literary industry giants gather in NYC

African-American literary industry giants gather in NYCBook Expo America, publishing’s premier annual convention, was held this year at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City from May 29th to the 31st. On Saturday afternoon, black literary giants representing every area of the industry gathered inside the hall’s African-American Pavilion for a reception sponsored by publishers Tony and Yvonne Rose of Amber Communications Group. The event’s award program was hosted by ravishing Renaissance woman Heather Covington, CEO of Disilgold.com.
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Book review: I am Barack Obama

Book review: I am Barack Obama“This book tells a story of how a child can change the world. It creates a space where children can experience the extraordinary life of President Barack Obama while imagining the possibilities for themselves. I am Barack Obama includes accounts of children already using this inspirational moment in history to imagine their futures in compelling ways, as captured by the powerful statement, ‘I am Barack Obama.’”
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Review: “Dear Success Seeker” by Michele R. Wright

Failure is not an option.

When you put your heart and soul into something – a project, a career, a program – you want everything to go right. You don’t want to lose. And you don’t want to give up because nobody wants to fail.
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Review: Something Torn and New: An African Renaissance by Ngugi wa Thiong’o

Review: Something Torn and New: An African Renaissance by Ngugi wa Thiong’o“Linguicide is the linguistic equivalent of genocide. Genocide involves conscious acts of physical massacre; linguicide, conscious acts of language liquidation. This is precisely the fate of African languages in the diaspora… If history is replete with the death of languages, there have also been cases where languages have been resurrected from the dead. Israel, for instance, needed the resurrection of Hebrew to reconnect with the ancient memory…
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