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Nov 20th

Maria Isa establishes SotaRico Brand

The recession has forced people to re-evaluate their spending habits; some have decided to take sizable steps back from the world of entertainment in pursuit of the more economically fetching Block Buster Night. Yet as rare as it is to find a four leaf clover, it was a night of good fortune for anyone lucky enough to partake in the unmatchable events that occurred in the Main Room of First Avenue on Friday, June 5. For merely the cost of $6 and enough money left over to a pay a thirsty parking meter at the end the affair, you got a taste of some of Minnesota's finest entertainers who came together under one roof to musically extend their love and their pride for the proprietor of SotaRico, Maria Isa.
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Nicole Ari Parker: The “Imagine That” Interview

Nicole Ari Parker is the better half of Boris Kodjoe, the hunky star of such films as Brown Sugar and Madea's Family Reunion. Married in May of 2005, the attractive power couple have two children, Nicholas, 2, and Sophie, 4, who was born with Spina Bifada, a birth defect involving an incomplete spinal cord. Nicole and Boris have created a foundation called Sophie's Voice [http://www.sophiesvoicefoundation.org/] to bring attention to the affliction and to raise money for an expensive experimental surgical procedure for their daughter and 20 other children.
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Grand re-opening of Capri Theater Concert features A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne & Joe Williams

Grand re-opening of Capri Theater Concert features A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne & Joe Williams
The Re-opening of the Capri Theater promises to be a grand and memorable finale to its "Legends" concert series with “A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne and Joe Williams” at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 20, and 3 p.m. Sunday, June 21 at 2027 West Broadway, Minneapolis.
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Kumbayah… The Juneteenth Story

Kumbayah… The Juneteenth StoryFor too many Black Americans, the real meaning of Juneteenth gets lost between the satisfying of ones appetite for good food and company, followed by the pouring of Spirits to top off the annual commemoration. Every June, we're ready for the celebration, but do all of us know why we've come together and do we know the real history behind its significance? No. So quite like the hour before our captivity, even now we're still eclipsed by the same blindfolded journey: they had no knowledge of the road they were going, and many of us know not of the road we've been.
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Lost souls’ lives intersect in serendipitous erotic thriller

Lost souls’ lives intersect in serendipitous erotic thrillerThey used to call New York the Naked City, but maybe L.A. deserves that suggestive sobriquet, judging by the goings-on in Powder Blue, an alternately thought-provoking and erotic thriller written and directed by Timothy Linh Bui. The film boasts one of the most star-studded casts for a flick that went straight to video, starting with Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker and Emmy-winners Lisa Kudrow and Ray Liottta, and also including Sanaa Lathan, Kris Kristofferson, Patrick Swayze and Jessica Biel. Plus, the internet has been abuzz about Biel’s nude scenes, but still no theatrical release for this offbeat indie adventure.
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Review: “This Child Will Be Great” by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Review: “This Child Will Be Great” by Ellen Johnson SirleafBeing a political animal can be very rough.

Just the getting there is daunting, with the months-long campaigning and the lack of rest that comes with it.  Once you’re in office, you’re responsible for things both light and heavy. Everybody knows your business, and they all have opinions about it.

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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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