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Aug 02nd

Edwidge Danticat: The Create Dangerously interview

Edwidge Danticat: The Create Dangerously interviewEdwidge Danticat was born in Haiti in 1969 and moved to the United States when she was 12. She is the author of two novels, two collections of stories, two books for young adults, and two nonfiction books, one of which, Brother, I'm Dying, was a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography. In 2009, she received a MacArthur Genius Fellowship.

Here, Edwidge talks about her latest opus, Create Dangerously, a collection of essays based on a series of lectures she delivered at Princeton University last year.

Kam Williams
: Hi, Edwidge, thanks for the time.
Edwidge Danticat: I hope you don’t mind that I have my baby daughter with me. Usually, I make some sort of arrangements.

Desperate hubby resorts to desperate measures in jailbreak remake

Desperate hubby resorts to desperate measures in jailbreak remakeThe Next Three Days

When Lara Brennan (Elizabeth Banks) met her husband (Russell Crowe) and in-laws for dinner after a particularly difficult day at work, she seized the opportunity to vent about how much she disliked her boss (Leslie Merrill). She was clearly still visibly agitated over an argument the two had earlier during which she had referred to Elizabeth as a “useless cow.”

So, when the woman’s lifeless body was found bludgeoned to death in their office building’s parking lot later that evening, it didn’t take the police long to finger the disgruntled employee as a person of interest who might have gone postal. And Lara subsequently became the prime suspect and arrested as soon as the cops found her fingerprints on the murder weapon, as well as traces of the victim’s blood on the coat she had worn to the restaurant that night.

Star-Studded Stallone Action Flick Arrives on DVD

Star-Studded Stallone Action Flick Arrives on DVDThe Expendables

To his credit, writer/director Sylvester Stallone miraculously assembled a cast for the flick containing many of the greatest legends of the action genre. Consequently, this high-impact adventure is worth the investment just to see them sharing the same screen.

For starters, there are matinee idols Stallone, Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis. Then we have bona fide box-office draws in Mickey Rourke, Jason Statham and Jet Li, with tough guys Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and three-time UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture rounding out the ensemble.

The storyline revolves around a band of mercenaries recruited by a mysterious figure (Willis) for a dangerous assignment, namely, to overthrow General Garza (David Zayas), the cocaine-dealing dictator of a Banana Republic. Mastermind Barney Ross’ (Stallone) handpicks a team comprised of knife-wielding Lee Christmas (Statham), martial arts master Yin Yang (Li), crack sniper Gunner Jensen (Lundgren), heavy weapons specialist Hale Caesar (Crews) and demolitions expert Toll Road (Couture). The men are outfitted with weapons by a black market arms dealer (Rourke), although they happen to be pretty good with their fists in a pinch.

Eric Benet interview

Eric Benet interviewFor years R&B artist Eric Benet, has lapped our eardrums with his prized vocal instrument, and ingenious ability to translate his heart into a song. We hear the name Eric Benet and we immediately think of such hits as: “Spend My Life With You,” “Georgy Porgy,” “I Want to Be Loved,” “You’re the Only One,” and now “Sometimes I Cry.”

After four solo albums, three Grammy nominations, and more than 15 years of caressing a microphone with his vocal effervescence, Benet drops his fifth album on November 30. This latest project, Lost In Time, is an eclectic journey framing the timeless beauty of soul, sound and heart strings.

In this interview, Benet tells Insight News about his latest album which features guest appearances by artists such as Faith Evans, Ledisi and R&B great, Eddie Levert.

Decoded by Jay-z

Decoded by Jay-z“My life after childhood has two main stories: the story of the hustler and the story of the rapper, and the two overlap as much as they diverge. I was on the streets for more than half of my life from the time I was thirteen-years-old... The feelings I had during that part of my life were burned into me like a brand…
I lost people I loved, was betrayed by people I trusted, felt the breeze of bullets flying by my head… I went dead broke and got hood rich on those streets. I hated it. I was addicted to it. It nearly killed me.
It was the site of my moral education, as strange as that may sound. It’s my core story, and… that core story is the one that I have to tell.” - Excerpted from the Introduction (pg. 18)

Shawn Corey Carter, aka Jay-Z, wasn’t always a cultural icon married to Beyonce’ who had parlayed his success as a rap artist into a multi-millionaire empire with a host of diverse holdings ranging from a record label to a music publishing company to a clothing line to a nightclub chain to an NBA team. No, he spent his formative years in the Marcy Housing Projects in Bed-Stuy, before moving to Trenton where he dropped out of school to sell crack on the streets while pursuing a hip-hop career.

Ice skater Luke Brotherson tours with Disney on Ice

Ice skater Luke Brotherson tours with Disney on IceDream jobs are hard to come by. However, since 2003, professional ice skater Luke Brotherson has been dreaming with his eyes as a touring member of Feld Company, a touring company that presents the various productions that make up Disney on Ice.

Brotherson, a native of Birmingham, UK, began shaping his career as an ice skater at the age of 16; he’s a self-taught talent, who stumbled into his craft as a result of a curriculum requirement in his High School. “I was always a competitive gymnast, but my school wanted us to take a secondary sport that we had never done before, so I chose skating. I would go skating twice a week with my class, and then I just got kind of addicted to it,” said Brotherson. “When I finished school, I got a job at a skating rink so I could continue to practice.”

Sherri Shepherd hosts reception celebrating extraordinary women volunteering to help others in need

Sherri Shepherd hosts reception celebrating extraordinary women volunteering to help others in needWE tv and Ladies' Home Journal held the first annual WE Do Good Awards on 11/16/10 in NYC. As part of WE tv's public affairs initiative, WE Volunteer, the event honored three women who have made a positive impact through volunteerism. Hosted by The View's Sherri Shepherd with special presenters including actresses Kelly Rutherford and Andie MacDowell, and a special appearance by Academy Award® winner, Marlee Matlin.
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