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Jul 25th

Chris Rock takes lighthearted look at Black women’s ‘dos

If you were raised in an African-American community, then you’re probably very familiar with the notion of “good hair,” a term that’s generally applied to folks born with wavy locks which are less trouble to take care of than the more tightly-curled or nappy variety. Back in the Sixties, at the dawn of the black pride movement, the afro was embraced as an alternative to adhering to the white standard of beauty associated with straight hair. But the peasy natural proved to be a short-lived fad which unfortunately has pretty much gone the way of the dashiki and the dinosaur.

Activist scholar Cornel West lives and loves out loud

Activist scholar Cornel West lives and loves out loud“My foundation consisted of three powerful elements: family; the Socratic spirituality of seeking the truth; and the Christian spirituality of bearing witness to love and justice... I also got the benefit of living in a Black community filled with love and care. Today they call it a ‘hood. But back then, it was a sure-enough neighborhood, with ties of empathy and deep bonds of sympathy… Even at this early age, the question kicked in: is it possible to love oppressed people and not be a fanatic for fairness?”

Book review: “The Listeners” by Gloria Whelan

Book review: “The Listeners” by Gloria WhelanShhhhhhh. Practically from the minute you were born, somebody was shushing you. Hushing your crying when you were a baby. Whispering to get you to settle down and listen. Yelling at you so you’d be silent as a mouse. Giving something to do so you’d leave them in peace for five minutes.

Foxx and Butler square-off in cat-and-mouse revenge thriller

Foxx and Butler square-off in cat-and-mouse revenge thrillerBurglars Clarence James Darby (Christian Stolte) and Rupert Ames (Josh Stewart) both broke into the suburban Philadelphia home of Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) and forced him to sit and watch helplessly while they brutally murdered his wife (Brooke Mills) and daughter (Ksenia Hulayev). However, only one of the perps had to pay for the crime, since the former was permitted to turn state’s evidence and testify against the latter under the terms of a plea deal which let him off with a slap on the wrist.

(Earth Talk) “Enertia houses” lower heating, cooling costs

(Earth Talk) “Enertia houses” lower heating, cooling costsDear EarthTalk: I recently saw a reference to “Enertia houses” that require little in the way of external sources for heating or cooling.  Do you have any information on this housing design? -- Alan Marshfield, via e-mail

Book review: Barack Like Me: The Chocolate-Covered Truth

Book review:  Barack Like Me: The Chocolate-Covered Truth“Ray Charles said the secret to life is timing. He was right on, especially when it comes to writing a book. When I handed in this book back in April 2009, Barack Obama was riding high and I was a happily married man. Now, it’s more than six months later. Barack’s approval ratings have fallen and so have mine.

Mandatory marriage counseling ruins vacation in battle-of-the-sexes sitcom

Mandatory marriage counseling ruins vacation in battle-of-the-sexes sitcom Jason (Jason Bateman) and Cynthia (Kristen Bell) are on the brink of separating. She hears her biological clock ticking, but their visits to a fertility clinic have been futile due to a low sperm count caused by testicular cancer. Before throwing in the towel, they agree to go for marriage counseling at Eden, an idyllic retreat on Bora Bora billing itself on the internet as the ultimate playground for adults. Besides couples’ therapy, the Polynesian getaway also offers jet skiing, snorkeling, windsurfing, drinking, dancing and all the rest of the amenities one would expect to enjoy at a tropical resort.
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