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Mar 01st

Bio-pic chronicles the life and times of late civil rights lawyer

William Kunstler (1919-1995) was one of the most reviled figures of the 20th Century. For he was an attorney who not only represented controversial causes and unpopular people, but his approach in the courtroom involved exposing the racism and classicism permeating the legal justice system.
Always ahead of his time, Kunstler’s lifelong commitment to civil rights began when he went to Mississippi to defend Freedom Riders being arrested for trying to integrate lunch counters and other public accommodations. No hypocrite, he cared just as much about equality in his hometown of Rye, NY, where he successfully sued on behalf of a Black couple trying to move into the lily-white enclave in 1960.

Book review: “Role of a Lifetime” by James Brown (with Nathan Whitaker)

Book review: “Role of a Lifetime” by James Brown (with Nathan Whitaker)It’s Sunday afternoon, and there’s nowhere else you’d rather be than in front of your TV. You’ve got chips, liquid refreshment, the remote, and you’re wearing your lucky slippers. Gotta support the team, you know.

Book review: The Conversation: How Black Men and Women Can Build Loving, Trusting Relationships

Book review: The Conversation: How Black Men and Women Can Build Loving, Trusting Relationships“One of the things I’ve heard a lot from young brothers and sisters during my recent travels is ‘I want a woman like Michelle’ or ‘Why can’t I meet a together brother like Barack?’ In truth, they might be that person every day. These young people are seeing the finished product, the result of years and years of work and struggle…

South African docudrama chronicles demise of apartheid

South African docudrama chronicles demise of apartheidWhile most people are well aware of the years of civil unrest which led to the demise of Apartheid in 1994, not as many know about the secret talks that simultaneously transpired for almost a decade between the South African government and the African National Congress (ANC), the political party spearheading the independence movement. Since the racist regime officially opposed the notion of negotiating with terrorists, President P.W. Botha (Timothy West) couldn’t let the white minority know that he had, in fact, dispatched an emissary to England to meet with a representative of the outlawed ANC.

Michael Jackson's 'This is It' - Captivating

 Michael Jackson's 'This is It' - Captivating(NNPA) - By the time he died, the media and his antics had obscured the most obvious.  Michael Jackson was the greatest singer/entertainer/performing artist of his generation.  Many could argue that point. But as you watch this work-in-progress documentary, with footage that was never necessarily meant to become a theatrical feature-length film, you have to ponder, 'What pop artist was or is better?'

Lee Daniels’ long-anticipated sundance-winner lives up to the buzz.

 Lee Daniels’ long-anticipated sundance-winner lives up to the buzz.Precious is finally arriving in theaters after being the beneficiary of practically a year’s worth of buzz since winning a trio of trophies at Sundance, including that prestigious film festival’s equivalent of Best Picture. I’m happy to be the bearer of the good news that the movie more than lives up to the critical acclaim.

Book review: “It’s All Good” by Nikki Carter

Book review: “It’s All Good” by Nikki CarterYou have enough drama in your life. And it all starts at home. Your mother is always asking favors and while you usually don’t mind, sometimes you just want to roll your eyes hard. Where does she get these ideas?
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