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Feb 26th

Bio-pic starring Jamie Foxx as homeless savant arrives on DVD

 Bio-pic starring Jamie Foxx as homeless savant arrives on DVD Despite being raised in the ‘hood by a single-mom, child prodigy Nathaniel Ayers (Jamie Foxx) exhibited such promise on the cello that by the time he graduated from high school in 1970 he had earned a scholarship to Juilliard.  But unlike his classmates such as Yo-Yo Ma, Nathaniel would never get a chance to realize his full potential, because during his sophomore year he began exhibiting symptoms of the schizophrenia which would derail his dream of a career in classical music.

G for Glamorous Niecy!

G for Glamorous Niecy!Niecy Nash was born Carol Denise Ensley in Palmdale, California on February 23, 1970. She developed an interest in show business at a very early age after seeing the fabulous Lola Falana on TV. But she first earned a B.A. at California State University before embarking on a career in Hollywood, starting out as a standup comic.

Dr. Gates gets honest about Abe

Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, Jr. was born in Piedmont, West Virginia on September 16, 1950 to Henry, Sr. and Pauline Coleman. Today, he is a world-renowned scholar and educator and the Alphonse Fletcher Professor at Harvard University.

Book review: Renegade: The Making of a President

Book review: Renegade: The Making of a President“This is the making of a president, witnessed from a front-row seat, as it unfolded from its first day to its last. With the help of more than a dozen one-on-one interviews with the candidate and then president—as well as scores of sessions with his trusted aides, friends and family—this account is an attempt to translate the enigma of Barack Obama, to answer the questions of who he is and what ay behind his rise from freshman senator to forty-fourth president of the United States of America.”
-  Excerpted from Chapter One, “Change” (pages 5-6)


Skinhead searches for self in surrealistic drama

Skinhead searches for self in surrealistic dramaBack In 1996, riots broke out in St. Petersburg, FA following the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old Black driver by cops who had incorrectly suspected him of stealing a vehicle. During the disturbances which ensued, a police officer was shot and 28 fires were set by rampaging hordes of African American youths.

Author E. Lynn Harris dies at 54

Author E. Lynn Harris dies at 54(NNPA) -  E. Lynn Harris, the author of best-selling novels about the African-American gay community, has died at age 54, according to the Associated Press.

Publicist Laura Gilmore told AP that Harris died Thursday night, July 23, after being stricken at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. According to reports, the cause of death had not yet been determined.


Book review: “In the Studio with Michael Jackson” by Bruce Swedien

Book review: “In the Studio with Michael Jackson” by Bruce SwedienYou know it by the first five notes. Within three seconds of hearing that beat, you know you’re listening to “Billy Jean” or “Thriller”. There’s no doubt “Off the Wall” has started or “Beat It” will make you want to dance.

And there’s no doubt that Michael Jackson had talent. But while he sang those songs and made up those moves, he didn’t do those million-selling albums by himself. In the new book “In the Studio with Michael Jackson” by Bruce Swedien, you’ll find out how those blockbusters happened and who was involved.

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