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Oct 02nd

Book review: Family Affair: What It Means to Be African-American Today

Book review: Family Affair: What It Means to Be African-American Today“Who am I? It’s a fundamental question for everyone, of course, but for African Americans, it has particular resonance. Since our history in America is filled with grand contradictions, marginalization, and grotesque lies, African Americans have largely been left alone in the dark to grapple with the issue of who we are.
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Spirit and soul : Sweet Honey In The Rock

Spirit and soul : Sweet Honey In The RockWhen harmony took a ride with spirit and soul the result of this union gave birth a sensation known as Sweet Honey In the Rock (SHIR). Born from Psalm 81:16, “He should have fed them also with the finest of the wheat: and with honey out of the rock should I have satisfied you,” and timelessly regenerated through the vocal throws of five amazing songstresses, this Grammy Award-winning ensemble, founded by Bernice Johnson Reagon, now proudly celebrates their 35th year of commitment towards music and impacting the community.
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Rare classic footage resurfaces of Miles Davis from the fifties

Kind of Blue (1959). Don Hunstein © Sony BMG Entertainment" alt="milesdavis1" src="/images/stories/09/316/milesdavis1.jpg" align="right" width="280" height="186" />50 years ago, on April 2, 1959, the Miles Davis Quintet teamed with the Gil Evans Orchestra to perform in New York City on a TV series called “The Robert Herridge Theater.” Music aficionados might be amused to learn why the legendary trumpeter’s combo that day wasn’t the usual sextet, namely, because alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley had cancelled due to illness. Miles’ sidemen in attendance were giants of jazz in their own right, including tenor saxophonist John Coltrane, bassist Paul Chambers, pianist Wynton Kelly and drummer Jimmy Cobb.
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Book review: “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama” by Gwen Ifill

Book review: “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama” by Gwen IfillA few months ago, you made an X, drew a line, flipped a switch, or otherwise indicated which candidate you wanted to see in the White House. Whichever you did, you helped make a first.

Would the next Pennsylvania Avenue resident be the first African American president, or would he govern with the first woman VP?  Were you mourning because your candidate wouldn’t be the first woman president? Or did you cast your vote elsewhere, thus making history by not voting for a first-time history-maker?

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Rashida’s rhapsody

Rashida’s rhapsody Born in L.A. on February 25, 1976, Rashida Leah Jones is the younger daughter of jazz icon/composer/arranger/record producer Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton of Mod Squad fame. Rashida was raised in Bel Air and attended the prestigious Buckley School where she was a member of the National Honor Society and voted the “Girl Most Likely to Succeed.” The academic overachiever also received religious training at a Hebrew school en route to Harvard University, and she continues to practice Judaism today.
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Intimate bio-pic recounts the illustrious careers of Carmen De Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder

Intimate bio-pic recounts the illustrious careers of Carmen De Lavallade and Geoffrey HolderCarmen De Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder have been happily-married for 53 years. During that time span, the talented couple has not only raised their son, Leo, together, but they’ve supported each other’s every creative endeavor over the course of celebrated and enduring careers in the arts.
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Cosby kid chats about successful comeback

Cosby kid chats about successful comebackBorn in Newark, NJ on April 9, 1979, Keshia Knight Pulliam entered showbiz at an early age, making TV commercials as a toddler and already landing a recurring role on Sesame Street by the age of three. But it was on The Cosby Show that she wormed herself into America’s hearts as adorable Rudy Huxtable, the baby of the much-beloved television family.

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