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Sep 03rd

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?

Just give Mo’Nique the Oscar!

Mo’Nique Imes was born on December 11, 1967 in Baltimore, MD which is where she started her showbiz career as a stand-up comedienne on a dare a couple of decades ago. From there, she gained visibility and immense popularity with performances on “Showtime at the Apollo,” HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam,” “Apollo Comedy Hour” HBO’s “Snaps,” BET’s “Comic View,” The Montreal Comedy Festival and Uptown Comedy Club.

Book review: “Spoon” by Robert Greer

Book review: “Spoon” by Robert GreerAsk your mother, and she’d probably say it was one of your favorite words. From the time you were old enough to talk, she heard it plenty enough: “Mine!” Everything was yours. If it belonged to someone else, it was yours. Even if you didn’t want it, it was yours.

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?”
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