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Oct 22nd

Winnie the Pooh: Disney brings Pooh and pals back to big screen

Winnie the Pooh: Disney brings Pooh and pals back to big screen Written by A.A. Milne (1882-1956) back in the 1920s, Winnie the Pooh is a beloved children’s classic which has captured the imagination of young and old alike for generations on end. Since acquiring the rights to the collection of the collection of timeless tales in the early Sixties, Walt Disney has adapted them to both the big and small screens, even extending the popular franchise in recent years by creating sequels for such peripheral characters as Tigger (2000), Piglet (2003) and Heffalump (2005).
   
With the latest episode, Pooh (Jim Cummings) returns to the limelight for an animated adventure ostensibly-based on three of the original, illustrated bedtime stories. The action unfolds in fabled Hundred Acre Wood, where we find him rousing from hibernation, hungry and out of honey. This state of affairs inspires the anthropomorphic bear to sing “The Tummy Song,” the first of numerous excuses the production seizes upon to launch into a bouncy show tune.

   
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MBMA honors our stars

MBMA honors our starsThough the weather on July 15 was a bit ominous, eventually the sun came out and later the stars began it shine—both outside and inside the Pantages Theatre.

The 20th presentation of the Minnesota Black Music Awards (MBMA) paid homage to several musical pioneers and offered the receptive crowd a glimpse into the future of what talents Minnesota has to offer.

National icon, Alexander O’Neal, rebounded from a less than stellar showing at the BET Awards, belting out a medley of his hits.
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MBMA honors our stars

MBMA honors our starsThough the weather on July 15 was a bit ominous, eventually the sun came out and later the stars began it shine—both outside and inside the Pantages Theatre.

The 20th presentation of the Minnesota Black Music Awards (MBMA) paid homage to several musical pioneers and offered the receptive crowd a glimpse into the future of what talents Minnesota has to offer.

National icon, Alexander O’Neal, rebounded from a less than stellar showing at the BET Awards, belting out a medley of his hits.
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The Sounds of Blackness on Malaco label

 The Sounds of Blackness on Malaco labelMinnesota supergroup The Sounds of Blackness, announced recently it has signed a recording deal with the historic Jackson, Mississippi recording company, The Malaco Music Group.

Fly Again the debut single from their self-titled CD, The Sounds Of Blackness will hit the airways next week, Malaco said in a statement announcing the recording contract. Fly Again features the phenomenal vocals of Jamecia Bennett, daughter of Ann Nesby, mother of Paris Bennett, American Idol Season 5, Top 5 Contestant.
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Sinfonia performances at Farwell Park and North Commons

Over fifty North Minneapolis children will join the Sinfonia to dance and narrate a performance of Peter and the Wolf at Farwell Park in North Minneapolis on Wednesday, July 27 and again at North Commons Park on Thursday, July 28.

Performing prior to the Sinfonia is the Unlimited Next Level Dance and Drill Performing Arts. The festival on July 28 will also feature performances by vocalists from the Sounds of Blackness, displays of works by other local artists and children's activities from the Walker Art Center.
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Interview: Dr. Derek on call

Interview: Dr. Derek on call Independent Spirit Award-winner Derek Luke (for Antwone Fisher) has joined the cast of TNT’s HawthoRNe, the powerful medical drama starring and executive-produced by Jada Pinkett Smith. In a multi-episode arc that began with the June 14th season premiere, Derek is playing the role of Dr. Miles Bourdet, a young surgeon who arrives at James River Hospital to become the protégé of Dr. Tom Wakefield (Michael Vartan). Currently in the midst of a divorce, Miles will attract the attention of Camille Hawthorne (Hannah Hodson), daughter of Jada’s character Christina Hawthorne.
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New novel highlights remarkable era of African-Americans in the old west

New novel highlights remarkable era of African-Americans in the old westIn the summer of 1895, terror gripped the Indian Territories (today's Oklahoma).  The youthful, multi-racial Rufus Buck gang was on the rampage, terrorizing and assaulting anyone in its path.  Their goal: to expel whites from Indian Territory.  Gang leader Rufus Buck was half-Black and half Creek Indian.  The rest of the gang was composed of one African-American, and three full-blooded Creeks.  The idea of a multi-racial gang banding together in 1895 may seem strange, but turn-of-the-century Indian Territory was a multi-racial place.  A new novel by Leonce Gaiter entitled I Dreamt I Was in Heaven - The Rampage of the Rufus Buck Gang (http://www.buckrampage.com), explores the Buck gang rampage amidst the rainbow of ethnicities on both sides of the law in the lawless Indian Territory.
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