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Bobby McFerrin crosses musical genres

Bobby McFerrin crosses musical genresNo one can categorize Bobby McFerrin. His music is a universal expression of rhythm, tone, timbre, genre, spirit, and soul. 10 Grammy Awards gives an idea of his musical genius, but history, longevity, and unique composition are the true essence of a man embracing world cultures musically. McFerrin, a native of Brooklyn, New York, was born to classically trained singers. His father Robert McFerrin, Sr. was the first African-American male to perform a solo at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, and he sung the vocals for Sidney Poitier in the 1959 Samuel Goldwyn movie production of Porgy and Bess.
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The Whiz: Moneyapolis

The Whiz: MoneyapolisNorthrop Dance presents: The Whiz: Moneyapolis

by Nicholas Leichter Dance with Monstah Black

Performances held at Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis. Wed, May 4- Sat, May 7, 8:00 pm, Sun, May 8, 7:00 pm. Tickets: $27 through the Northrop website or the U of M Tickets and Events Offi ce only at 612-624-2345.

The Hood Health Handbook Volume 1

The Hood Health Handbook Volume 1In all my world travels, never have I picked up a book with the kind of love, concern and information that I’ve seen put into this book... Information is power. The power in this book is unimaginable. I thank the editors for taking the time and effort to teach the masses the truth about how important diet and nutrition are… Some of you aren’t even aware that you’re eating badly or living unhealthily… On every page, there’s something you must know. When I look at the state of health in America, particularly African Americans’, I say, ‘My God, we need a shift in the wind.’ I believe this book is the shift in the wind we’ve been waiting for. (Excerpts from the Preface by Dick Gregory, pgs. 3–4)
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Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Awards 2011

The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) serves nonprofit arts groups in the 7-county—Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties—metropolitan area of Minnesota with annualized operating expenses of up to $300,000.

As one of 11 regional arts councils in Minnesota, MRAC is largely funded by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature and by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Land and Legacy Amendment. MRAC also receives a generous grant from The McKnight Foundation.
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Born to be Morgan Freeman

Born to be Morgan FreemanMorgan Freeman finally won an Academy Award in 2005 in the Best Supporting Actor category for his work in Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby, for which he also won a Screen Actors Guild Award. In 2009, he reunited with Eastwood to portray Nelson Mandela in the true-life drama Invictus, for which he garnered his latest Oscar nomination.

Freeman had previously been honored with three other Academy Award nominations, for Street Smart, Driving Miss Daisy and The Shawshank Redemption. And he is set to star next in the family adventure Dolphin Tale opening in September.
 
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Clarence Thomas’ ex expounds on steamy memoir

Clarence Thomas’ ex expounds on steamy memoirRetired Justice Lillian McEwen was born, raised and educated in Washington, D.C. Her stellar legal career there spanned several decades, including stints as a prosecutor, Capitol Hill staff counsel, criminal defense attorney, law professor and federal judge. Judge McEwen recently published her memoir, D.C. Unmasked & Undressed, a steamy tell-all chronicling her sexually-adventurous private life, paying particular attention to her longtime relationship with a prominent colleague, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
 
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Disgraced attorney seeks redemption in crime thriller

Disgraced attorney seeks redemption in crime thrillerIf you enjoy trying to solve a cerebral, multi-layered mystery, then get yourself to a theater to see this cleverly-conceived whodunit before anybody has a chance to spoil it for you. Based on Michael Connelly’s best-seller of the same name, this intricate thriller is directed by Brad Furman (The Take) and stars Matthew McConaughey in the title role. He plays the sort of down on his luck attorney audiences just love to root for, an empathetic underdog in need of redemption, reminiscent of the recovering alcoholic Paul Newman portrays in The Verdict in an Oscar-winning performance.
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