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Oct 25th

Sizzling Pam Grier still shining bright

Sizzling Pam Grier still shining brightLegendary actress Pam Grier’s, artistic wick has never flickered through the changing of seasons.  Today she is still as hot a star as she was when her career began in the late 1960s.

When Grier began her journey to become one of the most well known African American actresses in the world, seeing brown faces on the small and big screens, truly meant you had to be a distinguished talent; integrating color in entertainment was still a slow moving bullet.
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Casting Call for Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man based on the Bestseller Begins

Casting Call for Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man based on the Bestseller BeginsThink you've got what it takes to be part of the new Screen Gems' film based on the NYT best-seller, Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man? The book provides no-nonsense advice about men and love from the comedian, author and syndicated talk-show host Steve Harvey.

If you're a fan of Steve Harvey or the book, and can play an age between 18 and 50, you just might be considered for a walk-on part in the upcoming movie through Sony Pictures Entertainment's Face of the Fan® program, which has launched a casting call for the film. The film will be produced by Rainforest Films' Will Packer, who also collaborated with Screen Gems on such hits as Stomp the Yard, This Christmas, and Takers.
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A Reason to Believe: Lessons from an Improbable Life

A Reason to Believe: Lessons from an Improbable Life“My life is often described as ‘improbable’ because I grew up in a broken home and in poverty… Of course, I acknowledge the unlikelihood of my good fortune. I also recognize the hard work and discipline that have made it possible.

But above all, I cherish and celebrate the many people who have taken moments to enlighten me, to renew my ideals, and to spur me to action. There have been teachers and preachers, supervisors and colleagues, friends and family… who through their words or deeds have delivered transcendent messages about life, faith and friendship… They have made all the difference. This book is a tribute to them.” (Excerpts from the Preface, pgs. 3-4)
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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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