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Word(s)PLAY! 2012: Staged Readings of New Work at Penumbra

Word(s)PLAY! 2012: Staged Readings of New Work at Penumbra

Penumbra Theatre Company announced the final staged reading of Word(s)PLAY! 2012, a forum designed to develop new plays by African American playwrights.

Pictured: Kara Lee Corthron, playwright

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A Frenetic Animated Adventure Strictly for Tykes

A Frenetic Animated Adventure Strictly for Tykes

Ice Age: Continental Drift

Unfortunately, the brains behind the latest installment of this animated series abandoned the family-friendly formula which made it so popular with kids of all ages. Instead, they decided to produce a kitchen sink comedy more concerned with generating cheap laughs by any means possible than with spinning a coherent tale that might engage an adult.

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Sugar Ray Leonard: The Big Fight

Sugar Ray Leonard: The Big Fight

Sugar Ray Leonard
"The Big Fight" Interview

One of the most prodigious pugilists of all time, Sugar Ray Leonard was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina on May 17, 1956 to Cicero and Getha Leonard. The fifth of seven kids, his family moved to Washington, DC in 1959 before settling down seven years later in Palmer Park, Maryland where his father was employed as a supermarket night manager and his mother as a nurse.

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Batman emerges from exile to battle terrorist in trilogy finale

Batman emerges from exile to battle terrorist in trilogy finale

The Dark Knight Rises brings down the curtain on the brilliant Batman trilogy directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale as the Caped Crusader. Each of the earlier episodes, Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008), earned a spot on this critic's annual Top Ten List, #s 9 and 1, respectively.

Given how the late Heath Ledger played The Joker to perfection, delivering an inspired, Oscar-winning, career performance in the previous installment, you knew it would be hard for Nolan to find as compelling a character for his highly-anticipated finale. And if The Dark Knight Rises does have a weakness, it lies in the fact that its primary villain pales in comparison. Otherwise, the movie measures up to franchise expectations, though its convoluted plot and 2¾ hours running time is likely to have younger kids squirming in their seats.

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Google Lonny Breaux, you’ll see his hit song “Novacane”.

Google Lonny Breaux, you’ll see his hit song “Novacane”.

Follow him on Twitter and you’ll be adding to one of his 1,000,000 plus followers. Skim his Wikipedia page and you'll see his affiliation with one of the hottest up and coming hip-hop minds of today’s youth, Tyler the Creator as well hip-hop collective, OFWKGTA (Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All), dubbed the next Wu-Tang Clan. He's featured on the critically acclaimed album Watch the Throne, arguably the most important hip-hop record of 2011. He’s worked with platinum stars such as Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Pharell to name a few.

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Michael Beach on “David E Talbert Presents… A Fool and His Money”

Michael Beach on “David E Talbert Presents… A Fool and His Money”

When it comes to famous fictional Hollywood husbands, no one is more known in the Black Hollywood spectrum than veteran actor Michael Beach, whose played in a laundry list of motion pictures throughout the years, but is famously remembered for his portrayal of a cheating husband in both Waiting to Exhale and Soulfood. He is in fact the man who caused Angela Bassett to set a car full of relationship memorabilia on fire, and made a knife yielding Vanessa Williams almost unleash the fury on her entire family at what should have been a peaceful dinner get together.

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Huey Newton Documentary

 Huey Newton Documentary

The Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation has selected Emmy award winning independent filmmaker Dante James to direct a feature documentary, on the Black Panther founder.

The documentary is tentatively titled Huey P. Newton and the Story of the Black Panther Party.

“This film will tell the story of the Black Panther Party (BPP) from inside the Party through the story of Huey P. Newton,” said David Hilliard, a childhood friend of Newton, and a founding member and leader of the Black Panther Party.

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