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Cautionary expose’ warns of Detroit’s impending demise

Cautionary expose’ warns of Detroit’s impending demise

Detropia
Film Review by Kam Williams

Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady are a couple of inspired filmmakers who have kept their finger on the pulse since founding Loki Films a decade ago. Among the frequent collaborators’ timely offerings are such critically-acclaimed documentaries as Oscar-nominated Jesus Camp (2006), the NAACP Image Award-winning The Boys of Baraka (2005) and the Peabody Award-winning 12th & Delaware (2010).

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DVD features African-American answer to American Pie

DVD features African-American answer to American Pie

We The Party
DVD Review by Kam Williams

It’s hard to ignore the parallels between We the Party and American Pie (1999). After all, the latter revolved around a quartet of horny, high school students competing to lose their virginity before graduation, and we find the testosterone-driven quintet at the center of We the Party in pursuit of the same rite of passage shortly before their senior prom.

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Judge orders audit of Chris Brown’s community service

Judge orders audit of Chris Brown’s community service

According to the Associated Press, a judge ordered an audit of Chris Brown’s community service progress after a prosecutor handling his felony assault case cited a possible discrepancy in the amount of work he has performed.

Deputy District Attorney Mary Murray requested the audit because she says the records are not clear on how many hours Brown performed and where the work has been done. Brown had been allowed to perform six months’ worth of community labor in his home state of Virginia, but a judge said probation officials in Los Angeles should review detailed records to ascertain how much work he has actually done.

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Barack Obama and the rise and decline of Black politics

Barack Obama and the rise and decline of Black politics

The Price of the Ticket:
Barack Obama and Rise and Decline of Black Politics

by Frederick C. Harris
Oxford University Press
Hardcover, $24.95
228 pages
ISBN: 978-0-19-973967-7

“Barack Obama’s triumph in the presidential election of 2008… contains an irony: he won a victory as an African-American only by denying that he was the candidate of African-Americans... Obama’s very success exacted a heavy cost on Black politics…

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Kool Moe Dee calls ‘Unsung’ off-target

Kool Moe Dee calls ‘Unsung’ off-target

Harlem native Mohandas “Kool Moe Dee” DeWese is best remembered for his ever-present hats and shades, but it’s his resistance to hip-hop clichés which fortifies his legacy. Anti-drugs and alcohol and pro-education, Moe was always willing to represent bold views in his music and in interviews.

Pictured: Kool Moe Dee

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Chase & Ovation give tribute to Prince

Chase & Ovation give tribute to Prince

The Capri Theater, located at 2027 W. Broadway – one of the oldest and most prominent theaters – is the only one of 13 movie houses in North Minneapolis that remains standing today.

Built in 1927, it was known for many years as the Paradise Theater and was later named the Capri in 1967.  In 1932 the theater was remodeled by architect Jack Liebenberg of architectural firm, Liebenberg and Kaplan.

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Carefree cherub laments climate change in enchanting cautionary parable

Carefree cherub laments climate change in enchanting cautionary parable

Beasts of the Southern Wild
Film Review by Kam Williams

6 year-old Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis) is being raised under the radar in “The Bathtub,” a backwoods bayou located on the swamp side of a Louisiana levee. The self-sufficient tomboy divides her days between attending to her sickly father (Dwight Henry) and living in harmony with a handful of other hardy refugees from civilization.

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