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Black Nativity reveals real meaning of Christmas

Black Nativity reveals real meaning of ChristmasThe snowy season comes but once a year. Along with this season comes a pause in the arctic takeover; a kiss of kindling for the soul that delivers warmth and pleasantries like the spirit of Christmas. This welcomed break is known as Black Nativity: Now’s The Time, a seasonal production presented by the renowned Penumbra Theater Company, which opened on November 26 to audiences in the Twin Cities.

For those unfamiliar with the story, it’s a gospel tradition, centered on The Walker Family and their journey of growth and discovery that the real meaning of Christmas is better expressed through the spirit of love, rather than material offerings. As they luck upon this understanding, they open their home to a “wanderer,” as well as a couple and their baby- a pair symbolic of Mary, Joseph and Christ, that through dance, gracefully illustrate the story of the Black Nativity.
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Of Thee I Sing

Of Thee I Sing“In this tender, beautiful letter to his daughters, President Barack Obama has written a moving tribute to thirteen groundbreaking Americans and the ideals that have shaped our nation. From the artistry of Georgia O’Keefe to the courage of Jackie Robinson, from the strength of Helen Keller to the patriotism of George Washington, President Obama sees the traits of these heroes within his own children, and within all of America’s children…This beautiful book is about the potential within each of us to pursue our dreams and forge our own paths. It celebrates the characteristics that unite all Americans, from our nation’s founders to the generations to come.”   - Excerpted from the inside cover

Sasha and Malia Obama are now 9 and 12, respectively, which actually makes the First Daughters a little older than the 4-8 demographic contemplated as the target audience for this children’s book designed as a letter to them from their doting dad. Of Thee I Sing is basically a baker’s dozen, brief biographies of important figures in American history, from Father of the Country George Washington up to Maya Lin, the artist/architect who, while still an undergraduate at Yale, designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial located on the National Mall.
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Ethereal feminist fantasy from Belgium exudes primal sensuality

Ethereal feminist fantasy from Belgium exudes primal sensuality  Amer

Amer is a taut, three-part thriller from Belgium heralding the visually-captivating directorial debut of Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani. Difficult to pigeonhole, except perhaps as an homage to Italian horror flicks from the Seventies, this endlessly-imaginative, escapist adventure presents a surreal exploration of sensuality from the perspective of the same female at three stages in her life. The stories unfold in chronological order, with protagonist Ana played by Cassandra Forêt as a child, Charlotte Eugène-Guibbaud as an adolescent, and Marie Bos as an adult.

In the opening installment, our young heroine is portrayed as a wan, waif-like creature given to wandering around her family’s sprawling, mountaintop mansion located high above the seacoast. This evocative tableau is comprised of a primary colored collage of Ana roaming around her familial grounds encountering everything from the bed-ridden corpse of her recently-deceased grandfather to a dangling crucifix to water dripping to her parents copulating as caught by the tyke through a tiny keyhole.
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Edwidge Danticat: The Create Dangerously interview

Edwidge Danticat: The Create Dangerously interviewEdwidge Danticat was born in Haiti in 1969 and moved to the United States when she was 12. She is the author of two novels, two collections of stories, two books for young adults, and two nonfiction books, one of which, Brother, I'm Dying, was a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography. In 2009, she received a MacArthur Genius Fellowship.

Here, Edwidge talks about her latest opus, Create Dangerously, a collection of essays based on a series of lectures she delivered at Princeton University last year.

Kam Williams
: Hi, Edwidge, thanks for the time.
Edwidge Danticat: I hope you don’t mind that I have my baby daughter with me. Usually, I make some sort of arrangements.
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Desperate hubby resorts to desperate measures in jailbreak remake

Desperate hubby resorts to desperate measures in jailbreak remakeThe Next Three Days

When Lara Brennan (Elizabeth Banks) met her husband (Russell Crowe) and in-laws for dinner after a particularly difficult day at work, she seized the opportunity to vent about how much she disliked her boss (Leslie Merrill). She was clearly still visibly agitated over an argument the two had earlier during which she had referred to Elizabeth as a “useless cow.”

So, when the woman’s lifeless body was found bludgeoned to death in their office building’s parking lot later that evening, it didn’t take the police long to finger the disgruntled employee as a person of interest who might have gone postal. And Lara subsequently became the prime suspect and arrested as soon as the cops found her fingerprints on the murder weapon, as well as traces of the victim’s blood on the coat she had worn to the restaurant that night.
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Star-Studded Stallone Action Flick Arrives on DVD

Star-Studded Stallone Action Flick Arrives on DVDThe Expendables

To his credit, writer/director Sylvester Stallone miraculously assembled a cast for the flick containing many of the greatest legends of the action genre. Consequently, this high-impact adventure is worth the investment just to see them sharing the same screen.

For starters, there are matinee idols Stallone, Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis. Then we have bona fide box-office draws in Mickey Rourke, Jason Statham and Jet Li, with tough guys Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and three-time UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture rounding out the ensemble.

The storyline revolves around a band of mercenaries recruited by a mysterious figure (Willis) for a dangerous assignment, namely, to overthrow General Garza (David Zayas), the cocaine-dealing dictator of a Banana Republic. Mastermind Barney Ross’ (Stallone) handpicks a team comprised of knife-wielding Lee Christmas (Statham), martial arts master Yin Yang (Li), crack sniper Gunner Jensen (Lundgren), heavy weapons specialist Hale Caesar (Crews) and demolitions expert Toll Road (Couture). The men are outfitted with weapons by a black market arms dealer (Rourke), although they happen to be pretty good with their fists in a pinch.
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Eric Benet interview

Eric Benet interviewFor years R&B artist Eric Benet, has lapped our eardrums with his prized vocal instrument, and ingenious ability to translate his heart into a song. We hear the name Eric Benet and we immediately think of such hits as: “Spend My Life With You,” “Georgy Porgy,” “I Want to Be Loved,” “You’re the Only One,” and now “Sometimes I Cry.”

After four solo albums, three Grammy nominations, and more than 15 years of caressing a microphone with his vocal effervescence, Benet drops his fifth album on November 30. This latest project, Lost In Time, is an eclectic journey framing the timeless beauty of soul, sound and heart strings.

In this interview, Benet tells Insight News about his latest album which features guest appearances by artists such as Faith Evans, Ledisi and R&B great, Eddie Levert.
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