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Dec 19th

Decoded by Jay-z

Decoded by Jay-z“My life after childhood has two main stories: the story of the hustler and the story of the rapper, and the two overlap as much as they diverge. I was on the streets for more than half of my life from the time I was thirteen-years-old... The feelings I had during that part of my life were burned into me like a brand…
I lost people I loved, was betrayed by people I trusted, felt the breeze of bullets flying by my head… I went dead broke and got hood rich on those streets. I hated it. I was addicted to it. It nearly killed me.
It was the site of my moral education, as strange as that may sound. It’s my core story, and… that core story is the one that I have to tell.” - Excerpted from the Introduction (pg. 18)

Shawn Corey Carter, aka Jay-Z, wasn’t always a cultural icon married to Beyonce’ who had parlayed his success as a rap artist into a multi-millionaire empire with a host of diverse holdings ranging from a record label to a music publishing company to a clothing line to a nightclub chain to an NBA team. No, he spent his formative years in the Marcy Housing Projects in Bed-Stuy, before moving to Trenton where he dropped out of school to sell crack on the streets while pursuing a hip-hop career.
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Ice skater Luke Brotherson tours with Disney on Ice

Ice skater Luke Brotherson tours with Disney on IceDream jobs are hard to come by. However, since 2003, professional ice skater Luke Brotherson has been dreaming with his eyes as a touring member of Feld Company, a touring company that presents the various productions that make up Disney on Ice.

Brotherson, a native of Birmingham, UK, began shaping his career as an ice skater at the age of 16; he’s a self-taught talent, who stumbled into his craft as a result of a curriculum requirement in his High School. “I was always a competitive gymnast, but my school wanted us to take a secondary sport that we had never done before, so I chose skating. I would go skating twice a week with my class, and then I just got kind of addicted to it,” said Brotherson. “When I finished school, I got a job at a skating rink so I could continue to practice.”
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Sherri Shepherd hosts reception celebrating extraordinary women volunteering to help others in need

Sherri Shepherd hosts reception celebrating extraordinary women volunteering to help others in needWE tv and Ladies' Home Journal held the first annual WE Do Good Awards on 11/16/10 in NYC. As part of WE tv's public affairs initiative, WE Volunteer, the event honored three women who have made a positive impact through volunteerism. Hosted by The View's Sherri Shepherd with special presenters including actresses Kelly Rutherford and Andie MacDowell, and a special appearance by Academy Award® winner, Marlee Matlin.
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Pillsbury House Theatre 19th season: More accessible, active and adventurous than ever before

Pillsbury House Theatre 19th season: More accessible, active and adventurous than ever beforePillsbury House Theatre begins its 2011 season with an all "Pay What You Can" production of Nathan Jackson's Broke-ology directed by James A. Williams from March 11 to April 10. An innovative initiative funded with help from the Legacy Amendment, every performance of Broke-ology will be accessible to every audience member on any budget.

All "Pay What You Can" means every performance of Broke-ology—Name your price!

In May 2011, PHT returns to the Dowling Studio for the first time since its critically-acclaimed production of Blackbird in 2008. Obie award winner Marion McClinton directs In the Red and Brown Water, the area premiere of the first play in Tarell Alvin McCraney's epic trilogy The Brother/Sister Plays. Only 29 years old but already an important voice in contemporary theatre, McCraney is the international writer-in-residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company and a member of Chicago's Steppenwolf Ensemble. His work has been seen in New York, London, Chicago, New Orleans, Atlanta, Seattle, and Washington DC. In Red and Brown Water will be the first production of Tarell McCraney’s work in Minnesota. Parts 2 and 3 will come to Minnesota through Pillsbury House Theatre in 2012
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Russell Simmons hosts soiree for Soledad O’Brien

Russell Simmons hosts soiree for Soledad O’Brien Over the weekend, hip-hop entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist Russell Simmons opened up his home to host a star-studded party for Soledad O’Brien in his lavish two-story penthouse located in lower Manhattan. The occasion marked the release of Soledad’s autobiography, "The Next Big Story", which she co-wrote with Rose Marie Arce.

Besides the authors, celebrity guests in attendance included CBS news anchor Katie Couric, HLN host Jane Velez-Mitchell, actor Jamie Hector (“The Wire”), CNN reporters Alino Cho and Susan Candiotti, syndicated columnist Keli Goff, educator Dr. Steve Perry and PR maven Terrie Williams.

Also at the gathering was Soledad’s husband, Brad, her father, Edward, and several of her siblings, as well as Corinne Vargas, who grew up on Long Island not far from the O’Brien family. Ms. Vargas’ legal battle with the Village of Smithtown for affordable housing is recounted in the memoir, a section which serves to highlight the degree of discrimination there against minorities.
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Wain McFarlane & The Dreadlock Cowboys @ Terminal Bar

Wain McFarlane & The Dreadlock Cowboys @ Terminal Bar409 E. Hennepin Ave. Mpls.

Also, the long awaited return of Hurcil Woodruff & the Cool Water Cowboys "Stand In Line" CD release party.

Music starts @ 8PM

Book Review: Soledad O‘Brien's The Next Big Story

Book Review: Soledad O‘Brien's The Next Big Story“I began life as the child of a mixed-race marriage growing up in a white suburb, treated sometimes as a creature of bad circumstance… Bad things happen until good people get in the way.

I learned this life lesson growing up in Smithtown, Long Island, and I see it almost everywhere I go in pursuit of the next big story… My immigrant parents made sure I had the potential to capture my American dream anyway.

I was handed a life of possibilities. That experience left me with the urge to chart how those around us get their chance at life and whether they go on to share their good fortune with others when the time comes.”
-- Excerpted from the Introduction (pg. 4)
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