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The Gospel at Colonus

The Gospel at Colonus In the third part of Sophocles' classical tragedy, “Oedipus at Colonus”, Oedipus is an old repentant man burdened by an ill-fated life. The unthinkable has occurred multiple times. As an infant, prophecy proclaimed he would be a killer of his father and husband of his mother. His parents abandoned him out of fear. Later in life he killed an unknown man on a road, who turned out to be his father and King of Thebes. Time passes he marries a woman, the Queen of Thebes, and has children. It was discovered that his wife was in fact his mother. She hung herself when she learned the devastating news. Oedipus gouged his eyes out at the sight of his dead mother, and roamed about aimlessly for years. From August 5 -11, 2010, at Minnesota Orchestra Hall, an all star cast including The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Legendary Soul Stirrers and The Steeles, will tell the story of Oedipus seeking forgiveness and redemption in his death in The Gospel at Colonus, by Lee Breuer and Bob Telson. Now imagine this intense drama as a gospel musical set in a Black Pentecostal church.
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Reverential Bio-Pic Successfully Recasts Smut Peddler as Humanitarian

Reverential Bio-Pic Successfully Recasts Smut Peddler as Humanitarian  Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel

Before seeing this film, I only thought of Hugh Hefner as a purveyor of smut who built an empire on the backs, or should I say breasts, of females by reducing them to sex objects whose sole purpose was to fuel the testosterone-fueled fantasies of teenage boys. While this reverential bio-pic did nothing to disabuse me of the notion that the hedonistic octogenarian remains an inveterate, exploitative male chauvinist, it did a great job of convincing me that he also happened to be an effective advocate of racial equality during the Civil Rights Era.

Thus, much in the way that the recent documentary about frozen-fazed, comedienne Joan Rivers managed to humanize a freak long since dismissed as a cosmetic surgery victim, here we have a notorious womanizer successfully recast as an altruistic humanitarian. Directed by Oscar-winner Brigitte Berman, the final cut of Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel was reportedly much longer before the German-born Oscar-winning filmmaker (for Artie Shaw: Time Is All You’ve Got), was forced to let five probably priceless hours of celluloid hit the cutting floor.
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Harvard Law Professor Weighs in on Everything from Profiling to Beergate to the Obamas

Harvard Law Professor Weighs in on Everything from Profiling to Beergate to the Obamas  Professor Charles Ogletree - “The Presumption of Guilt” Interview

Charles Ogletree, Jr. was born in Merced, CA, on December 31, 1952, the eldest of five children to bless the union of migrant farm workers Willie Mae and Charles Ogletree, Sr. A bright child who exhibited an intellectual curiosity from an early age, Charles credits his parents and grandparents for whetting that insatiable thirst for knowledge.

He would matriculate at Stanford University where he earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Political Science before heading to Harvard Law School. Since graduating, he’s enjoyed a storybook career as a public intellectual, between teaching at Harvard and moderating a host of television shows, perhaps most notably, “The State of the Black Union” and “The Fred Friendly Seminars.”
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Riveting, Real-Life, Civil Rights-Era Drama Released on DVD

Riveting, Real-Life, Civil Rights-Era Drama Released on DVDBlood Done Sign My Name

After serving his country in Vietnam, Henry Marrow (A.C. Sanford) returned to his hometown of Oxford, North Carolina only to be murdered in broad daylight for allegedly leering at a white woman. On May 11, 1970, the 23 year-old African-American veteran left behind a pregnant widow (Milauna Jemai) and two young daughters, while the perpetrators of the heinous crime were found not-guilty by an all-white jury, despite credible testimony of several eyewitnesses who identified the perpetrators as Ku Klux Klan sympathizer Robert Teel (Nick Searcy) and his son.

The outcome of the trial was no surprise, after all, black-white relations hadn’t changed that much in the tiny Southern town since it was founded during the slave days by Samuel Benton, a wealthy, politically-connected, tobacco plantation owner. But what was unexpected was the rioting which erupted in the wake of the verdict when outraged young African-Americans took to the streets in protest.
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Documentary Chronicles Historic Gathering of Black Men

Documentary Chronicles Historic Gathering of Black Men  Long Live the Spirit of the Million Man March

On October 16, 1995, African-American males descended in droves on the District of Columbia for a historic gathering on the National Mall. Prophetically dubbed the Million Man March ahead of time, the gathering lived up to its billing, with anywhere between one and two million brothers attending, depending upon the news source relied upon.

Over the course of the day-long event, organized by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam, the audience listened to such luminaries as Reverend Al Sharpton, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Reverend Ben Chavis, Congressman Charles Rangel, Kwanzaa creator Ron Karenga, Stevie Wonder and Los Angeles Sentinel Publisher Danny Bakewell. They also heard from female leaders, too, including Attorney Faye Williams, Poet Maya Angelou, civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks, Dorothy Height and Dr. Betty Shabazz, the widow of the late Malcolm X, to name a few.
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Tiffany Carter; 8 days a week music

Tiffany Carter; 8 days a week musicWhen music is your main focus, your craft doesn’t take a vacation just because the sun goes down. Nor does the impact of a song subside whenever a track has spun to a close.

For NEO-SOUL and R&B Songstress Tiffany Carter, the hustle to garner her official stripes in the Music Industry is a fete that calls her every 24 hours; a cycle that never rests as long as her art has a story to tell, and there are ears further than a whisper.

8 Days a week music.

No, she’s not a Barbie Doll in a halter dress, she’s the gimmick that is the gimmick of representing reality rather than shaping a dishonest truth inside clever packaging. She’s a smile, a voice, and an indefinable feeling of awe that reaches your soul whenever her microphone is present.

Dripping with abounds of talent from a buttery voice, pure in sensation, and profound beyond compare, she’s what the industry lacks and what our ears and hearts desire; she’s a praise in the wind, as lyrics glide over melodies and conform into triumph.
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Webinars with screenwriter Michael Elliot

Webinars with screenwriter Michael ElliotScreenwriter Michael Elliot has found an unlikely miracle in a film he wrote called Brown Sugar. This was a script that reformatted his destiny and afforded him the dream that many of us screenwriters desire: to see our words immortalized by the flick of a camera, when having our ideas brought to life when thoughts are transformed into moving pictures.

Elliot, who also wrote Carmen: A Hip Hopera, and later went on to write such urban classics as Like Mike 1 &2, and this summers smash hit, Just Wright with Queen Latifah and Common, understood going into the game that the road to success wasn’t going to just offer him a front door welcome. Armed with a pen and a pad, Elliot opted to follow an old theory set forth by a Beatles song; he “came in through the bathroom window,” by taking an unconventional route to meet his destiny in an ascending stairwell.
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