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Mar 29th

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Hubba Hubbard!Erica Hubbard: The “Let’s Stay Together” Interview

Talented, gorgeous and “The Girl Next Door” are words used to describe Erica Hubbard. Born in Chicago on January 2, 1979, the versatile actress has been lighting up the big and small screens with her contagious and enticing smile for the past seven years and can now be seen as one of the leads on “Let’s Stay Together,” the eagerly-anticipated, original comedy produced for the BET Network, which debuted earlier this month.

Erica knew at the tender age of nine that she wanted to be an actress after performing in her first stage play. Never giving up on her dream, she attended Columbia College in Chicago where she majored in Broadcast Journalism, minored in Theater and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in just three years!

The King’s Speech Lands a Dozen Nominations; Mo’Nique Miffed by Snub of Halle Berry

The King’s Speech Lands a Dozen Nominations;                  Mo’Nique Miffed by Snub of Halle Berry2011 Oscar Nominations

The Oscar nominations were announced early Tuesday morning at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills by last year’s Best Supporting Actress-winner Mo’Nique (for Precious) along with Academy President Tom Sherak. The King’s Speech, the inspirational bio-pic about King George VI’s struggle to cure his stutter, has emerged as the early favorite in the annual awards sweepstakes, landing nominations in a dozen categories, including Best Picture, Actor (Colin Firth), Supporting Actor (Geoffrey Rush), Supporting Actress (Helena Bonham Carter), Director (Tom Hooper) and Original Screenplay (David Seidler).

Tribute to “The Sultry Divas of Jazz”

“Nancy Wilson & Peggy Lee: The Sultry Divas of Jazz,” with Ginger Commodore and Connie Evingson, is the next concert in the Legends series at the Capri Theater. Performances are at 7 pm Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, and 3 pm Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011. Single tickets are $25 and can be ordered online at, or by calling OvationTix at 866-811-4111.

“Legends” series artistic director Dennis Spears says that Peggy Lee and Nancy Wilson are a natural combination because of their similarities. “They are both known for their sultry and sassy jazz styles, their class and elegance, and their experiences in acting,” said Spears.  The concert promises a Valentine’s Day assortment that combines the sweet with the bittersweet.

FairVote MN offers background, analysis -- and its second online Best Picture poll

FairVote MN offers background, analysis -- and its second online Best Picture pollRanked Choice Voting reprises its starring role in the Oscars ceremony as the Academy of Motion Pictures again uses this smarter, fairer, more broadly representative system to determine the Best Picture.

For the second consecutive year, the Oscars will use instant runoff or “preferential” voting – what we in Minnesota call Ranked Choice Voting – to determine this year’s Best Picture award. The Academy returned to preferential voting last year after decades of using a plurality voting system.

From materialism to meditation

From materialism to meditationRussell Wendell Simmons was born in Queens, New York on October 4, 1957, the middle of three sons to bless the marriage of Daniel and Evelyn Simmons, a public school administrator and NYC parks administrator, respectively. Russell and Rick Rubin co-founded Def Jam Records, the legendary hip-hop label, in 1984.

Russell parlayed his success in music into several fashion lines, most notably, Phat Farm and Baby Phat. Meanwhile, as Chairman and CEO of his umbrella organization, Rush Communications, he also ran an ad agency, produced movies and TV shows, and published a magazine.

Forbes Magazine recently named Simmons one of "Hollywood's Most Influential Celebrities." And USA Today dubbed him one of the "Top 25 Most Influential People of the Past 25 Years," calling him a "hip-hop pioneer" for his groundbreaking vision that has influenced music, fashion, jewelry, finance, television and film, as well as the face of modern philanthropy.

Interview: Natalie “The Floacist” Stewart

Interview: Natalie “The Floacist” StewartYears ago back in 1997, the poetic prose of musician Natalie “The Floacist” Stewart, was known as one half of the music duo Floetry; the other side of the coin belonged to her long time friend Marsha Ambrosius.

After garnering worldwide exposure with singles like “Say Yes”, “Getting Late”, and “Lay Down”, from their two hit albums, not unlike evolution, or embarking upon the inevitable fork within any hero’s journey; the duo’s music began to take on new and different forms, so a choice had to be made to either compromise their sound, or separate their legacies.

The latter became the choice that sparked a remarkable freedom for Stewart, who had begun to feel a muffling cloud hanging over her personal contribution to the future of the Floetry sound.

Dr. West’s prognosis for the country

Dr. West’s prognosis for the country
Dr. Cornel West is a prominent and provocative public intellectual dedicated to democracy. Currently the Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton University, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton.

Since then, he has taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard and the University of Paris. He has written 19 books and edited 13 other. He is best known for his classic “Race Matters,” as well as “Democracy Matters,” and his recent memoir, “Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud.

He appears frequently on the “Bill Maher Show,” “Colbert Report,” CNN and C-Span as well as on Tavis Smiley’s PBS-TV Show. And since last fall, he can be heard regularly on “The Smiley and West” radio program.
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