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Prince and The Steele Family among 2010 Minnesota Black Music Award Legacy recipients

Prince and The Steele Family among 2010 Minnesota Black Music Award Legacy recipientsThe producers of the 2010 Minnesota Black Music Awards announce the selection of recipients recognizing contributions to music, arts, communications, business, education and community service. Prince, the father of The Minneapolis Sound and whose contributions to music is second to none and Minnesota’s first families of music, The Steele Family of brothers and sisters J.D, Jearlyn, Jevetta, Fred and Billy Steele are slated to receive the first 2010 MBMA Life Time Achievement and Legacy award commemorating thirty years of music excellence.
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Average Joe Dates a Perfect Ten in Charming, if Raunchy Teensploit

Average Joe Dates a Perfect Ten in Charming, if Raunchy TeensploitShe's Out of My League

Kirk (Jay Baruchel) suffers from a bad case of low self-esteem, between being dumped by his condescending girlfriend, Marnie (Lindsay Sloane), and his dwindling dream of becoming a pilot. Sadly, he’s had to settle for a job as a baggage screener at Pittsburgh International Airport and for spending most of his free time with three of his co-workers (TJ Miller, Nate Torrence and Mike Vogel) instead of dating.

This Average Joe’s fortunes finally start to change the day an attractive passenger (Alice Eve) accidentally leaves her phone behind after passing through security. For when Molly later dials her own cell to locate it, Kirk answers and agrees to return it at a party she’ll be hosting upon her return to town. He has no idea that despite being gorgeous, she’s insecure because her hunky ex-boyfriend (Geoff Stults) had cheated on her. Consequently, she’s now willing to consider a nice guy even if he’s not exactly handsome.
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Fraternizing with the First Brother-in-Law

Fraternizing with the First Brother-in-LawCraig Robinson. - The “A Game of Character” Interview

Craig Robinson was born in Chicago on April 21, 1962, to Fraser and Marian Robinson and raised in a modest home where he had to share a room with his younger sister, Michelle. With help of devoted parents, who made major sacrifices on their behalf, both children were inspired to excel academically and were admitted to Princeton University.

6’6” Craig was also a basketball phenom who was twice voted the Ivy League Player of the Year during his college tenure. This meant that Michelle grew up in the shadow of her protective big brother. But today, those roles are reversed with Craig in the shadow of his world famous sibling, since she’s now the First Lady of the United States.

After playing basketball professionally in Europe, he earned an MBA from the University of Chicago, and entered the world of finance where he enjoyed a meteoric rise until another dream beckoned, namely, to coaching. Craig spent two years as the head coach at Brown, where he spearheaded a revival of the school’s flagging program, winning more games in his first two years than any other head coach in the school’s basketball history before being named the Ivy League Basketball Coach of the Year.
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Go cook Something!

Go cook Something!Go Cook Something: A Cooking Survival Guide for Active Independent Children
by Tiana North with a little help from her mom Taliba Holliday
CreateSpace
Paperback, $15.95
240 pages, illustrated
ISBN: 978-1450574402

“My Mom and Dad separated when I was still in Underoos, so I’ve had to help Mom a lot…Ever since I could pick up a spoon, my Mom has had me in the kitchen… I think every kid needs to learn how to cook to some extent. This cookbook should get you started. The recipes are very simple…

I hope pre-teens and teens use this cookbook to better take care of yourselves, and to become more independent of your parents while eating healthy, nutritious meals. I can’t believe I’m saying that—I’m starting to sound just like my Mom already! ” - Excerpted from the Introduction
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Pharrell’s Philosophy

Pharrell’s PhilosophyPharrell - The “Despicable Me” Interview

Pharrell was born on April 5, 1973 in Virginia Beach, VA, the eldest of three sons to bless the union of Carolyn and Pharoah Williams, a schoolteacher and handyman, respectively. At the age of just 12, the aspiring musician started playing with Chad Hugo, a kid he met over summer vacation at band camp.
They formed a group called The Neptunes which was discovered while still in high school by the legendary Teddy Riley who signed the pair soon after graduation.

Since then, Pharrell has embarked on an enviable career, both as a member of The Neptunes, Child Rebel Soldier and NERD and as a solo artist. Furthermore, the triple Grammy-winner’s singing, performing and/or producing services have been sought for recordings by everyone from Beyonce’ to Jay-Z to Ludacris to Madonna to Mystikal to Lupe Fiasco to Snoop Dogg to Shakira to The Game to J-Lo to Britney Spears to Babyface to Usher to Busta Rhymes, to Gwen Stefani to Nelly to P. Diddy to NSYNC and to Fabolous.
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Famous Ethiopian director Haile Gerima's Teza comes to Minneapolis July 16

Famous Ethiopian director Haile Gerima's Teza comes to Minneapolis July 16Teza, Haile Gerima’s dramatic and thought provoking Ethiopian cultural portrait highlights St. Anthony Main theatre’s summer lineup July 16th through 29th.

Even the best of intentions can be met with resistance if stemming from an outside source. This has never been truer than for Ethiopian national, Anberber, a German-educated doctor who returns to his homeland with naive idealism, only to be labeled an outsider. Set during the regime of the Ethiopian dictator Haile Mariam Megistu, Teza explores ideas of national identity and ethnicity within a deeply stirring and thought provoking setting.

When Anberber’s intentions of applying the most beneficial teachings of Western culture to his homeland are met with malice, he retreats to his childhood home in the countryside. However, he soon comes to realize that his home no longer offers shelter from the country’s political turmoil, nor his turmoil stemming from within. As an exploration of worldwide social values, humanity, and ethnic disillusionment, Teza is a masterpiece of independent cinema, once again reminding audiences of the power of the big screen.
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Kam's Kapsules: weekly previews that make choosing a film fun

For movies opening July 9, 2010


Big Budget Films

Despicable Me
(PG for mild action and crude humor) 3-D computer-animated comedy, set in an otherwise idyllic suburban neighborhood, where a wicked weirdo (Steve Carell) with a black house and a dead lawn is secretly hatching a diabolical plan to steal the moon with the assistance of an army of minions. Hope for averting the disaster rests with three orphans (Dana Gaier, Miranda Cosgrove and Elsie Fisher) in need of a father who see some potential for redemption in the evil villain. Voice cast includes Kristen Wiig, Jason Segel, Danny McBride, Will Arnett, Dr. Ken Jeong, Russell Brand and Julie Andrews.
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