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Oct 24th

My Holy Bible for African-American Children

My Holy Bible for African-American Children“If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.” – President Barack Obama
”Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
-- Inspirational quotes in Bible for Blacks kids

Given that this is the Easter Season, Christian parents might like to check out this new Bible specifically designed with Black children in mind. This edition of the Good Book is basically the complete King James Version, but augmented by Cheryl and Wade Hudson to make it more appealing to African-American youngsters and teenagers.

For instance, Adam and Eve are brown-skinned in the illustrations. This only makes sense since the oldest human fossils unearthed by archeologists were found in Africa. Another bright-colored drawing features what appears to be Harriet Tubman leading a few fugitive slaves to safety via the Underground Railroad. A hint that it’s Harriet is that her skirt is fashioned out of a Canadian flag, and Canada was the final station on her perilous trek along the freedom trail.
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Bone Thugs And Harmony in Minneapolis

Bone Thugs And Harmony in MinneapolisWith arms raised to the sky and an endless sea of heads bobbing to the beat like waves crashing against a levy, the main room at First Avenue Night Club was moving in sync with Bones Thugs-N-Harmony. The group reminded us why real Hip Hop transcends decades and levels any change in seasons.

Kicking off their latest tour with the first stop on their multi-city ticket being in Minneapolis, the hit makers, who were short Bizzy Bone (a founding member) Bones Thugs-N-Harmony took to the stage with a bevy of classic tracks and a celebration of new beginnings, by offering the crowd a seamless show that had everyone in the room wishing that they could freeze time and remain in the Crossroads of their infamous live music catalog.
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Oscar-Worthy!

Mo’Nique Imes was born on December 11, 1967 in Baltimore which is where she started her showbiz career as a stand-up comedienne on a dare a couple of decades ago. From there, she gained visibility and immense popularity with performances on “Showtime at the Apollo,” HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam,” “Apollo Comedy Hour” HBO’s “Snaps,” BET’s “Comic View,” The Montreal Comedy Festival and Uptown Comedy Club.
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Janet in Control

Janet in Control The “Why Did I Get Married Too” Interview

Born in Gary, Indiana on May 16, 1966, Janet Damita Jo Jackson entered show business at the tender age of 7 when she appeared onstage with her already famous elder siblings at the MGM in Las Vegas. This debut, was followed by appearances at 9 on her family’s variety show “The Jacksons” which, in turn, led to starring and recurring roles on such hit sitcoms as "Good Times," “Diff’rent Strokes," and "Fame."

At 14, Janet signed her first recording deal. Placing acting on the back burner to focus on her first love, music, she went on to enjoy extraordinary success upon the release of her breakthrough album, Control in 1986. Over the course of her ensuing musical career, she has thus far accumulated five Grammys, multiple MTV Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and Soul Train Music Awards, to name a few. As an artist, Janet excites, enlightens, leads, and embraces her fans with insights into life's meaning while touching their deepest feelings. 
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Idris Elba named Ambassador of the 14th Annual American Black Film Festival

Idris Elba named Ambassador of the 14th Annual American Black Film FestivalFilm Life, Inc. names Actor Idris Elba Ambassador of the 14th Annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF), to be held in Miami, Florida, June 23-26, 2010. Known for his commanding and charismatic feature film performances, Elba has taken the entertainment Mecca by storm as one of the most highly sought after talents working alongside Hollywood’s esteemed A-List.

The ABFF is the premier international marketplace for films that showcase the best new work by and about people of African descent. The role of the ABFF Ambassador is to broaden public awareness of the festival as well as its mission which is to encourage collaboration and support between Hollywood and the independent film community.

“It is my honor to serve ABFF in this capacity,” states Elba. “It was this very platform that allowed me to be cast in the starring role of Reverend Charles Fran in the drama film, The Gospel, which is an independent film.  Jeff Friday’s vision and passion, allows actors such as myself to emerge and become successful in this business.”
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Widower Falls for Empathetic Author in Atmospheric Romance Drama

Widower Falls for Empathetic Author in Atmospheric Romance DramaThe Eclipse

Michael Farr (Ciaran Hinds) is a recent widower who has resigned himself to raising his 10 and 14 year-old kids alone. The grieving clan lives along Ireland’s seacoast in a verdant, fog-enshrouded town whose only claim to fame is hosting an annual literary festival.

Schoolteacher Michael picked a practical profession, putting his dream of becoming a writer on hold in order to be able to provide for his family. However, he still harbors the hope of one day pursuing his true passion. Meanwhile, the only brushes he enjoys with the publishing industry is when he works as a volunteer at the aforementioned festival.

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Academy Award-Winner in the House!

 Academy Award-Winner in the House!Mo’Nique
The “Spread the Love Tour” Interview

Mo’Nique collected a basketful of Supporting Actress accolades over the course of the awards season for her gripping portrayal of Mary Jones, the relentlessly-monstrous mother in Precious. The versatile comedienne/actress/talk show host’s powerful performance not only earned her a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, NAACP Image, Sundance Film Festival, BAFTA and Independent Spirit Award, but was recognized as the best of 2010 by most critics’ guilds as well. Still, the icing on the cake arrived no March 7th when the talented sister won a well-deserved Academy Award.
Here, in the first interview I’ve ever conducted which actually brought me to tears, Mo’Nique reflects upon a variety of subjects, ranging from family to spirituality to surviving incest to what winning the Oscar means to her. And she also talks about “Spread the Love,” the standup comedy victory tour during which she’ll be making stops in 20 cities around the country between now and the end of May.
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