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Michelle Obama declares 'Black Girls Rock!'
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
NEWARK, N.J. — First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated the beauty, power and tenacity of black women while spreading her own message of education for girls at Black Girls Rock!, an annual event honoring trailblazing women of color from all walks of life. "No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are beautiful," Obama told the crowd,
Film Review: Fast & Furious 7
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Walking into a theater to see the latest Fast & Furious episode is like saying hello to an old, well-oiled friend. Great and familiar cast, excellent script, superb production values and tight direction. Can’t say this is the best film of the franchise, because so many of them have been excellent, but it’s easily the most daring. Fasten your
Full Frame adds additional programming
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
DURHAM – MERU, about an elite climbing team’s attempt to ascend the treacherous Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru, will be the opening night film screening at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival April 9, at the Carolina Theatre’s Fletcher Hall. Directors’ Jimmy Chin and E. Chai Vasarhelyi will be in attendance for an extended
BOOK: Erotica from a manís point of view
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Taking All Our Good Black Men By Dannell Booker L.I.P.S. Books Tall, dark and sublimely handsome, Booker pens his erotica just like he looks: tall, dark and hands on. With the announcement of his Love is Painful Sometimes trilogy, and the release of the first novel from the series, Taking All Our Good Black Men, readers had best be forewarned. Booker
BOOK: An innocent man and the woman he loved
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
EXONERATED: A Brief and Dangerous Freedom By Joyce King River Grove Books, $15.95 PB Falsely accused of murdering his girlfriend, James Woodard served more than 27 years in prison. In April 2008, Woodard became the 17th man exonerated by DNA evidence in Dallas County, Texas. The same day he was granted his freedom, he laid eyes on Joyce King, the
Lexus GS 350 F Sport
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
HOUSTON – After more than a week, it felt like we drove the Lexus GS 350 F Sport sedan through every one of the 600 square miles that comprise this city. And we only found a few irks to complain about. After 10 days and almost 1,000 miles, we came away with a healthy respect for the roadworthiness of the midsize luxury sedan. Except for going over
Full Frame announces lineups for tribute and thematic programming
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
DURHAM – The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will present the 2015 Full Frame Tribute to filmmaker Marshall Curry. Curry’s films will be screened over the course of the four-day event, and will welcome a selection of his collaborators and subjects for Q&As. "Full Frame is where I had the first showing of my first film, Street
Car Review: 2015 Mazda CX-5
Thursday, March 19, 2015
DETROIT – Mazda gets little respect, and the Japanese automaker should get more. When the CX-5 crossover first came on the market, it was warmly accepted. It was spacious, functional and smartly styled. And over the years it has gotten even better, but automakers with much larger advertising and marketing budgets have gotten all the attention for
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