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Respect begins with us

Respect begins with us

"What are we talking about? We talking about fiction or we talking about fact? You talking about fiction? Hold up pardon my back..."
– Excerpt from Jay – Z, "What We Talking About"

I've been at a lost for words lately watching all the New World Order-like advancements unravel before our eyes. From Stand your Ground to Stop and Frisk, war is being waged on those who refuse to follow the "logical" standards of our society.

And there have been a long list of murders, both old and new: Jordan Davis, Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, and Ramarley Graham. Why have people lost what little respect they had for our community? Why have they turned their backs and begun to raise deadly guns again?

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  • Written by Jineea Butler

How an interracial dating web series gets everything wrong

How an interracial dating web series gets everything wrong

Relationships between people who claim different racial identities aren't new (hey, Barack Obama's parents, tons of other Americans and, according to the hope to which some fans are still clinging, Lupita and Jared. Nor are they all that controversial these days. (A full 86 percent of Americans approve of black-white pairings, for example.) So while it's not quite like everyone's doing it, things do seem to be going pretty OK for people who are inclined to find love across the old color line.

At least they were until this unfortunate reality dating Web series hit the Internet. It's called "Swirlr" (and it's quite possibly one big, ill-conceived advertisement for an online-dating service of the same name). In its premiere episode, Christelyn Karazin, acting like a YouTube version of Patti, the Millionaire Matchmaker ("Miscegenation Matchmaker"? No, that won't work), conducts preliminary interviews with a black woman and a white man she plans to set up. The result could be the start of one of the worst things to happen to interracial dating in recent history. Here's why:

 

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  • Written by Jenée Desmond-Harris/The Root

Annie’s black now. Get over it

Annie’s black now. Get over it

"The sun will come out tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow, there'll be sun."

The words and the tune are familiar, but the decidedly hip-hop twist belies a completely different story: that of the orphan Annie, who, in 2014, just happens to be black.

On Wednesday the world was given a sneak peek at the new "Annie" – starring Oscar-nominated child star Quvenzhané Wallis and the ever talented Jamie Foxx – as the first trailer hit the Internet. The 2:30-minute clip shows a modern spin on the beloved tale of the mistreated orphan who went on to be adopted by one of the world's richest men. Featured are the streets of Harlem and a mayoral campaign, as well as revamped versions of the classic songs.

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  • Written by Breanna Edwards/The Root

Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

For movies opening March 7, 2014:

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"300: Rise of an Empire" (R for sexuality, nudity, profanity and pervasive violence) High body-count sequel, set in 480 BC, finds triumphant King Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) now leading the Persian army against forces led by Greek General Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton) in an epic naval showdown over Athens. With Eva Green, Lena Headey and Hans Matheson.

"Mr. Peabody & Sherman" (PG for mild action and rude humor) Animated adventure about a brilliant beagle inventor (Ty Burrell) who makes his mark on iconic moments in history when he travels back in time via Wayback Machine with his pet boy (Max Charles). Voice cast includes Ariel Winter, Mel Brooks, Stephen Colbert, Dennis Haysbert, Leslie Mann, Allison Janney and Stanley Tucci.

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The beef between ‘12 Years’ writer and director

The beef between ‘12 Years’ writer and director

A bitter feud brewing between "12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen and writer John Ridley came to frosty head during the Oscars Sunday. Ridley won for best adapted screenplay, and in accepting his award, he bypassed the director to hug director David O. Russell. Ridley did not mention McQueen in his acceptance speech, and McQueen's empty applause at Ridley's win would have barely disturbed the most anxious golfer.

Later that evening, when "12 Years a Slave" took home the award for best picture, McQueen returned the shun, making no mention of Ridley during his acceptance speech.

How did the relationship between writer and director of one of the greatest period pieces in history turn so cold? According to rumors, the two have been at odds for quite some time over screenplay credit, and the feud has bubbled to the threshold of public rudeness and caused producer Brad Pitt to play Switzerland, but even he has proved an unsuccessful peacemaker.

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  • Written by Stephen A. Crockett Jr./The Root

Lupita Nyong’o takes Oscar for ‘12 Years a Slave’

Lupita Nyong’o takes Oscar for ‘12 Years a Slave’

(The Root) – The "It Girl" is really "It." Lupita Nyong'o won an Oscar Sunday night for best supporting actress for her role as Patsey in "12 Years a Slave," which also won the Academy Award for best picture of the year.

After hugging director Steve McQueen, her co-star Chiwetel Ejiofor (Solomon Northup) and (oddly) Liza Minelli, the stunning star took the stage to give an emotional and heartfelt acceptance speech.

"It doesn't escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else's, so I want to salute the spirit of Patsey for her guidance and for Solomon—thank you for telling her story and your own.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

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