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A fascination with Abraham Lincoln

A fascination with Abraham Lincoln

by Nona N. Allen
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Honest; Emancipator; Greatest President.

These are a few of the terms often used to describe Abraham Lincoln; nowhere on this list is the word fascinating – until now.

Lately there has been a growing fascination with our 16th president and those fascinations range from the academic to the borderline absurd.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

50 ‘must reads’ for African Americans

by Gary L. Flowers
NNPA News Service

I recently read with great interest an article written by Patrice Peck in the Huffington Post titled, "50 Books African Americans Should Read." My interest in the list was particularly piqued by the fact that I, too, have compiled a list of "must reads" for black people – and all people, for that matter – on the contribution of black people and their thoughts to human history. Unlike her list (primarily fiction), my interpretation of such a book list is rooted in historically researched books (primarily non-fiction).

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  • Written by NNPA News Service

Batman trilogy finale deserves a tip of the cape

Batman trilogy finale deserves a tip of the cape

"The Dark Knight Rises" brings down the curtain on the brilliant Batman trilogy directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale as the Caped Crusader. Each of the earlier episodes, "Batman Begins" (2005) and "The Dark Knight" (2008), earned a spot on this critic's annual Top Ten List, No. 9 and No. 1, respectively.

Given how the late Heath Ledger played The Joker to perfection, delivering an inspired, Oscar-winning, career performance in the previous installment, you knew it would be hard for Nolan to find as compelling a character for his highly-anticipated finale.

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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 07/19/2012

For movies opening July 20, 2012

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"The Dark Knight Rises" (PG-13 for sensuality, profanity and intense violence) Latest Batman adventure, again directed by Chris Nolan, has the Caped Crusader (Christian Bale) coming out of exile to match wits with a mysterious cat burglar (Anne Hathaway) and with a masked terrorist (Tom Hardy) determined to destroy Gotham City. Ensemble cast includes Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman and Marion Cotillard.

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Memphis-bred dancer, choreographer on the move

Memphis-bred dancer, choreographer on the move

by Brianna Smith
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

As I sat down to watch B.E.T's "106 & Park," the premiere of Willow Smith's music video "Fireball" came on. The video was electrifying; full of lights and special effects, but what stood out the most was the complex choreography.

I was so amazed to find out that Memphis native Shaunte Edmond was one of the main dancers in the video, and that she was part of Smith's performance of "Fireball" on "The X Factor."

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BET Awards 2012 – star power, profanity and emotion

BET Awards 2012 – star power, profanity and emotion

"Please make sure that you use your gift responsibly," Gospel singer Yolanda Adams said as she accepted the award for Best Gospel Artist. "Our babies are watching, and they want to be like us."

Ironically as she charged the artists to be mindful of what they feed the youth through their music, "The BET Awards 2012" would be remembered as much for its profanity as the star power that returned to the annual ceremony that celebrates the best and brightest among urban entertainment.

The censors were working overtime as singers and rappers threw radio edits to the wind and performed explicit versions that made it impossible to catch every foul word or reference.

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  • Written by NNPA News Service

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