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Really, NY Magazine? Couldn’t find a black rom-com for Top 25?

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I’m a big fan of New York magazine, in large part because of its cultural coverage and willingness to give a platform to artists, institutions and subjects that other mainstream publications might not. A case in point is the slide show the site just devoted to the upcoming coffee table book “Vintage Black Glamour,” which showcases rarely seen photos of black leading ladies, many from Hollywood’s golden age. (I also once wrote about the first black supermodel, Donyale Luna, for www.nymag.com.) But even publications with the best intentions can make editorial missteps fueled by lack of diversity, and I was reminded of this when taking a look at the site’s recent list of the 25 Best Romantic Comedies Since “When Harry Met Sally.”
 
To say the list lacks diversity would be an understatement. There is only one film that made the cut that does not star white casts, the Taiwanese film
“The Wedding Banquet.” I wouldn’t have a problem with this if the rest of the list comprised films that were better than some of the ones omitted. But in what universe is “Knocked Up” better than “Boomerang,” which boasts one of the best comedic ensemble casts in film history? Of course there is a catch. “Boomerang’s” cast is predominantly black and New York magazine, for all of its strengths, does not have a track record to be proud of in its treatment of black romantic comedies.

Journalist wins rights to view James Brown’s documents

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While excitement is brewing for the new James Brown biopic to be released this summer, one freelance journalist is more interested in the legal battle over the Godfather of Soul’s estate.
 
According to the Associated Press, a South Carolina circuit court judge has ordered the state’s attorney general to give Sue Summer the documents she requested under the South Carolina’s Freedom of Information Act, for the investigation she is conducting. Summer wanted records that include the diary of the woman who claimed to be Brown’s wife after his death in 2006, an assessment of Brown’s assets, and other such documents.

How to start getting fit for life

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CHICAGO – Once you fully accept the fact that physical activity is one of the most powerful factors affecting your health, ability and longevity, where do you begin? Getting started, without a doubt, is the hardest part.
 
The first step, always, is to consult your health care professional. In most cases, your doctor will encourage you to get active, but be sure to bring up any specific concerns you have about exercising in relation to your health. 
 
Your doctor may caution against high impact activity, for example, if you have arthritis or other conditions affecting your joints. Make note of any activities to avoid in planning your new regimen.

Why bad breath complaints heat up in the summertime

 
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Whether it’s a picnic, beach day, family gathering or a night out with friends, summer is a time when people come together for fun.
 
Unfortunately, there is often a fly in the ointment when embracing the “fun season” – higher gas prices, forgetting your sunscreen, waiting in line for the rollercoaster, or that great social buzz kill, bad breath.

TSU’s Small Farms Expo highlights state’s agricultural diversity and continuing expansion

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NASHVILLE – (TSU News Service) – From beekeeping in Franklin County to crop growing in Williamson County, and 4-H and adult agriculture in Bledsoe County, the 2014 Tennessee State University Small Farms Expo highlighted the diversity in the state’s vast agricultural industry.
 
Participation in the Expo (July 17th) also showcased the University’s outreach initiatives through its Cooperative Extension Program, now covering more than 50 counties across Tennessee.