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Alrick's interactions with the indigenous people in the village where he lived, as well as his overall experiences in West Africa, have informed his creative expression

With an MFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Alrick Brown is a filmmaker and teacher who has found his calling writing, directing and producing narrative films and documentaries focusing on social issues affecting the world at large. For over two years, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cote d'Ivoire.


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Rappers, singers and fashion designers love her mad visual skills

Adrian Adel started out as a singer with Portland funk band Fatman.  Then she discovered photography. Today Adel is a photographer and graphic designer with a clientele that includes many Portland musicians, including Liv Warfield, Luck One and Rose Bent. 

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From Hollywood to the White House and back to the big screen

Here, he talks both about acting and about taking a break from his career to work for President Obama an associate director in the White House Office of Public Engagement.


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Singer's Born This Way nonprofit focuses on youth empowerment

NEW YORK (AP) -- Lady Gaga is launching a foundation with the help of the MacArthur Foundation and Harvard University.


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Funny girl Rissa Riss dishes on comedy, career and getting expelled in 3rd grade

Portland funny girl Rissa Riss dishes on comedy, career and getting expelled in 3rd grade 

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Marine captain-turned-pastor/actor reflects on fatherhood, family and his new film

A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Ken Bevel is a graduate of the University of Memphis with a bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering Technology; he's also a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School with a MBA in Logistics Management.  After 20 years of active service in the United States Marine Corps, Capt. Bevel retired to serve in the ministry on the staff of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga. 

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He won an Academy Award for his portrayal of the legendary Ray Charles as well as an Oscar nomination in the category of Best Supporting Actor for his work in 'Collateral'

Here, he talks about producing "Thunder Soul," a reverential bio-pic which pays tribute to the late Conrad "Prof" Johnson (1915-2008), the founder and conductor of Houston's Kashmere High's legendary stage band.


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Touré is also the author of a collection of essays called "Never Drank the Kool-Aid," and a collection of short stories called "The Portable Promised Land"

A devoted father, Touré lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn with his wife, Rita, and their two children, Hendrix and Fairuz. Here, he talks about his new book, "Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?"

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O'Donnell takes over space where Winfrey taped for 25 years

CHICAGO (AP) -- Oprah has made way for Rosie. Oprah Winfrey and Rosie O'Donnell unveiled a sign Thursday in front of Chicago's Harpo Studios. It reads: "Harpo Studios. The Rosie Show. Former Home of The Oprah Winfrey Show." O'Donnell has started work in the same studio where Winfrey taped her talk show until it ended in May after 25 years.


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Neal Boyd plans to run as Republican for Missouri House of Representatives

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) -- Neal Boyd got the votes to win on the TV show "America's Got Talent" in 2008. Now, the southeast Missouri native will seek voter approval again - this time in a run for the state legislature.

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