10 30 2014
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Gabby Sidibe: The 'Precious' Interview

Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe was born in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn in 1983 to R&B/Gospel singer Alice Tan Ridley, and Ibnou Sidibe, a cab driver from Senegal. After her parents separated, Gabby was raised in Harlem by her mother who supported the family by teaching Special Ed and by singing in the subway.


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Boris Kodjoe: The Surrogates Interview

Boris Kodjoe, along with his better half, Nicole Ari Parker, comprises one of the more striking and accomplished couples in showbiz. Prior to acting, Boris enjoyed a flourishing career as a supermodel, and was featured in national ad campaigns for everything from Ralph Lauren to Perry Ellis to Yves Saint Laurent to The Gap.


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Michael Jai White: The 'Black Dynamite' Interview

Michael made his screen debut in 1989 in "Toxic Avenger II," and followed that up with appearances in action flicks like "Universal Soldier" and "Full Contact." His big break arrived when he landed the title role in "Tyson," a made-for-TV bio-pic about boxing great Mike Tyson. He subsequently played "Spawn" in the screen adaptation based on the popular comic book series of the same name.


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Winfrey, Perry Team Up to Promote 'Precious'

Oprah Winfrey was so taken by Sapphire's novel "Push" that she read it more than once.
Yet even though the talk-show host has made best-sellers of unknown books, Winfrey didn't think even her staggering influence could make "Push" -- the story of an obese, illiterate Black teen who suffers unspeakable abuse -- something that millions would want to read.


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