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Niecy Nash was born Carol Denise Ensley in Palmdale, Calif., on Feb. 23, 1970. She developed an interest in show business at a very early age after seeing the fabulous Lola Falana on TV. But she first earned a B.A. at California State University before embarking on a career in Hollywood, starting out as a standup comic ...


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DJ Does Hip-Hop Remix of Birth of a Nation

Listen, if it’s okay in the world of pop music for DJs to remix snippets of classic songs in order to rap over them, why shouldn’t a hip-hop era filmmaker be able to do the same thing with an old movie, especially if its copyright is expired and its now part of the public domain? That’s precisely what we’re dealing with in the case of “Rebirth of a Nation,â€" a sophisticated overhaul of D.W. Griffith’sâ€" Birth of a Nation.â€" ...


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Maryland Native Jada Pinkett Smith studied dance and acting at the Baltimore School for the Arts and the North Carolina School of the Arts before getting her big break when she landed a role on the long-running NBC-series, 'A Different World.' The multi-talented actress, producer, director and philanthropist continually challenges herself in a variety of ways ...


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Borat, a shock comedy chronicling the misadventures of a crass journalist from Kazakhstan as he traveled across the U.S., was, in this critic's opinion, the funniest film of 2006. Its star, Sacha Baron Cohen, landed an Oscar nomination for writing that faux documentary which employed a controversial bait-and-switch casting style to dupe a series of unsuspecting straight men to unwittingly make absolute fools of themselves ...


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Tyrese Darnell Gibson was born in Los Angeles on December 30, 1978. He and his three siblings were raised in the Watts section of the city by his single-mom after his father abandoned the family in 1983. A certified triple-threat who started singing professionally at the age of 14 ...


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Eighteen-year-old John Talia, Jr.,(Trevor Morgan) is an aspiring artist who is mostly misunderstood by his blue-collar father (Ray Liotta). John, Sr. thinks his son must be a homosexual because he enjoys drawing male nudes. After all, this is 1974, during decidedly less-enlightened times, especially in upstate New York ...


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Face-to-Face with the Face of Post-Racial America

Native New Yorker Tracy Morgan was born in Brooklyn on Nov. 10, 1968 and raised in the Bronx where he attended De Witt Clinton High School. He started doing standup as a teenager and was discovered in 1984 at the Apollo Theater on Amateur Night which kick-started his showbiz career on the comedy circuit. He eventually landed a recurring role on the Fox sitcom "Martin," which by 1996 he had parlayed into a gig as a member of Saturday Night Live's ensemble cast. . . .

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Future as Athlete Uncertain

(NNPA) - The federal dogfighting sentence served by Michael Vick ended Monday and the world will now watch with respect to his future as a professional athlete. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell Goodell must decide whether Vick's suspension will end and, if so, when -- allowing the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback a chance to play in the league again ...


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Born in Houston on Aug. 9, 1976, Texas Battle earned his bachelor's degree in kinesiology at the University of Texas before making his way to Hollywood to take a shot at showbiz. Here, the handsome, young thespian talks about his latest outing as Carey Fuller in "Dragonball Evolution," a screen version of the popular comic book series co-starring Chow Yun-Fat, Emmy Rossum and Justin Chatwin. . . .

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In "American Violet," a riveting drama based on a real-life case of racial profiling and malicious prosecution in a tiny Texas town, she plays a single-mother of four falsely accused of dealing drugs. Here, the emerging ingénue reflects upon her work in the movie which co-stars Alfre Woodard and Charles S. Dutton.
KW: What interested you in this role?
NB: This particular script moved me. . . .

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