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Here, we have a fact-based bio-pic recounting the suicide by fasting of Bobby Sands (1965-1981), a latter-day revolutionary who led an Irish Republican Army (IRA) hunger strike at Long Kesh Prison located in Northern Ireland. Bobby and nine of his comrades would perish while behind bars in pursuit of elevating their status to political prisoners so that they would no longer be treated like common criminals. Curiously, this empathetic portrait was the brainchild not of an Irishman but of Steve McQueen (no relation), a Black Brit born in London. . . .

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I guess it's not fair to expect much from a movie inspired by a homemade video posted on YouTube, even if the original registered over 80 million hits online. But this is what we have in "Afro Ninja: Destiny," a picture calculated to cash in on the success of an Internet phenomenon. If this is a new trend, can full-length feature spin-offs of Tay "Chocolate Rain" Zonday and Chris "Leave Britney Alone!" Crocker be far behind? . . .

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For the first time in 27 years, "Hello, Dolly!" is returning to the 5th Avenue Theater's stage. Opening night for musical is Thursday, March 12 at 8 p.m.  Performances are running now through March 29, with opening night at 8 p.m. on March 12. The play is about Dolly Gallagher Levi, a matchmaker who is hired to arrange a marriage for the miserly half-millionaire Horace Vandergelder, she finds him the perfect mate – herself! But first she must . . .

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As part if its Reel Music Film Festival, the Northwest Film Center presents "The Night James Brown Saved Boston," Monday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m., at The Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Ave.
For anyone not familiar with the deeply controversial political stands of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the aftermath of his assassination – or the genius of recording artist James Brown – this film is a must-see....


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In celebration of America's historic presidential election, Juba Books is proud to release a play script for young people about President-elect Barack Obama's younger life up to his election victory. The script, entitled "I Have A Promise," is included in the new book, "Positive African American Plays for Children, Book 3" with others about Condoleezza Rice, Cullen Jones, Missy Elliot, and Reginald Lewis....


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Ronaldo Mazyck, owner and operator of Paper Chase Shredding and Recycling: Service Minority Business Opportunity Committee's Service Contractor of the Year for 2007.
Owned and operated by Ronaldo Mazyck, Paper Chase Recycling Service is an independent locally owned shredding and recycling service. Started by Mazyck in 1987, Paper Chase is a leader, visionary, advocate and change agent for recycling.
Passionate about the environment and dedicated to protecting it for future generations ...


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Just imagining a career in the movie industry is a far-off dream for most people. Actually making it in the highly competitive world can be even tougher.
But one local filmmaker and critic says it's not as hard as it seems, it just takes a bit of tenacity, a lot of dedication and a good dose of talent.
David Walker, the longtime film critic for the Willamette Week and creator of three unreleased films, didn't get his start in the film industry because of family connections, movie star good looks or luck. Walker says he got his start as a filmmaker and critic by using his strong taste for words and love of film.
"I think I was born to be a writer," he says.
Despite beginning school to become a graphic designer, Walker spent much of his time hanging out with the film majors while going to school in New York. After realizing he wasn't happy designing for a living, he dropped out of school and dedicated himself to writing screenplays.


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An offensive link between a Planet of the Apes movie and a film about Martin Luther King Jr. on…


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The 16th Annual Cascade Festival of African Films, held in honor of both Black History Month and…


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