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‘Peanuts’ celebrates its first African American character

The Peanuts movie opens November 6.

Following the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968, a school teacher named Harriet Glickman and a few of her friends, took it upon themselves to petition comic writer and creator of the popular Peanuts comic strip, Charles M. Schulz, for more characters of color, a bold move that resulted in the inclusion of a character named ‘Franklin.’ Continue Reading →

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‘Laugh 2 Learn’ showcases humor for a worthy cause

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When it comes to kicking in for the community, Project DIVA puts hard work and selfless dedication where its mouth is.

The highly regarded grassroots initiative’s offshoot, Raiding a DIVA’S Closet, invaluable in aiding and empowering young inner-city ladies, last year put on a fashion show celebrating youth stepping to their next levels as they headed back to school. Continue Reading →

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‘Straight Outta Compton’ entertains, educates, electrifies

The cast of Straight Outta Compton opens August 14.

Warning: This isn’t some chump change Sundance indie movie about the rap group N.W.A. Nor is it a should-have-gone-straight-to-DVD afterthought about hip hop culture. This is a full-fledged, big budget looking homage to the L.A. rap scene that smartly, emotionally and historically capsulizes the life and times of Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and everyone around them who caused the big bang that popularized West Coast rap music. This is an Oscar-caliber film. This movie is a monster. Continue Reading →

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