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Mike Tyson calls Mpls ‘the center of the boxing universe’

But only for one night
 
 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Once known as “The Baddest Man on the Planet,” former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson was in town last week. The 5’-10” Brooklyn-born Tyson turned pro at age 18 in 1984, and two years later he became the youngest boxer to hold world heavyweight championship belts,  fiercely defending them nine times before getting knocked out by Buster Douglas in 1990. After that, however, his life went into a freefall, including three years spent in jail for a rape conviction. Following his release from prison, Tyson got back in the ring and fought several times. He still was a top draw. Continue Reading →

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An interview with Mike Tyson — Undisputed champ’s undisputed truth

 

 

By Kam Williams

Contributing Writer

 

 

Born in Brooklyn on June 30, 1966, Michael Gerard Tyson is an all-time boxing great who, in his prime, struck fear in the heart of any opponent he squared off against. He compiled an impressive record of 50 wins, five losses and one disqualification for biting off an opponent’s ear over the course of an incomparable career in which he became the first undisputed heavyweight champ to hold the WBA, WBC and IBF title belts simultaneously. Iron Mike has weathered a host of woes and controversies outside the ring ranging from allegations of spousal abuse to a rape conviction to the death of his four-year-old daughter, Exodus, to declaring bankruptcy after frittering away over $300 million in prizefight purses. Today, he is a very happily-married man, with a couple of children, Milan and Morocco, by his third wife, Kiki. Tyson (MT) is currently nearing the end of a 36-city tour of the country in “Undisputed Truth,” a one-man Broadway show directed by Spike Lee and written by Tyson’s wife. Continue Reading →

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The N-word unchained: Film controversy calls for some education

 

By Charles W. Davidson

Guest Commentator

 

By now, movie-goers across the country are embroiled in heavy social media discussions or water-cooler arguments about Quentin Tarantino’s use and Spike Lee’s criticism of said use of the infamous N-Word in the blockbuster hit Django Unchained. There are those who believe that the word is grossly overused in the film starring Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kerry Washington. Then there are those who believe that the film’s utterances help to present a sometimes painful yet accurate depiction of pre-Civil War America. No matter which side of the discussion you find yourself, you probably agree that Whites should not be letting that word escape their lips in 2013. During the last couple of decades there has been an interesting ongoing dialogue concerning the use, misuse, and exploitation of the so-called N-Word. Continue Reading →

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Unchained to portray Black slavery? Was there a politically correct way for Django Unchained to portray Black slavery?

 

The start of 2013 is making it difficult to avoid one of America’s greatest sins — slavery. We’ve just marked the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, and a plethora of films, documentaries and TV specials are scheduled to address slavery. One blockbuster hit that’s playing in cinemas now, and is likely to walk away with several Golden Globes and Oscars, is Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. Django Unchained depicts a slave-turned-bounty hunter (Jamie Foxx) who fearlessly treks across the U.S. to find his wife (Kerry Washington) in order to rescue her from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio). The film is classic Tarantino: a homage to the spaghetti western with romance and revenge narrative. Continue Reading →

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