August 2001
Week of August 31st thru September 7th

THE EDITORS NOTE

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Remembering Aaliyah
Whenever death rears its ugly head in the entertainment community, it touches so many lives just as an artists reaches so many of our lives with their music, performances, words or style.

by Shelby J. Jones, Editor

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Articles

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Scene from Rush Hour 2
Film Duds : Attack of the Summer Blockbusters
Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker teamed up for the second go ‘round of east meets west crime fighting in “Rush Hour 2,” and while the script offered little new and improved humor, the gags, explosions and suits were bigger, brighter and better.

by Kellye Whitney

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The Sound Garden

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Off the Beaten Path : Reviews of the Uncommon and Exceptional
New Jersey native, Pete Yorn, nearly stole the show with his big hooks and understated lyrical prowess. Yorn and his talented band showcased songs from his debut album entitled, “musicforthemorningafter”.

by Daos Boonma

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Specials Section

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Special Summer Theatre Review : Blue
With Ja Rule, Lil Zane, and Tyrese currently expanding their talent to the film industry, one has to wonder as to where are the real thespians. Well, look no further than to your local theater where some are working on their skills.

by Wilson Morales

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INTERVIEWS

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Don’t Tell Sistah-Girl that She Can’t Carry A Movie : An Interview with Vivica A. Fox
Vivica A. Fox is on the frontlines and the enemy is Hollywood. The evil forces from La-La Land would have you believe that an African American woman cannot carry a film. The problem is that someone forgot to tell Ms. Vivica.

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John Carpenter : “Master of Terror” finds Horror on the Red Planet
Blackfilm.com had an opportunity to listen to John Carpenter discuss his newest film, Ghosts of Mars. The director embodies an artist who has seen it all and is now comfortable making films he is proud to present to the public.

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One for the Road : A Conversation with Ghosts’ Jason Statham
There’s more to Jason Statham than just that cool accent. Although you may not thoroughly enjoy his character’s personality in the “Ghosts of Mars,” Statham could probably convince you that he is more complex than Jericho over a beer at the “local pub.”

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Foxy’s Sweet, Sweet Bad Ass Song : An Interview with “Ghosts of Mars” Pam Grier
Pam Grier does have things to say and those of us interested in film would be wise to listen. She has seen it all and overcome the ups and downs that accompany being a black actress in Hollywood.

Reviewed by Midas

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Festivals

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"ONE WEEK" in Acapulco
"In a community where homophobia still plays a major role socially, "One Week" comes direct in it's dealings with an epidemic that is affecting young African-Americans at an alarming rate."

by Neil Hodges

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books for your mind

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Exclusive - "Babies & Fools, The Burning of Superflyville"
The winter moon was a yellow stain across the sky, softly illuminating the countless storefronts lining the sidewalk. Coming outta The Oasis after going to pick-up some loot from mommy, I could still hear Red Jackson talking in his bellowing Little Caesar/James Cagney voice, stirring stardust echoes in my head...

Part I, Part II, Part III, and Part IV

by Michael A. Gonzales

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