September 2001
Week of Oct 5th thru Oct 12th


"So broad are the oceans, So high are the mountains." What does that statement mean to you? To most it may mean nothing, but what we hope you garner from this statement is that in the United States of America, the sky is the limit for its citizens. In this country, you can earn a living, hit 70 home runs in one season, raise a family, and oh yes, you too, can become a movie star. We can only be appreciative of the people that pushed Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke towards the acting world. In the much anticipated film, "Training Day," Hawke and Washington, accompanied by rap icons, Dr. Dre. and Snoop, deliver performances that unquestionably are some of the finest you will see this year. While the story is not true, it does dive into the world of the infamous LAPD undercover crash units that consistently abused the civil liberties of LA citizens. We simply hope that you have decided to place your fears aside and will venture to your local theater to see this film and others. Remember, this is America and you not only have the freedom to go to the movies this weekend, you can stare at the silver screen, dream inside and believe that one day, you too can be on that screen. At some point in their early years, Denzel and Ethan definitely thought, "So broad are the oceans, So high are the mountains…I can do this."

Till next week,

The crew

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Editor's Note

Latest Editorial Addition:
Les Pine
It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Les Pine, who died last month after a long and valiant battle with cancer.

by Shelby J. Jones, Editor

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A lot Can Happen In “One Week”
When I was asked to take part in the review of new feature film “One Week”, I was down partly because the creators hail from my hometown of Chicago. That also meant I was even more critical.

Interviewed by Kellye Whitney

Let’s Get Ready To Rumble : An Interview with Erika Conner of Naa’Ila Entertainment
In this interview, Erika Conner takes us on a journey through her early industry experiences and the fortuitive circumstances that have blessed her to date.

Interviewed by Midas

Mo’Nique : The Queen of Comedy Recognizes Her Beauty
For Mo’Nique, her inner understanding of self has been the underlying tenet to her success. Simply, she knows who she is and is ok with who she is. More individuals should be so lucky.

Interviewed by Midas

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What would you do if honesty might kill you?
What she tells him is every man or woman’s worst nightmare: he may have been exposed to the AIDS virus and must get tested. The results won’t be in for one week - the day of his wedding.

Reviewed by Kellye Whitney

Training Day Is In Session
Denzel Washington. What does that name mean to you? To me it means a man that has defined the fine art of film & stage acting for more than a decade. It is also no secret amongst my friends that I am still peeved that he didn’t win an Oscar for his gut- wrenching performance in “Hurricane.”

Reviewed by Shelby J. Jones

Two Can Play That Game
Mark Brown’s “Two Can Play That Game” in many ways could be dubbed the African American Cats versus Dogs or Battle of the Sexes. The fact is, in many ways this blanket statement highlights the next installment into the middle-class, bourgeoisie (bougie) African-American world.

Reviewed by Midas

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