October 2001
Week of Oct 26th thru Nov 2nd


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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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In a way, it's Haile Gerima's fault. I went and saw the acclaimed writer/director of the film, “Sankofa” about six years ago and it changed my life. He was giving a lecture and an impromptu debate started about Black art and it's responsibility to the public.

Intro by Shelby J. Jones

Special Summer Theatre Review : Top Dog/ Underdog
The story is somewhat predicable but it's the acting that you will never forget.

Reviewed by Wilson Morales

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The 2001 season has offered filmgoers a great opportunity to see many African-American stars flourish and 2002 will offer even more. During this year, we have observed many fine performances and we think it will be hard to disagree with the people we have chosen for this list.

Intro by Shelby J. Jones

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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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

Morris Chestnut : An All-Star in Hollywood
The actor reveals in this interview his new film and playing “good man” Keith and his continued desire to test the levels of his acting ability, but his love for his children, his unique college interests, and his love for sports.

Interviewed by Midas

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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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