November 2001
Week of Nov 2nd thru Nov 9th


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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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My mother is from a little town named Aliceville, AL. When you think "little Southern town", it's exactly what you think-dusty roads, inky black nights, flying bugs that seem too big to defy gravity, etc...

by Vincent Williams

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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

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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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Film and TV merge in the world of a Director : MTV’s Real World falls under the helm of maestro conductor Alphonzo Wesson
I’m a filmmaker. In my work, the actors, writers, everyone collaborates to create something. Reality TV is a whole different animal, but after this there will be no directing situation that I can walk into and not dominate.

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

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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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