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June 9th, 2014
thesmithian

So intense was the spotlight after Sally Ride’s visit to space (including threats from stalkers) that she had to undergo therapy to regain her equilibrium.

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So intense was the spotlight after Sally Ride’s visit to space (including threats from stalkers) that she had to undergo therapy to regain her equilibrium.

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March 25th, 2014
thesmithian

…reaches its goal of reminding audiences how far migrant workers have come in America since the ‘60s, and how far they have yet to go toward better working conditions and higher pay. It only takes a pinprick to burst open floodgates of public consciousness. The spirit of Cesar Chavez lives on.

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…reaches its goal of reminding audiences how far migrant workers have come in America since the ‘60s, and how far they have yet to go toward better working conditions and higher pay. It only takes a pinprick to burst open floodgates of public consciousness. The spirit of Cesar Chavez lives on.

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March 9th, 2014
thesmithian

A “Jeopardy” answer might be: “He was the most famous civil rights activist not to attend the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.” The correct question to that answer is “Who was Stokely Carmichael?” Another such answer might be: “He invented the slogan ‘Black Power’ and married famed South African singer Miriam Makeba.” The question again is “Who was Stokely Carmichael?”

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A “Jeopardy” answer might be: “He was the most famous civil rights activist not to attend the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.” The correct question to that answer is “Who was Stokely Carmichael?” Another such answer might be: “He invented the slogan ‘Black Power’ and married famed South African singer Miriam Makeba.” The question again is “Who was Stokely Carmichael?”

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February 8th, 2014
thesmithian

painstakingly researched, profoundly evocative, altogether admirable…“Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism”

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December 27th, 2013
thesmithian

“I’ve known women who plodded through life…but the women I knew did their plodding on the pavement, not the soil. I know very little about the simple life. I’m a product of crowded places and jammed-up emotions, where right and wrong weren’t always clearly defined and life wasn’t always sweet, but it was life.” —Barbara Stanwyck

November 19th, 2013
thesmithian

“I was a titan, the reincarnation of Alexander the Great…I was a pig back then”; “I was just a sewage rat with delusions of grandeur.”

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“I was a titan, the reincarnation of Alexander the Great…I was a pig back then”; “I was just a sewage rat with delusions of grandeur.”

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November 7th, 2013
thesmithian

Norman Rockwell didn’t “mirror” American life in any true way; his work was…a kind of funhouse mirror in reverse…

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September 1st, 2013
thesmithian
Yes, ma’am. I used to read music books when I was 13. My mom was a librarian. I’d get my mom to check out any kind of books…about the music industry. I read a lot about royalties, publishing, marketing, stuff like that. The only biography I read was about Al Bell, of Stax Records. I wanted to follow in [his] footsteps…I’m an old G in the game, and want people to understand that and learn from it. I’ve been in the business 15 years, and I’m still hustling. I got enough money to retire, but I love music, so I keep doing it. I got an Oscar, but I would love to win a Grammy. I just got off the plane, I’m still intoxicated, but I’m doing an interview with you, and I’m making a lot of sense. If you’re in the music business you’ve got to be built for this. I sleep, dream music. That’s it.

Juicy J

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art: by Jesper Olsson

August 27th, 2013
thesmithian

…a dramatized version of the biography of Jiro Horikoshi, who designed the Zero fighter plane that became the iconic image of Japanese air power in WWII.

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July 11th, 2013
thesmithian

…boxing has probably never known a champion as neurotic and unsure as…Patterson. A sensitive man in a brutal sport, Patterson was famous for kissing an opponent on the cheek after knocking him out. He filled attentive sports writers’ notebooks with musings about his self-doubt and his failings as a boxer and as a man. He was haunted by his losses and unconvinced of his victories. He had too much of the artist’s soul to be a great champion, and he knew it.

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…boxing has probably never known a champion as neurotic and unsure as…Patterson. A sensitive man in a brutal sport, Patterson was famous for kissing an opponent on the cheek after knocking him out. He filled attentive sports writers’ notebooks with musings about his self-doubt and his failings as a boxer and as a man. He was haunted by his losses and unconvinced of his victories. He had too much of the artist’s soul to be a great champion, and he knew it.

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July 4th, 2013
thesmithian

When Lena Horne was signed to MGM in 1942, it must have seemed that black actresses were finally overcoming racism. But in fact, little progress was made. Nina Mae played Merle Oberon’s maid in Dark Waters(1944), a gothic melodrama. Her penultimate film role, in Elia Kazan’s race drama, Pinky(1949), she played Rozelia, ‘a razor-toting whore from the shantytown’…Bourne’s tale of ‘a star who should not have been forgotten’ is brief, and poignant. He takes a respectful approach to McKinney’s life and work…attention to detail helps to put McKinney back in her rightful place…

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May 6th, 2013
thesmithian

…a…compelling portrait of a massively influential musician whose genius did not suddenly emerge after he formed the Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1966, but rather evolved during endless nights of gigging in backwater juke joints and dive bars from Nashville to New York City.

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…a…compelling portrait of a massively influential musician whose genius did not suddenly emerge after he formed the Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1966, but rather evolved during endless nights of gigging in backwater juke joints and dive bars from Nashville to New York City.

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May 4th, 2013
thesmithian

[Flip] Wilson was a more troubled person than his easy and attractive onstage demeanor would suggest. But he was also a more serious and committed one, who studied comedy like a science and performed it as an art. Part of the first wave of black comedians to break the color line, he arrived during the sociocultural crack in time we call the mid-’60s. He straddled that crack for a while, and then it swallowed him.

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