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Culture, The Exhibitionist Nick Cannon Exposes Life in Gangland in <i>Chi-Raq</i>

Nick Cannon Exposes Life in Gangland in Chi-Raq

When actor and America's Got Talent host Nick Cannon told SF Weekly about gang members coming over, shooting up his block and killing an innocent person in the crossfire, he wasn't only describing the narrative of Spike Lee's new…
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Film, "Black Nativity": Langston Hughes, the Musical

"Black Nativity": Langston Hughes, the Musical

Black Nativity Kasi Lemmons' musical drama has a peculiar relationship to its declared source material, the Langston Hughes play of the same name. Langston Hughes exists in the movie's universe, to the extent that teenaged protagonist (Jacob Latimore) is named…
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Film, Feature Whitney Houston: Surveying the Great Diva's Checkered Film Career

Whitney Houston: Surveying the Great Diva's Checkered Film Career

In anticipation of the remake of the 1976 girl-group melodrama Sparkle (which didn't screen in time for our deadline) — Whitney Houston's posthumous film appearance and her return to movies after a 15-year absence — we look back at the…
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Culture, Stage Spell Me

Spell Me

The dawn of the 21st century brought with it many preoccupations, from the War on Terror to Paris Hilton. Of all these national obsessions, the current fascination with spelling bees has to be one of the most revealing of the…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Winsome Ways

As its title suggests, Mules doesn't glamorize the life of a drug runner. Clean Break Theater Company commissioned the drama from British playwright Winsome Pinnock, who based it on true stories from women prisoners. High rollers these aren't: Pinnock offers…
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Fantasy Island

How Stella Got Her Groove Back Directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan. Written by Ron Bass, based on the novel by Terry McMillan. Starring Angela Bassett, Whoopi Goldberg, and Taye Diggs. Opens Friday, Aug. 14, at area theaters. The timing couldn't…
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