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Many of us travel across state lines to attend family reunions. Paula Madison crossed an ocean. The documentary film Finding Samuel Lowe: From Harlem to Chinachronicles Madison’s search to locate her Chinese relatives.
Madison and her siblings grew up in Harlem with a single mother, Nell Vera Lowe, who had very limited financial resources. Lowe was born in Jamaica to a black mother and a Chinese father, Samuel Lowe.
At three years old, Nell Vera Lowe’s mother took her away from her father, and so Madison’s mother never had a relationship with Madison’s grandfather. After Madison’s mother passed away in 2006, Madison decided to find her Chinese relatives, living and dead.
Madison today is a long way from living on public assistance in Harlem. She and her family are the majority stakeholders in the Africa Channel, and at one time, they owned the WNBA’s LA Sparks. Madison is also…
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Jimmy Fallon is so adorable and seems like a really genuine fan of all of his guests.
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The Extant star and Tonight Show host are quite talented, and on Tuesday, they showed off their acrobatic abilities by forming a human hamster wheel and rolling through the NBC studio. This required Halle, 47, and Jimmy, 39, to grab on to one another’s ankles and rotate forward in a circular motion—like a hamster wheel, if you will!
Before Jimmy and Halle showed the audience “how we roll,” the late-night host lay face up, his back on the mat, and promised his dress-wearing guest, “I’m not gonna peek, I promise!” The pair’s starting position, however, had Jimmy’s head positioned directly beneath Halle, giving him an easy opportunity to sneak a look up her dress. But he reassured her, “I’m not gonna look at anything. Just trust me.”
Now Jimmy is…
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So, what, dreadlocks can’t be elegant? What a ridiculously diminishing statement.
Originally posted on Style News - StyleWatch - People.com:
There were quite a few celebrity hair happenings this Fourth of July weekend — Alyson Hannigan’s fiery color swap, Lance Bass went aqua and Nicole Richie switched things up from lavender to a bold blue hue. But Ciara’s dreadlocks might be the most dramatic mane move of them all.
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Originally posted on for the love of the south:
Outlined against the illuminating midwinter sky, delicate black branches of the pecan tree gently wave like arthritic hands toward heaven in prayer. Emerald fruit the size of a newborn’s fist are scattered under the bowing boughs of the ancient pecan tree. Mossy jackets peel away like damp pieces of cardboard, revealing a black and brown tiger striped shell.
My grandfather is one of the most patient men I have ever met, and, therefore, the caretaker of the pecan trees. He is tender at heart, wrinkled around the eyes and deeply rooted. After gathering the pecans, he perches himself at the vast wooden kitchen table, his mighty, weathered hand grasps the pewter cracker. The weight of the metal breaks the shell, exposing the tender, sweet, earthy meat of the pecan. Meticulously separating the two halves from the center of the nut, he carefully places the pecans in labeled bags, with the…
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Originally posted on LeadToday:
If you’re like me, if you’re human, if you have a pulse, then you make lots of decisions everyday. Most of them are tiny decisions, made with barely a conscious thought. Brand of gum to chew, water with lemon or lime, which color of socks should I wear today. Those are easy (I hope) decisions and they have little or no lasting impact on your future.
Some are more consequential, they shape your future and you likely give them a fair amount of thought.
Some are downright huge! The have long-range of even life long impact on your life. You do research, fact check, ask others for advice and struggle to be sure of your decision.
But one, one decision is the biggest of all. It is positively monumental!
It’s a decision you should be making everyday. In fact, it might be wise to make it several times a day…
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Originally posted on New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV:
VERNON, N.J. (PIX11) – A 13-year-old boy was the most famous kid in school for a few weeks.
A simple pencil-twirling incident landed Ethan Chaplin in hot water with his school, which threatened to suspend him after a classmate claimed he was spinning the writing utensil like a gun.
After media attention from PIX11 and around the world, school officials backed off — but child protection agencies did not.
Letters to Ethan’s father, Michael, show the school found his son did nothing wrong at all, and that there would be no disciplinary action. The superintendent was even confident the issue would be behind all of them.
And that’s exactly what happened, until Ethan’s father received startling communication from New Jersey’s Department of Child Protection and Permanency and Department of Children and Families.
“I received a letter…
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NEW YORK (AP) — New York City has agreed to a $40 million settlement in a civil rights lawsuit filed against police and prosecutors by the five men exonerated in the 1989 Central Park jogger attack, a city official said Friday.
The official has direct knowledge of the agreement but wasn’t allowed to speak publicly about it and therefore spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
A spokeswoman for the city’s Law Department declined to comment. The deal must still be approved by the city comptroller and a federal judge.
The $250 million lawsuit was filed more than a decade ago on behalf of five black and Hispanic defendants convicted in 1990 of raping and beating a white woman jogging in the park a year earlier.
Each served six to 13 years in prison. Their convictions were tossed in 2002 after evidence emerged linking someone else to the crime.
The Rev. Al Sharpton…
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