Arts & Entertainment

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Black superheroes forever changed comic books

Adilifu Nama's Super Black: American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes does a great job of introducing many of today's comic book fans with the history of African Americans in comic books and pop culture generally.

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“1913 Massacre”: Great movie about Michigan tragedy

1913 Massacre is a touching documentary that revisits the tragic events that took place in the copper mining town of Calumet in the northern tip of Michigan on Christmas Eve 1913.

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“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” is stunning must-see

"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" is visually stunning, unfolding professionally within a familiar bio-pic template.

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“Night People”: Humanity, New York style

Night People and Other Tales of Working New York is a new collection of short stories and poems reflecting the struggles of average citizens and workers in New York City and beyond.

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"Reaching for the Moon": Love dares speak its name

I really liked this movie, mainly because of its unusual characters based on actual historical figures.

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"The Book Thief": A child looks at fascism

"The Book Thief" is not a happy movie. It's narrated by Death, though he's a trifle friendlier than usually depicted.

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McBride's "Good Lord Bird," Packer's "Unwinding": National Book Award winners

The Good Lord Bird, the adventures of a disguised black child caught up in John Brown's abolitionist crusade, was the winner of the National Book Award for fiction.

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“Thor” sequel another hard-hitter

As superhero flicks go, this one is still pretty standard fare for the casual viewer, but that doesn't mean it's not enjoyable.

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"Dallas Buyers Club": We're surprised you're even alive

Dallas Buyers Club is an uplifting morality tale that's about as good as the art of cinema gets.

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“Black Revolutionary” explores life of William Patterson and global freedom fight

In Gerald Horne's new book, "Black Revolutionary: William Patterson and the Globalization of the African American Freedom Struggle," we are privy to William L. Patterson's transformation from well-to-do lawyer to a revolutionary.

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