Monthly Archive: December 2012


AP critics pick the year’s best movies

by The Associated Press(AP)-The top 10 films of 2012, according to AP Movie Critic Christy Lemire: 1. “Argo” — Directing just his third feature, Ben Affleck has come up with a seamless blend of detailed international drama and breathtaking suspense, with just the right amount of dry humor to provide context and levity. He shows a deft handling of tone, especially in making difficult transitions between scenes in Tehran, Washington and Hollywood, but also gives one of his strongest performances yet in front of the camera. The story of a rescue during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis sounds like eat-your-vegetables cinema, and mixing it with an inside-Hollywood comedy sounds impossible, but Affleck and screenwriter Chris Terrio pull it all off. THE HUNT FOR BIN LADEN–Jessica Chastain plays a member of the elite team of spies and military operatives stationed in a covert base overseas who secretly devoted themselves to finding Osama Bin Laden in Columbia Pictures’ gripping new thriller directed by Kathryn Bigelow, “Zero Dark Thirty.” (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., Jonathan Olley, File)



Fashion Watch: DIY Glamour Shoes

When I saw Thrifty Tyra’s story on do it yourself glamour shoes I said to myself, “self you have been thinking about this for a long time why haven’t you tried it?” Needless to say Thrifty Tyra beat me to the punch so I have to give her all the credit. I thought this idea would be so great for someone like me who has trouble finding glamorous narrow shoes.


2012 styles that made our heads turn

by Samantha CritchellAP Fashion Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Every year fashion offers up the good, the bad and the ugly. But what the industry is really built on — and consumers respond to — is buzz. Here are the top moments of 2012 that made our heads turn: BEYONCE’S BACK-FROM-BABY BODY– This May 7, 2012 file photo shows Beyonce Knowles at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala benefit in New York. Some new mothers claim they feel sexier than ever. Beyonce was living proof at the Met Gala. Beyonce’s skin-tight, largely sheer—save the bodice beading and feathered fish-tail train by Givenchy announced that Ivy Blue Carter’s mom wasn’t going to hold back. (AP Photo/ Evan Agostini, file)


What is jazz?

by Jonathan BatisteSpecial to CNN(CNN) — What is jazz? This is an impossible question, and one with many answers. Having spent more than a decade as a jazz artist, I’ve garnered some insights. As a youngster growing up in New Orleans, surrounded by the city’s sounds and rhythms, I was influenced by a wide variety of music: brass bands, blues, ragtime, R&B, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, Dixieland and more. JONATHAN BATISTE



Community Calendar

Saturday University DEC. 26—The Community Empowerment Association and United We Stand will host a “Saturday University: A Health, Wellness, Athletic Mentoring Initiative” at 9 a.m.…


This Week In Black History

Week of Dec. 26-January 1 December 26 1848—In one of the most daring escapes from slavery in U.S. history, on this day in 1848, William and Ellen Craft began a 1,000-mile journey from a plantation in Macon, Ga., to freedom in Boston, Mass. The light-complexioned Ellen disguised herself as an infirmed White man and the dark-complexioned William pretended to be the faithful slave. The escape, though harrowing, was successful. But in 1850 when Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act, the Crafts found themselves being hunted down by both slave catchers from Georgia and U.S. Marshals. Then members of Boston’s powerful abolitionist and Underground Railroad communities stepped in. They helped the Crafts flee to Canada and then to Liverpool, England, where the couple stayed until after the Civil War. WILLIAM?AND?ELLEN?CRAFT


The season to be careful

(NNPA)—Okay, I’ll admit it. I am truly the Grinch who wanted to steal Christmas. It takes me until about December 23 to get in the spirit, and I only feel obligated to find gifts for children and close family. I like to give, which is why I share with a few charities that are close to me. I like to connect, which is why I have a greeting card ritual. But all this crazy frenzy after Thanksgiving, before Christmas sale stuff truly repels me. And while I don’t want to put a damper on anybody’s sprit, I want to say that this is the season to be careful.