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March 3 - March 16, 2011

 

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MOOZ-LUM (Muslim)- The Great New “Off the Radar-Screen” Movie

By Wayne A. Young 

nia long in moozlumMooz-Lum (as in Muslim) is one of those films “conscious” African-Americans wish all of the “brothers and sisters” would see. However, it’s not preachy, just great storytelling (uses flashback superbly), has great acting (Diana Ross must be very proud of her son Evan Ross) and set in a very under represented environment (the American Muslim community). Besides Ross, Mooz-Lum has the star power of Danny Glover, Nia Long and Roger Guenveur Smith.

Set in urban America (the movie includes as many Whites as the recent Oscar awards show included Blacks), Tariq (Evan Ross) learns to reconcile having had parents raise him in a strict Muslim home and living in a majority Christian country. Early in the 1 hour and 39 minute film, we learn that his mother (Nia Long) is a devout follower of Islam, but not a Saudi women.


in the school yard She’s from the US of A and has no problem telling her husband (Roger Guenveur Smith) she cannot take it anymore: She wants a divorce. And the drama unfolds to a crescendo on September 11 when too many Americans blame all Muslims for the planes that became bombs and destroy the World Trade Towers.

While the film has plenty of “good” and “bad” people, director Qasim Baisr doesn’t pit one group as evil and the other as bad. “It didn't have gratuitous sex and killing which many of our people tend to like seeing on film, as well as men in drag playing fat women,” added Ron King of Washington, D.C. Instead, Baisr focuses on telling a story and on intolerance coming in many forms, which should make everyone comfortable at having this film uplift and entertain them.

Photos:  Top) Nia Long Bottom) Evan Ross in center.

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What Does Prince, Danny Glover, Donnie Simpson and Harriet Tubman Have in Common?

Epilepsy. And the Epilepsy Foundation has launched a new website that features notable Africans speaking about epilepsy.

Myth about epilepsy:
You should put a spoon, wallet or other object in the person's mouth who is having a seizure.

Fact:
You should never put anything in a person's mouth while he or she is having a seizure. Doing so can cause injury.


Fabric of Live - House of Sweden

house of sweden white baby room

Sweden is not in Africa and the Nordic country does not have a large Black population, but its new exhibitions at its Washington embassy (called House of Sweden) are a must see for those who want to explore how creative designs affect our quality of life. The exhibits include household designs by 17 Swedish designers who happen to be female, an extraordinary collection of household designs for children, a photography exhibit, and a “white space” for parents and children to bond. The exhibition also includes a play area for small children.

The exhibitions are free, Saturdays from 11a to 4p and Sundays from noon to 5p at House of Sweden, 2900 K Street, NW - along the Potomac River at the foot of Georgetown. While in Georgetown, D.C. you can also visit within walking distance:

The Parish Gallery -1054 31st. NW, (202)-944-2310

a short drive to:

Everard's Fine Clothing - 1802 Wisconsin Avenue NW, (202) 298-7464.

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Farrakhan, Sherrod, Cleaver, and Evers-Williams at Jackson State

The Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement at Jackson State University will host a three-day conference featuring Minister Louis Farrakhan, Shirley Sherrod, Kathleen Cleaver and Myrlie Evers-Williams at its 1400 John R. Lynch St. campus Wednesday, March 23 to Saturday, March 26.

The sixth annual conference, “Too Much Reform and Not Enough Change. NEEDED: A New Grassroots Movement for Change in EDUCATION,” is designed to inspire and empower youth through social activism education. Topics include: “The Threat to Free Speech,” “Cradle to Prison Pipeline” and “Islamophobia and Religious Intolerance.”


Blacks in Libya Hunted

Ghanian David Agyin told Myjoyonline.com that Blacks in Libya are bearing the needless brunt of persecution from some anti-government protesters. The anti-government protestors are angry at the current Libyan government for several reasons including the enlisting of Black mercenaries to fight its cause.

There are many Blacks in Libya, some are citizens and others like Agyin are from various countries including Ghana. The Ghanian government is in the process of airlifting its citizens back to its capital, Accra.

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First Image of Black at White House - 11 Years Ago

The Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement at Jackson State University will host a three-day conference featuring Minister Louis Farrakhan, Shirley Sherrod, Kathleen Cleaver and Myrlie Evers-Williams at its 1400 John R. Lynch St. campus Wednesday, March 23 to Saturday, March 26.

The sixth annual conference, “Too Much Reform and Not Enough Change. NEEDED: A New Grassroots Movement for Change in EDUCATION,” is designed to inspire and empower youth through social activism education. Topics include: “The Threat to Free Speech,” “Cradle to Prison Pipeline” and “Islamophobia and Religious Intolerance.”


Stay in Touch While We Are at Home Again: In Banjul

Ghanian David Agyin told Myjoyonline.com that Blacks in Libya are bearing the needless brunt of persecution from some anti-government protesters. The anti-government protestors are angry at the current Libyan government for several reasons including the enlisting of Black mercenaries to fight its cause.

There are many Blacks in Libya, some are citizens and others like Agyin are from various countries including Ghana. The Ghanian government is in the process of airlifting its citizens back to its capital, Accra.

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