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Monday, December 07, 2009

Around The Web:
TV One Unsung

While much of the internet is ablaze with conversations regarding Tiger's shockingly unsurprising infidelity (I mean really folks...a professional athlete cheats on his wife and this is considered news???), I thought it was a good time to share some interesting web findings that have nothing to do with the golf club handler's overactive pecker.

TVOne presents Unsung: Donny Hathaway
For those of you who are as late as I am, the second season of TV One's popular bio series Unsung is underway. The series pays homage to the careers of prolific artists who, for various reasons, have fallen short of grand scale mainstream recognition. This upcoming Sunday. December 13th at 8 p.m., Unsung will highlight the life and career of one of my favorite artists, Mr. Donny Hathaway. Check out the video below for a sneak preview and don't forget to set your DVR. (Also expect a rave review of TVOne's programming efforts in the near future. They're doing what BET isn't!)

Unsung: Donny Hathaway (Part 1) - Watch more Videos at Vodpod.

Disney's First Black Princess Follow-up
I was going to do a Blog Snatch of Nadra Kareem's guest blog Disney's First Black Princess Prepares Debut over at as a follow up to Tiff's earlier guest blog. Instead, I'll just add the link here and encourage you to check out her take on the new movie. Here is a snippet:

Because of this history, a sociology professor at my college warned students to skip Disney films altogether. I might just catch a screening of "The Princess and the Frog," though. Not only does Tiana's debut mark a key moment in popular culture, I also want to be able to decide for myself if the film constitutes a step forward or step back for race relations. Despite the problems I've already heard the film has, I do believe it has the potential to make a positive impact. For example, "The View's" Elisabeth Hasselbeck--the right-winger on the talk show--reports that her young daughter Grace adores her new Tiana doll. This has proven mind-boggling to white passersby who observe the little white girl clutching a black doll, Hasselbeck says. So much has been made of black girls preferring white dolls that if "The Princess and the Frog" results in not only black girls but white girls and everyone in between making a black doll their favorite, that's one reason I can find to support the movie. It would be a long overdue racial turnaround. Read More.

Brick City

For those of you who don't know Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker, let me make your acquaintance. The up and coming political phenom has taken the corrupt city of Newark by storm. Actually, I'll let our friends over at Jack & Jill Politics make the introductions for me. The have a great piece about Booker and all his awesomeness. In fact, the man is so awesome that the Sundance Channel did a 5 part series entitled Brick City on Booker's efforts to clean up his hood awhile back. See a preview video of the series below and check out the Sundance Site to view the entire series.


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