Arts & Entertainment

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Go see Duke Ellington’s sweet, tangy “Queenie Pie”

Ellington was one of the most versatile figures in music of the 20th century, but most people do not know that from the 1930s on,  Ellington worked intermittently, all the way up to his death in 1974, on an opera.

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Pan African Film Festival opens Feb. 6 in L.A.

One of L.A.'s leading annual cinema showcases and the biggest and most prestigious Black-themed film festivals, will take place February 6-17.

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Movies you might have missed: "Sacco and Vanzetti"

Awell-made, engrossing documentary that does something remarkable. It makes compelling viewing out of the retelling of the prosecution of a murder trial from 87 years ago, of which we already know the outcome.

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Unique and inspiring: “Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine”

 "Al helm," which means "the dream" in Arabic, and Martin Luther King Jr.'s  well known "dream" come together in a unique and profound manner.

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"Reds At The Blackboard": More positive view of today's Communist teachers

More historians are beginning to paint a more objective, balanced, and positive picture of the role of the CPUSA in the U.S. labor movement.

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Families react to tragedy in "August: Osage County" and "Nebraska"

By now, we should be convinced that Meryl Streep can do anything, but we've never seen her do ugly like this!

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"The Wolf of Wall Street": "Mean Streets" director does "Ugly Street"

It's an ugly, unforgivable movie of shameful practices and sociopathic tendencies. How else, of course, would you make a movie about Wall Street finance?

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Black-themed films lead Progie nominations

Riding a wave of black-themed films, movies about slavery, apartheid, and police repression dominate this year's nominations for best progressive films.

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"American Hustle" is not a masterpiece, it's just a lot of fun

"American Hustle" isn't an art experience; it isn't a universal story and it won't change your life or your attitude. It's only what movies are made to be: fun.

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“Negro Comrades of the Crown” should be required reading

Horne focuses on the reactionary nature of U.S. slavery and racism, and demonstrates the vanguard role of African Americans in the struggle for freedom.

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