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Art on the half shell

Art on the half shell – how artist C. Thomas Baylock began his career drawing on a pistachio shell Melanie Payne The day C. Thomas Baylock became “The Pistachio Man” started with a routine father-and-son trip to the pediatrician. The office was filled with children, the doctor was running late, and everyone’s patience was running […]

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Guardians of peace in bronze

Guardians of peace in bronze – creation of Freedman’s Memorial burial site and sculpture park in Dallas to preserve a cemetery for freed slaves; includes related article on sculptor David Newton who designed the sculpture for the site Rosalyn M. Story They were the last to hear the good news, but it didn’t matter, because […]

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A merryland for all – historic, recreational and cultural places for tourists to enjoy in Maryland

A merryland for all – historic, recreational and cultural places for tourists to enjoy in Maryland – Advertising Supplement: Maryland’s African American Culture Patricia J. Bacchus Wide sandy beaches beaten by the surf of the Atlantic, lush green mountains in summer that later are capped with winter’s snow, rolling pastures and picturesque farmland, and the […]

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Body treatment at the Shangri-La – Shangri-La Historic Inn Resort and Spa, Bonita Springs, FL owned by Deborah and Leo Dahlmanns

Body treatment at the Shangri-La – Shangri-La Historic Inn Resort and Spa, Bonita Springs, FL owned by Deborah and Leo Dahlmanns – Travel Christina Tourigny Using the principles of mind, body and spirit, Deborah Dahlmanns has found a perfect way to achieve physical health and well-being. She eats well, exercises right and meditates. She believes […]

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Perennial favorites – Grenada, Barbuda, Puerto Rico, Barbados

Perennial favorites – Grenada, Barbuda, Puerto Rico, Barbados – Travel Henry Chase I’ve never entirely understood the argument de gustibus non disputandum est (there is no disputing about tastes): After all, what should be disputed — that two and two equal four? That the earth is round? That parallel lines never converger That the female […]

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Snapshots across Georgia

Snapshots across Georgia – Special Supplement: Georgia’s African American Heritage Henry Chase How about hang gliding from the top of Lookout mountain, where Union and Confederate troops once dashed in “the Battle Above the Clouds”? Today, at Lookout Mountain Flight Park, seasoned pilots fly in tandem with inexperienced, wanna-be gliders. How about hiking through Chattahoochee […]

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Puerto Rico: a near country

Puerto Rico: a near country – Travel Henry Chase Sea breezes, green mountains, a rain forest, baseball games that actually take place, hot clubs, a Latino culture, fantastic snorkeling and the governor’s mansion built nearly five centuries ago for Ponce de Leon: Of the Carribean islands, Puerto Rico is my favorite. It’s a real country, […]

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The Great Black Way

The Great Black Way – African American theater producer Woodie King, Jr V.R. Peterson So far, so good. As the century turns, black art keeps keeping on: Actors Halle Berry and Denzel Washington each picked up a Golden Globe Award; rapper Ice Cube briefly had the No. 1 movie in the country; author Christopher Paul […]

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Fagan’s Flight – the accomplishments of choreographer Garth Fagan

Fagan’s Flight – the accomplishments of choreographer Garth Fagan – Brief Article Sharon Fitzgerald Garth Fagan’s dancers land upon the stage of the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, N.J., and proceed to mesmerize. Outside the theater, snow-covered sidewalks and icy winds require that every Step and breath be rendered cautiously, but inside, the pre-concert rehearsal is […]

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The Healthy Soul Food Cookbook.

The Healthy Soul Food Cookbook. – book reviews Monica Dyer Rowe The Healthy Soul Food Cookbook by Wilbert Jones (Citadel Press. 1997. $12.95)–As author Wilbert Jones points out, traditional soul food originated in the slave quarters of Southern plantations, where black folks had to be resourceful–and creative–in coming up with meals using the barest of […]