Articles tagged queen latifah

Hip-Hop Storytellers: The Vignette

"That story is over, but my rhyme ain't done." Vignettes are important tools in hip-hop's rich and plentiful storytelling tradition.

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The Revival: A Declaration for Female Emcees

Hip-hop needs a women's movement ala Seneca Falls. The Declaration of Sentiments used the Declaration of Independence as its structural model (in hip-hop we call that "sampling").

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With audiences of up to 150 million viewers, the Super Bowl is traditionally the highest-rated annual event on American TV. However, the reason for this has

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Summer of Same: July 2009

In a rare attempt at novelty, July jets along with only Harry Potter and the Ice Age crew sampling continuing series spoils. The rest provide unknown pleasures.

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17 Oct 2008 // 1:55 AM

The Secret Life of Bees

May's wailing wall appears repeatedly in Gina Prince-Blythewood's The Secret Life of Bees, each time an invitation to reflect, to remember what was and hope for what might be.

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12 Oct 2008 // 10:00 PM

The Secret Life of Bees

What could have been a brave film turned out lukewarm, lost in its own self-importance, stripped of its feminist overtones and watered down for mass consumption.

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Talk, Talk, Talk: October 2008

What studio suit thought this was a good idea? With four months to schedule your high priced efforts, you instead unload almost 30 overpriced pictures on an unsuspecting movie audience.

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28 Aug 2008 // 9:58 PM

What Happens in Vegas

As the saying (sort of) goes, what happens in Vegas should stay in Vegas -- so, too with this film.

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9 May 2008 // 12:59 AM

What Happens in Vegas

In What Happens in Vegas, Joy and Jack are fated to fall in lazy-movie-love.

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The Return of the Popcorn Circus: May 2008

In the first act of this four-part production, Tinsel Town decides to do some unbelievable front loading. Will there be room for independent offerings, or former HBO carnal comedy divas? Who knows? Without a doubt, it's an interesting way to start the season.

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17 Jan 2008 // 11:00 PM

Mad Money

Mad Money borrows liberally and carelessly from Set It Off, still a smart, angry film about class divisions that have only grown wider since 1996.

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11 Dec 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Perfect Holiday

Part "family movie" and part "romantic comedy," Perfect Holiday divides its energies unevenly, leaning too heavily on the adults acting like children.

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29 Oct 2007 // 10:00 PM

Queen Latifah: Travlin Light

The rapper/ actress/ singer bids for jazz legitimacy. One wonders why she bothers to try.

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16 Aug 2007 // 1:20 AM

‘Tale’ seeks to tell the cold truth about the Arctic

SAN FRANCISCO - In the very early days of making the wildlife saga “Arctic Tale,” cinematographer-director Adam Ravetch and his wife, Sarah Robertson, were aboard

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25 Jul 2007 // 1:00 AM

Arctic Tale

Trying too hard to reinvent the penguin subgenre, Arctic Tale focuses its anthropomorphizing energies on girls instead of boys, on natural enemies instead of platoons of birds who all look alike.

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20 Jul 2007 // 2:00 AM

Hairspray (2007) (2007)

Hairspray doesn't just replay Waters' film, it extends and complicates the original parody.

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19 Jul 2007 // 10:00 PM

Hairspray (2007)

When Hairspray is good, it’s fantastic. It radiates an energy and a joy that’s beyond infectious.

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18 Jul 2007 // 8:21 AM

Ice cream server one day, ‘Hairspray’ star the next

Yes, she really was in the Cold Stone Creamery, scooping ice cream. And no, she really didn’t know it was coming. “I knew I

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Monkey Business (Part 3: July)

Finally, a month with only one remaining series contender. All wizard based Potter-y aside, this will be the most tenuous time for the business called show. After a strong start, the eccentric collection of entertainments here could make or break this potentially record shattering motion picture season.

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8 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

Life Support

What shines through in Life Support are the life experiences of safe sex advocates and real women living with the virus.

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The Hills Are Alive, But Nobody Else Is in 'The Happiness of the Katakuris'

// Short Ends and Leader

"Happiness of the Katakuris is one of Takashi Miike's oddest movies, and that's saying something.

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