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Did you know that Margaret Burrough was a co-founder of Dusable Museum?

Did you know that Margaret Taylor-Burroughs was a prominent African American artist and writer and a co-founder of the DuSable Museum of African American History?

Did you know that she also helped to establish the South Side Community Art Center, whose opening on May 1, 1941 [1] was dedicated by the First Lady of the United States Eleanor Roosevelt?

Did you know in 1948 earned her Masters in Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Chicago after having earned her Bachelor’s there in 1946?

Did you know that The DuSable Museum is the oldest museum of Black culture in the United States?

Did you know that when she died she was 95?

(November 11, 1917 – November 21, 2010)


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Who is Michael Austin Cera?

Who is Michael Austin Cera? [1] The entertainment and acting world knows him as a Canadian actor best known for his roles in Arrested Development, Superbad, and Juno. Cera received two Canadian Comedy Award Best Actor nominations in 2008 for his work in Juno and Superbad, winning for the latter. Since 2008, Cera has starred in Year One, Youth in Revolt, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

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Early life

Cera was  born June 7, 1988 in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. He is the son of Linda, a native of Quebec, and Luigi Cera, a XeroxSicily.[2][3][4] Cera has an older sister, Jordan, and a younger sister, Molly.[4] He attended Conestoga Public School, Robert H. Lagerquist Senior Public School, and Heart Lake Secondary School until grade nine, but then completed high school through correspondence.[2][5] His first role was an unpaid appearance in a Tim Hortons summer camp commercial.[2][5][6] That eventually led to a Pillsbury commercial in which he poked the Pillsbury Doughboy, his first role with lines.[7] technician who is originally from

Career

Rise

Cera’s career began when he was cast as Larrabe Hicks in the Canadian television series I Was a Sixth Grade Alien in 1999. In 2002, Cera played the young Chuck Barris in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and he also provided the voice for Brother Bear in The Berenstain Bears animated series; he also voiced Josh Spitz in the cartoon Braceface. He played George Michael Bluth in the award-winning television series Arrested Development for three seasons before it was cancelled.[8] In 2005, he starred as Harold in the award winning short film Darling Darling, for which he was awarded Best Actor at the San Gio Festival in Verona, Italy. In 2006, he created and starred in a parody of Impossible is Nothing, a video résumé created by Aleksey Vayner.[9] He also guest-starred in an episode of teen noir drama Veronica Mars – in the episode “The Rapes of Graff“, which also featured Arrested Development co-star Alia Shawkat – and also in the Adult Swim series Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!
Cera, along with best friend Clark Duke, wrote and starred in a series of short videos released on their website.[8] In 2007, they signed a deal with CBS Television to write, produce, direct, and act in a short-form comedy series entitled Clark and Michael.[10] The show featured guest stars such as David Cross, Andy Richter and Patton Oswalt, and was distributed via CBS’s new internet channel, CBS Innertube.[11] Duke and Cera are both members of the band The Long Goodbye.
Cera also appeared in a staged comedy video that shows him being fired from the lead role of the film Knocked Up after belittling and arguing with the director, in a scene that mocks the David O. Russell blow up on the set of I Heart Huckabees.[8]

Continuation into movies

Cera starred alongside Jonah Hill in the film Superbad, which was written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. The film opened in North America on August 17, 2007. In November 2007, he hosted Saturday Night Live on strike, a live staged version of SNL not shown on television due to the 2007 Writers Guild of America Strike.[12] Also in 2007, Cera co-starred in Juno as Paulie Bleeker, a teenager who accidentally impregnates his long-time school-friend Juno (Ellen Page). Arrested Development star Jason Bateman co-starred in the movie, but they did not share any scenes together. For Superbad and Juno, Cera won Breakthrough Artist in the Austin Film Critics Association Awards 2007.
In 2007, Cera appeared in the comedy short “Drunk History”, playing Alexander Hamilton in a comedic retelling of Hamilton’s duel with Aaron Burr.[13]
Cera stars in the independent film Paper Heart, released August 7, 2009.[14] It was written by and co-stars Charlyne Yi, and premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival where it won a screenwriting award. Cera and Yi composed the movie’s soundtrack. He also starred alongside Jack Black in the 2009 comedy Year One.
In 2009, Cera’s first published short story, “Pinecone”, appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly. In January 2010, Cera starred in a film adaptation of the novel Youth in Revolt, in the role of the lead character, Nick Twisp.[8][15]
On the August 3, 2010 David Letterman Show, Cera described getting lost in Red Rocks Park, and his relief when found by other hikers.[16]
Cera played the titular character in the film adaptation of the graphic novel Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, released in August 2010.[17]
Michael Cera recentely split with his long-term singer/actress girlfriend Charlyne Yi, the pair has been together for three years, but sources claim Cera’s head has been turned by the attention of other ladies since his career kicked off, thanks to roles in Juno, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and Year One -  he says he “wants to date around”. 

Upcoming projects

According to press reports, Cera will appear in the Arrested Development film.[18]
Sherwood Schwartz is on the record as saying he would like to see Cera play Gilligan in a film remake of Gilligan’s Island.[19] However, casting for such a project has not begun yet.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Switching Goals Taylor
2000 Frequency Gordy Jr., Age 10
Steal This Movie! america Hoffman, Age 7-8
Ultimate G’s: Zac’s Flying Dream Young Zac
2001 Stolen Miracle Brandon McKinley
My Louisiana Sky Jesse Wade Thompson

The Familiar Stranger

Young Ted Welsh TV
Walter and Henry Crying Kid TV
2002 Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Chuck Barris, Age 8 and 11
2007 Superbad Evan
Juno Paulie Bleeker
2008 Extreme Movie Fred
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist Nick O’Leary
2009 Paper Heart Himself
Year One Oh
2010 Youth in Revolt Nick Twisp / François Dillinger
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Scott Pilgrim

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1999 I Was a Sixth Grade Alien Larrabe Hicks Series regular
1998–2001 Rolie Polie Olie Little Gizmo Four Episodes, voice only
2000 La Femme Nikita Jerome Season four, one episode
2001–2003 The Berenstain Bears Brother Bear Series regular, voice only
2001–2005 Braceface Josh Spitz Series regular, voice only
2003–2006 Arrested Development George Michael Bluth Series regular
2005–2007 Wayside Todd (Pilot) Pilot, voice only
2006 Veronica Mars Dean Rudolph The Rapes of Graff, Guest Spot
2007 Clark and Michael Mikey Cera Series regular
2007 Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Jaime Stevens Season One, Episode Three
2008 Children’s Hospital Sal Viscuso Series regular, voice only

Awards and honors

  • 2005 Best Actor Award for the short comedy Darling, Darling at the San Gio Festival.
  • 2007 Breakthrough Artist Award from the Austin Film Critics Association.
  • 2008 Canadian Comedy Award for Best Actor – Film, for Superbad. He was also nominated for Best Actor for his role in Juno.
  • 2009 Nominated for BAFTA Rising Star Award

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Who is Nicole Deannae Alexander?

Who is Nicole Deannae Alexander? The entertainment and American reality TV world knows her as Hoopz”. Hoopz is a well known model and actress. She was a show contestant best known for winning the VH1 reality television shows Flavor of Love and I Love Money. She received her nickname, Hoopz, on Flavor of Love. 
Nicole Alexander  was born July 12, 1983 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. After a 10-episode nationally televised competition. Alexander is of African American and Italian descent.She was born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Romulus, Michigan, and graduated from Woodhaven High School in Brownstown, MI, where she was a star basketball player and athlete. Prior to acting, she worked with her uncle demolishing and rebuilding houses.

At the age of 22 she auditioned for Flavor of Love. Alexander eventually won after almost two months of living with the other contestants.

She has also appeared on MTV’s “Wild ‘N Out.” She was a guest judge in season 3 during E-40’s guest appearance.

As of 2007, Alexander continues to model in calendars, magazines, and for modeling agencies EyeCandy Modeling & Titanium Girlz. She has also appeared in videos such as Will Smith’s “Party Starter” & Lil’ Keke’s “Chunk Up The Deuce”, and Maddi Madd Holla Back, and is the celebrity supporter of the “East Kentucky Miners” a basketball team located in Pikeville, Kentucky

Alexander was the winner of the first season of Flavor of Love.[1]
In 2008, Alexander also was a contestant on the VH1 reality show, I Love Money. After defeating Joshua “Whiteboy” Gallander at the final challenge, she was named the $250,000 winner.

Alexander lives in Louisville, Tennessee. She has previously dated James “Boo” Jackson, the CBA ALL-Star from the East Kentucky Miners.[2] She is dating the Boston Celtics center Shaquille O’Neal, and reportedly got a marriage proposal from the basketball star while having dinner with friends in St. Louis.[3]

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José Antônio Rezende de Almeida Prado, Brazilian composer and pianist, died from pulmonary edema.he was , 67

José Antônio Rezende de Almeida Prado or Almeida Prado  was an important Brazilian composer of classical music and a pianist.[1] On Almeida Prado’s death, his personal friend, conductor João Carlos Martins stated that Prado had possibly been the most important living Brazilian composer.[1]
Prado wrote over 400 compositions and won various prizes for his work. [1]
He was born in Santos, São Paulo in 1943. He died in São Paulo in 2010, having lived there for the latter part of his life.

(February 8, 1943 – November 21, 2010)

 Training

In Brazil, Almeida Prado studied with Dinorá de Carvalho (piano), Osvaldo Lacerda (harmony) and Camargo Guarnieri (composition).
Upon winning first prize for his cantata Pequenos Funerais Cantantes, based on a text by Hilda Hilst, at the I Festival de Música da Guanabara in 1969, he continued his studies in Europe. He studied with Olivier Messiaen and Nadia Boulanger in Paris from 1970 to 1973, besides brief studies with György Ligeti and Lukas Foss in Darmstadt.

Professional Activities

Returning to Brazil in 1974, Almeida Prado first taught at the Conservatório Municipal de Cubatão, and then, hired by Zeferino Vaz, he became a professor at the UNICAMP Institute of the Arts, retiring in 2000. After his retirement he settled in São Paulo, where he occasionally taught music courses and presented a radio program at Cultura FM.

In January 2007, his cantata Hiléia, Um Mural da Amazônia, based on the poem of the same name by Ives Gandra Martins, was performed at Carnegie Hall by the Orquestra Bachiana Filarmônica de São Paulo conducted by João Carlos Martins.

Selected works

  • Orchestral music: Cidade de São Paulo (1981); Sinfonia dos orixás (1985–86); Sinfonia Apocalipse (1987); Variações concertantes para marimba, vibrafone e cordas (1984); Concert Fribourgeois (1985) e Concerto para piano e orquestra (1983).
  • Choral music: Ritual para a Sexta-feira Santa para coro e orquestra (1966); Paixão de Nosso Senhor Jesus Cristo segundo São Marcos (1967); Pequenos funerais cantantes para coro, solistas, orquestra (1969); Carta de Patmo para coro, solista e orquestra (1971); Thèrèse ou l’Amour de Dieu para coro e orquestra (1986); Cantata Bárbara Heliodora para solistas, coro misto e orquestra de câmara (1987); Cantata Adonay Roi Loeçar para solistas, coro e orquestra de câmara.
  • Solo instrumental music: Sonata para violoncelo (1980); Três Sonatas para violino e piano; Sonata para viola e piano (1983); Réquiem para a paz (1985); Sonata para flauta e piano (1986); Trio marítimo para violino, viola e piano (1983); Livro mágico de Xangô para violino e violoncelo (1984).
  • Piano music: Cartas celestes (1974, 1982–83); Nove Sonatas; Noturnos; Prelúdios; Momentos; Ilhas; Rios; Itinerário idílico e amoroso ou Livro de Helenice (1976); Três Croquis de Israel (1989); Rosário de Medjugorje (1987); Quinze Flashes de Jerusalém (1989).

Publications

  • Prado, José Antônio R. De Almeida, Cartas Celestes: uma uranografia sonora geradora de novos processos composicionais. Campinas: Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Instituto de Artes, Departamento de Música: 1986. Tese (Doutorado).

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Tom Underwood American baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, Oakland A’s), died from pancreatic cancer he was , 56,

  Thomas Gerald Underwood was a Pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies (1974-77), St. Louis Cardinals (1977), Toronto Blue Jays (1978-79), New York Yankees (1980-81), Oakland Athletics (1981-83) and Baltimore Orioles (1984) died from pancreatic cancer he was , 56,.

(born December 22, 1953 in Kokomo, Indiana, died November 22, 2010, in West Palm Beach, Florida

He helped the Phillies win the 1976 and 1977 National League Eastern Division, the Yankees win the 1980 American League Eastern Division and the 1981 AL Pennant and the Athletics win the 1981 AL Western Division.
In 11 seasons he had an 86-87 Win-Loss record, appeared in 379 games, started 203 games, pitched 35 complete games, registered six shutouts, chalked up 68 complete games and notched 18 saves. During his career, Underwood pitched 1,586 innings. He gave up 1,554 hits, 772 runs, 685 earned runs, 130 home runs, 662 walks, 948 strikeouts, 28 hit batsmen and 62 wild pitches. He faced 6,814 batters and gave up 38 intentional walks, 12 balks and registered a career ERA of 3.89.
In 1978, Underwood was voted the Blue Jays’ outstanding pitcher.[1]
Underwood died on November 22, 2010, from pancreatic cancer.[2]
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20 people got busted on December 15, 2010

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MTV “Skins” Target of Federal Child Porn Investigation

MTV’s racy teen show “Skins” is the new target of the Parents Television Council due to several references to drugs and alcohol and its sexually charged nature. The PTC sent a letter to the Department of Justice and US Senate and House Judiciary Committees to ask for a federal investigation into potential child pornography violations.
“In addition to the sexual content on the show involving cast members as young as 15, PTC counted 42 depictions and references to drugs and alcohol in the premiere episode,” the group wrote in a letter to the government organizations.
“It is clear that Viacom has knowingly produced material that may well be in violation of [several anti-child pornography laws],” added the PTC, which earlier called the show “the most dangerous program ever for children.”
According to Hollywood Reporter, Viacom already ordered the show’s producers to tone it down, while MTV executives allegedly met to discuss the possible child porn law violation issue earlier this week.
A rep for MTV said in a statement, “Skins is a show that addresses real-world issues confronting teens in a frank way. We review all of our shows and work with all of our producers on an ongoing basis to ensure our shows comply with laws and community standards. We are confident that the episodes of ‘Skins’ will not only comply with all applicable legal requirements, but also with our responsibilities to our viewers.”
Meanwhile, Taco Bell has already pulled the ads from the controversial teen show. A rep stated,“Upon further review, we’ve decided that the show is not a fit for our brand and have moved our advertising to other MTV programming.”
Do you believe “Skins” is violating child porn laws or simply portraying the raw reality of real teenagers in the 21st century?

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