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'Savages': A Violent, Drug-Induced High

Oliver Stone's new film Savages is a violent thriller starring Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson as pot growers caught up in a Mexican drug war. Critic David Edelstein says the movie is deeper and more complicated than Stone's famously bloody Natural Born Killers.
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'Seventeen' Magazine Takes No-Photoshop Pledge After 8th-Grader's Campaign

Julia Bluhm, 14, rounded up 80,000 signatures with an online petition, and that convinced the magazine to promise not to digitally alter editorial photos of teen models. The editor in chief writes that Seventeen "never has, never will."
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Saturday Is 'Chuck Brown Tribute Day' At Folklife Festival

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is dedicating Saturday to a day-long tribute to D.C. music legend and "Godfather of Go-Go," Chuck Brown.

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At Folklife, Troupe Celebrates African Heritage With Pulse-Pounding Beats

An all-girl group called the Taratibu Youth Association celebrates their cultural heritage while simultaneously building the confidence and character of its dancers.

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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, July 6

Chickasaw storytelling, Silly Symphonies, and summer concerts in Germantown.

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Jamaica Does Literary Fest With A Caribbean Twist

Rasta men, international literati and jerk chicken are just some of what you'll find at Jamaica's Calabash Literary Festival, an event that is reinventing the lit fest tradition by adding a distinctly Jamaican spirit. You may never look at those other wine-and-cheese shindigs in the same way.
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AIDS In Black America: A Public Health Crisis

AIDS is the primary killer of African-Americans ages 19 to 44, and the mortality rate is 10 times higher for black Americans than for whites. A new Frontline documentary explores why.
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Life In Juxtopia

Linton Weeks describes the strange moments taking place in Juxtopia — the world where technological devices coexist with a lack of easily acquired power to run them.

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