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Why Are There So Many Ip Man Films?

The life story of Bruce Lee's late martial arts teacher has been a popular subject in Chinese-language films and television. The kung fu master has been the focus of five films in the past five years, including The Grandmaster, which opens in select U.S. theaters on Friday.
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At 16, Making A Trek To Make The '63 March On Washington

Lawrence Cumberbatch's parents thought their 16-year-old son was too young to walk from Brooklyn to the March on Washington in 1963. And enlisting Lawrence's uncle to dissuade him didn't have quite the effect they had hoped for, Lawrence tells his son, Simeon.
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John F. Kennedy Faced Civil Rights Opponents In His Own Party

One aim of the organizers of the 1963 March on Washington was to get Congress to pass civil rights legislation. President John F. Kennedy had proposed a wide-ranging measure earlier that summer. But he faced unrelenting opposition from lawmakers, many in his own party.
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Reviving An Heirloom Corn That Packs More Flavor And Nutrition

Imagine corn on the cob that naturally tastes creamy and buttery — no added fat required. Native Americans bred such a variety, but its kernels were almost lost to history. Now one chef is bringing back the heirloom corn — and hoping it will serve as a lesson in what can happen when crops are bred to be flavorful and colorful, not just big.
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Stone Age Chefs Spiced Up Food Even 6,000 Years Ago

Looks like our prehistoric ancestors were bigger foodies than we realized. Archaeologists have found evidence that hunter-gatherers added a hot, mustard spice to their fish and meat thousands of years ago. So meals weren't just about consuming calories. Taste and flavor were important, too.
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VIDEO: Ben's Chili Bowl Celebrates 55 Years Of Half-Smokes And History

It's been over a half-century of half-smokes at Ben's Chili Bowl, and today the storied restaurant was celebrated by luminaries including comedian Bill Cosby.

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Virginia Group Still Plans On Flying Confederate Flag Along I-95

A Confederate history organization called Virginia Flaggers says it still has plans to erect its battle flag along I-95 next month, despite criticism from plenty of Virginians.

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50th Anniversary Of The March On Washington

Fifty years ago final preparations for the "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom" were underway. We talk with speechwriter Clarence B. Jones and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton about their recollection of that day and the way ahead for the civil rights movement.

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Shaping The City: The National Mall As America's Gathering Place

As the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, we explore the role of the National Mall in hosting landmark events past, present and future.

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Summer Of '63: Old Lessons For A New Movement

Today's undocumented activists are using strategies borrowed from the civil rights movement and calling their struggle "The Civil Rights Movement of the 21st Century."

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