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'Magic Mike XXL' And 'Terminator Genisys' Bring The Testosterone

NPR's Bob Mondello looks at the Independence Day weekend blockbusters, Magic Mike XXL and Terminator Genisys.
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'Dope' Director On Geekdom, The N-Word And Confronting Racism With Comedy

Rick Famuyiwa's new film is about a black high-school student who's into 90s hip hop and Japanese comic books. He calls Dope a celebration of kids whose interests don't fit into pop-culture norms.
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How 4 Gay Black Women Fought Back Against Sexual Harassment — And Landed In Jail

They're called the New Jersey 4, a group of young women who were catcalled and allegedly attacked in New York. Why did they — and not their harasser — end up in jail? A new documentary digs in.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, June 29, 2015

You can see a documentary about an artist who blends cultural and spiritual references in her artwork or check out a play that explores the cost of war, decades after the fighting ends.

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From 'My Adidas' To FUBU, Fashion And Hip-Hop Have Always Matched Beats

A new documentary, Fresh Dressed, explores the relationship between the clothes and the music of hip-hop — including the rise and fall of black-owned brands and black designers.
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40 Years Later, The Cast Of 'Cooley High' Looks Back

After the filming finished, cast members of Cooley High went their separate ways. Now they reflect.
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Alan Rickman Returns To Directing With 'A Little Chaos'

For the first time in nearly two decades, Alan Rickman is behind the camera as director of the film, A Little Chaos. It's a romance story about the creation of one of the gardens of Versailles.
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Classic Of Black Cinema, 'Cooley High,' Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Amid the blaxploitation craze, Cooley High showed a slice of urban life rarely seen on the big screen. It is a bittersweet coming-of-age story set in Chicago's notorious Cabrini-Green housing project.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, June 24, 2015

You can hear some country and roots-rock music or see a movie about the man who’s best known as a massive yellow bird from a children’s television show.

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New Documentary Finds Nina Simone 'In Between The Black And White Keys'

Simone's recordings still loom larger than the rest of her story. A new film about her life asks the question, What Happened, Miss Simone?

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