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From Top Model To Black Panther, Yaya Is 'Truly African-American'

Whether competing on America's Next Top Model or acting in Lee Daniels' The Butler, Yaya Alafia has never shied away from issues of race and identity. She talks to host Michel Martin as part of a special series for Black History Month.
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Shirley Temple Dies; Childhood Movie Star Became Diplomat

Her singing and dancing in movies charmed millions during the Great Depression, when she was the top box-office draw. After leaving show business, Temple (known in her private life as Shirley Temple Black) was an ambassador. She represented the nation at the U.N. and in Prague during the Cold War.
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Shirley Temple Black Dies At 85

One of the most famous childhood stars of all times, Shirley Temple Black has died. Remembered for her curls and acting talent, she became the face of hope during the Great Depression.
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The Enduring Popularity Of Sherlock Holmes

A popular BBC series and a lawsuit over whether his stories are in the public domain are drawing attention once again to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of one of literature's most iconic characters: Sherlock Holmes. We consider the enduring appeal of the "canon" of four novels and 56 short stories featuring Holmes and Watson, and the many interpretations they've inspired on page and screen.

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For Top-Flight Animators, The Gag Is An Art All Its Own

In the animated world, just about anything goes: Toys talk, mice are chefs, and pandas do kung fu. In animation, the sky's the limit. In this encore broadcast, we learn about the hundreds of people working on big studio features who spend their days figuring out how to manufacture this silliness from the ground up. (This story originally aired on All Things Considered on Nov. 27, 2013.)
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Masterpieces In Peril, 'Monuments Men' Protects, But Also Panders

George Clooney's film tells the largely true story of a World War II squad of art experts assigned to protect European masterworks from Nazi theft and Allied bombardment. Critic David Edelstein says the film is engaging and earnest, but a little formulaic.
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'Blazing Saddles,' The Best Interracial Buddy Comedy, Turns 40

Mel Brooks' Western spoof set the gold standard for the interracial buddy comedy. Four decades later, the movie is just as funny — and offensive — as ever.
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Lanzmann's 'Last Of The Unjust' A Provocative Holocaust Film

Claude Lanzmann is a director known for making long documentaries about the holocaust. His latest is film is The Last of the Unjust which is about Benjamin Murmelstein, the last survivor of the Council of Jewish Elders. Murmelstein was appointed by Adolph Eichmann to oversee Theresienstadt concentration camp.
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Behind The Movie, Tales From The Real-Life 'Monuments Men'

George Clooney anchors a thriller about a celebrated military unit that worked to recover and protect precious art and artifacts during the chaos at the end of World War II. NPR's Joel Rose reports on the mission — and some of the surviving members.
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'Vanity Fair' Adds Color To Hollywood's Golden Moment

Vanity Fair has caught flak in the past for not including actors of color on the cover of its annual Hollywood Issue. This year, six of the 12 actors featured are black. Industry observers say the cover is a tacit acknowledgment of the way the entertainment industry is changing.

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