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Reverential biopic revisits life of free-spirited Renaissance woman

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Altina Schinasi (1907-1999) was lucky enough to be born with the proverbial silver spoon in her mouth. The youngest of three girls, her parents were Sephardic Jews of humble origin who immigrated to the U.S. from Turkey in the late 19th Century.
 
Thanks to the tobacco fortune soon amassed by their industrious father, the sisters were raised in the lap of luxury on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Although headstrong Altina wanted for nothing, she proved to be something of a rebel, opting to study art in Paris after graduating from a prestigious prep school, rather than follow the conventional path of a pampered debutante.

Post-Michael Brown Murder, We Cannot Afford To Fall Back To Sleep

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News related to the killing of Michael Brown is still keeping people engaged on the issues of excessive force and police brutality. For so many people, Ferguson took the nation by storm, with the images that were almost a throwback to days gone by or similar to a box-office thriller where some end of the world situation creates martial law and citizens are just trying to figure out how they will make it through. But this wasn’t the 1960s and it wasn’t some made-up situation for ratings, this was real, just like the death of 18-year-old Brown.

Obama Decries Domestic Violence After Rice Cut

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is speaking out against domestic violence in the wake of Ray Rice’s termination by the Baltimore Ravens.
 
White House spokesman Josh Earnest says he spoke Monday evening with Obama about Rice. The running back was let go by his team and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after a video emerged showing him knocking his then-fiancee unconscious.

Rosie Perez, Nicole Wallace to join ‘The View’

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Nicole Wallace and Rosie Perez will be joining Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnel as hosts for the latest season of The View, which begins on September 15.
 
Wallace, a Republican political commentator, and Perez, an actress, will be the newest additions, replacing Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy — both of whom were dropped as co-hosts last summer.

America’s Unspoken Education Issue: Black Kids Need Black Teachers

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“Hiring more white teachers is not the best way to improve education for students, particularly students of color.” This recent commentary by a black student from New Orleans in the Washington Post predictably aroused the ire of readers who accused the young man of reverse racism, playing the race card and divisiveness.
 
That’s no surprise. Race is the third rail of education. Touch it and get scorched. But when it comes to the need for more teachers of color—and, conversely, the idea that placing black students with white teachers isn’t a fix-all—overwhelming research and historical evidence say that this is where our attention needs to be.