Top Picks: Prince

One of the most celebrated pop musicians of all time, Prince, was a singer, songwriter, producer, actor, director, and, according to many, a multi-instrumentalist. He is best known for such albums as 1999, Purple Rain, Sign O the Times, and Musicology.   Prince, born Prince Rogers Nelson in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on June 7, 1958, was…
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Celebrate National Fossil Day

National Fossil Day, a National Park Service celebration, occurs yearly on the second Wednesday of October during Earth Science Week. First held in 2010, the event takes place this year on October 14, 2020. Established in response to the Paleontological Resources Preservation Act, National Fossil Day promotes the scientific value of paleontology and highlights the…
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If You Liked Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

Transcendent Kingdom, Yaa Gyasi's follow-up to her critically acclaimed debut novel, Homegoing, tells the story of a Ghanian family through the eyes of Gifty, an American-born doctoral candidate in neuroscience studying reward-seeking behavior. As a child, Gifty's world is turned upside down. Witnessing her mother's suffering following her brother's heroin overdose, she makes it her…
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Top Picks: Paul Newman

One of the most famous and celebrated actors in Hollywood, Paul Newman is best known for such films as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Hustler, Cool Hand Luke and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Born 95 years ago this month, on January 26, 1925, in Shaker Heights, Ohio, Newman trained at the…
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5 Great Thanksgiving Movies

Turkey Day is almost upon us, and with it comes the joy we experience by being with our families and sharing a wonderful—and hopefully delicious—meal. After the big meal, get the family together and enjoy one of these great holiday films, old and new. The Oath: If you thought your family gatherings around the holidays…
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Top Picks: Celebrating Jay-Z

Jay-Z, rapper, songwriter, performer, executive and entrepreneur, is one of the most successful and influential hip-hop artists of our time. Born Shawn Carter on December 4, 1969 in Brooklyn, he's best known for hit songs such as "99 Problems," "Big Pimpin'," "Holy Grail" and "I Just Wanna Love U." The performer adopted the stage name…
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Top Picks: Celebrating Tina Turner

Tina Turner, the iconic and legendary singer, performer, songwriter, and actress, is best known for her high energy performances and hit songs such as Proud Mary, Private Dancer, Nutbush City Limits and Simply the Best.   Born Anna Mae Bullock on November 26, 1939 in Nutbush, TN, she was discovered by Ike Turner after a stand-out performance in an R&B club and later took on the stage name Tina. Turner is the recipient of five Grammy Awards throughout her career, an American Music Award and in 1991 was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.
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