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What We Still Don’t Know About the MLK Assassination 50 Years Later: Interview with Author Steve Berry

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Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King. We recently spoke with author Steve Berry about his book The Bishop’s Pawn (Minotaur), what happened at the Lorraine Motel 50 years ago, what we don’t know about the investigation and whether or not history has been kind to the man and the movement.   In this latest Cotton Malone novel, we learn that what we think we know about the assassination of civil rights icon, Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, 1968 may not be what actually happened.  Could it be we’ve been wrong about James Earl Ray being the lone shooter? Berry takes readers on an exploration of this theory, based on his own research…

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10 Great Books and Films to Celebrate MLK Day

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On Martin Luther King Jr. Day we think back to the man that changed the course of history during the Civil Rights Movement and left an impression that we will never forget. Today we reflect on some of the books and their movie counterparts that have been made possible due to our American history and King’s contributions. These unforgettable novels are must-reads on a day like today, Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Watch: Eyes on the Prize Read: Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965 With the production of the documentary came the publication of the book Eyes on the Prize. Both the film and book highlight key events during the Civil Rights Movement through first person narratives…

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Picturing Hope: White House Photographer Pete Souza’s ‘Intimate Portrait’ of President Obama

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“They called him analytical and cerebral. But the lasting impression of Barack Obama’s presidency is deeply human and emotional. This is his legacy.” ~ Scott Snowman, January 18, 2017 in The Prompt White House photographers are not just taking pictures; they are documenting history and preserving a legacy.  Whatever your political views, there is one thing that will not change about the Barack Obama presidency: he was the nation’s first African American elected to the highest office in the land.  This was a hard-won feat that many, particularly those who grew up during the era of Jim Crow, never believed would see accomplished in their lifetime. But it did and everything else that followed was equally historic. Now, a year…

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Marvel’s courtship of Ava DuVernay: Is Hollywood finally waking up?

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The American Civil Liberties Union isn’t happy with Hollywood right now. The ACLU has called for an investigation into the “systematic failure” of the film industry to hire female directors. In response to this, The Directors Guild of America blamed networks and studios for the “deplorable” lack of women directors in Hollywood. But of course, actions speak louder than words. In a positive step for women in film, Marvel is courting Selma director Ava DuVernay; according to the report, she will either helm Captain Marvel or Black Panther. The former picture is Marvel’s first solo female superhero film, and The Black Panther is the first movie that boasts a hero of color in the leading role. If one considers DuVernay’s work in Selma, one could hazard a…

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Oscar, Oscar who (do you say) will win? Vote now!

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We’re tired of the movie “experts.” They have been weighing in for weeks about which movie will snag the Academy Awards’ big prize—Best Motion Picture—and we don’t agree at all. Some of us adored Birdman, some thought it pretentious. Some thought Boyhood was a timeless masterpiece; others thought it meandered off to Nowheresville. Was Whiplash sadistic, brilliant or both? Were The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything terrific or too safe?  Grand Budapest Hotel was totally charming or too (Wes) Craven. American Sniper was right on target or too tidy? And why the snubs against a movie as important as Selma? It’s amazing there haven’t been fistfights at the water cooler. One thing is clear—moviegoers from coast to coast…

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