November 22, 2007 — Vol. 43, No. 15
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‘No Child...’ rings true with students, parents alike

Victoria Cheng

CAMBRIDGE — These days, Nilaja Sun is riding high.

The New York City-based actor, writer and teacher just returned from Berlin, where she recently wrapped filming for her scenes in “The International,” a movie starring Clive Owen and Naomi Watts slated for release next year.
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Missouri’s hip-hop ‘Mayor’ declares his Independence

Toriano L. Porter

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Music producer D. Baker is serious when he unveils his new industry moniker.

For the uninitiated, D. Baker — like a few good musicians throughout history, including la Madonna, Prince, Nelly, Jay-Z and others — uses an abbreviated name in the music game.

He is also an Independence resident who produced two tracks on hip-hop star MIMS’ debut album, “Music Is My Savior.” Full story

Give US Your Poor shines spotlight on homelessness

Victoria Cheng

With a four-act lineup featuring Boston indie rock trio Buffalo Tom, Greek tenor Mario Frangoulis, blues and soul singer Mighty Sam McClain and alternative rocker Natalie Merchant, last Friday’s Give US Your Poor concert to benefit the homeless stretched deep into the night.
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James Brown turkey giveaway to continue in Augusta

AUGUSTA, Ga. — A Thanksgiving tradition sponsored by soul legend James Brown was continued the first year after his death by civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton.

Brown’s annual turkey giveaway went on in his absence Monday at Dyess Park in Augusta, Brown’s hometown.

As Brown used to, Sharpton gave away the first turkey. Brown founded the giveaway in 1991.

More than 1,000 turkeys are usually given away at the pre-Thanksgiving event, said the Rev. Larry Fryer, who assisted Brown with previous giveaways.
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