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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,[Sun Pop Music Critic] | November 26, 2006
A HUSKY BLACK MAN DRESSED garishly in drag -- blue wig, frosted lipstick -- raps and fries chicken on what appears to be a makeshift plantation as African-American children dance around him, sucking on chicken bones. The scene is from "Fry That Chicken" by Ms. Peachez, a music video that in the last two months has been downloaded more than 600,000 times on Youtube. The song has also received spins on urban stations. It was preceded by an even bigger hit: DJ Webstar & Young B's "Chicken Noodle Soup," which for months has been a mainstay on black radio and in clubs, the video a favorite on Youtube and MTV. The nonsensical song even spawned a dance -- a shuffling, arm-flapping jig that grinning black kids perform in the video.
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By Janet Gilbert and Janet Gilbert,Special to The Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2009
When you work out of your home during the summer, you have to learn to tune out all sorts of sounds and activities that would be major distractions in a typical office setting. You might not think this would be too difficult, but picture yourself working away in a cubicle, only the person sharing it is practicing "Lady Madonna" over and over on the piano. It could be tricky to take your conference call. Better yet, what if one of your co-workers liked to stroll about, strumming a ukulele?
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February 28, 1996
Police logOwen Brown: 7100 block of Minstrel Way: Someone tried to pry open a rear door at Burger King early Sunday morning, but was scared away by an alarm, police said.Long Reach: 8700 block of Cloudleap Court: A 1993 Dodge Minivan with West Virginia tags 8H7899 was stolen Saturday or Sunday, police said.
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By Madeline Bryant and Madeline Bryant,Los Angeles Times | December 17, 2006
Children are always looking for a good read - it helps postpone bedtime like nothing else. Here are some titles that stand up equally well in daylight. PICTURE BOOKS Fourteen masters of illustration answer the eternal comedic question Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? (Dial: 40 pp., $16.99). The nearly wordless responses range from the obvious to the absurd. Mo Willems' chicken is being "grilled" by police after running "afowl" of the law, while Jerry Pinkney's wants to attend a lavish tea party.
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By Gareth Branwyn | August 23, 1999
Device from DeLorme turns laptops into navigation systemDigital-map maker DeLorme has an impressive line of software products covering everything from turn-by-turn street maps to 3-D interactive globes. But perhaps its most impressive product is the Earthmate GPS Receiver kit ($149.95).This tiny, pocket-sized Global Positioning System service hooks up to most PC laptops. For $219.95, you can get the Earthmate bundled with all of the hardware and software you need to transfer maps to a PalmPilot or PalmPC for an extremely inexpensive hand-held navigation system.
NEWS
August 11, 1997
Police Blotter is a sampling of crimes in Howard County.Ellicott City: 7700 block of Waterloo Road: Someone broke into Marlo Industries on Wednesday or Thursday and stole a television, videocassette recorder, computer printer and telephone.Owen Brown: 7100 block of Minstrel Way: A Pizza Hut deliveryman was approached Thursday by three men who demanded money. He jumped into his vehicle and drove away.Dorsey's Search: 5300 block of Columbia Road: Police are searching for two men who accosted and robbed a person Thursday.
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By Robert M. Pennington from the archives of the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society | June 8, 1997
75 years ago Assistant Secretary of the Navy Col. Theodore Roosevelt addressed the U. S. Naval Academy commencement exercises. This is the last of the wartime classes. -- The Sun, June 2, 1922.A popular minstrel show put on by the volunteer fire department of West Annapolis was again a hit. The popular end men was Clinton Shaw and Will Rogers. -- The Sun, June 16, 1922.A separate ceremony for 18 male members of the graduating class of Annapolis High was held yesterday. They were denied participation in the regular June 14 commencement because of participation in a hazing incident.
SPORTS
By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Staff Writer | August 19, 1992
LAUREL -- The outside post was no impediment to Kathleen The Queen yesterday.Jockey Walter Guerra guided her to the front out of the gate in the $23,000 allowance feature at Laurel, and they went on to score a wire-to-wire victory -- the third for Kathleen The Queen in her past four starts.It wasn't easy as Gala Goldilocks pressed the pace after the midway point of the six-furlong race. But Kathleen The Queen prevailed by a head in a two-horse duel.Favored Mixed Appeal surrendered the rail in the early jumps and chased the top two all the way.Prado eyes titleEdgar Prado will compete during the upcoming Timonium meeting in his attempt to overtake Northern California jockey Russell Baze, the only rider who leads him nationally in victories.
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By Molly Dunham Glassman and Molly Dunham Glassman,Sun Staff Writer | February 3, 1995
In "Big Star Fallin' Mama: Five Women in Black Music," author Hettie Jones does more than profile Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Mahalia Jackson, Billie Holiday and Aretha Franklin.Through the stories of these five lives courses the history of African-Americans from the early 1900s to the 1980s, from minstrel shows to Motown soul, from the "race" records of the roaring '20s to the mostly segregated "R&B" category of today.Why read about music when so many other, supposedly more serious, subjects could be explored during Black History Month?
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By Janet Gilbert and Janet Gilbert,Special to The Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2009
When you work out of your home during the summer, you have to learn to tune out all sorts of sounds and activities that would be major distractions in a typical office setting. You might not think this would be too difficult, but picture yourself working away in a cubicle, only the person sharing it is practicing "Lady Madonna" over and over on the piano. It could be tricky to take your conference call. Better yet, what if one of your co-workers liked to stroll about, strumming a ukulele?
NEWS
By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,[Sun Pop Music Critic] | November 26, 2006
A HUSKY BLACK MAN DRESSED garishly in drag -- blue wig, frosted lipstick -- raps and fries chicken on what appears to be a makeshift plantation as African-American children dance around him, sucking on chicken bones. The scene is from "Fry That Chicken" by Ms. Peachez, a music video that in the last two months has been downloaded more than 600,000 times on Youtube. The song has also received spins on urban stations. It was preceded by an even bigger hit: DJ Webstar & Young B's "Chicken Noodle Soup," which for months has been a mainstay on black radio and in clubs, the video a favorite on Youtube and MTV. The nonsensical song even spawned a dance -- a shuffling, arm-flapping jig that grinning black kids perform in the video.
NEWS
By DAVID NITKIN and DAVID NITKIN,SUN REPORTER | October 28, 2005
A liberal blog by an African-American writer has posted a doctored photo of Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele in minstrel makeup, an image the Steele campaign blasted as "gutter racism" and part of a coordinated Democratic attack against him. The picture was first displayed Wednesday night on the News Blog, a Web site run by Steve Gilliard, under the headline "Simple Sambo wants to move to the big house." It was posted the same day that Steele, a Republican, announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate, and received attention yesterday when Tim Kaine, the Democratic nominee for governor in Virginia, removed his campaign ads from the blog in protest.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jim Farber and Jim Farber,New York Daily News | May 5, 2005
It's not every modern songwriter whose lyrics allude to fops, mariners and magistrates. Ever rarer is one who seamlessly uses words like "purloined," "penitent" and "pantaloons" in a song. But Colin Meloy isn't much like his musical peers. "There's a misconception that I intend to send people to their dictionaries at every opportunity," says Meloy, 30, with a sigh. "It bums me out that it has become remarkable to use poetic words. A lot of beautiful words are getting lost." Meloy isn't just out to rescue them.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | July 5, 2002
Arnon Goldfinger's group portrait of the Yiddish actor and song-and-dance man Pesach'ke Burstein and his family troupe is the documentary equivalent of a page-turner, filled with anecdotes that echo through a century-spanning saga and moments that define more than one generation at a time. Born into the tight-knit, observant Jewish communities of Eastern Europe in 1906 (he lived first in Poland, then in Russia), Burstein fled home at age 15, when he hooked up with a traveling Yiddish troupe.
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By Arthur Hirsch and Arthur Hirsch,Sun Staff | November 12, 2000
About midway through Spike Lee's new movie, "Bamboozled," two African-American performers are shown preparing and applying blackface makeup. Following instructions spoken by an off-screen voice, they do it the old-fashioned way: burning corks in alcohol, crushing the ash, mixing the powder with water to make a slurry shiny as wet tar. The tight shot of the stuff might suggest that a few centuries of American racial history have been magically distilled into...
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN FILM CRITIC | October 20, 2000
The audience is hootin' and hollerin'. It's time for America's No. 1 television show, "Mantan: The New Millennium Minstrel Show," featuring those masters of the shuffle, shuck and jive, in their black-faced, red-lipped, bug-eyed glory, Mantan and Sleep 'N Eat. Spike Lee, America's No. 1 cinematic provocateur, aims squarely at his own medium, and the results are sure to get people talking. His exhilarating, audacious new satire, "Bamboozled," presents an America where the most offensive racial stereotypes pass for entertainment.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Gareth Branwyn | August 23, 1999
Device from DeLorme turns laptops into navigation systemDigital-map maker DeLorme has an impressive line of software products covering everything from turn-by-turn street maps to 3-D interactive globes. But perhaps its most impressive product is the Earthmate GPS Receiver kit ($149.95).This tiny, pocket-sized Global Positioning System service hooks up to most PC laptops. For $219.95, you can get the Earthmate bundled with all of the hardware and software you need to transfer maps to a PalmPilot or PalmPC for an extremely inexpensive hand-held navigation system.
NEWS
By DAN RODRICKS | August 28, 1998
I LIKE THE blues. I like straight-ahead jazz. I like anything Latin. I like rock, I like roll. I like Mozart and Mahler. I like Verdi and Donizetti. I like Porter and Arlen and Brel. I like Cherry Poppin' Daddies. I can even listen to 10 minutes of bluegrass music once a year. But, most of all, I'm a sucker for "La Vie en Rose" played on the violin and backed by accordion and mandolin.It's old, lovely romance music, the soundtrack from some black-and-white film set in a Parisian bistro. It's not a sound you hear around here every day.But, we got a dose of it the other night in Hampden.
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