Archive For The “Books & Films” Category

Yalla! Fight Back, book empowers American Arabs

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Yalla! Fight Back, book empowers American Arabs

Yalla! Fight Back, book empowers American Arabs A new book that empowers Arabs and Muslims in America to effectively confront and change news media bias  was published this week by award-winning Palestinian American columnist and former Chicago City Hall journalist Ray Hanania. Yalla! Fight Back offers a strategic plan for Arabs and Muslims in America…

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Remembering Chicago’s race wars from the 1960s

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Remembering Chicago’s race wars from the 1960s

Remembering Chicago’s race wars from the 1960s Looking back at Chicago in the 1960s and the racial tensions that divided Blacks and Whites, I decided to write a book about that experience. White Flight, which I titled “Midnight Flight: One family’s experience of White Flight and the racial transformation of Chicago’s South Side (an online novel)”…

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Cloverfield “franchise” destroys a great original theme

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Cloverfield “franchise” destroys a great original theme

Cloverfield “franchise” destroys a great original theme Some one should explain to J.J. Abrams that it isn’t enough to just put a word in a movie title to create a franchise that will excite the public. I loved the 2008 movie “Cloverfield.” But the two films int he so-called “Cloverfield franchise” don’t even come close…

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Movie Review: “The Post,” when newspapers had more respect

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Movie Review: “The Post,” when newspapers had more respect

Movie Review: “The Post,” when newspapers had more respect The new movie “The Post” is a powerful film that takes Americans back to 1971 when journalism was a profession dominated mostly by principle. Truth outweighed political partisanship. But in watching the movie this week, it only made me sad. Because it reminded me how badly…

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New TV Sitcom “The Mayor” gives politics a funny edge

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New TV Sitcom “The Mayor” gives politics a funny edge

New TV Sitcom “The Mayor” gives politics a funny edge Bernard David Jones brings his comedic acting chops – perfected during his time spent at CollegeHumor – to primetime TV in one of Fall TV’s new comedy series The Mayor (TUESDAYs (9:30|8:30c) on ABC). The new ABC comedy revolves around young rapper ‘Courtney Rose’ (Brandon Michael…

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Waiting for my favorite TV programs between seasons

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Waiting for my favorite TV programs between seasons

Waiting for my favorite TV programs between seasons The latest trend as cable TV programs rise in popularity and quality is that their seasons are shortened to only a few episodes. For those of us used to 25 to 30 episode seasons, it’s disappointing that we’re seeing fewer episodes for originally programming on HBO, Showtime…

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Israel’s lies on occupation exposed in new Ehrenreich book

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Israel’s lies on occupation exposed in new Ehrenreich book

Israel’s lies on occupation exposed in new Ehrenreich book Author and award winning journalist Ben Ehrenreich pens a new book that offers readers fair and balanced insight into the reality of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinians in a way that most mainstream American news media pretends does not exist. Ehrenreich has come under vicious…

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Favorite moment from the Oscars

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Favorite moment from the Oscars

Favorite moment from the Oscars Published in the Arab News Feb. 22, 2017 By Ray Hanania Over the past few weeks in America, the mainstream news media has been focused on the presentation of Oscars for Hollywood’s “best” films at the Academy Awards this Sunday (Feb. 26). Many media rebroadcast and reported on “favorite moments”…

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Podcast: Power of Hollywood movies & Palestine Conflict

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Podcast: Power of Hollywood movies & Palestine Conflict

The Power of Hollywood Movies in the Palestine & Middle East conflicts Ray Hanania’s podcast is an audio version of his column published  Jan. 26, 2017  in the Arab News in Saudi Arabia. It discusses the power of movies and how they can significantly alter, change and impact the beliefs of the American people. Why…

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Chicagoland writer documents EMS history

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Chicagoland writer documents EMS history

Chicagoland writer documents EMS history Writer, celebrated investigator and Reavis High school graduate Paul Ciolino has penned a new book that documents the creation of the public paramedic system, EMS, which has saved countless lives since it was implemented in 1972 Originally published in the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News and the…

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