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Breezy, tuneful ‘Sparkle’

The 1976 version of the movie “Sparkle” is often connected to an Aretha Franklin album featuring Curtis Mayfield songs — even though the Queen of Soul isn’t in the film. The new “Sparkle” greatly improves on its source material: screenwriter Mara Brock Akil keeps and adds depth to the characters, while director Salim Akil gives the movie visual flair while letting the songs propel the story forward. While “ ...

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All but Forgotten: Middle-aged, older Black women at risk for HIV

All but Forgotten: Middle-aged, older Black women at risk for HIV By Andrea King Collier        Nell Davis never expected to be in the national spotlight at 64-years-old. The California mother and grandmother never expected to be diagnosed with HIV, either. But she has become one of the new faces of HIV by being featured in the Frontline documentary Endgame on PBS and participating in several panels at ...

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