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Out & About in Atlanta (July 11 - 17)

Your arts & entertainment calendar for metro Atlanta. This is an abbreviated listing. Listings may change without notice. Send your entertainment or arts listing to: newsroom@theatlantavoice.com.

The Public Debate Is Missing The Point

Currently, the debate on American colleges and universities is dominated by the cost of tuition. This debate misses the point.

The Congressional Black Caucus Has No Conscience

The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) describes itself as “the conscience of the U.S. Congress.”  According to the dictionary, conscience is the inner sense of what is right or wrong in one’s conduct or motives.  Notice that the root of the word conscience is the word “con,” which is exactly what the CBC has turned out to be.

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Halle Berry returns to the small screen in a sci-fi thriller

NEW YORK (AP) - Oscar winner, the beautiful Halle Berry is certainly a welcome TV presence this summer as the star of "Extant,’’ a 13-episode thriller on CBS where she plays Molly Woods, an unexpectedly expectant astronaut. It airs Wednesdays (9 p.m. EDT).

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Beyonce and Jay Z: Contemporary pop’s ultimate duo

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - For all of Beyonce and Jay Z’s up-tempo joint hits - the irresistible and catchy "Crazy In Love,’’ the swagger anthem "Upgrade U’’ and the beat-driven "Drunk In Love’’ - it was the performers’ emotional solo material that made their presence as a collaborative duo strong and resilient during their On the Run tour.

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A Perfect Pair for Patio Dining Serve Up Grilled American Lamb and Pinot Noir

(Family Features) The weather is warming and your patio is calling. It’s time to make the grill your go-to for everyday dinners and entertaining alike. Add variety to your grilling fare by including American lamb. From burgers to chops, fresh lamb is a fast, delicious and simple weeknight option.

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The Disappearing Black Coach In Major College Basketball

Just a handful of years after the tumultuous, racially charged era of the 1960s, Georgetown coach John Thompson peered over his shoulder during a game at McDonough Gym in Northwest. What the coach saw he’d never forget. Neither would many others. “Thompson the [N-word] flop must go,” the racist banner read.

Fulton County invites input during public hearings regarding 2014 millage rate

Metro Digest ( July 11 - 17)

The Fulton County Board of Commissioners voted to propose a 2014 General Fund millage rate of 11.781 mills and a Bond Fund millage rate of 0.27 mills.  The proposed South Fulton Tax District millage rate is 12.469 mills; this rate remains the same as the 2013 rate and affects for properties in unincorporated Fulton County.

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Curtis Harding Gives Atlanta Soul Power

Soul isn’t a feeling, a sound or a movement. It’s a connection, a current in the air -- the spark of recogni7on, emotions leaping across live wires. It’s the way a sinewy bassline steers your hips and eyes to the stranger across the club. It’s how a handful of humble words can give millions the inspiration to overcome. It’s the genius of a simple chorus that can explain the hard truths you couldn’t last time you saw her.

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Colleges are working harder to stop ‘the summer melt’

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The excitement of acceptance into that dream college has passed. The first day of classes is still weeks away. But the resources provided by high school teachers and computer labs are no longer available for recent graduates.

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Math + Science = High Paying Job

Survey finds math, science grads earn top dollar

WASHINGTON (AP) - The study of math and science appears to be a big plus no matter whether your alma mater is public or private when it comes to finding a high-paying job after college, according to a report released Tuesday by the Education Department.

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Obama turns down Rocky Mountain high

(CNN) -- "Do you want to hit this?" a man asked President Barack Obama in a bar in Denver Tuesday night. The president laughed but didn't indulge.

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Tyra Banks on future of beauty: 'Uniqueness'

(CNN) -- If Tyra Banks is correct, one day, you will be able to get a nose job as easily as you can buy tissues to blow your nose.

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Reports: Ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin gets 10 years in prison

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday in a bribery scandal that rocked the city, according to the Times-Picayune newspaper and CNN affiliate WDSU.

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Climate Change Can Affect Your Health

According to the Office of Minority Health, In 2011 African Americans were 20 percent more likely than whites to have asthma and three times as likely to die from it. Add the fact that communities of color and low-income communities tend to be situated in polluted areas, and the stage is set for disaster.

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Minority voters flex their power in GOP primary

Agitating minority voters may soon prove politically risky anywhere in the nation: The numbers of black, Hispanic, Asian and Native American voters are growing not only in presidential election years but in off-cycle elections as well, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Ikea and the Gap Fill the Wage Gap

President Obama would like the national minimum wage to rise to $10.10 an hour. By executive order, he has already raised the minimum wage for federal contractors.  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has threatened to sue President Obama for his use of executive order, which he says circumvents Congressional authority.

Bush Marched Us Off to War While Cutting V.A. Benefits

The current crisis in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which has been described as a situation of long waits, in some cases allegedly leading to the deaths of patients, cannot be understood in the absence of a discussion of funding cuts, insufficient funding, and retaliation against workers who have identified the depth of the problems at the VA.

Spiritually Speaking….. What is your Ministry?

In private moments of contemplation I’ve often wondered, what Jesus’ ministry was.

Faith offers valuable connection for Southern Dems

Religion offers a powerful connection with many in the South, considered the most religious part of the country. Some Democrats hoping to reverse Republican gains in Georgia and elsewhere are finding their faith can be a valuable way to reach voters.

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